Monday, January 12, 2009

La Bella Bride Wedding Show

Yesterday Keri, my assistant, and I did our first bridal show at the Hotel Viking in Newport. It was sponsored by LaBella Bride Magazine. And of course it was snowy, icy and crappy out! Just our luck. It's hard to tell if it was a good show or not, due to the weather, it was slow, but would it still have been slow if the weather was good... don't know. We got about 30 bridal leads (less than I was hoping for) and many of them were for 2010 weddings. We'll contact the brides this week and set up tastings for them. If we're lucky we'll sign about half. We have another show in February, again in Newport, at Ocean Cliff. Hopefully the weather is better! 

Not knowing what it was going to be like, we decided to go simple. We had 2 cake dummies, sign up sheets, cards, and 3 types of samples. We did mini cupcakes for the samples so we wouldn't have to slice sheet cakes. And we choose our favorites... red velvet, chocolate bourbon and chocolate chip. Maybe we should have done a white or a carrot cake, but people seemed to like the cupcakes, so I think we were all right. 

There were 2 other cake vendors there... Victoria from Toria Dolce in CT, and Scrumptions from East Greenwich. I spoke with Victoria, she's a great person, but didn't talk to Scrumptions, nor did I get to sample anyone else's treats. 

Everyone loved Keri's French Chic wedding cake dummy! I'll post pictures later, when I figure out how to do that! 

Coming up this week is the Channel 10 NBC wedding on Friday and a small wedding on Saturday, both are getting the glitter cake (these will be the 3rd and 4th glitter cakes in the last 3 weeks... a very popular option for a winter wedding!). We're also concentrating on coming up with some Valentine options and are trying to do a very fancy cake dummy for the next show... I don't know if it will work, we'll keep you updated. Also I'm attending the Hostess with the Mostess show on Thursday in Boston. 

Until then... Sin a little! 

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