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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. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Reviews for Midtown West wedding services
Rachel L.
Thank you For making our wedding personalized and beautiful. Por Amor Weddings truly made our wedding something special with her words and beautiful presence. We couldn't have been happier.
Por Amor WeddingsPor Amor Weddings
Jewels L.
Pam was amazing! She made our wedding ceremony so special. Couldn't have asked for a better wedding officiant! :)
Ceremony Is YoursCeremony Is Yours
Irfan b.
Wedding virtual ceremony
Pastor Calicia's Officiant ServicesPastor Calicia's Officiant Services
Katherine G.
Juan is an amazing person, that provided excellent service for our wedding day. He was responsive to ideas and changes, and made our wedding ceremony personalized and a special day for us to remember! I would recommend him for any speaking services or weddings.
Juan Enrique ToroJuan Enrique Toro
Eileen B.
SHE DID A FABULOUS WEDDING FOR ME AND MY NOW HUSBAND I WOULD RECOMMEND HER TO BE YOUR OFFICIANT FOR YOUR WEDDING 100%
Lex & AssociatesLex & Associates
Thumbtack Customer
The flowers at my daughter's wedding were beautiful. It was exactly as Susan described. Thank you Susan for helping make my daughters wedding amazing
Rosewood ProductionsRosewood Productions
Smruti A.
I had an absolutely amazing experience with FĂ©! He was quick to respond and wrote a great script for the wedding! He's very punctual..he reached the wedding venue early. He has a positive personality and I would recommend him to be an officiant for your wedding!
Weddings By FĂ©Weddings By FĂ©
Yingke y.
Very fun wedding with music and laughter
Wedding Officiant NY/NJWedding Officiant NY/NJ
Noorah S.
Best wedding choice I’ve made!
Ny Brides & BeautyNy Brides & Beauty
Jennifer G.
JOEY was great for our wedding celebration!
Joe Curry PhotographyJoe Curry Photography
Yilin Z.
James is extremely professional and make our wedding a perfect moment. He made a call right after my reach out and then set up a zoom meeting with us before our wedding to know our stories and thought, and send a draft about one week before the wedding for our edits. On the wedding date, he arrived on time and waited patiently when the sited is being set up.
Sincerely, JamesSincerely, James
Thumbtack Customer
Anthony was extremely professional. Everything for our wedding ceremony went perfectly! Very happy with our choice in choosing Anthony, would highly recommend him to anyone planning a wedding!
Make It Official - Anthony FoggiaMake It Official - Anthony Foggia
Alberto V.
Great officiant! Our wedding was great because of him!
Wedding Officiant NY/NJWedding Officiant NY/NJ
Katy P.
Amazing wedding with you, thanks for make everything perfect
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Rachel N.
Created a wonderful experience for a first time zoom wedding.
Minister JacobsonMinister Jacobson
Tyler E.
all of the above. I highly recommend him for weddings.
Officiant Christopherđź’Ť NYS/NYC CertifiedOfficiant Christopherđź’Ť NYS/NYC Certified
Sydney W.
She was a pleasure to have officiate our Zoom wedding!
Newport RI and NYC — $500 flat rateNewport RI and NYC — $500 flat rate
Jack z.
It was very lucky to have James as our wedding officiant. Before the wedding, he did lots of preparation works, helped us go through the process, and write vows for us. He was always responsive and patient to our questions and tried his best to fulfill our expectations. The wedding ceremony went smoothly due to his professionalism, we were very happy about the ceremony. James also charges a reasonable price, definitely reconmmend him as your wedding officiant!
Sincerely, JamesSincerely, James
Igor L.
It was amazing to have Ross as the officiant at our wedding. He was very well prepared and told our story beautifully at the wedding -- we and all the guests loved him! We highly recommend him.
Ross Decker Marriage OfficiantRoss Decker Marriage Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Anthony made our entire wedding experience wonderful and stress-free! He is so accommodating and flexible and was able to make a last minute change of plans when our Central Park wedding was rained out. He is kind and professional and we recommend him fully to anyone who is looking for a fantastic wedding officiant - thank you Anthony!
Make It Official - Anthony FoggiaMake It Official - Anthony Foggia
Jonas G.
Working with Nathan for a simple wedding was absolutely worth it. He was very responsive with the questions I was asking before the wedding and he even went earlier on the spot just to make sure that the spot is secured before we proceeded. Thank you so much Nathan! I will definitely recommend you to anyone who’s going to ask me if I know a wedding officiant!
Nathan Kline, OfficiantNathan Kline, Officiant
Yelena N.
Jesse was great to work with! We hired him for our "micro wedding" recently and are very happy with the choice. He was very responsive during the process leading up to the wedding. We talked on the phone a few days before the wedding and I mentioned a few specific shots that I wanted to get - on the wedding day I completely forgot about them but Jesse remembered. He was very punctual and inconspicuous on the day of! I received the photos in a dropbox link exactly 7 days after the wedding which was great. There were even more than he had promised in our contract and lots of great ones to choose from for our prints and eventual album. Very pleased overall!
Jesse O. Visuals Video Production & PhotographyJesse O. Visuals Video Production & Photography
Dean E.
Excellent choice to cover our wedding. Creative and patient. Highly recommend
Kaddy Tsang PhotographyKaddy Tsang Photography
Juan S. J.
Excellent, professional and very detail-oriented, had a fantastic wedding ceremony!
Juan Enrique ToroJuan Enrique Toro
Alla K.
Thank you Genese for doing such a great job on our wedding day!
Balloon G.Balloon G.
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