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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 Carver wedding services
Caitlin R.
Fantastic job with our wedding! Thank you!
Mac Flyte EntertainmentMac Flyte Entertainment
Catelyn b.
She did absolutely amazing! Our wedding was beautiful !
Jjash designsJjash designs
Freda B.
He was fantastic! Caught every moment of my wedding!
R3 Photography RVAR3 Photography RVA
Tabitha B.
Aniyah did a spectacular job on my wedding day. She captured a lot of beautiful moments between me and my husband at our wedding, and the photos turned out beautiful ❤️❤️
AVH Photography LLCAVH Photography LLC
Gabriel C.
We had the pleasure of working with Steve for our wedding on 8/19/18 and he was by far amazing. He kept the wedding guest on the floor the whole night. Steve was also great to work with when it came to our music selection that we wanted for the wedding. He understood and was very patient with us! We most definitely will book him for other events!
Blendmasters DJ ServicesBlendmasters DJ Services
Thumbtack Customer
Greg was on time and very professional. He DJ'd my first wedding I did under my wedding planner business. He was very friendly and came well equipped great music. Greg you Rock!
DJ Greg G (Photo Booth, Sound & Lighting)DJ Greg G (Photo Booth, Sound & Lighting)
Kim W.
My wedding was exactly what we hoped, the process was easy thanks.
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
Quentin C.
It was awesome! Thank you Carletta for helping us for our wedding! It was awesome
Carletta WilsonCarletta Wilson
Freda B.
Loved my wedding ceremony! Thanks again for the great work you did!
Royal Treatment EventsRoyal Treatment Events
Nm W.
Working with Rob was easy - exactly what you'd want when planning for your wedding.
XLS EntertainmentXLS Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Alvin did a fantastic job I truly enjoyed having him at my wedding.
A. Tatum PhotographyA. Tatum Photography
Chris S.
Gail did a fantastic job helping us with our wedding. She gave us great pointers on locations, our vows, handling the wedding license and even helped me with my boutonniere. I would highly recommend Gail for your special occasion.
Marriage Officiant, Gail OlbergMarriage Officiant, Gail Olberg
Ravi S.
DIM did a phenomenal job at my wedding reception. Outstanding communication and timeliness. Highly recommended
DIM Productions Home Of Red The ShooterDIM Productions Home Of Red The Shooter
Shannon N.
Bil was wonderful! Very professional and very punctual. I would highly recommend Tiny Wedding Chapel.
Tiny Chapel WeddingsTiny Chapel Weddings
Ricardo S.
Kee Kee was a pleasure to work with. She's very genuine and caring. She's definitely the one to call for a wedding!
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
Terese S.
We were contacted right away and all of our questions were answered professionally..we look forward to working with this pro on our wedding day which is June 18,2020 so far I’m very pleased with his professionalism and value I will submit pics after the wedding
Beyond PhotosBeyond Photos
Vanessa C.
A lot didn’t go as planned for us but we still loved every minute of our wedding. Thank you
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
Darryl B.
Professional experience from start to finish, both the wedding and reception were successful events in large part to S&A!
S&A EntertainmentS&A Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Thanks so much Greg. You were outstanding and made my wedding day a day to remember... God bless!!!
DJ Greg G (Photo Booth, Sound & Lighting)DJ Greg G (Photo Booth, Sound & Lighting)
Monica A.
You did a great job at my wedding Larry!! Thank you so much for your service!!!1:0
Sierra S.
He was very on top of answering all my questions and the day of the wedding he was very professional and had the whole room dancing!
Teleport ProductionsTeleport Productions
Alexa J.
Luis and his wife were absolutely amazing. They clicked instantly with the whole wedding party and made sure that everything was perfect and right on time.
LG Media LLCLG Media LLC
We had " Ms.KIONDRIA JOHNSON " officiate our wedding, and we must say.Everything was handled "VERY" professionally.We we're truly impressed.She is a amazing person!!!!
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
Amanda S.
Gail was amazing. Very professional and kept the wedding ceremony short and sweet as requested. She incorporated Game of Thrones and did a nice reading!😁
Marriage Officiant, Gail OlbergMarriage Officiant, Gail Olberg
William J.
Hope to see you in the future. So sorry our wedding didn’t happen but I do appreciate you for your time. Thank you!
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
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