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1. The Uptown Groove
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"We started working with Seth from The Uptown Groove last year when we asked them to play at our wedding and the entire experience from start to finish was amazing. Seth met with us on multiple occasions and helped us nail down every detail of anything sound-related from the ceremony mics and music, through cocktail hour and dinner and on into the reception. Seth went so far above and beyond in so many ways, we could never thank him enough. For example, we wanted to use a song for our first dance that wasn't even a recorded by the artist anywhere and had only ever been performed live at concerts. All we needed to do was get him a link to one of these performances on YouTube and he took care of not only getting the song for us to use, but cleaning it up and taking the crowd noise out of it. That's just one small example of how much he helped us in the planning of our big day. Seth and his violinist played wonderfully during our ceremony and then transitioned right into cocktail hour where the jazz trio portion of the band played music for our guests. We already started getting compliments about how great the band was and the show hadn't even started yet! There were even a few guests slow dancing along to the cocktail hour music, something I've never seen before! After Seth introduced us and we had our first dance, he switched into DJ mode and played dinner music while everyone ate. Then it was on to a few more dances and cake cutting, all musical accompaniments taken care of by Seth. The main event started and the band was AMAZING! Each member of the band is so incredibly talented...they will blow you away! They have an extensive list of songs they play that are all over the musical spectrum. Plenty of old and new material and all of the classics you'd want a band to play for dance music at a wedding! Our guests packed the dance floor and it stayed that way all night. I personally couldn't wait to get out there and dance myself, and I don't dance, in fact I pretty much stink at it but I didn't care, these guys moved me! The band played 3 sets between about 8:30pm and 12am and only took 2 very short breaks during which they played songs we had requested previously. Each time they came back to start up a new set, everyone was there to dance with them. We have received so many compliments from our guests on how amazing this band was at our wedding and how perfectly they brought the day together for us. I can't wait to go see this band again out around town and enjoy their music and relive my perfect wedding day again and again. If you are thinking of getting a band for your wedding, this is 100% the one you are looking for. They take care of everything, you get a band, a DJ and an emcee all in one and the price was absolutely reasonable. There simply is no substitute for a live band at your wedding, there simply is no substitute for The Uptown Groove. Thank you thank you thank you for an incredible experience!!!"

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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 should you ask your wedding videographer before hiring?

Finding the perfect wedding videographer doesn’t have to be stressful. Asking a few key questions upfront will help you find the right fit for your big day. Before talking with wedding videographers, research their work online. Look at their websites, business profiles and social media, and see what their finished wedding videos look like. If the style fits what you’re envisioning, it’s time to reach out. During initial contact, make sure you get along with the person. This is important since they’ll be interacting with you and your guests.

Your first question should be about their availability; there’s no point in going further if they’re booked on your wedding day. Ask to see references if they’re not readily available online. Next, it’s time to talk about money. Ask how they determine rates or what kind of packages they offer. When you settle on a rate and the services you want, make sure to have a written contract that outlines everything, including cost, length of time they film, what post-production will include, and when you can expect to receive the edited project.

How much is videography for a wedding?

Wedding videography is one thing many couples regret not paying for. It may seem like just another expense during wedding planning, but it’s really special to have a moving memory of your big day. The national average cost for wedding videography is $990-$1,260. Pricing can vary depending on wedding length, special film features, the amount of editing required, and how many videographers are needed to cover the event. Many videographers offer packages that provide different levels of service. A very simple wedding documentary could be $600 or more, while a full-scale cinematic experience involving multiple videographers could be $2,500 or more. Here’s an example of average package pricing:

  • Package 1: $1,400
    • Footage during and after the ceremony, including highlights requested by the couple.
    • Two cameras with audio equipment.
    • DVD including a 3- or 4-minute edit to a song of the couple’s choice and a 45- to 50-minute raw edit covering the entire event.
    • Recordings of guests’ good wishes to the couple.
  • Package 2: $1,800
    • Includes everything from Package 1, plus an additional videographer (2 total) and aerial videography.  
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