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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.

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.

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.

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 Boston wedding service professionals
Melanie C.
We are so glad we chose Justice John for our wedding! Throughout the preparations, Justice John gave us tons of advices about details we would never even think of, which ultimately lead to a hassle free, perfect wedding day. Everyone at the wedding commented on what a great service he gave! Absolutely recommend!
Justice JohnJustice John
Thumbtack Customer
Gladys was beyond professional and we were so happy with her ceremony that we would recommend her to anyone. She not only made us feel special with her individualized service, she also was great interacting with our family. It was a wonderful wedding and she fabulous!
Hon. Gladys Rivera Rogers, Justice of the PeaceHon. Gladys Rivera Rogers, Justice of the Peace
Jennifer G.
We are so glad to have chosen Justice John to officiate our wedding ceremony. He was extremely professional, and he tailored the text of the ceremony to our particular circumstances very well. He went above and beyond in making our day special for us, and we would wholeheartedly recommend his services.
Justice JohnJustice John
Chelsea O.
A little late with the review. John was awesome. Thank you for our special moment. Very patient. Open to how we wanted to have our ceremony. Made the process smooth as possible. Definitely would use his services again. Thanks John. Our small wedding at seaport was perfect 6 months ago.
Justice JohnJustice John
Scott S.
Carol Ann gave us the best experience we could have possibly had. She worked closely with us to make sure our ceremony reflected exactly what we were looking for. She was very professional, but had a friendly and warm demeanor. Since I can only use her services once myself, I'll be recommending Carol Ann to anyone I hear needs a wedding officiant.
Humanist CeremoniesHumanist Ceremonies
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Christopher to cater our wedding last year. Though we had planned for an intimate 50-person event, we also had to deal with a broad mix of allergies, diets, and food preferences. After some discussion, we ultimately ended up with three entrees: a vegetarian eggplant curry, broiled salmon, and roast beef with mushrooms. Closer to the event, we also decided to add a charcuterie board to the spread. Having sampled everything on the day of the wedding, I can say without reservations that food quality was ultimately excellent across the entire menu; the beef was a particular favorite, but nobody walked away disappointed. Service was also great -- the servers and bartender brought on by Cristo were friendly, professional, and really helped take the event to the next level. Christopher himself was an incredibly patient and helpful presence throughout the planning process, even as we occasionally dithered on decisions. As happy as we were with the wedding overall, bringing Cristo's on board was definitely one of the best decisions we made. Highly recommended.
Cristo's Kitchen Catering & Personal Chef ServiceCristo's Kitchen Catering & Personal Chef Service
Thumbtack Customer
T.J. Sweeney is one of the kindest, open-minded and professional individuals with whom I've had the pleasure of coming into contact. There is no way to fully explain how his beautiful words and warm characteristics brighten up every room he enters, or how his humor slides into tiny crevices of the services, which allow for the audience to laugh and feel included in the event. I'm sincerely and utterly pleased with the work of Mr. Sweeney and would recommend him for any upcoming wedding. Thank you, sir! You were amazing.
T. J. SweeneyT. J. Sweeney
Giselle K.
Hostess Catering was our wedding caterer. We got married in August 2018 at the Custom House in Boston and had about 100 guests. We chose to work with Hostess Catering because both my husband and I (and many of our family and friends) are big foodies and we wanted to offer our guests the best food with fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. There was a lot of pressure on us to pick the right caterer as our guests had high expectations of the food quality and selection. Food was so important for us that we actually considered having our wedding reception at one of the best restaurants in Boston, but we are so happy we went with Hostess Catering. We mostly worked with Donna and she was AMAZING! Donna is an incredibly talented chef who is organized, reliable, friendly and so sweet. From the first moment we met her she was patient, attentive, meticulous, and provided excellent advice from food selection, to food quantity, to decoration, to staff hiring. She was extremely professional, kind and calm throughout the 3 months planning process. She would respond to my emails and text messages immediately with clear answers and tips. Donna was easy to work with and made the daunting process of finalizing our reception menu and figuring out all the tweaks easy, stress-free, and smooth (Hostess Catering has a great menu to choose from). Donna was open-minded about suggestions, accommodated our specific flavor requests, and made changes to include ingredients we liked (even using a more expensive bread without increasing the price). Everything turned out PHENOMENALLY!! We also worked with with Visnja a week before the wedding during the final walk through of the venue, and also on the day of the wedding. She was there all day making sure everything was running perfectly. Just like Donna, she was wonderful! Our venue is a particularly challenging for a catering company. The Custom House is a beautiful and historic building, but it doesn’t have a kitchen and it doesn’t allow for open flame. However, Donna knew exactly how to handle this tricky situation. We had guests spread out in 2 floors and we also moved all the guests to the Observation Deck on the 26th for sunset cocktails and mini taco bar. We opted to have a cocktails style reception with buffet dinner. Donna made sure there was plenty of food for everyone, without much waste. She actually advised us a couple of time to reduce the amount of certain items. For example, rather than ordering 100 shrimp cocktails, she recommended we go with 80 instead. She was right and saved us money! The appetizers and buffet items were generous portions and all our guests had plenty to eat. We had a charcuterie board, 6 passed appetizers, a taco bar, buffet dinner, and a dessert bar and everything was AMAZING! The food was fresh and incredibly DELICIOUS! Our guests were blown away by the food, and still rave about how exquisite everything was from food selection, to presentation, to staff service. The presentation was STUNNING (I am very picky with my food presentation). Every piece was decorated beautifully! The menu was planned and executed PERFECTLY. Hostess Catering cared about every little detail and their work showed passion for great food as well as genuine care for their customers. The fact that Hostess Catering managed to pull off serving our 100 guests so flawlessly with the unique setup of our venue is testament to their expertise and experience. We are so grateful for the unforgettable culinary experience we got to enjoy at our wedding thanks to the hard work of the Hostess Catering’s team. Donna’s team of servers did an excellent job. Everyone was so professional and had a big smile on their face throughout the night. The serving of food was perfectly timed and it was seamless. Hostess Catering also provided all the plates, tables, chairs, etc. and everything was beautiful! And at the end of the night, Donna made sure to pack for us “left overs” so we could enjoy it the next day. And boy we did!!! Another example of Donna’s beautiful personal touch is that she kept us up-to-date with ingredient preparation the days leading up to the wedding with messages and pictures, and it us got even more excited for the big day. We absolutely LOVED working with Donna and Visnja. What a dream team! Just FANTASTIC! We couldn’t have asked for better service or food. We have many beautiful memories from our wedding, and the food is one of the best! We can never thank Donna and Visnja enough for the gift of amazing food they offered us and our guests. We really appreciated not only how delicious the food was (everything was wonderful, no exceptions) but how easy it was to work with Hostess Catering. The peace of mind that comes with knowing that your wedding caterer is trustworthy, reliable and super talented is priceless! We would hire them again and again. Hostess Catering is truly amazing and we highly and enthusiastically recommend them. You and your guests will be in GREAT, IMPECCABLE hands! A 10 out of 10!! If you are curious, here’s a summary of our wedding reception menu: 1. The charcuterie board was unbelievable, with an incredible selection of cheeses! 2. The jumbo shrimp and cocktail sauce were excellent. 3. The avocado toast points with heirloom cherry tomatoes and basil infused oil were incredible! 4. The triple mushroom, half mozzarella and half with gorgonzola, with thyme was so delicious! 5. The bay scallop ceviche with mandarin and crispy tortilla triangle were out of this world! 6. The chicken skewers with hostess gourmet satay were incredible! 7. Pigs in a blanket all beef hotdogs were so good our guests couldn’t stop eating them. 8. The mini taco bar was outstanding with the most gorgeous presentation! Small plates tapas buffet & salad station: 9. The sliced beef tenderloin with chimichurri was so scrumptious! We’ve received so many compliments on this dish, so many! 10. The baked salmon with roasted red pepper and hazelnut salsa heavenly! 11. The ravioli with roasted butternut squash, sautéed spinach, garlic, toasted pine nut, and ricotta cheese was to die for! The portions were very generous and everything was cooked perfectly! Salad Station: 12. The panzanella salad with shaved Romano, homemade croutons, with champagne vinaigrette was so yummy! 13. The fresh fig salad with cheese, roasted beets, arugula, sugared walnuts, white balsamic was perfection! The dessert buffet and our wedding cake were simply divine! 14. Chocolate mini gaunach tartlet, lavender whipped cream, toped with raspberries 15. Lemon cheese cake 16. French Macarons with butter cream frosting: Pistachio, vanilla, lemon—the best we’ve had!
Hostess CateringHostess Catering
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