I had a woman email me several times in regard to her future DIL wedding cake. I have another cake booked that day and had told her that if I did the cake I would have to deliver at "x" time due to another delivery. This woman was okay with this. This cake would be 2 hours away one way for me which is longer than I like to take a cake, but was open to doing it. Email went back and forth a few times over the course of a couple weeks. In the meantime, I had another consult set up for that date, went to the consult and got a check to hold the date. The day after this consult, this woman emails to ask to set up a consult. I told her I had another booking come in and wouldn't be available. She stated she was extremely disappointed and I was at the top of her list. If she had known that she wasn't guaranteed the date without a contract, she would have done so. I just figured people knew that they weren't guaranteed the day without a deposit/contract. Was I wrong to assume that? I will mention it during the consult but we hadn't reached that point. I do feel bad and will apologize again to her but not sure if I did anything wrong or not. Opinions? Anyone have a similar situation?
oh no you're cool--
so then would the reverse be true--you should have given up the sure thing and insisted on a check from her just because you talked about it--
you did fine and she knows it
yes be annoyed
that's dweeby of her
When people call about wedding cakes you should always mention that a signed contract and deposit are required to guarantee the date. You should also have that info available on your website/facebook. It is an important detail to get out up front. At this point just apologize and send them on their way. Wish them all the best with their special occasion.
Think of it as a lesson learned. Always mention the contract and deposit on the first conversation. People don't always realize this is required. It is one of the first things I mention when someone calls about wedding and large cake orders.
Don't sweat it.
Thanks everyone. I just hate to piss people off. She also asked me for a recommendation as to where to go for a cake! Yikes. I think she's mad also because the wedding venue is at a winery in the middle of nowhere. The closest city that would make cakes is an hour away. I am 2 hours. So I think I was probably the only stupid one to agree to go that far so I think they are going to have trouble finding someone to deliver that far. I will apologize again and refer her to look in the closer city to the venue.
I will mention the money down earlier in the process next time. Thanks again!
Thanks K8Memphis!! Hey, I hate to turn down orders. I love making cakes but there is only so much I can do in one day, especially when delivery is involved. I just emailed her back some recommendations and hopefully, that is the end of that!