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As a wedding supplier myself, one of my bug bear’s is when people say that suppliers add-on extra fees when they quote for a wedding opposed to a party. I hear this a lot and it always gets me in a tiz ever time I hear it. Some suppliers may do this and others may not, I guess it depends on what area of the wedding industry you are looking at. BUT if they do there is always good reason why.
Today I have invited DJ Mark van den Berg of Mighty Fine Entertainment to give you some in site into his world and why fees may differ from job to job.
A few months ago, you may have encountered a piece in the Daily Mail entitled “Great wedding rip off” based on “research” undertaken by Which?. The premise of the article was that a journalist was sent to ask various suppliers for quotes for a party. The chosen suppliers were then separately asked for quotes for a wedding with the same numbers etc. and the differences in price were recorded and reported.
It is easy, as a customer, to feel outraged over the discrepancies in party and wedding costs, particularly when, on the surface of things, the two jobs are the same. Or are they?
I can only speak for my own industry as an entertainer, but there are some major differences in cost and service that should be highlighted before wedding suppliers with different prices for parties and weddings are dismissed as opportunistic con artists.
Breaking all of these factors down into financial investments, the hours put into a wedding vastly exceed those put into a party purely due to the nature of the event. I won’t bore you with the sums, but my net rate for 40 hours (the average amount of time spent on one wedding) of work is less than £20 per hour. Arguably a fair rate for a highly specialised job.
The key difference in the two prices is the level of service – weddings and parties have different needs, and catering to a wedding party’s needs takes more time and work. We’re not saying that there aren’t any charlatans out there, but in an industry that requires a standard of nothing less than perfection, you do get what you pay for.
So next time you see two different prices advertised for two services that look similar, ask your supplier what the different services include and why the prices are different. If they have priced themselves that way, we bet there will be a justification that will leave you happy and comfortable to leave the biggest day of your life in their hands.