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post #1 of 18
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What are the going rates for wedding cake delivery charges???

 

I usually say that local (like within a 25 mile radius of me) is $50 but I now have a wedding 1 hour away and not sure what to charge...

post #2 of 18
We charge $1/minute round trip, based on the Google Maps estimate.
post #3 of 18

I charge $1.50/mile one-way according to mapquest directions.  Plus a $20 setup fee if it can be done within an hour.  More, if it's an elaborate cake the requires a time consuming set up.

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post #4 of 18

I charge $1.30 per mile round trip. I'm also in a kind of remote area so I frequently knock 10 miles off the round trip as long as the resulting fee still makes it worth my while.

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Originally Posted by BeesKnees578 View Post

I charge $1.50/mile one-way according to mapquest directions.  Plus a $20 setup fee if it can be done within an hour.  More, if it's an elaborate cake the requires a time consuming set up.

BeesKnees, I'm just curious, why do you charge for just one way?

post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft View Post

We charge $1/minute round trip, based on the Google Maps estimate.

SO if for example you travel 30 miles and it takes you 45 minutes with traffic you would charge a total of:

 

$45?

$90?

post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Elcee View Post

I charge $1.30 per mile round trip. I'm also in a kind of remote area so I frequently knock 10 miles off the round trip as long as the resulting fee still makes it worth my while.

BeesKnees, I'm just curious, why do you charge for just one way?

So if it's 30 miles one way you would charge $65 total?   (60 miles - 10 miles X $1.30)

post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by 61999 View Post

SO if for example you travel 30 miles and it takes you 45 minutes with traffic you would charge a total of:

$45?
$90?

If the venue is 30 miles away and Google Maps says 45 minutes I would charge $90.
post #8 of 18

$20 for locations within a 10 mile radius and $1.25 per additional mile.

post #9 of 18
Yes, exactly. $65 for a delivery 30 miles away.
post #10 of 18

I include free delivery with wedding cakes orders.

 

Anyone know what florists rates are for delivery and set-up?....on average

post #11 of 18
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I include free delivery with wedding cakes orders.

Anyone know what florists rates are for delivery and set-up?....on average
I used to do that until I drove up the Kings Island, 45 miles away, with a $300 cake. My air conditioning went out, so I had to rent a van. I got the insurance, and it cost about $90. Gas was $4.15 a gallon, and the thing got about 12 miles to the gallon. That cake wound up making me about $15 when it was all said and done. About $1.25 and hour.

I have a $20 minimum, for a 10 mile radius, and $1 per mile, round trip. Cupcakes or flowers at the venue are a $20 additional set up fee. Or a cake that is too big to carry by myself is $25 for my husband, and if it is too big for the both of us and has to be stacked there, it is $50 additional.
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post #12 of 18

If over $100 order, delivery is free within a 20 mile radius, and $1.00 per mile after that.

 

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post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Elcee View Post

I charge $1.30 per mile round trip. I'm also in a kind of remote area so I frequently knock 10 miles off the round trip as long as the resulting fee still makes it worth my while.

BeesKnees, I'm just curious, why do you charge for just one way?


Good question!  I guess I consider that ride home without the stress of having a cake in the back, being able to drive fast, stop quickly and take turns like a NASCAR driver like a little vacation!  I smile the whole way home and sing loudly in my car.  Plus it's one of the few times that I am without my kids....mini-vacation!  It doesn't bother me one bit that I am not getting paid for the ride home!  Call me crazy....

 

If I am delivering to Cleveland from my home, it's roughly a $45 delivery charge plus the $20 setup fee.  That's $65 for something that may only take me an hour and a half (I try to make about $20/hr to cover my time and supplies) plus $16 in gas give or take.  I am comfortable with that.  Am I missing something that I should be charging more for?  Yes, of course there is car insurance and maintenance.

 

On the other hand, I will check other bakers in my area to see what they are charging to make sure I am on target...it's been awhile since I've scoped out the competition.

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post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by BeesKnees578 View Post

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Originally Posted by Elcee View Post

I charge $1.30 per mile round trip. I'm also in a kind of remote area so I frequently knock 10 miles off the round trip as long as the resulting fee still makes it worth my while.

BeesKnees, I'm just curious, why do you charge for just one way?


Good question!  I guess I consider that ride home without the stress of having a cake in the back, being able to drive fast, stop quickly and take turns like a NASCAR driver like a little vacation!  I smile the whole way home and sing loudly in my car.  Plus it's one of the few times that I am without my kids....mini-vacation!  It doesn't bother me one bit that I am not getting paid for the ride home!  Call me crazy....

 

If I am delivering to Cleveland from my home, it's roughly a $45 delivery charge plus the $20 setup fee.  That's $65 for something that may only take me an hour and a half (I try to make about $20/hr to cover my time and supplies) plus $16 in gas give or take.  I am comfortable with that.  Am I missing something that I should be charging more for?  Yes, of course there is car insurance and maintenance.

 

On the other hand, I will check other bakers in my area to see what they are charging to make sure I am on target...it's been awhile since I've scoped out the competition.

OMG!!! I am dying here!!! I am the same way, LOL!! I drive like a damn fool on the way home, grinning like the Cheshire Cat! Music blaring, and I also grab a bite to eat or an ice cream at a place that is too expensive to treat the whole family of 6 to, on a regular basis.

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post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by BeesKnees578 View Post


Good question!  I guess I consider that ride home without the stress of having a cake in the back, being able to drive fast, stop quickly and take turns like a NASCAR driver like a little vacation!  I smile the whole way home and sing loudly in my car.  Plus it's one of the few times that I am without my kids....mini-vacation!  It doesn't bother me one bit that I am not getting paid for the ride home! 

But it's still using up your gas. Which is not cheap these days! And how much better for you to get PAID for your little vacation! :) 

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