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post #16 of 62
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Godot, i know its a lot but our families are big!I've bin to family weddings with even more guests
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post #17 of 62
I agree with making a nice cake for the bride and groom than make a bunch of kitchen cakes to make up the difference in severings. And who even knows 1500 people? And all of their addresses to mail out invatations? All I can say is WOW! =-O
post #18 of 62

Have them go to some storefront bakeries and get some quotes on how much cake for 1500 guests will cost them.  Then they will have a realistic idea of what they should be paying for cake.  Then, add up ALL your costs (including the van you are going to have to rent to transport everything) and give them a price that includes something for labor.  They can either take your more than generous offer or fork up the cash to get cake somewhere else.

 

If they have a small budget (and don't you DARE to this for free or cost of ingredients only.  You will be kicking yourself from now until the end of time), I would do a 3 tier centerpiece cake for the bride and groom and sheet cakes.
 

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post #19 of 62

Sorry this is slightly OT, but I just can't believe that 2 people getting married each have 750 living relatives who would actually attend a wedding they were invited to.

 

Let's say you are a member of one of those families.  Say 2% of your family members get married in a given year.  You would be traveling to/attending and buying gifts for 15 weddings a year!  It could cost a small fortune, unless your presence is the only gift requested.

 

To the OP: do all your relatives show up to every family event they are invited to, gift in hand?  Fascinated by this as I come from an average size family.  So sorry to run the topic off course, but I have worked HUGE events at country clubs where there were 600 to 700 guests and they all couldn't even see each other, let alone know who else was there.  Wondering how the logistics of it all works, but if you have that many people in your families, this has to happen on a fairly regular basis.

 

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post #20 of 62
When we got married we counted up the relatives in my husband's family, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and their kids (so first cousins) and it came to just over 100. Luckily a lot of them didn't come!
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post #21 of 62
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And a lot off times the in-law familys also get invited
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post #22 of 62

If it were me, and I was making a cake for 1500 family members, I would be very concerned about how many other family members would think I would make their wedding cakes for a discounted price. icon_surprised.gif

post #23 of 62

Wow, 1500 people!!! That is a lot of cake!!! Chances are that not all people invited will show up!!! This is going to be a lot of work for just one person to handle.  You need to try and have some people in your family helping you!!! Good luck and let us know how things go!!!

post #24 of 62
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I know it's a lot and its also the reason why i won't follow this family tradition. I think about 250 people is enough!
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post #25 of 62

We had 65 people.  That was 63 people to many in my opinion :)

 

But on topic now... I would suggest a cake that fits the venue size - in this case a 16" round, 14" round, 12" round, 10" round, 8" round and 6" round to feed 308 (according to wilton) and 16" round kitchen cakes for the remaining servings.  This also makes it easy to adjust the cake quantity without affecting the design agreed upon.  If 100 people RSVP they can't come, all you have to do is eliminate one of the kitchen cakes.  Also, I would insist on ingredients that do NOT need refrigeration.  That will help you find storage space for all the cake and make Transportation less stressful.

 

Take into consideration the entire cost.  The ingredients for cake, filling and icing, electricity (that is a lot of time your oven will be on), water/soap (that is a lot of dishes you will be washing), van rental to fit all the cakes, fuel cost (even if you would be driving to the wedding anyway if you rent a van the gas mileage would be worse than the car you would driving to the wedding otherwise), boards, boxes, support system...

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post #26 of 62
This would be a serious undertaking. I have a home based bakery and the most I have done so far has been for for two different events each providing 900 servings and they about killed me! I agree with most of the other posters. Plan a large 5 - 6 tier cake and then make up kitchen cakes for the rest of the servings. Even at that, you are going to have considerations of where to store all the eggs, butter, milk, flour, sugar, etc. I had to purchase another refrigerator for my business in order to accommodate the ingredients for those orders and some other large ones I have coming up. Even with a large tiered cake that serves 350 or so you are still going to need to create about twelve sheet cakes with each serving 100 servings. You would definitely need to rent at least one van and have a plan as to how to fit all of the cake boxes for delivery. I purchase heavy duty sheet cake boxes that can be stacked up to three high (any higher and they tend to wobble too much in transport even with non-skid mats between each box). Then there is the consideration of the actual baking time frame and if you could do all the baking in a good amount of time or if it would require freezing some of the cakes ahead of time. All of this undertaking will take very careful planning. I wish you luck and glad it is not me! icon_wink.gif

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post #27 of 62

Wow...I hope she meant 150 and just added a 0 in error :-)  My suggestion would be to make a 4 tier regular wedding cake then make a bunch of sheet cakes with the same flavor as the wedding cake.  That would be much easier to handle and serve.  My wedding was 90 and I thought that was large.

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post #28 of 62
Wow! I feel for you, I once made 250 cupcakes and it took me forever! I can't get my head around 1500. I think you got some good suggestions on the sheet cakes. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
post #29 of 62

I looked at your profile and other cake pictures.  You are very talented for 17 years old.  My hats off to you for such a big undertaking.

post #30 of 62
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1500 guests?

 

Dang. I guess they've invited everyone they've ever met since kindergarten.

 

It sounds suspiciously like a gift grab more than a wedding!

 

I was thinking the same thing, I think they feel since she's making it for them they can up the number of cake servings they need. I would never agree to do a cake for 1500 people no matter how much they are paying that is pure insanity and "if" I was even contemplating doing it I want full payment up front before any work is done!
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