I had a bride wanting a replica of the Royal Wedding cake , only for 200 people, and with a $150.00 budget.
Many of our customers really just don't understand what goes into cakes like this. I blame the TV shows that make it all look so easy, and promoting these cakes without promoting how much they charge for them.
Also , to chime in with the somewhat off topic conversation here:
A huge source of my 'Unrealistic Clients " are due to the fact we have another decorator in my area operating illegally.
In my county, to operate legally, I have to pay rent for a space at our farm market. I pay for insurance to CMA.
3 miles away from me there is a decorator, with little experience, operating illegally, advertising herself as a business through a facebook page that she actively promotes and charging somewhere around $1.00 - $1.50 per serving.
She is considered my ' competition' . Weekly I have someone request a quote from me who feels I am unreasonable seeing as she quotes out similar cakes on her facebook at 1/4 - 1/2 of the price.
I have potential clients come to me with photos of 3 tiered cakes, but they only need 30 servings but want the EXACT cake, and if they have already priced my ' competition ' they are expecting me to make the 3 tier cake and only charge for the 30 servings they need as she does. ( Who does that?!? )
Even though I do not 'cake' as my main source of income, I do have overhead expenses to legally pursue my hobby that need to be covered. It's not right , in my opinion, for another hobby baker to operate illegally. It would be an easier pill to swallow if she was marketing only to friends and family members. It wouldn't matter what she charged, or what her expertise is as they wouldn't have been my clients anyways.