Post # 1
So, yesterday I went on weddingwire.com to search for an uplighting professional. Our venue offers LED lights at $50/light and reccommends we get 16 of them. So, that’s $800, plus they roll everything into the cost of dinner which is subject to a total of 28% tax.
So, almost all of the quotes I have gotten have been around the $1200 range, with various inclusions except for one…I contacted http://www.eventuplights.com which was listed on weddingwire…there were no reviews, no comments and there isn’t much of a website. As soon as I submitted an online inquiry I received a phone call from Brian, the contact at the company and he also e-mailed me. His quote was $650 and that included everything. Now, I had mentioned to him the cost of the venues lights so I think he is trying to be competetive with his quote and come in cheaper but this is realllly cheap. Plus, I can’t find much information about him or his company, and certainly no reviews.
Has anyone heard of Event Uplights? They are based in Hudson, MA I think.
Post # 3
I just put the address from their website into google maps, and it comes up as a house. It could be that they’re running the business from a house, but that sounds a bit suspicious to me.
I also put the business name in Yellow Pages and looked for businesses in Hudson, MA…and there are no businesses named “Event Uplighting” in Hudson, at least according to YP.
Post # 4
Yes, I was just about to look at the location!
Honestly, I am willing to give a new business a chance, I really am and Lord knows I certainly wish I could find an at-home florist while I’m at it….but it does make me a bit nervous. His Facebook page was started just over a month ago…
I e-mailed him and asked frankly if his was a new company. I told him that he has no reviews (which is a big way I judge a vendor) and asked if he could provide me with contact information for people who have used him and for photos.
He sounded very nice on the phone and he offered to meet us at the venue to discuss. It just seems like a lot of effort for a scam, and at a really small cost. I’ll keep you posted about what he says.
Post # 5
Good luck! I hope it works out for you!!
Post # 6
Contact them and ask for references; also have them refer you to other vendors they worked with to verify.
There is one vendor I always side-eyed – the cake baker – because she wasn’t a full time baker but a professor who baked AWESOME cakes on the side. She did have a list of extremely satisfied patrons and I wasn’t disappointed. As an “audition” she baked the cake for the engagement party and it was phenomenal!
Check out the references!
Post # 7
Well he e-mailed me back. It’s a new business (which is why he’s doing a 50% off promo.) He used to work for another lighting company and when he left to begin his own company part of the deal was that he couldn’t use their photos in his advertising. He said he has a long list of vendors he has worked with who he could provide and he’d really like the chance to meet with us at our venue so we could speak further.
He mentioned all of his LED lights were brand new and that he would provide us with a contract.
Seems like an awful lot to go through if this is a scam, especially since we wouldn’t be paying him much until around the time of the wedding…and I will ask for references. But, so far, it seems llike it may be a great way to get a really steep discount on lighting and help out a new business as well.
Post # 8
Definitely check with the vendors to check his references, but I wouldn’t be quick to think it’s a scam. There are quite a few people in my area that have small businesses and run them out of their home. Oe was highly recommended to us for cheap decor rental and set up. We pulled up and it was a house and we kind of looked at each other! She had an upstairs landing set up as her office and had examples of items set up. She actually had good review, but we didn’t like any of the items she had available. Also, I know a lot of florists that worked for floral shops and branched out on their own (including my florist) like this guy is saying. My florist was really cheap because of it. She was able to keep her prices really low, because she didn’t have a shop or a lot of employees. You can get really good deals from these people, you just want to make sure you talk to someone that’s used them!
Post # 9
That’s what I was thinking. So many of the lighting companies we looked into also had DJ services, etc. and they seemed to have high overhead. This guy doesn’t. It’s just him…I am going to look further into it…