Originally Posted by tmdoxie
.I'm with mpc on this one because you have to take into account that there ist a tired cake that will serve exactly 100 people. For example, using Earlene's chart, you have to ask the bride if she wants a cake that serves 95 or a cake that serves 115. One will never have an exact number of servings.
I never get that precise in servings. If two charts showed 95 or 115, I'd charge the bride for 100. It's our company philosophy to "keep it simple" for the bride and $10 or $15 out of $225 (a la carte pricing) or out of $550 (package pricing) isn't going to make or break me.
Originally Posted by kjt
.....Another pricing question...I know that the top layer isn't counted as "servings", but do you charge for this? Or is it a "gift"?
I don't charge for the top tier and I don't count it as part of the servings. I have a survey on my website and it's running WAY in favor of "yes, we WILL save the top tier for our anniversary". I'd feel pretty tacky presenting a bride with a wedding cake and the instructions of "I made your cake to serve 100, just like you ordered, but that means you'll have to cut the top tier to serve everyone, so you won't be able to save it for your first anniversary like tradition dictates. See ya!"
The top tier costs me less than $4 in materials. If I can't throw that in for them, then I should stop pretending to be a businesswoman until I can figure out profitable pricing to cover the four bucks.