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Would you let a client put artificial flowers on your cake?

post #1 of 39
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I have a client that wants to use artificial flowers on a wedding cake due to budget. She seemed pretty adamant on this and stated why she didn't want to use the other options. I didn't say what I really thought, as I was caught off guard with the request and didn't professionally know how to respond. I wanted to veto her idea but I just wrote it down on her sheet and proceeded to the next question.

Personally I think it's tacky and I really don't want any part of the credit on that one. I feel like that can degrade my product and possibly make me look bad. I really rather use fresh or gumpaste flowers, and preferably gumpaste at that. I can't help but feel that artificial flowers at a wedding or event already looks cheap and tacky and I really don't want this to cross over into my product and what we do here. Our product cannot be represented that way.

Would you let a client put artificial flowers on your cake? How do you politely and professionally get the client off this idea and keep your quality of work?
post #2 of 39
Yes I would if that is what they want to do. It's their cake so I would let them make any decision regarding the decorations and the design. Fake flowers don't all look bad.
post #3 of 39
Not only would I let the customer put silk/artificial flowers on my cake, I offer to do it for them. Frankly, once the flowers are washed, they present no food safety issues, so I ofter prefer them to real.
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post #4 of 39
I agree with sweettreat, I actually tell them they have 3 choices for flowers, real, gumpaste and silk. Its all their choice after all. I always tell them I will get the silk flowers if they tell me what kind and color that way I dont get really cheap ones from like walmart or something.
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post #5 of 39
some silks look really nice, so i would have no problem with this. their wedding, not mine. i agree with leah, i would offer to arrange and place them myself.
post #6 of 39
I understand what you mean about what it says about your work, but it is her cake and her budget. It's a hard call. I guess the only thing is that I personally would want to put them on myself so I would know it looks the best it can under the circumstances. If you are dead set against the silk, then you could always say that you respect her budget and want to help her stay within it, and then offer a few compromises, so she still gets her cake but it has beautiful GP flowers on top.
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post #7 of 39
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The ones they have at micheal's or ac moores do look nice and a bit more realistic. (Still not crazy about it, but if I have too they need to be of high quality). Her friend mentioned dollar tree flowers and she went with that. That conversation is what really made me want to veto her idea.
post #8 of 39
Now dollar tree flowers do look horrible. Tell her to print up Michael's coupons online and purchase some nice looking artificial flowers. If she insisted on using the Dollar tree flowers I would deliver the cake and let her put the flowers on. You just have to remember your cake will still taste great. Is this person a friend?
post #9 of 39
If it doesn't fit with your cake image, then just don't put photos of that cake up on your website.

I think it's good that the bride is happy to choose cheaper options to save money...the alternative I guess is that she says something like "I want gumpaste flowers, but my budget is only $X...can you lower your price or throw in the gumpaste flowers for free?" I'm sure every decorator just LOVES hearing things like that!
post #10 of 39
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I just printed off a few from the ad on here!

No the client is not a friend of mine.
post #11 of 39
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No this cake would not be on my site or in my portfolio with those flowers on it. We will do a before the flowers photo shoot and post to the web before she does. Client's have a tendency to post their pics to facebook and tag or mention you in them. I don't mind that, but this one I will have to untag if it goes up.

I prolly would have to fight laughing if a client were to ask me to throw in something for free that causes me to have to work harder or longer for them. I do not lower my prices. They are what they are. Now we can get rid of some stuff (like the tacky flowers) and save you a bit of money there. lol
post #12 of 39
Like leah, I also prefer silk florals and I prefer to do the placement. Silks are easy to handle, no worry about dirt or pesticides or wilting. And unlike the fake (plastic) flowers of yesteryear, today's (silk) florals look very nice.

However .... cheap flowers look cheap so the dollar store recommendation above is correct.

It also depends on the skill of the person doing the placement. I've seen cakes where flowers were pretty much pushed straight down into the cake. It looked like an imitation of the old movies where the dead body was holding a flower by the stem and the flower was standing straight up. icon_eek.gif

There needs to be an artistic eye to floral placement .... not just a stem stabbed into the cake.

the best looking silks in the world will make a cake look bad if the person doing the placement has no idea what they're doing. And I've seen evidence that some skilled cake decorators have no idea how to place real or silk flowers on a cake.
post #13 of 39
Dollar Tree flowers! Oh no!

indydebi, will you look at the flower I recently put on a wedding cake? It was my second time making GP flowers, or anything from GP and I wasn't for sure how to place them, so I just did what I thought looked right. Now, though, after reading your post, I'm wondering if I am one of those that doesn't really know how to place the flowers! Yikes! You're honest opinion would be appreciated, or anyone else that has lots of experience in this area. TIA

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post #14 of 39
Here is one of 7 arrangements with a battery candle that will be on 7 different double tiered cakes. Event center is dark so candles will be very luminous. This is a country theme with wild flowers. All cakes have white icing. The wrapped cake board with flowers and candle can be picked up all at once so the candle can be turned on and off easily and placed on the cake.

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post #15 of 39
Whatever the bride chooses, I usually tried to encourage them to let ME do the arranging! thumbs_up.gif Silks can be just fine and dandy, if arranged well.

After a bad experience, I learned to have the bride bring all cake decor to me 2 weeks prior to the event! I HATE surprises! icon_mad.gif

Back in the day, a bride on a budget told me that they would be providing
"silk flowers" for around the cake fountain and the separation between tiers....I even gave her that Wilton ring thingie to use as a holder for the flowers. But oh snap! What a surprise I got when I arrived at the venue! icon_confused.gificon_eek.gificon_mad.gif Her idea of "silk flowers" was a styrofoam ring crammed into the holder with rather mangled bunches of ribbon roses haphazardly glued to it! What the??? icon_confused.gif It was the most hideous thing I'd ever seen! Can't recall anymore what I did, but after that all cake decor came to me first!! icon_lol.gif
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