Expensive Wedding Cakes - Are They Worth It?

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Well, are expensive wedding cakes really worth it? As a wedding planner in the SF Bay Area, this is one of the questions I'm continuously asked by brides. The answer is, it really depends on a lot of things! I've done by best to list some of them below.

Wedding
Slap the word "wedding" in front of anything, and watch the price increase by 30-40%. It's the way of the world. As long as customers pay high prices, bakers will charge high prices.

Ingredients
If bakers are using real butter and cream, and/or organic products, then you're looking at higher prices. The type of cake also matters. A simple sponge cake with butter cream frosting and filling, is much less expensive than a cheese cake with fresh strawberries.

Décor
Many agree that the most expensive factor is the décor. Butter cream frosting with fresh flowers for decoration, is much easier to create than fondant with sugar flowers.

Structure
A standard 3 tiered cake is much easier to assemble, support and transport, than a 4, 5 or 6 tier cake. The taller the cake, the more effort it takes a baker to support it, and get it level and straight.

Location of the Baker or Bakery
You may find that a wedding cake by a bakery in a trendy main street location will be much more expensive than a cake by a baker that bakes out of their home.

Training of Bakers
Where did the bakers get baking and pastry arts training? CIA? Well trained bakers and sugar craft artists, especially with many years of experience, can demand a higher price for their creations.

Reputation
Bakers with outstanding cakes, and stellar reputations will ask high dollar for their cakes. $10 a slice and up.

Time of Year
The high season for many bakeries is during December, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and Easter. If your wedding falls on one of the key high season days, it's possible your cake may cost a bit more.

Delivery & Set-up
If your venue is far from the bakery, it's possible that your cake may cost more to deliver. Delivering a cake safely, is a timely and stressful process. So the longer the stress, the more you'll be charged.



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