How to Budget Like a Pro

If you asked us what our wedding dreams looked like, it would probably go something like this: a fantastic cinematographer + photographer + DJ, a four-flavor naked wedding cake, a ceremony arch covered in hundreds of fresh blooms, a hand-beaded Swarovski crystal gown (or two!), a sweet suit, and a jaw-dropping venue on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the ocean. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately for most of us, our dream details have major price tags, which is why we’re here to help you figure out the best way to include all the things you love about those Pinterest weddings without cutting things out completely – and making sure to include the things you can’t live without, too!

The Big Three: Video, Photo, and DJ

After choosing your venue (because what’s a wedding without a place to get married!?), you have some difficult decisions to make. Do you hire any old video, photo, and DJ company you find? Or do you reserve a good chunk of your budget for those top-tier companies that are guaranteed to capture your the memories that will last a lifetime? Those top-tier companies (us included!) really care about your day, and we will never miss a moment. We’ll be the team running from place to place to make sure we’re always there, camera in hand!

We may be biased, but we’ll ALWAYS go for the latter! Hiring quality professionals who are well reviewed and come highly recommended is always the best idea. Choosing people based on their track record can make all the difference, because each cinematography company is different! Not knowing how the company you’ve chosen is different from the next is an important thing to research. For example, we differ from other companies because we offer everything custom and a la carte, while most people offer packages and leave little room for customization. If you aren’t absolutely in love with what a company does, keep looking!

Quality cinematographers, photographers, and DJ’s work incredibly hard to make a name for themselves by constantly producing work that exceeds the expectations of the their clients, and passing them over in favor of saving a couple of bucks will be a mistake you’ll regret.

We want you guys to have the best wedding day ever, which is why we use high-quality equipment and why we approach every wedding day with enthusiasm! We spend a solid ten hours filming every second of your day (just in case you decide to upgrade your film!), which is something many video companies don’t bother to do. Capturing all the pieces of your day artistically and creatively gives us a ton of freedom during editing, and allows us to produce a film that wows anyone who watches it (like this one from Nicole + Hector’s Larkfield wedding!).

Ask us for our list of photographers, DJ’s, and other vendors that we absolutely love working with! We’d be happy to share it with you!

Saving Room in Your Budget for Essentials

While flowers and other decor elements are beautiful, blowing your budget on them can be a huge mistake! Flowers get tossed at the end of the night and eventually, all of your decor will be broken down and either thrown out or stored in your basement, never to be seen again. Consider staying simple and sweet!

With a custom wedding film, you can revisit the most amazing day of your life over and over again, right at the touch of a button! Because our films are incredibly emotional (and sure to make you cry), you’ll find yourself twenty, thirty, forty years later, remembering those special moments you can only relive through the visual of a Bilski Productions wedding film. Seriously, they’re timeless!

Saving room in your budget by cutting floral, decor, and non-essential costs can seriously make a difference! We know that your wedding day is an expensive experience, so why not memorialize the day with a custom film that you can watch whenever you want? Getting to hear the words your new husband whispered under his breath when he saw you in your dress for the first time, or seeing the look on your friends and family’s faces when you shared your first kiss, are things you’ll never want to forget. These moments are priceless!

By cutting video, you’re missing out on some of the most incredible memories ever, and we don’t want that to happen! Take a peek at Jaime + Kevin’s Hamlet Golf + Country Club affair and see what we mean!

 Remember, always do your research and make sure to leave room for the big three (cinematography, photography, and DJ)! Without the big three, you’ll be missing out on some of the best times of your life, and we wouldn’t want that to happen! Budgets can be cut, but memories are forever! Don’t miss out on a beautiful wedding film that will have you remembering the best days of your life, over and over again.

And, as always, give us a call with any questions you may have at (631) 656-8011! We can’t wait to hear from you!

xoxoBilski Productions

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