When a bride sends you a picture of a cake they like, do you automatically go with it, or do you try and steer them in another direction? Possibly to come up with a design that might have the elements of the cake they like, but making it more their own? Unless a bride is steadfast on "this HAS to be the cake they get", do you budge them towards a cake that is more "just for them"? The last couple of wedding cakes I've done, I've gone pretty much by the design they've wanted. (I do let them know that since the picture of the cake they want is not one of my cakes, it won't be "exactly" like that...but will get as close to it as possible). However, when I get to the venue and see how the place is decorated, I see things that would have looked nice incorporated on the cake.
One place was decorated in what I would call a Victorian style. What they wanted in the cake didn't have that feel at all. To me, the cake looked kind of out of place. So...along with the usual questions on color, flavor, how many does the cake need to feed questions, would it be ok to ask to see samples of decorations they plan on using, what look they're going for etc? Since I've been back doing cakes I have only done a few wedding cakes so that's why I'm asking. When I used to do them back in the "only- butter cream" days, it was basically just "How many tiers, what flavor, what color do you want your roses, how many plastic bridesmaids do you want on the staircase, and do you want a fountain"?