Ok... this might be a little long, but its only because there are so many funny parts to the story.
Bride in my church is having her wedding the Sunday before my finals in school, so I turned down her request for making her cake. ( I usually bring cakes to potlucks and just charge a minimal fee when they order one for a church function). They asked me if I knew anyone to refer them to, I said I do, but they are probably going to have to pay a whole lot more than I would charge. Then I told them a story about a cake I recently made for a friend and gave her a huge discount as a gift. The cake could have easily been like $900.00, but I made it for $500.00. When they heard that my charge was $500.00 they started acting like they were about to faint over the "high" $500.00 price!!! At this point I was thinking in my mind, just how much were they planning on paying for a cake considering they have over 200 guests for their wedding!!!! Anyway, I left it at that and they were going to try out different local bakeries. A couple weeks later, I bumped into the groom and he was complaining to me that the lowest they have been able to get a quote for was $1,000.00. I was like, "yeah... that's the average price of a cake that size." Being the idiot he was, he actually had told one of them that he knows someone who makes cakes and it doesn't cost that much!!!!! Like these places are just there to make cakes for the fun of it and don't need to make money from it! Well, then the bride spoke to me a couple hours later and I was trying to tell her that maybe she could get some church ladies to help her bake all this cake if she can't afford it and get some simple type of decoration to make it look presentable. So I took out my iphone to look for a picture of a simple, but nice looking decorated cake I had on there. Same time, the groom comes up and is like, "what are you doing? Bragging about all the cakes you've done?" I told him no I was just trying to save them some money on their wedding cake. Then he was like "Oh, $1,000.00? that's nothing.!" Like I said, groom = idiot. So he walked away and the bride now started to ask me about advice I could give to her so she can bake her own cake. So I told her that you need a good recipe, good pans and a good oven and started listing out things like good flour, sugar, milk eggs etc.
Now here comes the funniest part of the story... she asked, "So what are the eggs for?"!!!!!!!!!! Then when we started talking about setting up a cake, I told her she also had to think about her internal structure. She looked so puzzled and was like "Oh... you don't just set the cakes on top on each other?"
I am so glad I will in no way, shape or form be involved in that wedding! One's an idiot and the other is clueless. Last I heard, they were going to go for a tasting at another posh place that is actually pretty expensive, but as ignorant as they are, they were thinking maybe they can get a better deal at this place! I am glad that they are realizing that when I make a cake to donate or just charge for the ingredients, I am not after all, getting rich off of anyone! Oh... did I mention... their wedding is in 1 month!
So a month from now they'll probably be wandering in to a store for decorations and materials! I used to work at Michael's as a WMI and someone came in the day before her daughter's wedding to buy pillars for the cake. She didn't know that there had to be plates or boards, and supports between tiers! She was just going to set the cakes on top of one another followed by the pillars and more cake! I've always wondered how that one turned out...
I hope the pair of muggles you've talked to end up hiring someone, otherwise it could be a disaster!