I would say if you are stay at home mom, it would be a good little extra cushion-BUT PROCEED WITH CAUTION! Mandate that she pay you in FULL after your meeting, and put that check in the bank ASAP! I tell my customers its first come, first pay, I speak green
LOL! I am not that bad, but I do require payment at the time of ordering-weddings if under 2 months. I will be positive here though...2 weeks ago, I had a mom call me that her daughter was getting married FRIDAY! I have never had that happen to me before, and I could actually squeeze her in! I was very leary, they had stated that the caterer thought they could do it, then 1 week before the wedding said it was too hard, and that no one in our area does fondant (REALLY?!?!?). I just smiled and said they were mistaken! LOL, this is Kansas City-we have oh...Rebecca Sutterby, Rama Sola, Natasha's Mulberry & Mott. Some pretty great decorators...and ALOT of home bakers that DO fondant. I get along well with caterers in the area-I think it WAS a difficult cake that she wanted, and that they REALLY wanted her to go Butter Cream-what they are comfortable with. But she would not, so anyway they were in a bind. I did take the order, and 2 days ago, when they returned my cake plateau to our building, my husband was there. He just hands me a box to a spa on the plaza (MY HUSBAND GOT ME A GIFT?? I HAD TO EMAIL HIM WHEN IT WAS VALENTINES DAY TO REMIND HIM--WHAT WAS THIS??) The brides mother as a thank you got me a hefty spa package. I was so blown away! These last minute orders can be nice, I guess! PLUS, no 3 months of calls and questions from brides, just 2 weeks of pain and its OVER! Good luck, I say do it if you can, BUT MAKE HER PREPAY!