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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. 

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 Arlington wedding services
Felicia T.
Beautiful craftsmanship!!! The cake topper was handmade and it turned out better than I expected. Everyone thought the cake was a prop a fake cake. It was beautiful and served as a wedding cake during a surprise wedding ceremony.
CS ServicesCS Services
Nicholas C.
Dave did an absolutely amazing job performing our wedding ceremony. It was by far the best wedding ceremony my wife and I have seen performed, and it was our own. We wanted a ceremony that was meaningful to our friends and family, and one that wasn't too long and drawn out. Dave did a phenomenal job of making our ceremony just beautiful. He had our friends and family laughing at times and his words touched everyone's heart on our most special day. He incorporated things in our ceremony that we wanted, such as personal vows in place of the traditional vows and he performed a hand fasting ceremony that went with a poem we picked out. Dave also has a lot of experience as a wedding officiant, which proved to be very helpful in planning our wedding. We planned our own wedding and when we met with Dave he prepared us what to expect on our wedding day and how to be best prepared for our day. Dave made our wedding day so special, our family, and friends absolutely loved the ceremony.
Dave ZuchelliDave Zuchelli
Thumbtack Customer
I cannot imagine pulling my wedding off without Edelina's help. She is very professional and detail oriented and provided guidance on all aspects of wedding planning. She was willing to accommodate my busy schedule and was available to talk nights and weekend.
Event Details by EdelinaEvent Details by Edelina
Keina H.
Metin did an AMAZING job taking photos for my mom's wedding. He got some beautiful shots and really captured the beauty of the day. We had a modest budget because it was a small wedding and he fit perfectly into our budget. Great value and super professional!
Picaboost Photography StudiosPicaboost Photography Studios
Thumbtack Customer
Angie has a lot of confidence and good intentions. She was attentive and helpful early in our planning. Communication became more challenging as the wedding approached. She fell short on attending to details on the wedding day. She has strong opinions on how things should be done , overstepping at times.
Honey Do Wedding and Event PlannersHoney Do Wedding and Event Planners
Annie H.
Mary was great to work with -- from planning a personalized, funny, and poignant wedding ceremony to acting as a mentor and guide when we had a family medical emergency and almost needed to have an impromptu wedding a month an a half before our big day was scheduled to take place. We had numerous friends and family compliment how well the ceremony was tailored to our story and captured the essence of our relationship --- it drew both tears and laughs at various points. She even asked what colors our wedding party would be wearing so that she wouldn't clash. She delivered our signed marriage license to the courthouse the day after the wedding so we were able to get started right away on all the not-so-fun legal paperwork needed to update the world on our newly-wed status. Thank you for being awesome, Rev. Stone!
Rev Mary StoneRev Mary Stone
Sarah W.
Everyone raved about the music. Very professional and worked extremely well with my wedding planner. Highly recommend.
Floyds DJ Services, LLCFloyds DJ Services, LLC
Mina N.
Ana was a joy to work with. Was a complete professional and fun to talk to. I absolutely loved the make up for my wedding.
Ana Merces ArtistryAna Merces Artistry
Zoila G.
I loved the hairstyle that enigmatic dc made me for my wedding. I highly recommend her. She is amazing!
Thumbtack Customer
I just had my wedding and Lynn was a tremendous help in planning it. She did my flowers, centerpieces, created a day of timeline, and was my day of coordinator. Everything went so smoothly and was as perfect as I could have imaged and she played a huge role in that. I would definitely recommend her to anyone planning a wedding, party, or event!
Wedding and Event Planning and DesignWedding and Event Planning and Design
Catie S.
Rev. Jamie was incredible. We decided on a surprise wedding, and she was so wonderful with helping us pull it all together! She was incredibly responsive, helpful with navigating and developing the ceremony, and the perfect person to break the news to everyone that they were actually at a wedding (not an engagement party)!! The day was perfect, and Rev. Jamie played such a crucial role in its success. Can’t recommend enough!!
Rev. Jamie DeeRev. Jamie Dee
Vanessa H.
Two weeks before my sisters wedding, My Sister didn’t have a chef for her wedding cake. We had done tastings through several companies but either the prices were too high or the quality of cakes were too low. THEN I FOUND CAKESHINE! This woman is hands down the best decision we made for the wedding. The cake was affordable, DELICIOUS, and BEAUTIFULLY decorated. We also ordered cake pops. I would recommend using Cakeshine Services any day. I come from a large family and now we all will be going through Cakeshine for our cakes and sweets.
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing!! The words she chose for our ceremony were perfect for us and we appreciated her genuine attention to making our wedding special!!!
Sweetheart Wedding VowsSweetheart Wedding Vows
Bryant H.
B1P was an excellent DJ and made our community event really pop! We would highly recommend him for any event, party, wedding, or gathering.
DJC AudioDJC Audio
Mark P.
John was so helpful in preparing for my wedding. I could not have done all this alone. I wanted to say thank you over and over. Mark
Nuptialz: Bringing People Together in MarriageNuptialz: Bringing People Together in Marriage
Thumbtack Customer
Leslie team made my wedding day run smoothly without any issues. Any issues that happened that day she handled it without. Her team was great!
Enchanted Moments LLC, Wedding & Event PlanningEnchanted Moments LLC, Wedding & Event Planning
Alejandra S.
Rosa did a great job with my wedding cake, it was affordable, perfect and delicious and the most important thing was people faces eating and enjoying the cake. Thanks again Rosa
Thumbtack Customer
John was absolutely wonderful to work with. He helped my husband and I plan out our entire ceremony, and worked with us to make sure it was exactly what we wanted. John was extremely professional the entire time and delivered an excellent service during our wedding ceremony. If you're looking for a fantastic, affordable wedding officiant who really strives to make your ceremony just the way you want it, John is your guy!
Nuptialz: Bringing People Together in MarriageNuptialz: Bringing People Together in Marriage
Rob M.
Fiorella was absolutely amazing for us on our wedding day, and has provided us with literally a lifetime of wonderful photos and memories. She arrived right on time, was incredibly professional, and directed and engaged us warmly but and expertly in order to provide the best possible photos...which she totally did! She helped make our wedding what will always be one of the most memorable days of our lives, and we just can't begin to thank her enough.
Fiorella PhotographyFiorella Photography
Edith P.
Words can’t even describe how wonderful Ashley is. She was everything and more I was looking for in a day of wedding planner. I hired Ashley as a “day of” wedding coordinator but she helped me throughout the 5 hectic months before my wedding. Ashley was very responsive. I would send her text messages with pictures of what I wanted for decorations and she would immediately respond and she made it happen. Any question I had she had a response to. The day of, ashley was very professional, punctual and made everything run smoothly. My ceremony and reception were at different locations and she was able to decorate both places and make it look exactly how I had pictured it in my mind and BETTER!! Ashley coordinated with all my vendors and everyone worked as a team to make my wedding day wonderful. There is absolutely no way I could have done this without Ashley. I highly recommend Ashley if you are looking for someone to make your vision a reality and someone who will be there for you through the entire process. Ashley is wonderful!
Ashley Nicole EventsAshley Nicole Events
Alexis H.
Mikaela was amazing to work with. She has great personality and does amazing work. She made look and feel like a princess on my wedding day. I will be sure to use her again in the future.
EmmY Hair Services (Women/Children's Hair )EmmY Hair Services (Women/Children's Hair )
Thumbtack Customer
John was the most flexible person we had worked with throughout our planning for our wedding. He made sure to meet our needs and wants. He even supplied us with a draft of the ceremony to look at and adjust to our liking. If you are seeking an officiant for your wedding I highly recommend using John Bell. Trust me when I say, he is all about the happy couple and their special day! My now wife and I are very pleased we chose John Bell.
Nuptialz: Bringing People Together in MarriageNuptialz: Bringing People Together in Marriage
Jarred B.
My husband and I were ecstatic with the ceremony Alice put together for us! From the beginning she was full of energy and excited to give us the best wedding day possible. She was extremely flexible with initially cancelling our wedding due to COVID and later rescheduling to officiate in our backyard ceremony. Alice has a great process of going through options for the type of ceremony we wanted and even wrote us a poem catered just to us during our planning session! I recommend the couple counseling session as well, she had some great insights to help make our marriage a success. She really helped make our day special and memorable. I highly recommend Alice to officiate your wedding! Thank you so much from both of us!
Wedding OfficiantWedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Omg!!! Winstead are awesome! He made me look amazing in my wedding day with the natural look. I would recommend him 100%. You will not be disappointed!!! Thank you again for the awesome job you did!!!
Winstead StudiosWinstead Studios
Laura P.
Tanya was amazing! She helped me find what style I wanted for my wedding (including trying out a few different looks until it was just right) and made me feel absolutely indredible on my day.
Tenacious MakeupTenacious Makeup
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