Weddings can add up quickly. Often, it might have you wondering what exactly it is that drives those costs. Especially when it comes to wedding vendors. So, we’ve decided to break down exactly what contributes to the cost of certain things. There are hard costs and there are soft costs to consider.


So, what goes into the cost of wedding cake? Well, obviously there’s the cake you get, but it’s more than that.



To make a decision of whether to book a baker, you typically have a tasting first. Many wedding bakers will not charge for the tasting, but it still costs them money, so ultimately that is factored into the final cost of what you pay. Between the physical product you consume during a tasting and the time it takes, both of those aspects cost the baker money.



Depending on the type of design you want for your cake, that could be factored into the price of your cake. Obviously, the simpler the design, the less cost there would be. But intricate and complicated cake designs take more time and usually involve more tools, icing, colors, etc. So, you have to consider the additional cost of all those things.



Aside from a tasting, consultation and possibly a complicated design taking time, baking a cake in general takes time. All bakers must factor in the time they spend working with you throughout the entire process and charge accordingly.



The physical product you are paying for is the cake. Well, cakes use ingredients and ingredients cost money. A wedding cake maker must consider all the money it costs them to create the cake and pass along the cost in their pricing.



No one wants to pick up their own wedding cake and worry about transporting a multiple tiered cake and risk it falling. That’s why most bakers offer and charge for delivery. Trust us, it’s worth paying for to know a professional will handle transporting and delivering your cake in one piece.



Consider how experienced your baker is in the cost. Just like with an employee of any company, someone with 3 years of experienced isn’t going to be paid the same as someone with double the number of years in experience.


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