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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.

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’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 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 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.

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 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.

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 Asbury Park wedding services
Katie V.
Harris was the perfect officiant for our wedding. Our ceremony was the perfect amount of laughter and and heartfelt moments. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant.
Harris BloomHarris Bloom
Lacey m.
Working with Mark was a PLEASURE to say the very least! He was prompt with response and very flexible with our ever changing wedding and accommodated our every need with a smile and “can do” attitude. While we were dealing with a slight wedding crisis, he even offered to assist with helping us find a new Officant! He touched base with us to ensure everything on our end ran smoothly and even said he was super excited for us! In a heartbeat without question we would recommend him to ANYONE looking for amazing photos! The pictures really captured our personalities during the wedding and are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! If you are on the fence about a photographer, MARK IS YA MAN!!!!
Thumbtack Customer
Sarah Jeanne Makeup Artist was the perfect choice for our wedding. She found the right style across age groups. My entire wedding party was overjoyed with her work. Her ability to stay focused in a room full of chaos is uncanny. She directed 'traffic' in a way that helped get everyone out looking great and on time. She even knows how to calm a jittery bride. You need this woman by your side on your next special day.
Sarah Jeanne Makeup ArtistrySarah Jeanne Makeup Artistry
Amy M.
From the very beginning Jon was the right fit for us. After viewing his portfolio we were confident that our photos of our wedding would be exactly what we wanted. We did not have a very traditional wedding so we did not want traditional posed photos. We wanted more candid photos for memories of our wedding celebration. Plus we needed somebody who could simply have a great time with us and blend into the crowd. Jon’s price was right where we wanted to be and he was very flexible with “overtime” if we had needed. We LOVE our photos and the greatest thing is that we are allowed to share with anyone we’d like too. Five stars for Jon November!
Jon Takes Event PicsJon Takes Event Pics
Thumbtack Customer
This was one of the best decisions we made regarding wedding arrangements. Rodger was so on point. Very professional, unbelievably flexible, listens to your requests, and set the tone for our entire evening. We had so much fun....thx to Rodger for a wonderful wedding. I wouldn't use another DJ for except him because he is truly The Best! Thx again to our new friend for everything. Can't say enough great things. Would recommend again and there is no need to look any further than to Rodgers website. Just a totally fun filled night. He is smooth with his announcements and he plays what YOzu want to hear. Not too loud either! Thx for enhancing our very special night! Glad to call you our new found friend! Thx a million!
NJ Sings DJ Services, LLCNJ Sings DJ Services, LLC
Ana G.
Harris was absolutely amazing! Everyone in the wedding commented on the wonderful words that Harris chose and said it was the best they have heard. We loved the way he incorporated personal details into the service and it was funny in all the right places while also maintaining the romance. We especially loved that he surprised the bride's family with some words of thanks in Spanish! Thank you again Harris!
Harris BloomHarris Bloom
Henry H.
Hands down THE BEST. We had the pleasure of working with Louis for our wedding at the English Manor (NJ). From the pianist during the ceremony, to the jazz trio during cocktail hour and the amazing Suyat band who killed it at the reception, we couldn't have chosen a better group of musicians to work with. Now we are just trying to find an excuse to hire them all again!
Louis Pettinelli EntertainmentLouis Pettinelli Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
We didn't have much to plan our wedding so ended up with a FaceTime consultation a week before our big day! Rita still pulled through with a great ceremony for us. She is very personable, warm, and have great energy. Rita even wore a dress to match our color theme which was much appreciated. Thank you again for everything!!!
Tie the Knot: Wedding & Commitment OfficiatingTie the Knot: Wedding & Commitment Officiating
Allyson S.
Michael officiated our wedding and was absolutely wonderful. He created and performed such a beautiful ceremony for us. Providing many options to choose from to help make it our own, which made something that can be overwhelming so easy. We also received many compliments from our guests about him. From beginning to end, he was very responsive,professional and genuine. 5 stars across the board!
Rev. Michael WhalenRev. Michael Whalen
Thumbtack Customer
I have hired videographers for two previous events one being my wedding I have never worked with someone so genuinely kind creative compassionate helpful & professional. I'm trying to keep it professional but I absolutely fell in love with Joan as if she was a family member. I will absolutely call her again This event that we were lucky enough to have her for was my daughter's baptism and the next event that I will hopefully have her for will be Elena's first birthday I am also going to call John to see if she can take some professional photos of our little one. cheers !!
Memory KeepersMemory Keepers
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