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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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. 

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 hairstylist?

First, pull up a list of nearby hairstylists on Thumbtack, and read their profiles to get an understanding of what they specialize in — hair coloring, cutting, extensions, wedding hairstyles, etc. Then, start searching for stylists who have high ratings and customer reviews. You should also spend some time looking at photos that showcase their work. That way, you can determine if a stylist has the experience and skills needed to achieve the look you want. 

When you’ve identified at least three hairstylists you like, ask them for a cost estimate and make sure they have the proper credentials.

How do you find wedding DJs?

Use Thumbtack to find wedding DJs in your area. Here, you can quickly see which local DJs have the highest ratings and best reviews. You can also see how many times each DJ has been hired, whether they’re responsive and if they’re in high demand.

Reviews for Clifton wedding services
Andrea b.
The music for my wedding was absolutely perfect! I decided to have a cello last minute for my wedding and they were so accommodating. 10/10 would recommend again and again!
Louis Pettinelli EntertainmentLouis Pettinelli Entertainment
Kristhina V.
Wonderful to work with for my wedding. Very responsive and flexible especially during covid
Thumbtack Customer
Gary was an amazing DJ at our wedding! Fast and effective communication, polite, and a great DJ.
GNJ DJ & Photobooth ServiceGNJ DJ & Photobooth Service
Eve G.
Tom did our small wedding for 4 hours and it was perfect. He listened to everything I wanted and didn't want and came through. I'm so glad we used him for our wedding and highly recommend him to anyone on here! Very professional, nice, and affordable.
Your Way Entertainment and ProductionsYour Way Entertainment and Productions
Moira H.
Lisa did my wedding make-up on April 23rd, 2023. Being an older bride (60), I was a little concerned about not looking “over-done” on the day! However, I was absolutely delighted with the results and thought she did a wonderful job of getting me wedding-ready! She took great care in preparing my skin and chose the ideal palette to suit my skin-tone and dress color. The photographs turned-out beautifully and I was extremely pleased from start to finish! I would highly recommend Lisa to anyone who wants to look extra special on their wedding day or for any other important event!
Glambylovelylis - Hair and Makeup ServicesGlambylovelylis - Hair and Makeup Services
Jane M.
Friendly and professional wedding officiant, made getting married in pandemic super easy. He will walk you through the whole process and assist you with anything you need for the perfect wedding. We needed something low key, but he made it even more special by writing our vows for us. Made himself available the next day after initial contact for the ceremony and very responsive on texts and emails. Would highly recommend!!
Wedding Officiant NY/NJWedding Officiant NY/NJ
Noshin F.
I recently hired Haus of Glamour to do my make up for wedding that I attended. She executed the exact look I was aiming for. She was beyond professional and super friendly!
Haus Of GlamourHaus Of Glamour
Katelyn D.
Heather was absolutely amazing i am so grateful she was available to officiate my wedding. She was nice and early handled all paperwork I didn’t have to do a thing. Highly recommend
The Bubbly Wedding OfficiantThe Bubbly Wedding Officiant
Suher A.
Sam was wonderful to work with and extremely professional!! She was very responsive to my emails and phone calls and was a pleasure to work with!! She ensured that all our questions were answered, worked with our wedding planner, and was very detailed oriented.
Sam Ties The KnotSam Ties The Knot
Rosemarie V.
She captured our wedding exactly the way we wanted she’s a great person photographer and listener ! So happy we went with her. Truly made us feel comfortable and confident with in just meeting her! Great person to work with .
Lumiere Studio by Lizzie GLumiere Studio by Lizzie G
Jessica B.
Jaime captured our wedding day perfectly. He guided me with how to pose throughout the day and caught all the important moments in our reception. He was very responsive in our communication and the photos came out beautifully! Thank you so much Jaime!
Jaime Lopez PhotographyJaime Lopez Photography
Sharon G.
Rev. Rodriguez is absolutely wonderful to work with. He is thorough and informed me of what I needed to have done and where I would need to go to have it done. He provided us with an entire packet of ceremonial options which was wonderful as we were able to pick and choose our own ceremony. He arrived at our wedding early and spoke first with my husband and then with me. Afterwards he was very efficient with the paperwork and provided us with a beautiful packet with our vows and our ceremony passages. He incorporated everything we asked for to make our wedding go smooth and without any hiccups. Rev. Rodriguez is a true professional who takes pride in his work.
Tri-State WeddingsTri-State Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Rodger DJ'd my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary on Oct.13th. He did a fantastic job. Everyone had a great time considering there were all age groups in attendance. He showed up early with plenty of time to set up. Rodger has a fun personality and I would highly recommend him!
NJ Sings DJ Services, LLCNJ Sings DJ Services, LLC
Sonayma R.
Alana achieved the look I wanted and more for my wedding!!! She made me feel comfortable the entire time and was a true pleasure to have. She arrived right on time and had everything we needed and more. A chair for me to sit in, lights, you name it!!! I felt like a true queen. I know I’ll be in contact with her again for the future!!!!!
Beauty by AlanaBeauty by Alana
Thumbtack Customer
We felt an automatic connection with Claire when we first spoke on the phone! Within five minutes of meeting her in person, we knew we had made the right choice. Claire to the time to get to know us, so the experience would be ,ore personal. She inquired about our history together and employed that knowledge during the beginning of our wedding ceremony. If this was her first time time officiating at a same-sex marriage, one would never have known . The conviction of her words brought an even deeper emotional substance to our ceremony. All of our guests were most impressed with how well she spoke, and officiated our ceremony. We highly recommend Claire to ALL couples who are looking for their wedding ceremony to be memorable. We feel that not only have we found the right minister, but a we've found a new friend.
Miriam's Well MinistryMiriam's Well Ministry
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff and I are truly blessed to have discovered Rev. Schwartz. From the first time we met her, we knew she was the perfect officiant for us. We cancelled our appointments with other ministers we had that week and booked her right away! She put together a stellar ceremony of our dreams and customized it PERFECTLY in terms of content, timing, and performance. If you are looking for an articulate minister who is willing to go the extra mile and accommodate your preferences, book Rev. Claire M. Schwartz! Claire was ready and offered to orchestrate the whole ceremony, including directing the procession and the music. She honored our plans to let the venue direct the procession aspect, and we were blown away by how respectfully and professionally she worked with the maître D at our venue (Valley Regency in Clifton, NJ). She came to the rehearsal and ran through the key parts and prepared us for any bumps. The part we loved best about the ceremony was how she weaved together a heartfelt story about how my husband and I met and fell in love. We requested her to perform a 10 minute ceremony and she delivered! Our guests laughed and cried during our ceremony, and afterwards, many came up to us and our parents and remarked how wonderful our officiant was! She was a hit! In planning and performing the ceremony, we saw how her prior experiences in performance arts were truly invaluable. We initially planned to have the ceremony outside in the gardens, but as luck would have it, it began raining 1.5 hours before the ceremony and she calmly worked with our venue and musicians to rehearse and perform the ceremony indoors. No stranger to improvisation, there was another part during the actual ceremony when a 2 year old girl fell off her seat and started to cry loudly and uncontrollably. Rev. Schwartz responded to the situation perfectly with grace and a bit of humor, and the ceremony continued without skipping a beat. In summary, we loved working with her and HIGHLY recommend Rev. Schwartz for all your wedding officiant dreams!
Miriam's Well MinistryMiriam's Well Ministry
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