How to search GigSalad
GigSalad is designed to help you find and hire entertainers and service providers in your area. You can do so by searching specifically for what you need or by browsing our site.
Search for specific categories
If you know what you are looking for, begin by typing what you want (i.e. Costumed Character, Bartender, Cover Band) into the search bar on the homepage or at the top of any page. You'll then be able to scroll down and browse a group of vendors in your area. The results will be ordered based on a variety of criteria, putting the best options that are closest to you at the top. You can click on a vendor's photo to see their full profile, which will include more details about their service and possibly photos, video, and audio samples.
Change your location
The website automatically detects your current location when providing search results. However, sometimes you may need to find a vendor in a different location than where you are searching.
Here's how you change it:
- Once you are on a search result page, click on the current location at the top where it says "I want to hire <Service> in <City>."
- A box will appear for you to enter a new city. Type it in and click Save.
All searches will now be done in the new city and state unless you change it.
As you are browsing search results, click on a vendor's photo to open up their full profile. To find the best match for your event, you should look for a few different things.
- Do they have good reviews? Browsing reviews left by past clients is the best way to see how good a vendor is and if they might meet your needs. We require all reviews to be email verified and we monitor them daily to ensure their validity. You may notice a Verified Review label on some of the reviews. These reviews were left by clients who booked that vendor through GigSalad.
- Where are they located? Vendors set travel distances to let potential clients know how far they are willing to travel for an event. However, a greater distance often comes with additional travel fees. If you aren't prepared or able to pay a higher cost, you may only want to choose a vendor that's in your immediate area.
- Do they have any media to look at? Media will appear at the top of the profile for you to easily browse. Videos will appear first, then audio samples, and photos last. Not every vendor will have all three, but at the minimum, they should have a few photos. Use the icons below the gallery to easily jump between the different types of media.
- Do they have additional booking info to review? The Booking Info section of the profile may give you pertinent details like their set list, specifics about their performance, and setup requirements. You can also read their bio and see the services they offer.
While browsing the site, you may see a Top Performer banner on some profiles. These are the vendors that we have determined, based on verifiable data, to be committed professionals, exceptional performers, and quick responders.
If you aren't sure what you want or simply don't know where to start with a specific search, click Menu at the top of the page to see an overview of our 4 major category groups. You can click on a group to see a list of categories broken down into more specific groups. Click a single category to see results of vendors in your area.
Still not sure where to start or which vendor to choose? You may want to use our Quick Quote option instead. This will allow you to skip the searching and just submit a quote request form with all of your event info. We'll then send it to the most appropriate vendors for you. To go this route, just fill out the 3-step form at the top of any search result page.
You can also browse our party ideas to find articles with party tips specific to the type of event you are planning.