Thanks so much for the input! As for charging for the tasting, I already told her (as well as other brides I met at the show) that I offer complimentary tastings, since that is the norm around the area. I don't really have a rapport with the other baker to ask her about this bride out of the blue.... not sure if I should just go ahead with the tasting?
However, I think I am going to start charging for tastings from now on.... I had the misfortune of meeting a very rude bride who came along with her fiance and mom, and literally had to be coerced into discussing the design, preferences etc. Her mom was gracious, but I almost was going to leave from the meeting saying I did not want to force her to talk about her cake when she wasn't interested. I was hoping she does not choose me to do her cake, and sent her a quote with higher prices, thinking if I had to do it, I'd rather get good money for it. Turns out she went with another vendor...good luck to whoever that was! And good luck to her fiance too who would have to deal with her the rest of his life!