How could I ever make flowers this pretty!?!? I arrive at the venue, Walnut Hill Farm, and the florist has left me the MOST gorgeous bunch of flowers! Ranunculus, Peonies, perfect roses, hydrangeas and some lambs ear for greenery. I was in love with all of them!!! Here are some "professional baker tips" for the week.
1, Allow yourself PLENTY of time when fresh flowers go on the cake. If the florist is gone, it's up to you to finish the cake (my opinion and also I agree to this ahead of time).
2. Allow wiggle room for the type of flowers and their arrangement in your contract. This cake was supposed to be all hydrangea. You can see how many I had and I could not have achieved this look with a small amount or with one kind. I still get sick-at-my-stomach when I knowingly deviate from the contract. I never want to be the vendor that blames in on another vendor. "They didn't leave me the right kind or enough". I should have called the florist and emailed them a sketch/size of the cake they knew what to plan. I ask the bride to give the extra copy I provide to the florist, but that doesn't seem to happen
3. If a customer wants to "float their cake on a bed of flowers" this is the easiest way to do it. Just allow for a bigger board and stick them in the cake. You could put a smaller piece of Styrofoam under the full cake for the flowers are truly UNDER the cake, but that is not nearly as stable. Charge extra for that!
4. Be friendly to everyone at the venue, even when you are stressed out and in a hurry.
It took me a full hour to put all these flowers on the cake, while at the same time fielding questions from the wedding party that was mulling about and grabbing a little girl's hand right before she poked it right into the cake. I don't want to ever be unfriendly because people remember rude. But don't you think that very early guests should give a vendor the space to do their job? They are always on us like we are on a cake show, asking "is that fondant? I hate fondant!" or "how did you do that?". Like that's an easy questions in the allotted time. It would be nice if we had nothing else to do but to visit with guests and answer questions, but vendors just don't have that luxury. Our work, food-flowers-cakes-venue-photography, is very time sensitive and we have to get in and get out. So please don't think us rude. We are really sweet :)