Post # 1
I have been calling to make appointment with cake people for the wedding. I have one day available and 4 bakers in mind. The first place I called is my favorite and I went through everything with the lady and then she asked if the appointment was to be a tasting, price and design appointment, I told her yes. She then proceeded to tell me there was a $20 tasting fee and I only get to choose from 3 cake flavors. I said okay and then thought about it for a moment and it just seems not right.
So I asked a friend who is using this baker if they charged a fee on their appointment and she said no, also they got to try a bunch of different flavors. The appointment was only a month ago.
Do this seem weird to you? is this standard?
They have been in the business for years, so it seems odd to change business practices in one months time. I am in the mind to ask her why the fee.
Post # 3
Ask if that $20 will go towards the actual price of the cake. some places do this to deter ppl who just come in for free cake and arent actually interested in ordering there. And the tasting “fee” becomes a deposit towards the actual cost of the cake.
Post # 4
Some places charge and some places don’t. The fee charge for this place could have been in the works for quite awhile; not just thought of in the past month. I would call back and let them know that you have a friend that is using them and to your knowledge they are not being charged a fee and they were able to try a bunch of different flavors. With the economy the way it is, I can understand them charging a fee because it does cost them to make the cakes and it costs their time when you meet with them. When we were looking for our cake baker, it was about 50/50 for charging a tasting fee and not charging a tasting fee.
Post # 5
It does seem a bit odd but not too crazy. If they are your #1 choice then I would pay the $20 and then go for it.
I think vendors are having such a hard time now because they get a flood of interview requests from brides because there is so much more info out on the web now. Instead of having the 1 local bakery to choose from, you know can research all 4 that are in your area. Its very time consuming and expensive for a bakery to have to go through this.
Post # 6
It seems a little odd that you would have to pay, especially as much as $20, when you have to shell out how much for a cake?
Post # 7
I have contacted several Cake bakers and it varies where I am. The first says they recently changed to charging, $20 for 2 flavors of cake and $35 for 3 flavors or $50 for special flavors. The second does not charge at all but is a smaller baker, not as busy. And the third (independant pastry chef/ baker) charges $40, still talking with her so not sure how many flavors or anything, but if we book with her she takes the $40 off the balance of the cake.
Post # 8
Thanks! I was just a little bit taken back by it. All of the bakers we are looking at are relatively smaller so I wasn’t expecting it.
Post # 9
I’ve never heard of paying for a tasting but if this is what they do, I would insist you try any possible flavors you may want to go for…maybe 3 is enough but if you have a 4th or 5th possability and are paying, you better get to taste it.
Post # 10
We didnt get charged for our cake tasting and we were able to choose 6 different cake flavors and 6 different icing flavors and they even gave us free drinks of our choice (milk, red bull, soda, water, whatever) and then we had another cake tasting where we could choose 4 of each and did not have to pay for that either
Post # 11
I got quoted $30 to have an appointment with one baker. It wasn’t even a tasting, it was simply to discuss what I liked/didn’t and what pricing would be. I told her I wasn’t going to waste $30 to possibly find out that they were out of my budget and if she couldn’t answer simple questions over email then she would not be getting my business.
I’ve since found a few other bakers who are far more willing to work with me and none of them charge anything for an initial meeting. I would keep looking unless you are sure that you want to work with them and would be able to put that money towards the cake. good luck!
Post # 12
$20 to taste 3 cakes sounds right to me.. I’d try calling there again and speaking to someone else though if your friend said it didn’t cost her anything
Post # 13
@summerbride12:That’s ridiculous! $30 for the privilege of finding out if I would like to give you more of my money? No thank you. I get the “tasting fee” but I don’t like it.
Post # 14
Some places I contacted did a free tasting, but they chose the flavors. If I wanted to specify which flavors I wanted to taste, I had to pay a fee.
Fine with me if they want to do business like that, but I chose not to persue those bakeries.
Post # 15
This whole wedding game really pisses me off. What happened to it being a cost of doing business? I have a lady who is making my cakes, I’m not going to a shop. It will be $250 and she makes the best cake that I have ever had. I’m good with that. When you think of it in terms of wedidng cake, $20 isn’t that much. But, when you consider that you are only getting a small amount of the butter, sugar, flower, and food coloring that they decided to give to you. I can’t stand it!
I am having the same issue with caterers. One person wanted me to pay $200 for a tasting for just my fiance and I! WHAT? Cucumber slices sound better and better everyday!
Post # 16
3 flavors is absolutely not right. If they are charging, they should let you try all the flavors. The pieces they give you are tiny – i’d be mad if I were paying over $6.00 a teeny tiny slice at a place that was trying to win my business!
(I did not have to pay for tastings, but I have seen it. Those places let you try 10+ flavors, though.)