Post # 1
I need some advice. I finally found a DJ with great reviews and he’s about 150 less for 5hrs than any other DJ. I was wanting uplighting too, and he charges about $200 for 6 lights which would be great; however, that puts me a good $100 over my budget, not even factoring in taxes and tip.
Do you think I should/could negotiate the uplighting for $100? He’s already wayy cheaper than I have seen anywhere else so I almost feel guilty! What do you ladies think?
Post # 3
Hmm…that’s a pretty decent price for uplighting if I go by the quotes we got.
That being said, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Simply asking about deals is how we ended up with hot appetizers, two extra bar hours for free, and a complimentary champagne toast. Just don’t push the issue if your DJ doesn’t seem receptive to negotiation or you could risk offending him. As he’s probably a small business owner, he would probably not want to spend time haggling.
For comparison, our DJ was $750 flat for six hours, and that also included LED dancefloor lighting. We paid our venue $45 per uplight after the service charge and sales tax, or around $350 for eight lights. You might ask your venue if they have uplights available because if they do, it might count toward your food and beverage minimum, plus they will already know the power set-up of the room and won’t have to struggle to find all the outlets and how much voltage there is.
As a last thought, 6 uplights is not very many. Unless you have a pretty small space (ours fit ~120 people max), you might want to ask for a couple more lights or see if wall wash lights are an option, as they cast more light over the surface of the wall instead of just in one area.
Post # 4
@anemonie: Thanks for the advice. Our space is small, fits a max of 80 people. I think its something like 1500 sq ft or less. I’ll try asking if there is a “deal” he can offer me if I choose to get uplighting with his Gold Package (the actual dj services). If not, I will just opt for no uplighting.
Post # 5
I kind of unintentionally got a good deal on some extras for my wedding lol. I’d met with a DJ and told him I would get back to him about signing the contract (he obviously was eager to get me to sign it). A few days pass and I get an e-mail from the company and I respond saying I was still on the fence but that I’d get back to them soon, so they countered by e-mailing and offering a couple extra things just to ‘sway’ me. Truthfully I intended to go with them anyway because I really liked them, I am just a procrastinator with signing contracts.