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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 Monterey wedding services
Gabrielita D.
Pastor John While Only Given Him Very Short Notice He Was Extremely Accommodating and He was able To make our Wedding Dreams Come True. The way he officiated our wedding made our day more memorable and also to our wedding party. He Far Surpassed our expectations. I very highly recommend Pastor John to any couples who are looking to get married or renew their vows.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Caroline D.
Thank you so much for officiating our wedding! Our family and friends really loved it and we appreciated your patience with us!
Loving Vows (Officiant) &  Furry ❤️ FriendsLoving Vows (Officiant) & Furry ❤️ Friends
Andrea G.
We are so happy to have hired Pastor John as our wedding officiant. He was very funny and extremely helpful And orchestrating the most beautiful wedding ever. He even turned his back on ocean for us. We put our trust in him to find the right words for our ceremony & he didn’t let us down. We highly recommend his services to anyone 💛 The Cedillo’s EST. 5.24.19
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Sara C.
We chose Events by Cheryl, for my daughter’s wedding, because her ad said “stress free weddings.” This was so true and such a relief. The decorations were beautiful and she made sure the day went smoothly. Every challenge that arose, she took care of without any drama and there were a few. She responded quickly to all emails and questions. She made our day as stress free as it could be!
Events by CherylEvents by Cheryl
Nancy H.
Perfectly fulfilled and exceeded our expectations: Jennifer was warm, friendly, knowledgeable, and highly competent. She and the witness she recruited were the ideal duo to join us for our wedding vows.
Wedding Officiant JL SchmidtWedding Officiant JL Schmidt
Rachel W.
I found Alicia through the Thumbtack app. There was one questionable review but the rest seemed positive, so I reached out to her in hopes that she could be the hair artist on my wedding day for me and 3 others in the party. She agreed, and asked for a $100 deposit through VenMo to hold the day. I inquired about writing out a contract, but we went over prices and she said “she didn’t require anything written like a contact”. We messaged back and forth a few times, I sent her over pictures of the hair styles I was looking for, and she even messaged me again the day before the wedding confirming the time and location. On my wedding day Alicia did not show up, on time or at all. I tried calling her phone multiple times and it gave the message that it had been disconnected. After an hour of her not showing up or reaching out to me to tell me what was going on, I had to try to scramble to try to find someone who could somehow style my hair and the others in my party as my wedding was getting closer and closer. Finally, hours later and basically right before I was supposed to be walking down the aisle, she tried to call me and claimed to have “had her phone stolen out of her boyfriend’s car the night before”. Instead of reaching out to me on the Thumbtack app earlier in the morning once she realized she was not going to be able to make it in order to give me time to find a replacement, she just left me completely hanging on my wedding day. She wasn’t even apologetic, she just kept saying “it was in no way her fault that this happened”. I understand that things happen, so all I asked was for my $100 deposit to be returned for services not performed. However I have not received my money back nor has she responded to my request. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt, but I can’t help but feel like this was some sort of scam. What a cruel person it takes to do this to someone on their wedding day. My experience with Alicia was completely unprofessional, she held no accountability for what could have easily ruined a person’s wedding day, and I would never rely on her for important life events again. I am very disappointed that Thumbtack has allowed this type of vendor on their platform, I DO NOT recommend this vendor to anyone and I will be reporting her behavior.
Hair styling by AliciaHair styling by Alicia
Travis S.
We didn’t end up using her for our wedding because a family member decided to do it, but when I was looking for someone last minute she responded immediately with professionalism. Extremely nice and helpful. Definitely reach out to her and she if she fits your needs!
Loving Vows (Officiant) &  Furry ❤️ FriendsLoving Vows (Officiant) & Furry ❤️ Friends
Jorge O.
We had a great experience with Marry Me in Santa Cruz. We eloped and wanted to do something special, and Minister Hanye did just that. She took many photos and knew of some nice private spots at the beach. We would highly recommend using her for your wedding.
Marry Me in Santa CruzMarry Me in Santa Cruz
Huma M.
Joy is responsive and professional. She drove to the venue to check out the setup and layout of the room before we booked with her, and was very helpful. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to work with her, because the venue was restricting and only allowed in-network DJs to play for our wedding, but it was a pleasure to have learned about Joy!
Joy Bonner EntertainmentJoy Bonner Entertainment
Andrew W.
Roberta has been a tremendous help into making sure that the wedding between my wife and I was perfect. As a military man, my hours were strict but she was flexible enough to work with me and make the process as amazing as it could be. I'm extremely grateful to her for everything that she's done for us and I don't think anyone could've done a better job.
Weddings by Roberta Central CoastWeddings by Roberta Central Coast
Morrea T.
Jennifer was absolutely wonderful and made the process and communication easy! She was very accommodating and for someone not from the area of Pacific Grove where the wedding ceremony was, she provided great suggestions. If I could of picked all 5 areas listed with high regards I would have but the app only allows you to pick 3. The day was very memorable and so thankful we had her as our Officient to lead the ceremony!
Wedding Officiant JL SchmidtWedding Officiant JL Schmidt
Mitch M.
We hired Lorinda for our small, beach wedding in Monterey. We promptly received the photos and were amazed at how beautiful and professional they looked. Lorinda has a great eye and captured our day perfectly, before, during, and after. She made everyone in our party feel comfortable and relaxed. Lorinda also knows the area very well and took us to the most beautiful locations for some extra special shots. Thank you Lorinda for helping to make our day so wonderful!
Lorinda K. PhotographyLorinda K. Photography
Lizzie W.
LOVED working with Aimee! She actually booked me last minute and saved my day. She showed up on time, was incredibly professional, but kept such a fun attitude the whole time I felt like she had always been a friend. I had compliments all day on my hair and makeup, and i couldn’t thank her enough for helping me feel so beautiful and loved on my wedding day!!! She’s the sweetest and if you’re looking for a makeup artist in the Monterey area you have to hire Aimee!! :)
Sesentiraimee Artistry LLCSesentiraimee Artistry LLC
Bridgette L.
We hired Kim as our officiant and she was absolutely outstanding. Very kind, warm and personable. 5 minutes into our zoom call it felt like we had known her our entire lives. We loved the entire experience from start to finish, truly. She helped us with all of our questions and information we needed. We really appreciated the fact that she listened to us and what we wanted out of a ceremony as well. It really was so magical and perfect, I can’t imagine having had our wedding day officiated by anyone else. Hire, Kim for your special day! I promise you won’t regret it.
The Sacred AdventureThe Sacred Adventure
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