Broke-Ass Category: Caterers & Cake Vendors

8/14

So, I’ve felt like I’ve been kind of stagnant with the wedding planning lately, but I finally feel like the ball is actually rolling now. We had our second consultation with the wedding planner this past Saturday, which was Chris’s first actual in-person look at the venue and meeting her, made all the more interesting because he was coming off of an overnight shift at the ER and was running on three hours of sleep. It was great though (besides dropping half of the wedding cost then, which hurt my soul); we went over a lot of details that we’ve been discussing but haven’t nailed down yet. We finalized our colors (plum and silver), our menu (guests will choose between steak, chicken, fish and shrimp), locked in the DJ and went over the ceremony and the timeline for that and the reception.

And then, we got to pick the cake sample we wanted, which I picked up yesterday!

So, Cathy’s daughter is a baker, and she makes the cakes and cupcakes, so she made us three flavors of cake and filling to test. We chose double dark chocolate with mocha filling, milk chocolate with strawberry filling and marble with apple cinnamon filling. I picked them up yesterday and was SUPER excited to see that we had six, full-size cupcakes to test — two of each flavor. They were beautiful, nicely frosted with vanilla frosting and decorations. At least they were, until some jerk cut me off in traffic and I slammed on my brakes, causing the cupcakes to go flying off the seat and onto the floor, and me to use all of the swear words in my repertoire (don’t worry, I hadn’t picked the kids up yet).

My poor babies

Luckily, they still tasted delicious, and being slightly squashed made it easier to taste, since the girls were with us and we got them in on the action too. The only ones I didn’t let them taste were the mocha filled ones, since the last thing I needed was overly hyperactive children jacked up on coffee. So all four of us agreed that we loved the strawberry filling. The girls liked the apple cinnamon, but neither Chris nor I thought it was flavorful enough. We loved the double dark chocolate, but the mocha was way too strong, and Chris doesn’t like coffee to begin with. I don’t know why we picked the marble to try, I don’t like marble to begin with so that was my fault, but I wanted a vanilla-ish option of cake to try. So, I think we decided that we’d do the double dark chocolate with strawberry filling, and then probably just vanilla with chocolate. We’re doing cupcakes instead of a big cake, so we get to pick two (which amuses me to no end), and we also get a little cake for the two of us to cut, which I think is amazing.

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been looking forward to tasting the cakes since we got engaged, and I wasn’t disappointed.

On a serious note, I will say that the decisions about the guest list estimate was a lot of pressure.

Cathy needed an approximate number to give me an estimated payment for the first half, so Chris and I had come up with our lists of guests, to include the bridal party, but not the girls since they’ll be there for the ceremony but not the reception. We ended up telling Cathy that we’ll pay for the DJ and the photographer to eat, it just seems like the nice thing to do, and Cathy is only charging half for them. But coming up with that number and then getting the estimate for the total was definitely a bit painful. Not a shock, since she and I had estimated cost at our first appointment, but definitely a bit eye-opening. I’d definitely recommend having a pretty hard estimate of your guest list when you go in to meet vendors, since they seem to do an estimate for you as to what the wedding will cost in total.

How’s your planning going? Have you made any big moves lately? Share in the comments!

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  • 5/24

    There’s a growing trend to purchase a faux wedding cake and because I am not opposed to any tactic that may help with our budget, I am exploring if faux is the way to go.

    In addition to the cost savings, I’m open to my options after we’ve had not one but three subpar cake tasting experiences. It all started with a cake baker referral that was slow to respond to my emails — like over a month slow and once she did reply, she shared that we would need to pay $50 for a tasting … say what?!?! The second encounter was an underwhelming tasting with a very nice baker who instructed us to meet her at a sushi restaurant near her job to try out her cakes … huh?!?! Third, we made an appointment to taste cakes while we were in the town that we are getting married in (an hour away from where we live) and when we arrived they had no record of us being scheduled.

    We did manage to have one successful cake tasting! The options were delicious and I am about 60% sold on moving forward with the baker. The 40% of doubt is based on the fact that she has not yet sent over a quote and we last met with her over a month ago.

    Is it just me or are all of these signs pointing me in the faux direction?

    We LOVED each and every option…just waiting on the quote!

    My experience with faux cake designers has been drastically different.

     I identified three on Etsy and promptly received a reply after I inquired about each of their services and sent a picture example of the design of my wedding cake. I narrowed down the search to one potential vendor and she has been patient as I sent over a series of questions about how this faux cake process works: Will I need to assemble it when it arrives? What if it breaks during shipping? Does it have a knife slit so that we can stage our pictures? … and the list goes on and on.

    As with all of my decisions, the most economical and seamless decision will be my solution.

    What cake options are you exploring? Have you considered a fake cake?

  • 4/21

     This sponsored post is brought to you by Evite® and Olive Garden as part of the Evite® Influencer Program Wouldn't we all love to jet off and have a romantic destination wedding, especially somewhere as gorgeous as Tuscany? Unfortunately, with Broke-Ass budgets, dreamers can dream ... but, in that same vein, doers can make a dream come to life without even stepping on a plane.…

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    1/9

    As I mentioned in my first post, I've planned to make my own wedding cake. I realize this is not an easy undertaking, and have been warned by multiple friends that this could add additional stress to my wedding day. DIYing is awesome, but making a cake is something you have to do basically the day before and can end in multiple disasters. However, I…

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    12/6

    On top of having super yummy carnival eats for dinner, we had some sweet treats for our guests, too. Even though funnel cakes and elephant ears are some of the best desserts on the planet, I knew I wanted a wedding cake to cut as well. I can take or leave the actual cutting of the cake while everyone stares. And the whole smashing thing?…

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    12/5

    Well, BABs, we thought we had it all figured out. We found a venue that was cheap, and beautiful, and agreed to allow us to supply our own alcohol without adding corkage. We were pretty happy. The venue had just contracted a local Italian restaurant to provide catering. We contacted the manager to set up a time to meet, and she was lovely. We told…

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    11/30

    Aite y’all, so I finished painting about half of the centerpiece bases before I ran out of warm weather to work in. How dare spray paint not be able to dry in weather below 30 degrees right?! Taping off bases After the first coat of white dried, we taped off the tops and the edge above the flaps. I found entire sheets of painters tape…

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    11/22

    And other yummy treats! I detailed our food plan a while back, and if you recall, I was missing a fairly important detail: the total cost. We worked with our caterer to come up with the perfect menu, and we had a general price range of $12-$15 per person. We never had a contract and we didn't have to pay any sort of deposit. Kinda…

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    9/16

    Credit: Lucky Photographer from Kate & Daniel's Real Wedding One of the decisions that can significantly impact your wedding budget is about how you'll serve your guests. This applies whether you're serving dinner, appetizers, cake and punch, breakfast-for-dinner or any other type of meal. So let's break down some of the options, shall we? Buffet Pros: This is typically a more cost effective option if you want to offer…

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