(Closed) Issue with Cake Shop –Help me find a good way to approach this.

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Many cake bakers require you to buy your own decorations.  For example any designs made with buttercream are usually included but you pay for the ribbon, flowers, and anything else you want.  I think I paid for an upgrade of the fondant/gumpaste designs and I paid my florist to provide the fresh flowers directly to my baker.  Since the ribbon on my cake was pretty plain, they included it for free but they usually ask the bride to bring in their own ribbon.

Post # 4
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

My baker asked me to bring my own ribbon and cake topper.  If I had any other design elements, aside from the buttercream, I was responsible for providing them.  I don’t know if this is standard, but it’s what I experienced.

Post # 5
5950 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@miss.wiggums:  Sorry sweetie, those pearls are your problem, and the reason for that is to ensure that you, the customer gets the exact thing, shade, color, shape that you want…otherwise it’s all a crap shoot and she could buy what she THOUGHT you wanted, and come to find out that your concept was totally different.

Post # 6
7477 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree with PPs that it’s pretty typical to buy your own decorations. However, my baker told me this. She said she could purchase them but that she charges extra to do this so I figured it was worth it to just do it myself. A quick search online showed that they should be easy to find. They might even sell them at Michaels.

Post # 7
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yep, Michaels and Jo-Anns has them in their cake decorating section.  They’re also called “Dragees” and you can find them in various sizes.

Post # 8
1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

You can totally order them online too. I have to provide the ribbon and flowers for my cake as well.

Post # 9
2267 posts
Buzzing bee

@miss.wiggums:  If you’re near a Joann, use some coupons to buy them. If you have 5 items and five different coupons, they’ll take them all. It’s not a “1 coupon per transaction” store.

And you get bring Hobby Lobby and Michaels coupons too 🙂

Post # 10
3194 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@miss.wiggums: our baker is making us bring in the decor for our cake, as well.  

Post # 11
2530 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Any decorations we want for our cake, we provide.
I supose that’s an easier way for bakeries to deal with picky brides?
I don’t care, but who knows, maybe I do? I haven’t started cake-planning yet.

Also, our venue doesn’t accept credit cards. We were upset at first, but OK with it after the coordinator told us it’s because in order for us to use a card, the CC company would charge us an extra percentage on top of the costs at their venue (probably the way their system is set up, it really doesn’t matter to us though) and he doesn’t want to do that to us.
So it was somewhat thoughtful and honestly, we can deal without using credit cards.

Don’t fret too much about cake!
And think on the bright side – you can pick out whatever pearls your heart desires now!

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