Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating Business › Fresh flowers on a wedding cake....
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Fresh flowers on a wedding cake.... - Page 2

post #16 of 20
LOl - yes I meant to respond to you, FromScratchSF, that's what I get for posting right before I go to bed! Good lord, I just scrolled up and saw scp didn't even post in this thread! :sigh:
post #17 of 20
I will buy the flowers, but only if I have the money upfront. I have been NOT reimbursed once and that will never happen again. If I stick, say a single daisy, in each tier and call it a day, there is no charge. If I am doing and arrangement, or there are a bunch of flowers, I charge a minimum of $15, but have charged as much as $60. I tell them that it is not what I do, it takes a long time, and I don't like doing it. I prefer the florist do it, I just wish I could see the cake after they go on icon_sad.gif

I also have a clause in my contract that states that I will not put the flowers on a cake if they are "suspect" in any way (bugs, dirt, poisonous) and I will not be held liable for any flower stuck on there, or for not putting the flowers on there.

And as much as i would prefer to put the flowers on at the shop, heavy roses have fallen in transit, and I would rather not now. I still want them there to cut the stems and put in straws and such, so I don't have to worry about scissors, trash cans, foil, straws, and standing at the venue for 2 hours.
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
Reply
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
Reply
post #18 of 20
I love fresh flowers on my cakes.
I email the florist a sketch of the cake (just like the bride got) and tell them I prefer loose flowers. If they are just providing flowers for the top, then I don't care if it's in a dish and I usually just tell them the topper size instead of emailing a sketch.
We work out a delivery time to the venue. I arrive and set up the cake and then can add the flowers. I prefer them loose so I can arrange them how I feel they best suit the cake. There have been many times they come pre-arranged in a plastic dish that won't fit between the pillars. Or, they sit up in the plastic water dish so you can see the dish. If they are loose, I can place them where I want them. Putting the prettiest flowers in a good prominent spot and sometimes even "covering" a spot on the cake that I don't want seen. It does take some extra time but...I have built some "cushion" into my cake prices that cover that bit of time.
For me, there is huge benefits for doing this...1. I get constant positive contact with vendors (the florists) who then refer me out when a bride is looking for a good cake. 2. The bride feels comfortable with me knowing that I work with the florists all of the time. 3. The bride has one thing taken off of her plate...which leaves her feeling very happy with her choice in booking me for her cake. 4. I end up with great pictures for my portfolio. 5. Sometimes it takes awhile to complete...so that just means I'm there when the decorators, hall workers and owners and DJ's are there. We usually chit chat while we work and then that is even more good vendor contact. Sometimes that good vendor contact is the best advertising! Not to mention, lots of times I'm working at the venue on the cake and perspective couples come in to check out the hall. And guess who is more than happy to chat with them while they walk by the cake icon_wink.gif
I guess everyone looks at it from their perspective...and whatever works for you...is the way you should do it. Just my perspective...
post #19 of 20
I have worked at a florist before and we always preferred to have the "order" from the Bride along with all the other flowers but then contacted the person making the cake to be sure we were on the same page. Now, as the baker, I still have the Bride take care of the flowers and I put them on the cake when I get there.
post #20 of 20
I have the price of basic gumpste flowers workedinto my pricing, so if they want those that's no extra charge. If someone insists on fresh sflowers they have to order them and hav them there, then I put them onthe cake.

I try to steer brides away form fresh flowers for a few reasons:
1. A lot of flowers now come from South America, where they're allowed to use different fertilizers and pesticides on them, including human sewage.
2. there are too many flowers that are toxic that are commonly used on cakes, and I don't want to deal with that.
3. Too much handling along the way with fresh flowers. Fifty people could have handled them and sneezed all over them, not to mention the times that I've come in and had a florist with them all strewn around on the floor before they give me the ones that are left over for that cake.
4. Wilting flowers don't look good in photos
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Decorating Business
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating Business › Fresh flowers on a wedding cake....