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...
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...
Five Videography Myths, Debunked!

Five Videography Myths, Debunked!

Wedding planning is so exhausting, and it can seem like a ton of work for one whirlwind of a day – believe us, we get it! But why spend time planning the perfect party if you won’t get to relive the words of wisdom your friends and family share exactly as they were spoken!? Yes, photos are incredible, and we work with tons of amazing professionals on your special day, but video preserves the visual elements, the rollercoaster of emotions, and the soundtrack to your first day as Mr. and Mrs. in a way photography can’t possible capture. Over the years, we’ve encountered hundreds of misconceptions about what we do as videographers, so we thought it might be fun to interview John Bilski, the owner and creative force behind Bilski Productions, and ask him to debunk a few of the myths that seem to hold couples back from choosing to have a video team on their wedding day! Kaitlyn Ferris Photography Myth 1: VIDEOGRAPHERS ARE OBTRUSIVE, AND WILL ONLY GET IN THE WAY. “Once upon a time, videographers would be in your way at seemingly every step you took, but not anymore! We make sure to blend into the background as much as possible during your special moments (such as the ceremony, the speeches, and your first dance) by tweaking the way things used to be done. Now, we use off-camera lighting to preserve the ambience of the room and utilize longer lenses, which allow us to keep our distance during those intimate moments with your new spouse. Our goal is to capture as many natural moments as possible, not ruin the special seconds you share with your favorite people!”...
Kathryn and Andrew’s Wedding at Carlyle on the Green

Kathryn and Andrew’s Wedding at Carlyle on the Green

  “So everybody, have you heard the news? Katie and Andrew are married!” Every time we capture a couple’s wedding day, there’s always something that deeply moves us, whether it’s their story, their families, or the way they love each other.  With Kathryn and Andrew, that special something was the way they laughed, cried, and embraced each other with such a fervor, we couldn’t help but stand back in awe. Their perfectly executed autumn wedding was stunning – with real trees as centerpieces and deep reds, oranges, and yellow at every turn – but to us, it felt like more than just decorations that filled each nook and cranny of Carlyle on the Green; it was a symbol of something greater. It has been said that, as a season, autumn is actually the beginning – the first. And for these two, their autumn represents the first time they stepped into the light, with their friends and families as witnesses, as husband and wife. And for us, being part of such a profound first was an absolute honor. Congratulations, Kathryn and Andrew! We wish you love, happiness, and an entire season of firsts for the rest of your lives. Photography | Anchor and Lace DJ | Bravura Entertainment Venue | Carlyle on the...