I just got off the phone with a bakery…I looked on the website for pricing before calling. I talked to the owner in regards to what I wanted (200 cupcakes with simple frosting and a 8 inch cake for top of tower, again simple frosting no details or anything since we plan to add the accents to them) So she priced me .75 cents a cupcake at $14.99 for the cake. Not bad of a deal right? WRONG! After speaking to her about the cake batter and delivery charges which btw no charge for delivery. So I said ok let me talk to the venue and see if can get a time when you can come and setup. Then the lady was like ” oh this is for a wedding?” I go “why yes it is” The lady said “well prices for wedding cupcakes are $2.25/piece and the 8 inch cake is going to be $65” I said “why does the price go up if the cupcakes are just simple frosted for a wedding?” she had no reason except “more time goes into wedding bakery goods” Yes I agree that is prolly true in most cases BUT since I am only wanting to get cupcakes that are frosted with plain buttercream icing and no detailing at all I don’t see why the prices would change. So needless to say I am going to have my Maid/Matron of Honor call order the cupcakes say they are for a brthday party and still pay the original cost for them! I hate that whenver I mention WEDDING vendors automatically jack the prices up! I’m sorry but it is rude and uncalled for!!!!!!!!
Not quite sure what it is that makes things that have “wedding” or “bridal” attached to it (same goes for everything labelled “baby” btw too lol!) goes up in price like crazy. I have had a similar experience with a bakkery while trying to get info about ordering some cakes from there. Normally these cakes come with wording on them like what kind of flavor they are, so I asked whether it was possible to order them without the wording — just plain with the normal decorations. The lady I spoke to said that was no problem at all and quoted me a normal price, then handed me a collegue who was in charge of ordering. The moment she heard that I was planning on using them as a wedding cake, she all of a sudden changed the pricing to a price per person instead of a price per cake. When I asked why she said it was because they used different ingredients for wedding cakes. But I didn’t WANT a special wedding cake, I just wanted the regular yummie cakes, just without the wording… !! But there was no way to get information on that no more as soon as she had heard the W-word. I kindly thanked her for her information and said I’d get back with them closer to the day.. Needless to say I never called back nor am planning to do so.
I am now also set on getting cupcakes! Unfortunately not for just 75c a piece though, the bakkery I found them at they are 2.25 a piece. But that still beats 4.50per person for a wedding cake! 🙂
That is ridiculous. Sure, in some things, the attention to detail or special circumstances of a wedding justify a price increase. But nothing about your order changed! Was she going to make crappy cupcakes if it was for something other than a wedding? And if the wedding cupcakes are special, you should be able to opt out of the special-ness and get plain ones. Not fair.
I am holding my breath for Saturday when we meet with the reception venue we like. They have sample menus online, and you can get a “Holiday Buffet” package for $18.99/person + tax & service charge but it includes alcohol. Their cheapest wedding package is $25/person +tax & service, but it’s an extra $5/person for alcohol. Um, what? Anyway, the holiday menu is basically what we’d want anyway, so hopefully they are amenable.
I think it’s great to get someone else to call and order them. I would have just insisted on getting them for the regular price and said “Oh well you don’t have to make them with wedding fairy dust – you can just make them the regular way”