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Celebrating New Year Engagements

Celebrating your Engagement

As is customary at this time of year, we see couples up and down the country getting engaged and setting their wedding dates for the years and months ahead. For those of you who have gotten engaged this Christmas or New Year, let us be the first to extend our heartiest congratulations to you both. The festive season is now the most popular time for engagements in Ireland and that doesn’t look set to change any time soon.

New Year Weddings In Tipperary

In this article we’re going to give you lovebirds some tips on arranging your engagement party and hope you have the most wonderful time whilst making the plans for your big day. Remember the lead up to the wedding goes so very fast, so enjoy every minute of the planning!

• Decide who is going to host the engagement party.
The first thing you will want to decide is who is going to host your engagement party (who will send the invitations). Are you going to send the invites from yourself or your fiancé or would you prefer they came from a parent or guardian?

• Pick a venue and set a date.
Decide where you would like your engagement party and what date would suit best for everyone attending. Try to stay away from weeknights or Sundays as you may find guests have work commitments the following morning.

• Write your guest list.
It may seem like an obvious step, but many couples forget to do this for their engagement party. This list will be a great help to you at a later date when you are making out the guest list for your big day.

• Set a budget
If you’re hiring a venue for the engagement party, you’ll need to set aside a budget for finger food and perhaps even a round of drinks for your guests. Make a list of all the items you’ll need and try to stick to your budget as closely as you can. Here are a few examples:

1. Venue hire
2. Entertainment
3. Finger food
4. Drinks
5. A cake
6. Videographer
7. Photographer
8. Décor

• Send out the invites
Try to give your guests as much notice as possible so they can arrange time off if required and organise child-care. The more notice you give your guests, the more likely they are to attend your celebrations.

Top Tip: Save on postage expenses by setting up an event for your engagement party on Facebook and inviting everyone with the click of a mouse. For those who are not on Facebook, you can send an email or make a simple telephone call.

New year wedding engagement couple Kilkenny

For those of you who are planning your wedding in 2018 or 2019, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. We provide professional wedding videography services up and down the country, so whether you are based in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Dublin or Cork we will be happy to travel to your venue. Give us a call today to find out more about the services we offer and receive a no-obligation quotation from Eamon.

Congratulations once again on your engagement enjoy the celebrations and the planning in the years and months ahead.

Choosing your Rings without Breaking the Bank

In general, we write a lot of our blog posts for couples who are in the process of planning their weddings, however, on this occasion we would like to dedicate a piece to those who are hoping to get engaged in the near future. Over the years in the wedding videography business, we have spoken to brides and grooms in all corners of the country, Cork, Tipperary, Dublin, Kilkenny… the list goes on, and during this time have come across many couples that have to save for years to afford an engagement ring, let alone a wedding. All of these brides and grooms had one thing in common – if they could have saved money on their engagement and wedding rings, they would happily have done so in order to put the savings towards the big day itself.

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With this in mind we have developed a list of tips that may help you to purchase the engagement ring of your dreams without spending a fortune or finding yourself in debt.

1. Diamonds with slight flaws or as they’re known in the industry ‘inclusions’ will cost significantly less than those that are considered the ‘perfect diamond’. To the naked eye or to anyone who is not a diamond expert, these rocks look just as magnificent and will certainly help you to make a saving.
2. Cluster diamonds, which are many small diamonds arranged together, could cost significantly less than one large solitaire diamond and look incredible without breaking the bank.
3. Diamonds of less than 1 carat will always bring down the price, however can look just as impressive and special with the right ring setting.
4. When choosing the metal for your ring, opt for a lower karat grade. Perhaps consider 14k gold over 18k gold for a large saving without sacrificing any quality. Silver and white gold are also excellent options.
5. Buy your diamond ring online. There has never been a better time to shop for wedding jewellery online, with a wealth of styles, cuts and colours to choose from, you can be sure you will find a ring you love and still keep some extra money in your pocket to put towards the big day.
6. For those of you who aren’t keen on diamonds, try some of the more unusual stones on offer such as emeralds, opals, ruby or amber stone.
7. If you’re looking for the appearance of a diamond without the cost normally associated, check out some of the cubic zirconia options that are available in most jewellers in Ireland.
8. Buy your diamonds separately from the ring. We hear more and more from our brides and grooms that they have sourced their diamonds online or on holiday abroad and had them mounted on a customised band in their local jewellers. A great way to save some hard earned cash!

 Kilkenny couple   engagement ring

If you and your loved one are planning to get engaged in the next few months, let us be the first to extend our heartiest congratulations. We would love it if you kept us in mind for your upcoming celebrations and we promise to provide you with a wedding videography service that is unmatched elsewhere in the country.

Honeymoon Tips that will take the Stress out of Travelling

Now that the ceremony has taken place, the celebrating has been done and things are starting to get back to normality, it’s time to take some time out as a married couple and enjoy some time away. Whether you are honeymooning in Ireland, Europe or further afield, traveling can be somewhat stressful, especially when you have spent the past few months (and maybe even years) planning for your big day. Now it’s time to sit back and relax with your significant other, you both deserve that and so much more!

With this in mind, we have compiled a short list of tips that should help you to enjoy your honeymoon without any stressful planning:

Planning advice for weddings in Tipperary and Kilkenny
Bring a couple of USB cables with you.

In days gone by, we spent the days leading up to any holiday packing necessities such as phone chargers and plug/socket adaptors. Nowadays that’s not strictly necessary! Get in touch with your accommodation organisers and ask them if there are USB sockets in the room or apartment you are staying in. Even if the TV has a USB socket you can use this to charge your phone. Who knew?

Getting the Best Deals for your Honeymoon

If you have yet to book your honeymoon and are constantly online looking for the best deals, there are a few things you should be aware of:
• Once you visit a website once, your cookies are stored by the site. This means that when you return again either later that day or a few days down the line, the website recognises that you have visited before and is therefore likely to serve you up the same price it did on your first visit. Clear your browsing history and cookies before each visit and you may just be served up with some very special offers.
• If you are logged into a specific website, you are less likely to see any last-minute special offers. Log out, clear your cookies and conduct a new search, you’ll be surprised what difference it makes!
• Try booking a flight on a Tuesday or Wednesday, when you could see savings of up to 20%.

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Seeing the Sights

For those of you who just don’t have the time to meticulously make out a schedule for your trip or simply choose to go with the flow and see where the honeymoon takes you, you may be interested in a little App we love called ‘Field Trip’. This App will notify you when you are within a short distance of any landmarks or places of interest and makes a day out almost like a treasure hunt of sorts.

Avoiding the Airport Wait

There is nothing as soul destroying as waiting for hours for your baggage to appear on the carousel, when all you want to do is get out of the airport and enjoy the sun.

When checking your bag in, ask the desk attendant to stick a ‘Fragile’ sticker on the side of the bag. All bags marked fragile are placed on top of the other bags so they will always be the first off the plane and should be waiting for you on the carousel in no time!

We will have some more honeymoon tips for you in the coming weeks and would love to hear from you if you have any hacks you would like to share with our readers.

If you are still in the planning stages of your wedding and not quite planning the honeymoon yet, please get in touch for a no-obligation quotation for wedding videography. Whether you are based in Carlow, Tipperary or Kilkenny, we are happy to travel the length of the country to ensure your night day is captured forever on our state of the art filming equipment.

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Eamon

Wedding Décor Trends for Autumn & Winter 2017

Over the past number of years we have seen some wedding décor trends come and go whilst others have really stood the test of time. In this article we would like to tell you about the wedding décor trends that seem to be making a real splash for Autumn/Winter 2017.

Whether you are getting married in Tipperary, Kilkenny or Carlow, the world of wedding décor seems to be a huge part of the planning process up and down the country. For those of you who would like your special moment captured on video forever, please do get in touch with us here at Drangan Video. We’ll also make sure to highlight your wonderful wedding décor and any props you may have, so you can show them off to all who couldn’t make the big day at a later date.

It’s all about the props this season it would seem. Giant light up letters declaring your love for all to see, caricatures of the Bride and Groom, fog machines and light up dance floors can really make your special day and night one to remember for years to come.

Autumn  Wedding In Tipperary
Seasonal Props:

Autumn
For the autumn season we are seeing some wonderful seasonal props, such as pumpkin carriages, autumnal leaf centrepieces and photo booth backdrops that capture the time of year perfectly.

Winter
For the winter months, especially for those of you who are tying the knot during the festive season, our brides and grooms are going all out with Christmas trees, stockings for the guests and wonderful golds, greens and reds to tie it all together in the most tasteful way.

Venue Props:

Fog Machines
Taking your first dance as a married couple couldn’t be more special than when using a special low-level fog machine. These clever machines give the illusion that you and your loved one are dancing on a cloud and look great on your wedding video and photographs.

Winter weddings in Kilkenny

Light-up Dance Floors
Trip the light fantastic with a light up dance floor (think ‘Saturday Night Fever’ meets ‘ Strictly’) that will have everyone on their feet for the night. Another great prop for wedding photographs and videos.

Projectors
More and more we are seeing couples project images in the venue of their choosing. Some couples are using the projector to display monograms of their initials whilst others host a slideshow of the couple from their toddler years right up to present day.

Floral Arches
Indoor floral arches are a trend we have seen growing over the past decade and they look set to continue their popularity well into 2018. Whether you use them at the ceremony, at the reception, or both, a floral arch makes a real statement when the married couple walk into the room for the very first time. Make a really special entrance in front of all your guests with this timeless prop. Another favourite of photographers and videographers.

Should you wish to price a videography package for your wedding, please do get in touch with the team here at Drangan Video. We are always on hand to answer any questions you may have and will be delighted to travel anywhere in the country in order to capture your big day.

Have you a special wedding prop that you would like to share with our readers? If so, we would absolutely love to hear from you!

Simple Ways to Thank your Bridesmaids

As a professional wedding videographer, I see first hand just how much work goes into planning a wedding, and truly, no one does it quite as well as the Bridesmaids. Calm, cool and collected throughout, a thoughtful bridesmaid can really make a difference to how smoothly the planning process goes.

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If you are planning a wedding or acting as bridesmaid for your friend who is getting married shortly, please feel free to contact me (Eamon) here at Drangan Video for some unbeatable wedding video packages. We’re available to travel anywhere in the country and offer packages for every budget in Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary and beyond.

Bridesmaids helping beautiful Tipperary Bride

At a time when we are busy planning the details of our big day, it can be easy to forget those who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly. If you are lucky enough to have a group of ladies by your side that would do absolutely anything for you and your intended, it would be a lovely idea to thank them in a way that lets them know just how cherished they are.

Jewellery

Nothing says it quite as well as jewellery does, however, this can be quite expensive if you have more than one or two bridesmaids, so don’t be afraid to pick up something that doesn’t cost the earth, moon and stars!

Whether you opt for a classic neckpiece, some pearl earrings or a charm bracelet the time you have taken to choose something special for your bridesmaids will let them know how appreciated they are.

Pamper them

It’s going to be a busy few months for your bridesmaids in the lead up to the big day and we’re pretty sure that a spa treatment or two will help get the girls back into the full swing of things. Book your bridesmaids a spa treatment or let them choose their own with a voucher for a luxury spa in your area. You can be guaranteed they’ll deserve to have a day that’s all about them once the big day has passed.

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Make it Personal

If you have the opportunity to personalise a gift with a note or an inscription this will make a wonderful keepsake for your bridesmaids. It’s important these special women in your life know just how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate all the help they’ve given you when preparing for the wedding.

Throw them a ‘Thank You’ Party

A gift needn’t be something material; by organising an event especially for them you can tell the world how lucky you are to have them in your life. Host a small party in your home or treat the girls to some afternoon tea. Celebrate the fact that you will always be thankful for the support they have given you during this very special time. You could have a viewing of your wedding video and point out to them all the things you are thankful for!

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Drangan Video offers a comprehensive range of packages from expertly filmed wedding videos right through to professional editing services. We will work tirelessly to ensure you have a memento of your day that you can share with your bridesmaids, spouse, family and friends for years to come. Available for bookings throughout Ireland every month of the year.

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Eamon