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post #46 of 52
Okay, so I'm dying to know, has she said yes???
post #47 of 52
Definitely get a signed contract with deposit. Are you charging for delivery?? You need to take that into consideration also. Time is money. Some brides think you have nothing better to do than deal with their "issues". You're running a business, and friend or not, each customer needs to pay for your time. I have an information sheet for brides that I send them before they come and in it, I state, 1st consult is free, after that, it's $25 an hour! She's already sucked up $75 in her three hours flipping pages!
I'm all the other ladies here - tell her you're sorry but you not going to be able to do her cake. That $100 will turn out to be about a $30-40 dollar profit for you when all's said and done. Is it worth the stress she's caused you?

If you do decide to do it, tell her she will need to make payment IN FULL at least 2 weeks prior to wedding, AND no payment, NO CAKE! I have very strict rules with this... I give them one call to remind them, if I don't have it by the week of the wedding, they get another call telling them if I don't receive the money, I will not be delivering their cake and they lose the deposit. Put it all in a contract and make her READ it and SIGN it!! Tell her everything too and give her a due date for balance so she can't say she didn't see it.

Good luck!

Tara
post #48 of 52
I just saw the first 2 cakes she picked out and boy they are so EXTRAVAGANT! WOW, what a step all the way down! Good luck again! ~Josie icon_smile.gif
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post #49 of 52
WOW!!!
I just wanted to say, that I am working with a bride right now, and I went down on my price.. I wished I had not, - because I am angry and not excited agbout doing her cake. I just have a feeling that I am not going to do my best work.... Never compromise. All of us here do great work, and we care about our presentation.

Man, like one of the ladies said before, make her a sheet cake and call it a day!
post #50 of 52
Pinkbunny--

I have a minimum price of $50.00 for a wedding cake whether it feeds 20 or 50. The price goes up from there. $100 for that cake AND the time you have invested in her consults is not too much. 1st wedding that my friend and I tried to do the whole reception, we did not have a contact (bad, bad, bad). Mother and bride said they were decorating the guest tables and making the punch because they had a great recipe.

Guess what??? We ended up decorating the tables 30 minutes before the wedding and mixing the punch without directions. Mother also kept bringing in Wal-Mart sacks with wedding things, putting them on a table by the entry doors and not telling us what they were, so toasting glasses got misplaced. Mother was PO'd.

I know they told people that we messed up the reception but that has not hurt my wedding cake business AT ALL!!! In fact, it is way more than I ever imagined. BTW--I refuse to do the whole reception anymore--only cakes. And we did find out that the bride and mother had made everyone else mad and they had quit. Called us 2 weeks before wedding with all the demands.
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"Quality Cakes Aren't Cheap and Cheap Cakes Aren't Quality"

It's not "just cake!"
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post #51 of 52
for $100 she gets a walmart cake and picks it up as they do not deliver and set up
post #52 of 52
just saw the new cake... I would do a 10 inch cake that would serve 30 just fine. each layer could be a flavor so every guest gets both flavors and then since it is torted a filling in each

It would be a verly elegant cake for a small wedding and yes I could do it for under $100 I would charge more than a usual party cake because they will want it delivered and set up. but unless it was close I may insist they pick it up it would look lovely on a silver or glass pedestal stand
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