The bride told me about 2 months ago that she had found a "little clear heart" to be placed at the top of her cake....and I'm thinking....ok, probably one of the little insert type things. Words were....little??? I get to the reception hall....and here is a box with this CLEAR HEAVY....glass mind you...heart that is cut and etched with their name and date on it...not even a flat edge for it to sit??? I think it must have been a paper weight???? Anywho....I told the lady that was there setting things up....this will not sit on top of the cake.....it's too heavy!! I mean I was holding it and it wasn't light at all. She shrugs her shoulders and said she would go get the "aunt of the bride" who was in charge of all the decor. She comes....and we go through the whole thing again about it being too heavy. Auntie says...let's try it. I showed her as I barely set it on the top layer....AS IT'S TRYING TO SLOWLY SINK INTO THE WHOLE CAKE....that this is not going to work. I can easily take some of the silk flowers that are left and work them on the top....and we can set the heavy glass heart....in front of the cake for all to see. I go to get my camera to take the picture of the cake for my portfolio....and I'll be danged if AUNTIE....didn't decide she could get the heart on the top of the cake.....and as she does....YOU GOT IT....it falls off the front....and hits the bottom tier.....scraping about a 3 inch line of the frosting off....and making a deep dent in the bottom layer. Now...Auntie is screeching....and almost in tears at what she's done!!!! She did catch it before it hit the floor...or she fell into the cake trying to catch it!!! I ended up having to take extra time out and patch the cake.....remove all the flowers that had been added on...and now work in to cover the mess that Auntie had made. She kept on and kept on saying she was so sorry....and I told her it would be ok....but we had to make sure and explain to the bride what happened....because I didn't cause the damage....Auntie did!
I know many of you have had to deal with similar situations....but we decorators know what will work and what will not work....and I always try and make sure I know what kind of cake topper the customer wants....which I thought I had this time....but lesson learned...I'm checking it out before hand from now on better. But if you are a potential bride....don't let someone talk you into using something that is really not a cake topper to be placed on your cake. Those cakes can only hold so much weight....and if you have to get your future husband to rent a crane to lift it....well....use your head!
Okay...I feel much better now!!! (still shaking my head!!!)