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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. 

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.

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 Kingston wedding services
Anne Marie c.
Lynne made our wedding perfect. She was sweet and attentive to small details, and she made the whole process stress free. Thank you Lynne!
Spirit Heart Wedding Officiant ServicesSpirit Heart Wedding Officiant Services
Samantha W.
Oh how can I possibly put all the good about Brea into one review?! She was amazing with us through the whole experience. She gave us a beautiful engagement session. Met with us to go over final wedding day details. Kept in touch through the whole process. She made sure to ask and get our input and opinions on everything and made us feel like a friend was with us the day of the wedding. She never made it uncomfortable. She dealt with freezing cold and snow for our engagement and walked through drizzle and cold for our meeting before the wedding. She held my dress, my drink when needed, and dealt with all of the ridiculousness of our wedding shenanigans, including missing bridal party members. She was awesome and her pictures are beautiful. Im lucky we found her and I wish her continued success.
BLV ImagesBLV Images
Thumbtack Customer
AMAZING!!!! Everything anyone could want in a DJ for a wedding. Laid back, easy going, roll with the punches and feel the crowd out kinda guy. I saw people dancing at my wedding that rarely ever move from their tables. Very professional and always returns phone calls within 24 hours or less. Pleasure to work with Carl- Can't wait for our next big event to hire him again!!!!!
Carl Dayton EntertainmentCarl Dayton Entertainment
Kelsey B.
The order of introductions for the wedding party and wedding speeches was not followed. The bride and groom were not provided with a microphone during the ceremony making it hard for guests to hear vows. All special request songs by bride and groom and bridal party were not played. BWess did get a good dance party going, though. He was also very accommodating and easy to work with. He was available at last minute notice which was appreciated.
Bwess Entertainment DJBwess Entertainment DJ
Marlea A.
matt was always on the same page as my husband and i he checked in with us on a regular bases all the way up through our wedding and i would recommend him to anyone
Matthew PsichoulasMatthew Psichoulas
Jeanne A.
Ken made our day about us. We had a member of the wedding try to make a change, ken contacted me immediately. I was able to fix the problem before the ceremony. He is such a sweet tempered man. You can’t go wrong with chaplain ken.
Chaplain KennyChaplain Kenny
Tessa S.
Nakimah was absolutely the best. She did myself and 5 of my bridesmaid’s and mother of the bride’s makeup for my big day. She was so professional and punctual and you could tell she really knew what she was doing! I got comments all day about how wonderful my makeup looked and lasted! I recommend her completely for a wedding ❤️
Skin Treats BeautySkin Treats Beauty
Tara r.
Ken was wonderful! He took the time to help us personalize our ceremony and gave us helpful suggestions about how to include our children in the ceremony. He Donates the payment to good causes. He did a last minute rehearsal with us the day before the wedding to coordinate our crazy active kids. It all went smoothly and it was beautiful. Thank you ken for helping us to have such a special day and a memory we can look back on for the rest of our lives!
Chaplain KennyChaplain Kenny
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