Maybe it's my sick twisted nursing humor, but I loved this thread! Deb, I bet you have a million of 'em!
My only professional story was recieving a call on Saturday from the catering staff inquiring as to why the wedding cake hadn't been delivered to X event. We, the catering bakery, check our orders....um...we have no order for a wedding cake for X event. The guests are due to arrive in less than 2 hours. And that is the bakery's problem how? Turns out the catering planner had "forgotten" to place the bakery order for the cake. So, our entire bakery staff dropped what they were doing, got on the ball and using frozen sheet cakes, produced a spectacular wedding cake, including fresh flowers, for 100, in 30 minutes! Luckily, we even had the right flavors of cake and filling available! The delivery driver was off and running and the cake arrived with 5 minutes to spare! The bride thought it was the best cake ever! (If we had a dollar for every time we had to save the event planners' behinds....)
On a personal note, the pastor and his wife from our church back when we were newlyweds were having a 25th anniversary vow renewal. Our pastor was very sick and they had planned to have one on their 50th, but it didn't look good. So I had done a few wedding cakes by that time, and gave the pastor and his wife, whom we adored, their "wedding" cake for free. He had married us, after all!
The cake was gorgeous and delicious, and well beyond their expectations. It was three tiers with two heart-shaped satellite cakes with their names on them, with silk flowers in their colors. DH and I were on a very tight budget at the time, and we had made a bit of a sacrifice to give them this cake. Fast forward a few months, and I get a request for a wedding cake for a daughter of a lady from our church. I should have known there would be trouble when they looked surprised that I was charging
them $1 a serving! I am told that they are trying to keep costs down, since it is a cake and punch reception only. Softie that I am, I am determined to make the best cake I can, since they can't afford a full reception, which is the norm here. I am told they are on a strict budget, yadda, yadda, yadda.
The cake ends up being a monstrosity! I'm doing you a favor, so go ahead, pick out a really difficult cake! It was the Wilton chapel cake with six tiers of cake, plus the cost of the chapel kit, the light and the extension cord, plus, of course, you want a different decor for the cakes than the picture. I'm still okay with it at this point, because I'm helping them on their big day. I kinda felt bad that they were having a cake and punch reception.
Fast forward to the day of the wedding. I arrive for delivery, and I'm setting up the cake, and I'm fuming, because the caterers are also setting up.
And I never recieved a thank you, or any of my chapel kit or equipment back, even though I reminded the MOB several times at church. No good deed...