How to Budget Like a Pro

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...
The Natural Flow + A Little Posing = Wedding Film Magic

The Natural Flow + A Little Posing = Wedding Film Magic

At Bilski Productions, we work incredibly hard  to create the wedding film of your dreams! From your jewelry details to your cake cutting, we’re constantly coming up with new and innovative ways to document the incredible moments of your wedding day – no matter what it takes! The cinematographers that film your day are skilled professionals in the industry, and know just how to capture you and your beau’s love. That’s why we wanted to give you guys a little insight into what it is we do the day of, so you know what to expect when the #bestdayever finally arrives! Have you ever watched one of our films and wondered which shots are posed and which ones aren’t? We don’t blame you! Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference, and other times it’s clear which are which. One of the greatest parts about working with a Bilski Productions team is that we know how to strike a balance between posing and the natural moments that develop between you two. It’s one of the many talents we’ve honed over the years! We know that not every couple is accustomed to being the center of attention, and that it can be harrowing to imagine having a camera in your face all day! But don’t worry – we don’t operate like that. We tend to stay in the background and grab our shots from a reasonable distance, so we don’t disrupt the natural progression of things! With wedding season in high gear, we thought now would be the perfect time to explain why we pose certain shots and why we  sometimes let things flow, so you can better understand how...
A Toast to the Happy Couple!

A Toast to the Happy Couple!

Giving a toast is, arguably, one of the most nerve-wracking roles you’ll have on a wedding day. Although it’s a huge honor to be asked to give a speech, having to wrap up an entire relationship into five minutes can be a little scary if you’ve never done it before! We’ve all seen the way toasts are normally done: the speaker stands on the side of the bride + groom, looking down at them and their notes, laughing and/or crying at all the beautiful words being spoken. While we do appreciate the more traditional way of setting up the speeches, at Bilski Productions, we pose your toasts a little differently! We’ll ask you to stand in the middle of the dance floor, instead of right next to the bride + groom. It may seem a little out-of-the-box, but the reason we do this is to avoid you looking down and the bride + groom looking up – creating awkward poses and an all around stiff feel. We want everyone to look perfect, and our way is sure to make you look like the rockstars you are! It may seem a little terrifying to stand in the middle of the dance floor with all eyes on you, but never fear! We’re here to give you some pointers on how to create the perfect speech – and how to own the delivery! Introduce Yourself and Tell Us How You Met the Bride + Groom There’s nothing more amazing than hearing the story of how you met your favorite people ever, like Matt’s brother did in his heartwarming speech from Sophia + Matt’s Soundview Caterers affair. Whether you’ve known...
Day-Of Tips and Tricks (And How to Implement Them!)

Day-Of Tips and Tricks (And How to Implement Them!)

At Bilski Productions, we’ve spent an incredible amount of time on the job, so we totally understand the ebb and flow of your wedding day. Sometimes things run a little behind, or flowers get forgotten in the backseat of the limo, or you misplace your cufflinks. But not to worry! We always have a plan, and you can count on us to keep things together! That’s why we thought we’d spend some time giving you a few tips on how to make your wedding day bulletproof (even if something does go wrong)!   Gather your details the night before The most stressful part of your day will be the morning you get ready, without a doubt! With nerves at an all time high and the chaos of bridesmaids, groomsmen, and flower girls, it’s no wonder you’re bound to get a little frazzled. That’s why we recommend gathering your jewelry, invitation, shoes, special trinkets, and anything else you plan to wear or use the night before, so us and the photographer don’t need to bug you! We also recommend keeping your dress in the room you plan to get ready in, and having your custom hanger Even the smallest time savers can make the biggest difference, and it will help the morning run much more smoothly. Trick: Put your jewelry, shoes, invite, rings, and garter in a shoebox – this keeps all of your special elements safe and makes it easy for us to grab them when we get to your house!   Don’t be the last to get your hair + makeup done Ensuring that you don’t get your hair + makeup done last means that...
Real Bride Takeover: Lauren and Kevin

Real Bride Takeover: Lauren and Kevin

Welcome to our very first #realbridetakeover at Bilski Productions! With cold weather and freezing rain becoming the norm, we thought we’d take a look back at Lauren and Kevin’s rustic chic affair at The Vineyard Caterers, and hear her perspective on what it was like having us there on her wedding day! We’re so excited to hear what she had to say about us! From Lauren “Bilski Productions was honestly the only videographer I considered, and I was absolutely hooked after seeing one of their videos on a friends Facebook page. Even before I was engaged, I had made the decision that they would be the one for my wedding. I remember watching a video of people I didn’t know, and crying because each moment was captured so beautifully. After being drawn to their website and seeing the quality and consistency of their work, it was a no brainer for me! Each video is absolute perfection, and I’ve yet to see another who can capture moments as flawlessly as Bilski Productions!” From Lauren “The thing that my husband and I enjoyed most about having Bilski at our wedding was how they made us feel. I remember being totally overwhelmed the morning of my wedding, and John was there for every moment, making sure the day ran smoothly. That really put my nerves at ease knowing that him and [his second shooter] were there not only to capture my day, but to make sure that everything was running on time and that we didn’t forget any little details. I don’t know what I would have done without them!” From Lauren “The first time I watched...