Should She Get Credit For Trying?

Business By jillmakescakes Updated 1 Jul 2009 , 6:52pm by costumeczar

jillmakescakes Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 8:33pm
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Check THIS out-- an email I received today:

Hello!

I was wondering if you would be willing to sponsor a small wedding cake for my wedding? We will be getting married on the third Saturday in September 2009 and I am wondering if you would provide a small wedding cake at no cost and in return I will put your business name and services on my wedding program.

Please let me know,
Thanks so much in advance,


I am already booked for that weekend, but just for funsies, would anyone actually do this?

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Bonnie151 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 8:36pm
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I really can't say anything else, but yeah, give her some credit for having the nerve to ask. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

JGMB Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 8:37pm
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Wow, that's a first for me!!!! People are actually putting advertising in their wedding bulletins now? Is nothing sacred?!! icon_eek.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 8:40pm
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Oh geez....I'm surprised she didn't try to say something like "all of the exposure your business will get!" (sung to the tune of "The Freaks Come Out at Night) "The cheapskates come out at night....the cheapskates come out....." icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

togodel Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 8:44pm
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I say you agree to this on the condition the cake is a replica of your business card, with your business name and phone number prominently displayed front and center! Frosting or fondant will be of your choosing. If she wants to have advertising on her wedding program, you can advertise on the cake itself. Seems fair to me.

littlecake Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 8:47pm
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yeah, all those "all the exposure peeps"...the exposure is getting more cheapos looking for handouts.

i think they love to target new businesses.

they never help you.....the first year i was open dillards called...i made them like 25 small cakes for wedding season....

i think i got 1 order....ONE!

__Jamie__ Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 8:47pm
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Originally Posted by togodel

I say you agree to this on the condition the cake is a replica of your business card, with your business name and phone number prominently displayed front and center! Frosting or fondant will be of your choosing. If she wants to have advertising on her wedding program, you can advertise on the cake itself. Seems fair to me.




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aliciag829 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 8:58pm
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Originally Posted by togodel

I say you agree to this on the condition the cake is a replica of your business card, with your business name and phone number prominently displayed front and center! Frosting or fondant will be of your choosing. If she wants to have advertising on her wedding program, you can advertise on the cake itself. Seems fair to me.




Best idea ever!! lol

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It would be funny to say yes to her and then just show up with a cake that looks like a business card.

No, No, I know you wouldn't do this without her permission because it might ruin her day unless she agreed to it, but it is HILARIOUS TO THINK ABOUT!!!!

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aundrea Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:00pm
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Heck no! But I'm curiuos do you know this person? Or was this a random email, a friend of a friend of a friend, type of thing.
And I can only imagine what a small cake is in her eyes???

dorie67 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:08pm
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WOW!!!!!!!!! I am wondering if this is a real person or is this a hoax? I have never heard of any thing like this but truly love the idea of the cake being a replica of your business card! icon_lol.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:11pm
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WOW!!!!!!!!! I am wondering if this is a real person or is this a hoax? I have never heard of any thing like this but truly love the idea of the cake being a replica of your business card! icon_lol.gif




http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/25/earlyshow/contributors/melindamurphy/main1833373.shtml

I mean, it's encouraged! tapedshut.gif

playingwithsugar Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:14pm
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I posted a poll and thread like this last week. A local yokel did this, and the newspaper here had the nerve to do a story on it.

The concensus from the membership that replied was "Heck No!"

But they just keep trying, don't they?

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__Jamie__ Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:15pm
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From the article I just linked to:

While Carrie admits that some people say it's a little tacky, she doesn't think it is.

"I don't think it is because I think that most of the costs associated with a wedding have little to nothing to do with the commitment you're making to one another. Our commitment to one another is strong. That's what we're celebrating," she says.

Hmm! Inneresting....thoughts?????

kr1970 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:20pm
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I might do it on the condtion that i could do whatever i wanted and that she would pay for all of my materials. Just a chance to try out something i've always wanted to do but didn't feel like i should spend the money doing. Actually i'm quite sure i've heard Duff does cakes for friends on that basis.

Deb_ Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:23pm
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Originally Posted by __Jamie__

From the article I just linked to:

I think that most of the costs associated with a wedding have little to nothing to do with the commitment you're making to one another.
Hmm! Inneresting....thoughts?????




If they feel this way then why have a wedding at all? Just elope!


Can somebody please explain to these dim wits that if they can't afford a wedding maybe they should save up their money until they CAN afford one.

How are these couples going to pay their monthly bills once they leave Mommy and Daddy's house? They don't even want to pay for their cake now........................

Geez, these people really burn me up. icon_mad.gif

playingwithsugar Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:24pm
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I made a commitment to my mortgage company. Anyone want to sponsor me? icon_lol.gif

Theresa icon_smile.gif

Deb_ Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:26pm
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I made a commitment to my mortgage company. Anyone want to sponsor me? icon_lol.gif

Theresa icon_smile.gif





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Ruth0209 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:28pm
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I absolutely would NOT do it. She's going to print the program with or without your name in it, so adding your name costs her nothing. The value of the "exposure" is very questionable. Seems to me that you would just get a bunch more people who want to do the same thing.

Advertising your business is something that should be done thoughtfully based on a plan that will reach your target audience, and that maximizes what you spend. Throwing money willy-nilly at random ideas like this will probably not get you the return you want.

When you think about it, when you provide a beautiful, delicious cake for a wedding, everyone wants to know who made the cake. That advertising is free to you, and it's very effective. You don't need your name in her program to do that.

playingwithsugar Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:35pm
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That was one of the questions I asked with the thread - if someone sponsored a wedding cake, did it bring any business their way. I didn't get any responses that said they did.

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Ruth0209 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:36pm
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AND, I might add (now I'm fired up) that NO she should not get credit for asking. I think this kind of request is presumptuous and offensive. Why on God's green earth does she think it's appropriate to approach a business owner and ask them to give her their product for nothing? And printing your name in her program really is nothing. Honestly.

mysonshines Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:37pm
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lmao!

roweeena Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:42pm
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Dear X,

Thankyou for your letter, Weddings can be a very exciting and expensive time in your time. So is raising 3 children and running a business from home. So unfortunately I will have to decline your offer.

Perhaps you could ask one of the larger bakeries that have a charity budget as I have no room in my life to offer charity to a non-essential cause.

Thankyou and good luck ya tightass.

resessionista baker.

Ruth0209 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:51pm
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lmao!




What does that mean? Sorry, I'm a little slow at the "shorthand".

__Jamie__ Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:52pm
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Laughing my ass off..hee hee.

Ruth0209 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:56pm
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Oh, shoot. I knew that one. I thought the first letter was an "I". I could not figure out what the I would stand for. Silly me!

Minstrelmiss Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:05pm
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Originally Posted by dkelly

How are these couples going to pay their monthly bills once they leave Mommy and Daddy's house? They don't even want to pay for their cake now......................





Pepsi and Nike have it covered!!!

soobsessedwithcake Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:12pm
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Originally Posted by dkelly

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Originally Posted by __Jamie__

From the article I just linked to:

I think that most of the costs associated with a wedding have little to nothing to do with the commitment you're making to one another.
Hmm! Inneresting....thoughts?????



If they feel this way then why have a wedding at all? Just elope!


Can somebody please explain to these dim wits that if they can't afford a wedding maybe they should save up their money until they CAN afford one.

How are these couples going to pay their monthly bills once they leave Mommy and Daddy's house? They don't even want to pay for their cake now........................

Geez, these people really burn me up. icon_mad.gif




Not to cause issues, but they did donate $20,000 to the David Wright Foundation For Multiple Sclerosis Research. If someone were going to pay for my wedding and all I had to do was ask, I would sure take them up on it. However, a large company advertising to 1000s of people vs. a small possibly one person business getting advertising on a wedding program is two different things all together.

indydebi Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:15pm
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This is not a new one ..... I'd actually prefer to put it in the "scam" column because the vendors are getting scammed if they fall for it ....... This was a big, but short lived fad more than 10 years ago. Just goes to show that dumb ideas WILL get recycled.

I've had brides print my name in their program and they've paid full price for their cake, so the fact that she's going to print it in the program generates a "Yeah.....so?" from me.

Hmmmm..... you pay me for a cake and 100 people will see my cake. OR .... you DON'T pay me for a cake and 100 people will see my cake.

I'm sorry .... I missed the advantage to me somewhere in this! icon_eek.gif

jillmakescakes Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:17pm
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To answer a few questions-

No, I don't know here, so this is a random email.

I was definitely NOT going to do it, but just thought it would provide a laugh. I am genuinely booked for that weekend, so that was an easy response.

SJ169 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 10:26pm
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OMG i got an email just like that!

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e. I live in California and I'm getting married next year June 2010 in Surrey, BC, Canada (where I grew up) and was wondering if you would be willing to be a Vendor sponsor for my wedding? In exchange for a wedding cake, I could offer you word-of-mouth advertising, at least year's worth of advertising on my wedding website which will be linked through numerous facebook accounts (i plan to keep this website open indefinitely after the wedding is over), advertising in the invitation/program as well as advertising at the reception to be held at the sheraton hotel.
Please let me know if you would be interested in discussing this further. I appreciate your time.




I didnt reply to it thought i kinda figured it was some kind of scam

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