Starting To Do Wedding Cakes....couple Questions!!!

Business By Bozilla_Cakes Updated 26 Jan 2010 , 3:37pm by tootie0809

Bozilla_Cakes Posted 25 Jan 2010 , 10:47pm
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I have a bakery and this is my fourth month being open. In terms of cakes (I have several other things on my menu) I have only been offering basic layer/sheet cakes and 2D/3D shaped cakes. I have been practicing wedding cakes lately just to see if I have the ability to do them and I found I LOVE making them. So I am going to start marketing myself on wedding blogs, venues, etc.

Ok, so my questions are about cake stands. I am required to provide cake stands for every wedding? Or do I provide basic cake plates/cake boards to support the structure and the bride/groom provide the stand they want it on?

Also, for cupcake wedding cakes, do I provide the cupcake tower? Rent it to them? Does the cost per cupcake include a small cake to cut or do they pay for that separately?

Lastly, are cake toppers typically provided by the bride and groom? If they want me to provide them, do I add a certain cost on for finding and buying it? Then do I get to keep it or give it to them to keep?

Sorry if these questions sound silly! I have been doing tons of research and these are the last few questions I can't seem to find answers too. I also don't have any experience as I have only been to a couple weddings in my life and I am getting married in 6 weeks, but doing the cake (cupcakes) myself!

Thanks for responses in advance! If this has been asked already, please point me to the right posts as I was not successful. icon_wink.gif

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cakesonoccasion Posted 25 Jan 2010 , 10:53pm
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Cake topper is supplied by bride and groom. And for me, they leave it on the table that the cake will be placed on- I put it on top when I arrive. I do offer them websites to go to that I trust. For cake stands and cupcake stands, you will need to have them available for rental. Very rarely I do have a MOB that wants to buy the stands herself- lord knows what they'll do with them afterwards. I offer mine at a $25 rental- and require them back the next Wednesday. I also take a 100.00 security deposit that gets refunded when my stands return safely. There are shops in my area that rent for way more- like $75- so I guess that's up to to you. Good luck!

Bozilla_Cakes Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 3:31am
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Thanks for the info!

Evoir Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 3:51am
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I have a cupcake tower that has up to 7 tiers available for use - rent it out for $25 with my cupcake wedding order. Cake deco shop nearby rents them out for $50. I also charge a $200 deposit for its safe, unharmed return within 48 hours.

I also own a 16 inch square plateau which the bride and groom can hire for $25 if they desire. Again, there is a refundable deposit.

I charge separately for the cutting cake on top. Its all itemised.

I offer to purchase the topper on behalf of the bride and groom if needed - then add it onto the contract price. I do not charge any extra than list price plus postage. Its just a service I provide. Ditto for special cupcake wrappers etc. They keep the topper as they have paid for it.

HTH! They're all good questions icon_smile.gif Just make sure you get deposits for those stands as you depend upon them being there when you need them!

tootie0809 Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 3:37pm
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I have a large silver cake plateau that they can rent for $20 with a $100 damage deposit. I also have several cupcake towers they can rent for $20.00, again with a security deposit. No, it is not your responsibility to provide the display equpiment for cakes. They're paying you for a cake, and all the additional table display items are extra. These things can get very expesnive, so you have to make your money back on them by renting them out.

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