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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 Los Angeles wedding services
Sarah O.
Our wedding cake was beyond our expectations. It tasted great and it looked great which is a hard combination for wedding cake. Thank You Kathy
Heavenly Bite BakeryHeavenly Bite Bakery
Thumbtack Customer
Stephen is a wonderful wedding officiant that will bring humor and heart to your ceremony. He gets to know you as a couple, and works with you so he's more of a friend than a 'hired professional' at your wedding. He is also very punctual; he was early to the rehearsal and the wedding! Almost every guest came up to me at the wedding and told me that he was one of the best wedding officiants they had ever seen! Do yourself a favor, hire Stephen and cross something off your list!
Stephen MachtStephen Macht
Benjamin F.
Vic was professional and helpful throughout our entire wedding preparation, ceremony and party. He helped immensely in creating a cheerful and happy atmosphere to our wedding. Thank you!
DjVic~Universal SoundsDjVic~Universal Sounds
Janice A.
Martin and Geena Medina Wedding I had found him and referred my brother to him based on the affordable price but we got so much more. He was very helpful in leading my brother on what to do. He added humor to the wedding and everyone enjoyed the ceremony. Thank you for making my brother's wedding so special. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a proffesional and supportive officiant to make their wedding special.
Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. RiversideImtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. Riverside
Susan M.
Sabrina did my wedding hair and makeup. We talked through the pros and cons of different looks to figure out what would be best on my wedding day for the environment it was in. The trial experience was lovely and the wedding hair and makeup was exactly what I wanted. She uses high quality products and I definitely felt pampered.
Makeup by BeanMakeup by Bean
Rita L.
Thank you for making me beautiful at my wedding date!
Beauty on the go by JazlieBeauty on the go by Jazlie
Galit b.
Did great job on my mom and friends on my wedding day
Infinite Beauty LAInfinite Beauty LA
Valerie S.
The DJ for our wedding was Amazing . He made it everything we wanted .
Joshwayy ProductionsJoshwayy Productions
Susan N.
Very flexible, calm and we are very happy with our wedding photos.
Lizbeth Rios PhotographyLizbeth Rios Photography
Andrea C.
Sabrina and her partner Kit did an amazing job for my wedding.
Glamour by SabrinaGlamour by Sabrina
Thumbtack Customer
He was on time had a great personality it was a wonderful beautiful ceremony I'm so happy with our choice and the wedding was a success and beautiful tailgate wedding for the first Rams game home opener thank you again Dr Lake.
Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. RiversideImtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. Riverside
Sebastian L.
I hired Iveta to make floral arrangements for our wedding, she managed to capture my ideas and exceed my expectations, it was easy to work with her and everything was perfect. I had the wedding of my dreams. I recommend 100% excellent work.
Rashad D.
Made my traditional Episcopal wedding a party!! Greatful and thankful to have found him
RED-DRUM EntertainmentRED-DRUM Entertainment
Sara W.
Tiffany is the best!!! We love her and had a great experience with our wedding photos.
Tiffany Kyees PhotographyTiffany Kyees Photography
Jessica C.
Loved the way she did my make up on my wedding. Will definitely recommend
Lesley loves LipstickLesley loves Lipstick
Alba m.
She is very professional and cool which made the stressful wedding day much more fun.
Make-Up by MartieMake-Up by Martie
Sandra L.
We has such a great experience! She was professional, well prepared for our wedding party and met all the needs of our wedding party! She consulted with each of us before we started and we are all happy with our makeup and hair! She made our day amazing!
Infinite Beauty LAInfinite Beauty LA
Carmen I.
I hired Priscylla for my wedding day and I could not be more grateful for her!!! From my hair trial to the day of my wedding, she was amazing! I changed my hairstyle last minute ON my wedding day and despite this Priscylla was so patient and helped keep me calm about it all!! She also did an amazing job on my mom, sister, sister in law, maid of honor, and my flower girl! From the day of my hair trial to my wedding day, she was super sweet and professional. She was even willing to work with my budget and provided a discount for my bridal party and I. I would absolutely recommend Priscylla to anyone who wants someone who is very sweet, easy to get along with, and actually knows what they are doing with your hair (especially on such an important day like your wedding day)! Thank you, Priscylla!
Fides F.
My fiancee and I had one simple request to keep our wedding planning and wedding day stress free. Amanda has more than exceeded our expectations. She saved us a lot of money, providing props, design recommendations, averted so many foreseeable crises months before the wedding started. She was flexible with my family's needs, and collaborated with my in-laws in wedding preparations. She ended every call with "Let me know if you can think of anything else you need..." She missed our rehearsal dinner after our rather awful florist messed up our flowers last minute. Amanda was almost like a part of our family, honoring both my needs and my family's, finding peaceful solutions where she could. The wedding turned was like a fairytale. For someone as laidback and almost absent in my wedding planning, Amanda stepped up and turned what I thought was going to be a beautiful day into an extraordinary experience for me and my now husband! Thank you so much!
Sweetly Designed EventsSweetly Designed Events
Mike G.
Vince was a great addition to my wedding entertainment. Would totally recommend him to liven up any event.
Pianist On CallPianist On Call
Danielle R.
Lindsey did an amazing job on our hair for my wedding, I would 100% recommend her to anyone!
Locks by LindzLocks by Lindz
Annie Z.
Patty did an awesome job for my wedding and was super responsive to the needs of the whole party, highly recommend her!
Updos by PattyUpdos by Patty
Ashley I.
I'm so so happy we had Narrecia officiate our wedding. She responded quickly, was easy to talk to and so nice overall. We did not have a traditional wedding, yet she was open to assist with everything we wanted. She was the perfect fit for our ceremony. It was exactly as we envisioned it to be.
HarperAnderson Weddings&EventsHarperAnderson Weddings&Events
Sylvia l.
I'm a wedding planner. It was my pleasure work with Mr. Greg. He is very perfessional, responsible and with good strain capacity.
The Seasons of Life CeremoniesThe Seasons of Life Ceremonies
Dulce T.
Diane is amazing and super kind. she did my wedding hair/makeup trials and I could not be more happy with the outcome.
Diane Rochelle BeautyDiane Rochelle Beauty
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