Our Transparency Policy
Special D Events charges an hourly consulting fee to manage your event(s), and bills you (without mark up) for any direct expenses we incur in the process (e.g., postage, telephone, travel, etc.).
When it comes to your other event expenses (e.g., catering, printing, lodging, transportation, etc.), we operate something like a building general contractor. We research and recommend appropriate event vendors, negotiate their contracts, supervise their service, and audit their invoices. These vendor contracts will be in your name and, if you choose to pay them directly, there is no markup on our end. This No-Mark™ Pricing is very unusual in this industry.
Note, however, that we are flexible. If you prefer to write us one check that covers our services plus all the vendors’ fees, we will work that way. In that case, however, we do need to charge a 15% handling fee.
Many other event specialists charge a consulting fee AND mark up the costs of these vendors. This means they may recommend only those vendors that will allow them to charge the highest possible mark-up. At Special D Events, however, we see ourselves as an extension of your staff. We work for you and recommend the vendor specialists that meet your needs. Even if you choose to have us pay the other vendors, you will know exactly what they cost; there are no hidden mark ups.