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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Carver wedding services
Thumbtack Customer
Nicki was very accommodating and professional. We appreciated her willingness to work with us to customize our wedding. I would HIGHLY recommend her services as a wedding officiant. Many Thanks!
Freda B.
He was fantastic! Caught every moment of my wedding!
R3 Photography RVAR3 Photography RVA
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 (Sound & Lighting)#1 ChoiceDJ Greg G (Sound & Lighting)#1 Choice
Kim W.
My wedding was exactly what we hoped, the process was easy thanks.
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
Freda B.
Loved my wedding ceremony! Thanks again for the great work you did!
Royal Treatment EventsRoyal Treatment Events
Thumbtack Customer
Keith is simply amazing. We hired him to officiate our wedding at the last minute, and he was nothing but professional, kind, an all-around great guy, and a nice calming presence. He made our wedding day so special. Thanks Keith!
Hampton Roads OfficiantHampton Roads Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Wayne was very helpful, and very attentive to our wedding. At his suggestion, we looked for ways to include our children into the ceremony (for which they and we were very appreciative). He made this wedding wonderful, and I would highly recommend him to anyone!
wayne swatlowskiwayne swatlowski
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
Thumbtack Customer
Nicki was a life saver! I contacted Nicki to help my best friend out since her Wedding Officiant backed out last minute, Nicki was able to step in with no problem and responded so quickly! Next, my friends wedding ended up getting postponed for a family emergency, and Nicki was wonderful to work with and able to reschedule. Finally on the wedding day she performed a beautiful ceremony and was so organized. I would recommend Nicki to anyone!
Ravi S.
DIM did a phenomenal job at my wedding reception. Outstanding communication and timeliness. Highly recommended
D.I.M. ProductionsD.I.M. Productions
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
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
Shannon N.
Bil was wonderful! Very professional and very punctual. I would highly recommend Tiny Wedding Chapel.
Tiny Chapel WeddingsTiny Chapel Weddings
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
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
Monica A.
You did a great job at my wedding Larry!! Thank you so much for your service!!!1:0
Thumbtack Customer
Robin and Harlie are extremely personable. They are the type of people that you meet for the first time and feel like you've been knowing them for years. They are good hearted, down to earth people, who like having fun and will fit in with any crowd.Their accommodating spirit and flexibility in case it rained was greatly appreciated and allowed us to be stress free the day of our wedding. We are very happy that they were a part of our wedding day, and were very happy with the service they provided. I would strongly recommend them to my family and close friends for their weddings.
Bird on a Bike Wedding OfficiantsBird on a Bike Wedding Officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Thanks so much Greg. You were outstanding and made my wedding day a day to remember... God bless!!!
DJ Greg G (Sound & Lighting)#1 ChoiceDJ Greg G (Sound & Lighting)#1 Choice
Thumbtack Customer
Liz Modeste is a great wedding officiant! She was the first to respond to my request on thumbtack. Her communication skills are great, our phone conversations were delightful. She was so accommodating to the wishes we had for a Christian wedding ceremony. She really tries to give you exactly what you want, irregardless of your particular faith or background. I could tell that she really loves what she does and puts a lot of "heart" into it. The night of our wedding Liz showed up with such a joyous spirit. Everything went so well. We couldn't have asked for more. Liz's love of life, God & her work is very apparent, and we were so pleased to see our official copy of our marriage license come quickly in the mail just 3 business days after our wedding.
All Things NecessaryAll Things Necessary
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
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
Thumbtack Customer
He was the Dj at my Daughter Joy's wedding, was awesome and knew what music to play and kept the party going and we would use him again
Double J EntertainmentDouble J Entertainment
Zamora B.
Thess two were the perfect compliment to ky wedding. The communicated leading up to our day and rocked our event. If you are considering them do it!
JSDunk ProductionsJSDunk Productions
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