I have a rather strong opinion about Suzy homemakers doing wedding cakes. I don't care! I don't feel like it advances me personally to worry about them or waste my time dwelling on them. Yes, they exist, yes they take business away from legit businesses.....but yet they've existed for a long time and will continue forever. I can only control myself.
What about deposits and cake supports? I hate the game of getting supports back. It's always a hassle. You talk to the bride....she forgets....you get parts back (not all of them) you get frustrated, she's confused....! I've noticed a couple decorators that charge for seperators as apart of the cost, no returns, no refunds, no hassle.
I prefer to take this route. I figure I'll just charge my actual costs plus a small fee. If someone has a big stink over this I'll refund them their money if they return the whole set promptly.
But what about your base, decorative cake stands? That's different then internal supports. Everywhere a bride looks there is rental fees. I feel for her, but real wear and tear happens and I don't think cake decorators are really any different then other businesses. I think a straight rental fee should be charged for cake stands and it should be a daily fee like any other rental. If they break the item/stand then what? I'm not sure how to handle that.....
I'd really love to invest in some nice silver plated cake stands. Martha uses them alot. I have used them at the club, they really dress up the cake tremendously! I've had brides shop all over town looking for them, they want this look! How I'm going to do this remains a problems. Everything nice is several hundred dollars. Right now I'm thinking a flat users fee to go toward replacement plus a rental fee. It's always a brides option to not use them. But if she wants this look she'll have to understand it's expensive.
What about the acrylic stands? Their not cheap and their fragile to boot. Or the iron stands etc....they have to get broken and twisted along the way. How do you handle this? Eat the costs?