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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. 

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.

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.

Reviews for Upper West Side wedding services
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
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
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
Noorah S.
Best wedding choice I’ve made!
Beauty and BridesBeauty and Brides
Jennifer G.
JOEY was great for our wedding celebration!
Joe Curry PhotographyJoe Curry Photography
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!
Wedding Officiant AnthonyWedding Officiant Anthony
Thumbtack Customer
Greg provided an excellent officiant service for our wedding in NYC. He used inputs we provided and weaved them into his speech. On the wedding day, Greg arrived on time, spoke eloquently, and delivered a first class service. If you are looking for a wedding and officiant with a personal touch, Greg is your best choice.
MilestonesMilestones
Rachel N.
Created a wonderful experience for a first time zoom wedding.
Minister JacobsonMinister Jacobson
Adam L.
Center piece and the wedding arch, everything is so beautiful.
Pixel Poppy Inc.Pixel Poppy Inc.
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!
Wedding Officiant AnthonyWedding Officiant Anthony
Gosia N.
We hired Yourlifeevent to be a videographer for our wedding in NYC and we are extremely happy with our videos! Very professional, responsive and punctual. I was looking for someone who will make our wedding videos interesting and fun to watch and I knew yourlifeevent was the right company after I saw other wedding videos the company created. We highly recommend!
⚠️ Photo+Video=$3499 FULL DAY! YourLifeEvent⚠️ Photo+Video=$3499 FULL DAY! YourLifeEvent
Thumbtack Customer
Rev Brad made our wedding really special it was perfect
Officiant BradOfficiant Brad
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 & PhotoJesse O. Visuals Video & Photo
Thumbtack Customer
In short: if you want a perfect wedding officiant stop searching and hire Salvatore! We were so lucky to meet him here in Thumbtack! He is not just wonderful Wedding Officiant but beautiful person great to chat with and spend this very special moment of everyone's life. There is saying: 'nobody is perfect' but we can say Salvatore was perfect for our little intimate wedding ceremony!!!
Wedding OfficiantWedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
I really want to thank reverend for the excellent service in my wedding
Rev. Johnny Erato, English/Spanish/BilingualRev. Johnny Erato, English/Spanish/Bilingual
Juan S. J.
Excellent, professional and very detail-oriented, had a fantastic wedding ceremony!
Juan Enrique ToroJuan Enrique Toro
Kaitlin l.
Rev Ron was truly amazing and accommodating for our wedding. He was helpful in writing down the ceremony and sharing our story. He was early to the ceremony allowing us time to sign the license, he met with us before the wedding to go over exactly what we wanted, and he delivered a beautiful homily. My husband and I would recommend him to anyone and everyone to officiate their wedding.
Inter Faith MinisterInter Faith Minister
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Foggia was our wedding officiant! Anthony was absolutely amazing!! He was patient, gracious and extremely professional... Our wedding ceremony was a wonderful delight!!! Thank you so much Anthony!! Our special day will forever be in our memories!!
Wedding Officiant AnthonyWedding Officiant Anthony
Anna B.
Dany is a great makeup artist, she was doing my makeup for the wedding and it was perfect!
Danymakeup HairDanymakeup Hair
Omy M.
It was so lovely to have you in our wedding. You make all the moment so special as well and everybody felt very confort with you. You are very professional, responsible, puntual and the most important we received our wedding Certificate very fast. Thank you so much Anthony, I hope and wish to have you in my Silver wedding one day again. THANK YOU!😘🙏
Wedding Officiant AnthonyWedding Officiant Anthony
Thumbtack Customer
Dave is AMAZING!!! He made the wedding ceremony very memorable!!! Thank you!!
NYC Marriage OfficiantNYC Marriage Officiant
Kathryn T.
Michael was instrumental to me and my husband's wedding this past Friday at 632 on Hudson. From the ceremony music to the reception, everyone had a great time and the music flowed together as one. Michael also communicated with me multiple times before the wedding and was flexible with requests. Throughout the wedding, he was on point with each timeline and made sure things were running smoothly. I highly recommend Michael for any event!
DJ DembyDJ Demby
Stephanie N.
Emily photographed my NYC rooftop wedding and was simply AMAZING from beginning to end. She is really detail oriented and surpassed all of my expectations. She is even an expert in Photoshop which came in handy because my brother in law had his eyes closed during most of our family photos. It sounds funny, but she able salvage our family photo by swapping his head out with an image where he didn’t blink…. at no additional charge : ) Just a glimpse into my experience with Emily: A few weeks before the wedding, she proactively created an itinerary for the wedding day to ensure that everything would be captured during the timeframe that I hired her for. This was a complete game changers and everything was organized on my wedding day. I also wanted to note that Emily arrived early on my wedding day and took the time to capture every single detail of my dress, invitation, wedding jewelry, shoes, ect. She was simply a delight to work with. My guests and I loved her sweet personality and quick wit! A few hours after my wedding, Emily sent me a text and an email with a few sneak peek photos that highlighted my wedding. The pictures came out beautiful! I am very happy with the results. I can’t say enough great things about her!
Emily Chan PhotographyEmily Chan Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Brad was a delight to work with. He made our wedding incredibly memorable and enchanting by helping us find the perfect location as well as writing the most lyrical and beautiful wedding sermon imaginable. He even worked with us to incorporate our religious beliefs into the sermon. He is very flexible, understanding, insightful an an all around calming presence to have at one's wedding. He deserves a lot more money than he asks for!
Officiant BradOfficiant Brad
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