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so, today i met with a bride that had a photo of a cake she liked...3 tiers, two quilted, with gumpaste calla lilies on it. It's doable for me! icon_lol.gif

but, as i was going through the consultation i realized...she was asking for NAVY BLUE icon_cry.gif omg, what is up with these brides and wanting a full color on their cake!? icon_eek.gif

I did my damage control in the consultation...informed her that navy blue buttercream is going to be very messy with the "smashing of the cake in the face" thing. Oh man...that's all the couple could talk about! icon_rolleyes.gif i did convince them that fondant would be best, especially with it being june and the color could possibly run in the heat!

but, what should I do as the decorator here?? navy blue colored cake, lilac colored fondant ribbon on the bottom, pearls, and then ivory calla lilies. Doesn't this just sound like a disaster cake!? plus, i'm worried about doing all that NAVY blue on the cake...I can never get that color right!

what's your advice? TIA icon_biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 33
Navy blue buttercream causes green poop!
post #3 of 33
I think it's the cake that the couple wants and it's what would make them happy. So put aside your own feelings about it, in the end it's for them and their day icon_smile.gif
post #4 of 33
Draw the design up and color it in. See if they like the colors that way.

To achieve a good navy blue, I add a little black. Or you can buy it pre made that color.

I actually really like navy blue with lilac.
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Originally Posted by sing

I think it's the cake that the couple wants and it's what would make them happy. So put aside your own feelings about it, in the end it's for them and their day icon_smile.gif



I, in no way, lead on to a couple that I dislike a design or tell them they couldn't have something for that matter. I'm just trying to get an opinion on if this would work.



i'm trying to give them the BEST design to my ability everyone! I was looking up navy blue fondant but couldn't find any. Know of a site with navy blue fondant? icon_sad.gif I already found my diamond cutter for fondant, cuz i've only done that design on buttercream at this point.

I think i will do a filled in design on the computer just to make sure this is what they really want. she really wasn't that picky but those dark colors make me nervous! icon_lol.gif
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post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by Vista

Draw the design up and color it in. See if they like the colors that way.

To achieve a good navy blue, I add a little black. Or you can buy it pre made that color.

I actually really like navy blue with lilac.



i don't think that the colors will be horrible i guess icon_lol.gificon_wink.gif I do like thos colors together too, but this is really like a stark contrast. worried that the quilting is not going to show up that much especially with the pearls on top of that design. i dunno...I need to doodle it! icon_lol.gif
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post #7 of 33
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Originally Posted by Norasmom

Navy blue buttercream causes green poop!



icon_eek.gif DOES IT REALLY! OMG! i had no idea! well, i already talked them into fondant...will that still cause green poop ? icon_wink.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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post #8 of 33
Once you tell people that colored icing will turn everybody's teeth whatever color they generally rethink the idea. Deep colored fondant will do that too.

I'll suggest to customers use ribbon (fondant or satin) to pick up deep wedding colors. Like say the white or ivory cake with navy ribbon and lilac flowers (fresh or gumpaste). A little color goes a long way kind of concept.
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post #9 of 33
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Originally Posted by step0nmi

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Originally Posted by sing

I think it's the cake that the couple wants and it's what would make them happy. So put aside your own feelings about it, in the end it's for them and their day icon_smile.gif



I, in no way, lead on to a couple that I dislike a design or tell them they couldn't have something for that matter. I'm just trying to get an opinion on if this would work.



i'm trying to give them the BEST design to my ability everyone! I was looking up navy blue fondant but couldn't find any. Know of a site with navy blue fondant? icon_sad.gif I already found my diamond cutter for fondant, cuz i've only done that design on buttercream at this point.

I think i will do a filled in design on the computer just to make sure this is what they really want. she really wasn't that picky but those dark colors make me nervous! icon_lol.gif



I didn't mean that you were telling them that it was a horrible idea. I only meant that instead of thinking it's a horrible idea and feeling like you'd rather it be something else, it's their cake and they want it that way so make it the best that you can, that's all no hard feelings.
post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by cakelady2266

Once you tell people that colored icing will turn everybody's teeth whatever color they generally rethink the idea. Deep colored fondant will do that too.

I'll suggest to customers use ribbon (fondant or satin) to pick up deep wedding colors. Like say the white or ivory cake with navy ribbon and lilac flowers (fresh or gumpaste). A little color goes a long way kind of concept.



yea, they are a little on the crazy side and going through a rough time right now. the bride and her sister MOH is loosing their mother within the next month, as in she's very sick icon_sad.gif so, that's really sad and I had sensitivity to that today and tried not to suggest a bunch of other alternatives.

they liked the idea of the navy blue fondant...didn't mind that at all. still not even sure if the "like" it. so, i might still have convincing to do :p meh
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post #11 of 33
Draw it up in the colors the bride wanted. Then draw it again and reverse the colors so the cake is lavender and the ribbon is navy blue. She just might like that better.
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post #12 of 33
I had to do a navy blue fondant cake for a Navy change of command and found that the easiest solution was to airbrush the color on. It worked well. Unfortunately I am stuck with a huge bottle of navy blue airbrush color since they didn't sell a small bottle. But I do live in a Navy town...

Not to get off-subject but it made me realize how toxic airbrushing can be. My DH was blowing blue snot out of his nose from breathing in the fine mist and he wasn't even in the immediate room! I also had blue tinged mucus coming out of my sinuses. So always wear a face mask.
post #13 of 33
Although its unconventional, I think it could be quite beautiful. I would never do colored buttercream, but fondant would be really pretty. Just think outside the box.

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post #14 of 33
I think Navy blue can be quite elegant...but it can also fade quickly in bright light such as fluorescents so keep it covered. It is also one of the worst colors to get out of clothes and linens and stains teeth and tongues as mentioned earlier. You could approach the bride by saying, 'You know this will make a very lovely cake and I am more than happy to do it for you, but I want you to be aware of a few things when dealing with a deep color like this"...and go into your reservations. And I also think having a lavender cake with a navy ribbon...or some other options for them to look at might at least get them thinking in a better direction. You might ask too how it's going to be displayed. Will it be an afternoon reception or an evening reception where it might be lit by not much more than candlelight. It might skew to black and you could lose details on it. Ultimately it's the brides choice, and if she's making an informed decision based on your info, then you gotta roll with it! good luck...I bet it will be beautiful no matter what!

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post #15 of 33
Hi, I use a program called wedding cake design pro. it allows you to show colors and a range of options for consideration before making the cake so the customer gets a fair idea what the cake will look like when complete. Great for saving color disasters.http://weddingcakedesignpro.com/
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