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It does not have to be Jello brand instant pudding.  I use Wal-Mart brand as it is less expensive although I bake from scratch so I don't use either one.
Razz, one thing I noticed in one of your last posts, you stated she had approved the design and you even made a dummy cake for her.  WHY??? This took more of your time as well as money as a loss of $$$.  If they like the design, then that's enough, make the cake. ONLY after you have gotten your money 1 month in advance of the actual date of the event.  Please, please tell us you were paid and were able to deliver the cake. 
I too have never heard of a viewing and unless it is specifically requested I would not even offer one. As you can see the bride is most certainly busy and is more than likely so busy that a viewing is the farest thing from her mind.  The advise you've gotten as far as deposits and balance due and I would make it due 1 month prior as it will not be such a busy time for the wedding party.   I agree with an email stating that it is absolutely necessary for you to be paid...
I have made German Chocolate cake for over 20 years and the icing does not use sweet and condensed milk, it uses evaporated milk. Perhaps you mixed the 2 up in your mind? I have to be careful when I see baking soda and baking powder as I will tend to mix them up.  I would use the coconut milk , thicken it with arrowroot or flour to thicken it or make a vanilla custard using the coconut milk and put coconut in it. Sound like a wonderful filling.
The legal description of taking money for services rendered is a Business. It is so easy to become legal under the Cottage Food Act, check into it.  I was a legal business, still am under the CFA,  but my point being, before to become legal I had to turn in a bunch of paper to the Dept. of Agriculture, be inspected, pay for the license and pay some other fees to run the business. Not to mention my overhead, $$$$$$ out the door to whomever was to be paid that month. Since...
I would not trust this drum for your cake as you will be having a lot of weight on it.  I would go to a store like Home Depot and have them cut me a piece of nice 1/2" plywood. If you look in that wood department you will find they have smaller pieces there so you will not have to pay for one of the large sheets. You can then cover them with the foil  or anything you want.  I have taken wrapping paper that goes with the event, wrapped the board and then put clear Contact...
I never use wooden dowel any more cause I had a large wedding cake start to collapse as a couple slipped inside the bottom tier.   I now use the plastic dowels although many say they use straws, I 've never tried them. How many layers of cake is the bottom?  If you have more than 2 layers then you need to put another cake board in. even if it is 3 layers. This helps give more stability. When you put dowels in you should put one more than the size of the cake on top so if...
You can use a little piping gel, apply it very lightly and you fondant will stick to it very nicely.
The photo looks as though it is Real Tree prints.  If you look up Real Tree you will find a pattern like that.  My granddaughter loves that stuff and they have it in many colors to fit ones desire to be camouflaged.  Good Luck!
In my opinion, I think you will have a difficult time getting the colors you are looking for.  Bettercreme does not take color well and it will be much lighter than what you are looking for.  I would definitely use the Wilton gels or any other brand of gel coloring and do a practice run of the coloring to see what you get.  Remember when you add a lot of coloring you can get a bitter taste/ Does the client not want some icing other than Bettercreme?
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