Q: Why "Eggsotic"?
A: When the company was founded over 18 years ago, it was primarily based on the creative efforts of one person: Owner and Lead Event Designer Egil Matiss (pronounced egg-EEL mah-TEESE). Egil's nickname is Egg, hence Eggsotic (pronounced Egg-zotic). The company has grown and expanded over the years, but has kept the name of its creative founder.
Q: Do you set up the lights and decorations?
A: Yes we do! We have a trained and insured staff of expert lighting technicians and decor installers. Our team has a diverse set of skills in everything from floral design to carpentry to intelligent lighting programming. Our employees are professional, helpful and knowledgeable.
Q: How does the design and rental process work?
A: We begin by learning about you and your event. We will ask when and where your event is being held, the overall size of the event (in terms of guest count/table count/room size), and your desired theme, style or color scheme. We'll also ask other questions, found here.
At this point, you are welcome to meet with us at our Hampton, NJ office to discuss your event in person. We explore photos from our portfolio, as well as your inspiration photos if applicable, and get a deeper understanding of your desired style. We encourage you to contact us for an appointment if you're within easy driving distance; it's a fun visit and often very inspiring for planners. Please note that meetings are held by appointment only.
We also may do a site visit to your event location, especially if we haven't designed an event there before.
Once we have the info we need, we'll create a design proposal catered specifically to your event needs. This often includes recommended lighting quantities and design concepts for decor. We give itemized pricing for each lighting and decor element, so the pricing is very transparent. We also itemize the cost of delivery, setup and takedown, which is based on travel distance and the number of event technicians required for an on-time setup.
We'll send you this proposal, along with photos, to help you visualize our designs. From there, we can answer questions, add/delete/change quantities on rental items, and revise your proposal to meet your needs and budget.
When your proposal is ready, you'll simply sign and return the last page of the proposal along with a 50% non-refundable retainer. This reserves your event date in our schedule as well as all equipment, staffing and vehicles necessary for a successful event.
We'll then contact you approximately 1-2 weeks prior to your event to confirm schedule, staffing and on-site contact information.
Q: How much does ________ cost?
A: All of our pricing is given in writing via email. We provide thorough quotes that include delivery, setup and takedown pricing. To receive a quote, please fill out our Quote Request Form as thoroughly as possible. Thanks!
Q: Do you have a catalog?
A: No, we do not have a catalog. We have a massive inventory of props, decorations, and lighting equipment, and our inventory is constantly growing and changing.
That being said, we have a photo library of our decor, so please email or call us to discuss your needs. We can send lots of photos of elements that may be of interest to you, as well as pricing for those items. We can also share price lists for some of our most common decor themes.
Q: How far in advance should I contact you?
A: There's no wrong time to contact us before your event. Some events are booked one week in advance, while others are booked two years in advance.
We do recommend contacting us after you have selected your venue and caterer. You'll have your most basic event needs covered and you'll have a sense of the overall cost of your event. You'll also know what your event space looks like, so you can book decor and lighting that work well in the space. We create our lighting and decor designs based on the existing look and size of the room, so your location info helps us give you an accurate and relevant proposal.
Q: How can I see your inventory?
A: We have two options:
• Email us about your event theme or style, and we'll send you lots of photos from our event portfolio.
• Visit our Hampton, NJ office and warehouse for a tour. Contact us for an appointment.
Q: Why do you want to know my budget?
A: We ask for a sense of our clients' budgets so that we can create a relevant and useful design proposal. We always do our best to maximize the impact we can make at a price you're comfortable spending. We don't want to waste your time or ours by giving you a proposal that is way above or below your budget range.
For a lower budget event, we will make sure you have the basics covered first before proposing more elaborate decor elements. For higher budget events, we can suggest custom elements that give you the high end impact you're looking for.
Q: Do you have insurance?
A: Yes, we are fully insured. We're happy to provide a certificate of insurance to all of our clients and their event locations. Please request a COI no less than 3 business days prior to your event.