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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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’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.

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.

Reviews for Astoria wedding services
Baldwin A.
Blessings by Kimberly did an amazing job with our wedding. They performed the ceremony to our exact specifications. They made it as wonderful as it could be. Would highly recommend if you are looking for something more personalized for your wedding
Kimberly's BlessingsKimberly's Blessings
Thumbtack Customer
You need to book Harris for your wedding NOW! Harris met with us and took time to get to know us better before the wedding so that he was able to write a personalized ceremony. He offered to send us the draft before the wedding. The ceremony was filled with laughter and tears of joy. I highly recommend Harris if you want a beautiful ceremony for your big day.
Harris BloomHarris Bloom
Amanda B.
Parth was awesome!! He made sure we had a great time, spoke beautiful words and we will never forget our wedding! Having a Zoom wedding at first sounded so boring, but he was the key to make it special and fun!
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Thumbtack Customer
Super responsive and so easy to work with! Can't wait for the actual wedding day!!
Five Stars NJ DJ, Photography & More....Five Stars NJ DJ, Photography & More....
Hampton C.
Our experience with Ian Simmons was first class & top notch. Gave our wedding ceremony that special personalized touch! His attention to detail mixed with a sense of humor is truly remarkable. Would definitely recommend Ian Simmons to be the officiant of ANY wedding!
Ian T. Simmons: The Wedding OfficiantIan T. Simmons: The Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
trial run for my wedding day. Antonina is very easy to work with. She immediately sent me pictures of her work when I told her what I was looking for. I can not wait till my wedding day I am confident Antonina will make me a beautiful bride
Antonina AvendanoAntonina Avendano
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing officiant! Felt like we knew him forever! We met TWICE to discuss details of the wedding and to get to know us better! The day of the wedding he did a great job, he made our guests laugh n customized our wedding the way we asked him! VERY PROFESSIONAL! Made our guests laugh and smile and cry! Beautiful ceremony! So happy with his service, totally worth it, wouldnt have done it any other way!! Wish you the best, Richard & Elizabeth! Happily married!!
Harris BloomHarris Bloom
Diana v.
We had the pleasure of having Parth officiate our zoom wedding, and I cannot emphasize enough how fantastic and beautiful he made our entire experience. Parth has been super responsive and respectful toward our vision in the days leading up to the wedding. On our actual wedding day, everything went seamlessly, thanks to Parth's prep and planning! Parth ensured our wedding was authentic and centered on love, despite the virtual aspect. Parth was encouraging, kind, and eloquent, and was able to create a truly unparalleled experience for us and our family/friends as they showered us in love, support, and well wishes. Parth created and facilitated a beautiful, truly memorable experience, and for that we are immensely grateful. Thank you, Parth, for starting our lifetime together with absolute joy!!!
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Nassy H.
Monica was great . She was always available to answer my questions . She was on time at the day of our wedding and led a beautiful ceremony
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Alejandra C.
We are so happy having Jacqueline as our wedding officiant. She answered all our questions. Made the process so easy. She kept me at ease for my wedding. Very professional. Always there when needed. Always in touch with us. Even during this rough times with covid and we had to do our wedding virtually, she made it so special for us. She is so sweet and beautiful when we finally met for our special day. Thank you so much. Definitely will refer her to our friends and family. ❤❤❤
Sanctum Weddings & ElopementsSanctum Weddings & Elopements
Jaime And Brooke I.
Amy was very wholesome and receptive to all our concerns and need. We were very grateful to have her officiante our wedding
Amy Voltaire Wedding Officiant Inc.Amy Voltaire Wedding Officiant Inc.
TC S.
Parth was very professional and did a wonderful job with my sisters ceremony. Although we had to do the wedding virtually, the ceremony was beautiful
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Ella P.
Great service. Was very happy with my makeup and Hair for my wedding. Would definitely use JValldi styling again for future projects.
JVALLDI STYLINGJVALLDI STYLING
Sophia M.
Marija and Ivana both did my hair and makeup for my wedding, and it was stunning! The curls lasted all day, from 11am-11pm. I requested a naturalistic look for my makeup as I don’t like make up that is overdone, and they did it so perfectly!! Thank you so much for making me look pretty on my wedding day!! 🌸💕
CmodeBeautyCmodeBeauty
Ella C.
I would highly recommend Tatiana. She was absolutely wonderful for both my trial and wedding day. I LOVED how she did my hair and makeup. She did exactly what I wanted and even a better job than I thought possible with my fine hair. I also really appreciated her calm demeanor on my stressful wedding morning.
CEOBeauty Makeup and Hair ArtistryCEOBeauty Makeup and Hair Artistry
Tsering l.
Parth was an amazing officiant at my wedding. It was a working with Parth. So friendly, professional, outspoken and easy to work with. Helps you through your process very quickly.
Wedding Officiant NY/NJWedding Officiant NY/NJ
Thumbtack Customer
The flowers look great! It rained a lot on the day of our wedding, but Susan came right on time and helped us set up the flowers. I would highly recommend her.
Rosewood ProductionsRosewood Productions
Ella C.
Anna was fantastic and prepared many different mini cakes and fillings for my fiancé and I to try. Her prices are competitive-both for the tasting and the cakes. She is very flexible and puts a lot of effort into her cakes. I especially liked her red velvet cake and passion fruit mousse filling (not together of course!). Overall, I would recommend her for wedding and special occasion cakes. Thank you Anna for our wedding cake tasting!
What A Cake I BakeWhat A Cake I Bake
VALARIE J.
I would like to thank Mr. Jose for making my wedding day extra special. He was phenomenal. Thank you for everything and I will definitely use his services again.
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Jacqueline S.
Reverend Williams did an amazing job on officiating our wedding July 8, 2018 at Astoria World Manor. He was professional, punctual,sweet, great speaker, funny and kept everyone engaged in the ceremony. We met with him a few months prior to the wedding for marriage counseling and he made us feel comfortable and more connected to one another. Rev. Williams was amazing and we loved him officiating our special day. He truly made our ceremony beautiful.
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Maria F.
Danielle did my hair and make up on my wedding day. She was perfectly on time and we were done in 2 hours. I felt comfortable and relaxed with her. Thank you, Danielle!
Ny Brides & BeautyNy Brides & Beauty
Katharine M.
Elizabeth is absolutely delightful! I hosted a very informal, last minute wedding for my friends and Elizabeth was so accommodating and professional. She was great at reading the vibe and crafting a beautiful ceremony—I definitely recommend!!
Elizabeth B. Napoles, Wedding OfficiantElizabeth B. Napoles, Wedding Officiant
Carlos M.
We had a wonderfull wedding ceremony with Juan. He was very understanding, acomodating of our needs and helped us remain calm and jovial during the ceremony. I definitely recommend his work and correct attitude!!
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Jensy M.
It was such a pleasure having Mr. Juan as our officiant. It was kind of last minute, but he was very responsive. The ceremony was beautiful. I am so happy that he was the one to be there to officiate our wedding and made it even more special.
Juan Enrique ToroJuan Enrique Toro
Michelle R.
Such a wonderful treat to have makeup applied so perfectly! I was the officiant at a wedding and wanted a natural look and was thrilled with the results which still looked great even at the end of the night! Would highly recommend. Very friendly, attentive, and professional.
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