Category Archives: Wedding Planning

Church Weddings in Ireland

Over the past year, we have seen an unexpected upsurge in the number of Church weddings we have been asked to provide videography services for. In this blog post we are going to talk about all the little things that make a church wedding so special and explore some of the reasons why we believe church weddings are on the increase again especially in Kilkenny and Tipperary.

Church Weddings In Kilkenny

When it comes to weddings in Ireland today, there are no hard and fast rules, which in turn means the pressure is off those who previously may not have much choice in venue or ceremony type. Now we can marry our loved ones practically anywhere we wish, whether that be in a church, a registry office, a favourite hotel or a beautiful outdoor area. For the purposes of this blog post we are going to focus on the reasons why an increased number of our brides and grooms are opting for the traditional church wedding.

• Religion: This is of course the number one reason why couples choose to get married in a Church. They may have grown up attending mass here and received the sacraments of communion and confirmation in the same parish. For most couples we speak to, they have a lifelong connection with the church they choose and this makes their day even more special.
• Family Tradition: In a number of instances we have spoken to brides and grooms who are carrying on a family tradition by marrying in the same church as their parents or grandparents. This continuation of tradition is a mark of respect and gratitude to family as well as their own personal choice.
• Ambience: In some cases we have spoke to brides and grooms who have chosen to get married in their local church simply because they love the building and the ambience it provides for their special day.

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Whatever your reason for choosing a church wedding, you are sure to be supported greatly by your local parish and church community. There are few other settings where you truly know the people you’re dealing with and this greatly assists with the planning process. When you speak with your local priest and church volunteers on the lead-up to your big day, you can be assured of their full support and guidance throughout the planning stage.

If you and your loved one are hoping to get married in your local church, there are some things you will need to do first:

• Contact your local parish priest to make an appointment and notify him of your intention to marry.
• When you meet with your local parish priest you can then book your church of choice for the big day.
• The parish priest will most likely ask you to bring the following documents with you to your first meeting:
1. Baptismal certificate for both you and your partner.
2. Confirmation certificate.
3. Proof of freedom to marry (if the parish you wish to wed in is not your own parish).
• You will also need to complete a pre-marriage course within 3 months of your wedding day.

Here at Drangan Video, we love nothing more than filming weddings in Kilkenny, Tipperary or up and down the country and absolutely recognise that your choice of ceremony is very personal to you and your loved ones. Whether you are getting married in a church, a hotel or any HSE registered venue, we would love to be a part of your big day.

The team here at Drangan are available to travel anywhere in the country to film your happy day and can guarantee an excellent service using the very latest video technology. All editing is completed in-house, so you can be assured that we have full control over the quality of your wedding video.

Wedding Invitation Etiquette

In this article we’re going to talk a little bit about wedding invite etiquette and explain the old fashioned do’s and don’t that accompany the sending of your wedding invitations. Whether you’re inviting your guests via email, traditional post or through social media, this handy guide should assist you with wording, sensitive issues and any other questions you may have.

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It’s important to remember that there are no hard and fast rules, so if you fancy changing it up a bit that’s your prerogative!

Should I send ‘Save the Date’ Cards?

General rule of thumb states that ‘Save the Date’ cards are only necessary if you are planning a wedding abroad or are inviting guests who need to travel long distances. If you’re getting married here in Ireland where most of your guests live, then sending just invites to your guests is perfectly fine. Feel free to send an email or make a phone call in place of ‘Save the Date’ cards!

When should we send the Wedding Invites?

In order to give your guests plenty of time to organise time off work or secure childcare, it’s a good idea to give them as much notice as possible. We would recommend sending invites a minimum of 8 weeks before your big day to avoid any disappointment.

How should we Address Invitees?

The general rule of thumb is that you should address invitees as you would address them in person. So, if there’s someone in your life that you always address as Mrs. X or Mr. Y, then it’s probably best to address them this way in your invite. If you’re on less formal terms with close friends then first names are absolutely fine.

We won’t be Inviting Children to the Wedding; can I state this on the Invite?

If you’re planning an adults only wedding, there should be no need to state ‘no children’ on the invite. Simply address the invite to the adult couple only. You may receive a few phone calls afterwards to ask if couples can bring their kids, that is the time to make clear that the event is adults only.

What about the RSVP Date?

Ask guests to respond to your invite by a specific date. Generally, one month before the wedding should give you ample time to finalise numbers.

Extra Information to Include on your Invitations:

Dress Code: If you have decided to go for a black tie affair or have a specific request for the guest’s attire, this should be noted clearly on the invitation.
Response Cards: Consider including a response card with your invite. This will encourage guests to reply earlier and less chasing will be needed when you’re finalising numbers.
Directions: If you’re getting married out of town, it’s always helpful to include directions to the venue for your guests.

The Basics:

• The name of you and your intended.
• The venue for the ceremony.
• Time of ceremony.
• The venue for the reception.
• If you’re sending ‘reception only’ invites, you should attend a time for guests to arrive at the venue.
• Date.

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Drangan Video has had the pleasure of capturing hundreds of weddings over the past 25 years and we love nothing more than being part of your big day. Should you wish to hire a professional wedding videographer who uses only the very latest equipment and editing software, Drangan Video is the videographer for you. Please feel free to get in touch with Eamon here and he will talk you through the packages available and answer any questions you may have.

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.

Wedding Traditions In Kilkenny

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 😉

Wedding Planning Tips

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.

Fun Carousel Wedding Video In Kilkenny

Caitriona & Patrick were married in St. Patrick’s Church Kilkenny it was a pleasure to have been  asked to film their wedding video.
I’m  very proud to share their highlights film in this blog post, one of the many highlights from the day was a visit the the Carousel for a magical spin.

Carousel Wedding Video Highlights In Kilkenny

Essential Wedding Planning Tips and Tricks

This week we are going to give you some insight into the very best wedding planning tips and tricks to help the wedding planning process go smoothly for you and your intended. Drangan Video offer professional wedding videography services in Kilkenny and nationwide we are always on hand to provide expert advice to our budding Brides and Grooms. To enquire about the packages we have on offer, please feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan and he’ll guide you through the many options available.

Tip 1: Guest numbers are important
Now that the excitement of the engagement celebrations are over, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty! You don’t need to make up a precise guest list at this stage, but having an approximate number will greatly assist you with the rest of your planning.

Tip 2. Check your dates
When choosing a date to get married, most of us never think of issues that may arise, but it’s incredibly important to check the calendar before you commit to a date. Public holidays and big local event days are probably best avoided as they can increase hotel rooms costs for your guests and may be problematic for those driving in heavy traffic to celebrate your big day.

Tip 3: Pay attention to mother nature (particularly in Ireland)
Whilst we all dream of a day with blue skies and endless sunshine, it’s always essential that we plan for every weather eventuality. Planning a wedding in July in Ireland does not guarantee sunshine so keep an eye on the forecast and prepare for any last minute changes to the weather.

Tip 4. Ask for recommendations
Once you have booked your venue, it’s time to start looking at your other wedding vendors. We have found that most hotels and vendors keep a preferred supplier list, which they are more than happy to share with couples. Let one vendor lead you to another and know that when you support local small businesses, your wedding is making a real difference to those who are self-employed.

Tip 5. Stick to your budget
When setting your budget, it’s important to remember that 50% of your wedding expenses will be spent on food and drink for you and your guests. With this in mind you may want to consider a number of different catering options to assist with budget management.

Tip 6: Always ask
Don’t be afraid to ask your venue for those little extras at no extra cost, if you don’t ask, you don’t get, right? Most venues are happy to throw in something extra free of charge, whether that’s some music upon arrival, a free round of drinks for the toasts or a reduced price for guests staying at the hotel. Don’t feel shy about asking, wedding venues are well prepared for negotiations and will always be able to offer you something to secure your booking.

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Eamon here at Drangan Video will be happy to recommend other vendors and suppliers that he has worked with over the years and is always on hand to answer any queries you may have. To learn more about the wedding videos we offer, please feel free to browse through the site and view some of the sample videos that have been posted with the permission of our happy Brides and Grooms.

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.