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post #16 of 24
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Thank you all for sharing the pain. I just read her yelp reviews for me and the florist and i got 5 stars and the florist got 1. So she had many other problems with him such as color of flowers, size of flowers and from what she said, he used far fewer flowers than she ordered. (it didn't look sparse at all, i think he over promised and she thought she got a deal).

I used the same florist for my first wedding in 93 and they screwed up my order and my bouquet was horrible. I just haven't heard anything good about them. (I didn't know this was her florist until late in the game)

She did eat the top tier already, AND she said that it was her favorite flavor (she ordered four flavors in a 12/10/8/6 for a reception with 30 guests. really). She texted me the next day and told me it was phenomenal, and she gave me an excellent Yelp review (and in this review she said that her hotel was horrible and the florist was horrible, but the cake saved the day!).

I almost don't want to tell her the background of the florist disregarding my instructions and sticking the roses in it. She most likely doesn't have any idea that that wasn't the correct way to put flowers on a cake (we all know that it happens like this waaaaay more than it should!) I mean, if she found fault with so many aspects of her wedding and I know that there won't be any recourse/refund with the florist (at least without a fight. a fight that i don't want to be involved with), do i want to pile on more disappointment? In her mind, the cake was perfect so i really don't want to tell her how it wasn't, even if it wasn't of my doing.

And if I do make it an issue and she brings it back to Florist X, then that opens the door to industry badmouthing of me. And this guy is quite a bit of the bitch and well known in town as his father started the flower business that he is continuing. Not someone who I wish to tangle with just for the moral win. (though i sure do love a fight when i know i'm right!)

I do know that if I cannot make and win my case for sugar flowers, i will require that floral cake toppers be arranged and in a plastic dish to place on top of the cake.

thumbs_up.gif and thank you so much for the kind words on the cake. I do really love how it turns out (but when you look at those bags of red, green, yellow, and white royal bags next to each other, it sure is crazy that something pretty came from such a garish color palette)
post #17 of 24
Honestly I think the red roses detract from your lovely cake. It would have been better to not have a topper and just continue your design across the top. IMHO! thumbs_up.gif

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post #18 of 24
As many have already mentioned, you cake was so beautiful that it did not need the flowers. I really don't know why people put fresh flowers on cakes. Although I love fresh flowers, the thought of it on a cake kind of grosses me out. I would much rather have a cake with gumpaste flowers.
post #19 of 24
I'd never heard of a florist sticking flowers in a cake until I read it on CC. When I have ordered flower arrangements from a florist (for the top of a cake) they have stuck them in a hemisphere of oasis that is covered with plastic (purpose built) which I have then placed on a circle of baking paper on top of the cake and secured with RI. However I have heard no mention of these by anyone on CC. Perhaps US cakers should insist on these from the florist if they are doing a posey arrangement for the top of the cake.
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by carmijok

Honestly I think the red roses detract from your lovely cake. It would have been better to not have a topper and just continue your design across the top. IMHO! thumbs_up.gif



Oh...I know! I didn't learn of the roses she ordered until 2 weeks out. It definitely wasn't part of our design (actually, she was looking for a handmade bride and groom from Etsy or the like. I suppose when she didn't find one (she gave birth during the time i met with her and the wedding) she gave up and thought she needed some topper, so flowers would do.)

This was one of the higher maintenance brides that i've had (i posted about it earlier with her husband trying to get this order done 'off the books' to save the tax), and when she mentioned it I just let it go. I really just wanted to get through this without having the credit charges reversed for some complaint! To make my own life easier, i was a bit of a 'yes man' as this went down. But it was a lesson learned. I have another cake coming up that is budget conscious that will require fresh 'tropical' flowers. I'd love to get gum paste done, but i know that that isn't in their budget. It's for sure not my favorite, but at this point i'm not ready to rule out all fresh flowers on cakes. I just have to be in control of them!
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by lorieleann

(though i sure do love a fight when i know i'm right!)



I love this quote as much as I love your cake!!! I'm the same way.

Your cake is beautiful and the piping is exquisite. Unlike some of the others, I do like the roses at the top of the cake, but I think that it would have looked nicer if they weren't so big.

I should have also mentioned that what the florist did was extremely rude and unprofessional. Like someone else said, he vandalized your cake. Karma is a funny thing though, he'll get his.
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post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

Yeah, don't use real flowers. They're covered with dirt, pesticides and fertilizers and unless you'd want to eat them yourself they shouldn't be on your food.

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This goes with the saying that just because it's been done before, it doesn't mean it was being done right.
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post #23 of 24
I do not allow fresh or silk flowers on my cakes...it is either a "cake topper" ornament of some sort or something made out of sugar - flowers or hand modeled. I have lost a few orders over this but if that is what they want I can't and won't provide it for them.

I used to be a florist many years ago and loved it. Because I was a florist, I know exactly how the flowers are handled and they are basically nasty and unsanitary. It is fine for arrangements - not fine for my cakes. After a florist cut roses and stuck them into one of my cakes WITHOUT anything on them is when I said "never again". If they cake is messed up by someone else I look bad. Not happening.

Flowers can also retain little bugs. Yuk.

I would certainly let the bride know and keep an eye out for fricktard florist!
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post #24 of 24
I do not allow fresh or silk flowers on my cakes...it is either a "cake topper" ornament of some sort or something made out of sugar - flowers or hand modeled. I have lost a few orders over this but if that is what they want I can't and won't provide it for them.

I used to be a florist many years ago and loved it. Because I was a florist, I know exactly how the flowers are handled and they are basically nasty and unsanitary. It is fine for arrangements - not fine for my cakes. After a florist cut roses and stuck them into one of my cakes WITHOUT anything on them is when I said "never again". If they cake is messed up by someone else I look bad. Not happening.

Flowers can also retain little bugs. Yuk.

I would certainly let the bride know and keep an eye out for fricktard florist!
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