What's With These Budgets?

Business By Kitagrl Updated 26 Nov 2009 , 12:11am by sari66

Kitagrl Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 4:35am
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What's the deal with these brides who find you through the wedding websites where they enter their budget and send the info to several vendors at once..... a ton of brides seem to be looking for $1/serving or $1.50/serving cakes! Are they joking or what? I haven't been able to take any of them seriously if they really want cake for 120 people with a budget of $150.

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CakeForte Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 4:41am
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People don't charge correctly and the word gets out. That's why you have to educate them and the vendors in your area on what it really takes.

No one blinks an eye at floral prices....florists aren't even making the flowers, they just put them together to make them look prettier.

cakemeasIam Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 4:55am
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i got a bride the other day said she had a budget of $500 for 300 people
and wanted a topsy turvy...with alots of specfic details...
wow. i nearly choked.

CakeInfatuation Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 5:16am
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I've gotten several of those leads from some websites that tell me that the budget is anywhere from $1.00/serving to $2.50/serving. I just delete! It's ridiculous. Go to the grocery store and buy a sheet cake. Why are they even bothering with trying to find a custom cake?

Kitagrl Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 5:20am
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I recently had a consult with a really nice lady....I charged her half of what another place she called charged for a topsy turvy cake (I'm not trying to undersell, I just charge what I can charge for now...it wasn't cheap) and even my "half price" was above her budget!

CakeInfatuation Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 5:21am
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I hear you!

What are you doing up so late? Shouldn't you be sleeping?

costumeczar Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 11:41am
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I figure that if people don't even bother to go to my website, they're just shopping for the cheapest price, so that's not my customer.

leah_s Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 1:25pm
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Honestly, I've actually laughed at a few brides when I said that I had absolutely nothing to offer in their budget.

I don't suffer fools easily.

JenniferMI Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 2:31pm
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They just don't have a clue what cakes run....

Jen icon_smile.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 2:47pm
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I like the referral sites where you get to write your reason for declining. I'm assuming the bride/whoever sees it. You don't get a lot of space to be wordy, so I usually put "budget is unrealistically low for the number of servings requested."

Kitagrl Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 2:59pm
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Originally Posted by CakeInfatuation

I hear you!

What are you doing up so late? Shouldn't you be sleeping?

Too much caffeine. icon_lol.gif

indydebi Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 3:07pm
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Jamie, I do the same, but you should add the word "LOW" at the end. "Budget is unrealistically LOW".

I went into one of these sites so I could see what the brides saw. One site specifically said, when asking the bride to enter a cake budget, "most cakes run in the $3-$7/serving range." And they enter $1.50 anyway.

Another that is one of my biggest peeves is they don't do the math. You might remember my story of one bride who was given (gasp!) FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!! from daddy ...... to buy a buffet for 200 people! By talking to her, I could tell she'd never had (gasp!) FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS! in her hand at one time in her entire life, and she thought this was a LOT of money.

When I said, "Honey, that's only two-fifty apiece!" she said, "oh no, he gave me five hundred!" I then had to explain how it breaks down to $2.50/person.

Sometimes, I swear to high heaven, they think, "I can't feed 200 people on $2.50 each but I can feed 200 people on (gasp!) FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!"

True story: I knew one lady who was looking for a new place to live. I swear she told me, "I can't afford that one place I looked at for $300 a month, but I did find a place for $75 a week." icon_eek.gif

And these people are allowed to drive, pro-create and vote. (big sigh!)

cakesdivine Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 3:10pm
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There is one that allows you to say why you don't want a particular lead...my typical response is...

"Budget is unrealistic for the size of this event" Total EVENT Budget $5000 guests 350. Just insane ideas people have.

I have also decided, after this last weekend's sampling (that I offered for free because she was referred to me by a loyal customer) that I am asking their budget BEFORE I even book a consult with them. This lady had a diamond on her finger the size of Texas and I had informed her that if her wedding was this year (DEC 31!) that she would have to book the day of the consult. I even gave her a discount on her cakes. She wanted a BC cake with a fondant swag square tiers counter turned to serve 100 I charged her $416 for the wedding cake then she wanted a 3D giant big mouth bass to feed 50 with a gumpaste figure of a fisherman standing on the fish with the pole & line hooked in the fish mouth...I charged her $400 for that. She said she didn't bring any way to pay the $408 booking fee. Had a feeling she was wanting it all for around $200. She didn't say that was too expensive but I really felt that "vibe" of sticker shock.

Kitagrl Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 3:25pm
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True story: I knew one lady who was looking for a new place to live. I swear she told me, "I can't afford that one place I looked at for $300 a month, but I did find a place for $75 a week."

THIS has me totally "LOL" for real!!!!!

I always laugh at my weekly grocery store ads. The ads exclaim "This item 10/$10!!!" and then in a little font to the side it says "That's only $1 each!" I just shake my head and chuckle thinking "We have to do something about the education in this country...." (Especially being a former teacher....)

indydebi Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 3:33pm
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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

.... and then in a little font to the side it says "That's only $1 each!"

I had a high school teacher tell us about an experient he did in college. He got a grocery store to let them do this. Back when a can of soup sold for 9 cents each, they put up a sign that said "soup ... 10/$1". Now this was back in the day when there were actual price tags on the cans of soup that said 9 cents each. He said they observed for 6 hours .... all but ONE person bought 10 or multiples of 10.

I had to train hubby on this one. He thought if it was 3 for $6, then he HAD to buy 3. I told him, "No, ya big nimrod, you can buy 1 for $2." So now he jokes about buy-one-get-one-free (loves BOGO bologna deals!). He'll come home from the grocery with one pack of bologna and say, "They had a buy-one-get-one but I told them my wife told me I didn't have to get the free one!"

(I keep him around for the entertainment value!)

__Jamie__ Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 4:10pm
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Oh shoot, yeah I do say LOW, for sure, just left that out in here.

Magna Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 4:31pm
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I do admire your patience dealing with brides. I only help organizations to plan their receptions, and even then sometimes I get 100 people and DJ music on $2000 budget emails. And the same people who do not questions $36 per pound for chocolate covered raisins or $130 for a gallon of fruit punch, are surprised to learn that cake will cost them more than $500.

cfao Posted 25 Nov 2009 , 12:50pm
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There was one that came through on eventective this week for 150 guests - total wedding budget $2000 - hubby & I had a quick laugh before I hit the delete button.

indydebi Posted 25 Nov 2009 , 11:22pm
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On another website forum, there is a bride who wants to know if it would be bad to make people stand for her whole outdoor reception. icon_eek.gif She points out they can go get their food then walk back and sit in the chairs (that are still in rows from the ceremony), but she ".....didn't want to do all of that work to set up tables and chairs for 500 people, and money is getting tight."

500 people ... she's inviting 500 people and she "can't afford" a table and chair for each person. She thinks it will be ok to balance a plate of food (appetizers, not a dinner), drink and cake on your lap, outside in the sun (no tents for the guests) oh and let's not even think about those with small children who want to sit in mommy's lap so now mommy doesn't even HAVE a lap to balance her food!

Amazing. icon_confused.gif

sari66 Posted 26 Nov 2009 , 12:11am
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Indy your hubby is too funny!
OP I just delet and or tell them budget doesn't permit service

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