Triad Bridal Association
brides are scaling back due to the economy. Can't blame them.
A wedding cake is an important part of the ceremony, and to get the best
value, you have to know what you are paying for. There are hidden
costs and by asking questions, you can get the most value for your money.
Some of them:
1. Do you deliver the cake or do I have to pick up the cake?
2. Are you licensed and insured?
3. How many people work with you?
4. Is this your full-time job or do you make cakes on your spare
5. What size and shape cake is used for each tier? (You can then compare
the serving size and price.)
Many brides are told they will get a cake that feeds a certain number but
the charts used are all different. Not to get too technical, but
when you are being charged by the slice, a price of $2.25 per serving can
cost $225 if the baker uses the chart for 100, while another baker at
$3.25 uses the chart for 70 for a total of $227.50. Not much of a
difference in price - but more servings for your "wedding cake
dollar." Moral of the story: know the size of your cake and
compare the total price based on size.
But don't let "how much do you charge per slice?" be the basis
for your decision! Without asking additional questions, you could
find yourself disappointed by the final cost: one baker's
"slice" may be a lot smaller than another baker's slice.
1. What size cakes do you use to serve X amount of people?
2. Do I have to pay for the top Anniversary tier?
3. Do I have to pay to have additional flavors on each tier?
4. Do your designs have additional fees?
5. What is included in the quoted rate?
6. What flavors can I have to stay within the quoted price?
7. What is your delivery fee?
8. Do you sell additional undecorated side cakes for less that I can
serve from the kitchen to save cost on the wedding cake?
9. Will that cake be the same height as the wedding cake or will it be a
I recommend that brides e-mail a picture of the cake they desire. A
baker can then calculate cost...and save the bride time and gas.
And from my end, when I give a price by e-mail, it let's
me know she is serious when she makes an appointment.
Sample! Sample! Sample!
Taste before purchasing! The Carolina Weddings Show at Greensboro
Coliseum is a great place to do that, and most Triad Bridal Association
cake experts will arrange a tasting for you (and you can count on them to
be fair and ethical).
There are no wrong or right answers. Each bride can make an
educated decision, by asking a few questions. In return, you will
have a cake you love and will remember fondly.
For more tips on finding a bakery, visit www.TriadBridal.com
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