- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
I interviewed DJ companies with a budget in mind, and had alot of quotes to be almost a thrid more than we were hoping to pay, and the ones in our budget werent very easy to get references from; mostly independant craigslist ones. One DJ company we contacted back to say we were under a budget and what they charged was a little too high. They ended up meeting us toward the middle, and had a HUGE presence online, with wonderful abundant reviews. They also were willing to include the ceremony for free since it is in the same place.
I found out my bartending company had to cancel on us, and I was going crazy!! My DJ company owner around that time had me call to do a more in depth planning of the wedding and music, and asked how everything else was going. I told her about needing to find a bartending company, and how I was limited by budget to get someone so soon. I never knew this, but her business is a full event company, and they do bartending. She explained normally she charges more, but since they will be there already for DJing, and she can come personally to lower costs to what the other company is charging!
We are bringing our own drinks, and she went through all the stores to go through for cheaper prices, when to order, and how much of each to get. Ended up being less than I was coming up with online calculators, and cheaper sources I never thought to check.
Now she offered to come next week (two weeks before the wedding) to the venue to show me some ideas on how she has seen weddings set up, and ideas for lighting because the venue is pretty rustic.
Then earlier today I get an email from my venue saying a friend of the cordinator of the venue called her because I was wanted to decorate the day before but it was too expensive. She said she would give me a off season rate for the whole day, which was under our budget!! I asked who this friend was, and it was the owner of the DJ company!
I just had to share that you really can get amazing services and people for your wedding while still under a budget, and always ask them if they know anyone that may be able to help. I think by paying just a little more, I have saved money over all.