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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 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.

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.

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 Alexandria wedding services
Tony P.
Thank you for making Dalia and Mine the Best Wedding.
Named a Thumbtack Top ProNamed a Thumbtack Top Pro
Sonya L.
What can I say...He was the consummate professional. From the time of selection he was interested in the type of shots we wanted and requested to see inspiration photos. On the day of our wedding he showed up on time and it felt as if he had investigated our wedding location to ensure our photos moved seamlessly from pre wedding, wedding candids, and post wedding. My family and guests felt like he was a member of the family. He was patient and took photos that not only fit our personality but exceeded our expectations (per the inspiration photos provided before the wedding). He delivered the finished photos on time and from first look until now all I see is how awesome they are and how we (the entire wedding party) party thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We definitely plan to sit with him again for portraits. I think we have found the our photographer of choice for all upcoming occasions. We recommend have been recommending him as our photographer of choice (especially to all who have seen our wedding photos.) Thanks again for everything!!! Respectfully, The Minors (May 24, 2018) 😀
Marsh Kove MediaMarsh Kove Media
Katherine h.
Early. Listened to my concerns both makeup and wedding day frustrations.
The blushing beauteThe blushing beaute
Paula O.
I hired Mary as my wedding florist because she was patient in coming up with ideas for my decors and centerpiece. Her prices are great value! My wedding is in two months and I can't wait to see her professionalism.
Fleur-De-LeeFleur-De-Lee
Nancy L.
Fran was so friendly and professional! I highly recommend her for wedding day makeup!
Makeup by Fran LLCMakeup by Fran LLC
Monique C.
We are so glad that Barbara agreed to be our wedding photographer! We had to plan a quick wedding and a family member suggested hiring a photographer to get some professional photos of our ceremony. After some initial discussion through Thumbtack and over the phone, we met Barbara in person during our engagement photo session in September. Barbara took the time to get to know me and my fiance and was able to explain her approach to wedding photography as well as answer any questions we had about the wedding session. On the wedding day itself, Barbara arrived early enough to get some shots of the venue in addition to the wedding party, family, and friends photos that were important to us. She demonstrated *a lot* of patience! Since the wedding was held in late October, I was worried that the threat of rain would make getting outdoors pictures impossible, but luckily, the rain held off and we were able to get some beautiful photos! Overall, Barbara is very pleasant and professional. She responded to our emails in a timely manner, she was easy to work with, and the photos were delivered on time as promised. We would definitely hire Barbara for our future photography needs!
Barbara Kovalik PhotographyBarbara Kovalik Photography
Tosha W.
Rev. David Hale played such an important role in our wedding ceremony. We spend over 10 months prior to our ceremony in pre-marital counseling and getting to know him. He spent time with both of our families prior to our wedding and even attending our rehearsal dinner. Our wedding ceremony was so meaningful, and I loved how he added his own personal touch and a little about our personal stories to the wedding ceremony. We received excellent feedback on Rev. Hale from our guests, and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a pastor for their wedding.My husband and I even plan to continue counseling with Rev. Hale and his wife now that our wedding is over. Thank you so much Rev. Hale for everything!!!
God's Anointed Ministry of EnrichmentGod's Anointed Ministry of Enrichment
Robert M.
Tobasko Entertainment ran a top notch operation. Out of all the wedding vendors we worked with, DJ Tobasko was one of the easiest and best to work with. He had a extremely professional operation, was flexible with us, and very accommodating. He had very reasonable prices as well. His set up at the wedding reception really helped pull it all together. I would highly recommend him for any event, wedding reception, party, etc.
Tabasko EntertainmentTabasko Entertainment
Brianna F.
Heath was our DJ and MC for our wedding on 8/4/18 at the Masonic Temple in Alexandria, VA. I have only good things to say about him! He was incredibly responsive and well prepared in the weeks leading up to our wedding, including meeting in person with us for over an hour to go over our details, timeline, song choices, etc, and provide suggestions where needed. He also spoke with us by phone for over an hour the week of our wedding to go over any last minute questions or logistics. On the day of our wedding, he showed up early and prepared and did a great job of setting everything up just as we asked. During the wedding, he played great music and kept us on time with everything. The soft warm uplighting he set up was exactly what we were looking for and created a beautiful mood. He was calm, professional, and helpful in every way and I would not hesitate to recommend him as a wedding DJ! Great job, Heath!
Tabasko EntertainmentTabasko Entertainment
Monique C.
Lance and I loved working with Reverend Keaton for our wedding! She took the time to discuss her approach to weddings, and outlined and crafted a beautiful non-denominational ceremony that incorporated the story of how my husband and I met and how we supported each other throughout our relationship. Rev. Keaton even stepped in to help the rest of the wedding party understand how the ceremony would proceed. We would highly recommend Reverend Keaton to couples looking to get married!
I Wed You LLCI Wed You LLC
Saphia C.
I had an amazing experience with Rev Keaton! We knew from our first talk with her that she would make our wedding special. She is very dedicated to what she does and she exudes it! She personalized our wedding based on what she saw in our interactions with each other which was a great touch. She is a very sweet woman and was all smiles! If you're looking for a genuine officiant to make your wedding a success, she's it.
I Wed You LLCI Wed You LLC
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
K. C.
Apex took care of every AV need for my wedding, including microphones, speakers, and audio hookups, and I didn’t need to worry about a thing. I had full confidence that they understood my need and knew how to deliver, and when I showed up at my wedding it was seamless. Thank you Apex!
Apex Audiovisual SolutionsApex Audiovisual Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Jamie was great. She helped us prepare our ceremony to suit our desires. When the wedding day arrived, she provided a calming presence to the entire wedding party. We received many compliments about Rev. Jamie from our guests. Would definitely recommend her to anyone desiring a great officiant
Rev. Jamie DeeRev. Jamie Dee
Alycia F.
We found Alexander and Toussaint Productions after we had to postpone our April 2020 wedding due to COVID 19 and our original DJ was not available on our new September wedding date. I did not have a wedding planner and was trying to coordinate everything myself from finding wedding vendors to creating the wedding timeline, and just kind of hoping everything came together at the end. It turns out that I didn’t have to stress as much as I did. Alexander was AMAZING. He always had the communication line open and was super responsive to any little thing in the planning process. On the day, so many people came up to us and told us how great our DJ was. He was able to fit in all the songs that I requested and read the room for what would get people up and dancing. The transitions from one song to the next were so smooth. The DJ is such a huge part of the wedding experience and I could not have asked for a better ceremony and reception. Even when our outdoor reception needed to be moved inside due to the rain at the end of the night, Alexander kept the party going! I honestly cannot say enough great things about Toussaint Productions and our whole experience. Thank you!
Toussaint ProductionsToussaint Productions
Thumbtack Customer
Shanda was very professional and gave an outstanding service for my small wedding. I would recommend her for anyone looking into a florist.
Flor de Casa Designs LLCFlor de Casa Designs LLC
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
Briana S.
Jacqueline was absolutely wonderful! I hired her to help me with the last few weeks of my wedding planning. Not only did she serve as a POC for the vendors a few weeks before the wedding so my husband and I didn’t have to worry about anything, but she did day-of management of the event. There were several times during the wedding ceremony and reception when she jumped into action. For example, she alerted the DJ when he played the wrong song for the groom and sister dance, and walked him through the Mr. and Mrs. Game. She also provided guidance during our dress rehearsal to make sure the ceremony would be just as we wanted. Jacqueline is super professional, extremely friendly, and a great listener! I would recommend her to anyone for wedding planning or any other event.
Make it a Delightful Day!Make it a Delightful Day!
Cher D.
Norman is a fantastic person, competent and compassionate in assisting us in our wedding plans. We traveled from Texas and went on the Chesapeake Bay Christmas cruise. We were always in touch with Norman to verify all information. He went out of his way and met us at the ship in Alexandria Va and drove us to the court house to apply for our marriage license then he drove us to the Carlyle Mansion and officiated our wedding. His beautiful wife Giva so beautifully played a flute during our wedding. We did not have time to choose our vows but Norman must have listened to us talk a few times on the internet with him because he chose the perfect vows I would definitely recommend Norman for your wedding planning. Do not hesitate to get in touch with Norman, he’s the best!
Wedding Officiant, Norman ConnerWedding Officiant, Norman Conner
Emily S.
Holly and Katie did an amazing job on my and my bridal party’s hair and make up on my wedding day! They were able to finish hair for 7 girls and make-up for 6 in just four hours. Holly was very responsive and answered any and all questions I had before booking and after booking, leading up to the wedding day. I drove up to PA a month before my wedding day for my trial. Holly’s work (make-up) during my trial was perfect and it really helped put my mind at ease. I did have trouble with my hair trial (with a DIFFERENT stylist) and Holly immediately made sure Katie would be available for my wedding day and assured me that we wouldn’t have any issues. Despite the hair trial issues, my hair was perfect for my wedding day. Holly and Katie are such kind people and they made our group’s getting ready experience so fun! Their pricing is more than reasonable for the amazing quality of their work and I would highly recommend them to anyone!
Extreme BeautyExtreme Beauty
Sitsofe B.
Bishop Frazier did an absolutely amazing job officiating our wedding! We were blessed to have him be a part of our big day!
Bishop Ronald A. FrazierBishop Ronald A. Frazier
Tyra W.
We are so glad to have found Daniella to provide floral arrangements for our wedding. She was super responsive, flexible, and professional. Most importantly, you can’t beat the value! Even up until a week before the wedding, Daniella was patient with me...it turns out that additional arrangements were needed and that wasn’t a problem. I look forward to working with her again in the future.
Ella's FloralsElla's Florals
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
Carly L.
We hired Mark for a backyard covid wedding on short notice. It was great working with him the day of, and his pictures were great! Would highly recommend!
Marsh Kove MediaMarsh Kove Media
Tyra W.
I couldn’t have picked a better MUA for my wedding. Lina was reasonable and easy to work with. Her personality is AMAZING! She absolutely made my wedding preparation experience fun while maintaining her professionalism. Lina was super comfortable working with the varying skin tones of myself and my bridesmaids. I would absolute recommend her to anyone looking for a professional and experienced makeup artist.
Looks by Lina LLCLooks by Lina LLC
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