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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 SoMa wedding services
Shiela L.
Shaun is so nice, and we loved our wedding photos. Til next time shaun! Probably our wedding in Philippines.
Shot by Shaun (Top Pro)Shot by Shaun (Top Pro)
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
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff Finger did a great job of officiating at our wedding. He is warm, personable, knowledgeable, and professional. I recommend Jeff highly to anyone planning a San Francisco wedding.
Weddings WonderfulWeddings Wonderful
Terry O.
Ben was great. He was easy to reach and very experienced in all the intricacies of weddings. He made us feel well taken care of throughout the ceremony. And the wedding book was a nice touch.
I Do (Marriages)I Do (Marriages)
Jerome A.
He made our wedding day very special.
I Do (Marriages)I Do (Marriages)
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff makes my wedding ceremony complete! First of all, all bridal party was late at wedding rehearsal night, but he was very patient waiting for others while guiding us through the timeline. On the wedding day, he did everything just perfect. He is very professional, not only because he knows what to do but also he has sense of humor. With Jeff, everything was in control. I highly recommend Jeff as your wedding officiant!
Weddings WonderfulWeddings Wonderful
Chris S.
I feel blessed to have had Bob perform our wedding ceremony. After traveling from Louisiana, Bob prepared everything for us, and made us feel at home. He didn't just read the usual wedding ceremony transcripts, he tailored it just for us. I highly recommend Bob to perform your wedding ceremony.
Bob Le LaurinBob Le Laurin
Stef j.
She did an amazing job on my trial run for my wedding. She super friendly and definitely came prepared for doing make up and hair I can’t wait to see the final look on my wedding did :)
Adriana ArtistryAdriana Artistry
Camila L.
Limelight Productions went above and beyond with our wedding cake/cup cakes request. They followed our wedding theme and decorated the cake and cupcakes with beautiful succulents!! We were surprised with the result, and on top of beautifully decorated the flavor was great! We highly recommend Limelight Productions, they will make your wedding dreams come true. Very professional, friendly and creative. Thank you so so much!
Limelight ProductionsLimelight Productions
Thumbtack Customer
We had our wedding last Saturday at sir Francis drake hotel. Dj or came 2h early to prepare his things and he was just wonderful. I gave him my choice of music 2 to 3 weeks before the wedding and I kept adding more till 2 days before the wedding including my wedding program. He was very helpful and prompt in replying emails. He is very cool, accommodating and flexible. He knows how to keep the people up in the dance floor which was the best time in the wedding. He adjusted the music very well. Even my older guests were up. Overall, I definitely recommend Or, he is professional and his rates are competetive. Thanks again or!
ANDR musicANDR music
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff did an amazing job making our city hall wedding feel intimate and special. He fulfilled specific requests we had for the ceremony, giving our wedding the traditional style we wanted. He's a solid speaker who conveyed perfectly in words the desires my husband and I have for our marriage. He's easy to coordinate with as well. Always a plus during the stressful period of planning for a wedding.
Weddings WonderfulWeddings Wonderful
Cindy L.
Our guests loved their performance during cocktail hour of our wedding. 5/5!
The Complements (Acoustic Duo)The Complements (Acoustic Duo)
Tanya R.
Diego really made our wedding ceremony very meaningful and solemn Highly recommend
Weddings By DiegoWeddings By Diego
Thumbtack Customer
Mike was the officant for our wedding at City Hall. We did a non-religious ceremony that introduced some elements of a Chinese and Jewish wedding. Mike was friendly and highly adaptable to our requests. Everyone complimented us on a beautiful ceremony and Mike was a large part of it.
Oceanic WestOceanic West
Bethany S.
Adrianne was so delightful to work with, reliable, and everyone looked AMAZING on my wedding day!
Adrianne Artistry - Makeup ArtistAdrianne Artistry - Makeup Artist
Thumbtack Customer
Mike Officiated my wedding inside of SF City Hall and was SO great! We found him through Thumbtack, had a couple of phone conversations, met in person and we hired him on the spot. He seems to really enjoy officiating people's weddings and it shows! He showed up on time, looking great in a nice grey suit with a big smile on his face! He even helped me out of an "email attachment" jam the morning of my wedding and had our vows printed and ready for us to read! Everyone at our wedding had great things to say, and a few people asked for his information! Thank you Mike!!
Oceanic WestOceanic West
Marilynn C.
Liv was awesome to work with! She listened to my ideas and made a fantastic look for my wedding!
Liv London BeautyLiv London Beauty
Curtis B.
Very professional and supportive throughout our wedding reception. Would defiantly recommend his services.
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Saundra is extremely professional, detail-oriented, organized, responsive, and friendly. She has an impressive professional background in event-planning and her high-level expertise is evident in her approach to wedding planning. In short, Saundra's great. I highly recommend her wedding coordination services.
I Do x TwoI Do x Two
Breena F.
While we had some ideas on what we wanted, we had NO idea how to plan our wedding. Zakiya was there EVERY step of the way. She gave us AMAZING discounts, ideas on how to save wedding costs, worked WELL below our budget, and offered great suggestions to make our wedding fantastic. She kept in touch with all our vendors throughout the whole process leaving us worry-free with the little things. She always made herself available, and gave us little reminders here and there on what was left that we needed to do as the countdown to our wedding was coming up. Fully professional and never was late on anything. She was also a GREAT day-of coordinator! We felt our wedding went flawless and was beautiful from the ceremony to the end of the reception. She even helped out for the caterer!! You will NOT be disappointed in hiring her!!! Thank you SOOO much Z for all your hard work towards our wedding. It truly was beautiful, amazing, fun, and memorable!!!!
Thumbtack Customer
Elizabeth was indispensable in the weeks leading up to the wedding and did an amazing job as our day of coordinator. She recommended several excellent vendors and was the point-person for all venue setup and breakdown, staying with us for a good twelve hours on our wedding day. Elizabeth seamlessly executed our timeline (including gentle guest wrangling!) and handled all snafus and requests with grace and ease. Extremely professional and friendly, definitely recommend hiring her for your wedding needs!
Robin C.
We had the absolute best experience by choosing Troy as our wedding officiant. He went out of his way to make sure we had the most intimate wedding. We both loved our experience with him & wouldn’t have had it any other way.
VOWS by Troy BrunétVOWS by Troy Brunét
Trisha k.
Wedding photoshoot with Thanh was a good experience. He also provided some good places to take the shoot!
Thanh Trinh | PhotographyThanh Trinh | Photography
Thanida R.
It was very pleasant to have Adrianne do the make up for my wedding. Would highly recommended her.
Adrianne Artistry - Makeup ArtistAdrianne Artistry - Makeup Artist
Amanda R.
Beautiful!!!! Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding look and feel so lovely.
Vicemi Floral CreationsVicemi Floral Creations
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