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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a wedding officiant during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The safest way to conduct a consultation during COVID-19 is virtually. Ask wedding officiants near you if they can have a phone call or a virtual appointment over video chat. If they can, make sure to ask them any questions you have about upcoming work. Discuss what precautions, if any, they have in place to ensure safety. You might consider asking if they accept digital payments or if they can complete the work remotely, without any in-person contact. 

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a photographer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to set up an appointment or a consultation with a photographer near you during the COVID-19 pandemic is by conducting an online search. Start by scheduling a call with the photographer. If possible, it may be better to use a video call service so that the photographer can get an idea of the site location. Take this opportunity to discuss safety measures you can take during this time, as well as whether it’s safe to complete the project now or simply postpone it.

Does a photographer need to enter my home?

There are many situations in which a photographer does not need to enter your home. It’s not uncommon for people to prefer to have their pictures taken outdoors. If you're hiring a photographer, maintain safe distances, avoid being in the same room, sanitize all involved surfaces and conduct payment using digital platforms. You can discuss strategies as you complete your search for local photographers.

Do wedding officiants offer remote or virtual services?

Reach out to wedding officiants in your area, and ask them if they can offer a remote or virtual ceremony. Some officiants may be willing to meet in person while maintaining 6 feet of distance, while others may prefer to conduct the entire service over the phone or a video call service such as Skype or Zoom.

Familiarize yourself with the social distancing rules in your community, city and state, and move forward only if both you and the officiant are comfortable with the arrangement. 

How can I find out if a photographer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Consult your city or state’s government websites, which typically have information on which services are deemed essential during the pandemic. 

For national information, visit CISA’s page on Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. Here, you can find 16 different types of essential infrastructure sectors that can continue operating unimpeded during the pandemic. But some, not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Do photographers offer remote or virtual services?

Photography happens in person, but photographers may be able to offer other remote services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, they may be able to offer editing and other post-processing services. 

If you see that a photographer is offering remote services in their profile, contact them and ask what those services include.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much are wedding DJs?

Hiring a DJ typically costs anywhere from $300 to $1,200. It all depends on how long they’ll be working at your wedding and other various factors. The cost to hire a wedding DJ is usually higher than the cost to hire a DJ to play at a birthday party or similar event. 

To find out exactly how much your wedding DJ will cost, ask for a cost estimate from several professionals in your area.

Can I use digital payments to pay for wedding and event photography services?

As digital forms of payment and money transfer are becoming more popular, wedding and event photographers are likely to use digital services. These include PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Venmo, Square Cash and more. As you search online for local wedding and event photographers, ask them if they accept digital payments and, if so, which ones you can use. And make sure to have a strategy in place for safe social distancing.

Reviews for Cathedral City wedding service professionals
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We hired Jeff to do our wedding. He is the only vendor I am not giving a 5 star rating to. All of our other vendors were kind, thoughtful, and very sensitive to how big of a deal a wedding is. Jeff was not sensitive to any of that. It started off well: • We had a custom menu, ethnic requests, several vegetarians, and shellfish allergies - all of which Jeff was happy to accommodate. • Jeff was quick at responding to emails. • I was very clear that we had a strict budget, that it was not flexible, that I would be glad to drop items, or reduce services, but that I could not spend more. Jeff seemed very accommodating to that and assured me my budget was enough to handle the request. • We had two tastings that went well. We had no reason to be worried about the quality of the food. Early red flags: • Unlike other vendors, I did not sign a contract. • There was no “invoice” just an estimate that had 3 line items: food, labor, rentals. But it did not distinguish which type of food. Or how many servers/bartenders for labor. Or what rentals items. Major issues that happened in the last 2 weeks leading up to the wedding: • Jeff organized our rentals. 6 weeks prior to the wedding he estimated my rentals (on that 3 line-item document I mentioned) to be $3200. But 10 days before the wedding, and after my guest count went DOWN (not up) it was suddenly $8000. It was more than double what I could afford, and what he had been promising. I spent a day looking for other companies to hire and I found one who could do it for $3800. • Jeff seemed very frustrated that I took over the rentals in the last 7 days before the wedding. Despite my requests to keep my fiancé and my wedding coordinator on the email threads, he kept removing them. And he would start and stop threads out of the blue. It was impossible to keep information clear. At this point I specifically asked for an invoice that listed all the services, all the labor, all the specific dishes being served, and Jeff thought that was a strange request? • For the rehearsal dinner, the first item he served: stuffed mushrooms full of crab meat. Literally, the ONLY allergy I told him we could not have ANY of was shellfish. We have 2 severe shellfish allergies. I told him this from day 1. I was so livid! It would have been a catastrophe if the Mother of the Groom and the Maid of Honor were in the hospital the next day during the ceremony. • On the day of the wedding Jeff – who we hired in part because he claimed to be familiar with the venue – set up the grill right next to the ceremony area, and it started to fill with smoke. We asked him to move it and Jeff said no. This is what I mean when I say insensitive! All our vendors were so acutely aware of the fact that we were having a pretty emotional day. But Jeff acted like he was catering a super bowl party. When we told (rather than asked) him to move it a second time, and we specifically told him where to move it to, Jeff finally did it. • The food would have been good if it wasn’t for the chicken. The fish was great! But the chicken was undercooked. As in, not cooked all the way through. It’s chicken! You can’t serve under cooked chicken. • The last problem: our venue rental was from Fri - Sun. But Jeff told the rental company they could pick up on Mon morning. I should have checked with the venue directly. On Sunday, the property manager arrived, informed me that no it is not normal for the rentals to stay. And she very kindly did not charge me extra! It did create a huge hassle to arrange for someone to be present for the pickup on Monday. All because Jeff assured me a Mon collection was acceptable. All of my other vendors, my hair dresser, my alterations lady, my photographer, my coordinator, the venue manager, ALL of them seemed to intrinsically understand that a wedding is a big deal, a life event. But Jeff either didn’t grasp that, or he didn’t care. And he served uncooked chicken. No, I would not recommend using this caterer.
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