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post #1 of 27
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Allrighty you all,
I'm a little lost on this situation, so any advise be appreciated. I have a wedding coming up this weekend for a bride who was a bit indecisive on whole bunch of details about her cake. I finally got her flavors and design nailed down only couple of weeks ago. Anywho, one of the elements is the ribbon and she finally decided that she wants to use 1 inch wide ribbon in gold on her cake. I told her that I'll look for it and will let her know asap if I can find it locally, if not, she'll be responsible for providing it to me to ensure it's exactly what she wants. I went out the same day and did not find what I believed "gold" was, so e-mailed her and let her know that local stores do not carry the right ribbon and that she needs to mail/deliver it to me. I copied her wedding coordinator on it as well. The coordinator promptly e-mailed me back and let me know there is a change of plans and color is no longer gold but champagne, she had a sash for me to match the color. I went and picked up the sash, but as soon as I saw it I knew that I cannot find ribbon of that color (just been to all the stores looking at the ribbons). E-mailed them both back asking for ribbon again. Got a response from a wedding coordinator saying never mind about the sash, color of ribbon on the cake will be different. Allrighty, "get me the ribbon" whatever color it is. Coordinator says that she knows exactly what the bride wants and will get me the ribbon. Fastforward to now. Since I still don't have the ribbon, I e-mail both ladies again asking for it. Hear back from the coordinator, she says she has got the ribbon and will drop it off, however, the ribbon is wider than 1 inch and to let her know if it won't work, but that's all she could find locally. Well, the only thing I know for sure is that the ribbon is to be 1 inch wide, I'm not even certain on the color at this point, so according to my understanding ribbon wider than 1 inch will not work, and if we are still in the "gold" color mode, local stores did not have what was needed to begin with...It needed to be shopped for somewhere else or ordered. Still no word from the bride by the way. So...what now? Do I just take whatever it is and go with it? What if the width is not the only problem?
Sorry this is so longwinded. I'm sure the answer is very very simple, right? So lay it on me.
Thanks, P
post #2 of 27
basically, all of this should've been decided at least a month in advance...well you know that. their problem is NOT your problem and if the ribbon is too wide you will have to say "well, that's what you provided me". if it's in your contract to have a ribbon that is gold...then i would cross it out of the contract and put in the new situation and make the event coordinator initial near it so that if you have a problem later it's not on you.
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post #3 of 27
I would make a fondant ribbon. Just color it to match whatever color they want. You can size it as you need it too. Pearlize it or leave it plain. If they don't have an answer for you on color I would make the ribbon white (or cream...depending on the color of the cake) and just pearl dust it and call it a day! It will look nice.

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post #4 of 27
Wow! You're doing a lot of driving and work for this ribbon. I hope you charged enough for this hassle!

If it were me, I would leave a space for a 1" ribbon as planned and see if they can have something for you to put on the day of the wedding. If not, buy white ribbon or even an off-white sometime this week in the size you need and be done with it. At this point, they get what they get.

Add to your contract that design elements may not be changed after a certain date. If they need to be, more money will be required!

Good luck!
post #5 of 27
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Unfortunately, it's not in the contract, it's just noted as "possible ribbon, provided by the bride" (she did not know at the time what she wanted. Contract has been signed months ago but the bride did not decide on her final design and flavors until last month, which still was about a month before the wedding date. With my schedule I don't continuously check my schedule and contracts to see if I have what I need, I just do it a week before the event as I'm getting ready for my upcoming week. So when I was going through it today, I noticed that I don't have a ribbon for this wedding. Brides continuously ship me ribbons, toppers, specific decoration, etc, for their cakes, so I just file them as I get them. This is just the first one who is cutting this close and I'm now worried it's not going to be what she wants, especially since she is not responding to the emails.
post #6 of 27
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Wow! You're doing a lot of driving and work for this ribbon. I hope you charged enough for this hassle!



LOL, not really I was going all of those places anyways.

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Add to your contract that design elements may not be changed after a certain date. If they need to be, more money will be required!



That part is in the contract, and the bride did decide on gold satin 1 inch ribbon before the lock out date. I have an e-mail from her confirming that fact to me twice. The wedding coordinator is the one who seems to be changing things, it's just that noone has gotten me the ribbon yet.

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I would make a fondant ribbon. Just color it to match whatever color they want. You can size it as you need it too. Pearlize it or leave it plain. If they don't have an answer for you on color I would make the ribbon white (or cream...depending on the color of the cake) and just pearl dust it and call it a day! It will look nice.



I always worry about doing that because I never seem to color fondant that "exact" color someone wants, but I may have too. I don't know what would be better go with a wider ribbon I get or make a fondant one in the "wrong" color, LOL I probably stressing myself out for nothing....
post #7 of 27
If you're afraid of matching fondant color...then go with the gold! It will be the right size, it will look pretty. I love to use gold! And yes, you're stressing too much. Obviously they aren't! Have they paid in full yet? I hope so!

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post #8 of 27
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If you're afraid of matching fondant color...then go with the gold! It will be the right size, it will look pretty. I love to use gold! And yes, you're stressing too much. Obviously they aren't! Have they paid in full yet? I hope so!



Thanks! I'll just do that! And yes, they did way in advance of the due date. I'm all good there.
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post #9 of 27
I would send an email to both the bride and planner saying that since they did not get you the ribbon in time that you will use decorator's judgement as to the best way to execute the cake design. Then either do a fondant ribbon or find something that will work and still be pretty on the cake.
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post #10 of 27
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Have the ribbon, it was left at my door this morning. It is 1.5 inches, thin silk with wired edges, not 1 inch satin with unwired edges as requested. It is going to be a pain to wrap around the cake and i'm afraid it will soak oil from buttercream too quickly. Have to figure out how to make it work...
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post #11 of 27
I would tell them wired ribbon WILL NOT WORK. It's going to be a pain in the A$$ to wrap around a cake. At this late date I would use a fondant ribbon.
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post #12 of 27
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I would tell them wired ribbon WILL NOT WORK



Ok, can you give me some pointers of why it will not work? I never tried, I just always assumed it will not work...thanks
post #13 of 27
It will be hard to keep straight and wire will cut into cake.
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post #14 of 27
You can use acetate behind the ribbon on BC cakes. I have it in a big roll from KopyKake called Klear Kake Band, but I think Michael's sells acetate in sheets. Cut strips to match the height and length of your ribbon, wrap it around the cake and tape it in the back. Wrap your ribbon around and use a bit of icing or double sided tape to secure the ribbon and you're done. Maybe it would help you since you have wire in the ribbon to give you more control of it.
post #15 of 27
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Ok, thanks, I assumed those things but good to know from someone who tried.
Thanks again, P
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