Does all the drama you see on reality TV really happen?
We had two cake deliveries today.
The first was at a large country club where the ballroom is down a sweeping staircase.
Did I even mention how heavy a big cake is?
And how hard it is to get through a narrow door with one?
But I gotta hand it to North River, the room is always ready and we never have to worry about them losing our cake stands.
We got all the cake parts there, set them up, placed the flowers, snapped a photo, and got out of Dodge in record time.
The sun will have set by the time the official photos are taken, and they will be missing that glare you see in our snapshot.
Used to be that you could drive right up to the front, but that's reserved for transit busses now. There's construction on campus the last few weeks so you can't get to the back entrance easily.
Lots of turns and bumps on a hot day with a wedding cake in the car really is NOT a good idea. We made a totally illegal turn and pulled up at the main entrance.
From the front of Smith Hall, you climb TWO flights of stairs to get to the great room. Or take the slowest elevator in the world.
Then you wait for the caterer to find the right linens for the cake tables. Smith Hall is pretty strict about when you can begin setting up for a function, so there is often a log jam with the tables and chairs being delivered and the caterer, florist, cake delivery and band all setting up at once.
Usually there is some discussion about exactly where to place the tables and which box the linens are on.
So we wait. And wait. And wait.
Finally we can stack and finish up the cake, snap a photo and leave.
We rarely see the room fully decorated. Or the bridal party. When we do, we know we're running late, which is never a good thing in our business.
But the drive back to the shop always goes so much faster and is less stressful than the drive over.