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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 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. 

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.

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 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. 

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.

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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a wedding officiant when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a wedding officiant when social distancing, ask if the officiant can offer remote services. Some wedding officiants are choosing to conduct services virtually and/or stand more than 6 feet away from the parties. Discuss possible arrangements with your wedding officiant, and familiarize yourself with your local community guidelines, as well as the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing. Only move forward if you and the officiant both feel comfortable.

You may want to implement extra precautions, such as using digital payments instead of exchanging cash, sanitizing all involved spaces and waving instead of shaking hands. 

Reviews for Alexandria wedding service professionals
Vera B.
My wedding date is June 22, so he hasn't taken photos yet. But his customer service so far has been awesome!
Beyond PhotosBeyond Photos
Ravona B.
Mr. Manuel delivered a great experience from beginning to end on my wedding day. I would highly recommend his services to others. Thanks again Kevin for everything.
Kevin Manuel PhotographyKevin Manuel Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We had a great experience with Erika. She was very professional and punctual with her service. We hired her for a double wedding on the same day for both hair and make-up. We had a trial prior to the event which allowed us to pick the look we wanted. She was very flexible with our needs and was able to execute the looks we wanted on the wedding day for 2 brides and 3 additional wedding members. All of us loved the hair and make-up.
KD Hair BeautyKD Hair Beauty
Thumbtack Customer
Karla did a wonderful job on the makeup for my wedding. She arrived on time and did my bridal makeup and the makeup of two others in my wedding party. She got us all ready in plenty of time for the event. She is friendly and easy-going. I thought her prices were very reasonable for the service she offers.
Makeup by Karla OMakeup by Karla O
Izmira S.
Just AMAZING. Arrived on time, was professional, courteous, has great conversation and did an exceptional job with my makeup for a fall wedding. He certainly exceeded my expectations and will be using his services again. A+
RubenV BeautyRubenV Beauty
Tyra W.
Extremely responsive and straight forward. This gentleman provides a great value for the price of his services, which is great considering his level of experience. He was very attentive and flexible. Highly recommended, especially if you’re on a tight wedding budget.
Picaboost Photography StudiosPicaboost Photography Studios
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Jamie Dee performed a wedding ceremony in our backyard. She made sure that our special day was very special even though it was just us and our grown children. She took the time to get to know us and personalized the service for and to us.
Rev. Jamie DeeRev. Jamie Dee
Emily M.
Jim did an awesome job at our wedding. He was very attentive to my requests and gave a great price for the service provided. He made sure to capture all the key moments and everyone raved to me about how great the pictures turned out. I would highly recommend him for any event!
Jim Halling PhotographyJim Halling Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I am impressed because he thought on his feet, he played the music we ask and mixed it up since our wedding was a Peruvian and irish american group. Even though the other services that was there messed up his plans, he still figured it out to work.I highly recommend hiring this company and he will work out your financial agreement and packages. Thank you bra!!
DJ Teddy507DJ Teddy507
Sophia F.
I cannot speak more highly of The Blendmasters! Wow... what an AMAZING DJ service! So professional, so punctual, easy going and SO FUN!!! They cater to your style. The flow was on point and perfect. I had an interesting mix of songs and my ceremony wasn’t very traditional as far as music, and The Blendmasters made it happen!!! I am 100% happy with how the music turned out. Many people told me before my wedding that the DJ is a hit or miss, so I was concerned a bit. But I was blown away. Our friends and family were complimenting us on how great our wedding was and how our dance floor was packed literally the entire night. Nobody wanted to leave the dance floor! And Blendmasters didn’t mind, they just kept the party going! They were so easy to get along with, great personalities!!! Everyone loved them. They even were invited to the after party! It felt like they were long time friends. The online portal they use is very specific and user friendly. It’s very convenient! If you want an amazing wedding/event/party, choose The Blendmasters. They DO NOT disappoint. Steve, thank you for making my dream wedding a reality. You two are quite amazing.
Blendmasters DJ ServicesBlendmasters DJ Services
Thumbtack Customer
My brilliant self thought that I could manage the music for my own wedding. 2 weeks out, I was overwhelmed and started looking for DJs. I actually contacted Donnell based on a review from someone in a simulator situation. From the start, he was responsive and his price was unbelievable. He was very easy to work with and I am so thankful for his professionalism and patience as I was sending him ceremony music the morning of the wedding! The music was flawless! I received so many compliments from our guests raving about the ceremony! He also provided the music for our reception and read the crowd extremely well. I would highly recommend his services to anyone
Chi Dr. ProductionsChi Dr. Productions
Tishanda M.
Had a tasting with Red Plated and was very impressed by the professionalism received. The food was amazing and we are happy and excited to book her for our upcoming wedding. ****UPDATE**** My husband and I got married on 9/26/20 and I wanted to take time to update our review to potential customers. Please note that the previous review was 5 stars due to the stellar service we received during our tasting. After we signed the contract everything seemed to go downhill starting with the communication. It was very hard to get a response with Kiara Colvin of Red Plated LLC. When I would send an email there would not be a response for three months later. We started sending emails and text messages to ensure a response. Additionally, we requested a follow up tasting to tweak the food and Kiara was a "no call no show" to TWO of the tastings we tried to reschedule in order to fix this issue. Lastly, the wedding day. My wedding planner sent out a timeline to all vendors well in advance and confirmed the arrival time of 2pm for our 5pm wedding with Kiara of which she agreed. I noticed when we did our walkthrough of the reception after our ceremony was complete that there was no food on the buffet tables but was not notified of the issue at that time. I found out after the wedding that our caterers did not arrive until 4:30pm. The food was lackluster at best which I am sure came from rushing to get everything prepared and there were many complaints that there was no cheese on the mac and cheese. As the bride who planned this wedding I feel we could have done better but our many attempts to secure a refund were refused. Future Clients: PLEASE read this company's contract thoroughly and ensure that there is a clause for you to get your money back if your expectations are not met. The contract I signed did not have a way for us to get our money back and we were not confident after the missed tastings that the caterer was going to deliver.
Red Plated, LLCRed Plated, LLC
Carlos Z.
Our special day could have not gone better without Jamie officiating our wedding! Jamie walked us through every step since the day we engaged her services. She gave us options to choose from and answered our questions in a timely manner. On the day of, she arrived early to greet our guests. During the ceremony, she read the vows at a decent pace, not rushed. She joined us at the end for some photos. We recommend Jamie to anyone who wants their special day to unforgettable.
Rev. Jamie DeeRev. Jamie Dee
Thumbtack Customer
Oscar Garcia provided stellar customer service and performed remarkably as the DJ and Master of Ceremonies at our recent wedding and reception. A worksheet was provided prior to the event for us to list our preferences, and he walked us through some areas making wonderful recommendations. He maintained contact with us until the day of the event, quickly answered our email correspondence, and he genuinely cared about the success of our very special day. The equipment he provided was impressive, and the overall event was an astounding success. I would wholeheartedly recommend Oscar for any event, and will absolutely contract his services again if the opportunity presents itself. Oscar stayed the course with the genres we requested, and played all the songs that we wanted to hear. HIGHLY recommended!!!!
Epic Sound EntertainmentEpic Sound Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Kimberly is a true professional. I don't like wearing too much makeup, therefore was a little hesitant at first with bold colors, but after speaking to her and going through my trials I was able to see her vision and absolutetly loved it. The day of the wedding she kept me calm, even though there was chaos all around me. She did my hair and makeup, and it was just as her name Fabulously Done! I had only 3 hrs of sleep the night before, but thanks to her artistry I looked great! I highly recommend her makeup and hair service.
Kimberly Roberson BeautyKimberly Roberson Beauty
P. W.
I didn't have the chance to meet Jan before my wedding day in November 2018, but she was communicative and incredibly helpful when working out details over email. She brought such a calm and positive vibe into the room the day of and, despite having just met her, it felt completely natural for her to capture private and special moments before the ceremony. She prioritized what was important to us and also addressed sensitive requests with grace and discretion. She made my husband and I feel comfortable in front of her camera, and she was so kind and positive throughout! Her results are unbelievably gorgeous and reflect her incredible talent. I have never felt more beautiful than when I remember my wedding day through LUEM Photography's photos! We gifted our parents books of the pictures and kept one for ourselves. We also included links to the photo site in all of our thank-you notes, because I just know that the stunning photos of our guests will make them feel as beautiful as I did! We treasure the gallery she prepared for us and I find myself ordering more prints every few weeks as I want to frame all of them. LUEM Photography's services added a special, joyful feeling to our wedding day and I absolutely love the end results. I can't recommend her highly enough!
LUEM PhotographyLUEM Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We had hired Christian to be a DJ/Emcee for our wedding, but there was a schedule conflict and he could no longer provide the service as planned. He did, however, provide another DJ, as an alternate option for us and apologized for the change. We were very happy with Ray, who met with us twice to go over what we had in mind and the scheduling details of the event. He also gave us some helpful tips and informed us of what he was thinking for the set up on the day of. He didn't play all the songs we had requested, but he was able to keep everyone dancing and make the announcements as needed, which was exactly what we were looking for. I'm rating Christian 4 stars because although we didn't have the full DJ experience with him, he did provide us a great alternate option as soon as he found out there was a conflict.
Taurus DJsTaurus DJs
Thumbtack Customer
Christian was simply outstanding! First and foremost, from the very beginning, he never stopped communicating. I was looking for a DJ to play at my daughter's High School graduation party. I had no idea what I was looking for or what to expect. He answered my emails within hours, if not minutes, and he gave me detailed and specific answers to all my questions. He was personable and honest. He arrived early and almost immediately started playing music, even though he was not officially "on the clock." He was dressed nicely and professionally, though our party was very casual. He played every song that was "on the spot requested" and kept everyone tapping their feet or bopping their head. He impressed the older generation with his song selections and kept the younger generation wanting more. Christian has great instinct. He was observant and made decisions instinctively (song selections). His choices kept everyone happy, especially my daughter. He asked for a list of songs from my daughter and she could not possibly think of everything. Throughout the night, she made several comments about how glad she was that "he played that song" and how she "forgot about that song". She wants him to DJ her wedding even though that may not be for another 5 or 10 years! I can't say enough good things about Christian. He made our guests feel special and important. His personality lit up the room and he was just wonderful. Thank you, Thumbtack, for the service you provide and a great big thank you to Christian, for keeping our party "alive and moving!"
Taurus DJsTaurus DJs
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