Keep in mind that they wanted the cake for this coming weekend, on the 25th. So I felt as though I was being generous to accept the job at all.
I asked them to send me a picture of what they would like the cake to look like. It was a very stunning cake, and I thought it would be fun, but time consuming to make. I asked what their budget was, and I about fell on the floor when they said that their budget was $150.00. The cake photo that they had sent was at least an $800.00 cake. Keep in mind that I wouldn't charge them that much because they are distantly related.
I stressed about how I was going to come up with something remotely close, and within the $150.00 price range. So, I came up with a few different suggestions for them, none of which they liked...
They finally let me know that they had decided to go with a wedding cake from Macey's, a local grocery store chain. I wished them the best of luck. In the end, I am happier making cakes for people who truly appreciate the art, and the amount of time and effort I put into each of my cakes. It isn't worth my time to try and please someone who will be perfectly satisfied with a grocery store cake.