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post #16 of 126
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Originally Posted by Erika513x2

I don't understand why people have weddings ad have a "budget" in my opinion is thats the case then don't have a wedding or just wait more time until you have enough............lol@the harassement




I agree that you can't expect a champagne wedding with a beer budget, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have a small, tasteful wedding. Why should the couple have to wait until they don't need to have a budget?

Even if DH and I made twice (or triple) what we make now, I would still want to have a budget for anything big-ticket, whether that be a wedding, home remodel, vacation trip, or whatever.

I think that it's smart to think about what things will cost. Even if you can afford "the best", why would you want to spend more on that than you need to? If you have more money than you know what to do with, there are lots of very worthwhile charities out there.

Shutting up and getting off my soap-box now.

(Obviously, in the case of the phone-stalker, wanting a huge cake for the cost of a much, much smaller, simpler cake, she isn't planning a small, tasteful wedding--or the budget is so low for the cake only because it is an "unimportant afterthought", after they blew tens of thousands on the reception hall, food, dress, etc.)
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post #17 of 126
This is the exact reason that when I do any discounts I ask that it be kept between the reciever of the cake and I.

I am subtle about it but very clear in my comment and the point is made.

I always give a laugh and say in a friendly voice "now please remember that this discount is something that needs to not be discussed with anyone. If asked tell them the value of the cake is __________. The amount of my discounts to you just as important to keep quiet just like salary, tax returns, and a good color job by your beautician to cover grey hair when we get to that age. "

They usually ask "what happens if I tell them I got it for _______".

My reply is... the next time you pay full price plus 15%. That 15% i smy charge for pain and suffering due to someone trying to fight me for the same price you got this for."

I don't think I've ever had anyone get mad due to how I present it and laugh about it. If they did they never said anything to me.
post #18 of 126
Forgot the cake??? More likely the original decorator set her loose because of her unreasonable expectations and behavior!
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post #19 of 126
The other question is (and not that we care icon_twisted.gif ) will there actually be 450 in attendance at this wedding? With planning like this (forgetting the cake!!!) I wonder if the invitations were sent, or if the church/whatever was booked, or if a gazillion other things went undone... Makes me wanna go "hmmm..." but not that we care icon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_twisted.gif
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post #20 of 126
Oh my goodness.... I can't believe the gall of some people...

If I give a cake away or at a good rate I tell the person that this is for THEM and if it comes back to me that they told so and so about it they would be banned for life.

It makes them feel special and so far I haven't had a problem with someone trying to get someone else's pricing...

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post #21 of 126
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Originally Posted by miss_sweetstory

Forgot the cake??? More likely the original decorator set her loose because of her unreasonable expectations and behavior!



Sugarfrosted, I think miss_sweetstory may be right! I have made enquiries about this lady and her daughter (who apparently makes the term "Bridezilla" sound like an endearment!) No only is the wedding going to be bigger than Ben Hur, but the wedding dress alone cost AU$12,000.00!!!!

The friend (of mine, not hers! this woman is my friend's client) showed her the cake out of pride that her friend would "give her such a wonderful gift for her wedding" (her words, not mine!). There is not even the most tenuous relationship that would persuade me to offer her a discount - let alone the fact that it is not me that would be up all night, every night making this cake, but two wonderful people who are helping me through a difficult time.

Oh well.... The good news is, I could go on for pages about the wonderful people that I have met through this work, so one way or another, I am the winner!
post #22 of 126
Crikey Ozcake, That is incredible. I have had some customers who cannot understand the words "fully Booked" before, but your story is incredible! icon_surprised.gif
I am curious as a cat though, what did she say to try to convince you to do it in the 8 phonecalls? I mean seriously.. did she offer Hugh Jackman to give you a massage or what? icon_lol.gif
post #23 of 126
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Originally Posted by Curvy

Crikey Ozcake, That is incredible. I have had some customers who cannot understand the words "fully Booked" before, but your story is incredible! icon_surprised.gif
I am curious as a cat though, what did she say to try to convince you to do it in the 8 phonecalls? I mean seriously.. did she offer Hugh Jackman to give you a massage or what? icon_lol.gif



Now, THAT might have worked!! icon_lol.gificon_twisted.gif

No, she just kept trying to push the (non-existent) relationship between us - my friend, a chiropractor, has her as a client, we've never even met!
When that didn't work, she tried to play the "have pity on my darling daughter" card. At no time did she actually agree to pay a fair price. I even offered names of bakeries that might have provided a cake but, no.. she wanted THAT cake at HER price.

I haven't heard from her for a few hours now, so maybe she got the message - how very exciting, a CAKE STALKER!!
post #24 of 126
There must be some magazine article floating around somewhere that tells brides to "Never pay full price for your wedding cake!" Good job sticking to your guns, that's an inspiration for me!
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post #25 of 126
ooh, if only I was that popular! No stalkers for me! icon_cry.gificon_lol.gif
I hope she ends up with a donut king tower for her silly price and lack of notice! That'll impress all her guests!
I can't stand cheap customers and it annoys me more when they drive around in their mercedes but refuse to not pressure for price cuts! icon_mad.gif
My motto is now .. a good cake is not cheap and a cheap cake is not good! icon_smile.gif
post #26 of 126
she did what???!! What freaking planet does she live on?? Give me her number i'll sort her out.
I cant believe the gall of some people, that really is amazing, not just the constant calls but the 6am wake-up in the first place! How rude! I would have told her then and there to bugger off- i do to my friends! Not to mention telemarketers...
$200.. that is just amazing... you'll pay 12,000 for a dress she will never wear again but for the cake you are serving 450 (??) guests you can only afford 200 smackers?!
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post #27 of 126
" My motto is now .. a good cake is not cheap and a cheap cake is not good! "

That is great!! Something we should all remember.
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post #28 of 126
I agree with gingerkitten... how can you spend 12,000 on a dress, "forget" the cake, then expect to only pay 200 for it? For 450 people? People just flat out amaze me.
post #29 of 126
Yeah, I love how they say they are on a "budget" when they are having 450 people!!! Ridiculous!!!!


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post #30 of 126
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Originally Posted by Curvy

Crikey Ozcake, That is incredible. I have had some customers who cannot understand the words "fully Booked" before, but your story is incredible! icon_surprised.gif
I am curious as a cat though, what did she say to try to convince you to do it in the 8 phonecalls? I mean seriously.. did she offer Hugh Jackman to give you a massage or what? icon_lol.gif



icon_eek.gif DID she offer THAT?! I'LL DO THE CAKE! RRRRROOOWWW! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif Just kidding! Or AM I? icon_razz.gif For the massage from Jack, I'd give her cake for 100 people icon_wink.gif
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