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For a Successful Event.............

Marken Music Makes It Happen!There are many ingredients to a successful, fabulous event- wedding, dinner dance, gala, cocktail party, etc.). You may be overwhelmed at first, but chin up! It's not rocket science. You can, and will, make a wonderful event!

Remember, when you take care of the little things one at a time, the big things take care of themselves!



The foremost is leaving adequate time to do everything. Remember your parents saying, "Don't go out until your homework is done," or, "Don't leave the assignment for the last minute."? Same thing. A year ahead is not too early. 3 to 6 months is close!




Shop around and interview the people you're dealing with. You're compatible if there's give and take. If the person you're dealing with does all the talking, beware. You and your needs and concerns are foremost and that's what the company person should be eliciting from you.     If it's all about


their ego and how great they are, go elsewhere. Any company you engage is your employee. YOU are the boss. The company exists to turn your dreams into reality.

You are paying them for their expertise and experience to provide the best service at the most cost-effective price.




Look at or listen to examples of the services offered. Request to see comments from patrons.




There is considerable variation in fees. Look at the company: is there high overhead in the form of showcases ($1000 fees to showcase at bridal expos), full page color ads, office rent-personnel and utilities, ads in every magazine and music internet site in creation? You, the customer are paying for this. Is the company "mean and lean" with minimal overhead? The more the company saves, the more you save.




Be cautious about achieving the lowest cost possible. You're not shopping for oranges. You are planning a major event in your life. You may be spending many thousands of dollars. It's more important to have the service performed expertly and flawlessly, than to save a few dollars and have problems.




Regarding music, include a list of songs to play AND a list of No Plays.




Save $: For events with 100 or fewer people, 2 DJs usually aren't needed.




Save $: A ceremony or cocktail hour musician doesn't need a dinner; they are there for an hour or less. However, if the musicians or DJ are at the reception for 3 or more hours, it's customary to feed them. HOWEVER, work out with the Banquet Manager a dinner of "Musician Food" which is less elaborate and expensive compared to the guests' dinner.




If you're happy with the service, a 10-15% tip is customary. Think about the crucial role the service played in your event. If you just did a great job for someone, how would you want to be treated?




If something comes to mind and you would like to make a change, don't hesitate to call the company providing the service. They should be happy to accommodate you. Inquire about this before you sign a contract.




Try to finalize everything as soon as possible with a contract. If you procrastinate, the company may become unavailable for the date you need and you must start to search all over again. Prices can change. Don't waffle or hesitate. Like love, if you're happy for the most part, commit!




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