Post # 1
I recently saw a show featuring a really great mentalist/magician. I thought he would be a great person to entertain during cocktail hour, so I wrote and asked him what his rates would be.
I got an email back saying $1,000. Uh oh. I only budgeted $600, $700 at the most. I know he is probably worth it, because he is amazing, but on the other hand, no amount of amazing will put money in my pocket.
I want to try and see if he could do it for less, but I am afraid of insulting him. Normally I’d just come out and ask, but this isn’t like a DJ or a cake person where, if they are really thin-skinned, I can just find another. Any tips?
Post # 3
Could you start by asking if he would be willing to perform for a shorter time period? Then mention that you absolutely love his work, but only have approx. $700 left in your budget.
Post # 4
@EffieTrinket: …that’s a pretty big jump in price…but not impossible to negotiate. This guy is an entertainer…but also a business man, so he knows its better to take a little less money and still get paid, than to stick to his guns and earn $0.00.
See if your photographer is willing to take some good shots of him doing his thing….publicity shots are hard to come by, if your photographer is willing to give him any and all images of himself with photo credit going to him/her at no extra charge…thats like putting money in his pocket.
Ask the venue if they have any brochures or ads that he might be featured in as a pre-approved vendor? With his new pictures and the advertising, that’s more jobs for him!
Post # 6
When I was planning my wedding, I got a quote for $1800 for music for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception (DJ). I told them I had another quote for $1100, so I would have to go with that, but thank you so much for getting back to me. Wouldn’t you know… they called me back within an hour offering $950 for the entire day AND a free light show. I say go for it and talk to him! That price for ONE hour is very high, so I think you can get it down! Good luck! 🙂 (also offer to feed him?)
Post # 7
@Schatzie821: Well, to be fair the price is for the entire evening, but between a DJ and photobooth, I am not sure we would need him too much during the after-dinner part of the evening. Especially since it will be a smaller wedding.
Post # 8
@EffieTrinket: Ah ok! I love magicians and I hope you can book him! 🙂