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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 Livermore wedding service professionals
Shellee A.
Anthony is TOP NOTCH!!!! He made our wedding day perfect. He kept the ceremony and reception flowing beautifully and had everyone on the dance floor. He is extremely professional, punctual, and a fantastic personality! We will definitely be using his services again! Thanks Anthony for making our wedding so awesome ❤️❤️❤️
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
-I am very much looking forward to having Chef Deepak cater our wedding later this spring. He has such a wide range of culinary skills and many years of experience, and we are lucky to have him prepare the meal for our wedding. Chef Deepak has been extremely informative, friendly, and communicative in all of our online, phone and in-person communications. He has given us wonderful ideas on how to prepare a menu for our guests. We wanted to have a vegetarian meal, and he worked with us to create an excellent menu. We had our tasting this past weekend, and I can say is WOW. All of the food he prepared for us was wonderful. His quality in terms of taste and presentation are next to none. -Chef Deepak has been a pleasure to work with - between planning the menu and helpful us determine rental for the event. His prices are extremely reasonable as well. We are vegetarians so he will be making for appetizers a stuffed mushroom and brusheta. A beat, mango, endive salad with vinaigrette. For the main dishes: spaghetti squash with red pepper and mozzarella cheese, potatoes with herbs, eggplant vegetable napoleon, italian mixed vegetables, tortellini with creamy pesto sauce. I am very much looking forward to Chef Deepak's catering services at our wedding. Chef Deepak catered our wedding, and we are so very happy for his wonderful services. Chef Deepak is an amazing Chef and is just delightful to work with. We are vegetarians, and he was wonderful in creating a great menu. Appetizers were stuffed portobello mushrooms and bruschetta. The salad was absolutely delicious - mango and endive with vinaigrette. Entree was eggplant napoleon, spaghetti squash, creamy pesto tortellini, italian mixed vegetables, potatoes with herbs. All the attendees absolutely loved the food! As I mentioned previously, Chef Deepak had us over his home to choose the menu and select dishes. Chef Deepak was wonderful logistically. We went to the kitchen/event prior to the event, so he could have the kitchen set up. He arranged for servers at our wedding, which was wonderful as well. He also suggested a very good rental service where we got plates, dishes, etc. All these things made planning the event much easier. He was wonderful offering his advice on things to order for the event, and knowing the correct number of services and hours that were needed for their services. Chef Deepak is an amazing chef who is wonderful to work with. He really made our day special, and we are so very happy with his services. If we ever have any other catering needs, he will be our first call! Highly recommended!
Himalayan Chef Events & CateringHimalayan Chef Events & Catering
Cynthia L.
DJ Tuese was extremely responsive throughout the entire planning process which was much appreciated. He was such a great deal as well! He checked in with me every so often and that was really appreciated. Although he wasn't able to make it to the wedding due to being sick, he sent in a wonderful replacement and the evening went exactly as planned. If we ever need DJ services again, we will be sure to book Tuese! Thank you!!
DJ TueseDJ Tuese
Victoria S.
Wow! Dave and his crew A-MAZING!!! Thank you so much for being a big part of our wedding. I couldn't of had the same experience had YOU not been a part of it! Not only did you have Robert and I on the dance floor all night, but all the guests are still talking about you and your service. Thank you for going above and beyond. The music, lights, set-up, value and especially your team... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ♡♡♡ GOD BLESS YOU ALL
Keep It Movin' EntertainmentKeep It Movin' Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Teresa for my wedding make-up and she was a delight to work with from start to finish. Very professional and always gave me her opinions. I had two trials before the big day which were great! Luckily I did them because I discovered I am allergic to mineral make up. Wah wah! That's what the trial is for right? That would have been horrific to find out on the wedding day. She quickly had another alternative that worked great for me and my skin. I had a lot of girls in my bridal party and she worked hard with me to make sure that all of them got the services we needed. Teresa and her assistant Lynn were very punctual on the big day and made all of us look outstanding! I highly recommend Teresa for any event!
Beauty By Teresa SongBeauty By Teresa Song
Cammi H.
My husband and I hired Livingson/Piksfactory to photograph and take videos of our wedding. I have included many details in this review because I believe it gives the most accurate representation of our experience. Things Livingson did well: -He was punctual, even early to all of the events -He was personable and made us feel comfortable while taking pictures -He made sure we got all the poses we wanted and let us come up with ideas for some of the shots -Over 500 pictures were edited and sent to us within a reasonable amount of time and they turned out beautiful -He was willing to be flexible and work with me so that I was happy with the final products -He is obviously knowledgable about and experienced with photography. -The price he charged for both videography and photography for the whole day was the most affordable price I could find for the quality of the pictures Things that could use improvement: -Blocking the enjoyment of the wedding guests. There were several times during the reception that guests complained about having a hard time seeing us cutting the cake, dancing, etc. because the Piksfactory team was always right in the middle of everything. I am not a photographer, and we did get some great pictures because of how close they were to us, but I think there could have been a better way to take pictures without ruining the enjoyment of the guests (who ultimately are there to see two people they love celebrate their marriage and not the backside of a group of photographers). -The biggest thing I had a problem with was Piksfactory’s professionalism, and there are several reasons why I was unimpressed. Livingson was always very kind and polite to me (because I was his customer), but I was very disappointed to learn that my wedding planner felt like he had been rude to her and the wedding staff. I believe it is important to be professional and courteous to EVERYONE you associate with on a job, not just the people that are paying you. Livingson also had me spread the train of my wedding dress out on a muddy, grassy area to take pictures, and then when it inevitably got dirty he had me put the muddy part of my train in a FOUNTAIN to clean it off. Then, he was angry at my wedding planner because the DJ and my husband and I were late to our reception. The reason we were late was because we were trying to wash out my muddy dress at the DJ’s house. My mom handmade that dress and spent months slaving over it to make it exactly what I wanted. THANKFULLY my dress was washable and we could get the mud out, but had it not been, my dress could have been ruined forever due to an oversight on the photographer’s part. Finally, I felt taken advantage of when I was presented with my wedding video. There was a miscommunication about what I had envisioned for the video, and Livingson apologized and agreed to re-edit it so that it was what I wanted. The “fixed” video he sent me was along the lines of what I had imagined it to be, however there were a few basic editing mistakes left in (i.e. weird audio cuts). I mentioned the audio cut and he told me that it was because the mic cut out during the speech the audio clip was from, and it was “basically blended” and wouldn’t be noticeable. After I asked for that entire portion to be removed so that the video flowed better, he sent me a final version of the video with the full audio clip, including the part that had supposedly been “lost” due to the mic cutting out, correctly integrated into the videography. The second attempt at the video felt perfunctory and incomplete, like he told me the mic cut out just because he didn’t want to take the time to fix it. I was happy with the final product, but I felt lied to before I got what I wanted. I was disappointed that Piksfactory was okay with giving me a half-edited wedding video until I asked for it to be improved. Overall, I was pleased with the pictures and video we received, but I was disappointed with the way a lot of it was handled and the stress I felt. It seems like this may be the first time Piksfactory has ever done a full day of wedding pictures/videography, and if that is the case, it may be a lack of experience. I sincerely hope that the feedback I have provided helps future Piksfactory customers receive better service and respect.
Piksfactory ProductionsPiksfactory Productions
Elizabeth B.
Wedding Rehearsal Banquet Dinner 80 guest Catered by Nancy Gerbault Menu-Well planned, balance, great recipe, Cost-Very reasonable Spread- delightfully elegant! Fruits and cheese platters were presented in antique platters, entrees’ were steaming hot in an oak wood covered chafing dishes Portions and Taste- Delicious everything! Sirloin Roast so tender and cuts were huge, I love the Roasted Veggies, Guest were non stop on how satisfying and tasty the food was. Service- Nancy was very accommodating and friendly. Willing to work with your preferences. Her crew were very professional. They set up on time and packed up clean. ..Nancy Gerbault not only was the first to sent her menu and quote but she was the only one who really read my preferences and wishes and She honored everything that night. Thank you so much Nancy, your food made my guest , my daughter and me very very pleased! My pleasure meeting you in person. Elizabeth Bautista Livermore, Ca.
Abroad Catering: chef, Nancy GerbaultAbroad Catering: chef, Nancy Gerbault
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