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Waukegan Wedding Services

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AA Wedding Ministries
4.9
from 132 reviews
  • 313 hires on Thumbtack
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Dennisse C.
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Rev. John officiated my wedding and it was just wonderful. Everyone loved the ceremony. It was customized to our preferences, It was great. I'm very happy and I recommend him 100%.

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Mark's Wedding Officiant
4.9
from 110 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
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Dasha A.
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Our wedding was wonderfully officiated by Mark - he wrote a beautiful speech based on our wishes, edited our vows and guided us through the processional as well as obtaining the marriage certificate. Mark is easy-going, an eloquent speaker, professional and has a great sense of humor. The days before the wedding were very stressful and Mark was available for all our questions and concerns. Thank you for all your help. We highly recommend Mark for all!

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JZ Studio
4.9
from 105 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 164 hires on Thumbtack
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Beverly M.
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5 stars is not enough. It should be 10. Philip did an amazing job for our 25th wedding celebration. No complaints whatsoever.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 215 hires on Thumbtack
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Jackie O.
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Rick with Dance Pro DJs was amazing! He was very helpful during my whole wedding planning. He helped me with a timeline, suggested songs for the bridal party entrance and for during the ceremony. He always responded to my emails quickly! I couldn't have asked for a better DJ for our special day! He played a great variety of songs and took requests from our guests. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ.

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Erika the Officiant
4.9
from 96 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 179 hires on Thumbtack
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Gloria A.
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Erika gave us the most perfect wedding ceremony we could've ever asked for. She is so easy to work with and very flexible. She allowed me to add several elements to the ceremony at no additional cost, whereas other officiants would charge an additional fee for each ritual incorporated. She made sure to incorporate readings and quotes that WE wanted. It was very personalized, not your typical cliche ceremony! We received so many compliments on it! My family and I are of Honduran decent - my parents don't really speak or understand english too well. She was able to do our ceremony in english and spanish, it flowed very nicely and everyone was able to understand everything she said. My family was very pleased with her to say the least. Erika loves what she does and it truly shows. Not a dry eye in the room! I was blessed to find her and I couldn't have picked a better person to marry me and the love of my life. Absolutely loved her!

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VisualEtiquette
4.9
from 94 reviews
  • 186 hires on Thumbtack
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Nicole D.
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I worked with Emil for our wedding and from our first consultation, my now husband and I knew we made a great decision! We took our engagement photos with Emil and we were so excited because if this was the sneak peek to what our wedding photos would be like, then we knew our photos were going to be just beautiful! On our wedding day Emil was so kind and patient! You could tell he has a true eye for vision because he would watch the sun to wait until it was in the perfect spot for our perfect shot!!! Well I couldn't believe just a few short weeks later, a little package in the mail and with all of our wedding photos!!!! They are more than we could imagine and they came out so beautifully! Choose visual etiquette! Seriously... Emil captured more than photos, he captured the moments of love and joy and help make them live on forever!!!!

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  • 27 years in business
  • 178 hires on Thumbtack
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Angela H.
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We have not had our wedding yet, but Carl was very prepared for our meeting, very organized and professional. He took his time and went through everything with me and answered all my questions. He was prepared with music selections and encouraged us to choose things we wanted. He had ideas for songs and listened to our individual tastes. I am looking forward to working with him at our wedding!

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Kimia Emami
4.9
from 75 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
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Brittney A.
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I love Kimia because she is extra sneaky. She did an amazing job of taking candid photos of our wedding, truly capturing the spirit and feeling of the night. I would highly recommend her for anyone looking for photos that will last a lifetime!!

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  • 22 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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Candice W.
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David was great from start to finish. He was very easy to work with and made our ceremony exactly as we hoped. Everyone at our wedding commented on how wonderful he was. He kept us calm the whole time and made the ceremony engaging, sweet, sincere, meaningful, and even added nice touches of humor that made everyone laugh. He was able to work with our challenging schedule and always made time to meet with us. He had great suggestions and templates to work with in order to create the ceremony we wanted. We would definitely recommend him.

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Weddings by Jennifer Fox
5.0
from 58 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
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Faith T.
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Jennifer was honestly one of the best parts of our wedding. My husband and I were looking for a non-religious ceremony, and wanted to focus on making it a really sentimental ceremony. Jennifer sent us over numerous different options for our ceremony, and was really responsive to our questions and concerns. The day of the ceremony, she arrived early and went out of her way to communicate with myself and with my husband. She was super thorough and not only focused on doing the best job she could, but also helped to come our nerves and organize a little chaos. I got a lot of compliments from people about her. My mom even asked if I had known Jennifer before booking her because Jennifer was so warm and sweet that she thought she must have been a friend of mine. She was also very affordable. She could have charge double and I still would have been happy with booking her. Thank you, Jennifer for going above and beyond to make our day so special.

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Geral oris
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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TOPE F.
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After meeting with several photographers, she was the ONLY one my wife and i liked. Her professionalism is unlike any other - prompt with responses, super creative and pictures came on time.Geraldine has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever met, and I was absolutely honored to have her play such an important role in my wedding. I can't recommend her enough.

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A Touch of Class DJ Service
5.0
from 51 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
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Gwen M.
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My daughter needed a DJ for her wedding with only a week and half to find one, I found Henry, called him, left a msg and he called right back. We discussed pricing and out of all tge dj's he was the most reasonable. We had an issue at the venue and he was on top of it and resolved it in a timely matter. His music was a mixture which kept alot of us on the dance floor. I would definitely use him again and I definitely recommend A touch of Class DJ service. Thank you so much Henry for all you did in take the stress off myself and my Daughter.

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  • 16 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
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Kristie H.
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THE BEST DJ EVER. He was great too work with. He is easy to talk to and he gets all the information that he needs to do his job correctly. He made everyone happy at my wedding. We danced until the place kicked us out nobody wanted to leave because of him.

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Velvet Oaks
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
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Nathan P.
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Joe and Gabriel from Velvet Oaks were wonderful. Joe was always quick to respond to questions and did a great job editing our video. Gabriel was on point the day of the wedding. We hardly noticed him and were very pleased with his professionalism. Highly recommend Velvet Oaks! Thank you guys!

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Life on Prints Associates
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
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Julie G.
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Life On Prints was an amazing photographer. Tony came from Chicago to shoot our small, intimate beach wedding. Our wedding started at 6pm, and it started pouring down rain at 5:30. As the rain started clearing up around 5:50, Tony talked us into putting the chairs back outside and giving our outdoor ceremony a chance as planned. So thankful he did! We followed his advice and had a beautiful ceremony. The pictures he took on the beach were awesome. Our goal was to take pictures that would capture the sunset, and he did just that. He used lighting tricks that brought out the beautiful sunset more than I ever could have imagined. He even ended up capturing pictures with a rainbow as the rains started to come back in after the ceremony. Tony was extremely flexible and offered advice that helped us get the memories we wanted in the form of pictures. He was very quick to get the pictures edited and sent to us as well. Great experience, great pictures, 5 stars from us!

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Barry Bradford
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Edgar S.
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I thought that Barry Bradford did a wonderful job officiating our wedding. Everyone has complement us on how our wedding was officiated. We loved his work Thank you Barry

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Lighting Antics
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Dan M.
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he did every thing we wanted and more couldn't have been more attentive or given a more personal touch the music was one of the high points of our wedding for both us and our guests!!!!

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The Flower Girl Company
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Carly M.
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My flowers for my wedding day were absolutely beautiful. Kate went above and beyond what I was expecting. Anytime I need flowers in the future I will be going to Kate. She is extremely professional and really helped accomplish what I wanted. I had no clue in the beginning and she made the entire process so easy. If you need flowers make sure you get them from The Flower Girl Company!

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  • 11 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Molly W.
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Ryan was the photographer for my wedding, and I could not be happier with the photos. Him and his partner were professional, responsive, organized and incredibly easy to work with. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding photographer.

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Chris Beauchesne
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
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Elizabeth L.
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Very excited to be working with Chris on our wedding videography!

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Your Special Day Services
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Kim G.
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Karen did a wonderful job at our wedding. It was just what we wanted our ceremony to be and we will never forget it. Thank you for making our day so special.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

What is a wedding planner?

A wedding planner is a professional service provider whose job it is to organize and execute all the details of a couple’s wedding. A wedding planner can be contracted at any stage in the wedding planning process to help to any degree the couple is willing to pay for. Wedding planning is similar to event planning in that a planning team handles the coordination of multiple wedding elements including catering, venue, guests, entertainment, decor, transportation and more. Anyone who has ever been involved in a wedding can confirm that wedding planning is hard work. Experience brings wisdom when it comes to avoiding or resolving day-of challenges. There is no legal regulatory body that oversees or certifies wedding planning as an industry. Anyone who chooses can call themselves a wedding planner. When looking for a wedding planner, be sure to read reviews, and make smart hiring decisions by asking about licenses and insurance.

How do you choose a wedding videographer?

A wedding videographer will create a lifetime memory for you from edited video footage of your wedding day, ceremony and reception. Choosing a wedding videographer starts with looking online at portfolios of their past work. There’s no need to talk to anyone unless you love what you see. Next, make sure they have good reviews and past client experience; don’t be shy about asking for references if there aren’t any posted online. When you find someone who has a style you love, ask if they are available on your wedding day. If so, it’s time to talk pricing. Be clear about your maximum budget, and ask what kind of packages they offer. Pricing will depend on the number of crew needed for filming, the hours they are required to be onsite, post-production editing, and the length of the final product. Talk with several wedding videographers to get a feel for what prices are like in your region. Nationally, the average cost for wedding videography ranges between $990 and $1,260 per event. Once you agree on a product and have a plan, get everything in a written and signed contract. Clearly state the details of what is expected for your wedding day and from the final product. Be prepared to pay a deposit to reserve their services for the day, then pay the remainder upon receiving the video.

What should you ask your wedding videographer before hiring?

Finding the perfect wedding videographer doesn’t have to be stressful. Asking a few key questions upfront will help you find the right fit for your big day. Before talking with wedding videographers, research their work online. Look at their websites, business profiles and social media, and see what their finished wedding videos look like. If the style fits what you’re envisioning, it’s time to reach out. During initial contact, make sure you get along with the person. This is important since they’ll be interacting with you and your guests.

Your first question should be about their availability; there’s no point in going further if they’re booked on your wedding day. Ask to see references if they’re not readily available online. Next, it’s time to talk about money. Ask how they determine rates or what kind of packages they offer. When you settle on a rate and the services you want, make sure to have a written contract that outlines everything, including cost, length of time they film, what post-production will include, and when you can expect to receive the edited project.

How much does it cost for a photographer for a wedding?

Finding the right wedding photographer can make a big difference for your ceremony. Nationally, the average wedding photographer’s price ranges from $800 to $1,000, but costs can be much higher in areas like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles where some couples spend $2,000 to $5,000 or more for the photographer they want. Factors that can affect your wedding photographer prices include the photographer’s reputation and experience. Heavy hitters can command top rates, especially during wedding-season weekends. Day of the week also affects your cost. You may get a $200 discount on wedding photographer prices if you get married on a Friday in November rather than a Saturday in June. Time onsite is also an important cost factor. Hiring a photographer to snap photos from the moment you wake up until after last call at the reception is going to cost more than five hours of pictures during the day. Multiple photographers, special lighting, and videography will also increase your costs. Ultimately you want to find someone who has a style you love and can provide the number of edited shots you want for a price you can handle. Learn more about hiring a wedding photographer.

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