- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
My wedding day yesterday was fantastic — I married the man of my dreams, my DIY decor was perfect, the guests all had a terrific time and the dance floor was full; my husband said it was the most perfect day ever. We are both beaming from the day — and I don’t even care that six people were no shows, which I thought would drive me crazy.
But, I am obsessing and couldn’t sleep last night because the wedding cake was a disaster, and I’m trying to figure out how I go about approaching the subject with our cake lady.
The cake was the first thing I decided on when I started planning — our color scheme was black, white, and a pop of teal. My cake, I decided, was going to be four tiers and completely white with sugar crystals on tiers 2 and 4 and a black ribbon around the base of tiers 1 and 3. A very clean, simple, but sparkly cake. The pop of teal would come into play on the bottom tier of wedding white cake that would be dyed teal, so when we cut into the cake, we pulled out a piece of teal cake!
So imagine my horror when I walk into the venue to find a cake with a putrid attempt at teal icing on the top and bottom tiers and the top three tiers were styrofoam — and the third tier just plain styrofoam, not even coated with icing — just a ribbon pinned around it.
I understand styrofoam is common, but we never, ever discussed fake tiers, and we definitely didn’t discuss putrid light teal frosting. The icing job was amateurish, the wedding white cake was not dyed teal, and there were a few sugar crystals tossed on each layer.
My day of coordinator stepped in when she saw my horror and made a plan B which include removing the top tier and stuffing flowers from the mom’s bouquets into the un-iced styrofoam tier (my biggest no for my wedding cake was flowers, but I had no choice). They also covered the bottom tier with hydrangeas we had in arrangements around the room to hide that teal icing. This is what was left….
The sheet cake that she had in the kitchen was the right flavors, and it tasted good — but, I didn’t even want to cut the cake. I had my family and bridal party spread the word that the cake wasn’t the cake I picked out, because after 14 months of planning and hard work, I didn’t want anyone to think that was the cake that I had chosen.
Now I have to figure out how to explain my frustration to the lady who made my cake. She was so nice throughout the process, and agreed with me that my idea was awesome and the cake would be perfect and I wouldn’t have to worry about a thing. I’m thinking about going with email, because I know I will start to cry if I do this on the phone or in person. Also, am I crazy for wanting a full refund?