(Closed) What Your Most Ridiculous Food Or Cake Quote?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

Holy crap! Was there crack or something in each piece? That’s weird that it was so much higher than the rest of the local bakerys!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

About 7 years ago, a friend of mine was getting married and had decided on plain, white cupcakes.  She went to the nearby grocery store and was quoted a price of $1.50 each.  As she’s talking to the girl working at the bakery it becomes obvious that these are for a wedding rather than, say, a kid’s birthday party.  The girl goes, “Oh, you want wedding cupcakes.  Those are $2.50 each.”  Keep in mind that these are the same cupcakes, made with the same ingredients, except they have the magic W word attached to them.  Needless to say, she went down the street to the next grocery store and ordered plain, white, “birthday” cupcakes for $1.50 each. 

There is actually a bakery that I looked at that does the same thing with cake.  A wedding cake and a special event cake are two different prices.  The wedding cake includes delivery and a free tasting though.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mine would have to be a candy bar/buffet quote.

After conversing via email, where I told her I was expecting between 180 – 200 guests, and I was comfortable spending $2.50-$3.00 per guest which would be a total of $600 max,

I got back a quote of almost $1,300.00!! And it was after an almost 2 week wait.

If you knew you would be no where near my budget, why not respond right away, be honest, it can’t be done.

Crazy!

 @amazingbee:  it could be worse, I went into one bakery just inquiring about prices, and theirs started at $8.00 per slice and went up to over $14.00 PER SLICE!!!! CRAZY!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I got a quote for $5500 but the cake was pretty elaborate!  I think the base cost for it was $1000 (for 225 people) and the other 4k was in upgrades.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Sugaree:  I believe that, I think almost all vendors are often the same. The moment you say wedding, they hear cha-ching! I know for sure that venues in my city charge more for a wedding reception then to rent for any other event. I’ve seen the discrepancies be so bad as to see one catering company quote one price for one reception location, and then a completely different and inflated price for a different location. 

I’m also pretty sure that if you hired a photographer to come and shoot a retirement party, family reunion, etc that happens to be the exact same length of time as a wedding, the wedding will be more expensive.

The reason vendors do these things, is simply because people pay it. People may even realize it’s an inflated price just because they said wedding, but they will still pay it.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Sugaree:  LOL! Reminded me of this. Apparently this sort of thing is pretty prevalent!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We got a quote from a caterer to do stations (salad station, meat station, potato station and some fruit/veggies/cheese) for approx. 250 people and they told us it would cost $11,000.00.  Seeing as that was over half of our budget for the entire wedding…..we went a different direction. 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was interested in a venue near by with gorgeous gardens and reception area.  8k to rent the space for the night.  No chairs, tables, lights, decor, nothing.  8k for the space.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@EffieTrinket:  Ugh the woman in this makes me so angry…she’s such a brat!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@amazingbee:  Must be a good day to get married then! It’s actually right between 2 birthdays for me, the day before is my MOH’s little sister’s 11th birthday, and the day after is my MOH’s daughter’s 2nd birthday. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hehe….we got a lot of pretty steep quotes.  I think because we were having a S. Asian ceremony AND an american ceremony, vendors started seeing $$ because of all the wedding blogs about fabulous Indian weddings that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I went to 3 cake places in Dallas, TX for quotes.  I didn’t have a clear cake idea–I just wanted them to be buttercream, enough to feed 130 people, and incorporate some of the designs from our invitations (cream background with some red paisley).  

We got quotes of $800, $1000, and $1400.  For a buttercream fairly simply-styled wedding cake!  The baker’s ideas at the $1000 place honestly sounded super tacky….the ideas for the other two places both sounded nice, so we obviously went with the cheaper one.  And we loved it!

After we moved to the north east and I was having difficulty planning our texas wedding from afar, I contacted a few wedding coordinators.  I told them I was looking for just day-of coordination and that every vendor was booked, every decoration bought, and everyone was hired.  I basically just wanted someone (other than our parents) to be there to supervise the set up of our tables/decor and to run interference on the day.

I got a quote of $2500.  No, I am not kidding you.  I didn’t email any of the most well known coordinators in Dallas, either.  I specifically went with an “unknown” to hopefully find lower prices.  $2500 when I’ve already done 95% of the work?  No thank you.

So we went without a coordinator and things were still fine.  So glad I didn’t waste that money!

Some of the most suprising expensive quotes were the Indian mandap places.  The first place we went to…the cheapest mandap was something like $4000 and then they kept suggesting all these (admittedly beautiful) add-on decorations with a total of well-over $10,000.  After I said we were having kind of a budget wedding (not budget in terms of wedding bee maybe, but definitely budget in terms of hindu weddings in the US).

I’m so glad we stuck to our guns and did a lot of things ourselves.  It saved us boatloads of money!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i’m on a budget so 9 times out of 10 i laugh at the price.

5k to just rent the building – what is it made of gold?!

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I got a quote of 3500.00 to DJ for 5 hours. The thing is this DJ knows that the venue is iPod only: no amplification. (He is the only “preferrred vendor DJ” for the venue) So I was thinking he would have a decent price because it’s really not your typical DJ situation.

So basically, 3500.00 for him to play an iPod with some lights and stuff.  & THIS DIDNT INCLUDE EMCEE SERVICES. Um, no thanks.I went through a period thinking I HAD TO HAVE A DJ because I was nervous people wouldn’t dance without one but not for 3500.00  

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