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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!

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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.

DIY Wedding Favours for your Wedding

As professional wedding videographers, the team here at Drangan Video have been blessed to be in attendance at hundreds of weddings up and down the country. Over the past 25 years we have seen some truly innovative wedding favours, décor and entertainment, much of it crafted by friends, family and bridal party members. Adding a touch of DIY to your big day can bring a real personal touch to the proceedings and will provide your guests and family with true mementos of your big day.

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In this blog post we are going to look at some DIY wedding favour ideas that you may like to try for yourself. Whether you want to incorporate DIY for budgetary reasons or just want to add something personal to your big day, we’re sure these ideas will spark some inspiration.

Jams and Chutneys
Are you a bit of a whizz in the kitchen, like to spend your time cooking delicacies and sharing them with those you love? Then why not consider providing your guests with a homemade jam, chutney or pickle to take home as a gift? Adding personalised labels to your jars with the date of your wedding will ensure your guests leave feeling special. A taste of your home in the homes of those you love, what could be nicer?

Sweet Treats
Fill organza or customised paper bags with sweet treats of your choice. Ask your friends or bridal party around for a night of sweet tasting and bag filling and provide your guests with something special for your big day. Using ribbons to secure organza bags can allow you the opportunity to extend your colour scheme to every seat in the venue.

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Mini Potted Plants
Perhaps you and your loved one are keen gardeners or love the outdoors? Maybe you have a special connection to a specific plant or flower? Bulk buy some mini pots on eBay or through a local wholesaler and plant your favourite flower, tree or fern to give to your guests as a wedding favour. Include a care card to let your guests know how to get the most from their mini potted plant and even add a personal note to each favour.

Cookies
Nothing says thank you quite like a bag of homemade baked goods – think of that welcoming aroma and how it will make your guest feel! A little paper bag full of mini cookies or a singular large cookie for each guest will be appreciated later in the evening or can be brought home for a treat to enjoy with a coffee the next day.

Mini Drinks
Are you a fan of brewing your own beer or making your own wine? Why not share your passion with your guests by providing samples of your home brew? Personalised labels and notes to accompany each drink will ensure your guests know just how much you appreciate them.

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Whether you’re planning a wedding in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Cork or Limerick, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. For almost 25 years now, Drangan Video have been providing professional wedding videography services to couples right across Ireland and we just love what we do. We now include drone photography as an option with every package, so you know you are getting the very best value and expertise available!

Check out one of our latest  Instagram Highlights Video’s below

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Caitriona & Patrick were married in St. Patrick’s Church Kilkenny it was a pleasure to have been  asked to film their wedding video.
I’m  very proud to share their highlights film in this blog post, one of the many highlights from the day was a visit the the Carousel for a magical spin.

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Essential Wedding Planning Tips and Tricks

This week we are going to give you some insight into the very best wedding planning tips and tricks to help the wedding planning process go smoothly for you and your intended. Drangan Video offer professional wedding videography services in Kilkenny and nationwide we are always on hand to provide expert advice to our budding Brides and Grooms. To enquire about the packages we have on offer, please feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan and he’ll guide you through the many options available.

Tip 1: Guest numbers are important
Now that the excitement of the engagement celebrations are over, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty! You don’t need to make up a precise guest list at this stage, but having an approximate number will greatly assist you with the rest of your planning.

Tip 2. Check your dates
When choosing a date to get married, most of us never think of issues that may arise, but it’s incredibly important to check the calendar before you commit to a date. Public holidays and big local event days are probably best avoided as they can increase hotel rooms costs for your guests and may be problematic for those driving in heavy traffic to celebrate your big day.

Tip 3: Pay attention to mother nature (particularly in Ireland)
Whilst we all dream of a day with blue skies and endless sunshine, it’s always essential that we plan for every weather eventuality. Planning a wedding in July in Ireland does not guarantee sunshine so keep an eye on the forecast and prepare for any last minute changes to the weather.

Tip 4. Ask for recommendations
Once you have booked your venue, it’s time to start looking at your other wedding vendors. We have found that most hotels and vendors keep a preferred supplier list, which they are more than happy to share with couples. Let one vendor lead you to another and know that when you support local small businesses, your wedding is making a real difference to those who are self-employed.

Tip 5. Stick to your budget
When setting your budget, it’s important to remember that 50% of your wedding expenses will be spent on food and drink for you and your guests. With this in mind you may want to consider a number of different catering options to assist with budget management.

Tip 6: Always ask
Don’t be afraid to ask your venue for those little extras at no extra cost, if you don’t ask, you don’t get, right? Most venues are happy to throw in something extra free of charge, whether that’s some music upon arrival, a free round of drinks for the toasts or a reduced price for guests staying at the hotel. Don’t feel shy about asking, wedding venues are well prepared for negotiations and will always be able to offer you something to secure your booking.

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Eamon here at Drangan Video will be happy to recommend other vendors and suppliers that he has worked with over the years and is always on hand to answer any queries you may have. To learn more about the wedding videos we offer, please feel free to browse through the site and view some of the sample videos that have been posted with the permission of our happy Brides and Grooms.

What to do after you get Engaged

At this time of the year we take great pleasure in speaking with newly engaged couples who received proposals over the festive period. It’s such an exciting time for our Brides and Grooms to be! In this article we are going to talk about the very first things you need to do as a newly engaged couple to assist with the wedding planning process.

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1. Share and celebrate
First and foremost you should be sharing your good news with your very closest friends and family. Take some time out to celebrate before you get stuck into the planning process and enjoy this happy time.

2. Save and save some more
If you haven’t already started saving for your big day, now is the time to do so. We would highly recommend opening a credit union account in your locality and commit to putting away a little bit every week. If you decide to go with a traditional bank account, look for a bank that offers little or no fees on your savings.

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3. Sizing of your ring
There’s a good chance that unless you’ve gone shopping together for a ring, you may need to make adjustments to the size. Visit a reputable jeweller, preferably the same outlet in which the ring was purchased and ask them for advice and assistance with the sizing of your ring. While you’re here, you should also have your ring appraised and request a certificate of value to include in your home insurance.

4. Decide on your bridal party
There’s no time like the present when it comes to deciding on who will be part of your big day. Take the time to discuss choices with your partner and agree on the individuals you would like to include in your bridal and grooms party. You may opt for a Maid of Honour and one bridesmaid or a large group of great friends and family, the choice is entirely yours!

5. Get a handle on numbers
Before you start looking at venues, it’s a good idea to have an idea of the numbers that will be attending the wedding, reception and evening party. There’s no need to make a detailed guest list at this early stage but a rough idea of the attendance numbers will greatly help when searching for a venue.

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6. It’s time to start looking at venues
This is one of the stages that our couples enjoy most! Take the time to read online reviews and reach out to other couples that have celebrated in the venues you are considering. Arrange meetings with the wedding coordinators at your top 4 or 5 preferred venues and don’t be afraid to negotiate! Remember, weekday weddings greatly reduce all the costs associated with your big day.

7. Choose your vendors
Now that you have your venue booked (for the ceremony and the reception), it’s time to start approaching vendors for quotes. Florists, car rental, entertainment, photographers and videographers should all have a number of packages they can offer to suit every budget.

8. Don’t forget the dress!
Shopping for your dress, bridesmaid’s dresses, suits and tuxedos can be incorporated into a fun day out for both parties. Take your time and enjoy the time spent choosing the outfit of your choice.

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The team here at Drangan Video offer professional wedding videography services throughout every county in Ireland and do not outsource any of our processes. All editing is completed in-house and you can be assured of a discreet, professional and friendly service at all times. To learn more about the packages we offer, please feel free to get in touch with Eamon, who will be only too happy to assist in any way he can.

Planning an Outdoor Wedding in Ireland

As we head into Summer 2019, we find that more and more couples are hoping to incorporate the outdoors into their big day. Perhaps the memories of our fantastic summer in 2018 have made us all a little bit more optimistic about our Irish weather! Whilst the Irish weather is incredibly unpredictable, it is still very possible for you to plan and enjoy an Irish outdoor wedding ceremony or reception party. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite outdoor venues in Ireland for you and your intended to explore.

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Ballyvolane House, Cork

Ballyvolane House is one of the most picturesque venues in Ireland. Beautifully landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland, make this the number one choice for many of our Brides and Grooms. Should the weather deteriorate in any way, the team at Ballyvolane House can offer you a number of indoor alternatives.

Harvey’s Point, Donegal

Harvey’s Point in Donegal is an incredible location to say ‘I Do’, whether you decide to exchange vows indoors or lakeside. The attention to detail shown by the Harvey’s Point events team is second to none and you can be assured they’ll make your day one to remember, whatever the weather!

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Glenview Hotel, Wicklow

The Glenview Hotel in County Wicklow offers you everything you need both indoor and out for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions. In fact, the Glenview have gone one step further and won’t charge you any extra to host your civil ceremony on their grounds if you have also booked the reception here.

The Haven Hotel, Waterford

The Haven Hotel in Waterford is situated in Dunmore East and will make a wonderful backdrop for your wedding photographs and videography. What we love about this place is its proximity to the beach, which is perfect for those unique wedding shots. The hotel is fully equipped and certified for outdoor ceremonies on the lawn and can cater for up to 250 guests.

Kilshane House, Tipperary

Kilshane House is a breath-taking Regency house with a traditional conservatory that is perfect for those who may want the best of both worlds on their wedding day. The hotel has put a lot of thought into their outdoor ceremonies and offer a floating pagoda on their very own lake or lakeside in one of their secret garden locations. You really couldn’t ask for a better start to your married life!

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Whether you opt for a traditional civil ceremony on the grounds of a hotel or in a HSE registered site that is close to your heart, Ireland now offers a multitude of options for those who want to take the plunge and exchange their vows outdoors.

If you’re planning your outdoor wedding for 2019 or 2020, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. We are happy to travel nationwide at no extra cost and have lots of experience filming outdoor weddings. Get in touch with Eamon today to find out what makes us the perfect choice for your big day.