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post #1 of 86
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I got the weirdest question from a bride earlier.  She was coming in to pick up her cake contract, even though I had emailed it twice and she conveniently never got them, no big deal.  But she texts me right before she gets here asking what kind of compensation I give to brides.  I didn't know what she meant so I asked her.  She replies back "what do you give the bride, a gift or discount for the cake?" I of course said I don't do either.  Is this some new (or old) thing I have missed or has this happened to anyways else.  I just thought it was super weird, why would a business give her some kind of gift just to get her business.  I know some business do give kickbacks, which I think is super stupid, but to give one for a cake?  Strange.

post #2 of 86

Some bakers do free 1 year anniversary cake, or something similar, maybe she thinks that is the norm?

Using the word compensation is weird though, as if she is doing you a business favour by being a bride?
Eh, people are weirdos.

post #3 of 86
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That's was caught me off guard.  It was such a strange word to use.

post #4 of 86
This must be going around somewhere because a fellow bakery just asked about that. Said that a bride had asked if the top tier would be free

I don't know where it came from and I don't care because she <--- (me) does NOT give away cake for free lol *snaps fingers*
post #5 of 86

Yeah weird, never heard of that, at least you have given me a heads up for when it does get here (as all fads eventually do) I will be ready with the, "Nothing this is a business, you either buy the cake or you don't"

post #6 of 86

I think she just phrased it weird...Most people around here will give them the option to either include the top tier in the serving count or not include it, and they say that the top tier is free (is isn't). Some people will include the top tier in the serving count and give a free anniversary cake instead. Some do neither.

post #7 of 86
I think I would see that as a bridezilla alert!
post #8 of 86
Gosh, everyone wants something free. Free tasting, free top tier, free delivery, free 5 dozen hand sculpted sugar flowers....all because some guy put a rock on her finger. SMH. Wish I would have known about all these perks when I was getting married! I spent way too much money! Lol! icon_wink.gif
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Originally Posted by LaurenSadler View Post

Gosh, everyone wants something free. Free tasting, free top tier, free delivery, free 5 dozen hand sculpted sugar flowers....all because some guy put a rock on her finger. SMH. Wish I would have known about all these perks when I was getting married! I spent way too much money! Lol! icon_wink.gif
No kidding! I somehow has the crazy idea that if I couldn't afford something I would not get to have it! Silly me; I really missed out!
post #10 of 86

Tell her the cost of the cake and then tell her

 

 

"oh, yes, I neglected to tell you, the top tier IS free.  Ordinarily it would cost…."  This is done in business a lot, based on my consumer experience.  

 

What a naive bride.  

 

 

I missed the part where the bridal industry is giving "real" discounts.  What sort of discount does Vera Wang give on her gowns??   I want in…!

post #11 of 86

I do offer a free 1 Yr Anniversary cake only because it was what I kept seeing on some other local sites.  Maybe that has changed and I should re-think?

 

Maybe she meant "why should I go with you if XXXBakery is offering a _______." 

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post #12 of 86
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I know some bakeries do offer a free anniversary cake but I've never heard of a discount just for ordering.  Either way, I don't do the free anniversary cake or discounts.  We had already had a consult and tasting and got all the designs taken care of and went over everything she needed to know and I always ask if they have questions or such an she never ask anything like this.  She was literally on her way to sign the contract and showed up about 10 minutes later.  I also don't understand why brides think they are entitled to discounts or free stuff just because they are getting married and want a big beautiful wedding.

post #13 of 86
Also, I'll never understand why a bride thinks she should get a discount because she is getting more servings. "If I get a cake/cupcakes/kitchen cake that feeds 500, do I get a discount?" Uh, no, if anything, it makes me want to charge you more! Lol!!
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post #14 of 86

A bride should go with you because she likes your cakes.  Plain and simple.  Worth every dime to get a beautiful cake instead of trying to just get a freebie.  

post #15 of 86

It's not just brides. Everyone believes they are special and deserving of a discount. I loved owning a bakery but I don't miss the part about dealing with the public. I'd tell some old war stories here, but then I'd start hating those "special" customers all over again.

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