Ask For A Deposit, Or Full Payment Before Doing Cake?

Business By yummymummy Updated 27 Mar 2008 , 3:06pm by yummymummy

yummymummy Posted 27 Mar 2008 , 1:26pm
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I have my first big cake order ($275) and I know I should require some sort of payment from them up front..but what? I've heard some people charge a 10% deposit, others require payment in full a few weeks before the event. What's best? Does anyone ever have a problem w/ a client not wanting to pay for the entire cake ahead of time before they actually see the finished product?

Thanks for the advice! icon_smile.gif

6 replies
Doug Posted 27 Mar 2008 , 1:29pm
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as in...


deposit upon placing the order (i ask for 25%) -- gives you $$ to buy the supplies.

and balance due X days before (wedding = 14, event depends upon size of cake)

FlowerGirlMN Posted 27 Mar 2008 , 1:30pm
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I used to do 1/3 up front, 2/3 2 weeks before the wedding.

CoutureCakes spooked me a few months back, now it's 1/3 up front, 2/3 one calendar month before the wedding.

ccr03 Posted 27 Mar 2008 , 1:33pm
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I do 25% deposit and the balance due 1 week before.

kelleym Posted 27 Mar 2008 , 1:51pm
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For weddings and new customers, I require 50% of the cake paid in advance. I've never had anyone balk or say that was unreasonable. icon_smile.gif

pastrylady Posted 27 Mar 2008 , 2:23pm
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I ask for 1/3 up front, not to buy supplies as much to know that they are serious customers that really want the date. I ask for the balance 3 weeks prior. Any payments made less than 14 days prior must be in cash.

yummymummy Posted 27 Mar 2008 , 3:06pm
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Thanks for all of the input everyone. You've really cleared things up for me! I'll be sure to ask for a deposit and payment in full before the event. icon_smile.gifthumbs_up.gif

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