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!
when you take care of the little things one at a time,
the big things take care of themselves!
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!
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.
are paying them for their expertise and experience
to provide the best service at the most cost-effective
at or listen to examples of the services offered.
Request to see comments from patrons.
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
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.
music, include a list of songs to play AND a list
of No Plays.
$: For events with 100 or fewer people, 2 DJs usually
$: 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.
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?
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.
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!