Tasting & Pricing

Wedding & Celebration Cake Tasting

The Wedding Cake Tasting is one of the most memorable and “Sweetest” events of planning your special day. At Gardenia’s it’s our commitment to create a great tasting, beautiful, and breathtaking cake that truly represents you and your fiancé.

  • The Wedding Cake Tasting is reserved for the bride, groom, and event planner only or guest of the bride/groom’s choosing if the couple does not have an event planner. For a Celebration Cake Tasting, the client can select one additional guest of their choosing. We keep tastings to a minimum number of attendees as too many opinions can become overwhelming for the client and we want to make sure the experience is enjoyable for the bride/groom or event client. Both Wedding and Celebration Cake Tastings are $75.00 (this fee will be deducted from your total order should you elect to book our services. More specific guidelines regarding this fee will be emailed once you schedule your tasting appointment.)
  • If a wedding client wishes to invite additional guest(s) and have them taste cake as well, there is a $25.00* fee per guest you invite to your tasting. The same fee will apply for a celebration cake client, where the client wishes to invite additional guest(s) who will be tasting cake above the one guest they are allowed to bring.
  • One cake tasting assortment will be created for the bride/groom or celebration cake client. The tastings assortment is pre-selected with 5-7 flavors of our choosing for clients to sample from our current Wedding/Dessert Cake Menu.
    Allergy Disclaimer: Since we use both nuts, wheat flours, and dairy in the production of our products; we caution individuals with both mild and severe allergies against consuming our products.
  • Since all tasting samples are made from scratch and we want to provide our clients with a true sample of how their cake will taste on their wedding day, we conduct tastings once per month. Tasting are held at our studio, located at 6230 St. Andrews Road; Columbia, SC 29212. We are located at the Palmetto Place Events Center. Please be aware that tastings are by appointment only and last approximately 1 hour. Our monthly cake tasting will be posted on our Facebook business page the first of each month.
  • We understand that things change and you may need to reschedule your appointment. We simply ask that you provide us with 24 hours advance notice in the event that you must reschedule. In the event you are more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled appointment, we ask that you reschedule to another date or a later appointment (if available) as we want you to take advantage of your full allocated appointment time.
  • WE DO NOT CONDUCT TASTINGS for orders that are less than $350.
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What to Bring to your Cake Tasting Appointment

In order to maximize your appointment time, we ask that you prepare a design kit prior to your scheduled appointment. The items don't have to be concrete, however, the more specific you are the easier it will be for us to design a cake perfect for your special day. We ask that you bring the following items as part of your design kit:

  • Sample of wedding Invitation or save-the-date
  • Color or Fabric Swatches being represented at the event
  • Pictures of event flowers or bouquet
  • Inspiration pictures of cakes or desserts that you like. These photos are used for inspiration only and help to pinpoint your design aesthetic.
  • Event space design of how you want your wedding to look.
Wedding & Celebration Cake Pricing

We specialize in Fondant Designs Only for all Wedding & Custom Celebration Cakes. Cakes are priced by the expected number of guest servings and design. The more complex or elaborate the cake design, the higher the cost per guest serving. Both Wedding and Custom Celebration cakes start at $7.50 per guest serving.  The minimum required guest serving for all Wedding cakes is 100 and 40 guest for Custom Celebration Cakes. Please Note: We do not create wedding or custom celebration cakes that are less than our minimum required number of guest servings; but we offer dessert cakes where clients want a delicious cake for events with lower guest counts. Please see our Wedding & Dessert Cake Flavors menu for dessert cake information.

Retainer Fee(s)*

Upon completing your tasting, you may elect to book our services to secure your event date. Below are our current services and required non-refundable, non-transferable retainer fees to secure your event. These fees are deducted from the total cost of your order. Please note, retainers reserve your event date and are in no way a contract. Your retainer states your intent to use our services for your event. A final contract will be drafted and must be signed by both parties before the contract is completely ratified. A non-refundable, non-transferable retainer fee is required for each item selected for your event. Additional Items can be added at a later date, however, a retainer will be required to secure these services.

  • Wedding Cake $500.00
  • Groom’s Cake $250.00
  • Custom Celebration Cake 50% of Total Order
  • Dessert Bars $300.00 (Retainer must be paid in advance of setting up dessert tasting)
  • Live Dessert Stations $500.00 (Retainer must be paid in advance of setting up dessert tasting)

*For all orders less than $350 (pre-tax), full payment is due at time of order.

For orders involving multiple locations and/or multiple recipients located in different cities please email us gardeniascustomcakes@gmail.com

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