Wednesday, October 8, 2008

How much do you charge?

One question that continuously comes up when I speak with prospective clients is "How much do you charge?" Although this may seem like the right question to ask, it really should be one of the last. Think about walking into a restaurant and before you even see a menu, you ask your server "How much is my bill?" Or, going into a car dealership and asking the salesperson "How much is a car?" it is impossible to answer these questions without knowing what it is you are looking for or what your needs are. Whether it is a wedding reception, a birthday party or a prom, determining what your needs and wants are is the most important thing to consider. A good entertainer will ask the right questions and set the right expectations before determining what package is best for you. Once you have discussed everything with the entertainer, then you can talk about price.It is important to remember that all good function planners will stress the importance of selecting the right entertainer for your event. You could have the most prestigious country club for your wedding reception, but if the entertainment is less than stellar, that is what ALL of your guests will remember most. Your meal could be mediocre at best, but if the music wasn't what you asked for and no one danced, that is what ALL of your guests will remember most. Finally, you could have your function at the local Elks Lodge with your family providing all the food and if the DJ is the best you've ever heard, that is what ALL of your guests will remember most!!

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