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post #1 of 127
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do you have those clients where you just want to point out to them that their wedding guest are going to come and give them a $50 gift and they are telling me they do not want to do favors (to save money of course) and want to spend as little as possible for a slice of cake to save money ($1/slice to be exact)? sometimes i just want to say, why dont you just invite less people and give them some fabulous cake to go with the expensive meal you are already providing?

when i ordered my wedding cake i didnt think about the cost of each servings (of course i had a budget, but i already had a budget as a whole in mind and i just invited a lower number of people so i didnt have to skimp on everything). Do we really need to invite our neighbors from the old house that we havent talked to in 10 years? icon_wink.gif-

maybe some might not agree, but as a cake maker i am probably bias in thinking of the cake being one of the large elements of a wedding and should be treated like such?
post #2 of 127
I totally agree...I would rather have a wedding for less people and have a fabulaous meal and cake.When I got married the first time I had 225 people..Hardly was able to get around and see anyone.Second time I had 55 at an exclusive golf club and had a expensive meal and Fabulous cake...which of course my Mom made as she is a decorater as well.I think brides tend to forget that the cake should taste just as nice as it looks and the old saying..You get what you pay for!

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post #3 of 127
I honestly think people use weddings as a money making scheme these days! They're always trying to see what they can get for free and how much of it they can get for free.


I've even heard of people that were charging a "cover charge" for their reception...stating that it was to offset the cost of the alcohol being served (but even people that don't drink had to pay it to get in).....can you imagine being CHARGED to attend someone's wedding AND then feeling compelled to give them a gift??? HA! Yeah right!

I have actually told BTB and GTB that their wedding wasn't an entrepreneurial opportunity..........they should stick to their budget, but it should be an enjoyable time for them and their guests (especially when the guests are forking over gifts of $50+)

They try to nickel and dime EVERYTHING....so that they come in spending less than $5 per guest for EVERYTHING!
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post #4 of 127
I agree. Too many peole want what they cannot afford. If you can't afford to feed "good" cake to 350 people, don't invite 350 people. icon_lol.gif
I couldn't imaging charging a "cover charge" for the reception icon_eek.gif . That's tacky in my opinion.
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post #5 of 127
It is the only "wedding" food at the party. Did anyone have wedding potatoes or wedding chicken? No, it's wedding CAKE! Dumb bunnies...
post #6 of 127
I agree with everything posted so far. I had 65 people at my wedding. One of the main reasons we decided to keep it small was to be able to afford a high end venue/meal. We paid around $50 per head for just the food - but it was the best food I have ever had at a wedding.

Anyway...The majority of our wedding went toward the location and food, so I knew I had to scale back in other areas. I didn't spend a ton on a dress, my wedding ring was $52 (the engagement ring was more), we had simple center pieces...

But until I started planning the wedding I didn't realize how much things cost. We did all our homework upfront so we knew before we booked anything where we wanted the money to go and didn't get sidetracked with frills we didn't need.

Every bride but 2 I have met with this year has left the cake as the last thing booked. I think that sometimes they get caught up in the "oh, I didn't know I could get programs for the ceremony or personalized napkins..." and once all is said and done spent more than they intended on frills. Not leaving much left for what is being booked last...Cake.
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post #7 of 127
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Originally Posted by KHalstead


I've even heard of people that were charging a "cover charge" for their reception...stating that it was to offset the cost of the alcohol being served (but even people that don't drink had to pay it to get in).....can you imagine being CHARGED to attend someone's wedding AND then feeling compelled to give them a gift??? HA! Yeah right!



Oh my word, that is the tackiest thing I have heard in a LONG time...
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post #8 of 127
Not as tacky as this:

A couple booked my entire restaurant for a 'party' where their invited guests would order off a limited menu and pay for their own food. They omitted to mention that little detail on the invitation, which was for a wedding reception. So they pulled one on me and the guests. Needless to say, only 10% ordered any food, and they all came dressed well and bearing gifts. Huge loss for me, shocked faces all around for the guests, and the couple didn't even 'make the rounds' or talk to anybody but their wedding party. And then they sang songs of praise and worship.
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Originally Posted by lulus

Not as tacky as this:

A couple booked my entire restaurant for a 'party' where their invited guests would order off a limited menu and pay for their own food. They omitted to mention that little detail on the invitation, which was for a wedding reception. So they pulled one on me and the guests. Needless to say, only 10% ordered any food, and they all came dressed well and bearing gifts. Huge loss for me, shocked faces all around for the guests, and the couple didn't even 'make the rounds' or talk to anybody but their wedding party. And then they sang songs of praise and worship.
I'm not kidding.




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post #10 of 127
ditto. That needs to be submitted to the wedding etiquette hell website.
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post #11 of 127
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Originally Posted by lulus

Not as tacky as this:

A couple booked my entire restaurant for a 'party' where their invited guests would order off a limited menu and pay for their own food. They omitted to mention that little detail on the invitation, which was for a wedding reception. So they pulled one on me and the guests. Needless to say, only 10% ordered any food, and they all came dressed well and bearing gifts. Huge loss for me, shocked faces all around for the guests, and the couple didn't even 'make the rounds' or talk to anybody but their wedding party. And then they sang songs of praise and worship.
I'm not kidding.



Holy cr@p! I have heard everything. lol
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post #12 of 127
At one time we had a client who told us that following dinner at her cousin's huge 300 guest wedding the Bridesmaids were stationed at the cake table with a cash box. If guests, wanted cake they had to purchase it. If I remember correctly she said that they charged $2.50 per slice, which, several years ago, shows that they were out to make a nice profit on their cake.
post #13 of 127
I am making a cake for a friend and her and her fiance wanted one sort of cake flavor for all the tiers and I had to remind them that their guests were going to the reception for the food and the cake. that is just how it is these days.

I went to a wedding that had a cash only bar you had to pay for everything except water. (bride/Groom didn't inform anyone) Needless to say my hubs and I got 1 beer and a glass of wine and spent 12 dollars.
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Originally Posted by foodguy

At one time we had a client who told us that following dinner at her cousin's huge 300 guest wedding the Bridesmaids were stationed at the cake table with a cash box. If guests, wanted cake they had to purchase it. If I remember correctly she said that they charged $2.50 per slice, which, several years ago, shows that they were out to make a nice profit on their cake.



OMG!! you have to be kidding me!! So the bridesmaids were the "muscle" hahahahaha
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post #15 of 127
sham wow. That is incredibly tacky. I have heard it all.

Oddly, my uncle is quiet wealthy. When cousin got married, it was really a small do at a local private club during the day. Not formal just family and some friends. They charged for drinks at the bar. Get the h3ll out. Not for cokes or water but for alcohol. My uncle is a millionaire and groom's parents were too.

I can remember thinking "how tacky is this?" and I don't even drink!!
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