Would you want to know if your cake design was not great?

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Yes, I’d want to know. I’d give them your honest opinion as well as a compromise that might work better. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

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
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Worker bee

If you can draw, draw a picture so they can see it all together. 

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yes, but be very tactful.

Sketching a picture sounds like a really good idea.

Post # 14
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Newbee

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.

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