AN ENCHANTED EVENING NAMED TOP PICK IN
THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2010
Schaumburg, IL – January 1, 2010
An Enchanted Evening is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2010 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section in The Knot Chicago magazine and on http://www.theknot.com/Vendors/An-Enchanted-Evening/Profile/ENT/179/220113/profile Weddings from The Knot (NASDAQ: KNOT; www.theknot.com), the number-one wedding resource that’s most trusted by brides. This is the 2nd year An Enchanted Evening has been voted the TOP PICK for The Knot Best of Weddings.
The Knot Best of Weddings 2010 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. From New York florists and Seattle bridal salons to DC makeup artists, engaged couples will find detailed feedback on local wedding businesses reviewed by thousands of newlyweds who had great things to say.
“An Enchanted Evening is a professional mobile entertainment company specializing in wedding receptions. Our mission is to give you the personal attention you expect and deserve. We understand that choosing the right entertainment is a very important decision. You can be assured that we will do everything we can to make sure your wedding reception is a success. We will work with you through planning and finalizing the details of your wedding reception so that you can enjoy your special day to the fullest. Our approach to wedding receptions is different than most entertainment companies because we find that no two weddings are exactly alike. Instead of using the same generic format for each wedding, we will work with you and your fiancé prior to your wedding so that we know exactly what you are looking for on your special day. The signing of a contract is not the end, but just the beginning of your relationship with An Enchanted Evening.”
An Enchanted Evening serves the entire Chicagoland Area including Southern Wisconsin & Northwest Indiana and has studio locations in Schaumburg, Naperville, Orland Park and Chicago (Lincoln Park).
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Since we perform at hundreds of weddings each year we speak to a lot of people each and every day who are searching for the right entertainment for their wedding. Most of our potential customers have never hired a DJ before and don’t know where to start. Unfortunately with this lack of experience the main question we typically get is “how much do you charge?” I understand why people ask this question as a wedding is a major investment (and you do have to set a budget for any type of event) but the one thing I advise all couples on is although cost is an important factor, it should not be the determining factor in choosing a DJ, as a DJ can either make or break a reception.
Although budgets will vary, the average cost of a wedding in Chicago is over $20,000. When you look at the big picture a Disc Jockey usually only accounts for about 5% of your wedding budget (which is small compared to how important the entertainment is for a wedding reception). In addition the DJ is one of your less expensive wedding vendors (yes it is nice to arrive in a $1500 Hummer but it won’t have any impact on the success of your reception). Most people would agree two things most guests remember about a wedding is Did we have fun? and Did we have a good meal? Give it 5 years and most guests won’t even remember what they ate at your reception but they WILL remember if they had a good time or not. So here are some facts to think about when choosing one of the most important vendors for your wedding reception.
Many DJ’s charge less because they do not have the same level of experience to offer, which in many cases could result in disastrous outcomes. Others use inexpensive equipment and/or charge extra for so-called “options” that are really needed for a wedding reception. While others quote a low price for 4-5 hours, and at the end when additional needed time is added, the cost goes way up. Keep in mind most DJ’s in the market are smaller, part time companies and although their packages might appear similar, the service itself is not the same. Most do not carry the same quality of equipment (and although they say they have a digital system, using their Laptop they also use for School is not professional). In addition most do not carry the essential back up equipment, and although it is rarely needed, if your wedding is the exception it is good to know your wedding will not be ruined because of this. The same is true with a back up DJ. Most less expensive DJ companies do not have a member from their staff who is a paid, on site, back up DJ (outside of possibly having an arrangement with another DJ company that can hopefully help them out in a jam) but if the DJ you hire is sick or there is a last minute emergency and they do not have a solid back up plan you could be out of luck (and believe me this happens much more than one might think in the wedding industry). These are just some things to keep an eye out for in choosing a DJ. It is always important to go with a reputable, full time wedding business to handle such an important event.
An Enchanted Evening has been in business for over 10 years and we are a well-established company. Our firm specializes in wedding receptions, with over 90% of our events each year being weddings. Our package is an all inclusive package that includes unlimited time for the reception (rate not based on an hourly rate nor is it limited to a number of hours) and also includes features many companies treat as optional such as, but not limited to, a professional digital sound system, upgraded lighting, wireless microphone system, on site back up equipment, back up DJ and one DJ/Emcee who will also act as master of ceremony and your personal wedding coordinator. You can find DJ’s pricing as low as $500.00 but the average cost of a Full Time, reputable DJ company is typically $1000.00 to $1500.00 (with our company being at the low end of the average). And obviously everyone wants to save money, but when looking at the full picture, if you’re spending $20,000 on a wedding, when all said and done paying a couple hundred dollars more for a professional, full time quality DJ only costs you 1% more overall, but the quality of service received will far outweigh the additional money spent as a DJ can make or break a wedding reception.