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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.

What is a mariachi band?

Mariachi bands are rooted in Mexican culture. Traditional mariachi bands consisted of two or more members playing stringed instruments, wearing regional costumes adapted from the charro (Mexican horseman or cowboy). Modern mariachi bands, which are likely what you’re looking for when searching for a mariachi band for hire, feature at least four members who play stringed instruments (violin, vihuela, bass guitar called guitarron) and one or more trumpets. The costumes have remained the same, but now trumpets are synonymous with mariachi music. Mariachi bands for hire often play a wide range of music, including styles originating from Mexico and adopted from elsewhere. These include jarabes, waltzes, serenades, corridos (Mexican ballads), ranchera, cumbia, and more. Mariachi bands for hire bring a festive and soulful element to a party, birthday, wedding, corporate affair, fundraiser or community event. UNESCO has inscribed mariachi music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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.

What is a videographer and what do they do?

A videographer professionally films weddings and other events and edits the footage to create film keepsakes or marketing materials for their clients. Wedding videographers record all the key elements of your wedding day, ceremony and reception, and then edit the hours of film during post-production to make a wedding video, social media highlight reels, and any other film features you choose. Wedding videography captures, in live action, your vows, the cake-cutting, the first dance, reception toasts, the decor, the guests and all the details of your day. Many wedding videographers also interview guests (based on an interview list provided by the couple) and incorporate the recorded responses into the wedding video. Event videography typically costs less than wedding videography, as events are shorter with less detail. The national average cost for event videography is $500-$760, while the national average cost for wedding videography is $990-$1,260. A videographer usually does not need to be licensed, but it is important to confirm they have insurance and good standing in the business community, as well as good client reviews. A great majority of the work happens during post-production. The pros watch and blend together the hours of footage they took (sometimes from multiple cameras) to capture the story of your wedding day or event.

How much does a wedding planner cost per hour?

On average, wedding planners charge $80 for their services. However, rates can range from roughly $50 per hour to $100 per hour, or even more than $300 per hour.

To find out how much it will cost to hire a wedding planner, request cost estimates from a few in your area. Also, keep in mind that some wedding planners may have flat fees instead of hourly rates.

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.

Reviews for Emerald Bay wedding services
Timothy p.
Works to customize your wedding
Thompson's ServicesThompson's Services
Thumbtack Customer
Evelyn helped in making our wedding truly special. She's very flexible and easy to work with. I highly recommend her to officiate any wedding❣️
Everlasting Footprints Weddings
Kaila T.
Damon really made our wedding day special and was a perfect fit for our little group!
Damon Krause Wedding OfficiantDamon Krause Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Evelyn did my wedding exactly the way I wanted and she always responded to my emails in time. On our wedding day, she arrived well in advance and went through the whole thing with me again to make sure that everything would be perfect. Thank you!
Everlasting Footprints Weddings
Lorraine B.
Raquel was an amazing Officiant for our wedding. She was caring and catering to what we wanted and was very helpful the day of. She was kind enough to travel for us and was extremely helpful before the ceremony. We highly recommend Raquel for your wedding events, we can't thank her enough for what she did for us.
Ceremonies by RaquelCeremonies by Raquel
Alex S.
Haven’t had our wedding yet due to cancelled event from Covid-19. However, his patience and responsiveness has been wonderful this far! We have asked to still hire him whenever we decide a date. He is very kind and thoughtful and we look forward to having him at our wedding!
Reverend James Marques  "Soft Ceremonies"Reverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"
Angela O.
Cree did a great job on of our makeup and hair on the morning of our South Lake Tahoe wedding day! Thank you Cree
Hair & Makeup by CreeHair & Makeup by Cree
Thumbtack Customer
We just had our wedding in beautiful Lake Tahoe! We couldn't have asked for a better DJ/MC! Bill was absolutely outstanding, kept the flow of our wedding running smoothly, played all things we requested and stayed away from all things we requested not to hear. We couldn't have been more thrilled with his services and would recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding with good vibes, lots of love and lots of soul. Thank you again bill! Without you our day wouldn't have been possible (or nearly as fun!)!! - Jen and Justin
Bill Pence MusicBill Pence Music
Stephanie W.
Evelyn showed up on time, was helpful with the wedding license, and was extremely professional. She was very creative and responsive with what we wanted said at the ceremony.
Everlasting Footprints Weddings
Katherine K.
I can not say enough good things about DJ Mike and Gloria. Our wedding wasn’t large but they made it so much fun and they kept the pace moving flawlessly. And the up lighting they provided was such a wonderful touch. Don’t second guess hiring them. You will not be disappointed I promise. Thank you both again for making my wedding day so wonderful and fun
Mytaste EntertainmentMytaste Entertainment
Crystal T.
I hired Justin for my wedding in Tahoe. The party was around 35 people and I was nervous the party would end early because of the small amount of attendees. However, that was not the case. Justin kept the party going and met all my request. I was more than happy with the DJ services that were provided and I would definitely recommend him for future events/weddings.
DJ KlickDJ Klick
Bridgette D.
He was absolutely perfect for the wedding we could not have asked for anything better! Thank you so much for giving me such a gift on the best day of my life!
Damon Krause Wedding OfficiantDamon Krause Wedding Officiant
Jessica M.
Don was great to work with! My fiancé and I decided to elope after canceling our wedding due to COVID-19. We planned our out of state elopement in a short time frame, and after our initial meeting, we felt very comfortable with Don. He was very helpful in helping us choose our ceremony site and made the process stress-free. It felt like a family member officiated our wedding ceremony.
Thompson's ServicesThompson's Services
Thumbtack Customer
Bill did a wonderful job with our wedding! He was very accommodating with our unconventional ideas and also offered great ideas for entertaining our guests, based on his wealth of experience.
Bill Pence MusicBill Pence Music
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Jamie for our wedding in South Lake Tahoe. He did a great job as DJ, as did his colleague who ran the photo booth. Jamie is very organized- he provides detailed worksheets for you to fill out regarding music to play and timeline/announcements. He also communicates well with both us and our wedding coordinator. Most importantly, he kept the party going. His rates are also an outstanding value for the services he provides. A+
Jazcat Mobile Entertainment DJ-Karaoke-Photo BoothJazcat Mobile Entertainment DJ-Karaoke-Photo Booth
Jodi M.
We got our highlight real back within 24 hours of our wedding and it was everything we had talked about him doing. It turned out perfect! So glad we decided on a videographer!!! Thank you, Howard!
Howard Steiger  Filmmaker/PhotographerHoward Steiger Filmmaker/Photographer
Thumbtack Customer
Rob was fantastic. We took him on a wedding adventure, which included a 10 hour hike of the Mount Tallac trail in South Lake Tahoe. I can't wait to see the pictures but his demeanor was excellent and he made the trip even more special.
BellademmaBellademma
Kristin K.
Nina was amazing! Planning a destination wedding is stressful but she made it stress free! She was super responsive, had great ideas, was punctual and professional, and just had the best attitude. Oh, and her work was amazing! I would absolutely recommend working with her.
Ninahwee (Beauty Makers)Ninahwee (Beauty Makers)
Thumbtack Customer
Evelyn is a very nice person. She did a superb job. My wedding was one I have always dreamed of. Our day started out bad, but ended up the best day ever. Thank you so much Evelyn. from The Hoders
Everlasting Footprints Weddings
Courtney S.
Amazing! Andi went above and beyond to make sure my vision was met and everything I needed was done. She was great at communicating and spectacular with her creations! I highly recommend her!!!! My wedding was breathtaking because of her hard work!!! Thank you
Twine & DandyTwine & Dandy
Tracy O.
Paradise Parkway went above and beyond for my wedding day! They absolutely transformed the venue and created the most beautiful arrangements for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. I first met with Paradise Parkway about a year prior and NK (the owner) was the only florist I met with who came prepared with designs based off of vision...and she executed flawlessly! She even visited the venue ahead of time and came two days early to start setting up even though it was a 2 hour drive away. I cannot praise her work enough...it was such a unique design and tied the whole theme of the wedding in so well together.
Paradise ParkwayParadise Parkway
Nicole B.
Bill was a pleasure to work with. You get more than your money's worth. His online platform allowed me to get EXACTLY the music I wanted so that I ended up with a wedding that my guests and I will NEVER forget. He was timely in his communication and took care to answer all of my questions. He offered helpful and thoughtful suggestions, but also made me feel totally in comfortable in turning them down. He showed up early, was well prepared, and was very gracious to all of our guests. One of the aspects that most appealed to me was that he also helped MC the night. He helped to keep the events on track, letting our guests know what was going on and encouraging them to participate. It was especially wonderful given that my wedding coordinator quit less than 2 weeks before the wedding because she had booked a conflicting gig. This was SOOO helpful. He really does understand what goes into these events and his presence enhanced the experience for all. My father liked him so much he was already talking about hiring him for another party!
Bill Pence MusicBill Pence Music
Caroline N.
I was excited to have Ivan photograph our wedding in Tahoe after reading all of the positive reviews and am so bummed to leave anything less than a glowing review for any vendor. I am happy that he at least showed up, but utterly disappointed in his lack of direction and responsiveness. I was a photographer myself (currently a graphic designer) and know how much work goes into producing quality images. To show our appreciation, we paid him in full a month before our wedding, provided him with a catered meal and event timeline, tipped him generously, and let him leave early. A month after our wedding, I asked for a couple of "sneak peek" photos to put on our holiday card, then had to follow up a week later and again after that, causing us to send out our holiday cards very late. Over three months after our wedding, I followed up on our remaining photos and kept getting the run-around and outright lies, like telling me he's had them posted to our gallery for a month when I had been checking regularly and waiting patiently before asking well past when I thought was reasonable for him to notify us. He then provided only 68 photos, several very similar of the same subjects. He finally provided more photos after I conveyed my disappointment, but the photo collection as a whole is disjointed and does not tell the story of our special day as I had hoped. He didn't take any photos of the centerpieces, seating chart, or handmade decorations that I worked so hard on and received ample compliments on. Despite paying extra for him to photograph our traditional tea ceremony (before our contemporary wedding ceremony), we got mostly random photos of tea pots and guests but none of just me and my husband in our traditional attire. In fact, there are only a couple of frame worthy photos of the two of us throughout the entire day.
Ivan Duran PhotographyIvan Duran Photography
Jennifer N.
Don has been amazing putting together a personalized script for our wedding day. He has been very easy to talk to and work with since day one and has made us feel very great about this process. It has been a very fun and exciting time and Don has undeniably added to it!
Thompson's ServicesThompson's Services
Katherine K.
Angela did such an amazing job with our wedding photos. I can’t say enough wonderful things about her. She has a very laid back style and is great at putting you at ease in front of the camera. She also has such a wonderful eye for getting the photos you want. I’m so happy we used her and will definitely be using her again in the future
Angela Meredith PhotographyAngela Meredith Photography
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