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What is this business of people buying cheaper sheet cake?

post #1 of 27
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Hi all,
I haven't been doing this for a business, but have read lots of comments about couples buying a smaller wedding cake, and then ordering a sheet cake from Costcos or Sam's Club for the rest of the guests? I understand this is to save on costs, but it seems a wee bit impolite to me. What do you do? Do you ever offer to make the sheet cake for a lower cost? I know that if I were a guest at a wedding, and I saw the couple cut a fabulous cake, and then I got a gross fake frosting cake with chemical taste, I would be feeling like a second class citizen! If they can't afford to feed me, then dont invite me! Thanks for your input!
Nancy
post #2 of 27
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I know that if I were a guest at a wedding, and I saw the couple cut a fabulous cake, and then I got a gross fake frosting cake with chemical taste, I would be feeling like a second class citizen!

This is exactly what to say to customers who request this.

Kitchen cakes are cheaper to make than nicely decorated multi-tier cakes (since there is less labor involved) but of course they are still more expensive than a Costco cake. If you know that the customer will be supplementing your cake with a Costco cake ahead of time you can reject the order, but if you find out as you are delivering the cake to the venue there's not a whole lot you can do.
post #3 of 27
I'd be offended. I'm making my own wedding cake. We don't have many coming but I'm still giving anyone who wants it from the big cake. I get cutting costs n all. Some may not notice cause they are drunk, lol. Cut costs somewhere else....the cake is like your centerpiece besides your dress for a woman.
post #4 of 27

I have rejected a couple of orders due to this.  I don't want guests assuming I made their piece of cake (that tastes like its a year old a made of cardboard) when in fact what they are eating did not come from me at all.  I think its rude to your guests to serve some the "good cake" and some the other cake.  If your guests are not important enough to be served real cake then they shouldn't have been invited. JMO

post #5 of 27
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I agree, and good business advice, Jason. I am old school, but I believe in treating every guest who comes to your wedding as an honored guest, not cheap out with some fake chemical cake. Save money elsewhere! When I got married, I had a woman who baked from home make my cake, and it was pricy, but people still tell me how awesome it was 25 years later. I never would have given my guests cheap cake!

And I asked my husband, who is not sensitive about this stuff at all, what he would think if he saw the gorgeous cake cut by bride and groom and then got served a piece of chemical cake. He laughed, and said since he always waits to write the check until the end because he is forgetful, they would get 1/2 of what he had planned because it is insulting. And this from a pretty laid back guy!
Nncy
post #6 of 27
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Yes, kvand, I agree. Don't invite them if they aren't good enough for the good cake. Sigh. Do you watch the bride shows? Are they all that difficult to deal with generally? They all seem so narcissistic, and so "I want to be a princess!" I don't think I have wedding cakes anywhere in my future.
Nancy
post #7 of 27
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Yes, kvand, I agree. Don't invite them if they aren't good enough for the good cake. Sigh. Do you watch the bride shows? Are they all that difficult to deal with generally?
No, the brides you see on TV score in the top 1% on the difficulty scale. The brides that are more easygoing and do not generate as much conflict won't make it on TV, since conflict sells and is more interesting to watch.
post #8 of 27

Because weddings are no longer about thanking and pampering the guests. The guests who supposedly have been your life long family and friends, and mentors and confidants, and who support you and your union. The people who you love and honor and couldn't have made it this far in life without.

 

Naw, it's not about that. It's about making a Pinterest, swoonworthy, "I DIE", over the top affair.....as cheap as possible, and to see how many registries they can get on. It's a gift grab. It's a "look at me, I'm a PRINCESS damnit, YOU worship me and bring me expensive gifts! But I'm going to cheap out on everything where I can, and I'm certainly not going to spend good money on food...lol! Here's your dumpy sheetcake. Where's my gift? And don't forget to pin twenty-twen-twens on my dress for the dollar dance! Doesn't literally mean, dollars, pffffffffft. Twenties.

 

Oh dear. tapedshut.gif A bit of a rant, eh? icon_lol.gif

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post #9 of 27

Oh and you bet your sweet Aunt's fanny I talk about the insult factor of the nice cake versus the sheet cake, IF it comes up.

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post #10 of 27
I made a cake for my boyfriend's friend's wedding. They wanted a pretty, small cake for pictures & they ordered sheet cakes from Costco. I was kind of irritated that they spent $500 on a photo booth but wouldn't spend a couple hundred bucks on good cake. Saddest thing, is I gifted the stinkin' cake to them! I didn't tell them it was a gift until I delivered it though, for several reasons.
They ordered sheets from Costco, and I explained how the caterer would cut it, but they bought like 4 sheetcakes when the caterer only cut about 1 1/2 of them. So they paid twice as much for their cake anyway. Serves 'em right, I guess.
post #11 of 27

I have a bride right now wanting a dummy cake. No servings, just an over the top decorated styrofoam cake for pictures and she plans to buy sheet cakes from Sam's to serve.

I won't do it, my name and reputation is being attached to the cake the guests ( who happen to be my family ) think they will be served.

It doesn't even make sense to me.

post #12 of 27
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AZCouture, you had me laughing! What is this nonsense about pinning money to the dress?!? You are making that up, I hope??? Sounds like a stripper, instead of a bride!!

Jason, I hope you are right about most brides being laid back! I am from the NY area, grew up near NYC, and the brides seem a lot more like AZ Couture says! Narcissism run wild!

Pam, that couple got a big helping of karma along with their cheap cakes. How foolish!

And Melanie, if I ever get skilled enough to do weddings, I am with you! If you are going to serve cheap tasteless cakes, I wouldn't want my name anywhere near them, either!
Nancy
post #13 of 27
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Jason, I hope you are right about most brides being laid back! I am from the NY area, grew up near NYC, and the brides seem a lot more like AZ Couture says! Narcissism run wild!

I wouldn't necessarily say that most brides are laid back, just that they are more laid back than what you see on TV. It's still a stressful time that often includes conflicting preferences, but generally things can be sorted out without too much drama.

Of course there are still bridezillas out there, but in reality a vendor will just dump a customer who causes that many problems. The vendors who appear on TV shows are more willing to put up with the drama in exchange for the advertising exposure.
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by melanie-1221 View Post

I have a bride right now wanting a dummy cake. No servings, just an over the top decorated styrofoam cake for pictures and she plans to buy sheet cakes from Sam's to serve.
I won't do it, my name and reputation is being attached to the cake the guests ( who happen to be my family ) think they will be served.
It doesn't even make sense to me.

Different customers will have different priorities, if a bride is more interested in the appearance of the cake than the taste, then it stands to reason most of the expense will be on the decoration side. Of course, once the bride realizes that the price of a fake multi-tier cake is equivalent to a real multi-tier cake of the same size, they may as well just get the real cake.

There are vendors who specialize in renting out fake cakes, a rented cake coupled with grocery store sheet cakes would be one way to go if budget is an issue.
post #15 of 27

There are actually businesses that will rent/sell a gorgeous dummy cake so that you can then buy a cheapo cake for your guests to eat. They even have a little spot cutout in the back where you can put a part of the sheet cake and look like you are eating the beautiful fake cake. It was on TLC I think. People don't understand you get what you pay for. I had an amazing cupcake wedding cake at my wedding. It cost but it was worth it. I wouldn't let someone buy my cake knowing they were going to pass off a grocery store cake as mine. It's bad for business. 

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