does any of you provide any kind of information sheet to the brides for outdoor weddings with care tips? For example, keep it in cool place, don't display in direct sun, if temperatures rize above specific point.... I don't know what else. But if any of you have something like that, do you mind sharing or have any suggestions of what I can include in it?
All your input will be appreciated.
I include all that kind of information in my contract, no matter what time of year it is. Along with the cake should be on a stable table, etc. Even so, I've still had a bride tell me she wanted me to place the cake in an un-air conditioned tent at a July wedding where the temps were mid to high 90's and humidity in the 90%'s. The venue had an air conditioned room all set up (I had already spoken with them) but she insisted. I referred her to the contract she signed and upon arriving at the venue, I asked to be directed to the room with AC. That's where I set it up; however, i heard whisperings that they were going to move it (an assembled, four tiered wedding cake!). You can tell people all you want, some people don't listen will do whatever the heck they want to anyway!
Do you mind telling me which provisions exactly you have in your contract that pertain to outdoor weddings and receptions?
I'm not at my desk right now, or I would cut and paste what I have in my contracts, but it's just a general 'the cake needs to be in a room with a temp of 75 (I think) or below, on a stable table as cakes are considerably heavier than they appear. . . " stuff like that. By stating a specific temperature, I felt that inherently ruled out outside venues with no air conditioning in the middle of summer. Maybe my contract needs to be more specific.
I had a small blip in my contract about "appropriate temperature control" and I also addressed it in my blog: http://cateritsimple.blogspot.com/search/label/contract
So what do you do for an outside reception? Advise brides that cakes are kept inside?
My icing holds up in extreme (!) heat and humidity so it wasn't really an issue for me. I had the clause in my contract just as CYA. If they want the cake set up outside, I set it up outside. No worries.
Doesn't your chocolate buttercream is half butter? Does it hold up in heat too