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post #16 of 146
Champagne I think the email was perfect, stated exactly why you could not do it and you even offered your services in the future if she needed it. And there is no way she is getting a cake to serve 100 for $75, unless its Twinkies, and I think 100 Twinkies would be more than $75...wave buh bye and thank your lucky stars she got the chocolate fountain, lol.

K8, I almost fell off of my chair, your posts should have a warning...."friend chicken drum sticks", everyone in my house looked up to see why I am laughing so hard I am crying!
sweet treats and love, erica
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sweet treats and love, erica
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post #17 of 146
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much everyone. I was just shocked and flustered and I wrote the e-mail and sent it. Then I thought maybe I should have waited a little while until I had calmed down to write her back. I was sure I could of said it differently...but thanks guys for making me feel better. I felt like saying are you crazy??? But I refrained...which is hard for me icon_smile.gif

Sarah
post #18 of 146
Brides just need to be educated and you did just that! They want everything and the look and this and that but want to payfor nothing. You want a dessert table, fine, but that is not an excuse to go cheap on the cake. A chocolate fountain to replace the wedding cake? icon_confused.gif I can imagine how the photos will look. Hey everyone I was too cheap to pay for a cake so now that I have 200 people to celebrate with us, and this is our first party thrown together as man and wife, crowd around this little cake and take our pictures. If you like this, just wait until the potluck Christmas buffet party we are having. Only the best, Mr and Mrs. Cheapies.
yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift, that is why it is called the present. from the movie Kung Fu Panda
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yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift, that is why it is called the present. from the movie Kung Fu Panda
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post #19 of 146
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Originally Posted by jlynnw

If you like this, just wait until the potluck Christmas buffet party we are having. Only the best, Mr and Mrs. Cheapies.



I went to a potluck wedding before. The invitation actually said "please bring your favorite covered dish" It was a small wedding but still, they had nice flowers and her dress was extravagant....

To make matters worse, it took chicken wings and didnt even get any, they were gone by the time I got thru the buffet line icon_cry.gif
At least I spared my hands and dress from the BBQ sauce icon_smile.gif
post #20 of 146
I wouldn't worry about it. Sounds to me like you got your point across as tactfully as you could!

Look at it this way, you are changing the way people look at cake, one bride at a time...
Lauren~~Wife to Richard~~Mom to Olivia & Ruby
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Amateurs practice 'til they get it right. Professionals practice 'til they can't do it wrong.
I'm somewhere in the middle!
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Lauren~~Wife to Richard~~Mom to Olivia & Ruby
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Amateurs practice 'til they get it right. Professionals practice 'til they can't do it wrong.
I'm somewhere in the middle!
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post #21 of 146
*cough*i'veconsideredapotluckwedding*cough*

Then my mom looked at me like I was crazy and said, "NO."

I thought that email was perfect, by the way. Nicely worded.
post #22 of 146
I think the bride was trying to get a response along the lines of:

"Dear Ms. Pinchapenny (soon to be Mrs. Cheapster Cheaperson),

I am so desperate for your business because you're the only person in Michigan that has ever wanted a wedding cake, that I am begging you to allow me to take food out of my children's mouth so you can have the best, cheapest wedding ever! I know that story about the $100 cake quote is a crock, but I'm a moron, so I'm going to believe you and do it for $20! On second thought, let me pay you for allowing me to make your wedding cake (fantastic idea, I know!).

I think it will look absolutely stunningly (horrendous) next to the chocolate fountain! I can just see the chocolate being slung all over the cake that I slaved for hours on only to have you and your husband forget to eat it because you were too busy doing keg-stands with your college buddies! I'm sure you'll pass my name on to all of your cheap friends and family who, although they probably make six figure salaries, will pretend to be dead broke just to get a cheap cake while I struggle to pay my bills!

Thanks so much for having no shame. I look forward to being screwed over by you soon!"

Yep, that's exactly how she wanted your email to read. Glad you saw past that, boot her on to the former mortician who thought cake decorating was a "piece of cake" and quoted her that asinine price. When everybody's smacking their lips saying, "hmmm...do you taste a hint of formaldehyde in your buttercream?", then she'll realize the mistake she made by trying to go the cheap route. Your email was right on point.
post #23 of 146
I think your response was great! I copied it and saved it to my "What to say" file.
Oh, Bother!
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Oh, Bother!
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post #24 of 146
Tita! That was way too good!! I esp. like the part about the "yummy" buttercream!! icon_wink.gif

Several years ago I lived in central Mi - and I got these calls ALL the time! And thats WHY the bakery's there are expensive! *shaking my head* I always kept my prices as low as I could for competition ... but they seemed to always think it wasnt quite low enuff!! Im glad to be back home in Fl where most ppl know what a decent cake cost!!

champagneibo - your email was perfect! Like TracyLH said - you can sleep well knowing that!
I'm NOT 40 something ... I'm $39.99 plus shipping and handling!!

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Words from the lovely caterer Goldy: "When in doubt; Bundt"
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I'm NOT 40 something ... I'm $39.99 plus shipping and handling!!

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Words from the lovely caterer Goldy: "When in doubt; Bundt"
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post #25 of 146
Thread Starter 
Tita9499 thanks...you are funny...all of you guys are so nice. I just really don't know anyone that would be able to do that...it seems impossible...so it made me think she was trying to get me to go down, but that is way down...and I have to say I have been told many times that I need to charge more. Now, I could see her e-mailing me back eventually and saying that she did need me to do it because the other person isn't going to now...and I would be kinda hesitant to take her on as a client. Oh well, I will keep you guys posted as to what she says...it should be interesting.

Sarah
post #26 of 146
Whatever you do, don't go out of your way to accomodate her. As flaky as she was about trying to bargain you down (which is exactly what she was trying to do), she may be just as flaky about staying with you. You may go out of your way to help her out when she decides o come groveling back, only to find that weeks before she decides her chocolate fountain is the bomb and she don't need no cake from you period. I've seen it done too many times to good, hardworking, cakerators.

I'm not saying this lady is lying about the $100 quote, but can you imagine how horrified people are going to be when they're pulling cat hairs out of their mouths? I can only imagine that this "cake person" is a old widow with, like, 113 cats running around her home licking the buttercream off of her fingers...erp, 'scuse me, gotta vomit real quick, HAY! Stick to your guns girl!
post #27 of 146
Let me say I'm the biggest sucker out there for a sob story. I am embarrassed at how many times I have done a cake for nearly nothing. Then later find out how much was spent on flowers, the dress etc. I have learned a valuable lesson. Why is it that cake seems to have this problem. They see the walmart cakes and think, why can't you do it that cheap, they don't say that to a caterer. They just figure the food must be better for the higher cost. Its maddening, I have a soft spot and am easily taken advantage of, but I have learned. I would never go to a friends business and ask for a break in costs, people have no idea the work involved.
post #28 of 146
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Originally Posted by k8memphis

No no no I got it I got it!!!

Let her run her choco fountain on full steam ahead and some little kid come to give her a big hug with chocolate smeared all over them selves.

Bwuuwhahahahaha



Oh dear (tears in eyes from laughing), you are a HOOT!

Don't let cheapskates make you undersell your time, hard work, and talent. I honestly don't think people really realize what it takes to pull of a delicious and beautiful cake. You do this because you love it but you need to make some money from it too. Good for you! Your email was very professional and totally appropriate.
Cake is merely an excuse to eat icing.
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Cake is merely an excuse to eat icing.
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post #29 of 146
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Originally Posted by cathyscakes

Then later find out how much was spent on flowers, the dress etc. I have learned a valuable lesson.




Don't get me wrong, as a person who works in the trade industry, I fully respect the skill it takes to put together certain things.

That being said, I don't understand why a bride will walk away from a florist who's quoting 2-grand (if you're lucky) for a bunch of roses in foam blocks, all Holly-go-lightly (happy); then bounce like a little bunny rabbit on meth at the "deal" she got on her dress in paying 5-grand (and it's not even a Vera Wang) from the dressmaker.

Only to have her walk into one of our shops/bakeries/homes and scoff at the audacity of us charging her the right price for a custom designed, hand decorated, labor-intensive EDIBLE work of art...seriously, some of us (me raising my hand and waving it like a psycho) have invested thousands of dollars on culinary degrees and training, others have invested precious years of our lives honing this craft and it ticks me right the heck off (sorry I'm being so vulgar), to have someone treat us like we're chopped liver!!

Let's start a revolution!!!! (or not, I'm just sayin')
post #30 of 146
Your e-mail was just fine as it is. I sounded professionl to me.
LINDA
Groveland, MA
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LINDA
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Little? Ya, I'm only 4'9.25".
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