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Wedding Traditions and Old Wives Tales

Over our 25 years as wedding videographers, we have been blessed to witness thousands of couples tie the knot. For many, tradition can play an important part in their big day, whether that is wearing an item of clothing or jewellery that has been passed down through the generations or getting married in a venue that has become precious to the couple and their families. In this blog post we are going to explore some old traditions and see whether they really hold up when it comes to weddings today.

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When we think of wedding traditions there’s one that has stood the test of time:

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!

Something Old: No doubt you all recognise this tradition that has been passed down through the generations. For many, the ‘something old’ is an item of jewellery that has been worn previously by family members or loved ones who have passed on. This tradition is the one we see most by far as brides and grooms keep this ‘something old’ close to their hearts during their wedding day.

Something New: Whilst part of the old tradition, it’s really one most couples don’t have to worry about fulfilling! ‘Something new’ can be your dress, flowers, jewellery or even your hairstyle!

Something Borrowed: If you want to stick to tradition and keep ‘Something Borrowed’ with you on your wedding day, perhaps consider asking a member of your new family to assist with this part of the tradition. A necklace from your sister in law, a brooch from your new mother in law or a memento of a deceased family member from your new family will make them feel like they are really a part of your big day!

Something Blue: Over the past 25 years we have spoken to many of our brides who have opted for a blue garter to fulfill this part of the old tradition. However, you can also opt for jewellery with a blue stone, a touch of blue in your bouquet or a scrap of some blue cloth from clothing that means a lot to you.

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Old Wives Tales

No doubt you have heard all the doom and gloom that goes along with some old wives tales that are associated with weddings – just for laughs we have listed some of the most bizarre for you below!

• “Don’t leave any pins in the dress on the morning of the wedding” apparently this was seen as bad luck!
• If a spider is found in the folds of the dress on the morning of the wedding then you’re in for good luck – unless you’re afraid of spiders of course!
• Wearing the veil of a woman who is already happily married will pass their good luck on to you.
• If the groom drops his hat on the day of the wedding, this is considered to be good luck.
• “If you marry in Lent, you are sure to repent” – hmm we’ve just had the busiest spring period ever so we are glad to hear this kind of nonsense has been left behind!
• “It is unlucky to try on your wedding ring prior to being married” – we just can’t see how this was ever a tradition, how were couples expected to buy rings without trying them on?
• “Never take off your wedding ring during the first seven years of your marriage”.
• “Never marry on a day that has a full moon”
• “Any sums of money to be paid during the day should be paid in odd amounts”. If you’re sticking to this tradition, as wedding videographers we would ask that you round up to the nearest hundred 😉

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Thankfully, in today’s modern Ireland, any traditions we see during wedding ceremonies are for the most part restricted to family tradition. Remember, this is your big day so get out there and start some of your own family traditions!

If you and your loved one are currently planning a wedding and you are considering the services of a professional wedding videographer, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. As well as traditional, discreet videography, we can also offer drone footage, which will give you something special to look back on for years to come.

Questions for the Wedding Cake Baker

In this blog post we’re going to talk about the wedding cake and the questions you should be asking the baker before making your purchase. Over the years we have seen a huge change in wedding cake trends, from traditional 3 or 4 tier cakes painstakingly iced with lace detail to cupcakes, chocolate cakes and even cakes made solely of wheels of cheese! The questions we ask below, should allow you to make an informed decision on the type of cake you want and ensure that you know what you’re getting well in advance of the big day.

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Can the baker give you samples to try?
You don’t buy a car without test-driving it and you certainly don’t spend hundreds (sometimes thousands) of Euros on a cake if you haven’t tasted the merchandise first! Ask the baker if they can give you some sample cakes to take away and taste at home with your loved one before you make that all important decision.

Can you do this?
You may have seen a cake elsewhere that really caught your eye, whether at a friends wedding or on social media. If you really have your heart set on a certain type of cake, we would advise you to provide as many images to your baker as possible. They should be able to tell you immediately whether they can accommodate your request.

When is the cake baked?
This is one of the most important questions you need to ask your baker. You will want to ensure your cake is as fresh as possible when you and your guests tuck in! In most cases, the cake will be baked approx. a week before the wedding, if it’s baked any earlier it can be ‘too’ fresh and difficult to ice. However, making the baker aware that you want your cake to be as fresh as possible is always a good idea.

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What kind of delivery service do you offer?
Let’s assume your wedding is on a weekend and the reception is taking place more than 20km from the baker’s premises. Can they deliver directly to the venue for you on the morning of the wedding or the night before? If not, can they provide you with a delivery option? What is the cost of delivery? Make sure you ask these questions well in advance to avoid any last minute panic!

Is the price negotiable?
If you don’t ask, you don’t get, right? Never be afraid to ask the baker if this is their best price, even a small discount can make a difference to your wedding budget!

Other helpful information:

• Does the baker have a portfolio they can show you?
• Are references or testimonials available on their website?
• Check out the baker’s social media page to see what previous customers have to say.
• Maybe you want more than one type of cake? Ask your baker about different flavours for different tiers of your cake.
• If you opt for cupcakes, make sure order more than needed to ensure everyone enjoying your celebrations gets a full cupcake.
• Agree on a final price including delivery with your baker. Make sure to ask if there are any extra charges so you can budget for these in advance.

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Drangan Video has been providing professional wedding Videography services to couples right across Ireland for over 25 years. We use only the very latest cameras and technology to provide you with state of the art video of your big day. Whether you’re getting married in Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick or Galway, the team here at Drangan would love to hear from you. We will travel to your venue of choice in Ireland at absolutely no extra cost to you! Get in touch with Eamon today by calling the number above or by filling in the contact form right here on the website.

How Millennials have changed the Wedding Landscape

Over the past 25 years, Drangan Video has witnessed a huge transformation in the wedding planning process and this, is in a large part down to our fantastic generation of ‘millennials’. In this blog post, I am going to share some of my own insights with you and perhaps provide some tips and tricks for those of you who may feel slightly overwhelmed with the wedding planning process.

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Take your time….
If there’s one thing millennials do best it’s never rushing the announcement of their engagement and I think this really takes the pressure off couples in a significant way. In many cases the wedding planning process has already begun before the engagement announcement takes place.

Embrace online tools
Getting married in an era that has technology at its fingertips is one of the fundamental benefits of the millennial age. Wedding planning apps have made tasks so much easier for brides and grooms and are an excellent way to stay on top of your planning without the stress of visiting each supplier and sit-down meetings. Use the Internet to your advantage and cut down on costs and precious time.

Setting Budgets
Perhaps due to recession and rising prices, millennials have become accustomed to budgeting in a really meaningful way. They know that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have the wedding of your dreams and have embraced more alternative décor, catering and venue options.

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Your Best Man or Maid of Honour does not have to be Male or Female
This is perhaps one of the nicest developments I have witnessed over the past number of years. If your best friend and most trusted companion is female, does that mean you can’t have them as your best man? Absolutely not! Gender should not be the decision maker when it comes to including the most important people in your wedding party. Throw out that old rulebook and embrace the reality of your friendships, ‘Men of Honour’ and ‘Best Women’ are truly the change we have been waiting for.

Customisation
Customising a theme for your wedding to make it truly unique is a growing trend amongst millennials across Ireland and Europe. Whether you want to use a certain colour scheme throughout the ceremony and reception or go full on ‘themed’ for your big day, you can be sure that your guests will remember your wedding for all the right reasons.

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Here at Drangan Video we love nothing more that capturing the special moments of every wedding, regardless of the generation you grew up in. Whether you are based in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Dublin or Donegal, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. We offer discreet wedding videography and a modern approach to capturing your big day. To learn more about the packages we offer or to see some sample videos, please do feel free to get in touch with Eamon today.

Celebrating 25 Years of Wedding Videography

If you had told me 25 years ago that my little videography business would still be going strong in 2019, I may have found it hard to believe, yet here we are today celebrating this incredible milestone!

It goes without saying that this would not be possible without the thousands of couples who have trusted Drangan Video with their precious memories. I’m proud to say that in quite a few cases, I am now filming weddings for the sons and daughters of some of my earlier clients and it is an absolute honour for me that they thought that much of my videography that it’s become a family tradition. A huge thank you to all of the couples over the past 25 years, without you and your love for each other, Drangan Video may not have been so successful. Thank you.

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Over the past 25 years, I have seen trends change dramatically, from dress styles to catering and décor. However, there has been one thing that has remained constant – Ireland is a wonderful place to get married. In fact this has actually improved over the past number of years because we can now celebrate all marriages equally, it was a long time coming and a hard fought battle but I’m very proud to be part of a generation that made this change happen. All love is equal and our fellow countrymen and women agree wholeheartedly – to be part of this change in society and to witness it first hand has been one of the most emotional and rewarding parts of my 25 years in business.

As well as changes in wedding trends, I have seen huge advances in videography technology and techniques. Thankfully the cameras we use now at Drangan Video are a far cry from the bulky, heavy video cameras I started out with in the 90’s. Improved editing software, high-resolution videos, hi-tech video equipment and advanced video formatting have contributed massively to the service we provide.

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Every year for the past 25 years I have had the privilege to speak with and meet new couples who are incredibly excited about their big day. This absolutely never gets old and I love nothing more than capturing their big day on video for eternity.

The nationwide policy here at Drangan Video means I have had the pleasure of filming weddings in every county in Ireland. I get to see the wildest corners of Connemara and the busy city lights of Dublin as well as the castles and scenic views of Tipperary and Kilkenny. I can tell you that a working life simply doesn’t get better than this!

Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the couples that have trusted Drangan Video with their memories and I look forward to meeting future generations so we can add another precious layer to those videos.

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If you are planning a wedding and are in need of a videographer who uses the very latest video technology, offers in-house editing and loves nothing more than seeing a couple in love, please do feel free to give me a shout here at Drangan Video and I will work side by side with you to capture your big day in all it’s glory. Remember, Drangan Video travels nationwide without any extra cost to you, so whether you’re based in Kilkenny, Waterford, Tipperary or Cork you can be assured that we will be familiar with the area.

Here’s to another 25 years!
Very best wishes and many thanks for your past and continued custom.

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.