Decorating The Cake Table

Decorating By chanda Updated 12 Aug 2009 , 7:30pm by __Jamie__

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chanda Posted 12 Aug 2009 , 4:57pm
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I have only ever done two wedding cakes. I am about to do the third in September. Do you decorate the cake table yourself? At the wedding I did in July, the table was really bare. I did not talk to the couple about decorating the table and I could not afford to get decorations to match their theme because I did the cake very very inexpensively since I am a newbie. When I got married I thought that the florist decorated the cake table. Just wondering what everyone does. I personally would like to decorate it myself, but I can't do it for free.

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MikeRowesHunny Posted 12 Aug 2009 , 5:04pm
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So far, the venue has laid linens, and I have provided the bridal knife set & stand if hired from me by the bride and groom. I have also used tulle and fresh flowers to pretty up a table/stand (paid for by the bride & groom). HTH a bit!

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rainbow_kisses Posted 12 Aug 2009 , 5:11pm
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it is really down to the bride to arrange the cake table she might ask the florist, the room decorator or cake maker but quite often the bride forgets about the cake table icon_eek.gif it is all down to organisation. you should not feel you should do it if you have not been asked but mention it to her in a kind of round about way like 'what decoration will be on the cake table?' to see if she has even thought about it. icon_smile.gif

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indydebi Posted 12 Aug 2009 , 6:31pm
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No, I do not. I am not a reception decorator. If bride wants her table decorated, that's what her event planner is for. There are businesses out there whose sole purpose is to decorate the reception hall if the bride doesn't want to or doesn't have time. I'm not that business.

I am not spending a lot of my operational cash in decorations that I won't ever need again. And I'm not going to try to match whatever the bride wants, just so she can claim my off color roses RUINED her wedding so she wants a full refund.

If you choose to decorate the table, be sure you spell it out what you're going to do AND CHARGE FOR IT! Not just materials, but materials plus mark-up, PLUS your time.

The only thing I ever mention about cake decoration is (1) if you or your venue does the bunch-up-the-tablecloth-thing, then leave a flat space in the center for the cake (2) if you spread those little rocks/pebble things on the table, leave a clean flat space in the center for the cake (3) if you lay the small lights under the tablecloth, leave a clean flat space in the center for the cake.

Cakes need a FLAT space to sit on. I can't sit the cake on top of a strand of lights and expect it to sit flat. (Yes, had one of those once! I implemented my policy of "If it's in my way, I'm moving it!")

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PinkZiab Posted 12 Aug 2009 , 6:44pm
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I do whatever I am hired to do, which generally means, I deliver a cake. That's it. If someone wants to contract me to decorate the cake table, fine and dandy, but it's going to cost them not only for the items I decorate with, but also my hourly charge for setting it all up (and I'm kind of pricey lol). Even a florist would charge to decorate the cake table (unless that was included in part of the package). What I've commonly seen done at weddings (as a guest, and as a frequent bridesmaid) is that the cake table is left bare, but once the bridal party makes their entrance, their bouquets are taken and used as decorations for the cake table. You could always suggest that to a budget-conscious bride. She'll love you for suggesting something that will actually save her money.

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__Jamie__ Posted 12 Aug 2009 , 7:14pm
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Holy moly! Cake only! Whew....I can't imagine ever bringing that up.

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leah_s Posted 12 Aug 2009 , 7:28pm
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what Indy said. I'm a cake designer and maker, not an event decorator. If they have a cake knife set and flutes, I will take them out of the box and set them on the table.

Remember "No good deed goes unpunished."

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__Jamie__ Posted 12 Aug 2009 , 7:30pm
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Oh yeah, of course, set up some stuff if it's there, no problem. I do that all the time.

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