Curious: Splitting Servings Between Bridal & Groom's Cak

Business By Cakepro Updated 5 Dec 2009 , 5:01pm by Jayde

Cakepro Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 8:36pm
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Just curious what your serving recommendation is for brides who are ordering groom's cakes. I always recommend they order more than 100% because at weddings, I see a majority of people take a serving of both the bridal cake and the groom's cake.

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ccr03 Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 8:42pm
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I've never seen guests take one of each. I've done two wedding/groom's cake combos. The first one was a last minute additional and the second we did to make up the difference of servings needed.

cylstrial Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 8:45pm
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I thought you ordered the wedding cake for the number of expected guests and that the groom's cake was kind of just extra cake.

I mean I've had people take the groom's cake and freeze it so that no one eats it at all.

Deb_ Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 8:48pm
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Around here groom's cakes are just catching on. The few I've had orders for were for the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.

I've never done one for the wedding day so I'm interested to see what the majority does as far as figuring out the servings needed.

leah_s Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 8:51pm
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I'd say about half my weddings order a groom's cake. And I always split the servings between the two cakes. If they need 150 servings, then I put the majority in the bride's cake and the remainder in the groom's cake.

I would never advise anyone to order too much cake.

I do advise brides to order cake for everyone though - everyone who is coming, not everyone who is invited. My formula, invitees X .75 = expected number of guests generally works pretty well.

costumeczar Posted 1 Dec 2009 , 12:34am
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I split the servings between the two cakes, too. They should add up to how much cake is needed, not extra.

Denise Posted 1 Dec 2009 , 1:45am
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I always ask my bride how many are coming and if they want to divey up the servings between the cakes...I generally suggest 2/3 for wedding cake and 1/3 for groom's.

Some brides want their wedding cake to look a certain way and if it comes close to that number of 2/3 great...if not, they order more than they actually need.

I always tell them to order what they actually need and not to feel like they have to buy each person 2 slices of cake.

HarleyDee Posted 2 Dec 2009 , 6:21pm
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Around here, groom's cakes are a big deal. Most people take some of each, but I do not advise brides to order a bridal cake for 200 and a groom's cake for 200 for a 200 guest wedding. 95% of people will taste the bride's cake. 80% will taste the groom's cake, just because around here the bride's cake is usually vanilla and the groom's cake is chocolate. But this is just me going off of what happens around here.

CakeForte Posted 2 Dec 2009 , 8:40pm
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Two cakes is pretty standard here so I do 75% of the guest list for the bride's, then divide by 2 for the groom's.

sadsmile Posted 2 Dec 2009 , 8:57pm
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Originally Posted by ccr03

I've never seen guests take one of each. I've done two wedding/groom's cake combos. The first one was a last minute additional and the second we did to make up the difference of servings needed.

LOL Me me my hand is up I have seen it! And told her(my mom) not to do that even. But she says I want to taste both!

deb12g Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 5:38pm
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All the weddings I do have both wedding & groom's cakes. Most of the time, the groom's cake is 1/2 the size of the wedding cake. Most groom's cakes are chocolate, & the wedding cakes have different flavors. Usually, people go with the flavor they prefer. However, I HAVE seen many take one of each.

-K8memphis Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 6:15pm
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I just ask the bride how do they wanna do it. I give them all their options and they just decide.

CarolAnn Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 6:16pm
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I did the bridal and grooms cakes for a wedding last weekend. We figured the servings needed for the amount of guests expected and added a small round chocolate grooms cake on top of that. They got what they wanted, but sure had a lot left over. They were saving the top for their 1st anniv. and I never cut into the second tier. I have never seen people haul cake away like this crowd. It was tacky but almost comical. One woman took two plates of cake, then a cup of punch in one hand and one in her teeth and walked the 20 ft to her table. I'm not sure what was gluing the others at her table to their seats, keeping them from getting up to get their own. People, they do the strangest things.

I think I forgot the subject here. Oops!

Jayde Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 5:01pm
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I think it is dictated by area for the most part. Grooms cakes here are almost 75% of the time done for the rehearsal dinner. Very rarely do we get grooms cake orders for the actual reception.

And I do it just like Kate does. I lay it all out for them and let them decide. If they are having 100 people show up and they only want cake for 100 divided between two cakes I can do that. If they want different flavors for 150 I can do that.

Presenting all of the options and forcing them to make a choice, will not only make you happier in the end, because you wont have to worry about giving the wrong information, but it also reduces your part in any future complaints about how we ran out of chocolate, but had tons of vanilla left. You can then point out that it was their choice, you just presented them with the options.

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