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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 Hampton wedding services
Margaret N.
Not call a customer the night before their wedding and complain about one wedding running late and what they missed and then showing up late for the next appointment. Not booking so many weddings so close together which causes everything else not to work out the way it should.
Lighthouse Wedding OfficiantLighthouse Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
My wedding was prefect. I can't thank Cory enough for making it everything we wanted it to be. I would highly recommend Cory for your next wedding.
Rev. Cory NewellRev. Cory Newell
Janae P.
Thank you so much 💗. She did a beautiful job at my wedding !
The Wedding OfficiantThe Wedding Officiant
Samantha D.
Thank you! My mom and I loved our hair and makeup for my wedding!
Glamorize Me By Prissy LLCGlamorize Me By Prissy LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Joe officiated our backyard wedding. It felt personal and the vows he chose fit my husband and I perfectly. Even though we had not officially met Joe until the day of the wedding, it seemed as if we had known him for years. He offered great service, was funny, and fit right in with us. I would highly recommend him to anyone! Thank you so much for a great wedding Joe!
Simply Wedding OfficiatingSimply Wedding Officiating
Anya W.
I highly recommend Chuck as a wedding officiant. He made our wedding day absolutely amazing. After failed dealings with two other officiants attempting to overcharge us for a wedding with no guests, Chuck was able to help us plan our perfect day for a very reasonable price. Not only was he charismatic and a great officiant, he was punctual and helpful with the whole marriage process. Thank you for being part of our perfect day.
I Thee WedI Thee Wed
Thumbtack Customer
Rev Cory was the absolute best! He helped make our Nautical wedding the best I could imagine. He was on point in every aspect even sinking his barefeet in the sand as we requested! I have already had 3 folks that attended the wedding ask for his contact info for their special day! That says it all!
Rev. Cory NewellRev. Cory Newell
Robin S.
Dan did an excellent job at my daughters wedding. The vows and the prayer couldn't have been more perfect for the two of them.
Lighthouse Wedding OfficiantLighthouse Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Mr.Campbell was great. He got to know me and my husband and our family and did a wonderful job officiant our wedding
Lighthouse Wedding OfficiantLighthouse Wedding Officiant
Vanessa B.
My wedding is next month. So far the process is so smooth. I had no idea what I wanted and Annette was so kind and patient. She not only helped me figure out exactly what I want but gave me advice and ideas for other parts of the wedding. I can't wait to see what she comes up with!
I Do Weddings with LoveI Do Weddings with Love
Amanda I.
Prissy helped with my wedding this past Thursday. I wanted to have someone to help my family and in-laws with their wedding looks with them traveling from out of town. I didn't want them to worry and she made sure they didn't! My ladies were happy and satisfied. She is timely, kind and professional. Beautiful work and we thank you so much!
Glamorize Me By Prissy LLCGlamorize Me By Prissy LLC
Thumbtack Customer
He was extremely prepared. Engaged the audience. Excellent music choices based on the crowd!! Dressed appropriate --suit and tie for wedding. Will definitely use him again.
Music By DJ E Inc.Music By DJ E Inc.
Kasarah G.
Reverend Johnson was amazing from the very beginning! He was very responsive, he listened to my requests leading up to the wedding as well as he showed us some pointers and he also helped the groom and groomsmen finish getting ready! He was such a pleasure to have, The groom, bridal party, family and guests all enjoyed his presence! Thank you for officiating our wedding, you made our moment prefect!
The Ministry for YouThe Ministry for You
Kristoffer P.
Everything was great. He was able to help us out with our ceremony and added the different traditions for a traditional catholic/Filipino wedding. I would definitely recommend Rev James!!!
Columbus Wedding OfficiantColumbus Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
The wedding still a few weeks away, but she is well intouch we me. She on point and has offer me many solution to help make sure things goes well.
Sweet Memories by CrystalSweet Memories by Crystal
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Corey was the best choice for a Pastor for our wedding! He was so helpful and accommodating! I would definitely reccomend him to anyone. The service he provided was beautiful and just what we wanted. Thank you!
Rev. Cory NewellRev. Cory Newell
Lisa S.
Thank you so much! You were so awesome! Everybody had such a great time. You made my daughters wedding a very memorable and special day , we were so glad to have you there :)
Time Passages Mobile DJ ServicesTime Passages Mobile DJ Services
Fernanda R.
Omg I can't express how AMAZING he was for our wedding!! Super professional, on time, answered all my questions. Everything was perfect. 1000/10 would recommend! Kept the party rocking ALL NIGHT!!
DJ J SoupDJ J Soup
Kristina N.
Sandro did a phenomenal job on the wedding photography. On my wedding day, despite the immense happiness and joy I felt, I was having bad facial weakness and double vision with my MG. Yet, he was polite, accommodating, and he captured some great shots! I definitely recommend him for any of your special events in the 757!! I can't post every picture, but hopefully this provides a glimpse of the fun and joy we had in our hearts that special day! Thank you so much for capturing a forever moment that we will cherish for a long time!
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Campbell was beyond the best. First impression was amazing. The day of our wedding he met with me the groom and I told him my son wasn't feeling good but im ready; he ask to gather hands and pray before we head downstairs. That melted my heart. Our ceremony itself was so touching and how his own touches to our wedding gave it that punch and pop it needed. He is a true minister and we both keep talking about how great he was. Lots of smiles, tears, and laugher throughout. Rev. Campbell... Thanks you so much!
Lighthouse Wedding OfficiantLighthouse Wedding Officiant
Irene S.
Alexandra was quick to respond and willing to work with me even in the loom if the Covid19 pandemic. She played for my daughter’s wedding which was video live-streamed as we were unable to attend, but she was willing to do all of the music pieces we asked of her. Thank you so much Alexandra!
Alexandra Mullins Harp & PianoAlexandra Mullins Harp & Piano
Kristina N.
My wedding day started with getting my makeup done and Shanii did a fantastic job! I receive so many compliments on how good my makeup looked, especially on how it brought out my eyes. I felt like a queen on my special day and I'm so thankful!
Shanii Rose Beauty 🌹Shanii Rose Beauty 🌹
Shalonda B.
Kayla was amazing. She has stuck through all of my changes. She did my sister, mom and my make up for my wedding and our makeup stayed flawless the ENTIRE DAY. I felt beautiful and I'm so happy to have met her and will continue to work with Kayla in the future💕
The Beautie CompanyThe Beautie Company
Tiffany R.
Working with Mr. Johnson was truly amazing! Not only did he travel and give me a holiday wedding, but he was punctual (even though i wasn't) lol and he was very kind hearted. Such a sweet soul. I know who i need to renew my vows in a few years!!! Dewayne and I thank you immensely !!!
The Ministry for YouThe Ministry for You
Thumbtack Customer
Oh my goodness! Mr Daniel was amazing! The communication was great! He even helped us come up with a plan B incase my beach wedding was rained out. He added in a very touching tribute to my husbands late aunt. He was extremely personable and made everyone laugh! He really did make the ceremony special for us! I would DEFINITELY recommend!:)
I Thee WedI Thee Wed
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