You’re ready to start looking for your wedding entertainment. You may be overwhelmed by price or the broad services offered, but make sure you are making an informed decision based on many factors, don’t shop on price alone.

Every entertainment company offers different services. The way they go about your wedding is unique to them and should be something you consider. Basing your decision solely on price may come back to haunt you later. We are going to discuss some reasons why these low cost entertainers are able to offer such low prices.

Research and Compare

One of the most difficult decisions when planning your wedding is hiring the entertainment. No matter what entertainment you are looking for, you are always tempted to shop based on price. This is a natural response, especially if this is your first time hiring a band, DJ or photo booth. Everywhere you shop, you look for the best price. If you see something you love in a brick and mortar store, you may check Amazon for a better price. This practice is great when you are comparing two of the same items, but what happens when you are shopping for a service that varies greatly from company to company? This is where your research must play a key role in your decision.

Don’t Shop On Price Alone

A lot of couples will do a Google search and find a bunch of local DJs in their area. They will fill out the contact form or send the company an e-mail. After they hear back, they will be tempted to compare based on price and make a decision. Unfortunately, pricing can vary from company to company due to the level of service, experience and personalization they offer. This is where you have to take the time to compare exactly what each company is offering and find the best fit for you. If one company is half of the price as the other three you contacted, there is a reason and it could come back to haunt you later.

Don’t Shop On Price Alone

A lot of couples will do a Google search and find a bunch of local DJs in their area. They will fill out the contact form or send the company an e-mail. After they hear back, they will be tempted to compare based on price and make a decision. Unfortunately, pricing can vary from company to company due to the level of service, experience and personalization they offer. This is where you have to take the time to compare exactly what each company is offering and find the best fit for you. If one company is half of the price as the other three you contacted, there is a reason and it could come back to haunt you later.

Your Wedding Is In Their Hands

Although some entertainment pricing can be a bit shocking at first, you are paying someone to create a one of a kind experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life. The amount of work that goes into your wedding may surprise you. A wedding DJ may spend around 40 hours preparing for your wedding. Most wedding DJs will meet with you either in person or over the phone 2-3 times, have countless e-mail interactions, prepare your wedding timeline and prepare your music selections. They also have tremendous overhead costs such as equipment, insurance, legal music, office space, equipment storage space, transportation, and possibly employees. Their pricing is set based on these factors and like any business, they need to make money.

They Are Probably Cutting Corners

So that DJ that is half the price of the others, why not go with them? Well the big question is trusting someone with your big day. They may not show up. I know, a little dramatic, but it’s true. We get calls all the time from frantic couples looking to replace the cheap wedding DJ or friend of a friend who was going to DJ. These cheaper options are flaky. They may get a higher paying event and decide to cancel on you. They may go out of business because their low pricing could not sustain with the high operational costs. They also may be cutting corners that could cost you or their business. Remember all the business expenses we rattled off? Well they can cut corners there too. That legal music every DJ must obtain, they might be illegally downloading their music. The high equipment costs, they might be purchasing cheap equipment which could fail. They are probably not bringing backup equipment in case of a failure. The insurance they should be carrying, they probably don’t have any putting you and them at risk. These risks just aren’t worth the few hundred dollars you may save. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your lives.

Need help with what questions to ask your DJ when hiring? Check out this article on Weddingwire that has some good tips. Although some apply more to wedding bands, it is helpful to have an idea of topics to discuss before talking with potential DJs.

They Are Probably Cutting Corners

So that DJ that is half the price of the others, why not go with them? Well the big question is trusting someone with your big day. They may not show up. I know, a little dramatic, but it’s true. We get calls all the time from frantic couples looking to replace the cheap wedding DJ or friend of a friend who was going to DJ. These cheaper options are flaky. They may get a higher paying event and decide to cancel on you. They may go out of business because their low pricing could not sustain with the high operational costs. They also may be cutting corners that could cost you or their business. Remember all the business expenses we rattled off? Well they can cut corners there too. That legal music every DJ must obtain, they might be illegally downloading their music. The high equipment costs, they might be purchasing cheap equipment which could fail. They are probably not bringing backup equipment in case of a failure. The insurance they should be carrying, they probably don’t have any putting you and them at risk. These risks just aren’t worth the few hundred dollars you may save. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your lives.

Need help with what questions to ask your DJ when hiring? Check out this article on Weddingwire that has some good tips. Although some apply more to wedding bands, it is helpful to have an idea of topics to discuss before talking with potential DJs.

So when planning your wedding and booking wedding entertainment, ask the entertainment what they are offering so you can compare each company and make an informed decision that doesn’t leave you at risk of disaster. If you would like to learn more about the services we offer, contact us to set up a meeting.