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I'd really appreciate it if you can please share ideas for bridal show specials that attract brides and sound interesting! Thank you!
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About the only thing I ever had any luck with was offering 2 doz free cupcakes with a wedding cake order by a specific date.  Since I would use batter from the cake for the cupcakes, it cost me next to nothing, but was a real value add for the bride.  It would feed any kids at the reception.

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post #3 of 13

I once did a percent off their order if they booked at the show. It worked really well to generate immediate business and to get the brides to commit. 

The next year, I offered a $.10 per serving discount coupon if they booked before a certain date after the show. That worked well too, and encouraged them to book before having to have a consult. (which therefore made sure I would only have to see them once for everything).

 

I haven't offered booking incentives in about 2 years, but those always worked well.

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Thank you Leah and jenmat icon_smile.gif any other ideas?
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alright i do have one idea that i can't shake off--for what it's worth

 

offer extra pretty cake boards as an incentive at bridal shows for brides to commit

 

this lady showed me her oil paintings once--wow she was all of a sudden an earless van gogh--wow waht a talent buried all these years

 

then she took it out of the ornate frame--it was cool but it did loose some of it's brilliance

 

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not that your cakes are not brilliant by any means--just an illustration

 

i'd offer maybe two kinds--you have to provide a bottom cake board anyhow

 

fondant a masonite board or a drum and emboss or impress or paint on or whatever for one kind (do drums take fondant ok or do they buckle--i'm not sure) 1/2 inch foamcore

 

but you decide in advance--they only get two choices. done.

 

then use the bling factor to decorate the other with that bling a ding stuff from the diamond party confetti people--wrap it around the edge

 

explain the ethereal subtle glow it provides

 

i think i'd have some flameless candles surrounding the display cake boards

 

just a thought

 

and i would visually market this at the cake booth like the lady did with the painting

with/without with/without

 

show how the bling or the extra decor really sets off the cake

 

at a minimum you would set yourself apart in their minds by being the lady with the special cake boards

 

it would be a nominal cost--remove the center after you roll on the fondant to save costs

 

just a thought

 

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Edited by -K8memphis - 1/3/13 at 10:03am
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post #6 of 13

the bling costs more but the other is very cost effective

 

like two rows wrapped around a 14" board would be about $21 (plus the fondant and a bit of time)

 

so if you had one of each, one plain one blinged that helps average down the bling cost

 

you need both to appeal to all the brides some won't go for bling some would eat it up

 

free bridal bling

 

loss leader type thing

 

i would do this if i was building a biz

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post #7 of 13

ok--one more

 

if you need a bling cake for your portfolio offer a bling cake stand for half price (aka cost)  to the first bride to commit

 

in the gift store I ran it seems that sometimes people would come in and not buy and leave and not buy until the first sale of the day got the ball rolling and sales come in left & right after that kinda breaks the bubble--not exactly so for cake shows but just saying it might get people thinking and trying to decide which is what you want

 

creates a buzz

 

i hope

 

maybe

 

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(please, brain, shut off now. done :)

 

or do a drawing where they submit their names for one


Edited by -K8memphis - 1/3/13 at 10:21am
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post #8 of 13
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Wow K8Memphis...great ideas...please don't tell your brain to shut off!! Keep going!
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you're so sweet--thank you

 

can i come help you make them???

 

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Oh yess! I'd love that!icon_biggrin.gif
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i'll be right there

 

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post #12 of 13

Personally, I have never offered a discount at a show and I get a lot of business off the 1 big show a year I do.

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post #13 of 13
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Yes, I  didn't do it last time too and got a pretty good response...just wanted to see if there's anything that could be offered as a special without it costing too much!

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