Post # 1
Im having a small party so i dont need a large cake. Some vendors have already said they wouldnt do a cake for 50 people. Today i got a message from a place many have recommended and i was shocked they said i had to pay $25 for a cake tasting because my wedding party is so small.
Is this the norm?
We still think cupcakes is the way to go, but i still have time to check out vendors.
Post # 3
Ouch- that seems steep! We had a big wedding though, so I suppose that could be why we weren’t charged a tasting fee. Oh, we did cupcakes too- there’s no way I could narrow down my decision to only a few cake flavors! I think we ended up with 6 different flavors of cupcakes- they were a huge hit, everyone loved them!
I know there’s a bakery in Fredericksburg that is supposed to be amazing (Paul’s Bakery I think), and there’s a place in Richmond called Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe that doesn’t charge for tasting, but they do charge a fee for mileage to travel outside of Richmond- depending on how far north you are they might be an option as well.
Post # 4
It depends on where you live and what type of place you go to. I paid $25 for tasting as well
Post # 5
I am in the process of looking for a cake and I have have come across a few vendors that charge for tasting. The highest I have seen is $20, but if you go with them it gets credited towards my purchase. I think it is there way of preventing random people from scheduling a tasting.
Post # 6
I wasn’t charged for a tasting at all. The baker came to my house with her samples and still didn’t charge us anything.
Post # 7
I have seen some vendors that charge for tastings and some that don’t. I think it just depends on the vendor.
Post # 8
Ours was free, but we were only allowed to try 6 flavors. If we wanted to try additional we would have had to pay a fee.
Post # 9
I wasn’t charged at all and I had both my parents, my husband, and my MIL with me. $25 seems like a lot for just tasting some cake.
Post # 10
This is becoming a lot more common, although it’s fairly common that the vendor credits you back your tasting fee once you make a purchase. If the vendor is not offering that credit back, I think it is reasonable to request it. I also think it’s very reasonable for a vendor to charge a tasting fee, to help ensure that only serious potential customers take up their time and product resources. When I worked in an old country inn that did a lot of weddings, I was shocked at how many free tastings we did that never turned into actual bookings, not because our food quality or prices weren’t where they were supposed to be but because the potential bride and groom were having tastings with 4 or 5 different vendors!
Post # 11
I think it depends on what you plan to spend with that baker.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
Our cake tasting was free, as was our menu tasting. There was no stipulations regarding to number of guests, either. I’m not sure if this is normal or dependant upon where you are located. Our wedding is pretty much all-inclusive so that may be a factor too.
Post # 13
I have to pay $20 for mine. And it can only include 3 different cakes/fillings.
Post # 14
Ours was free. I guess I can understand it if they apply it to your total cost. But you better like the cake then!
Post # 15
@fuentesbee: We’re only having about 50 people and we weren’t charged for any of our cake tastings (we did 3).
Post # 16
I’m in the preliminary online research stage on my cake, but I’ve found that some charge a fee, but then apply it to your order. I suspect it’s to avoid people coming in for free cake. If a place charges and applies the cost to your order, I’m fine with it. But if they charge and don’t apply it, I plan to look further.