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post #31 of 63
Good riddance - she sure wasted a lot of your time! Glad you stood your ground, though. It would have been funny, though, if instead of HER baking them and you decorating them, if you'd have thought to say "Hey, Bridezilla-girl, I'll charge you 2 bucks a piece to bake them, and you can decorate them. Can you imagine the panic of doing so many for the first time?! icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif I've screwed up dozens of cookies before I got even remotely okay. You'd just have to sit by the phone and wait for the last minute "Please. icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif ..I'll pay you anything to finish these for me!! "phone call. And then you, on a huge power-trip, naturally, would say, smugly "Well, it's last minute...I don't know...hmmm... well I can do it for... OOONNNEEEE MEEEEEEELLLLLION DOLLLLLLARS!" icon_twisted.gif HA!
post #32 of 63
Good for you chocomama....don't give in, your time spent on them wouldn't be worth it. Not everyone thinks practically, especially with a wedding. Her loss.

Heehee, I am waiting for Kos and Cake_Princess to see my new signature!! icon_lol.gif

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post #33 of 63
Hi guys...I'm relatively new to this site, but the cookie story inspired me to write. I've been baking and selling cookies for about 6 years. I can tell you from experience just bagging and putting bows on all those cookies will take you hours, let alone all the time to decorate. There is no way I would let someone bake the cookies and then ask me to decorate them. Not only is it important for them to taste good but they need to be perfectly flat to get a professional finish. A family baking without experience is not what you want.
I think you are much better off without her business.
Without knowing it...all of you have been a tremendous help and inspiration to me as I venture into the cake business. I am about to do my first wedding cake and have been reading all the posts on this site.
Thanks for all your inspiration. icon_smile.gif
post #34 of 63
Thread Starter 
Your cakes are really cute, jacksjoyce! I really love the puppy. icon_smile.gif
post #35 of 63
Thank you so very much. It's one of my favorites too. How can I look at your cakes? I don't know my way around this web site yet.
Thanks icon_smile.gif
post #36 of 63
I just figured it simple. duh! I think you are doing great. Are you baking for fun or are you out there pushing your wares like some of us? icon_smile.gif
post #37 of 63
Thread Starter 
Well, I just started my hand at cakes and I'm taking the Wilton II course right now. I began my "business" just over a year ago when I started making gourmet chocolate-covered pretzels for my husband's coworkers and from there things just snowballed. Orders started coming in and except for the cakes, everything up until now that I have done has included chocolate and that's what my business revolves around, really. Gourmet brownies, cookie bars, tortes, truffles, etc. You name it, I do it if it involves chocolate. I'd love to go to pastry school to learn more but it's not the right time. What was the question, again? dunce.gif Oh, yeah...someone suggested that I try this website for help w/some business questions I had and I got hooked! I really hope to be able to make gorgeous cakes someday like so many people here do. Are you sorry you asked?! icon_wink.gif
post #38 of 63
Great advice from everyone! I too would have suggested the hearts as Wedding Dress/Tuxedo alternatives. Beyond that, the decision truly is in the Bride's hands.

If she just won't let it go, I'd recommend to her that she get them for little gifts at the rehearsal dinner instead. Tell her they are "just too special and labour-intensive for her big wedding, but they'd be so much more appropriate for everyone close to her" instead. There will be drastically less people at the rehearsal...and really, those are the guests and family that are more special anyway. She would spend the $5 each then and can certainly do one cookie per person that night instead.

One thing we all have to recognize is that the money spending in weddings is like an upside-down triangle. They start with the most expensive services like the venue, dress, invitations, flowers, limos.....and trickle down to the little details like the favours. The money slips from a couple's hands until they get to you and they just want something for nothing. They have probably spend the majority of their budget by the time they get to cookie favours and are beginning to tire of the expense and work involved in planning a wedding. Lucky us! We get the frustrated couples that have totally lost their "just-engaged-looking-at-reception-halls" glow! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

You can't get every customer......and believe me, you don't WANT every customer. You did your best and offered here a fair price. No question there. She'll contact you.
post #39 of 63
Wow...sounds like you do a lot! I love reading everyones experiences ....I've learned so much already from this web site. It's like a new "baking friend" everytime I look. My grown daughters and husband (altho all very supportative) grow a little tired of me showing them cake and cookie pictures and forever asking to drive by bakeries when we are out of town...just so I can look.
I love this business! I used to own a donut store and although I like working with the public there was no creativity involved.
In doing cakes and cookies I pick and choose when I want to work and what I want to do.
Every new request is a exciting challenge for me, and although the wedding cake has got me a little nervous, I love the whole thing. (Except the kitchen clean-up!)
Have a great day.
post #40 of 63
good for you chocomama! thumbs_up.gificon_biggrin.gif
What!? A pink opossum that loves peanut butter??
What!? A pink opossum that loves peanut butter??
post #41 of 63
Thread Starter 
Thank you, everyone! I feel like I should do a little cheer for ALL of us! icon_biggrin.gif
post #42 of 63
Ugg!!! I know the cheap bride syndrome. All I seem to get are cheap brides. They want something gorgeous for nothing. I know there can be some people that over charge, but time is money, and they don't seem to realize that your time is just as valuable as theirs is. My poor hubby is trying to get started in real estate. We have some friends that have asked him to look up houses for them and he does. He spends his time and money printing out all this stuff for them. Then we find out they have found houses for sale by owner and go with that!!!!! Where do you go to find people who don't mind paying for what they want?? Anyways, you were smart and those cookies are gorgeous!
post #43 of 63
Thread Starter 
She's baaack! LOL! I received an email from the bride and she said that a friend had volunteered to make the cookies and she wondered if I would decorate them. HA! So, I guess she didn't have much luck finding anyone to do them cheaper! This is what I wrote back....

I really can't do that for a couple of reasons. One is that the dough must be very consistent and flat because if it isn't the icing will look lumpy and, therefore, imperfect. Second, if for whatever reason the cookies look flawed in any way it will be my name and reputation on the line.

I'm sorry I can't be of more help. I would like the opportunity to work with you but I hope you can understand my reasons for not wanting to do this only 1/2 way. If you would like to talk about other options I would be more than happy to do so.

Was my response OK? I think this is all too funny! She just won't compromise! icon_rolleyes.gif
post #44 of 63
your resoponse is perfect...i knew she would be back, let us know what happens.
post #45 of 63
Your response is perfect. I think she keeps coming back to you because no other bakers will even listen to her silly request of baking them herself. Good luck on dumping her!
"Let your legacy not be the stupid forgettable dandruff of life but that you LIVED. That you were here and that people remember YOU in all your wonderfulness. Not your stuff. Because stuff is forgettable." - - Jackie (a blog writer from Canada)
"Let your legacy not be the stupid forgettable dandruff of life but that you LIVED. That you were here and that people remember YOU in all your wonderfulness. Not your stuff. Because stuff is forgettable." - - Jackie (a blog writer from Canada)
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