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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Reviews for Newport News wedding services
Thumbtack Customer
During my rehearsal dinner Ed was fairly rude to my family. During the wedding he showed up in a private room of mine and lingered as pictures were being taken. And he made a fairly rude comment to my husband about my wedding band. Ed accepted cash from me as a deposit for the ceremony 3 months before the wedding and then the month of the wedding sends me an email saying he had no record of me paying anything. He had never send me a receipt like he said he would. I enjoyed my wedding but if I had to go back I would have looked a little further for an officiant.
Ed Lewiis Life ServicesEd Lewiis Life Services
Melissa P.
They helped make our day special. The photos from our wedding were wonderful. They were easy to work with and truly wanted to leave great memories of our wedding. They were accommidating and were able to go with the flow when needed.
Baskerville PhotographyBaskerville Photography
Joie G.
Stepped into the wedding at the last minute and gave us attention like we had hired him months ago. Pricing was great and in our budget which allowed our new DIL to be happy at the end of wedding planning, Now we are all anxiously awaiting on the photos to appear.
Custom Photography LimitedCustom Photography Limited
Ludmylla T.
Magical, divine intervention! That's what I call these beautiful ladies that are about to coordinate my wedding!
Magical EventsMagical Events
Thumbtack Customer
I really want you to do our wedding but it look like you can't do it because my husband to be lives in Chicago
Rev. Ed LilleyRev. Ed Lilley
Allison B.
She responds quick and her work is just amazing. She made our wedding day all the more memorable with her beautiful work.
EmmiClaire Photography, LLCEmmiClaire Photography, LLC
Imelda H.
She was amazing couldn’t have asked for a better Minister for our wedding ❤️ she was just perfect for our bilingual family . She was just the best ❤️🥰
The Wedding OfficiantThe Wedding Officiant
Bill C.
Jay was the DJ for my wedding. We had a medium sized crowd of around 60. Jay did some MC work, he worked closely with me to choose music and followed the plan. He was flexible when the weather did not cooperate and was professional. He also worked with the venue to ensure that all noise ordinances were followed and generally was a solid element to our wedding and I am really happy he was there. It's always important to have people who you can count on to do their job so that on a day like your wedding you can focus on the fun stuff and not worry about the details. Thanks Jay.
Time Passages Mobile DJ ServicesTime Passages Mobile DJ Services
Joshua F.
Amazing small elopement style wedding was the perfect ceremony for us. He was quick to respond and able to work with what we wanted. We couldn't be happier
Married by EvanMarried by Evan
Thumbtack Customer
Lisa was absolutely amazing! She's hilarious and great at what she does. I looked and felt so beautiful on my wedding day thanks to her! :)
TMB Makeup Artistry LLCTMB Makeup Artistry LLC
Darlene R.
Clyde was the DJ for our 30th wedding renewal. From the moment I contacted him I knew I made the right choice. He was professional, had a detailed contract which allowed us to make song selections. At the wedding everyone partied. The music was a hit. Everyone was asking how I found this amazing DJ. He kept the dance floor packed. I would HIGHLY recommend him for any event!
Clyde P - Philippe Productions LLCClyde P - Philippe Productions LLC
Shannon F.
I highly recommend DJ Spark for any event. He was the DJ for our wedding and did an amazing job. He was organized and kept myself and our guests dancing all night!
DJ Spark Entertainment, lighting and Photo boothDJ Spark Entertainment, lighting and Photo booth
Cynthia J.
I had my wedding over the 4th of July weekend and Saul Lowery was our photographer an amazing job punctual picture quality was incredible if you need a photographer this is your guy hands down.
Saul Lowery PhotographySaul Lowery Photography
Linda B.
Could not have asked for a better experience! With all of the chaos of planning a wedding, Kammie was my calming presence. She and her staff were professional, hard working and friendly. They felt like family. Highly recommend!
Gold Rope EventsGold Rope Events
Kathryn D.
Sheena was always responsive to my emails/questions, was right on time with arrival, and the girls really enjoyed the experience and looked beautiful for the wedding!!! I absolutely recommend Sheena for all your events where make up application is needed.
Casandra k.
Ashanti is a dream to work with! She went above and beyond my expectations and gave me and my husband a beautiful wedding. She and her team are so talented. We are very happy with her work and we will be hiring her for future events!! 😊
Jjash designsJjash designs
Jennifer M.
Chuck was amazing for our wedding! We even booked him last minute and on a holiday weekend! He was great throughout the whole process! He made the day go smoothly and was sure to make the ceremony about our personal love story.
I Thee WedI Thee Wed
Ta'Mar D.
DJ Prostar came and showed out for my wedding guest! They all really enjoyed the music and atmosphere he created. Thanks so much for working hard for my husband and I. You are greatly appreciated and I highly recommend him for any event!
DJ ProStarDJ ProStar
Hillary D.
Working with Andrew has been such a pleasure! The photos he captured and created of our wedding are stunning. Additionally, he was great day-of, making us all feel comfortable, and has been equally great as we developed the final portfolio of pictures. I’d highly recommend him!
Andrew E. Woods PhotographyAndrew E. Woods Photography
Ashley S.
Priscilla made me and all of my bridesmaids feel absolutely beautiful at my wedding on 11/28/20! She does amazing and beautiful work! She also was able work with my on moving my date since Having to change it due to COVID! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Glamorize Me By PrissyGlamorize Me By Prissy
Jessica M.
I absolutely loved my hair and makeup for my wedding! I couldn’t have chosen a better artist for my special day! Priscilla was very professional and punctual. She made my day stressfree and beautiful! I highly recommend her for any of your beauty needs!
Glamorize Me By PrissyGlamorize Me By Prissy
Thumbtack Customer
Jamison Media was professional from the start. I found them through, while I was planning my destination wedding in Virginia beach from Ohio. Derrick was always prompt in responding to my emails and phone calls, quick to accommodate my needs, and made me feel that I could trust him and his partner to capture my big day. When I finally met him and his partner, Heather, the morning of the wedding, I felt like they were part of our family! Derrick spent time with me at the salon while I got my hair done, then him and Heather hung out with us almost all day, capturing all of our important moments and then some. After the wedding, Derrick was in constant contact with me, ensuring the editing process was his top priority. When I finally got the pics and video back, about six weeks later, I was beyond thrilled with their work. It was like looking at my big day with different eyes! They did such an amazing job. My husband and I watched the video over and over, and cried tears of joy! It was the best wedding movie I had ever seen, and I'm not biased because it was my own ;) I highly recommend hiring Jamison Media for your videography and photography needs. With very reasonable prices and a team that has the best chemistry, who provide very quality work, they really can't be beat!
Jamison Media LLCJamison Media LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Daniels married me and my love today. He exceeded our expectations. The wedding was intimate and the ceremony he wrote was exactly what I wanted. He made us feel so special. Thank u Mr. Daniels for giving us just what we wanted!
I Thee WedI Thee Wed
Thumbtack Customer
Rev Daniel was so perfect. Our wedding party was late and he waited. He was very exciting and joyful. We got married at the fountains at city center it was bright warm and he also took pictures with us. Bless you Rev Daniel i will tell my friwnds about him
I Thee WedI Thee Wed
Jennifer R.
Our wedding day was perfect and a huge part of that goes to Jeremiah for doing such an amazing job. We didn't have a rehearsal the night before but we had discussed what we wanted over the phone and via email. Jeremiah showed up early enough to scope out the location and get down to business. He spoke clearly and loud enough for the back row to hear perfectly. He chose several bible passages that were perfect for our situation and every guest RAVED about what a good job he did. I don't plan on getting married again but I would recommend Jeremiah to any couple looking for an officiant. Thank you Jeremiah for an amazing wedding!
Jeremiah Dillon, Wedding OfficiantJeremiah Dillon, Wedding Officiant
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