How Do You Price Wedding Cakes?

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mommyandlovinit Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 2:16pm
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Please help!! I have a lady that wants to order a wedding cake from me and wants to know how much, it will be in feb. and she said she needs a big cake but unsure about the number of guest, but i dont know where to start on pricing icon_redface.gif I dont want to over or under price Please Help!!

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Erdica Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 2:28pm
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I think a lot of people use the Wilton cake measurements to figure out how much each cake will feed. Of course they are approximate numbers. From what I understand, most caterers use the Wilton cake cutting methods as well.

What I did was figure out how much it costs per serving. I also spent some time researching what other bakeries where charging around me. And that's how I ended up with how much per slice I charge.

It can also change depending on the detail work of the cake. If she wants a very detailed and elaborate cake, you'd charge more because it's going to take a lot of time.


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kelleym Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 2:31pm
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Call local bakeries in your area and ask what their starting price for wedding cakes is. Do not call the grocery store or Wal-Mart, those prices aren't comparable to what you should charge.

From what I've seen here on CC, depending on the region, most people are charging anywhere from $2.00 - $5.00 per serving for wedding cakes. I charge $3.50 per serving.

As far as head count, at my bridal consultation I always get a rough estimate and come up with a total price. The bride pays 50% of the total to book the cake. 2 weeks before the wedding, we discuss the final headcount and adjust the number of servings (and therefore total due) if necessary. This is the time the final payment is due.

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