Post # 1
Dear Bees, what would you do if you had these two options –cakes are same size– (sorry I’m not allowed to share the pictures of the sketches):
1st option – Cake is within our budget at $640 + tax. It’s “pretty” and fits our theme/colors but it’s not my favourite. I also don’t really care for the choice of flower he put on top. Tasted amazing. Baker took forever to get back to us with sktech/quote.
2nd option – Cake is out of our budget at $850 + tax. It’s exactly what I want. Our wedding planner gave us a gift certificate of $100 for that baker, which would reduce the price to $750 + tax (still a bit over what we wanted to pay.) Tasted amazing. Baker was prompt and provided us with quote/sketch within a few days.
What would you do if those were your options?
*I know it only ends up being a $110 difference approximately, but that’s $110 that would could apply for our signature drink. I’m just wondering if it’s worth going over for the cake.
Post # 3
Honestly, the responsiveness is an issue to me. I don’t want to work with vendors who aren’t prompt in getting back to me. Coupled with the fact that you liked them better, I’d go with that, unless that $110 is really, really needed towards the drink or somewhere else.
Post # 4
First, I will preference this by saying I don’t like cake. My Fiance and I are doing pies so I’m not sure how much what I’m going to say is going to count.
It’s cake. Do you really want to go over budget on your cake? It’s $110 you could spend somewhere else like adding an extra hour of photography or to get a massage the day before the wedding or something. If they both taste amazing why not go with the less expensive one? I’m sure you could also talk to the baker about the flowers he put on top. It’s your wedding don’t you get to decide what flowers are on the cake?
Good luck! 😀
Post # 5
I voted for the 2nd option because if it was me the baker taking a long time to get back to me would bother me. I don’t think I would be able to work with vendors that leave me hangiing, I would worry about them getting the finished product on time.
Post # 6
To me it isn’t worth going over budget. I think you should look around some more and try to find some other options because as a PP said, his slow response would be scary. There has to be other bakers in your area, maybe some smaller companies or people just starting out? Or maybe you could ask the baker to not put the flowers he was going to put on the cake and use your own cake topper or fresh flowers? Also keep in mind the cake cutting fees.
Post # 7
The price difference doesn’t seem too large for a huge improvement in service as well as in your satisfaction. I’d go for the second and see if you can find another place to cut back just a bit for your sig. drink?
Post # 8
I would go over budget for this because it is only $110. The responsiveness of the baker is an issue. however, couldn’t the first baker make the cake look different? It seems wierd to me if they can’t…. I assume you have already tried negotiating the price down with the second baker?
Post # 9
The service issue is what made me vote to option two. You can also switch out a few options on the cake to try and save some more money. Decor, flower type, small sheet cake in back. Talk to the baker, you never know. Good luck!
Post # 10
I say the 2nd option not only bc you love it more, but you’re getting much better customer service and that’s SO important with wedding vendors. In the big picture, $110 isnt that much. And I would really recommend you go to your baker with the other’s bakery’s quote and ask if they can match it otherwise you’re going to have to go with the other vendor. Things like cake prices are very flexible.
Post # 11
Thank you for all the input Bees, this really helps! I will show this thread to Fiance too 🙂 and we’ll make a decision.
PS – to all the bees who mentioned service/timing: I totally agree, this is an issue for me too and maybe having peace of mind is worth the $110-ish right there.
Post # 12
$110.00 in the grand scheme of things isn’t a big enough difference to be worried and potentially unhappy with the end result. I say go for what you really want and be confident in your choice.