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Should We Have A Big Or Small Wedding

Here at Drangan Video we are all set for a return next week to shooting wedding videos in Tipperary Kilkenny and up and down the country, cameras and equipment have been checked out making sure that batteries and sound recording equipment are in perfect condition for our busy Autumn wedding  schedule.
We have been chatting with lots  couples over the past six weeks regarding wedding planning post covid lockdown, the question of should we have a big or small wedding is a popular topic.

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Should  we have a big or small wedding

When married couples  hear  that a friend  has popped the question and are are in the process of wedding planning  they smile knowingly about all the hard work that is ahead of them. Planning  a wedding is very exciting  but very hard work, just deciding  on the dress you have to think about whether you want the most modern  design or a more traditional wedding dress,  and then  the big question are you going to splash out on a big wedding  or a smaller  more personal celebration with families and very close friends.

Small weddings work well  because you’ll have  more time with  family and friends  you won’t have to greet 250 guests outside the church door which can take an hour from your day,  instead you can mingle with individual  guests at different times during the day at the reception venue. This is worth thinking  about because having   guests are why you wanted to have a wedding in the first place  you wanted  to share the most important day in your life with the people you love. But If you want to invite  lots of people  the  big wedding is the the way to go, you can invite who want and  don’t have to spend hours  looking   at the guest lists  wondering  how you can possibly cut it down.  Everyone can dance a lot at a big gathering  this is a really good reason for having a big wedding if dancing is something that matters a lot to you.

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Many  couples are comfortable  with a small wedding because they can have it at a venue like a restaurant where  everyone can sit down  chill and eat.  If you are having  70 people or less  say closer to 30, that amount of people might look lost  in a huge venue, It may seem like you have almost no one there which would be disappointing  considering all time and effort put  into planning your big day

 You’ll want to remember your big day.

Here at Drangan Video So many of our couples remark about how the whole is  a blur, they enjoyed their wedding day but they can’t pick out any special moments  from it. That’s not exactly what you want, one  advantage  of a small wedding is that you can relax and enjoy the whole experience  instead of being distracted by so many guests around you all day.

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Believe  it or not the job of creating a smaller guest list can be pretty stressful, differing  opinions  can crop up between the bride and groom, each of whom may have small or large families or huge circles of friends who they are  having trouble trimming  down. Big weddings are good for avoiding  arguments about the guest list, you’ll know that you’re both inviting as many people as you want to, anway  who wants to chawing the rag  while planning the most special day in your life

A Small Wedding Could Make People Unhappy

A small wedding could upset people in your life,  friends and family members may not understand your reason  for having  a smaller, more intimate gathering  you may find yourself answering  questions as to why certain people were omitted from the guest list, that doesn’t sound like a good position to be in.
The real question is, what kind of wedding do you really want ?  What is your gut feeling ?  There is for and against  big and small weddings our advice is to go  what your heart is telling you.

If you are recently engaged and are looking for a professional wedding videographer why not contact myself Eamon here at Drangan Video who will be happy to discuss our range of affordable wedding video packages for 2020/2021. We provide wedding videography for large or small weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Limerick and all other counties

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If you and your loved one have recently become engaged, let us first extend a hearty congratulations from all the team here at Drangan Video. Now that you have popped the question or said ‘yes’, it’s time to get the wheels in motion and start planning your big day. Planning a wedding can be a most wonderful experience, so it’s important to try to reduce any stress and enjoy every moment. It is with this in mind that we have put together a checklist for you to follow as you start your journey into married life.

Choosing a venue and settling on a date:
One of the very first things you need to do when planning for your big day is choosing a date. For many couples this will go hand in hand with choosing a venue. Make a shortlist of venues that you want to speak with or arrange a viewing for and have an idea of the dates you would like prior to meeting with them. If your favourite venue is not available on the date you would like, then you still have the opportunity to move things around.

Booking the Ceremony:
If you are planning on having the ceremony and the reception in two different venues, it is important that you move fast to ensure you secure availability on the same date. Most venues will be flexible with dates until you sign your contract, so work closely with both the reception venue and the ceremony venue until you have both locations secured.

Choosing your Bridal/Grooms Party:
If you have decided to have a best man and maid of honour, it’s important that you ask them as early in the process as possible. Any bridesmaids, groomsmen, paige boys and flower girls should also be notified as early as possible to ensure these special people are available on your big day.

Booking Suppliers:
Here’s a quick overview of the some of the vendors and services you may require for your big day:

• Videographers (Drangan Video of course!),
• Photographer,
• Celebrant or priest if you are having a religious ceremony,
• Car hire,
• Florists,
• Catering,
• Wedding favours,
• Hair stylists,
• Bridal wear,
• Grooms wear,
• Musicians for the ceremony and reception,
• DJ,
• Entertainment for children and adults,
• Photo booth,
• Makeup artist,
• Hen and stag night venues and entertainment or caterers,
• Accommodation for guests,
• Wedding attire for the bridal and grooms party,
• Gifts for parents/bride/groom/top table,
• Jewellers for wedding rings.

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Use the list above to make your own planning schedule. Once you have the date secured with the venues you have chosen, you can then begin to request quotes from the above mentioned wedding suppliers.

Drangan Video provide professional wedding videography services to couples right across Ireland. Whilst the majority of our brides and grooms are situated in the Kilkenny and Tipperary area we are very happy to travel anywhere in the country at absolutely no extra charge to you. Should you wish to see samples of our work, please get in touch with Eamon and he will send you all the information you require to feel secure about dealing with our professional team.

Great News for Irish Weddings

Whilst the last number of months have been quite stressful for many brides and grooms, they can now see a clear path ahead that allows them to plan with confidence. On Friday the 19th of June, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that Ireland would be proceeding into phase 3 of the easing of restrictions in Ireland. No doubt this announcement brought great relief to our couples who have been awaiting this news for quite some time. Let’s have a quick recap on the information provided for social gatherings:

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Please do note that all the information provided below is subject to public health guidance and the ongoing decline in Covid 19 cases.

From the 29th of June until the 20th of July, government and NPHET have advised that gatherings of up to 50 people can take place indoors with social distancing in place. Outdoor venues have a bit more leeway and can accommodate up to 200 people during this timeframe. Keep in mind that these numbers will need to include staff and any wedding suppliers that need to be onsite such as the photographer and videographer.

July 20th sees the introduction of phase 4 and therefore a further increase on numbers allowed. For those of you getting married during this time, you can allow for up to 100 people indoors or 500 outdoors. Social distancing will of course have to be in place at your venue during this time, however some careful planning can mean that sitting family groups together can make this a wonderful occasion.

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Should you find that the current guidelines and numbers are too restrictive, it’s worth considering the following options:

• Rescheduling of your wedding day until a clearer picture of the pandemic has emerged.
• Opting for an outdoor event instead of indoors. Whilst the good old Irish weather can be a bit unpredictable, the venue may be able to offer a marquee for your celebrations.
• Live-streaming of your event to family and friends.
• Reducing the numbers on your guest list.
• Speak with family and friends and get an idea of how attending an event makes them feel. What are their concerns? Once you have this information you can then work towards solutions that make everyone feel comfortable.
• Consider a two-part wedding. Many brides and grooms have opted to go ahead with the ceremony itself with limited numbers in attendance and are planning the ultimate celebration when all restrictions have been lifted.
• If you are planning a destination wedding, it’s vitally important that you communicate regularly with your venue/wedding planner and keep up to date with travel guidelines in your chosen country.

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To our brides and grooms in Tipperary, Kilkenny and right across Ireland, we look forward to working with you to find solutions to any concerns you may have. Over the past number of months, the team here at Drangan Video have been working around the clock to develop solutions for all of our budding brides and grooms. We are here to offer any guidance we can and of course will accommodate any rescheduled dates that we do not already have a booking for. Our very best wishes to you and yours, it’s time to get planning for that special day and enjoy every moment of the planning process.

Weddings in Kilkenny and Tipperary during Covid 19

The team here at Drangan Video have been providing wedding video services to Brides and Grooms in Kilkenny, Tipperary and across Ireland for over 25 years. During this time we have faced many challenges and have successfully delivered top quality wedding videos for our wonderful couples. Whilst a global pandemic isn’t something we have dealt with before (thankfully), we would like to reassure our customers that the team here at Drangan Video have been working behind the scenes over the past number of months to ensure we have all angles covered (pardon the pun!).

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With the onset of Covid 19 in Ireland back in March, many of our Tipperary/Kilenny couples had to postpone their weddings or reduce the numbers in attendance to adhere with health guidelines. This has been an incredibly stressful time for brides and grooms and we commend them on their resilience, optimism and determination to keep their families and guests safe during this time.

Now that there is light at the end of the tunnel, with the numbers decreasing day on day, couples who are planning their wedding now have a clearer picture of how their revised big day will look. We encourage our brides and grooms to contact us with any queries they might have and we very much look forward to capturing your special moments on video for you to share with family and friends.

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Some pointers for planning your wedding in 2020:

• All wedding suppliers should have procedures in place that you can review prior to the big day. You should ask the vendor for a copy of these procedures/policies so that you can be assured they are taking the necessary precautions throughout the day.
• Speak to your venue about the numbers they can cater for and keep in mind that any numbers provided in current health guidelines will need to allow for staff at the venue.
• Ask your venue if they have an outdoor space you can use for the ceremony or reception. Currently, outdoor weddings and events can cater for larger groups of people, so this may be an option for those who do not want to reduce guest numbers.
• Should you be exchanging vows in a church or religious venue, speak to the priest or celebrant about seating for your guests. Can seating be arranged to accommodate social distancing between family groups?
• Guests coming from abroad may have trouble getting to the wedding due to travel restrictions or they simply may not feel comfortable about travelling just yet. Speak to these guests and reassure them that there is no pressure for them to travel.
• Organise a live stream of the event for those who may not be able to attend on the big day. The team here at Drangan Video can talk you through the process involved and provide a link for you to share with family and friends both at home and abroad.

2020 Weddings in Kilkenny/Tipperary

The team here at Drangan Video would like to extend our very best wishes to all couples that are planning a wedding over the next few months. Whilst things may seem uncertain now, you can be assured that wedding suppliers and venues right across the country are working hard to ensure your big day is an outstanding success. Should you have any questions at all or wish to speak with us about live-streaming your wedding or event, please do get in touch with Eamon here and he will gladly provide any information you require.

Newpark Hotel All Set to Re-open July 20th

The Newpark Hotel Kilkenny is all set to reopen on July 20th it is my all time favorite venue for wedding videographey in Kilkenny here at Drangan Video we have been busy in assisting couples move their wedding to an alternative date, many of those are Newpark Weddings I cant wait to get shooting wedding videos in Kilkenny again.

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