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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Poughkeepsie wedding services
Jen and Alex L.
We hired Thomas from Your Way Entertainment to serve as a DJ and a MC for our wedding on May 27, 2018. Overall, we were very pleased with how Thomas did his job. He is a professional and approaches event planning with thought and care. Thomas helped us with wedding song selection and played most of the songs we had requested. He worked well with all wedding vendors, including the officiant and the photographer/videographer. His services were reasonably priced and he was a pleasure to work with both before and throughout the wedding. We highly recommend him as a DJ/MC for any type of event.
Your Way Entertainment and ProductionsYour Way Entertainment and Productions
Nicole A.
Had an awesome experience! It was exactly what we requested. Short , sweet and to the point with a wedding poem! Thank you so much!
Chaplain KennyChaplain Kenny
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Peter married us on Sunday 10/16/16. We met with him prior to the wedding and he was so warm and we felt so comfortable--like we had known him forever. Our ceremony was personalized and beautiful. You will not be disappointed if you decide to have Reverend Peter officiate your wedding, he's pretty amazing!
Rev. Peter RehonisRev. Peter Rehonis
Thumbtack Customer
Rev Pete was thorough, on time, polite, respectful of our situation and our time. He was absolutely pleasant and made our day wonderful. Great addition to any wedding.
Rev. Peter RehonisRev. Peter Rehonis
Lea G.
We found Lynne through Thumbtack about a year ago when we were looking for an officiant in the Hudson Valley area for our wedding at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. We were looking for someone who did same-sex weddings, was in the area of our wedding, did non-religious ceremonies, and was affordable. She not only met this, but went above and beyond for us. We met her at a diner about a year before our wedding so she could get to know us. She wanted to know about how we met, and our life together. I don't know what it was about her, but the instant I met her, my (now) wife and I felt like we had known her forever. Something about her was just so warm and familiar... She wrote down how we wanted the ceremony to go, whether we wanted God to be mentioned or not (which was important to us, not being mentioned), whether we were writing our own vows, etc. She was very particular in making sure that we were happy and that we approved of everything she would say at the wedding. A few months before the wedding, she instructed us each to write an email to her saying what we loved most about the person we were marrying, and would read that aloud at the ceremony. When wedding day came, she was on time and gave us the most beautiful ceremony. She spoke from the heart, from the spirits, and it was as if she could read our minds with what we were feeling! I was raised Catholic so during weddings we always had to sit through hour long masses with a ceremony (which was pretty brutal). EVERYONE who attended the wedding mentioned how beautiful the ceremony was, how it was quick yet thorough, and many people thought that Lynne was an old friend of ours with how she spoke about us. It was truly the most beautiful ceremony ever. After the ceremony, she gave us a beautiful spirit rock, which has our names, our wedding colors, and a picture of our rings - which will be displayed on our mantle forever. Truly a beautiful work of art! She also gave us a folder which had the ceremony printed up for us, which I LOVE because I cannot remember some of the things that were said. After the ceremony, she met us in our bridal suite where our witnesses signed the marriage license and she explained the process of how we would receive a marriage certificate. The next business day of our wedding she mailed it out, and we received our official certificate within 8 days of our wedding! We feel lucky to have found her and for making our day even more memorable. If anyone is in the Hudson Valley area I hope that you use Lynne for her services, I promise that you will not regret it. My wife and I want to have a vow renewal ceremony five or ten years from now, and if we are still in NY state we will definitely be contacting Lynne for her services. Thank you Lynne for making us Mrs. and Mrs.! :) PS. I wish that I could upload a photo of us with Lynne, but the photographer has not released our photos yet. I hope that I can edit this review because when I do I will upload one! PSS. One important thing I forgot to mention was Lynne responsiveness. Of all of our professionals for the wedding, she was the most responsive to our emails. This was a huge plus and saved us a lot of stress!
Spirit Heart Wedding Officiant ServicesSpirit Heart Wedding Officiant Services
Thumbtack Customer
I know my husband already submitted a review, but Rev Rodriguez was amazing! He assisted me in all our concerns and made the process simple for us to understand. He made our wedding day fantastic. Thank you !
Tri-State WeddingsTri-State Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Rev Mary Carroll officiated our wedding ceremony and she did a fantastic job. She arrived on time, even allowed us to change the ceremony location last minute. Couldn't have asked for a better service. Thank you Mary!
NJ Life EventsNJ Life Events
Thumbtack Customer
Mike and the rest of A-1 Entertainment were a pleasure to work with, straightforward and down-to-earth. Johnny was our wedding DJ, and he was a welcome presence at our reception (40-50 people). He was responsive to the tone of the room, and a nice guy to boot! Would definitely recommend.
A-1 Entertainment ConsultantsA-1 Entertainment Consultants
Kara Z.
Thomas DJ'd my wedding last month and I am extremely happy I hired him!! His punctuality was impressive and his love for DJing is apparent in his work. He did much than just DJ and MC everything, he listened to me (even if I decided to change something last minute), he listened to feedback from the wedding guests, he would constantly monitor the crowd to make sure everyone was enjoying the songs that were being played - and if they weren't he would adjust everything accordingly. That's a true MC!! He works quickly and efficiently, he has a great personality and everyone loved him for it.
Your Way Entertainment and ProductionsYour Way Entertainment and Productions
Carly W.
Steph was a pleasure to work with. She's extremely, reliable, professional, and punctual. I hired her to do makeup for my bridesmaids for my wedding and she did such an amazing job. They all looked beautiful and I couldn't have been more happy. I will definitely hire her again. Thanks Steph!
Glamour by StephGlamour by Steph
Amanda F.
My makeup trial was fabulous. Steph was so accommodating and helpful in choosing a palette. She is truely an artist. My trial was early in the morning and all day I wore my makeup, it DID NOT budge! I CANT WAIT FOR MY WEDDING DAY! I know everyone will look amazing thanks to Steph! -Amanda
Glamour by StephGlamour by Steph
T. T.
My wife and I hired Pent to do our makeup for our wedding in June 2019. Our first meeting was at our home for a consultation and trial run. We felt comfortable with the results and happy to hire her for our wedding day. Pent did a wonderful job. I wanted a fancier version of myself while still looking like me. She accomplished what I wanted as well as my wife's wishes. Our bridal party had their own preferences. Some had heavy makeup others not. She was able to execute all requests timely. Pent was punctual, calm, organized and kind. She also recommended makeup and lipsticks we could purchase beforehand as well as where we could purchase on sale! It was a pleasant experience.
PentMakeup and HairPentMakeup and Hair
Thumbtack Customer
our wedding was this past Sunday 6/15/14 The day was amazing but what really made are day extra special was Carl he was amazing !!! The music was great and he was extremely nice I highly recommend Carl Dayton and I know I have passed the word how great he is and plan to use his service in the future :)
Carl Dayton EntertainmentCarl Dayton Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Carl Dayton was the DJ/MC for our wedding. We were very specific about what type of music we wanted played and he followed that. He helped everything flow smoothly, from introductions, to the dances, to the cake cutting. I was just able to enjoy the reception, not having to worry about those details. So glad he was our DJ!
Carl Dayton EntertainmentCarl Dayton Entertainment
Andrea H.
I am extremely satisfied with the services of Dreamm Glam. They helped my daughter-in-law feel like a princess on her wedding day! Dreamm Glam was very responsive to the bride's requests, and her hair and make up looked absolutely incredible. DreammGlam also created a special look for the bride's mother. I am very pleased with Dreamm Glam, and will definitely hire them again.
Dream Glam MakeupDream Glam Makeup
Kara Z.
Kimberly married my husband and I last month and I was extremely impressed with her professionalism! She was early to the ceremony and she organized everyone in the bridal party together perfectly, as well as calmed me (a very anxious bride) down. She did such a beautiful job writing our vows for us and so many of the wedding guests commented how impressed they were with the ceremony. I would definitely recommend Kimberly's Blessings to anyone who likes efficiency, competency, professionalism, great organizational skills, and someone who will make you and your future spouse feel so special!!
Kimberly's BlessingsKimberly's Blessings
Thumbtack Customer
We absolutely love how responsive Tina was leading up to our day.. She contacted both myself and my husband via email, texts and calls.. we were able to choose how we wanted the ceremony, and had it not been for the disgusting makeup I had, my day would have been awesome, but again that has nothing to do with Tina... Tina was perfect.. so perfect that we asked her to officiate our wedding ceremony when we include family and friends in the near future... we love you Tina.. thanks for making our day beautiful
Totally about Weddings and EventsTotally about Weddings and Events
Andrea H.
DJ Allan did an outstanding job at my son's wedding. Prior to the event, he was very accessible. He responded promptly to my inquiry and all follow up requests. He worked closely with my son and his fiance to customize their playlist, which included a wide variety of music. DJ Allan read the energy of the crowd and kept the party going all afternoon and evening. Our guests really enjoyed the event, and the music really complimented every aspect of the day. The volume was perfect, and the colorful lights added a fun touch to the dance floor. DJ Allan was professional, courteous, and I highly recommend his services! Thank you !!
Rebecca M.
Megan was absolutley fantastic! If I were to plan the wedding again, the only thing I would have done differently is hire Megan earlier. She was patient, and knowledgable. She paid attention to every detail, and made sure that everything went off without a hitch. She was never judgemental (even of some very wild ideas), and helped me figure out how to make the logisitcs of everything work. Our honeymoon was cancelled by Hurricane Dorian, and she even recommended an amazing spa to stay at! She was also incredibly flexible, and brought with her an air of positivity and confidence that carried over to everyone involved. We are so grateful to have found Megan!
Wedding Concierge | Wedding CoordinationWedding Concierge | Wedding Coordination
Jenna C.
Due to unfortunate circumstances, we were left without our officiant 2 weeks before our wedding. We did some research online and Harris was the one that caught our eye. His reviews were impressive and having hired him, we can attest to every single review! Super responsive, whether it be text, email, phone or Facetime. We really liked the fact he took time to get to know us via a questionnaire so he could customize a ceremony specifically for us. His humor was perfect, adding just the right amount into the ceremony. Our guests continue, even 2 weeks later, to talk about how awesome he was. We are very happy to have worked with Harris and HIGHLY recommend him!! Thank you, Harris!!
Harris BloomHarris Bloom
Barbara L.
Scott was very professional, making sure he understood what we were looking for before connecting us to the right musician (Rob). A guitarist, Rob became one of the highlights of our wedding. He played a mix of pop, jazz, and some classics during the ceremony, cocktail session, and opening of the reception. We had sent him a couple of specific song requests, some as obscure as music from Japanese anime, and he not only managed to learn it in just a few weeks but played it better than the YouTube video we had sent him. We received many compliments from our guests regarding Rob's artistry especially on the songs he provided vocals as well. Definitely connect with Scott if you're looking for professional musicians at your next special event.
The Music BoutiqueThe Music Boutique
Thumbtack Customer
Dana was the best thing I stumbled across while wedding planning. I had been frustrated with searching for florals before finding her, and I'm glad I waited until I did! Flowers were the most important part of the decor for me.. even the bridesmaid dresses were picked to match the flowers. She understood my vision exactly, and at the same time I didn't have to tell her every detail. She came to me with ideas and was genuinely excited about them. I would recommend her to anyone, and will to everyone. She was an extremely hard worker, and ENJOYED it. She worked with my budget, and came up with creative ways to make it still look like it cost a million dollars. And everything stayed beautiful the whole night - everything was wonderful quality. Thank you so much Dana!!!!
— In The Art of Green —— In The Art of Green —
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