Post # 1
So I found a baker that makes beautiful cakes and we did a cake tasting and they were yummy. Her prices are good (not dirt cheap) and she bakes out of her home (which is permitted under our by-laws in our City, and quite common). She is a little cheaper because she doesn’t have shop overhead but for a 3 tier highly decorated cake $415 all in is still in the ballpark of what I should be paying based on other quotes.
Anyways, she has lots of good reviews online and facebook.
My only concern is that after the initial $100 deposit the entire final balance is due a month before the wedding. Is this normal or a huge red flag?
I know where she lives as I went to her house for the tasting as it doubles as her showroom so I can track her down if she screws me but a month before final deposit seemed weird to me. Is it?
Post # 3
We did not go to a private baker but our final payment was due 2 weeks prior to the wedding. I paid it about a month before.
Post # 4
I would say this is pretty normal. I’ve done alot of research as far as linen companies, Photobooth companies, etc. and they request a deposit and then you don’t have to pay anything until a month prior to wedding. You can ask if you can make payments and just stay in a good line of communication with her. I would go by the good reviews she has online as well! 🙂
Post # 5
Seems reasonable…we paid for almost everything a year or so in advance but all of our vendors (except 1) required payment in full 2-4 weeks in advance.
From my experience, the wedding doesn’t even go on the vendor’s radar until the month before and many didn’t start getting the supplies (details about what we wanted etc even). So maybe since she does it out of her home she has to make a special order for supplies and needs a little more time?
Post # 6
I think its pretty normal for vendors to require payment 1 month prior to the wedding and i’m aiming to have everything that i can paid by then.
Especially if they deliver and set up they won’t see you on the day to recieve their money, Aswell as needing upfront costs to pay for the materials and ingredients to make the cake.
Post # 7
@missjewels: It is a bit early. Just because that is how she usually does it (maybe it’s to buy the ingredients ahead of time) you can always ask if she would be ok with a different date. Maybe 2 weeks ahead of time?