Originally Posted by SoFloGuy
Originally Posted by Little1
As someone that personally got married on July 4th, and having friends that got married on other holidays, I can tell you it is quite the opposite. A lot of my wedding vendors were deeply discounted. July 4th fell on a Friday the year I got married. I saved 30% on the country club alone by getting married that day. I would never have been able to have the wedding I did if I got married 1 weekend sooner or 1 weekend later.
So, no, I would never up charge for a holiday. The great thing about selling cakes, is you can do as much or as little as you want to. If you want to spend the time with your family, then you simply tell the customer that you're very sorry, but you're not available that day. Choose whatever is more important to you, but don't penalize the customer for it.
Sometimes venues can be cheaper on Holiday weekends. Sometimes people don't want to marry on those days because they find that their guests have other plans for that holiday,
I remember one time I needed an Auto Club to come help me with a problem when I broke down. I had a membership and called them. It was 4th of July and they guy told me it was $20 more cash for the holiday. I called the auto club back, he got reported and they sent someone else to do the service I had already paid for with my membership.
Certain businesses like hotels in the northeast are more expensive in the summer. In south Florida rates are highest in the winter months.
For those who do want to charge holiday rates, If you don't need the job and have so much that you can turn down work by charging more, go for it if you want.
and when does the "time with my family charge" stop? Oh it's my daughters birthday this weekend so I have to charge you more. If you want to spend time with your family, make time. A lot of people have no choice and have to work holidays and weekends. Some don't get Holiday pay either.
I think it's tacky to charge more around the holidays. Are you going to auction your work during busy times and only make a cake for the highest bidder?
I would expect
to pay more for services like custom cake during holidays. It's not at all 'tacky'.
Owners of custom cake businesses aren't confined to particular prices. They can charge whatever they like. If they want to charge someone a stack of extra money to make a cake the weekend of their daughter's birthday, they can. If the customer is willing to pay, great!
And whether or not other people have to work weekends or get holiday pay has no bearing whatsoever on how an independent business structures their pricing. If I'm charging for my time, and my time is worth more on the holidays, then I'll charge more.
As for penalizing the customer, why not? If they want my cake, and I'm willing to make it on a holiday for twice the regular price, and they're willing to pay for it, what's the problem? Often people give up time with their families for extra money. That's what we all do when we go to work, isn't it?