We have been a “Dave Ramsey” family for a few years now. And I’m not going to lie - it is not easy. In fact, there are times when it is really hard to not get exactly what I want; when I want it (I swear a different pair of peep toe pumps call my name every time I walk through Macys). If I blow the budget on those cute shoes though, will we be in a panic at the end of the month when the water bill comes in? Not if I plan ahead and have an allotment for clothes in our monthly budget!
It is so worth it when we stay on budget for several months in a row. We see our finances headed in the right direction, and we can plan for the future. Hosting a wedding reception or other big party is no different. You need a game plan that will see you through several weeks or months of expenditures so you don’t spend your honeymoon with buyer’s remorse.
There are several wedding web sites and magazines that can suggest how to divide up your wedding budget, and regardless of what the number is, you need to be candid with all of your event vendors about how much you have to spend on their particular service. Uncomfortable as it may be, this part of the conversation needs to happen very early so we can tailor our service to you.
As a baker, it is extremely difficult to have a bride not provide a budget, light up as she describes her perfect dream cake, and then deflate when she realizes she had no idea it was way out of her price range. Or even worse is the all too common email with a picture and only one sentence asking, “How much would you charge for this”. That is really a loaded question, because the picture sent is not generally the final product the client wants – the picture will be of a 6 tier cake that serves 250 but there will only be 75 guests at the wedding, or the picture looks like a sugar masterpiece on the outside but the materials were only used to make the photo pop off that glossy magazine page and are actually inedible (please don’t eat glitter, sure it’s non-toxic, but so is glue! Use it on fake tiers only). Or the client really wants a small round cake, but only sends a picture of a 3D / carved cake out of curiosity and is then discouraged about the price of the cake they didn’t even want. Giving a vendor both your budget and your vision for their service will allow them to get creative and design a dream look that is in the correct price range for you.
Maybe you haven’t priced custom cakes in a while. Believe it or not, that’s normal - after all, these are typically special occasion desserts for milestones in life, not something you purchase every time someone at the office has a birthday. Your baker will tell you if your budget is unrealistically low which will give you the opportunity to do a little research and decide if you want to increase your budget or seek another vendor for that service.
I recommend you have an open conversation with all your wedding vendors and inform them of your price range upfront along with your design wishes. If everyone is on the same page from the beginning, your baker will be able to offer a couple of options with varying detail so you can decide on your dream cake from an assortment of designs that are all within the budget.
Hi! I'm Melisa
I am the owner, baker, designer, decorator and all around 'one woman show' of Sweet By Design, a home based, custom cake bakery which is located just outside of Dallas, Texas. I hope to shed a little light on the wedding and event industry and make your day a little sweeter!
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