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Buying an Engagement Ring Online

If you or your loved are planning to pop the question over the next few months and finding it difficult to purchase the perfect engagement ring due to the closure of local jewellers, we have a guide that will assist you in making this purchase online.

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Here at Drangan Video, we have been providing wedding videography services across Tipperary, Kilkenny and just about every other county in Ireland for over 25 years. We know how important it is for our couples to celebrate in style and that starts with the all-important engagement ring. Regardless of your budget, you will find that online jewellers can offer a true wealth of choice during a time when you can’t go and browse in the traditional manner. Here are our tips for the safe purchase of your ring online.

Buying  Engagement Rings Online

Check the Security of the Website:

All websites that sell items or services online are now required to display an SSL certificate. You can check this by simply looking at the website address. If the website begins with HTTPS then you have a secure site. If it begins with the old format of HTTP then there is no security cert in place on the website.

Conduct Reputation Research:

As always, when shopping online it’s always important to ensure you are dealing with a reputable seller, this is never more important than when you’re making one of the most important purchases of your life.
• Check independent online reviews. Look through social media accounts related to the seller, check their online reviews and look for any red flags with regards to late delivery, quality or sizing.
• Check out the certification of the online store. You will want to know that any diamonds are ethically sourced and that best trading practices are adhered to.
• Make sure the store has in-depth contact details such as business address, contact phone number and email address. If the contact page does not have these details and features only a contact form, we would recommend trying another website.

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Read the Small Print:

Whilst it may be a tedious job, you will really need to read through their terms and conditions to ensure you are covered in all instances. In instances where you are purchasing a custom design or a ‘made to order’ engagement ring, you may not be able to avail of EU purchasing rights, so ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable before making a purchase.

Ask for Samples of their Work:

Whilst you may not be able to see the ring itself before you purchase, you can ask the seller to send you photographs and videos of sample products. Videos will give you a much better idea; so don’t be afraid to request them from your online store.

Make your Payment with Debit or Credit Card Only:

All major credit card and debit card providers will offer you great levels of protection on purchases made online. They also allow you to have an easily traceable line of purchase if you ever need to raise a dispute or request a refund. Do NOT pay by online transfer or with bank drafts/postal orders. Check your online statement and transactions as soon as payment has been made to ensure everything is in order.

Wedding Videographer Tipperary, Kilkenny and Nationwide

If you are planning to pop the question over the next few months, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. We offer affordable wedding videography packages with drone footage included at no extra cost to you and are available to travel anywhere in Ireland. If you’re based in Tipperary or Kilkenny we will be happy to recommend local suppliers and vendors that we have worked with in the past.

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.

Wedding Video Newpark Hotel Kilkenny

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.

Wedding Video Kilkenny

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.

Wedding Day Checklist
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.

The Perfect Flowers for your Winter Wedding

Here at Drangan Video, we have been blessed to film hundreds of winter weddings over our 25 years in business. During this time, we have learned a lot about special touches, unique décor and inspired themes from our brides and grooms and we love nothing more than sharing them with our readers.

In this blog post we are going to look at some of the most wonderful winter wedding flowers, that are sure to add a touch of magic to your décor, bouquets and boutonnieres.

You would be forgiven for thinking that the winter months in Ireland don’t offer a lot of options in the floral department, after all our climate doesn’t encourage all year round flowering! However, there are some real floral gems to be found in our gardens, hedgerows, countryside and of course with our wonderful Irish florists. Take a look at the list below and envisage the perfect winter bouquet with these special blooms and foliage.

Eucalyptus

Whilst not native to Ireland, the eucalyptus can now be found on virtually every corner you turn. The silvery/blue tint and minty aroma is perfect to fill out any winter wedding bouquet. Add eucalyptus to your table centrepieces too for an extra touch of something special.

Berries

Take a ramble in your local countryside to avail of some of the most wonderful winter colours available in Ireland. Whether you opt for holly or hypericum berries, you can be assured that these will look wonderful in any floral arrangements, bouquets or centrepieces.

Pine Cones

Bouquets and centrepieces don’t have to be made up entirely of flowers and foliage. As with berries, pinecones, nuts and other winter fruits can add something really special to your décor and floral arrangements.

Spices

This may seem like an odd one, but stick with us! Cinnamon and star anise just smell like winter right? Think about adding one or two of each to your winter bouquet by attaching to a length of wire, the sweet, comforting smell will add a touch of warmth to your big day.

Roses

It goes without saying, that roses are one of the most popular choices for bridal bouquets, however they can be expensive at this time of the year, especially if you’re looking for red. Talk with your florist about the options available to you and perhaps opt for more subtle colours such as romantic pinks, creams and whites to enhance your arrangement.

Pine

The smell of fresh pine is one of the most wonderful winter scents we have come across, and it’s absolutely abundant in our countryside, towns and villages. No need to pay a fortune when we have such incredible foliage available outside our doors.

Drangan Video is delighted to offer winter wedding videography to couples in Kilkenny, Tipperary and right across Ireland. We now include drone footage in all our packages and provide you with the very best customer service at all times. Call Eamon today to learn more about capturing your wedding on video and learn more about our approach to providing you with a memorable wedding video