Post # 1
I just wanted to ask the Bees, since this wedding cake was my first and will be my one and only experience…
A couple things about the cake: first, when we picked it up, it was sitting on a mirrored base, and that base was on a piece of cardboard with folded edges. Is there normally a box??
Second, the cake had “equipment” that had to be returned afterwards. Mainly, the mirrored base and some plastic internal structural columns to secure the top tier (that ended up sliding anyway). We paid a $50 deposit for this “equipment” and then we were accidentally charged twice for the deposit, so you could be damn sure we were taking it back, but it was a HUGE pain in the butt for us to do so the day after the wedding when everyone was leaving and we had to drive to Chicago from Iowa. The bakery was an hour away and nowhere in the direction of Chicago, either, and the owner had to meet us from her home since they were closed on Sunday, but we couldn’t just give up the $100.
It just seems to me that they’d use something more disposable and add it to the price of the cake… and not something valued at $50 either. I know for a fact that those columns aren’t that much, since I’ve bought them for cakes I’ve made in the past (for other purposes).
Is this common?
Post # 3
I’m not sure about the box, but one cake company I looked at did have pieces that you could ‘rent’ with your cake that included columns and such. I’m not sure how much they valued it at, though. I’m guessing not $1oo or even $50 dollars! eek!
Post # 4
I have no idea. Our cake person came and set up the cake at the venue, so I never saw what it was delivered in.
I guess I can see putting a deposit on those items that’s more than they’re worth so people don’t just decide to keep them…
Curious, was your cake really inexpensive? Perhaps she made these concessions to try and keep the ultimate cost to you as low as possible, but would normally just charge the cost of the equipment with the cake?
Post # 5
@jo.lee: I don’t know why I didn’t think to ask her beforehand if she could use something I could throw away. From what I have seen at craft stores and the like, a plastic cake base, and separator, and the dowels could have been about $15 total and I would have gladly paid that in order to not have to drive. It cost me that much in gas anyway!
@SapphireSun: Our cake was small, but about average on a per-slice basis (average for the area and from all the various places I contacted first). I don’t get the impression she was trying to make concessions. 😉 I expressed hesitation to her months ago about having to return this stuff. There was no way to do it on the day of the wedding since the reception was at dinner time, the bakery closes early and was an hour away anyway, and the day after they were closed also, and we were trying to get back to Texas and had a million other things to do on Sunday, and she was told all this but just said “Well, I can meet you at the bakery on Sunday..” so yeah.
Anyway it all struck me as a little odd and added to frustrations overall with the cake thing. It ended with this bakery owner (who had been nice up to this point) being very rude when we were less than ten minutes late meeting her with the equipment. She left a voicemail saying that we had better be there in 2 minutes MAX or we wouldn’t get our money, she was just very rude in the end.
We might have an “at home” casual reception here and I am making my OWN cake for that! 😉