Got a call yesterday from the mother of a bride-to-be. She got straight to the point. Her daughter's wedding cake, ordered for about two months from now, was no longer needed. "I know I will not get my deposit back, but I want to cancel the cake anyway."
Let me explain, our wedding cake contracts, which every bride (or her mother, in this case) signs, clearly state that a deposit of 50% of the cost of the cake is needed to secure the date, and that the deposit is not refundable. I make a point when booking cakes, to emphasize the non-refundable aspect of the deposit. I usually say "should you decide to elope" (as opposed to 'should you dump your fiance'), "you will be buying a lot of birthday cakes, but you will never see this cash again."
In any case, had the conversation with the bride-to-be's mother ended there, the whole event would have been non-eventful. But she continued on to say "as far as I am concerned, the wedding is off", which was still rather benign. It was the next six words that came out of her mouth...
"She doesn't know about this yet..." Wow!! I am sure there is more to that story. "So if she comes in and tries to pay the balance herself, do NOT use any of MY money towards this cake" (her emphasis).
Allrighty then. Stay posted for the rest of this story.