Verify you are hiring real services,
ask for pictures of past events performed by the choosen
Do not allow you provider to show you
magazine pictures from another country, demand
real samples of real places. Magazines and
brochures may suggest ideas for you but never should be
treated as the a company final working catalog.
Make sure that the choose company
really exists and it is not a ficticious name
(in Costa Rica, you can verify the company's ID at the
Goverment TAX division named: Ministerio de
Hacienda at the
Contributors Consulation System,
similar to the USA tax entity named
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Do not give money on an informal basis
(like setting an appointment to pay in a park or mall).
Get the time to visit your provider facilities and make
sure it is not a office ghost. If you are
performing wire money transfers, keep in mind they
should go to an account under the company's name and not
under someone else who pretend to be that company (ask
for an a receipt).
If you are paying with a credit card, check
that the choosen company's name printed in the voucher,
otherwise you may suffer a delusion from another entity.
When everything is clear, everything goes OK.
Know your provider, visit their offices
and establish a relantionship on effective
communication in the meetings and telephone calls.
If you receive a quote by e-mail from a free mailing
service (@hotmail.com, @yahoo.com, @gmail.com, among
others, ask yourself why that company can afford a
corporate e-mail like
if your choosen provider does not show a serious
image, What can you expect during your special event
day? (some free Internet mailing systems are
effective, but a corporate executive from a serios
company, never will use those free e-mail accounts...
those may exists, but for official communications,
always demand a corporate account).
Some providers may give you a lower cost than others,
because it is not a re-sellers but a local productor or
simply, is aware of the cost and only will charge what
is reasonable. Remember the saying:
«the cheaper, the most expensive». This
does not imply that you have to acquire services out of
your budget. But also keep in mind that if you
visit 5 providers, why only 1 is giving a cost so low
that will not even cover the materials! Make your
Perceive the passion with which your provider serves.