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Are you ready for your Christmas Wedding?

It’s that time of the year again when we are looking forward to working with our Christmas brides and grooms. Over the last decade we have seen a huge upsurge in couples tying the knot over the festive period and it’s become something of a tradition for us to dedicate a blog post to these seasonal ceremonies.

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Whether you’re opting for a church wedding, a civil ceremony or an alternative occasion to celebrate your love, there’s one thing that’s certain and that is you can never be fully prepared for all that December has to offer. As I write this blog post the sun is shining as strongly as it would in August, however there’s a chill in the air that tells us we need to wrap up extra warm before we go to film this weeks wedding videos. December is a month for all seasons, you may get sunshine, you may even get snow but you need to be prepared for all eventualities.

For those of you who are tying the knot this December and New Year, here’s a handy little checklist that will help you prepare for any last minute weather changes.

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• Stock up on umbrellas – You can never have too many spare umbrellas available on your big day. Ask the best man and any willing family members to collect as many umbrellas as they can from family and friends and have them ready in the boot of a car for those who have come to the ceremony unprepared.
• Allow for extra travel time – While you may be only a ten-minute drive from the ceremony location, it’s important that you allow yourself double the travel time at least to ensure there are no lengthy delays. December weather in Ireland can bring icy roads, high winds and spot flooding so you’ll want to ensure you and your guests get to the venue without any problems.
• Keep warm – Speak to your venue about extra heating for any outdoor areas and perhaps provide some wraps, blankets and warm throws for your guests who may venture outside for a cigarette or a breath of fresh air.
• Welcome drinks – December is the perfect time of year for mulled wine, hot cider, Irish coffees and hot whiskey. Why not treat your guests to a warming drink upon arrival at your reception venue to get them in the holiday spirit.
• Provide transport – Travelling in adverse weather conditions can be a daunting task for many drivers and it may be a deciding factor on whether they can make it to your wedding ceremony. Consider hiring a mini-bus to collect and drop guests along a pre-agreed route to your venue and on to the reception if they’re in different locations. This will allow your guests to relax and enjoy the celebrations without having to worry about how they’ll get home later.

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If you’re planning a winter wedding for 2020 or 2021 and hoping to book a videographer to capture your big day, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. We have 25 years experience and are dedicated to providing the most professional wedding video service available. Our team will travel anywhere in the country at no extra charge, so whether you’re based in Cork, Dublin, Tipperary or Galway we can be on hand to capture the wonder of your big day.

Upcoming Wedding Fairs for December 2019 and January 2020

It’s that time of year again when we look ahead to some of the wonderful wedding fairs and venue open-days that are happening around the country in December and January. With so many couples getting engaged in December each year we hope that this blog post will be a useful resource for you over the coming weeks. We’ll be revisiting this topic again in late January with a further list of fairs and events for the springtime. Below you’ll find some of the most popular events on the calendar for the remainder of December and the month of January.

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December Wedding Fairs and Open Days:

8th of December: The Woodenbridge Hotel in Arklow, Co. Wicklow.
12th of December: Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.
27th of December to the 3rd of January: The Claregalway Hotel (by appointment only.), Claregalway, Co. Galway.
28th and 29th of December: Bellinter House, Navan, Co. Meath.
29th of December: Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, Co. Kildare.
29th of December: The Brehon & Angsana Spa, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
29th of December: The Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
30th of December: The Maritime Hotel, Bantry, Co. Cork.

If you are holding an open day or a wedding fair event and would like to be included in our next blog post, please do feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video and we’ll happily let our readers know the details.

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January Wedding Fairs and Open Days:

2nd of January: The Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Cork.
4th of January: Bellinter House, Navan, Co. Meath.
4th – 5th of January: Kilkenny River Court Hotel, Kilkenny.
5th of January: Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
5th of January: The Glenside Hotel, Drogheda, Co. Meath.
9th and 10th of January: The Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
11th and 12th of January: Dream Wedding Expo, Leisureland, Salthill, Galway.
12th of January: Butler House and Gardens, Kilkenny.
12th of January: The Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Co. Cork.
15th of January: The Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, Co. Kildare.
19th of January: The Springfield Hotel, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
19th of January: The Radisson Blu, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
19th of January: The Abbey Hotel 18th Century Castle Manor, Galway Road, Roscommon.
19th of January: The Marine Hotel, Sutton, Co. Dublin.
19th of January: Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Trim, Co. Meath
26th of January: The Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath
26th of January: Newgrange Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath

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Most of the events listed above are venue open-days, where you and your partner can see the venue in all its glory. Typically these venues will be set up to give you an idea of how their rooms look like when decorated for a traditional wedding. The venues will be able to provide you with per head prices, give you an idea of availability and answer any questions you have on the day. This is particularly useful for budding brides and grooms who are yet to settle on a budget for their wedding day and will help you to put in place a financial plan.

Pop back to our blog in late January to read about new dates that have been added to the calendar from February onwards.

If you are looking for a videographer to film your wedding day, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. We travel anywhere in the country at no extra cost to you and offer affordable wedding video packages, drone footage and superb customer service

Bernadette and Ger’s Wedding Video Highlights

Bernadette Murphy and Ger Purcell were married in Callan Co. Kilkenny in July 2019, I am delighted and proud to be sharing the following highlights clip from their wedding film.

It has been a busy year for Drangan Video and now with 2020 just around the corner we are already busy making plans for the new year wedding season.

Bernadette and Ger’s wedding film begins with morning preps, July 27th was a beautiful calm sunny day it was ideal for the  use of a Drone which flew over Bernadette’s house in Tullamaine Callan capturing the beauty of the rich Kilkenny  farmland around the Murphy homestead.

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The ceremony took place in Church of the Assumption Callan which was full to capacity with family and friends.
We stopped of the Edmond Rice Cottage for photos and video another opportunity for a few cool aerial drone shots.

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The wedding reception took place in the wonderfull Newpark Hotel Kilkenny it is one of favourite wedding venues in Kilkenny and many Tipperary Brides have been known to cross the border for their weeding reception in the Newpark.

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If you are in the process of wedding planning and are thinking of hiring a wedding videographer, please feel free to contact Eamon here at Drangan Video who will be happy to discuss our range of affordable wedding video packages for 2020/20121

Your Wedding Day Checklist

The big day has finally arrived and all those months of planning are going to pay dividend today! It’s an exciting time and making the most of today and enjoying every moment should be your top priority. It may seem a little late in the day to be writing checklists but if you have this on hand on the morning of the wedding, you can be assured that everything else will fall into place. Most of this list will seem obvious at first glance, but you’d be surprised what can slip your mind when you’re about to embark on the happiest day of your life.

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For the Bride:

Wedding Dress – This should go without saying, but have your wedding dressed pressed, steamed and ready to wear in the days leading up to your Wedding Day. Hang your dress in a place where it is safe and out of reach from little hands.

Headpieces – If you are wearing a veil or a floral headpiece, double check you have all the necessary clips and pins to secure it in place for your big day. Store in a safe area that is free from damp and curious eyes!

Perfume – Choose a perfume that is precious to you, a scent that will forever remind you of your big day. A scent can bring back a thousand memories and you will want to ensure you have a spritz or two of your favourite perfume before you leave for the ceremony.

Old, new, borrowed, blue – If you’re a traditionalist and want to follow the old, new, borrowed and blue custom, make sure you have all 4 in place at least the night before the ceremony.

Bouquet and Flowers – Make sure you have all of the flowers that were ordered. If you have arranged delivery to your home on the morning of the wedding, ask one of your bridesmaids to double check that everything has arrived before the delivery person leaves.

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For Him

Shoes – Yes, it’s unlikely that you would forget your shoes, but have you remembered to polish them and make sure there are no scuffmarks? This should be done the night before the wedding and your shoes stored in a box overnight to keep them in ship-shape.

Accessories – Gather together all of the accessories you will need to wear on your big day. This will include your tie, cufflinks, watch, belt, tie clip and suspenders if you have chosen to wear them. Ask your best man to check that all of the groomsmen have done the same and you can relax in the knowledge that you have everything covered!

Boutonnieres – When your boutonnieres are delivered in the morning, do a thorough check to ensure no one has been left out. You’ll need one for each of the grooms party, your parents and other close family that will be sitting at the top table – and of course yourself.

Cologne – Have you chosen a cologne to wear on the day, does your bride to be have a favourite scent? Make sure you have your cologne on hand for a quick spritz before you leave for the venue and ask your Best Man to bring it to the venue for you so you can have a fresh spritz a little later.

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Drangan Video offer professional wedding videography for couples right across Ireland. We are happy to travel anywhere in the country, so whether you’re based in Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Limerick or Donegal, we would love to hear from you and tell you all about our affordable wedding videography packages, which now include drone footage.

Planning a Wedding in December

Over the past decade we have seen a huge upsurge in winter weddings, particularly in the seasonal month of December. If you and your loved one are getting married in December of this year or 2020, we hope you find this article helpful when making your all-important plans.

The team here at Drangan Video are always delighted to film winter weddings and we come fully equipped with all the latest technology, know-how and videography equipment to ensure we capture your special day in all its winter glory!

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Below you will find some tips to ensure your winter wedding goes as smoothly as possible:

1. Choosing your venue
When choosing a venue for your winter wedding, it’s important to take the weather into account. If you have opted for a church wedding ceremony, try to choose a venue that is close to the church so that any adverse weather conditions won’t impact on your guests when travelling between the ceremony and the celebrations. For those of you who are exchanging vows in a civil ceremony, select a venue that will allow you to host both the ceremony and the reception in the same location. This will ensure that you and your guests will not have to brave the cold weather unnecessarily.

2. Daylight Hours are Shorter
It’s important to remember that daylight hours are at a minimum during the month of December, so you will need to plan accordingly. Plan your ceremony as early as possible to leave ample time for photographs, outdoor video shoots and travel time to your venue.

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3. Keep Warm
Keeping you, your bridal party and your guests warm and comfortable should be a top priority when planning your big day, after all you don’t want the most important people in your life to be suffering with colds and coughs after your big day. Purchase warm shrugs or wraps for your bridesmaids and offer guests blankets and throws in any outdoor seating areas. You should also ask the venue to provide outdoor heating in any areas where guests might congregate.

4. Winter Warming Drinks
Upon arrival at your reception, it’s a great idea to offer guests a warming celebratory drink, whether that’s mulled wine, Irish coffees or a hot whisky, you can be assured that your guests will appreciate the effort on a cold December day.

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5. Winter Wedding Décor
Speak with your venue about the seasonal décor that will be in place in the suite or room you have booked for your celebrations. You may not celebrate Christmas or may not be a particularly religious person, so it’s important that you make your décor requirements clear to the hotel or venue in advance. Keep in mind that the seasonal décor in hotels and churches at this time of year could really help you save some money!

6. Winter Wedding Favours
If you are a lover of Christmas and want to include some winter wedding favours for your guests, you could consider personalised tree baubles, sugared almonds or Christmas crackers. All are readily available online and some or Ireland’s leading charities sell Christmas tree baubles at affordable rates!

Planning A Winter Wedding

If you’re planning a winter wedding and looking for a professional videographer who is experienced in filming in winter light, please do feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video. We are based in Tipperary and Kilkenny and happy to travel anywhere in Ireland with absolutely no extra cost to you and would be delighted to be a part of your big day.