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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

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.

How much are wedding DJs?

Hiring a DJ typically costs anywhere from $300 to $1,200. It all depends on how long they’ll be working at your wedding and other various factors. The cost to hire a wedding DJ is usually higher than the cost to hire a DJ to play at a birthday party or similar event. 

To find out exactly how much your wedding DJ will cost, ask for a cost estimate from several professionals in your area.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Austin wedding service professionals
Krista D.
Amy did a lovely job with our little backyard wedding! Happy to have worked with her and appreciated her professional and responsive service.
Amy Alvarez PhotographyAmy Alvarez Photography
Jennifer C.
Danielle made our wedding day perfect! She is an amazing person who we connected with immediately and could not be happier with the service. Thank you Danielle for being a part of our amazing day.
Married By DanielleMarried By Danielle
Jeff V.
Mike was very professional when we met him and made sure to answer all our questions so we had what we needed for our wedding. He was happy to negotiate a fair price for our small size wedding. He prepared us well with the Playlist and made sure everything was setup to run smoothly during the wedding. We had a last minute venue change and he had no problem moving there. We were very happy with the service Mike provided and would recommend him to others needing a good DJ.
DJ the MoodDJ the Mood
Arvind S.
Greg and team were fantastic for our wedding. We used their DJ + Photobooth services. Greg was very responsive and answered all our questions and also helped make informed choices. Thank you Greg!
GGC ProductionsGGC Productions
Angelina R.
Frank did an amazing job with officiating my husband and I’s wedding! He was courteous, funny, sweet and patient the entire time, both during the wedding and the hiring process. He was very transparent with us regarding his officiant history and experience and that helped build trust. For the price, you would get high quality officiating service and a memorable experience. We highly recommend hiring Frank!
Weddings by Hipguy4relWeddings by Hipguy4rel
Anna P.
DJ Kool Robb provided excellent service for my wedding. I sent him a playlist and he matched the vibe perfectly. Furthermore, his rates were affordable and he was available last minute, as I planned my Austin wedding from South Korea and Georgia and thus was left scrambling to complete last minute tasks I had forgotten about! I absolutely recommend DJ Kool Robb!
DJ Kool RobDJ Kool Rob
Tom S.
Joyce did a wonderful job catering my son’s wedding celebration. Her extensive menu offerings allowed us to offer an international meal with Texas, Argentine and Russian dishes. Thanks JC Cooks for great food and service on a wonderful day full of love.
JC Cooks Catering & Chef ServiceJC Cooks Catering & Chef Service
Jennifer V.
If I could give Phillip 6 stars on this website I would but unfortunately it only goes to 5. He went above and beyond! I can't recommend him enough. He was my ROCK during the whole wedding process. I couldn't have done my wedding day without him. We initially had hired him as our officiant because we absolutely loved his personality and professional demeanor after meeting him in person for the first time. I later found out Phillip also provides "wedding day coordinator" services as well. I must admit I was a bit skeptical to hire the same person to provide both services, but he was incredible and honestly I don't believe anyone else could have done a better job at either roles on my wedding day (August 1st 2019). My wedding was for 100 guests at a large venue and Phillip was both helpful and amazing at coordinating/catering to everything I needed. I am a DIY bride and he was helpful in ensuring everything was put together and made no fuss about what I wanted to do to make my day extra special and more personal. I had so many compliments about him regarding the ceremony he officiated and how everything seemed to be going so smoothly the day of the wedding. To be honest, I can't think of anything that went wrong on my wedding day and that probably has to do with the fact that Phillip was able to coordinate everything without a hitch and was able to keep me calm and focused on being happy and enjoying my big day without worrying about the details. He was the best money I ever spent on my wedding. So if you are looking for someone to help you with the chaos, that is of executing a wedding and making sure that you and your partner can actually enjoy your day.... HIRE PHILLIP! Thank you Phillip for being awesome and we will remember our day with big smiles and great joy because of you. The Cooks.
Celebrations by PhillipCelebrations by Phillip
Thomas O.
DJ PtchBlaq provided DJ services for our wedding. In addition to handling the reception and cocktail music, he also helped mic our officiant for the ceremony. He was extremely easy to work with. Very professional. And, it seemed like his library of music didn't lack one song.
DJ PtchBlaqDJ PtchBlaq
Kristi G.
Marissa is a true professional! I’m so grateful to have found her for my wedding makeup. I booked both a trial and wedding day service.. she was amazing for both! I am so grateful to have met her. In fact, she went above and beyond for me when my hair stylist cancelled on me 6 days before the wedding. She reached out to a few of her connections and found someone who could do my hair! I’d love to book her for future work. Definitely go with Marissa if you have a chance... you won’t regret it. PS - I might have to go back to her for airbrush training! 😊👌🏻👍🏻 Thanks Marissa!!
Velvet BeautyVelvet Beauty
Tiana G.
He did an amazing job with my new husband and I. Hopefully he will be doing our full wedding ceremony. It was very personal and sentimental. If anyone is looking for someone to marry them he is amazing for the task. He also offers other services. Thanks again I was very pleased.
Weddings To YouWeddings To You
Xingyu P.
We hired DJ Men-Yo for music and MC at our wedding. Pro: - he's on time - he get people on the dance floor Cons: - we asked for PA system during ceremony, he did not bring them - ceremony music was un-impressive Overall, he is overpriced for average service.
DJ Men-Yo - Celebrity DJDJ Men-Yo - Celebrity DJ
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Coyle and his wife are so nice and friendly. They made us feel very comfortable throughout the planning process of our wedding. Our ceremony went just as planned and all our guests had only great things to say about Reverend Coyle. We highly recommend his services!
Reverend CoyleReverend Coyle
Iasmini S.
Nicole is amazing at what she does. From hair to makeup she listened to my requests and delivered! I’m beyond happy that I picked her for my wedding day. Will definitely request her service in the future and always recommend to friends and family. Thank you Nicole for making my day extra special! <3
Hair & Makeup w/ NicoleHair & Makeup w/ Nicole
Thumbtack Customer
JJ did an amazing job as the DJ at our Austin, Texas August wedding! Pre-Wedding: We found JJ through Thumbtack after chatting with several other DJ's with little success. The DJ at a wedding is really important because they are the person communicating with your guests, and you want their energy to match the wedding vibe. As soon as we talked to JJ, we knew he was exactly what we wanted. He was professional, funny, outgoing, and very transparent about the process of hiring him. JJ was really receptive to our needs as a couple in compiling song lists. He provided us with a list of 250 most-played party songs, which we went through and divided into "play" and "do-not-play" songs. We also compiled song lists for our pre-ceremony (acoustics), ceremony, cocktail hour (alternative), and reception (pop). I had a very clear vision of what I wanted, and JJ was intent on fulfilling what I wanted. Wedding: JJ got to our venue several hours early to set up his equipment. He even worked with our venue to connect a lapel microphone to his equipment for our officiant. We had music set to our recessional and processional - all perfect. I received many compliments throughout the night on how great the music during the ceremony and cocktail hour had been. The reception music was also great. JJ did a phenomenal job of fulfilling my obscure song requests while also playing songs that everyone else knew (and I didn't hear one song from my ridiculously long "do-not-play" list!). He really struck the perfect balance, and everyone had so much fun. JJ made some announcements, but he did not use the microphone to make superfluous small-talk as I have seen some wedding DJ's do. We were so impressed with his services - we would hire him again in a heartbeat and recommend him to anyone hosting an event in need of a DJ. Post-Wedding: The day after our wedding, I received a text from JJ to thank me for a note I had given him the night before and to touch base...he is the only one of my vendors (and I had many) that checked in with me after the wedding was done. It is a seemingly small gesture, but it meant a lot after putting so much work into the wedding. JJ committed to working with us, helped us through the process, and saw it all the way through to the very end. Our experience with him was superb!
Essen Entertainment  "Named #1 Event Service Pr...Essen Entertainment "Named #1 Event Service Pr...
Thumbtack Customer
Minister Boone was above and beyond what we ever expected, the ceremony he prepared for our daughters wedding was the most beautiful that we've ever heard.He was a blessing in disguise for us.Very pleasant with all our guest very helpful in any way he could.We were very pleased with his services and plan to use him for all our other events too be.
Celebrations by PhillipCelebrations by Phillip
Lauren H.
I don’t have proper words to describe the quality of service Zach provided for our wedding. From booking to the day of the ceremony he was in communication with us and was always easy to get a hold of. Zach was our only photographer and capture the entire essence of our ceremony, the photos are breathtaking!! We really could not have chosen a better fit, choose Zach Brigham for your next event!
Zach Brigham PhotographyZach Brigham Photography
Thumbtack Customer
The overall experience was amazing! From our first phone conversation I knew that the entire process was going to be seamless. I felt confident during our conversation that I had made the right choice when selecting a DJ. The wedding was amazing, JJ helped make it the most perfect day in our lives. I will recommend his services to anyone I know who is looking.
Essen Entertainment  "Named #1 Event Service Pr...Essen Entertainment "Named #1 Event Service Pr...
Zun K.
Lea is great makeup artist. She did an amazing makeup on me and my mother for the wedding. I am so pleased with her service and she is very easy to work with. I will hire her again in the future. Her pricing is awesome along with her work, that was another reason which inclined me to hire her. She will satisfy you before she leaves and never rushes you. I will highly recommend everyone to hire her!! Thanks lea
Blush Beauty by LeaBlush Beauty by Lea
Thumbtack Customer
We wanted a very short, but memorable service. Stephen visited with us beforehand to determine what would work for us. His website has a lot of options, designed to meet the needs of most (if not all) couples. He was right on time..though we ran a little late because of guests traveling in for the wedding. The ceremony was great, and conveyed exactly the feelings we were looking for. We would highly recommend Stephen if you are looking for someone to officiate a traditional, or non traditional exchange of vows. Ben and Julie-Austin, Tx
I Do CeremoniesI Do Ceremonies
Jo S.
I cannot say more about Hey Dee because my experience with her was indescribable. We might be an outlier, because for someone we met off Thumbtack and expected little from, we clicked so well, which only aided in her being able to serve us as individuals. Dee was respectful of our low key religious requests, and was able to formulate a ceremony that fit our ideal non-conforming, but still traditional wedding vision, and stayed and celebrated with us. She was not just "in" our wedding, she became part of our memories and event. Service speaking- Dee was professional, prompt, involved and worth more than requested! I cannot emphasize enough how much of a blessing she was to us in the time of Covid, trying to maintain a budget, and getting what we needed to complete our vision. Personally speaking- I love her! I am going to make her new friend and part of my life because I was not only impressed with her professionally, but also personally. She is great people and kind hearted and a pleasure to be around. Funny, warm and just awesome. Someone at the wedding has a picture of us, I do not, but if I did, I would have loaded it to show her potential customers my face with her by my side. #ShesAmazing
HeyDee Officiant ServicesHeyDee Officiant Services
Sarah H.
Where do I start… Nicole did such an amazing job for my quick turnaround wedding! She really listened to the ideas I had and what I ultimately wanted to bring to life for my special day and then did 1000 times better. On top of that she was great company, made sure I felt comfortable the entire time and ultimately felt like one of my girlfriends was doing my hair/makeup professionally. I will DEFINITELY be utilizing her services again for future important events- she’s the best and I highly recommend!!😊👸🏼
Hair & Makeup w/ NicoleHair & Makeup w/ Nicole
Thumbtack Customer
*Amazing* I went into Thumbtack just looking for a DJ to play some music at our wedding reception, and ended up getting so much more. Rick was so friendly, very professional and had the best taste in music. As the party progressed, he could tell when people started wanting to dance so his adapting and started playing more "UpBeat" music. He was very interactive with the crowd and was having fun with everyone. I am recommending his services to anyone I know having a party in the future! He is the BEST and so nice :)
Upbeat Music Service (djUpbeat)Upbeat Music Service (djUpbeat)
Seema S.
I had a great experience with Bill! Bill did a great job with capturing our special day. It was a small courtroom wedding for us. Bill came on time and also was quick in exploring the venue and choosing photography locations. Even indoors, they used the room and lighting super well. I got edited pics the same day and they stayed responsive all throughout. The only thing i missed is close up shots from the ceremony, but other than that, I was very happy with Behind-a-lens service. I would highly recommend them for any kind of photography needs :) Good luck!
Behind A LensBehind A Lens
Ruby T.
5 stars isn’t enough for how amazing Pastor Bryson was. I am forever thankful for his service! If I could do this over 1,000 times, I would stick with him. I can’t thank him enough for taking the time to get to know us, know our story, talk to us and ask questions. Pastor Bryson is such a blessing in our lives and made our wedding day so special and beautiful. I’m so glad that my friends asked for his contact info because he did not just make an impact on my marriage, but an impact on our guest.
Pastor Bryson Wedding OfficiantPastor Bryson Wedding Officiant
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