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post #31 of 129
But how come when your "friends" want a cake, they automatically assume they can "pimp it out" with Swarovski crystals and gold leaf and all that jazz...on your dime? But let it be their money, they're like, "Can you B-dazzle it and use Wilton golden yellow instead?" It makes me so sick!
post #32 of 129
icon_lol.gif I am loving reading all of your stories!

Well, I didn't get the dreaded "I'm on a budget" line from the actual bride. But, I had done all this moving over the winter and as soon as I was settled her sister was on the phone with me to see if I could do the wedding cake. They were only doing a reception here in town and had gone to some island for the actual wedding. (you know those destination weddings now days icon_twisted.gif ) well...it was quite soon before the reception and I was willing to work with them on such short notice since I knew the sister...even took off work that day (not what I would normally do, but oh well!) and I spoke with the bride for like 30 mins over the phone discussing what she'd like the and prices and I explained a whole bunch of things to her. she was actually very nice and sounded excited. Well, she called her sister crying who called me the next day and said that she didn't want me to do the cake cuz she couldn't afford it. apparently the PARENTS were paying for this reception but were only paying for a certain amount of people for the food (bride left with the rest) and the parents ordered actual PALM TREES for the reception and all this jazzy stuff but couldn't pitch in for the cake and extra food. you got it...palm trees that probably weren't going to last a few months from where I live icon_rolleyes.gif
so, I guess what they decided to do was call in family early and they were going to make cupcakes. for a 150 guests. in one week. I just laughed! icon_lol.gif I mean, I couldn't help it! that is such short notice and for so many people! I told the sister I wouldn't have even been doing cupcakes on this short of notice! icon_razz.gif but they were going to be paying me for the labor and stress of doing the cake and that was a lot of work! oh well! I bet they lived and learned. but, some people and their imaginations for doing things for these weddings really gets to me icon_lol.gif
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post #33 of 129
I had a bride email me the other day. 1st sentence in the email was Hi, my future husband and I are wanting to go the cheap route with our cake. "Hmmm this isnt going to be good. " We were wanting to go with a cupcake tower for our cake with a mini cake at the top we want 125 cupcakes + the mini cake at the top you to supply the tower set up and everything. I told her very nicely that it really wasnt going to be any cheaper than a regular 3 tiered wedding, infact that it would be the same or more bc of the time involved in decorating 125 individual cupcakes, buy or making the stand and setting up. Needless to say she didnt like my total I gave her and she was shocked that it was so much. She told me she thought it would be around 100.00 for it all since its only cupcakes and a small cake.
post #34 of 129
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And she had the nerve to tell me she wasn't going to play the 'pay by the slice' game and wanted a quote on a cake.



icon_confused.gif WTF? Are you kidding me? How on earth? Oh man....well, I'll be ready fro that one I guess! icon_lol.gif



LOL as serious as a heart attack. It caught me completely off guard. I was HUH?????
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post #35 of 129
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Originally Posted by twistedsplinters

I had a bride email me the other day. 1st sentence in the email was Hi, my future husband and I are wanting to go the cheap route with our cake.



OMG this keeps getting better and better! icon_lol.gif Seriously, if someone ever says this to me..."Cheap route? Did you mean to call Walmart?"
post #36 of 129
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Originally Posted by twistedsplinters

She told me she thought it would be around 100.00 for it all since its only cupcakes and a small cake.



ROFL. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif That's just great! The things wedding magazines are telling people.
post #37 of 129
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Originally Posted by twistedsplinters

I had a bride email me the other day. 1st sentence in the email was Hi, my future husband and I are wanting to go the cheap route with our cake. "Hmmm this isnt going to be good. " We were wanting to go with a cupcake tower for our cake with a mini cake at the top we want 125 cupcakes + the mini cake at the top you to supply the tower set up and everything. I told her very nicely that it really wasnt going to be any cheaper than a regular 3 tiered wedding, infact that it would be the same or more bc of the time involved in decorating 125 individual cupcakes, buy or making the stand and setting up. Needless to say she didnt like my total I gave her and she was shocked that it was so much. She told me she thought it would be around 100.00 for it all since its only cupcakes and a small cake.



The cupcake shop in San Francisco charges $3.25 for one, $36.00 a dozen. If you want minis, it's $24.00 a dozen. That's a regular cupcake w/a BC swirl. Feel free to show her those prices!
post #38 of 129
There was another thread such as this, where the member was venting because their close friend ordered a cake for someone else, expecting a discount because the friend ordered it.

The advice I gave the person was that if the friend's relative or friend wanted to order the cake, then tell to have them call her directly. That way the details are received directly from the person who is actually ordering the cake, and the person gets the price they would pay if they had contacted you directly in the first place.

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post #39 of 129
I could not pass up the opportunity to reply to your story because I experienced a similar situation with a co-worker. My initial reaction was laughter icon_lol.gif . I don't think people realize how much time is spent preparing and decorating a cake. A co-worker asked me to make a cake for their child's birthday party. They also mentioned that they were on a budget. The child was a fan of wrestling and he chose a well known wrestler as his theme. My co-worker wanted an edible image of the wrestler to be placed on the top of the sheet cake. When I quoted my price (which was the price of the cake and the image) to them, they gave me the "Walmart has it cheaper line" icon_rolleyes.gif . I told them perhaps they should order their cake from Walmart. icon_evil.gif
post #40 of 129
I would recommend Wal-mart to anyone who wants to go he cheap route. I was in Wal-Mart a few weeks ago here in Wasilla and laughed hysterically..to the point my teenagers walked away because they were mortified. I was laughing at the cake display they had...3 separate tiers..all uneven and domed at the top in the ugliest non smooth green and white buttercream. To top it off the dots they put on it were not even and it looked horrible! If you want cheap, you get cheap! If you spend the money for quality items, it is an investment. I may be biased here, but your wedding is that one day that is different from the rest..a day to cherish and hold on too. Do people want a piece of junk as the centerpiece of their wedding? No. But I think that people have an underappreciation of the cost and time involved in it. I made the decision to give the wedding cake in my photos for a friend of a friend. All I asked for was a picture of the cake. The wedding was in November. I still have no picture, or even a thank you from the bride. IT SUCKS! icon_cry.gif
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post #41 of 129
A long, long time ago, I use to compromise my prices because I'd get the, for example, "I'm a single parent, paying for all the wedding stuff myself" and I'd believe it ... I was niave and gullible and very new in the market ... that was until I got to where the reception was going to be held for one of the wedding cakes I worked for hours upon hours on, and found out it was catered by one of the most expensive companies in the area and the florist that was doing the arrangements/bouquets was the most expensive in the area.... needless to say, when I get what I call the "poor mouth/I have very little money to spare" lines, I just look at them and give them a price with a smile.... if they don't like it, take you business somewhere else. I do not fall for the "limited budget" stuff anymore.
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post #42 of 129
The guy that maintains our spa sent his future DIL over to talk with us about doing a cake on the side. No prewarning, she just shows up. She wants a 3 tier square cake but make it look big, deliver it, serve it, please because your are "friends" with FIL it will be ok for you to do it at home. UHMMM, no. I can pay you $125 and it will be like a spring bonus, right?? I sent her down to the shop to make her purchase. Spa FIl shows up to spring check up on spa. He was upset I would not do the cake. I asked if we were getting a discount on the spa check up, my DH is disabled and I only work PT now, so how about it. He didn't seem to like it that way.

(Spa is medical treatment for DH, not a luxury)
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post #43 of 129
I had a MOB (referred to me by the florist) ask me what I would charge for a 2 tier wedding cake (10 inch and 8 inch layers). I asked how many people do you plan to feed? She says there are 100 guests at the wedding but the cake will be served at a big party we're having later at our home. Can't remember how many were to attend but she would not have had enough cake for everyone, which I told her. She says "I'm going to serve sheet cakes with it." I assume she was planning to purchase these from somewhere else (*cough* Wal-Mart) as she never inquired what I charge for sheet cakes.

Well, I know of this woman's family - they don't have to budget. She even spent quite a bit of time tellling me how she did not want her daughter to marry this man and that she had even offered to purchase a home for her if she would agree not to. So, you can afford to purchase flowers, dress, food, etc. OR a new home but you want a 2 tier cake? icon_confused.gif

Well, I just told her I don't do 2 tier wedding cakes, it's not worth my time.

Found out later from the florist, a cake was served at the wedding site. The groom's family provided it as a gift to the couple. The groom's sister made some box cakes, bought canned icing, colored it blue (not their color scheme) and slathered it on the cake. Before the ceremony even started, I'm told, the top tier started sliding off the bottom tier. At this point, I'm told, the groom's sister went into the kitchen, got a BUTCHER KNIFE, jammed it through the center of the cake and said, "That'll hold it."

I'm told the MOB cried. And, maybe it's wrong, maybe I'm not as noble as others - but I would have PAID FOR a picture of that cake. icon_twisted.gif
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post #44 of 129
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Originally Posted by kbak37

I would recommend Wal-mart to anyone who wants to go he cheap route. I was in Wal-Mart a few weeks ago here in Wasilla and laughed hysterically..to the point my teenagers walked away because they were mortified. I was laughing at the cake display they had...3 separate tiers..all uneven and domed at the top in the ugliest non smooth green and white buttercream. To top it off the dots they put on it were not even and it looked horrible! If you want cheap, you get cheap! If you spend the money for quality items, it is an investment. I may be biased here, but your wedding is that one day that is different from the rest..a day to cherish and hold on too. Do people want a piece of junk as the centerpiece of their wedding? No. But I think that people have an underappreciation of the cost and time involved in it. I made the decision to give the wedding cake in my photos for a friend of a friend. All I asked for was a picture of the cake. The wedding was in November. I still have no picture, or even a thank you from the bride. IT SUCKS! icon_cry.gif



Hey Kbak, are you in the town that Sarah Palin is from? Is that Wasilla? What is it like? Is everything back to normal? Is she back in office? I haven't been following but was interested in how her career in Alaska was continuing....
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post #45 of 129
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Originally Posted by twistedsplinters

She told me she thought it would be around 100.00 for it all since its only cupcakes and a small cake.



Tilt head, look confused, go into dumb-blonde mode and ask, "Hmmm ... how did you come up with THAT number?" icon_confused.gif

Debi says to brides, (and I've said it in speeches and presentations):
"Cupcakes weddings are cheaper but only if you use cheap cupcakes."
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