Wedding Magician Prices
Research has been done that shows couples often wish they had spent more on the entertainment when they reflect after their wedding. The flowers you select, while aesthetically pleasing, won't be remembered in the same way as some amazing entertainment that ensures everyone has a brilliant time. But you still don't want to spend more than you need to.
When it comes to picking a wedding magician, there are lots of different prices categories. Here is a breakdown of the different prices magicians usually charge and some thoughts to help you pick the one that will give you the best value for your hard earned cash.
The Bargain Basement Magicians
The cheapest wedding magician you can find will probably do two hours for £200-£300. The fact the price is so low for these guys should set off a few alarm bells! I would hazard a guess that around 80% of the time a magician this cheap is NOT at a pro standard yet. Although, there is still the 20% who are amazing but have quoted a low price for some other reason. Tread carefully in this price category!
The Average Priced Magicians
Most magicians will charge an average of £350-£500 for 2 hours at a wedding. Some of these magicians will be part timers and some will be full time pros. Within this range there are some very terrible and very amazing magicians. I would suggest aiming for the upper end of this price range, however I am completely biased in this assertion as that is where my prices currently sit.
The Very Expensive Magicians
There are off course very expensive magicians that will charge £800+ for 2 hours at a wedding. Most magicians who have the balls to charge this much will be full time pros. However, many of them will provide an experience comparable to what some £400-£600 magicians will charge, so it is not always necessary to go this high if you shop around. Some magicians in this price bracket may provide other additional services that other magicians don't (singing, stage shows, toastmaster etc) making it better value.
These Generalisations Are Limited
The problem with these figures is that every price given has different considerations. Some magicians will change prices depending on driving distance, the time of year and their personal cash flow at the time. As an example, I will be way more likely to do a much lower price on a Wednesday in January than a peak season Saturday in July. I am sure there a bad, average and amazing magicians in all price categories and you just need to make sure you are booking one of the great ones.
Realise The True Value
It is very easy to look at price as the only factor when booking a magician. But the most important thing is value. Think about the last wedding you attended, you probably can't remember each course or the table decorations. But you will remember if something went wrong or if something was amazing. When I perform the brides often get multiple guests coming up to them and saying how the magic blew them away. It is worth paying a little bit more to have this rather than a magician that won't impact people, or worse having guests talking about how bad the magic was.
How To Decide
Picking a magician is like picking a band, every bride and groom will have an idea of the style and quality that they want at their wedding. When picking a magician the best thing you can do is watch the magician perform, meet them at a wedding fair or ask to meet for a drink. You would not pick a band without hearing them play, so don't book a magician without seeing them perform.
If you like a magician's personality, are blown away by their magic and they seem reliable (don't want someone no showing) then it is kinda a no brainer to book them if you can afford to.
And off course, if you have not found the right magician yet, I would love to be part of your wedding and make the day even more special for you and your guests. To request a quote please click here.