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post #1 of 23
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A brides aunt called and wanted my gumpaste flowers for a cake in Texas I asked how the decorator felt and gave them a quote Bride never got back to me.

Well Auntie called last night and still wants them IN 14 days!!!!!

Baker makes fantastic cakes I guess but does not do flowers I guess and his brides do fresh flowers So am I stepping on his toes????

Flowers have to be cake ready for aunt to place on cake he will not do it.

I feel guilty should I???? As a decorator I would not want someone bringing gumpast flowers to put on my cake. What if they were ugly??? mine are not but he does not know that. I will be doing hydrangas and white roses 2 of my best flowers.
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post #2 of 23
I don't think you'd be stepping on anyone's toes. Many times the flowers that are to be put on a wedding cake are arranged by someone else. Your flowers are beautiful and would only compliment the cake so I say if you have enough time to do it, go for it thumbs_up.gif !
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post #3 of 23
I don't think you are stepping on toes either. Your flowers are very pretty. I did my own flowers for my wedding cake and had someone else make it just because I did not have the time. She was not offended at all. She did put them on there for me too.
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post #4 of 23
Sorry, I have no advice, but I love those flowers thumbs_up.gif
post #5 of 23
If the other baker is willing to put them on as long as they are already made to go on the cake- then I say go for it- but only if you have time.
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post #6 of 23
at this point and time I think it is up to the family and the bride...if they want your flowers and the baker wont do them by all means do it... obviously the baker would have to take it up with the family if he doesnt like that...you are doing what you are asked! Heck they could just get a blank cake already to go, and put them on themselves...or hire you to do it at the reception hall.....
post #7 of 23
If you do decide to make the flowers, make sure to tell the family that they should let people know who made the cake and who made the flowers, that way if the cake turns out bad (heaven forbid) but the flowers look great people will know it's not your fault.
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post #8 of 23
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Guess I forgot one little thing Wedding is in Texas... I am in Missouri
post #9 of 23
Whoa! That's a horse of a different color. I would say, unless your going to be at the wedding or someone is willing to pick them up or meet you halfway and pay for your mileage- I would not do it. You cannot trust the Post Office or any other shipping company to be as careful as you could be when transporting fragile items.
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post #10 of 23
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Aunt is driving I will package well but she knows it is at her risk

tissue and packing peanuts should make it not move on the drive
post #11 of 23
So you are not going to the wedding msmeg? And the baker still won't put the flowers on the cake? Wow, he must really not want his cake messed with.

I have a similar story. I finally decided to go ahead & put the extra things the bride wants on the cake. I'm doing the cake. She picked out her own ribbon & it has glitter thumbsdown.gif on it & also is using fresh flowers on the top. I don't feel comfortable using glitter ribbon on a cake. But I didn't want them to mess my cake up. But that's just me. icon_smile.gif They have no experience in decorating a cake. If they mess it up then that would reflect on me. So I decided to put the ribbon on but get them to sign a waiver. thumbs_up.gif That way if anyone gets sick it will not come back on me. I am also going to put the flowers on. I can relate w/ the baker. But I don't think it hurts to add your flowers to the cake if someone knows how to do it. I would show your aunt how to do it & leave it to her.

Everything will turn out fine. Don't worry about putting your roses on the cake. Heck, the baker might change his/her mind & put them on it. YOu never know. icon_smile.gif
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post #12 of 23
This is the bride's concern, not yours. Relax, make and ship your flowers... enjoy the cash.
post #13 of 23
Well...my two cents...
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post #14 of 23
First of all- any time I have ever seen an ugly cake I blame it on the bridal couple- not the baker/decorator (as do most people I know). The decorator does what's ordered... period. The decorator has no control over the customer's personal taste in what's considered "pretty." The guests say, "Why did they pick such an ugly cake?" Never had I heard, "Gee, that decorator was horrible!"

Next, everyone says they would never put anything on a cake that was not theirs. Yes, we do it all the time. They are called cake toppers. We decorators do not pick these out, the bridal couple does (who am I to tell a customer their topper is ugly and not touching my cake- what a cruel thing to do). It may be horrendous, but we still slap it on top of the cake if we are remembering we are serving the customer- not ourselves. Not a single guests ever thinks the decorator picked out the topper. They all know the bridal couple did. This is absolutely no different.

Also, who am I to tell Jane the Bride that those gumpaste flowers Aunt Bertha made are the ugliest things I have ever seen. Believe me, guests KNOW that those are Aunt Bertha's flowers because the bride is proud and telling every one. The people she doesn't tell she's not close to anyway- they also won't know who made that cake and frankly won't care. Believe it or not... I have actually attended many weddings and never asked who made the cake. 99% of guests don't ask this question.

This whole thing is also no different than if the bridal couple wanted fresh flowers. So yes, we do place things on cakes we did not make. To say so is not accurate by any means. And if we don't do it, the customer's do it themselves after we leave (yep, been there!) and it's even worse than if I had done it myself. I'd rather strategically place the horrendous item on the cake myself (or the fresh flowers in appropriate containers) and at least place it on there properly.

If anything is going to be placed on my cake... I'll do the placing, thank you very much.
post #15 of 23
Hehe-I agree with cali4dawn on this one.
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