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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Houston wedding services
Thumbtack Customer
Wedding ceremony. Very nice man.
Your Special DayYour Special Day
Juan G.
He did awesome at our wedding !!!!!
Sonido BacteriaSonido Bacteria
Tryphonia A.
Glo did an excellent job for my wedding. The flowers were beautiful, wedding arch breathtaking. She is also very affordable. I would definitely recommend!
GloriSosa Events and DecorGloriSosa Events and Decor
Thumbtack Customer
Jan was prompt and professional. She stayed in contact with me over the course of the 2 week period and the morning of the wedding (we had an evening wedding). We had a small wedding and she graciously took our photo. what a wonderful person. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wedding MinisterWedding Minister
Diana A.
DJ Kayenne was so friendly and professional. I needed a bilingual DJ for my wedding and he definitely kept the party going. Everyone had a great time and were dancing on the dance floor. Before the wedding, he asked me for suggestions on songs we wanted to hear at our wedding and he played all. Very respectful and great quality of work. The week that hurricane Harvey hit, he contacted me asking how I was doing and checked in for the status of the wedding. I like how professional he was. He asked for the colors of my wedding to match, I like the effort he put into our wedding. Will definitely refer him to any friends or family for future events.
DJ KayenneDJ Kayenne
Wayne T.
He did our wedding on a 3 day notice
Reverend Martin PiggeeReverend Martin Piggee
Thumbtack Customer
She was very polite and respectful of our little wedding.
Wedding MinisterWedding Minister
Sina S.
Awesome make up for my entire wedding party!!
Makeup By AndreaMakeup By Andrea
Thumbtack Customer
Our engagement and wedding photos came out great!
JTM Media Image LLCJTM Media Image LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We loved every wedding picture he took
John Huang PhotographyJohn Huang Photography
Sarah A.
Great music! Kept the party going at my wedding!
DJ Men-Yo - Celebrity DJDJ Men-Yo - Celebrity DJ
Pauline R.
Mr. Peden was a very nice gentleman. He arrived 30 minutes before my wedding was to start as planned and was an absolute professional with the entire ceremony. He was a very down to earth person and I am glad I chose him to officiate our wedding. Thank you Johnny for being part of our wedding memories.
Your Special DayYour Special Day
Olive W.
Lynn was amazing!!! We contacted her to officiate our wedding with only 2 days notice. We got married inside Costco, Lynn was so nice, and pleasant. She preformed the wedding ceremony with absolute ease and professionalism. I would recommend Lynn for any type of wedding! She was such a blessing for us on our special day!
Wedding Officiant by LynnWedding Officiant by Lynn
Wonju J.
Kim is absolutely wonderful to work with! She is very quick to respond to questions and emails, and provided me with photos to help me envision the flowers for my wedding. Kim also suggested different types of flowers for a July wedding (I have zero knowledge in flowers). I can't wait to see the bouquets on my wedding day!
A Touch of EleganceA Touch of Elegance
Cool G.
Yulissa did a excellent job at Indian wedding - Thanks much!
Yulissa PhotographyYulissa Photography
Daniela L.
Beautiful wedding ceremony ! Thank you so much Maribel .
Silverbell WeddingsSilverbell Weddings
Gaby L.
Linda made me look amazingly on my wedding day!
Je Crois BeautyJe Crois Beauty
Chanel W.
I have hired P. August for my wedding event.
The Academy for Arts & EducationThe Academy for Arts & Education
Jennifer A.
Excellent service & last-minute availability for a wedding dinner/ reception.
Peter's PhotographyPeter's Photography
Estela O.
She was an excellent officiant to our wedding, very kind and professional.
Wedding MinisterWedding Minister
Tarri L.
Haven't had the wedding yet, but we met with him, and are delighted.
Pastor BradPastor Brad
Iris V.
Such a great job 👏🏻 I had the best wedding pictures thanks to Alex 👍🏻👍🏻
Monique J.
Great person I love that we picked him for your wedding
Reverend Martin PiggeeReverend Martin Piggee
Christopher L.
Joe was awesome to work with and I’d recommend him for any wedding or event!
Joe Than PhotographyJoe Than Photography
Christopher L.
George did a really job at our wedding, I’ll definitely give him a call when it’s time for my next wedding! lol ... On a serious note George was great and the photo booth that we added was a nice touch.
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