Originally Posted by KoryAK
Scp, I don't see it the same way. Yes, it takes the same amount of time and eye for design to place the sugar flowers on the cake as well as the fresh ones, but FAR less time to go pick up (or even have delivered) the fresh flowers than it does the sugar ones. When I charge for sugar flowers, the high cost is for the time it takes to make them. As I said before, I may charge around $.50 per serving to arrange them (so I'm not working for free) but I've never had flowers take more than 20 minutes to put on the cake, and that's for a lot of them.
Did you mean me?
That's cool if it only takes you a few minutes to stick flowers on a cake, but is it something you are paid for? That's my point, not that I can't do it. I'm not going to start offering to purchase flowers, that is not going to happen, but I did come to the realization that if the bride was having the florist arrange flowers, she has to pay the florist. Why shouldn't it be a service we also get paid for? Even if it only takes 20 minutes, that's my time and if it's a large cake I can't lift or move by myself, my assistant's time. They don't work for free either, so not only was I not getting paid myself for sticking fresh flowers on the cake on site, I am paying someone to stand around while I stick flowers on a cake.
So anyway, my point is, fresh flower arranging is no longer a free service with me. Sure, it will be less expensive if the bride buys fresh flowers (although I'm not quite sure about this, flowers are pretty expensive, especially organic, edible ones that won't poison anyone), but I now take my time to arrange the flowers into consideration when I quote a price. And I am considering insisting on sugar flowers (but maybe that's also because I'll be taking a Jacqueline Butler class in April