I making cupcakes for a wedding for a friend of a friend and they wanted me to build a cupcake stand. They were on a budget and didn't want to spend the money to buy a cupcake stand. So I did charge a little extra (pretty much to cover the cost of materials). I ended up spending several hours constructing 3 cupcake stands and I kind of want to keep them.... So I guess my question is what is the protocol for displays? Does the bride keep the stand or can I keep it?
I've seen on here where people rent the stands. They charge a deposit which the customer gets back if the stand is returned (and not broken). So charge a deposit plus a rental fee. That way it's cheap for her and you get to keep the stand.
That should be something you and the bride agree upon. I would say if you have to supply the stand and you're not charging fully for it's value it belongs to you, the materials charge is like a rental fee. If she wants to keep it she must pay your price for it including your labor. She had you make it to save money so I doubt she'll want to go that route, but you need to have a conversation about it with her to clarify.