Hello! My question is this: Many married want to keep the first top of the wedding cakefor later consumption, That said, if the wedding has, for example 100 persons, is that the cake must have about 115 portions with the top? Because if the top once removed, it will be about 100 portions... .
What do you do at the wedding consultation?
I always ask them if they're planning on keeping their top tier for their anniversary. If yes, then I do NOT factor this into the serving amounts. I also provide the option of baking them a fresh cake on their anniversary that is replica of their top tier.
Ok cool! Because if the clients want to keep the first top tier, they must pay the ''extra'' of this cake of course. So they can pay more for an extra top tier or pay later for a new fresh cake, right? So this is your option :)
I offer a fresh little 4" on their anniversary date. Iced smooth, takes 5 minutes, and there's always enough batter from the orders I'm baking that particular weekend. They pick it up at the door, done. Works pretty well for me cause hardly anyone ever remembers about it anyways. ;)
Ok cool. But this cake are pre-paid? Or you include in your price without anyone know? ;)
Some bakeries, like AZCouture, offer a comlimentary 4" or 6" cake on the couple's 1 year anniversary. The cake is not prepaid, because it is complimentary. And in some instances, the couple forgets about the offer after a year.
I use to offer a complimentary 6" round on a couple's 1 year anniversary. They had to contact me 2 weeks before they wanted to pick up the cake (everything is made to order, so I wanted time to make sure I had what I needed to make their cake - especially if I didn't have any other orders the week they wanted the cake). About 60% of the couples contacted me for their anniversary cake - the rest either forgot or maybe weren't married anymore.
I quit offering the anniversary cake because, frankly, I found it to be a pain in the butt when I had to make them. Plus, the freebie didn't seem to be the deciding factor for couples. Either they were going to book with me or not, the anniversary cake didn't factor into their final decision.
At a consultation I ask the couple if they plan on keeping the top tier. If they say "no", then the total servings is equal to their total guest count. If the couple says "yes", then the total number of servings is different than the total guest count. I explain that the number of servings is more than the guest count because "x" amount of servings is what the top tier would serve, and even though they don't plan on serving those slices, they still need to pay for them.
No, I don't charge for it. Like I said, it's practically zero effort, and they are rarely claimed. :D
Thank for all guys!! :D