taartenmaker Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 11:06pm
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AI have a wedding cake to do in the beginning of november and this will be the first cake for a wedding that I will not attend myself. Untill now all my wedding cake orders were from friends, family and couples at church. Now I was wondering, because I will not be attending the wedding I can't look out for people who would throw my pillars in the trash. They want a old school style cake with a lot of plasics, should I ask a deposit?[IMG ALT=""]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3118472/width/350/height/700[/IMG]

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Norasmom Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 11:10pm
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Yes, you should ask for a deposit, or include the cost of the plastic elements in your price.    

howsweet Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 11:11pm
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If you expect to use them again, yes - a deposit that is big enough to cover replacement. If not then I'd add it into the price and let them keep them.

BrandisBaked Posted 12 Oct 2013 , 12:39am
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AHow often are you going to use them? *gag*

I'd charge them for the pillars and let them toss 'em.

jenmat Posted 12 Oct 2013 , 8:42pm
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Those pillars are Bakery Craft push pillars. They are meant to be single use and are often used by grocery stores for their wedding cakes because they are cheap, sturdy and disposable. They are usually clear and if you want them to look solid you need to fill them with icing. I think BC makes solid white, but those featured are the clear ones- filled. 

 

Even if you get them back, they will not look the same as they did when you had them new, since they are designed to be disposable. They do not clean up very well in my experience. They also have a lot of pieces as they are designed for different heights (each pillar is 4 pieces, 1 textured that shows and 2 smooth that go down into the cake and can come apart plus the rings that make them look finished.)

 

I would charge for them and then don't worry about getting all the pieces back. 

taartenmaker Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 1:13am
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Those pillars are Bakery Craft push pillars. They are meant to be single use and are often used by grocery stores for their wedding cakes because they are cheap, sturdy and disposable. They are usually clear and if you want them to look solid you need to fill them with icing. I think BC makes solid white, but those featured are the clear ones- filled. 

Even if you get them back, they will not look the same as they did when you had them new, since they are designed to be disposable. They do not clean up very well in my experience. They also have a lot of pieces as they are designed for different heights (each pillar is 4 pieces, 1 textured that shows and 2 smooth that go down into the cake and can come apart plus the rings that make them look finished.)

I would charge for them and then don't worry about getting all the pieces back. 

I am going to use the white ones from bakery crafts, but thanks anyway cause now I finally know how the pillars on some wedding cakes were made blue and pink, I used to think that they also made them in differend collors back in them old days, but thanks to you I know how I can make them colored, thankss!

taartenmaker Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 1:17am
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AAnd what about the topper, should I also add the cost of the topper to the price or should them bride and groom take care off the topper themselves or should I provide it and ask it back?

Norasmom Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 1:22am
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Yes, add in the cost of the topper and let them keep it.

kakeladi Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 1:49am
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........ what about the topper, should I also add the cost.............

 

I *NEVER!* provide a non-edible topper.  That is the responsiblity of the bride.  She is to make sure it gets to you before the due date.

If you do provide it *ABSOLUTELY!* charge for it.

jenmat Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 4:09pm

There are times that I can get a certain topper thru my supplier and then I will order it for them. I charge it to their final invoice plus shipping and tax. You don't want that type of topper back- with the lace, etc. If you were a bride, would you want to rent a topper than was used 6 months ago on someone else's cake? (not criticizing, just putting it into perspective.)

howsweet Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 4:26pm
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........ what about the topper, should I also add the cost.............

 

I *NEVER!* provide a non-edible topper.  That is the responsiblity of the bride.  She is to make sure it gets to you before the due date.

If you do provide it *ABSOLUTELY!* charge for it.

I don't understand  --what's so awful about providing toppers? And if we can buy a topper wholesale and mark it up, isn't that good business?

BatterUpCake Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 6:54pm

NOTHING. Just a matter of personal choice.

kakeladi Posted 14 Oct 2013 , 2:03am

I had too many problems w/brides not likeing what they picked out of a catalog then giving me headaches about paying for them.  It didn't take long before I realized this was *their* headache.

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