I got a call from one of my cake buddies this morning (we're in the UK) to tell me that a wedding venue about 2 hrs drive away from her (not one of her regular wedding venues) called her yesterday to see if they could buy a display wedding cake from her.
They said that they had a lot of requests from wedding couples for a dummy display cake for photographs only, with couples preferring to have cheaper sheet cakes (un-iced) left in the kitchen for serving later.
Needless to say, my friend was shocked, as I am. The worst part is the venue is a good 4 star with a huge wedding business, and not a budget wedding venue. They obviously didn't want to approach a local bakery (since they were effectively going to collapse their wedding cake business) and thought someone a little farther afield might aid and abet them.
Has anybody else had this experience? I've had wedding couples ring occasionally looking to hire a display cake, which I refuse. But a wedding venue that caters 100+ weddings per year is a request on a different scale.