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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 Washington wedding service professionals
Tenisha C.
Sade provided makeup services for my entire wedding party. She was prompt, professional, and very enthusiastic. Wouldn't hesitate to use her again.
iHeart Good Face by SadeiHeart Good Face by Sade
Thumbtack Customer
Both food and services was truly amazing... Good staff members and everyone was on point for recent our wedding ceremonial... And yes, I would hire and recommend Andrew's for his food and services to others... Thanks!
The Joy of EatingThe Joy of Eating
Rumesh V.
We used their services for couples photography for wedding and after wedding. The photographer was ahead of time and ready to go. Had a great experience shooting for various range of photography and the photographer provided valuable insights into lightning, pose, background and other aspects of great outdoor photography. We really enjoyed it. The photos turned out amazing! Very good pricing for the valuable service provided as well. Great quality photos!
MANA Media (photo/video/creative solutions)MANA Media (photo/video/creative solutions)
Diamond T.
I hired Reverend Keaton for my wedding earlier this month, and she made my day magical. She was very prompt, friendly, and her service truly touched me. Leading up to the wedding, Reverent Keaton was communicative, and her calming presence was what I needed amid all my wedding drama. Following the wedding, she also ensured we had all the information we needed to get our marriage license and the number of copies we should request. Thank you so much for an incredible experience, Reverend Keaton!
I Wed You LLCI Wed You LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Top of the City Catering did an amazing job catering my July wedding. They were punctual, friendly and had amazing food. As I walked around to greet guests, everyone continuously talked about how much they loved the food and how amazing the service was. I would recommended them to anyone who was looking for amazing service, great food and affordability. Thanks again to the team of Top of the Town, you guys made my wedding a huge success. P.S. the table decorations and décor were just as elegant and beautiful as the service!
Top of the City CateringTop of the City Catering
Thumbtack Customer
We used Tetrad Opus for a full service with makeup, hair and photography for both engagement and wedding. Everything was amazing and BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS (btw, we are a picky couple with high expectations :))!! Krystle is the BEST: she is super professional, flexible, energetic, passionate about what she does, and super helpful throughout our wedding and the planning process! We will definitely go back to Tetrad Opus for these services in future, and would highly recommend them to people who are looking for awesome makeup/hair stylists and photographer!!
Tetrad Opus LLCTetrad Opus LLC
Seye I.
Winstead Studios is a high quality, professional, and skilled enterprise. I would thoroughly recommend their services. They did portraits for my pre-wedding party and I am ecstatic by the quality and the efficiency of the final products. If you are looking for portraits, look no further
Winstead StudiosWinstead Studios
Thumbtack Customer
Great professionalism, great customer service. Excellent communication. Even the wedding guests noticed how professional he was and how on top of picture taking he was. Liked how he got to know who's who in the family so that he can get the best shots.
James Newton PhotographyJames Newton Photography
Beth L.
5 stars +++!!! Metin was such a joy to work with. He was communicative, reliable, professional, friendly, and talented. He did a beautiful job with our wedding photos. My family members and friends were also blown away by his pictures, especially considering his services are so affordable. I highly recommend him to others looking for a wonderful photographer for a wedding or any other photographic opportunity. Additionally, his turnaround time was at lightning speed! Thank you so much, Metin, for the amazing photographs that we'll cherish forever.
Picaboost Photography StudiosPicaboost Photography Studios
Thumbtack Customer
Floyds DJ Services were amazing!!! They made the event glow with their beautiful uplighting that coordinated with my wedding colors. They got the crowd up and dancing with all of the crowd favorites! They were able to read the audience and made awesome song selections that fit the guests tastes! They came early and were completely set up for showtime. They accommodated some wedding hiccups that happened, specifically a late start! They were very professional and friendly! I could not have asked for better DJ! I am very impressed and appreciative. I definitely recommend Floyds!
Floyds DJ Services, LLCFloyds DJ Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We needed a bilingual wedding officiant for our same-sex wedding in downtown DC and Marjorie promptly introduced herself and offered up her services. Marjorie asked us to complete a couples questionnaire and after reviewing our responses, some email exchanges and a phone call, she presented us with a wonderfully poetic wedding ceremony draft. We only made minor changes because it was really perfect. If we had wanted to draft our own ceremony that would have been acceptable as well. Everyone at the wedding commented afterwards about how beautiful the ceremony was and what an excellent job Marjorie did as officiant. Though it was a bilingual ceremony, she didn't do a 1-for-1 translation of each passage. Rather, she weaved between both languages repeating only certain key parts. The result was a wholly original ceremony for both audiences that flowed beautifully. She is a 5-star officiant in either language. -Donald
Memorable MomentsMemorable Moments
Thumbtack Customer
I had a wonderful experience with Pastor Thompson! He responded to me right away with an awesome quote. When we spoke on the phone I felt connected with him and he understood what I was looking for. I found him only a few weeks before the wedding so I was worried. But his process was simple and he assured me he would be there. He was on time, caring, and offered a beautiful service. I was impressed when he asked me the attire for the wedding. Wanting to make sure he fit in with everyone. Thank you Pastor and God bless you always!
Living MinistriesLiving Ministries
Kate S.
We haven't had our wedding yet, but we met with Robyn after seeing her portfolio and reading her amazing reviews, and we are very excited about working with her next October! We connected well during the meeting, and we were impressed with the value of the services, as well as the products she showed us. Looking forward to October 2019!
MemoriesByRobyn PhotographyMemoriesByRobyn Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We used Slable for DJ and up-lighting services and they were one of our most responsive and responsible vendors for our wedding. Our wedding was in DC at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Slable took the time to meet us before making a decision and during a venue walk-through (we wanted to be sure they were comfortable with the acoustics and high ceilings). The team was very professional and the value/cost relative to local DC DJ & lighting providers was much better with Slable. The team really worked with us regarding the lighting and DJ setup and were able to accommodate on-the-spot lighting color changes during setup in the dining room from our original choice. Throughout the night many of our guest were commenting how much they loved the music and Slable kept the party going until the very end. I strongly recommend the Slable team for your wedding.
Pulse EntertainmentPulse Entertainment
Anna p.
Omg! She is the best ! Hands down! Amazing person in and out. I hired her for my small wedding in the DC war memorial. She was on time, and made the ceremony outstanding. Communication with her was super easy and she is an amazing listener who listens to all your requests and is not pushy like other officiants I had consulted before. Her professionalism, work ethic, and those beautiful words she uses for the ceremony are A+ . Also , her service value is reasonable for all people , because lets be honest, we are not rich, and even if you are having a small wedding, there are so many expenses. I recommend her 100%, you will never be disappointed with her. I will also recommend her to all my friends or people that I know , to hire her! I am super happy , I came across her profile :) and you will be too, if you go ahead and get her service, so hurry :)
Christina C.
It's hard to pick just 3 service traits for Leny. Leny was a true professional, she was very responsive, & punctual. I can not speak more highly of her quality of work & value. You can tell that she loves what she does & honors her craft. She made time to provide services to my mom, mother-in-law, & I for my last minute wedding elopement. She did. Superb job, we received so many complements, & the makeup lasted well past what I expected.
Makeup By LenyMakeup By Leny
ImeIme U.
I can hardly express how grateful I am for Nina's services. Without me saying much, Nina and Ken knew exactly what I wanted for my wedding makeup and hair. As someone who does not wear makeup, I was incredibly hesitant to have professional makeup done. But Nina has a true talent in giving clients a natural and effortless look. Nina and Ken delivered this level of excellence to my family members as well. I don't know what I would have done without their services. 5 stars is an understatement.
NR Beauty Co (Hair, Makeup, Photography)NR Beauty Co (Hair, Makeup, Photography)
Thumbtack Customer
We highly recommend Sweet Bazil. The food was delicious and we got excellent comments from our wedding guests. The buffet decoration and set up was elegant and beautiful. The staff was very professional and accommodating to the needs of our guests. Chef Karida was willing to work with us down the smallest detail to provide the exact service we were looking for. We will definitely hire Chef Karida for our future events and recommend this company to our friends.
Sweet Bazil, llcSweet Bazil, llc
Thumbtack Customer
Amy recently played at my wedding reception in early May in downtown DC, and she did a fantastic job. Our guests had more fun than I could have imagined. No one wanted to leave at the end of the night. Amy was incredibly easy to work with and was always prompt in responding to us leading up to the wedding. On the day of the wedding, Amy showed up on time, communicated with our other vendors as needed, and made sure we had a good time. The best part of working with Amy is that she sets clear expectations around her services and her fees. She brings along all of the equipment she needs to put on a great show, and she leaves out all of the frills that other DJs use to hike up their costs. Amy was flexible and worked with us to make sure our reception went exactly how we envisioned. Amy also has a great knack for reading a crowd and playing the music your guests want to hear to ensure they have a great time on the dance floor. I highly recommend Amy. She will make sure you have a great event!
DJ 'ZoDJ 'Zo
Thumbtack Customer
Mercedes Joe if it's catered my wedding reception. Everything turned out perfect. Mercedes and her team went above and beyond to make sure I got everything I wanted and more. She is very dedicated and professional and will make sure the job gets done beautifully. The food turn out amazing and my guest kept talking about it. Everyone had a great time. Really appreciate the great experience. It's hard to find quality service so Mercedes is truly a gem!
MJE CateringMJE Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Words cannot describe the greatness that is James Newton Photography. James went above and beyond to capture timeless photos for my husband and I on our 1 year wedding anniversary. The day of the photoshoot presented many challenges - unexpected restrictions with taking photos at the initially desired location and pending torrential downpour. However, James was so flexible and professional. Within minutes, he identified an alternative location to take pictures and captured AMAZING photos just before rainfall. We are so appreciative of the memories that he provided us and will cherish them into the future. We highly recommend his services!!
James Newton PhotographyJames Newton Photography
Morgan C.
Floyd was truly the best person for the job!! From the beginning, he was very responsive and ready to answer our questions and concerns. Independently, he coordinated with the venue to ensure he had adequate time and space for his equipment, which was a huge relief for us. He kept the party alive all night and made our timeline flow flawlessly. We cannot imagine our wedding without his services. You’d be a fool to pass him up! I’ve never had more fun on the dance floor in my life! Thanks Floyd!! -Morgan and Matt
DJ Wah-HeedDJ Wah-Heed
Thumbtack Customer
Andrew Holden and The Joy of Eating are absolutely magnificent. We hired Andrew for our 75-person casual wedding celebration in an art gallery in DC. We served a standing, cocktail-style dinner, so our caterer needed to go the extra mile to design the menu, presentation, and service. First, the food was just delicious. Andrew's food was the best we have ever had from a caterer, either in our search or at other events, and our guests absolutely loved it. The menu was original and unique, and all of the elements worked - hot items were hot, cold items cold, filo wrapped grilled asparagus crispy, braised pork shoulder sliders tender and rich. Second, working with Andrew was a joy. He did an extensive food tasting, wine tasting and two visits to the event space to plan the service and presentation. Throughout, Andrew was superb. He offered advice and ideas thoughtfully, listened intently and absorbed our vision for the event. Third, we had a tight budget, and Andrew worked with it without hesitation or surprises. Andrew's price quote was extremely competitive compared to what is generally considered the going rate for caterers in DC, and he provided detailed estimates and had straightforward discussions of cost and options to manage cost. Finally, Andrew consistently went the extra mile to ensure everything met our hopes and our vision. I found a local craft brewery a week before the wedding and Andrew added it to the bar menu. The venue really preferred to work with their own list of preferred caterers, but Andrew managed the relationship expertly, made them comfortable, and even hired one of their regular event staff to ensure smooth operations. Bottom line, I will absolutely hire Andrew and The Joy of Eating any time I need a caterer and will refer him to friends and colleagues enthusiastically.
The Joy of EatingThe Joy of Eating
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Amy 'Zo deejayed the wedding party for me and my partner. She arranged to meet with us prior to ask questions and get the information she needed to ensure she knew exactly what we wanted and offered suggestions when we needed them. The day of the event Amy arrived on time and set up all equipment on her own and was ready for the event (early!). She played the right type of music for all parts of the evening and was a natural at reading the crowd. We had a wonderful time because of Amy's expertise at creating the right mood and tempo at all times. When the event was over, she packed up her equipment with no assistance needed. I would recommend Amy's deejay services to anyone. She is both professional and very friendly. She knows what she is doing and you are in very, very good hands with her!
DJ 'ZoDJ 'Zo
Noreen K.
I used Tanya for my wedding day makeup. Although she is a very nice person, the makeup and hair service was terrible. The trial took 8hrs that should have been my first clue!! I was worried she would run late after doing such a long trial - I allocated 2 hours for my hair and makeup day of but she repeatedly assured me that that would be more than enough time. I was so anxious that two days before I decided to have her come 3 hrs earlier to give us some leeway because I wanted photos before the ceremony. She arrived late (got lost) even though I paid for and reserved her parking ahead of time, which gave us 2 hours to get everything done. She still ended up making me an hour behind and in the end the make up did not even look good/photograph well - I looked white and pale ( I am brown skinned) and my hair was only okay. She took 3 hours to do everything, I ended up having to push my family photos until after the ceremony and we all missed cocktail hour and the sun was setting. On top of that she basically ruined my sisters makeup who wiped it all off and redid it herself. My other bridesmaids hated her lip color and redid it and the last one was hardly finished by the time the ceremony was supposed to start so we just cut it short. Honestly, the worst experience and I wish I had chosen a different route, especially on such an important event. Very disappointed.
Tenacious MakeupTenacious Makeup
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