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post #31 of 146
Oh! a Champagne Wedding on a beer budget!

just wait until a little one runs to her with chocolate on their hands....she will wish she spent $ 10.00 a slice.

I have seen it before fountains make me cringe.
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post #32 of 146
I love chocolate. I think chocolate fountains are the coolest! But chocolate fountains and weddings are something I do not enjoy. In close quarters, I've seen chocolate all over folks as people bump into them...most especially a bride with a full skirt.

Good for you for telling that bride the way it is.
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post #33 of 146
Becky, a pot-luck WEDDING! Are you kidding?

If I got an invitation to a wedding that said "Bring your favorite covered dish" I would bring JUST that -

My favorite (empty) baking dish with the cover - wrapped in the appropriate wedding paper with a card that said "Thanks so much for letting me know what you needed to start your new life together!"
post #34 of 146
You go Girl!!! I live in misissippi on the gulf coast. The people here also don't know the price of a good cake. I undercharge and people still try and talk me down. I think everyone should have to make a cake as a project in high school. They should have to pay the cost and do the labor. I guarantee this would enlighten some people. I ask $60 for a cake that would easily go for $100 and people still want to get it for $25. I feel like saying go to walmart!!! Get your cheap fake ingredient, when was it made at the factory cake (no offense to the decorators), and when you want a real cake call me! But, alas I never do I just politely explain and turn it down if I have to. I did have a mother who thought she could make a cake for cheaper ask for me to guide her along in making a cake. I gave her a list of ingredients and supervised her work. When she finished she swore that she would just pay me to do the cake next time, and that I should charge more. It was great.When I quoted a price at the place she worked and someone tried to quibble, she backed me saying the ingredients cost her more than I was quoting them! See they need a class lol. A chocolate fountain in place of a cake!! lmao icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif I have heard it all. She'll go cheap on the chocolate too. No belgian for her! I wonder if her guests know they'll be getting an ex lax fountain. Did she bother to ask the $75 mystery baker if the cake was a dummy? For even cheaper she could get her hubby to carve a block of ice and let the guests have a lick lol. icon_lol.gif
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post #35 of 146
I'm not against choco-fountains, but I don't think that will save on cake. She may very well be embarassed when she's 100 slices short. Even if it did help, I doubt it would cut the number in HALF, more than 100 will want cake even with the fountain.
post #36 of 146
I am impressed with your response to her. It had a friendly tone to it, even though you were telling her NO way. icon_biggrin.gif Things like this are so funny-I get them too.
post #37 of 146
Great response. Hope she enjoys her $75 cake.
post #38 of 146
The things you write and then delete before you come up with a diplomatic answer like you sent....'Ohhh, I was under the impression you wanted something good. Good luck dear'

TJ

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post #39 of 146
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Originally Posted by ashk36

*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.



LOL...When my husband asked me to marry him I was soo excited. "So what month do you want to get married in? I asked. "I like May." He said. So far so good, I love May. "What kind of wedding do you want?" I ask. "I was thinking we could have a little potluck/BBQ at the park. Invite a few friends...you know." Pause...GULP! "Really?" I asked. "How long have you been thinking about this? I asked. "Oh a few weeks I guess." He said. "You know how long I've been thinking about this? Since I was five." He says. "Oh... well... we can do whatever you want then." Whew that was close!!

It was a lovely, little white church wedding for 135. Full dress, veil, vocalist, organist, flowers, two course sit down dinner, 3 tier cake, favors, little honeymoon, etc. At the end he looks at me and says. "I'm glad we did it your way." Yeah, me too. icon_wink.gif

I thought your email was perfect too.
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post #40 of 146
I love when people value our hard work less than the price of a Hostess Ding Dong. Oy!
post #41 of 146
I live in the South and if I actually take the trouble to put on pantyhose and something besides sneakers (not to mention good money spent on a gift that they may or may not really want even tho it was on their registry!), they darn well better have spent enough on a cake so that I get a slice~!! So there, cheapo bride with her choco fountain (yes, I love those also, but I want buttercream cake on the side icon_razz.gif ).
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post #42 of 146
As a caterer, I've gotten the sob story so many times, I can't take it any more. Sometimes, if I like the b&g and am feeling generous I will throw something in-IF they up their guarantee. $75 is basically free. They should look up that caker from before the crash who was doing free cakes to get the practice.
post #43 of 146
I thought the email response was great. Maybe this bride will think gee, if $75 doesn't even cover the cost of her ingredients, what is this cheap baker going to use for ingredients? And if it only covers the cost of ingredients, is cheap baker going to spend any time on my cake? There was a lot of information packed into that response, which is good, because if she does come back to you for the 100 person cake, her price needs to be more than $3.50/person now because although it will be less ingredients overall, reducing the size of the cake doesn't cut the costs in half nor does it cut your time investment in half.
post #44 of 146
I loved your response! It was VERY professional and appropriate, not to mention educational for her. Saving it as a great example!

Tita, your response was classic! icon_lol.gif

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Originally Posted by k8memphis

And a chocolate fountain could never replace a cake--they are so messy and sticky. Messy McMessykins for a wedding? yuck...... I mean I like choco fountains but if I was in wedding attire I probably would stear clear of it. Not to mention stearing clear of double dippers.


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Originally Posted by k8memphis

Here's another thing--are some caterers and venues trying to horn in on wedding cake arenas? I mean who said the chocolate fountain replaces the cake??? Not even close. Stupid even.


I'll tell you who started that rumor .... the chocolate manufacturers!!! Just another reason I hate the word "trends" in the wedding industry ... because the latest "trend" is whatever the wedding industry itself is trying to push ... not what all the brides are actually wanting on their own accord.

I offer chocolate fountains. And I charge more per person for those than I do for cakes. But I would NEVER suggest that a bride replace her cake with a chocolate fountain! That is dumber than ridiculous!!

My son-in-law says, "If I go to a wedding and there's no white cake with white icing, then I'm taking my present and leaving!" icon_lol.gif

"Wedding Cake" is the only food designated as wedding food .... and the only place to get it is at a wedding. You invite people to a wedding and dont' serve cake, they are going to be TICKED!!

k8 is right ... I've had brides specifically say "no chocolate fountains" because they don't want to chance getting any of it on their dress.

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Originally Posted by k8memphis

In another recent thread ~~ Who's bright idea was it for the caterer to serve a variety of desserts including cake???



That is without a doubt the 2nd dumbest thing ever ... for a caterer to suggest desserts at a wedding! These are probably the same people telling brides "Oh people don't eat wedding cake anyway!" as their selling point for having other GOOD desserts.

I had a groom ask me about that just today ... "you always have a lot of cake left over because people don't eat it." I said, "No .... you have a lot of cake leftover because the couple follows the magz's advice and they cut it too late in the evening. It's not that "nobody eats it"..... it's because nobody is still THERE to eat it!"
post #45 of 146
I recently had an order for 250 cupcakes. 1/2 chocolate with mocha buttercream and 1/2 carrot. Each cupcake would have either a chocolate covered coffee bean on top or a candied piece of carrot. They spared no expense while wasting my time. They ended up avoiding me and had a family member do homemade cupcakes.

My aunt catered the wedding and the check bounced! She is still chasing the money and threatened them with the state's attorney. I'm so glad they ended up backing out.

So, if you're upset over losing this client...just remember someone else may be getting the bounced check now. :p
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