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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

Reviews for San Francisco wedding service professionals
Yan W.
Pastor John’s wedding service is excellent! We had an elopement wedding in SF last week with a few of our friends, and John performed the wedding ceremony for us. In the ceremony, John not only made the process very smooth, but also brought all of us lots of joy and blessings. The moment with John in our wedding has been truly unforgettable. Thank you very much John for your professional service and help!
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Curtis B.
Very professional and supportive throughout our wedding reception. Would defiantly recommend his services.
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Isaac B.
Amazing quality and service. Went above and beyond to make our wedding special despite CO-VID 19.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Raman S.
Our wedding is on December 28th so I still have to experience her work. However, working with her to book the service has been great!
Sheila O'Keefe PhotographySheila O'Keefe Photography
Sarah A.
Had a wonderful experience working with Bob! He's so helpful & kind! Did a beautiful job at our SF City Hall wedding. Very happy with his services.
Bob Le LaurinBob Le Laurin
Don S.
DJ Dan was great! The photo booth he provided along with the up lights and sound we're perfect for our wedding. I would highly recommend DJ Dan and his services.
DJ Dan Utica ServicesDJ Dan Utica Services
Rekha M.
We hired Lawrence for our wedding pictures at the city hall. He was on time for the event, easy to work with and did a really good job with the pictures. I recommend Lawrence for his services
Lawrence GeraldLawrence Gerald
Gary C.
Aliki and Kostas were awesome! They did a fantastic job at our wedding and we couldn't have been happier. The food and service was great. We would definitely hire them again.
Tristan H.
Livingston was quick to reply and very professional and easy to talk to over the phone. We couldn’t be happier with the service and value. We highly recommend Livingston to photograph your wedding or any other event.
Piksfactory ProductionsPiksfactory Productions
Kit H.
Great customer service, responded to request promptly. Very professional photographer and great picture quality! We love every single one of our wedding pictures!! Great value for the whole package!!
Snappr Photography, SFSnappr Photography, SF
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I hired Young (aka DJ Twin Spin) as our Wedding DJ and this man is one of the most professional, kindest and understanding man we know. Heck, he’s our new friend! As with all weddings, there were some slight accidental hiccups, but overall, nothing to be reflected on to Young personally. Thanks again for your services, our friend!
Twin Spin EntertainmentTwin Spin Entertainment
Jan L.
Diego was very accommodating for my wedding. Despite COVID, we were able to work out a backup plan which I think went well. He was very good with communicating his service and instructions for the day of. I would highly recommend Diego for your service needs.
Weddings By DiegoWeddings By Diego
Ishani S.
Shelley is a very friendly and positive person. She poured her heart to make our pandemic wedding special and she honored all the requests that we had. Our wedding couldn't have been this great without Shelley and especially her surprise personalized script based on our answers to her questions. All of our friends and family members appreciated her work and the wedding was well received. Thanks a lot Shelley!!! This day wouldn't have been so special without you!!! This service that you are offering to the society is incredible and may you continue this good work. Lots of love, Ishani & Karan
Loving Vows (Officiant) &  Furry ❤️ FriendsLoving Vows (Officiant) & Furry ❤️ Friends
Kobe M.
Ben is an outstanding officiant which is out of my expectation. He manage our wedding ceremony very well. And he can provide very useful suggestions and comment for us to arrange our wedding smoothly before my trip to US, as my wife and I were traveling to San Francisco for the marriage. I really happy with the service that Ben provided and I highly recommend him to others who is seeking for an professional officiant.
I Do (Marriages)I Do (Marriages)
Hannah K.
Nataly is beyond wonderful. I had a wedding makeup/hair trial but, didn't quite like the results. Shortly after, I found Nataly on Thumbtack and booked a trial with her. I'm so glad I did! She was responsive, professional and lovely to work with. I ended up booking her services for me and my girls on my wedding day and it was everything I could have asked for. The value is AMAZING and the results were fantastic! I would highly recommend her services for any event and I will definitely look into booking her for any future occasions as well!
Nataly Lopez ArtistryNataly Lopez Artistry
Diana G.
As a nervous bride and control freak i was worried about finding someone to officiate our wedding at San Francisco City Hall. From the moment i first spoke to Him i was put at ease. He answered all my questions and was always available to us. The day of he arrived early and even entertained our guests while i was running behind. I could not be more Happy with his Services and you would be lucky to have him officiate your wedding.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
George K.
You're in good hands with John officiating your wedding. If you hire him, he will take you through a a thorough and detailed planning process so you can have the exact wedding experience you desire. John really goes above and beyond by providing your vows printed on cardstock, being very responsive, and injecting positivity and humor rather than getting through the ceremony. He's an awesome guy performing a great service, we highly recommend.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Breena F.
Holy Crap she's amazing! We have a strange taste in music so we didn't want typical wedding music. Celeste catered to out tastes! We didn't have a "set" list but just something to get inspired by, and she did! Extremely professional, brought over her equipment on time, mixed in each song well, NEVER played the same song twice, and her speaking over as a DJ was just right. Unlike typical wedding DJs that usually just play music and walk away, you can tell she really is into the music. That was when I made a great choice in hiring her. What really makes this review a 20/10 was the way she CUSTOM MADE OUR WEDDING SONG! Everyone at our wedding was impressed with her as a DJ. Would recommend her to anyone! Thank you so much, Celeste for your services. We had a blast!
DJ Celeste's Mobile Event DJing ServicesDJ Celeste's Mobile Event DJing Services
Serena J.
Nina traveled to my home for her hair & makeup services and was punctual, friendly, and maintained a comfortable atmosphere throughout my appointment. She was also a fan of my pup, which is always a win in my book, and most importantly, she made me feel confident for my wedding ceremony.
Makeup by NinaMakeup by Nina
Alex B.
My new husband and I were very happy with Rebeca's role as our officiant for our wedding at San Francisco City Hall. She was very easy to work with over email (we were planning from out of town) and worked with us in developing our ceremony service every step of the way. Thank you for marrying us!!
Rebel's WeddingsRebel's Weddings
Gia T.
I can't say enough how happy we were with DJ Stallion's services! He not only played great music and kept the party moving but is also a wonderful MC/wedding reception coordinator. He continuously updated us on what was going to happen throughout the evening and asked if we wanted to change anything on the schedule to make sure we were happy with what was going on. He was a real pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him and will definitely utilize his services in the future. Love, Bret & Gia
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Rachel did an amazing job with my wedding makeup as well as those of my bridal party. Though I’m pretty sure they had to say it, everyone told me I looked beautiful. More importantly, I felt beautiful. Not only is she an obvious pro as a makeup artist, she was prompt, friendly, and very reasonably priced. I would use and recommend her services again without hesitation!
Chloe Ray Makeup ArtistryChloe Ray Makeup Artistry
Jennifer S.
This was my wedding reception after 22 years we finally got married. I received a total Of about 70 photos at the end of for hours. 12 them being of food? my maid of honor and the person who married us wasn’t in one single photo;( I had about 30 people tell me they stood in front of the black photo backdrop and took pictures but there were none of any of these people?? half of my party was not even documented, there was one picture of me the bride and my husband the Groom, one picture !!! End it was a funny one with props. Like I said none of my maid of honor and none of half of my guests I don’t know what happened. He said Took about 300 pictures....they said they edited out doubles and blurry pictures....they must’ve taken a lot of blurry pictures. I have to say I will never use this service again! basically my wedding reception was Undocumented because I chose this service very very very very very very disappointed. Thank God my seven-year-old neighbor was taking Polaroid pictures he got more pictures of my guests then the professional photographer I hired. Sad
Stroud IndustriesStroud Industries
Thumbtack Customer
Pete and his staff were awesome. We had a demanding crowd of 60 at our wedding eve house party and they took care of us. The food was terrific - Pete had great ideas about what was local, fresh and in season. I admire that he even added a few things once he saw what looked good at the market. Request the beet shooters! On the service side, his staff were pros and left the place almost as clean as when they arrived. The presentation of the food was as top-notch as the flavor. Definitely recommend Pete and would hire him again.
Chef Pete ColemanChef Pete Coleman
Paige H.
DJ Maximus Clean was the perfect addition to my 30th birthday celebration! He was very courteous, professional, and proactive throughout the whole process, from booking his services and getting requests and playlists from me, to delivering a memorable night of fun for my friends and family. He was able to effortlessly combine specific songs from my somewhat-eclectic pop playlist with his own picks of top dance hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and he kept my party of folks from their twenties through their sixties happy and dancing well into the night. I would highly recommend him for a birthday, wedding, or any celebration - he really brings people together and out onto the dance floor! 5 stars for DJ Maximus Clean!
Maximus Multimedia DJ ServicesMaximus Multimedia DJ Services
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