I had my first wedding cake disaster yesterday, no less at a friends wedding. I was lax on my rules because it was a friend of mine. The cake itself was simple in design. She wanted roses and pearls. Her design was "gaudy" but I did my best to give her "gaudy" without being too gaudy, that is beside the point, I digress...
So again, I didn't stick to my rules and I finished the cake and was coming up on delivery time and I was still waiting for the topper!!!! The groom finally drops it off with my boyfriend as I am loading up the car. We get to the venue and when I grab the topper from him my heart sank. It was solid porcelain. The thing weighed a ton and was not a balanced figure either!!!! The hall insisted they didn't have any cardboard I could use to support the topper. I should have just placed it on the table and walked away, but not me, I put it on the top of the cake and pushed it down into the buttercream did a hail mary and headed to the ceremony. When we returned to the hall for the reception, it looked like the cake was fine. So I went to take some pictures in the different lighting. There was buttercream on the porcelain grooms head and a quick ice over down one side on all three tiers. It had fallen :(
I cried, and if you knew me you would know, I don't cry. My mother hasn't even seen me cry since I was 8 years old. Thankfully the brides mother got their before everyone else, she used to decorate cakes, so she was the one who fixed it as best as she could. It was still painfully obvious what had happened. Then I felt worse because she came and apologized to me because her daughter didn't get me the topper in a timely manner so I could plan for its weight!!!!
I just want to crawl in a hole and disappear!