Looking For A Wedding Videographer? Five Things You Should Consider….

In the hunt for a quality wedding videographer? There are a number of options out there and it can be difficult to narrow the search. However, your wedding video is an investment and it’s important to do your homework. There are five key elements which can help strip away the mediocre and unveil the true professional that is right for you. Bigler Productions suggests you to consider these five things before booking your wedding videographer: Personality, Experience, Product, Reputation and Price.

PERSONALITY:
Personality is important. Think about it. You will be spending ALL day with your videographer. It can really detract from your wedding day if the videographer is awkward. The probability of you liking your wedding video correlates to how much you like the person behind the camera. “Its important to me that I meet with every couple before they book Bigler Productions. Not only to make sure that they like me but that I have chemistry with them as well. The bottom line, if you get an awkward feeling from your initial consultation with a vendor, how do you think its going to be on your wedding day?” asks owner Dave Bigler. Personality is important and it goes hand in hand with experience.

EXPERIENCE:
Bigler Productions VideographyEnergy coupled with the emotions of your big day can make things crazy and you need a professional who can handle the unpredicted undulation.“As with anything, practice makes perfect; and lets be honest, the more weddings a videographer has shot, the fewer mistakes they make. You don’t want your wedding to be a ‘learning opportunity’ for a videographer,” said Dave. Never hesitate to ask how many weddings a professional has worked. If a vendor has done more than one hundred weddings, it takes a great deal to throw them off stride. Experience dowses stress and sharpens focus when it is needed the most. The last thing you should have to worry about is whether or not your videographer can handle the events of your wedding. Some foresight into their capabilities may ride on the waves of their reputation.

REPUTATION:
Though Bigler Productions is based in Saratoga, Dave knows reputation, good or bad, reaches far and wide. Ask around. Ask other wedding vendors what they think of your choice in videographer. Saratoga, and the surrounding Capital District, embrace a number of talented wedding professionals. Before you make your decision ask your photographer, wedding planner and venue coordinator for their thoughts. You will will be amazed at what you can learn about your potential videographer simply based on the opinions of other professionals.

PRODUCT:
Bigler Productions Videography Team WorkingIf everything looks good up to this point, then it’s time to take a good look at the product itself. Do you like their videos? Is the videography creative and diverse or will your face just be a new facet to a video that has been created over and over again? “Its important to me that when a couples’ friends watch their wedding video that the style and character of the video matches that couples personality,” said Dave. “That’s why so many of our weddings highlights are different from each other. I have each couple pick out their music and I make sure we do the edit within 12 weeks of the wedding while the event is still fresh.”

PRICING:
Pricing point can tell you a great deal about a wedding videographer. The parameters are simple. You get what you pay for. The good videographers will have a lot of referrals from past brides and they will have been around for awhile. This will not result in cheap prices. If a videographer is in high demand, they will be more expensive than the guy who is having trouble booking weddings and is dropping his prices.

Take time in making your decision. Look at all five elements of your decision making and don’t shy away from digging past the information on the web. “There are great videographers out there, the key is finding a good balance that works for you,” said Dave.

Set up an appointment today to meet with Dave and see if the Bigler Productions team is the right videography team for you.

Kristin & Elliott’s Boston Wedding Video

Its a lot of fun filming wedding videos outside of New York State; we get to see new sites, find new picturesque locations to film and meet new wedding vendors that we have not gotten to work with before. For Kristin and Elliott’s Wedding we got to spend the day in Boston Ma. We filmed throughout downtown as well as at Saint Cecilia’s and the Seaport Boston Hotel. Bigler Productions had a fantastic time at this amazing wedding! We were joined by photographer Kristin Spencer and enjoyed listening to the music of Pandemonium led by Teresa Rodriguez. It was a great day!

Karissa & Kyle’s Wedding Video

Karissa & Kyle were married at St. Joseph’s Church in Troy NY with their reception at the Hilton Garden Inn (also in Troy). Bigler Productions was joined by our old friends, Matt & Leah of Bailly Photography for this great wedding. Karissa & Kyle are a fantastic couple and it was a pleasure to be a part of their wedding!

Michele & Chris’ Wedding at Old Daily Inn’s Crooked Lake House

Couples like Michele & Chris make Wedding Videography a fun field to be in!  Michele & Chris were married at the Old Daily Inn on Crooked Lake in Averill Park, NY.  The Bigler Productions video team was joined by Dana & Tim from Classic Image Photography and DJ Vinny from Cool Cats.  As you will see it was a great party!

Valerie & Josh’s Wedding Video

I knew this was going to be a great wedding from the start, but when the groomsmen pulled out the fedoras there was no question! Valerie & Josh are one of those couples that are just fun to be around, so naturally it was a great pleasure to shoot their wedding.

The Bigler crew got to work with Photographer Dexter Davis (always a good time). Valerie & Josh’s ceremony was at the Blessed Sacrament in Albany with their reception at the Colonie Golf and Country Club.

Megan & Jesse’s Wedding Video

It was a joy to be able to join Megan & Jesse on their wedding day! A great couple and a fantastic wedding to be sure. The Bigler crew worked with Photographer Luke Walker (Clark & Walker Studio), DJ Mike Garassi (Music Man Entertainment) and the great Mazzone staff of The Hall of Springs! (Video thumbnail image shot by Luke Walker of Clark & Walker Studio, to see more images from this wedding, visit the Clark & Walker Blog)

Melissa and David’s Wedding Video

What a fantastic wedding; A great couple and a killer vendor team! Melissa started her day off at the Gideon Putnam with her ladies and the amazing artists from Make Me Fabulous. She and David then had their first look followed by an inspiring photo session with photographers Joe & JP Elario. Their ceremony was at St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa followed by their reception at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga. Jessica & Diane from In Your Dreams Event Productions helped orchestrate the entire day.

Melissa & David had a great wedding and we were privileged to be a part of it!

Special thanks to Philip Coltart of Coltart Studios for helping out with this wedding; always fun being able to work with a friend!

Rachel & Nathan’s Wedding Video

We started our day with Rachel & Nathan at Yado Gardens in Saratoga Springs. This amazing photo session was followed by their ceremony and reception at the National Museum of Dance. What a great couple and fantastic day. Thanks so much to Rachel & Nathan for having the Bigler team join them on their perfect day!

Francesca & Adam’s Wedding Video

Francesca & Adam were married at the magnificent Elm Court Estate in Lenox Massachusetts. Joining the Bigler crew at this elegant wedding was photographer Elizabeth Litzell, The New York Players as well as wedding coordinator, Taia Younis of Inspired Occasions.

Sarah & Nick’s Wedding Video

What a sweet couple!  Watching this video you can’t help but smile, these guys are so happy and they just glow.  Sarah and Nick got married at Saint Cecilia Church in Warrensburg and had their reception at the Inn at Erlowest on Lake George.  The Bigler crew was joined by photographer Joan Heffler and DJ Jeffrey Scott.  Thanks also must go out to Erin  D. from the Inn at Erlowest for helping to coordinate everything.  It was a great day!

New Review from Nicole & Jason

“I first want to say thank you to the entire crew at Bigler Productions. Your professionalism and service were absolutely spectacular. Dave and his crew spent the entire day with us. My groomsmen and I teed off at 8am and they didn’t miss a beat. He also was there for my wife while her and the girls were preparing at 10am (makeup and hair). Our entire wedding day started at 8am and didn’t end until 10pm. Bigler Productions were there for the entire event.

After viewing our final product my wife and were so thankful that we chose to go with Bigler Productions. Their videos were simply amazing and perfect. They picked up on moments we either forgot about or missed. I cannot thank them enough for their hard work. They’re are definitely worth the expense and I’m recommending them to everyone.

We also had the digital guest book at our wedding. I highly recommend this. We got a copy of all our friends and family standing in front of the camera and giving us congratulations, sharing memories, and just having fun. It was so much better than just reading little blurbs in a paper book.

If you’re thinking of hiring a videographer at your wedding DO IT! If you want the best, give Dave a call. You will not regret your decision.”

Erica & Stephen’s Wedding Video

A fantastic wedding to be sure! Ceremony was at St. Mary’s in down town Albany with the reception at 11 North Pearl. The Bigler team was joined by photographer Brian McGarry.

This is one of those weddings that just makes me smile!

Megan and Scott, Fun Wedding Preview

It’s been a week since our latest couple got married and just for kicks we decided to whip up a surprise preview for them. We were all just so excited with the footage that we got back from this event that we just had to show it off. Our master editor Jerel had some fun with the intro of this one.

Scott and Megan, you guys sure know how to get married! Thanks again for letting us have some fun with this version of your video. Your highlight will be coming out in another few weeks!

Jennifer & John Wedding Video

This is such a great wedding; never before have we been able to use the audio from the bride and groom SINGING to each other as the soundtrack for a highlight video. What a cute couple and a fun all-around great wedding. It was a windy fall day up at Dunham’s Bay, Lake George and we were joined by Becky Collignon Photography. Total Entertainment rocked us into the night. What a great ADK wedding!

Katie & Neil’s Wedding Video

What an AMAZING WEDDING! Katie & Neil had the perfect day in Albany. Bigler Productions was joined by photographers Matt & Leah Bailly and wedding planner Shannon Whitney. The ceremony was at Blessed Sacrament, and the reception at 11 North Pearl. Dj Vinny from Cool Cat rocked the party into the night. GREAT WEDDING!

Alainna & Carl’s Wedding Video

Alainn & Carl were married at the amazing St. John the Evangelist in Schenectady and had their reception at Franklin Plaza in Troy. What a fantastic wedding!  We had the joy of working with photographer Heather Bohm Tallman and dancing to the tunes of TS Ensemble; It was a great day.

Tierney & KC’s Wedding Video

Tierney and KC were married on July 3rd at the River Stone Mannor in Scotia NY.  They are one of those couples that you just look at and feel happy for.  Tierney and KC embody the old Bambi reference of “Twitterpated” to the T.  Bigler Productions was joined by Rob Spring photography and Cristina Rivera (Glowing Faces cosmetics).  What an amazing day, and it was capped off with an impressive display of fireworks.  Thanks Tierney & KC!

Kristy & Donnie’s Wedding Video

Donnie & Kristy were married at Lake Side Gardens last month.  Although the unperdictable rain of the northwest did force the ceremony inside, Lake Side did a great job of reacting on the spot to keep everyone dry and Donnie & Kristy’s day magnificant.  Bigler Productions was joined by Chris Lewis Photography.  “Chris and I always have a good time shooting together, he is a great guy and took some amazing photos.”- Dave Bigler

Lake Side Gardens
Chris Lewis Photography

Lauren & Gregory Wedding Video

What an amazing wedding!  Lauren and Gregory were married at the Willamette Valley Vineyards and Bigler Productions was there for the fun.  This couple had such a great time and us along with them.  While our standard package comes with a Highlight Reel and Full Length Feature, we felt it necessary to make an additional highlight reel, just for the couple, that should their true ‘dance party’ style.  So watch their traditional highlight, but make sure you watch their dance mix highlight as well:

Dance Mix Highlight

Abernethy Center – Promo Video

Abernethy Center
The Abernethy Center is one of Oregon’s premier wedding venues. Offering two amazing outdoor ceremony locations as well as an indoor ballroom that rivals any in town.

Bigler Productions created the following demo to help Abernethy spice up their web site and marketing mix.

Abernethy Center Highlight Video – HD
Abernethy Center Highlight Video – low resolution
Abernethy Center website

Premier Bride & Bigler Productions Join Forces!

Premier Bride & Bigler Productions
Bigler Productions has partnered with Premier Bride Oregon to provide the opportunity for high quality video marketing to all their advertisers. The power of marketing through video is expanding everyday and Premier Bride has realized the amazing benefits. To facilitate adding video to their advertisers’ listing, Premier Bride has contracted Bigler Productions to do the work.

“We are thrilled and honored to have been chosen – from all the videographers in Oregon and SW Washington – for this great opportunity! To find out more contact Premier Bride today.” – Dave Bigler

Premier Bride Oregon

Bravo Spring 2009 Wedding Affair

Bravo Wedding Affair
The Bravo Wedding Affair (Spring 2009) was last week and Bigler Productions was there to film the magic of this amazing event. If you have not been to the Wedding Affair its definitely worth checking out. If you are getting married in the next year or two this is THE place to see the BEST vendors in all of Portland.

Bravo 2009 Wedding Affair
www.BravoPortland.com

Class Act Events – Promo Video

Class Act Events
Bigler Productions created the following video to help promote this great business.. Bigler Productions highly recommends all brides hire a wedding coordinator for their big day. Most brides think they can do it on their own and save some money. What they do not realize is that hiring a coordinator can save them a lot of money and make the day go SO MUCH BETTTER. Weighing the options you really can not afford not to hire a coordinator.

Class Act Video Highlight
www.ClassActEvents.net

Jen & Brett’s Wedding Video

The Wedding of Jen and Brett took place on December 6th and Bigler Productions was there for the party. Jen and Brett started their day with a photo shoot at McMenamins Edgefield. Their ceremony was at St. Henry Catholic Church. They ended their night with a magnificent party at Persimmon’s Country Club. I have to say its always fun to see a Bride in a cowboy hat on top of the DJ’s table! (Nice work Jen)!
Pre Ceremony Photo Shoot: McMenamins, Edgefield
Ceremony Location: St. Henry Catholic Church
Reception Location: Persimmon Country Club
Photographer: Life Candids Photography, Life Candids’ Blog

An Email from Jen Lang on 01.06.09
“Hey Dave,
YOU DID AN AMAZING job! I am going to be sending a thank you card to you but I really just can’t begin to express how much we LOVE our video. Its CRAZY to think that in the beginning we weren’t sure if we should even go with a video due to financial reasons. But you have helped us and allowed us to have something to watch and treasure forever. This is something we will be able to share with our friends and families for such a long time. I feel like you are family and we wouldn’t have it any other way. You do great work and should be very proud of it. You made our day very special.

We will be forever grateful!
Much Love
Jen Lange

“Jen, Thanks so much for your kind words. Its couples like you and Brett that really make my job fun and rewarding.” – Dave Bigler

Nichole & Chris’ Wedding Video

Married November 29th, Chris and Nichole had their wedding at the First Baptist Church in Portland Oregon and their reception at the Riverside Golf and Country Club. I was very lucky to be able to join Chris and Nichole on their amazing day. I had a blast walking through down town for their photo session with Jared Birt. This is one of those couples that is really just a pleasure to spend the day with. Thanks guys!

First Baptist Church
Riverside Golf and Country Club
Jared Birt Photography
Signature Weddings and Events

Barb & Mitchell Wedding Video

Barb and Mitchell were married at the beautiful Benson Hotel this fall and Bigler Productions was their to capture the amazing event. Patrice and Stephen, of Aaronstadt Photography, joined us as well as Deidre from Girl Friday PDX. It was a magnificent day to say the least.

The Benson Hotel
Aaronstadt Photography
Girl Friday PDX

Bravo Wedding Affair – Fall 2008

Bravo Fall Wedding Affair
Bravo’s wedding affair is a collection of the “whose who” in the wedding industry all gathered together for 5 hours twice a year. This limited engagement is a must see for all Brides, Grooms and soon to be betrothed. Bigler Productions not only had a both at this past fall affair but was also asked to create a promo video showing off this amazing event. Make sure not to miss the next affair, February 22nd, 2009 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown Portland. To learn more click on the links bellow:

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Bravo Publications
Photography courtesy of:
Nataliya Sostin Photography
Paul Rich Studio
Powers Studios

Beth & Tyler’s Wedding Video

Bigler Productions was privileged to join Beth & Tyler to capture their amazing day.  They started off the day with a photo session in the beautiful Sellwood Park and followed that with their wedding at the quaint Oaks Pioneer Church.  Nataliya Sostin Photography joined Bigler Productions in immortalizing their day.
“Beth is one of those brides who simply exudes happiness; from the photo session at the park through the last dance, she was all smiles.  Beth and Tyler really made it easy for Nataliya Sostin (their photographer) and I to get amazing images.

Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom – Promo Video

Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom
Bigler Productions has had the pleasure of filming several weddings at the Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom over this past year. With all this footage we were able to create a highlight of this amazing facility.
“Adrianna Hill is a great venue with an amazing staff. Located right downtown, this location is ideal for a full wedding, reception or corporate event.” -Dave

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Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom

Teila & Beau’s Wedding Video

Bigler Productions had the privilege of capturing one of the most amazing weddings of the 2008 season. Teila and Beau out did themselves with their Asian theme wedding. From the opening photo shoot at the Chinese Gardens to the surprise red dress down the aisle to the Lion Dancers at the reception this wedding was fantastic.
“What can I say really, you just need to watch the highlight and see for yourself why this wedding will no doubt be nominated for one of the best in Portland for 2008. Bigler Productions was joined by Juan Carlos (Photographer) and Emee of EJP events. Thanks guys it truly was a pleasure!” -Dave

Paul Rich – Wedding Vendor Video Promo

Paul Rich Studio
Bigler Productions was hired to film local photographer, Paul Rich in action. To accent his work Bigler Productions joined him on the beach as he composed a couples engagement session.
“Finding a photographer in Portland is an easy thing to do considering how many thousands there are. But finding one that not only takes good shots but also brings out the best in the couple as they shoot, is truly a rarity. I have worked with Paul on several weddings and I can tell you first hand that Paul’s shots coupled with his fun lovin’ character make him one of the best in Portland. Check out this video clip to see him at work.” -Dave

Video Clip (All in a Days Work)
Paul Rich Studio

Christi & Jeff’s Wedding Video

Moore Wedding Video
Christi and Jeff were married at the Portland Art Museum in downtown Portland Oregon and Bigler Productions was there to capture the magic.
“I really enjoyed this wedding. We had three cameras for the ceremony which really makes for a great video. On top of that Jeff and Christi were an laid back couple that really were a blast to be around.” -Dave

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Sussan & Brentt’s Wedding Video

Susan and Brentt are by far the most die hard WSU Cougar fans that Bigler Productions has ever come across. For their wedding, their colors were silver and crimson (WSU colors), the bride wore a red waist accent with the WSU logo on it and on top of that they had Butch, the WSU mascot, make a guest appearance at their reception. GO WSU!
“Susan and Brentt are such a great couple. Their wedding was a fun gathering of friends and family (AND COUGERS!) Talk about die hard loyalty to your alma mater, these two have it!
GO HUSKIES! (he he he) just kidding.”
-Dave

Laura & Michael’s Wedding Video

Laura & Michael were married at the Holy Family Catholic Church and had a magnificent reception at the Oswego Lake Country Club.
“I had so much fun at this wedding. Their photographer (Laurel Powers) and myself were able to go out onto the golf course with Laura and Michael for some great images. The entire event was very heartfelt and elegant. Thanks guys!”
-Dave

Jodi & Davids’s Wedding Video

Jodi and David tied the knot this past week on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Just south of Cannon Beach the ceremony was perfect.
“I always love filming on the cost, and this past week was no different. I had so much fun with David and Jodi. I truly felt honored to participate in their intimate ceremony. I think that these two prove that you don’t need hundreds of guests in a fancy venue to make your wedding special. It was also great working with Celebrations by the Sea yet again (Thanks Tammy!)”
-Dave Bigler

Amy & Parker’s Wedding Video

blog_bielenbergAmy and Parker tied the knot in McMinnville early last month. They had an intimate ceremony with a handful of their closest family and friends followed up with a large reception with another 150+ friends and family.  Bigler Productions was hired to film both their DVD as well as a zero-edit production of their wedding to show at their reception. “Amy came to me with the problem of wanting to have her ceremony in their house (that parker built), but wanting +150 friends and family to be there.  So she hired us to film the wedding at their house then take it immediately to the reception to show to her guests. It was one of the most complex productions we have yet done, with three Videographers, a zero-edit camera, three microphones and no time to edit the reception production, and it all went off without a hitch.  The guests got to watch the ceremony while the bride and groom snuck into the back of the hall, when the video ended Amy and Parker walked straight into their first dance.  Everyone loved it!” -Dave Bigler

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Bigler Productions featured on AMNW!

AMNW Logo
Dave Bigler was honored as a guest on Portland’s AM Northwest. Click on the video link below to watch the interview. AM Northwest is offering $50 gift certificates for any services by Bigler Productions or Invitations in Motion for $25 bucks! Click on the Gift Certificate link below to learn more.
“I really had a blast on the show. Helen Raptis and Dave Anderson were great hosts and very down to earth people. They were both really excited about Invitations in Motion. Dave Raptis made an interesting comment to me before the show, ‘I would hate to have your job, if you screw up you’ll have a crazed bride after you!’ I responded, ‘That’s why we don’t screw up, 50 weddings strong with 0 errors. Plus we use two cameras for everything to make sure there is no chance of a mistake.’ He was impressed but still thought I was a bit crazed to enjoy filming weddings so much.” -Dave Bigler
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Invitations in Motion

Andrea & John’s Wedding Video

Andrea and John were married at First Christian Church in Portland this past month and Bigler Productions was honored to be a part of their amazing day.
“I have been to lots of wedding receptions in my day but I have never scene dancing like I did filming for John and Andrea. The dance floor was loaded the entire night with more enthusiasm and excitement then I have seen in a long time. This was truly an amazing celebration.”
- Dave Bigler