Post # 1
I decorate cakes and am doing a friends wedding cake. What they are asking for just seems really disjointed and all over the place. I don’t want to be too descriptive but essentially they’ve taken two completely opposite cake designs and themes and put the bottom half of one and top half off the other in. Even different colour schemes on both halves. We’re still in the early stages so I don’t know whether to mention to them whether they should think about how they could integrate the two designs a bit better, particularly colour wise, so it doesn’t look like the wrong top got put onto the bottom tier… I’m not too worried about it being a reflection on my work or anything (this isn’t my career) but I’m not sure if it’s my place to say something to them or not. I never had to go cake shopping for our wedding as it was made by a relative so I’m not sure if cake stores would try to influence design very much or would be honest if something wasn’t going to look good. I want them to love their cake – I don’t want them to see it on the day and regret what they chose because they didn’t visualise what it would all look like together. I’ve discussed the design with others and they agree it needs some work…
Post # 2
Yes, I’d want to know. I’d give them your honest opinion as well as a compromise that might work better.
Post # 3
Rather than telling them straight out that their design is bad perhaps you could work out some possible changes you could make to the design / colours to make it work better and suggest them to the friend as an “improvement of their lovely design idea” or another polite way to put it without mentioning that you don’t like the original idea?
Post # 4
If you can draw, draw a picture so they can see it all together.
Post # 5
PenguininaJumper: I’m not a great drawer unfortuantely but I was thinking I could get a friend to photoshop the two layers together so they can get an idea of what they would be looking at. I mean if that is what they love when they see it together, so be it, it’s their cake but I guess forewarned is forearmed!
Aqua59: FutureMrsBex: Thanks, yes I would definitely phrase it delicately, haha.
Post # 6
I would present an alternative so they could see the difference between what they asked for and what you think would look better.
Post # 7
Yeah, if my cake was going to look like a hot mess, i’d want to know.
I would make up a few drawings or images of what they wanted, and each cake on its own, and maybe a few alternatives to what would look better and let them decide.
Post # 8
I’d create a mockup of what they told you they wanted, Photoshop is fine, or even a basic sketch to show color/design. I’d also do a few more to show your ideas. For example, if you think they have a lot of disjointed colors and design ideas, maybe a unifying color throughout would bring it together. A lot of people need a visual example to understand an idea. As long as you’re not bashing their concepts, they should take it well.
Post # 9
Lollybags: I’ve ordered a lot of cakes, and they always say: “This is what we can do for you – do you like it this way?” after I’ve expressed what I wanted. They frame their suggestions as what they can do, but really, they’re influencing the cake idea so it’s in line with their reputation.
Post # 10
Lollybags: Yes, I rely on all of my vendors to be professionals and part of what I’m paying for is their professional opinion. If the person who is going to make this cake doesn’t think it will turn out well there is a problem! Maybe the vision hasn’t bee communicated clearly, or maybe they need you to suggest some tweaks.
If you bring it up and they stick to their guns, then no problem. Do the best you can with the design they want.
Post # 11
I would suggest drawing a picture of what they are asking so they can see what it would actually look like, as well as drawing the solution. Maybe you could even just say, “I think this may work better for the cake as a whole…” and then suggest the few changes. At the end of the day, if the bride does not want to change her mind, just make her ugly wedding cake and let her deal with it after, but at least work towards making some changes.
Post # 12
You are an awesome friend to do their cake! I agree with PP that there may need to be a visual though. Did they provide photos or a drawing of what they wanted? If they didn’t, it could that they’re envisioning a certain look but may not be able to physically describe it and it’s getting lost in translation.
I’ve seen mismatched tiers on cakes before that do look nice like the photo below, but if I were to go soley by description it doesn’t sound it would look good at all.
Post # 13
Yes, but be very tactful.
Sketching a picture sounds like a really good idea.
Post # 14
I really would want to know! I think that any cake can look good with the help of a wonderful cake topper. I would suggest getting a customized one. http://www.wowminime.com/ has some great cake toppers that are fully customizable.