Post # 1
So we went for a tasting and it was awesome. I asked them to send out the contract to sign so I could send in a deposit and they said they don’t do deposits, just the invoice… The invoice is copied & pasted below. What do you think? Is that okay? I’m nervous now… Do I need a contract?
Invoice # 121312
1- 3 tier Cake (Flowers will be provided) 6”. 10” and 14” cake round (Feeds up to 75 people) $3/slice $204.00
2- Full Sheet Cakes (Feeds 50-60 People) $60.00 each $120
1- Philly’s Themed Grooms Cake (Feeds 5 to 10 people) in Fondant $30.00
Thank you for ordering Envy’s Delights!
Delivery and Setup is included in the price.
*Deposit is non-refundable and is used to hold your date*
Post # 4
It looks okay to me, I don’t see any immediate red flags. What are you hesitant about? That you don’t have any way of ensuring that your wedding cake will show on wedding day? I think it should be okay….
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
Most of my vendors have had VERY unprofessional “contracts” but came highly recommended so I’m not worried.
The only thing I would ask that they ad is when delivery will be on the date – unless you don’t have your timeline down yet.
And how much was your deposit? Assuming you got a receipt for that and that it will be deducted from that final amount due.
My contract also said if we did any design changes 2 weeks before the wedding a 10% fee would be added.
Post # 6
I think that looks good. The price is super reasonable and my baker didn’t give me a contract either. Just an order sheet and invoice.
Post # 7
@Ms.Sugarsnap: I would question why they don’t do deposits when their contract says “*Deposit is non-refundable and is used to hold your date*”…
Post # 8
Holy crap do they deliver cakes to California because that’s less than half what they charge here!
Anyway, I would question why they won’t take a deposit but its implied that they do take them at the bottom of your invoice. Are they a tiny bakery or a one-man operation? Or do they have a pretty solid reputation?
Post # 9
The one review they had on yelp was bad, but it was about poor packaging for a birthday cake- The place is very small and the bathroom was gross (I am weird about businesses and bathrooms) butttt the cake was good and they do take a deposit, though they did not list the # on the invoice (it’s 90$) They are very inexpensive so I’m happy with that (we’re saving about $100 what I budgeted and getting banana, reeses, chocolate buttercream, white, and chocolate chip flavored cake. I just read somewhere you should always have a real contract so I was double checking before sending the check 🙂 Thanks ladies! Always reliable.
Post # 10
@mchitt329: good call about the timeline- I will ask about that.
Post # 11
Just to throw it out there I should have gone with my gut on this one, she shut the bakery down two weeks later & deposited my check two days after their doors closed & never told me until I inadverently found out their closed by trying to check their website for pricing info TWO WEEKS before the wedding.
We found another bakery luckily (for more money) BUT never got our money back from this place despite several requests- Just goes to show you you should GO WITH YOUR GUT!!!! I felt something was off with the paperwork/the price was too good to be true, but the cake was good (she didn’t bake it personally her staff did) so I ignored my feelings and after some reassurances went for it. What a mistake :-/
Post # 12
@Ms.Sugarsnap: Oh no!! I’m so sorry that happened to you. At least the deposit wasn’t like 50% or something, and I’m glad you found a new bakery in time.