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Keeping the Kids Entertained at your Wedding

As with any occasion, planning your wedding can take up much more of your time and attention than most ever possibly imagine. We hope that our regular wedding blog posts are helping you to get things ticked off your list a little bit faster and with a little less stress.
In this article we are going to give you a few pointers on keeping the kids happy and entertained at your wedding. If you decide to have children at your ceremony and reception, then it’s pretty important that the little ones enjoy themselves and don’t find the whole situation too overwhelming or boring. Remember, a happy child makes for happy parents and that will make all the difference to your big day.

Kids wedding party Kilkenny
• Hire a professional kids entertainer.

If you have enough money in your budget, then hiring a professional children’s entertainer for a few hours could be a great choice for you and your guests. Most entertainers will come fully equipped with all they need to keep the little ones entertained and happy. Ideal for during the speeches when the kids may get a bit restless!

• Hire a bouncy castle

Bouncy castles just never go out of fashion, and let’s be honest, you will probably have a hard time keeping some of the adults away from it! Hiring a bouncy castle is the ideal way to keep kids happy throughout the day. Make sure you check with the venue in advance and maybe ask about the possibility of an extra staff member to supervise.

• Provide goodie bags

Your young guests will definitely appreciate any little toys, games or trinkets they receive on the day and a goodie bag is the ideal way to keep them entertained at the table. Consider some colouring pencils or crayons, card or board games and of course some candy for those little sweet teeth!

• Provide a quiet space

Keep in mind that your wedding day is going to feel extra long for those with little legs and hands. By providing a quiet space for them to catch a nap or watch some tv you will be doing their parents a favour. Ask the venue about setting up a projector screen for a Disney screening or provide beanbags and low lighting so the little ones can get some well deserved rest.

• Hire or make your own candy cart

Candy carts are all the rage at the moment, and whether you make your own or hire a dedicated professional, this addition to your celebrations will definitely go down well with the children. Let’s be honest, it’s going to go down well with most adults as well!

• Fancy dress

Have a fancy dress party on the side for the kids at the reception. Let them get dressed up as their favourite characters and have their very own fancy dress party. You could also provide some face painting for the kids so they can really get into the spirit of things.

Kids having fun at Tipperary wedding

Whatever you decide, it’s important to remember that these little people at your wedding need to be well looked after. It’s a long day for most adults, so you can only imagine how the kids must feel come dinnertime. Try to include the children as much as possible in the occasions whilst giving them something they will enjoy and remember for a long time to come.

Thanks for reading my latest wedding blog post, I am already researching another very interesting wedding news article for next week.

Regards Eamon

777 Days

As I write this, I am overwhelmed to notice that it has been exactly 777 days since the people of Ireland voted in favour of marriage equality by a whopping 62%. It’s hard to believe it was over two years since this most momentous of days! I still remember the scenes at Dublin Castle like they were only yesterday, and each time I remember it makes me smile with the utmost pride.

Since this date, Drangan Video has been absolutely honoured to be a part of numerous marriages between couples  that fought hard for this result for many years. Just this month alone we will be celebrating 3 same sex marriages with couples who no longer need to struggle to have their love recognised. This makes us very happy indeed!

Civil Wedding Ceremony Tipperary

In most of my blog posts I talk about trends, recommend venues or give advice for the lead up to the big day. I would like to take a departure from that today and reflect upon what the past 777 days have meant for marriage equality across Ireland. Unfortunately Northern Ireland has yet to catch up, but I have every faith that this too will come to pass in the years to come.

One of the many reasons for the YES vote was to of course recognise the love between couples up and down the country regardless of gender, to show support and to give these couples the exact same rights that heterosexual couples have experienced for an eternity. Our little country with an increasingly elderly population and deep roots in religion didn’t have to think twice. Love is love after all and nothing else really matters.

Since the overwhelming majority of Irish citizens showed their support by voting YES in the May 2015 referendum, the landscape of the wedding industry (I hate to refer to it as an industry, but unfortunately that is what it has become) has changed dramatically. Venues up and down the country have opened their doors and their arms widely to welcome equality, businesses, suppliers and vendors have opened their eyes to the different types of ceremonies that are now available in the country and more popular than ever, and those who in the past did not understand what all the fuss was about, finally get it!

Civil Wedding Ceremony Kilkenny

I for one am proud to be a part of this change in our society and will always see love for exactly what it is, no walls, no barriers, just respect and appreciation for every couple in our society. There are of course still boundaries, which have not been broken down, but perhaps in the next 777 days we can work on those together.

For those of you who are planning to wed in the coming months and years, the team here at Drangan Video would like to assure you that we believe in equality in all it’s forms and will support all of our married couples by providing a service that does not discriminate against those who should never have had to fight so hard in the first place.

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Eamon.

Planning your Honeymoon in Ireland

Here at Drangan Video we are seeing more and more brides and grooms opting to honeymoon at home, and why not? This wonderful country of ours has so much to offer at all times of the year, and whilst our weather may be on the unpredictable side, the midlands and coastline always remain just as luscious and romantic.

If you’re thinking of staying at home to honeymoon after your wedding in 2017 or 2018, check out our very own personal favourite destinations below. We’d love to hear from any of our readers who have recently honeymooned or holidayed at home with suggestions of hidden gems.

Ring Of Kerry
Connemara

The wilds of Connemara are dotted with romantic retreats perfect for an idyllic Irish honeymoon. Stroll around the town of Clifden or venture into the wilds. With lakeside walks, undiscovered beaches, luxurious hotels and scenery that is absolutely unmatched elsewhere you really couldn’t ask for anything more.

West Cork

West Cork offers peace, tranquillity, epic scenery, sandy beaches, picturesque villages, artisan delights and cuisine that will make your mouth water! This wonderful part of Cork County is home to some of the world’s most enviable landscapes and is a welcoming getaway at any time of the year. Whether you decide to rent a cottage or stay in a luxurious hotel, West Cork will ensure your honeymoon memories are extra special.

Powerscourt Gardens Wicklow
Kerry

There’s no doubt in my mind, that the county of Kerry can offer just as much as any foreign destination. Dingle, Killarney and Tralee are all within driving distance of each other and the towns and villages dotted in between will ensure you are never left wanting. As a honeymoon destination, Kerry has become extremely popular with our foreign visitors, so why not for us natives? Spend time exploring the lakes, walking the national park or cuddling up in front of a warm fire with a local speciality.

Dublin County and Surrounds

Whilst Dublin may not be on the very top of your list as a honeymoon destination, you should remember that there is more to the county than just a busy city. Also, Dublin County is great as a base in which to travel into the city or to other counties nearby such as Wicklow and Kildare. If you want to get out and about during your honeymoon, we can highly recommend trips to Newgrange, Powerscourt, Kildare Village, Lough Tay and Glendalough.

Samuel Beckett Bridge Dublin
County Donegal

What more could you ask for than a county covered in woodlands, with magnificent coastline and people that are as friendly as you are likely to meet? Donegal has made this list of Irish honeymoon destinations because of it’s timeless beauty and welcoming natives. A windswept coastline with a host of top class destination hotels for you to choose from. For those of you who wish to stay in an Irish speaking area, you really couldn’t ask for anything more!

As you plan your honeymoon in Ireland, keep an eye on midweek packages, which provide fantastic value for money throughout the year. Honeymooning in Ireland need not be expensive if you plan in advance and take advantage of special offers that you will find at all times of the year.

If you are in the market for a professional wedding videographer why not contact myself Eamon here  at Drangan Video  for information on our range of HD wedding video packages for 2017/2018.
We are based in Tipperary and are happy to film weddings in any county.

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Eamon.

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Weddings In Waterford

For those of you who may have recently become engaged and are looking forward to planning your wedding in Waterford, I hope you find this article helpful. As a professional wedding videographer, I have had the pleasure of traveling all over this wonderful county for weddings of all sizes and can truly see why so many Irish brides and grooms choose Waterford as their wedding destination. We are also seeing many bridal parties from outside Ireland now travelling to this unique location to celebrate their big day. Everything you need for the perfect wedding can be sourced either in the city or county and what a range of spectacular venues you have to choose from! In this blog post I am going to guide you through some of my personal favourites, some wedding reception venues, a few ceremony venues and some scenic locations in which to get some memorable video and photographs.

Weddings In Waterford Castle

Wedding Reception Venues and Civil Ceremony Venues in Waterford

Waterford city and county offers a range of wonderful reception destinations to suit all tastes. Whether you are looking for an historical building that has a tale to tell or modern elegance with a twist. See some of my personal favourites listed below:

In the county

• Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Resort
A wonderful 18th century mansion situated on a private estate in Faithlegg, Co. Waterford. This luxurious destination also caters for civil and commitment ceremonies throughout the year.
• Waterford Castle Resort
Situated on ‘The Island’, Waterford Castle is a unique location in which to celebrate your vows. This hotel also plays host to civil ceremonies and offers a 310-acre island for your guests to enjoy.

In the city

• The Granville Hotel
The Granville Hotel has long been the place for wedding receptions in Waterford City. Situated on Meagher Quay, we can personally recommend this wonderful venue.
• The Tower Hotel
As the name would suggest, you can find this welcoming hotel on the quays in Waterford situated right across from Reginald’s Tower. With 132 bedrooms this is the perfect place to host all of your guests.

Wedding Locations In Waterford

Scenic Locations in Waterford for your Wedding Video & Photographs

Waterford city and county boasts some of the most picturesque locations in the country, perfect for those memorable shots and video snippets on your big day. It’s been a tough task to list all of Drangan Video’s personal favourites as there are just so many to choose from, but here are my top 3. I would love to hear from you if you have others you think we should check out.

• Curraghmore House and Gardens
Whether you are looking for formal gardens, woodlands or a dramatic backdrop of a Victorian mansion Curraghmore House is the ideal location for a scenic wedding video or photo shoot.
• Tramore Beach and Cliffs
If you are lucky enough to have the Irish weather on your side, then a trip to Tramore will definitely provide you with a breath-taking backdrop for your wedding video or photography.
• Lismore Castle Gardens
Known to be Irelands oldest landscaped gardens, this immaculately kept location is perfect for those who want imagery that is both memorable and eye-catching. Note that the house itself is not open to the public.

I hope you have enjoyed my rundown of Waterford’s most sought after wedding venues and scenic locations and would love to hear from those of you who have experienced these first hand.

Civil Wedding Ceremony Waterford

As always, if you’re looking for a wedding videographer in the Waterford region, the team here at Drangan Video would be delighted to speak with you.

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Eamon

Kilkenny Wedding Photographer Ties The Knot

John Delaney is a professional wedding photographer based in Kilkenny city, since setting up his business as a full time wedding supplier he has attended  his fair share of weddings in Kilkenny and surrounding counties.
On May 12th 2017 John  married his long time sweetheart Noeleen, when John and Noeleen  asked me to film their special day I said yes and would be more than happy to record their big day, it was interesting  to see John at the other side of the camera for a change.

Noeleen is also a busy wedding supplier, her business is known as Kilkenny Hen and Party Events  so both John and Noeleen are no strangers to the busy and demanding wedding supplier market.
John is a much sough after wedding photographer, his work is amazing, his attention to detail is second to none. I was delighted to be his choice of videographer but I did fell under pressure to produce an extra special wedding video knowing that John would be casting a  judgemental  eye over the finished production.

Wedding In Butler House Kilkenny

Wedding Ceremony In Butler House Kilkenny

The video story begins with ample  footage from the Bridal Preps, Noeleen was enjoying all the special attention that she was receiving from her bridesmaids. Ella who is Noeleen and John’s daughter and needless to say she is their  pride and joy was also helping Mum with the final preps.
The ceremony took place in one of Kilkenny’s finest civil ceremony venues  Bulter House is situated close to  Kilkenny Castle, once upon a time it was home of the Earls of Ormonde, elegant  staircases, high plastered ceilings, marble fireplaces and a  walled garden are just some of the beautiful features that the house has to offer.

John and Noeleen’s wedding ceremony was  very special, they are a lovely down to earth couple, born and raised in Dublin and worked hard to get to where they are today. John was somewhat emotional during the exchange of the rings I think its nice when guys are not afraid to show their emotional side on their big day.

Kilkenny Bridal Party Photo In Butler House

Wedding Reception Langton House Hotel

The wedding reception took place in the  in Set Theatre , Langton House  Kilkenny,  just  across the road from St. John’s Church  and a short walk from Kilkenny Castle, langtons is the ideal location for a memorable  wedding reception in Kilkenny City.
John and Noeleen  had their reception in Set Theater which is suitable for a full wedding reception or evening reception, I love shooting weddings in the Set, its like stepping into an  upmarket European wedding  venue.

Wedding Videographer Kilkenny

It was a real pleasure to have been the videographer for John and Noeleen, it was a fab wedding both families were so nice and friendly, it was also a fun wedding. They are a very happy couple and as you can see from the video clip they are very close soulmates.

If you are planning your wedding in Kilkenny  and trying to decide on a photographer, get in contact with John Delaney his work is top class at an affordable price.
As a kilkenny based wedding videographer I work with John on a regular basis, his  lighthearted approach to wedding photography makes a pleasant change from the more traditional serious style, some of my best videos were created while working with John.

More Kilkenny wedding blog  news Soon.
Eamon.