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post #1 of 63
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A customer wants 125 of each of these cookies. They're beautiful and I hope to be able to do them justice. I think the groom is made of a chocolate cookie but maybe it's just food coloring. I have no idea what to charge her. I know the cutters alone are $10 each and I believe she wants me to wrap them, too. Can someone help???
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post #2 of 63
I'm not good on cookie pricing but I would suggest checking your area for something similar to get pricing ideas. Good luck!
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post #3 of 63
Those are pretty big cookies with small details.

I would charge $4 to $6, depending on their size...I assume they are 4" or 5" tuxedos and 5" to 6" dresses.

You should ask her where she came upon the photo and then check out what that bakery charges. I'll bet they are NOT cheap! icon_cool.gif

(I just used that exact shirt/tux cutter to do my hockey team jersey cookies and just posted the photo in the Gallery. I got the cutter at www.kitchengifts.com for $9 or so)
post #4 of 63
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I'm waiting to hear from the bride as to which website she found them but I just found a site that is charging $5.50 (on sale). This is what it says...

Wedding Dress & Tuxedo Cookies
$5.50 On Sale

Our stunningly detailed wedding dress cookie features all the intricacy of the finest couture creations. Pair with our tuxedo cookie, and you've got a match made in heaven! Bride's dress cookie is available as shown in white with pale pink flowers, all white, pale pink, pale lavender and white with lavender flowers. Dress measures 5" x 4" and arrives shrink wrapped and will remain fresh for approximately 6 months.
Available on a miniature wire hanger with porcelain rose detail as shown, or in a cellophane bag tied with satin ribbon. Tuxedo cookies measure 4" by 3" and are available as shown with porcelain rose boutonniere, or in a cellophane bag tied with ribbon.
Sold in quantities of 6. Please allow 3 weeks prior to shipping.


I was thinking of charging her $5/cookie and was going to wrap them together in cellophane b/c that's what she wants. I wasn't going to attempt to figure out the hanger and have no idea about the tiny roses. Where would I get them?
post #5 of 63
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Originally Posted by chocomama

arrives shrink wrapped and will remain fresh for approximately 6 months.



OMG!

6 months!

What are they putting in those cookies?!
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post #6 of 63
I think $5/each is a fair price...lots of tiny details=lots of hours of work! lol Have you considered putting them in bags, instead of wrapping one of each together in the cellophane/plastic? IMHO they would look better in a small bag...you could just fold over the top of the bag...punch two holes out parallel to each other and then thread a ribbon through the holes and tie a nice bow. If they're wrapped together, it seems that one would cover up the other...with the bags they could be more easily seen...therefore showing off your excellent work!! icon_wink.gificon_lol.gif

As for the tiny hangers and flowers...try the crafts stores...Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. I would imagine you could find at least the little flowers there...and if they don't have the little hangers...you might look online for a site that sells doll house making supplies. Some of them carry everything to build doll houses, as well as the furniture to put in the houses, the dolls themselves and any accessories you could possibly think of ...right down to clothes hangers. If not there, maybe some sort of doll making website. Just thinking 'out loud' and throwing out some ideas...lol. Good luck! icon_smile.gif
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post #7 of 63
Definitely $5 each, those are some detailed cookies!

As far as the hanger goes, you can make them out of thin wire. I probably wouldn't mess with it though, it's not necessarily a detail that "makes" the cookie, KWIM? Especially with the quantity needed.

That being said, they're beautiful cookies. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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post #8 of 63
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Thanks for the ideas! I just sent the bride my estimate and I'm waiting to hear back from her. She did just tell me that the cookies don't have to be exact, so that's good. Her dress has gold scrollwork so I may do something similar. That actually might be easier than messing with a bunch of different colors, kwim? And, I meant cello bags and not just wrap. I should have made that clearer. I like the bow idea a lot, too.

How would I get the icing on the tux a nice, dark black?
post #9 of 63
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Well, the bride wants to trim the cost a bit so I sent her some idea for wedding cake cookies. She had planned on 2 cookies/person so maybe she'll go with just one. We'll see. *sigh*
post #10 of 63
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OK, even though I've made numerous suggestions on how to present just one cookie to each person, the bride is stuck on 2 cookies each, BUT she doesn't want to pay $10/guest. She talked about doing less intricate work but I'm still going to charge her $4 each so that won't help her much and I know she won't go for that, anyway. She just asked me if I would do the decorating if she and her family baked the cookies. I can't imagine baking 250 cookie before my wedding, but whatever. I'm not really keen on doing this but I want her to be happy and I don't want to lose her as a customer. What do you think? I haven't said anything to her yet.
post #11 of 63
I can't really see why each guest needs 2 cookies, especially cookies that large. Does she know how big they are?!!!!! Going with 1 cookie is about the only way she can get the cost down. Show her some of Antonia74's great wedding related cookies and see if she'll go for something like that. The wedding cake is a great idea. I suppose I would just tell her that there isn't any way to get it under $8 per person with 2 cookies each. DO NOT LET HER SUCKER YOU INTO UNDERPRICING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL! I am the worst about this, but you can't do it. Those are too large, too detailed cookies to go any lower on price.

Good luck!
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post #12 of 63
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Well, I've given her a variety of ideas and I think she'll mulling them over. I'm hoping to hear back from her later tonight. I've showed her other cookie ideas, including some of Antonia74's but so far she's stuck on the dress/tux idea. She wouldn't be able to order them online for less so unless she wants to do them all herself she's going to have to fork over the "dough"! LOL! icon_lol.gif
post #13 of 63
I would be careful about letting her bake the cookies--then you will be stuck with whatever quality cookies she gives you. Plus, the price really comes more from the time you will spend decorating than the cost of the cookies!

Would you consider charging her a fee or say $50 or so to spend an hour teaching her how to make these cookies herself?
post #14 of 63
ok here is a thought, what about the dresses for the ladies and the tuxs for the gentlement and then each couple will have 2 cookies, just a thought......
post #15 of 63
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That's what I suggested, Jax, but she isn't going to have the place cards right at each table so if the cookies are randomly set at each place setting there's a chance that a man could end up with a dress cookie. icon_surprised.gif Awful, isn't it?? icon_rolleyes.gif Like I said, I gave her all kinds of suggestions but she didn't want to go with any of them. She'd rather scrap the whole idea rather than have 1 cookie per person. Whatever. I have a feeling that, in the end, she'll go with 1 cookie each just because she wants them so much. icon_wink.gif
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