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I’ve listed below some of the frequently asked questions about wedding cakes I get emailed and asked on a daily basis. Do please scroll through and see if the answer is here for any wedding cake queries you may have. If you want clarification on anything or have a question that’s not listed here, please feel free to get in touch with me at creations@barbiebakescakes.com and I’ll get back to you asap! Quick Links . WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY WEDDING CAKE? . DELIVERY AND SETUP . INGREDIENTS & ALLERGENS . WILL I DECORATE A WEDDING CAKE YOU BAKED OR BOUGHT? . WHAT SIZE WEDDING CAKE SHOULD I ORDER? . WEDDING CAKE CONSULTATIONS AND WEDDING CAKE TASTINGS . HOW MUCH WILL MY WEDDING CAKE COST? . I’VE BEEN QUOTED THE SAME WEDDING CAKE AT A CHEAPER PRICE AT A DIFFERENT WEDDING CAKE DESIGNER, WILL YOU PRICE MAT  CH? . WILL YOU SEND PROGRESS SHOTS OF MY WEDDING CAKE WHEN IT IS IN PRODUCTION? . HELP!   I   HAD   MY   WEDDING   CAKE   BOOKED   WITH   MY   FRIEND/MUMMY/GRANNY/AUNTY   AND   THEY’VE   NOW   LET   ME   DOWN   LAST   MINUTE   AND I DON’T HAVE A WEDDING CAKE - CAN YOU DO IT (MINIMUM/SHORT NOTICE) . WE   DISCUSSED   A   WEDDING   CAKE   DESIGN   WITH   YOU   A   WHILE   BACK   (CONSULTATION/EMAIL/WEDDING   FAYRE)   BUT   NOW   YOU   ARE SAYING YOU CAN’T DO MY WEDDING CAKE. WHY? . I HAVE 100 PEOPLE GOING TO MY WEDDING AND A £50 BUDGET, WILL YOU DO MY WEDDING CAKE? WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY WEDDING CAKE  ? You   can   book   your   wedding   cake   as   soon   as   you   have   your   wedding   date   confirmed   with   your   venue!   All   bookings   are   subject   to   my own   availability   as   I   don’t   take   on   more   orders   than   I   can   produce!      Your   wedding   date   is   as   important   to   me   as   it   is   to   you   as   I physically   need   to   be   at   your   wedding   venue   the   morning   of   your   wedding   to   setup.   Keep   in   mind   your   wedding   date   itself!   Typically   a Friday   and   Saturday   wedding   will   be   the   most   popular,   the   last   weekend   of   a   month   (because   it’s   generally   when   folks   get   paid   from work!), a Bank Holiday weekend, Christmas and especially New Years Eve. Folks   that   work   in   the   wedding   industry   take   holidays   too,   so   if   you   may   find   that   the   suppliers   you   want   may   be   not   necessarily   be available   either!      My   advice   is   to   book   as   early   as   possible   as   most   of   my   bookings   are   taken   1-2   years   in   advance.   It   is   never   too   early …..but   it   can   be   too   late!   You   might   think   that   1-2   years   to   your   wedding   is   ‘ages   away   so   I   don’t   need   to   book   it   yet’.   Unfortunately you would be very much mistaken! Booking most suppliers that far in advance in the wedding industry is normal! A deposit of £50 secures your order, and then you have right up to one month before your wedding to pay off the balance. DELIVERY AND SETUP All   wedding   cakes   are   hand   delivered   and   setup   by   me   the   morning   of   your   wedding   at   your   venue.   Delivery   and   setup   costs   are   always included   in   your   wedding   cake   price.   Due   to   the   nature   and   delicacy   of   a   wedding   cake,   I   will   not   allow   any   clients   to   pick   up   and deliver   their   own   wedding   cake   -   you   really   do   not   need   that   stress   in   your   life!      This   ensures   that   your   cake   is   setup   and   displayed   as discussed. Transportation Guide INGREDIENTS & ALLERGENS As   I   work   from   my   home   kitchen,   I   handle   all   ingredients   and   allergens.   I   store   all   of   my   ingredients   in   the   same   cupboard   and   bake   my cakes   in   the   same   tins.   I   cannot   therefore   provide   any   cakes   that   are   completely   free   of   allergens   and   cannot   guarantee   that   cross- contamination   has   not   taken   place.      Please   be   mindful   when   ordering   your   cake.      I   do   have   a   number   of   flavours   that   I   can   bake   dairy free   and   gluten   free   -   this   is   NOT   the   same   as   providing   a   gluten   free   (etc.)   cake.   It   is   simply   baked   using   gluten   free   ingredients.   I cannot    cater    for    anyone    that    has    an    allergy    or    intolerance.    If    my    cakes    are    consumed    by    someone    who    has    a    food    allergy    or intolerance,   they   do   so   at   their   own   risk.      Only   you   know   the   severity   of   your   own   food   allergy   or   intolerance   and   if   you   are   in   anyway doubtful, then you should not consume any of my cakes.  On the morning of your wedding, a list of all ingredients and allergens are supplied by email to both you and your wedding venue. Please   note:   As   per   HACCP   guidelines,   for   cakes   to   be   completely   free   of   allergens   for   gluten,   dairy   and   nuts   etc,   cakes   need   to   be baked   and   prepared   in   a   specially   controlled   environment   that   is   free   of   these   triggers.      If   you   are   a   celiac,   for   example,   you   should contact   a   specialist   gluten   free   baker   that   bakes   in   an   allergy   free   environment   -   this   is   NOT   someone   who   bakes   cakes   using   wheat flour   on   another   day.   A   specialist   baker   will   be   someone   who   does   not   store   or   prepare   any   of   these   allergens   at   any   point.        All   of   my cakes   are   produced   in   a   kitchen   that   handles   the   following   allergens        Cereals   containing   Gluten   |   Eggs   |   Peanuts   |   Rice   |   Nuts | Celery | Mustard | Sesame WILL I DECORATE A WEDDING CAKE YOU BAKED OR BOUGHT? Unfortunately not. I will only decorate a cake that I have baked myself. WHAT SIZE WEDDING CAKE SHOULD I ORDER  ? You   can   order   any   size   wedding   cake   that   you   want   but   it   is   of   course   best   to   order   a   cake   for   the   number   of   guests   that   you   are expecting   at   your   event.      You   should   cater   for   a   minimum   of   90%   of   your   wedding   guests.      I   have   attached   a   document   for   you   to download to work out what is best for your guest numbers with sample cutting guides.  All wedding cakes are a minimum of 5” tall.  Other   things   to   consider   are   if   you   are   serving   a   sweet   or   dessert   with   your   evening   food.   If   you   are,   then   a   smaller   cake   is   advised!      If you   are   left   with   any   wedding   cake   leftovers,   I   provide   you   with   a   storage   guide   on   how   to   freeze   your   wedding   cake   properly   so   that you can enjoy it at a later date! Portion Guide Per Tier WEDDING CAKE CONSULTATIONS AND WEDDING CAKE TASTINGS A   wedding   cake   consultation   is   a   very   important   part   of   the   decision   process   for   your   wedding   cake.         Before   the   consultation   it   is important   for   me   to   check   my   availability   against   your   event   date.      To   prepare   for   your   consultation   it   is   best   to   have   an   idea   of   what your   likes   and   dislikes   are   regarding   wedding   cake   design.      I   have   a   Pinterest   board   that   is   a   great   starting   point   to   see   different   design styles on offer (  Pinterest  ).  For your own information, I do not do naked or semi-naked cakes or individual mini cakes.  The   wedding   cake   consultation   lasts   about   45   minutes.      We   will   go   through   different   wedding   cake   designs   and   you   will   also   get   to sample   5   different   wedding   cake   flavours.   Going   through   different   wedding   cake   designs   is   best   so   that   you   can   see   what   works   for you!      I’ll   provide   you   with   a   number   of   different   quotes   for   the   wedding   cake   designs   we   discussed   and   email   through   what   we discussed after the consultation. Wedding   cake   consultations   are   one   of   the   most   enjoyable   parts   of   the   wedding   cake   process   as   it   involves   tasting   the   actual   cake!      I hold   them   at   various   locations   around   Belfast   and   Down.   Appointments   tend   to   book   up   fast   so   it   is   advised   to   get   in   touch   as   soon   as you   are   ready   to   do   so!      Wedding   cake   consultations   take   place   at   times   suitable   to   work   around   our   busy   lives;   Monday-Sunday   10am- 1pm, 7pm-10pm.  Appointments are child friendly. HOW MUCH WILL MY WEDDING CAKE COST  ? The   BIG   question   and   the   one   that   doesn’t   have   a   crystal   clear   answer!      All   of   my   cakes   are   priced   up   according   to   a   number   of   things and   in   a   much   fairer   way   for   the   client.      Each   and   every   wedding   is   different   -   different   guest   numbers,   different   wedding   venues, different   wedding   cake   styles,   because   of   this   I   price   each   and   every   cake   up   individually   and   according   to   your   wedding   and   I   price every   tier   up   individually   too!   There   is   not   much   point   in   me   giving   you   a   price   for   a   3-tier   cake   that   serves   46   people   for   a   wedding   in Belfast   when   you   have   150   going   to   your   wedding   in   Newcastle!      Cakes   are   priced   and   designed   for   YOU   and   YOUR   WEDDING!      They are   bespoke   items.   None   of   my   cakes   are   ‘off   the   shelf’,   it   is   a   personalised   service   to   you.   All   cake   quotes   include   delivery   and   setup   at your   venue   the   morning   of   your   wedding.   There   are   no   hidden   extras!   I   will   also   give   you   a   number   of   different   prices   so   you   can   see what   works   for   you.   I   will   provide   you   with   a   few   options   and   alternatives   regarding   any   addons   your   require   (e.g.   no   flowers,   fake flowers,   sugar   flowers,   do   you   want   metallics,   wedding   cake   toppers   etc.).      I   am   here   to   help   you   get   your   dream   wedding   cake.      The price   of   your   cake   is   also   valid   at   the   time   of   offer   and   is   valid   for   7   days   from   the   day   of   quote.      If   you   keep   in   mind,   the   more   a   cake is   decorated,   the   more   it   will   cost.   Any   handmade   items   will   be   more   expensive   than   a   cheaper   alternative   (e.g.   handmade   wedding cake toppers or sugar flowers).   To get the best and most accurate price forward on to me the following information;  1. Your wedding date to see if I first have your date available  2. Your wedding venue so I can work out per mile the distance  3. Number of guests expected to work out the best size of cake    4.   Wedding   cake   style   -   pictures   are   always   best.   You   might   have   already   seen   the   wedding   cake   you   want   or   like   a   certain   style   -   just let   me   know.   If   you   are   not   yet   decided   on   a   wedding   cake   style,   that’s   no   problem,   but   the   quote   would   be   approximate   until   the design is finalised! Once   your   wedding   cake   order   is   secure   with   me,   you   can   change   your   wedding   cake   design   at   any   time   up   to   one   month   before   your wedding.   Design   changes   will   always   be   repriced.      Wedding   cake   design   changes   can   increase   and   decrease   the   cost   of   your   cake.   You can contact me anytime to discuss any changes no problem. I’VE   BEEN   QUOTED   THE   SAME   WEDDING   CAKE   AT   A   CHEAPER   PRICE   AT   A   DIFFERENT   WEDDING   CAKE   DESIGNER.   WILL YOU PRICE MATCH? The   one   thing   that   I   pride   myself   on   with   my   cakes   is   the   time   spent   on   design   and   detail   of   your   cake   and   quality   of   service   to   you.   I do   not   compromise   on   this   quality   for   anything.      I   use   the   best   ingredients   and   source   high   quality   products,   tools   and   equipment   to complete   your   cake   as   well   as   having   many   years   of   experience   that   I   have   earned   making   wedding   cakes.   I   make   each   and   every   cake from   scratch,   I   don’t   freeze   or   buy   ready   made   cakes   to   decorate   later.      All   of   my   cakes   are   real   and   not   dummies.   Saying   all   of   this,   I cannot   comment   on   another   designers   quote.   They   may   be   using   inferior   and   cheaper   ingredients,   they   may   live   closer   to   your   venue so   their   delivery   costs   may   not   be   as   much,   they   may   not   have   the   same   level   of   experience   as   I   do.   Maybe   they   only   provide   a   tiered dummy   cake   with   a   cutting   cake   (not   the   same   thing!).      Only   you   know   what   is   best   for   your   wedding   and   your   budget.      It   is   my   advice that   wedding   cakes,   because   of   their   bespoke   nature,   shouldn’t   really   be   compared   between   designers   -   it   is   not   like   comparing   the same brand of bread from the same manufacturer being sold at different supermarkets. Every wedding cake designer is different! I   don’t   price   match,   and   I   don’t   offer   discounts   at   any   point   in   the   year.   I   always   provide   each   client   with   the   best   price   at   the   same price   list   for   the   year   you   are   getting   married.   Each   client   is   treated   equally.      The   standard   and   quality   of   ingredients   and   service   that   I provide is reflected in my quotes. WILL YOU SEND PROGRESS SHOTS OF MY WEDDING CAKE WHEN IT IS IN PRODUCTION  ? As   wedding   cakes   are   in   prep   for   many   days   before   your   Big   Day,   and   all   are   completed   onsite   at   your   wedding   venue,   there   would   be little   point   in   me   sending   progress   shots   to   you   in   the   days   before.      Seeing   your   wedding   cake   all   setup   at   your   venue   when   you   arrive adds to the excitement of the day so I do not send progress shots beforehand. HELP!   I   HAD   MY   WEDDING   CAKE   BOOKED   WITH   MY   FRIEND/RELATIVE   AND   THEY’VE   NOW   LET   ME   DOWN   LAST   MINUTE AND I DON’T HAVE A WEDDING CAKE - CAN YOU DO IT (SHORT NOTICE)? All   of   my   wedding   cake   orders   are   taken   on   according   to   my   own   availability.      I   take   on   limited   number   of   orders   per   week   so   that   I   can give   my   current   wedding   cake   the   care   and   attention   to   detail   that   it   requires.      It   is   a   lovely   gesture   when   a   friend   or   relation   offers   to make   your   wedding   cake   for   you,   however   sometimes   things   don’t   go   according   to   plan   and   you   are   let   down   due   to   your   friend   or   rel  - ative   becoming   completely   overwhelmed   by   the   massive   scale   of   catering   for   so   many   people   in   such   a   short   space   of   time.   Or   indeed they   have   become   sick   last   minute   and   simply   cannot   do   your   cake.      I   do   sympathise   with   you   and   being   a   registered   business   I   also have   public   liability   insurance   in   place,   a   food   hygiene   rating   of   5   and   also   a   number   of   other   professional   wedding   cake   designers   than I   can   call   for   help   if   ever   I   become   ill   myself.   If   you   are   willing   to   take   on   the   risk   of   having   a   friend   or   relation   to   do   your   wedding cake,   you   must   also   factor   in   that   things   can   go   wrong   at   the   last   minute   with   no   safe   guard   in   place.      It   is   incredibly   unfortunate   but   it is   something   I   witness   on   a   monthly   basis.      Contact   me   with   your   date   and   details   of   cake   required.   Minimum   notice   is   7   days   for   a wedding cake, availablity dependent. WE   DISCUSSED   A   WEDDING   CAKE   DESIGN   WITH   YOU   A   WHILE   BACK   (WEDDING   CAKE   CONSULTATION/EMAIL/WEDDING FAYRE) BUT NOW YOU ARE SAYING YOU CAN’T DO MY WEDDING CAKE. WHY? All   of   my   wedding   cake   orders   are   only   secured   and   in   place   once   a   deposit   has   been   made.      Regardless   of   how   many   times   we   have talked or emailed each other, if no deposit has been paid, you have no wedding cake order.  If your wedding date is no longer available, it   means   another   client,   with   the   same   wedding   date,   has   booked   and   paid   their   deposit.      This   is   communicated   to   all   customers   that email   me   for   information   regarding   securing   a   wedding   cake   order   with   me.      My   advice   is   always   to   book   your   wedding   cake   as   soon   as you   know   your   wedding   date.   You   then   have   right   up   to   one   month   before   your   wedding   to   1.   Decide   on   your   wedding   cake   design   2. Pay off your balance.  Wedding cake order deposits are £50.  No Deposit = No Cake. I HAVE 100 PEOPLE GOING TO MY WEDDING AND A £50 BUDGET, WILL YOU DO MY WEDDING CAKE? When you are working out your budgets for a wedding it is completely understandable that many of you have no idea how much anything is as it is all new territory to you!  Most folks only get married once in their life so it may be the only time you ever need to book a large venue, dj, band, wedding cake, get stationery made etc!  In saying this, it is advisable to trust the professionals and be realistic about setting your budgets for certain things.  Most suppliers will work with you and your budget and help you achieve what it is you want. Factor in that the minimum wage in the UK is currently £8.72 an hour. How many hours of work goes into creating your wedding cake; with tools, ingredients, petrol, insurance, specialised products, specific trips to the shops to get your ingredients, baking the cake, the many hours of decorating the cake, the packaging up of the cake, the creation of the paperwork (ingredients, allergens), sign off sheet, the hand delivery to your wedding venue, the setting up of your wedding cake, taking photos and videos of your wedding cake.  ALL of this adds up to a completely personalised service to you.  It is a bespoke service tailored for YOUR wedding.  These are not mass produced cakes that you find in a supermarket or coffee shop. If you are setting budgets for a wedding cake there will be differences in prices between wedding cake designers. However, if all wedding cake designers are quoting you a cake that is over what you have budgeted for, it could be that your budget is way off and needs to be adjusted.
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I’ve   listed   below   some   of   the   frequently   asked questions   about   wedding   cakes   I   get   emailed   and asked   on   a   daily   basis.   Do   please   scroll   through and   see   if   the   answer   is   here   for   any   wedding cake     queries     you     may     have.     If     you     want clarification   on   anything   or   have   a   question   that’s not   listed   here,   please   feel   free   to   get   in   touch with   me   at   creations@barbiebakescakes.com    and I’ll get back to you asap! Quick Links 1. WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY WEDDING CAKE? 2. DELIVERY AND SETUP 3. INGREDIENTS & ALLERGENS 4. WILL I DECORATE A WEDDING CAKE YOU BAKED OR BOUGHT? 5. WHAT SIZE WEDDING CAKE SHOULD I ORDER? 6. WEDDING CAKE CONSULTATIONS AND WEDDING CAKE TASTINGS 7. HOW MUCH WILL MY WEDDING CAKE COST? 8. I’VE BEEN QUOTED THE SAME WEDDING CAKE AT A CHEAPER PRICE AT A DIFFERENT WEDDING CAKE DESIGNER, WILL YOU PRICE MATCH? 9. WILL YOU SEND PROGRESS SHOTS OF MY WEDDING CAKE WHEN IT IS IN PRODUCTION? 10. HELP! I HAD MY WEDDING CAKE BOOKED WITH MY FRIEND/MUMMY/GRANNY/AUNTY AND THEY’VE NOW LET ME DOWN LAST MINUTE AND I DON’T HAVE A WEDDING CAKE - CAN YOU DO IT (MINIMUM/SHORT NOTICE) 11. WE DISCUSSED A WEDDING CAKE DESIGN WITH YOU A WHILE BACK (CONSULTATION/EMAIL/WEDDING FAYRE) BUT NOW YOU ARE SAYING YOU CAN’T DO MY WEDDING CAKE. WHY? 12. I HAVE 100 PEOPLE GOING TO MY WEDDING AND A £50 BUDGET, WILL YOU DO MY WEDDING CAKE? WHEN     SHOULD     I     BOOK     MY     WEDDING CAKE ? You   can   book   your   wedding   cake   as   soon   as   you have    your    wedding    date    confirmed    with    your venue!    All    bookings    are    subject    to    my    own availability   as   I   don’t   take   on   more   orders   than   I can   produce!      Your   wedding   date   is   as   important to   me   as   it   is   to   you   as   I   physically   need   to   be   at your wedding venue the morning of your wedding to   setup.   Keep   in   mind   your   wedding   date   itself! Typically   a   Friday   and   Saturday   wedding   will   be the   most   popular,   the   last   weekend   of   a   month (because   it’s   generally   when   folks   get   paid   from work!),   a   Bank   Holiday   weekend,   Christmas   and especially New Years Eve. Folks    that    work    in    the    wedding    industry    take holidays   too,   so   if   you   may   find   that   the   suppliers you   want   may   be   not   necessarily   be   available either!      My   advice   is   to   book   as   early   as   possible as   most   of   my   bookings   are   taken   1-2   years   in advance.   It   is   never   too   early   your   cake…..but   it can   be   too   late!   You   might   think   that   1-2   years   to your   wedding   is   ‘ages   away   so   I   don’t   need   to book    it    yet’.    Unfortunately    you    would    be    very much   mistaken!   Booking   most   suppliers   that   far in advance in the wedding industry is normal! A   deposit   of   £50   secures   your   order,   and   then   you have   right   up   to   one   month   before   your   wedding to pay off the balance. DELIVERY AND SETUP All   wedding   cakes   are   hand   delivered   and   setup by    me    the    morning    of    your    wedding    at    your venue.    Delivery    and    setup    costs    are    always included   in   your   wedding   cake   price.   Due   to   the nature   and   delicacy   of   a   wedding   cake,   I   will   not allow   any   clients   to   pick   up   and   deliver   their   own wedding   cake   -   you   really   do   not   need   that   stress in   your   life!      This   ensures   that   your   cake   is   setup and displayed as discussed. Transportation Guide INGREDIENTS & ALLERGENS As   I   work   from   my   home   kitchen,   I   handle   all ingredients    and    allergens.    I    store    all    of    my ingredients   in   the   same   cupboard   and   bake   my cakes   in   the   same   tins.   I   cannot   therefore   provide any   cakes   that   are   completely   free   of   allergens and   cannot   guarantee   that   cross-contamination has   not   taken   place.      Please   be   mindful   when ordering    your    cake.        I    do    have    a    number    of flavours   that   I   can   bake   dairy   free   and   gluten   free -   this   is   NOT   the   same   as   providing   a   gluten   free (etc.)   cake.   It   is   simply   baked   using   gluten   free ingredients.   I   cannot   cater   for   anyone   that   has   an allergy   or   intolerance.   If   my   cakes   are   consumed by     someone     who     has     a     food     allergy     or intolerance,   they   do   so   at   their   own   risk.      Only you   know   the   severity   of   your   own   food   allergy   or intolerance   and   if   you   are   in   anyway   doubtful, then you should not consume any of my cakes.  On   the   morning   of   your   wedding,   a   list   of   all ingredients   and   allergens   are   supplied   by   email   to both you and your wedding venue. Please   note:   As   per   HACCP   guidelines,   for   cakes to    be    completely    free    of    allergens    for    gluten, dairy   and   nuts   etc,   cakes   need   to   be   baked   and prepared    in    a    specially    controlled    environment that   is   free   of   these   triggers.      If   you   are   a   celiac, for    example,    you    should    contact    a    specialist gluten   free   baker   that   bakes   in   an   allergy   free environment   -   this   is   NOT   someone   who   bakes cakes    using    wheat    flour    on    another    day.    A specialist   baker   will   be   someone   who   does   not store   or   prepare   any   of   these   allergens   at   any point.       All   of   my   cakes   are   produced   in   a   kitchen that    handles    the    following    allergens         Cereals containing   Gluten   |   Eggs   |   Peanuts   |   Rice | Nuts | Celery | Mustard | Sesame WILL   I   DECORATE   A   WEDDING   CAKE   YOU BAKED OR BOUGHT? Unfortunately   not.   I   will   only   decorate   a   cake   that I have baked myself. WHAT    SIZE    WEDDING    CAKE    SHOULD    I ORDER ? You   can   order   any   size   wedding   cake   that   you want   but   it   is   of   course   best   to   order   a   cake   for the   number   of   guests   that   you   are   expecting   at your   event.      You   should   cater   for   a   minimum   of 90%   of   your   wedding   guests.      I   have   attached   a document   for   you   to   download   to   work   out   what is    best    for    your    guest    numbers    with    sample cutting   guides.      All   wedding   cakes   are   a   minimum of 5” tall.  Other   things   to   consider   are   if   you   are   serving   a sweet   or   dessert   with   your   evening   food.   If   you are,   then   a   smaller   cake   is   advised!      If   you   are left   with   any   wedding   cake   leftovers,   I   provide you   with   a   storage   guide   on   how   to   freeze   your wedding   cake   properly   so   that   you   can   enjoy   it   at a later date! Portion Guide Per Tier WEDDING     CAKE     CONSULTATIONS     AND WEDDING CAKE TASTINGS A   wedding   cake   consultation   is   a   very   important part   of   the   decision   process   for   your   wedding cake.         Before   the   consultation   it   is   important   for me   to   check   my   availability   against   your   event date.      To   prepare   for   your   consultation   it   is   best to   have   an   idea   of   what   your   likes   and   dislikes   are regarding    wedding    cake    design.        I    have    a Pinterest   board   that   is   a   great   starting   point   to see   different   design   styles   on   offer   ( Pinterest ).     For   your   own   information,   I   do   not   do   naked   or semi-naked cakes or individual mini cakes.  The    wedding    cake    consultation    lasts    about    45 minutes.      We   will   go   through   different   wedding cake   designs   and   you   will   also   get   to   sample   5 different   wedding   cake   flavours.   Going   through different   wedding   cake   designs   is   best   so   that you   can   see   what   works   for   you!      I’ll   provide   you with    a    number    of    different    quotes    for    the wedding   cake   designs   we   discussed   and   email through what we discussed after the consultation. Wedding   cake   consultations   are   one   of   the   most enjoyable   parts   of   the   wedding   cake   process   as   it involves   tasting   the   actual   cake!      I   hold   them   at various    locations    around    Belfast    and    Down. Appointments    tend    to    book    up    fast    so    it    is advised   to   get   in   touch   as   soon   as   you   are   ready to   do   so!      Wedding   cake   consultations   take   place at   times   suitable   to   work   around   our   busy   lives; Monday-Sunday         10am-1pm,         7pm-10pm.           Appointments are child friendly. HOW     MUCH     WILL     MY     WEDDING     CAKE COST ? The   BIG   question   and   the   one   that   doesn’t   have a   crystal   clear   answer!      All   of   my   cakes   are   priced up   according   to   a   number   of   things   and   in   a much   fairer   way   for   the   client.      Each   and   every wedding   is   different   -   different   guest   numbers, different   wedding   venues,   different   wedding   cake styles,   because   of   this   I   price   each   and   every cake    up    individually    and    according    to    your wedding   and   I   price   every   tier   up   individually   too! There   is   not   much   point   in   me   giving   you   a   price for    a    3-tier    cake    that    serves    46    people    for    a wedding   in   Belfast   when   you   have   150   going   to your   wedding   in   Newcastle!      Cakes   are   priced   and designed   for   YOU   and   YOUR   WEDDING!      They are   bespoke   items.   None   of   my   cakes   are   ‘off   the shelf’,   it   is   a   personalised   service   to   you.   All   cake quotes   include   delivery   and   setup   at   your   venue the    morning    of    your    wedding.    There    are    no hidden   extras!   I   will   also   give   you   a   number   of different   prices   so   you   can   see   what   works   for you.   I   will   provide   you   with   a   few   options   and alternatives   regarding   any   addons   your   require (e.g.   no   flowers,   fake   flowers,   sugar   flowers,   do you   want   metallics,   wedding   cake   toppers   etc.).      I am   here   to   help   you   get   your   dream   wedding cake.      The   price   of   your   cake   is   also   valid   at   the time   of   offer   and   is   valid   for   7   days   from   the   day of   quote.      If   you   keep   in   mind,   the   more   a   cake   is decorated,   the   more   it   will   cost.   Any   handmade items    will    be    more    expensive    than    a    cheaper alternative   (e.g.   handmade   wedding   cake   toppers or sugar flowers).   To   get   the   best   and   most   accurate   price   forward on to me the following information;    1.   Your   wedding   date   to   see   if   I   first   have   your date available    2.   Your   wedding   venue   so   I   can   work   out   per mile the distance    3.   Number   of   guests   expected   to   work   out   the best size of cake    4.   Wedding   cake   style   -   pictures   are   always   best. You   might   have   already   seen   the   wedding   cake you   want   or   like   a   certain   style   -   just   let   me know.   If   you   are   not   yet   decided   on   a   wedding cake    style,    that’s    no    problem,    but    the    quote would     be     approximate     until     the     design     is finalised! Once   your   wedding   cake   order   is   secure   with   me, you   can   change   your   wedding   cake   design   at   any time    up    to    one    month    before    your    wedding. Design   changes   will   always   be   repriced.      Wedding cake   design   changes   can   increase   and   decrease the    cost    of    your    cake.    You    can    contact    me anytime to discuss any changes no problem. I’VE    BEEN    QUOTED    THE    SAME    WEDDING CAKE      AT      A      CHEAPER      PRICE      AT      A DIFFERENT     WEDDING     CAKE     DESIGNER. WILL YOU PRICE MATCH? The   one   thing   that   I   pride   myself   on   with   my cakes   is   the   time   spent   on   design   and   detail   of your   cake   and   quality   of   service   to   you.   I   do   not compromise   on   this   quality   for   anything.      I   use the    best    ingredients    and    source    high    quality products,   tools   and   equipment   to   complete   your cake   as   well   as   having   many   years   of   experience that    I    have    earned    making    wedding    cakes.    I make   each   and   every   cake   from   scratch,   I   don’t freeze   or   buy   ready   made   cakes   to   decorate   later.     All   of   my   cakes   are   real   and   not   dummies.   Saying all    of    this,    I    cannot    comment    on    another designers   quote.   They   may   be   using   inferior   and cheaper   ingredients,   they   may   live   closer   to   your venue    so    their    delivery    costs    may    not    be    as much,    they    may    not    have    the    same    level    of experience   as   I   do.   Maybe   they   only   provide   a tiered   dummy   cake   with   a   cutting   cake   (not   the same   thing!).      Only   you   know   what   is   best   for your   wedding   and   your   budget.      It   is   my   advice that    wedding    cakes,    because    of    their    bespoke nature,    shouldn’t    really    be    compared    between designers    -    it    is    not    like    comparing    the    same brand    of    bread    from    the    same    manufacturer being    sold    at    different    supermarkets.    Every wedding cake designer is different! I   don’t   price   match,   and   I   don’t   offer   discounts   at any   point   in   the   year.   I   always   provide   each   client with   the   best   price   at   the   same   price   list   for   the year    you    are    getting    married.    Each    client    is treated    equally.        The    standard    and    quality    of ingredients   and   service   that   I   provide   is   reflected in my quotes. WILL   YOU   SEND   PROGRESS   SHOTS   OF   MY WEDDING       CAKE       WHEN       IT       IS       IN PRODUCTION ? As    wedding    cakes    are    in    prep    for    many    days before   your   Big   Day,   and   all   are   completed   onsite at   your   wedding   venue,   there   would   be   little   point in   me   sending   progress   shots   to   you   in   the   days before.      Seeing   your   wedding   cake   all   setup   at your     venue     when     you     arrive     adds     to     the excitement   of   the   day   so   I   do   not   send   progress shots beforehand. HELP!   I   HAD   MY   WEDDING   CAKE   BOOKED WITH   MY   FRIEND/RELATIVE   AND   THEY’VE NOW   LET   ME   DOWN   LAST   MINUTE   AND   I DON’T   HAVE   A   WEDDING   CAKE   -   CAN   YOU DO IT (SHORT NOTICE)? All   of   my   wedding   cake   orders   are   taken   on   ac - cording   to   my   own   availability.      I   take   on   limited number   of   orders   per   week   so   that   I   can   give   my current   wedding   cake   the   care   and   attention   to detail   that   it   requires.      It   is   a   lovely   gesture   when a   friend   or   relation   offers   to   make   your   wedding cake   for   you,   however   sometimes   things   don’t   go according   to   plan   and   you   are   let   down   due   to your   friend   or   relative   becoming   completely   over - whelmed   by   the   massive   scale   of   catering   for   so many   people   in   such   a   short   space   of   time.   Or   in - deed    they    have    become    sick    last    minute    and simply   cannot   do   your   cake.      I   do   sympathise with   you   and   being   a   registered   business   I   also have   public   liability   insurance   in   place,   a   food   hy - giene   rating   of   5   and   also   a   number   of   other   pro - fessional   wedding   cake   designers   than   I   can   call for   help   if   ever   I   become   ill   myself.   If   you   are   will  - ing   to   take   on   the   risk   of   having   a   friend   or   rela - tion   to   do   your   wedding   cake,   you   must   also factor   in   that   things   can   go   wrong   at   the   last minute   with   no   safe   guard   in   place.      It   is   incred - ibly   unfortunate   but   it   is   something   I   witness   on   a monthly   basis.      Contact   me   with   your   date and   details   of   cake   required.   Minimum   no  - tice   is   7   days   for   a   wedding   cake,   avail  - ablity dependent. WE   DISCUSSED   A   WEDDING   CAKE   DESIGN WITH   YOU   A   WHILE   BACK   (WEDDING   CAKE CONSULTATION/EMAIL/WEDDING    FAYRE) BUT   NOW   YOU   ARE   SAYING   YOU   CAN’T   DO MY WEDDING CAKE. WHY? All   of   my   wedding   cake   orders   are   only   secured and    in    place    once    a    deposit    has    been    made.      Regardless   of   how   many   times   we   have   talked   or emailed   each   other,   if   no   deposit   has   been   paid, you   have   no   wedding   cake   order.      If   your   wed - ding   date   is   no   longer   available,   it   means   another client,   with   the   same   wedding   date,   has   booked and   paid   their   deposit.      This   is   communicated   to all   customers   that   email   me   for   information   re - garding   securing   a   wedding   cake   order   with   me.     My   advice   is   always   to   book   your   wedding   cake as   soon   as   you   know   your   wedding   date.   You then   have   right   up   to   one   month   before   your wedding    to    1.    Decide    on    your    wedding    cake design   2.   Pay   off   your   balance.      Wedding   cake order deposits are £50.  No Deposit = No Cake. I     HAVE     100     PEOPLE     GOING     TO     MY WEDDING   AND   A   £50   BUDGET,   WILL   YOU DO MY WEDDING CAKE? When   you   are   working   out   your   budgets   for   a wedding    it    is    completely    understandable    that many   of   you   have   no   idea   how   much   anything   is as   it   is   all   new   territory   to   you!      Most   folks   only get   married   once   in   their   life   so   it   may   be   the only   time   you   ever   need   to   book   a   large   venue, dj,   band,   wedding   cake,   get   stationery   made   etc!     In    saying    this,    it    is    advisable    to    trust    the professionals   and   be   realistic   about   setting   your budgets   for   certain   things.      Most   suppliers   will work   with   you   and   your   budget   and   help   you achieve what it is you want. Factor   in   that   the   minimum   wage   in   the   UK   is currently   £8.72   an   hour.   How   many   hours   of   work goes   into   creating   your   wedding   cake;   with   tools, ingredients,       petrol,       insurance,       specialised products,   specific   trips   to   the   shops   to   get   your ingredients,   baking   the   cake,   the   many   hours   of decorating    the    cake,    the    packaging    up    of    the cake,   the   creation   of   the   paperwork   (ingredients, allergens),   sign   off   sheet,   the   hand   delivery   to your    wedding    venue,    the    setting    up    of    your wedding   cake,   taking   photos   and   videos   of   your wedding    cake.        ALL    of    this    adds    up    to    a completely   personalised   service   to   you.      It   is   a bespoke    service    tailored    for    YOUR    wedding.      These   are   not   mass   produced   cakes   that   you   find in a supermarket or coffee shop. If   you   are   setting   budgets   for   a   wedding   cake there    will    be    differences    in    prices    between wedding   cake   designers.   However,   if   all   wedding cake   designers   are   quoting   you   a   cake   that   is over   what   you   have   budgeted   for,   it   could   be   that your budget is way off and needs to be adjusted.
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