Oh what a day! I had my first Friday wedding cake. The cake was for the daughter of a dear friend of mine. A 5 tier buttercream cake with no décor as she wanted fresh flowers on the cake. The contract states the flowers will be prepared by the florist and placed on the cake by me. Delivery was to a venue 1 hour drive from my home with a 5:00 delivery time for a 7:00 reception. All highway driving.
The weather had been horrible all day. Raining and in the 50's. My husband and I left at 3:00 which gave us an additional hour in case we ran into traffic problems. We had been on the interstate 5 minutes when traffic came to a standstill. It took us 20 minutes to get through this tie up caused by a car that hydroplaned. This same scenario played out 3 more times. I called the wedding coordinator at 5:00 and left her a message that we would be a little late. We finally arrive at 5:20. Still plenty of time to set up, so I start to relax a little.
It's still pouring rain and did I mention that this reception is in a tent on a college campus adjacent to the building they are getting married at? I set the cake up but there are no flowers in sight. The only person in the tent was the DJ who was still setting up. I wait until 6:00 and still no florist or wedding director appears with flowers and neither of them are answering their phones. I enter the building adjacent to the tent to try and find someone to help me. I finally find the director and she claims to not know anything about flowers but that there are plenty of extras and she will locate them and handle the placement. She signed off on the cake which by now was sweating profusely and basically dismissed me. I waited 15 more minutes and she never returned.
I was a nervous wreck all night worried that the cake, a) melted, b) never got any flowers, c) the flowers were just stuck in the cake.
I finally see a blurry picture of the cake on facebook and it appears to be wet, and it does have flowers.
The bride left this comment, "the cake was perfect!!! It started to look like it was going to melt so we cut it a little early. Looked gorgeous and tasted delicious!!!! Thank you so much for everything!"
Would you have done anything different? Should I have waited to place the flowers myself?