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forgot the ribbon on the wedding cake

post #1 of 35
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I did everything else on a beautifully stacked 3 tier cake but forgot the green ribbon at the base of each cake. Each tier was a different flavor, the construction was beautiful, and the house-made buttercream smoothed to perfection. My husband delivered it to a site out on a lake an hour away from our bakery following the purchaser's directions which were very wrong. Good thing my husband has a great sense of direction or he never would have found their home. After he took the cake in and started to put it in their spare fridge the people noticed there was no ribbon around each tier. The rest of the decor was in place which was brown branches piped up either side of the cake and then went up and over the top tier b/c she wanted no topper.
My husband and I decided the best thing to do was for him to go out to the closest shopping center and purchase some green ribbon and put it on the cake. He had a tool kit with him and did the best he could working on a very short table in their basement down on his knees. He managed to get it around the bottom tier. He was confused on how to get the ribbon around the other two tiers b/c the tree branches were in the way so he stopped with it just on the bottom tier. He confirmed the problem with the bride and the paying mother and they said it looked o.k. and they would except it for what he had done.
A week later the mother that had paid for the cake wrote me an email and said she was mortified and wanted 1/2 of the money back. I emailed her back right away and apologized and told her I would call her. I tried calling her that day 2x s and both times left a message telling her I was sorry and for her to call me so we could discuss it further. She never called me back until today and now 5 weeks have gone by since the wedding and I am now feeling like I just don't know what to say or do. I admitted that it was my mistake but yet we tried for an hour and a 1/2 to fix it. Please let me know what all of you others would do in this situation.
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post #2 of 35
Is she freakin' insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Half the money for 2 pieces of ribbon!!!!
She is a total whack job!! Offer her a dozen cupcakes (of your choice) if you
feel you need to give her something.
You did a beautiful job icing the cake, nice sharp edges.
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post #3 of 35
I actually like the cake as it is. Think that adding the green ribbon -particularly around the top two tiers would have been tacky. If the bride and the mother okay'd the cake after it was delivered, they don't deserve a refund. If they weren't ok - they should have said so then - not a week later. They were obviously disappointed because they didn't receive enough $$$ as gifts and afterwards are trying to recoup some of their expenses.
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post #4 of 35
A refund for half the price because of the ribbon is insane. Plus the cake would have looked ridiculous with ribbon on the other 2 tiers. It would have interrupted the line of the tree.

I don't know what I'd do in your case but I certainly wouldn't give them half of their money back.
post #5 of 35
I think the green under the brown tree limbs would have been a very nice accent; a little green peeking out from under the tree branches ..... a natural color combination.

This is very similar to another thread that's running. The cake rec'd is not the cake that was ordered. 50% of the wedding cake is the visual effect. And the bride didnt' have the visual she ordered. Yes, they "ok'd" it at delivery, but come on people .... it's the 11th hour and what choice do they have?

The cake looks very nice. The smoothness of the icing is a superb job! But it's not what they ordered.

If it was me ......

In my first phone call to her, my message would have been a big apology and a commitment that a refund check for half of the amount was on it's way. I wouldn't have waited to talk to her. I would have already had it in the mail.
post #6 of 35
I have to agree with IndyDebi. People on cc often complain that a bride complains when she got what she ordered. In this case, she did not order the cake the way it was delivered. She had no other option but to take it at that late time.

I don't think it is relevant if people think the ribbon would look good or not. She ordered it with the ribbon and it didn't come that way. I would agree with a 50% refund. I see this as a "reputational risk" issue now for you. Do you want to be known as someone who maybe will deliver what's in the contract or in the rare instance that you did not deliver, you did the right thing on trying to rectify the situation. Just my opinion.
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post #7 of 35
I stand corrected!!
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post #8 of 35
No...its really not relevant whether the ribbon would have looked good or not. A 50% refund just seems a bit excessive.
post #9 of 35
The bottom line is that you made a mistake. Hey, we all make them from time to time. We learn from our mistakes by making sure you read the cake contract. The part of the contract where it says "decoration of cake" should have included the words "ribbon around base of tiers". Did the contract include this description? If it did not, it should have because that is what the bride ordered. The bride and her mother were disappointed as well as they should be. So you need to pay up, put it behind you, and make sure this does not happen again in the future by correcting the way this mistake happened.
post #10 of 35
the cake is still okay for me...but maybe if you added the ribbon, it would be better...but anyways, its good already
post #11 of 35
Put the check in the mail and call it your tuition in the school of hard knocks.
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post #12 of 35
Sorry! I stand corrected by indydebi.
It's just that everything is gorgeous on the cake & 50% sounds like a lot to refund.
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post #13 of 35
Remember, the customer is always right (even if they just think they're right, it's a big part of our job to make them happy)
50% of the price they paid should still cover materials nicely, so it's not a total loss. A few dollars to keep the integrity of your business in tact is money well spent.

And out of curiosity, is there some sort of contract involved? Unless it's a good friend or immediate family, I always get things in writing with a sketch to show the original concept, just so there's no confusion. I always include how refunds would be handled as well (on the contract, I've always offered to give their deposit back and make adjustments to the cake on site until they're happy with it, but thank heavens I've never had it happen!) Maybe something to consider for next time?

You do such beautiful work! To let one bad experience haunt you the rest of your cake making career would be self sabotage. Give her the money and move on to bigger and better things.
post #14 of 35
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Originally Posted by marcx

Remember, the customer is always right

No .... they are not. Sometimes they are just scam artists who spend most of their day trying to get something for nothing. Sometimes they are of the entitlement mentality who think the world owes them a life. Sometimes they are just a$$holes.

But they are NOT "always" right. If they were, we'd be doing cakes for free every single day just because a customer says we should. And if they are "always" right, then we can't argue with them at all.

Whoever coined that phrase never had to actually deal with a customer! icon_razz.gif
post #15 of 35
It was your mistake send the 50% refund, do not wait to speak to her. See it as a business public relation expense, your reputation is at stake.
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