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Planning an Unforgettable Small Wedding

Here at Drangan Video our bookings for weddings in Kilkenny and Tipperary for 2021/2022 are very promising,  our couples are feeling much more optimistic about saying yes and are happy to adapt to new  restrictions and  guidelines. Covid has changed the face of the wedding industry in Ireland notably the restrictions on guest numbers.

Kilkenny Couple Aisling and Ray

Kilkenny couple Aisling and Ray were married  in Foulkstown church on March 30th, the ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Dan Carroll he is a popular choice of celebrant for weddings in Kilkenny.
Aisling & Ray were planning on walking down the aisle of a packed church followed by the usual receiving line outside the door with lots of hugs and handshakes. They have planned a bigger reception party for  later in the summer when restrictions are lifted, it was a small wedding ceremony but very big on emotion and a feeling of having made the right choice. I’m looking forward to been videographer again for their celebrations later in 2021.

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Planning an unforgettable small wedding

Micro weddings are ideal if you are having  a more intimate celebration with your close family and special friends  and just like Aisling & Ray  just because you have less guests doesn’t mean that the day will be short on fun or emotion. With proper planning  a  wedding party of 40 guests  can be just as good  and  more special in many ways than having a guest list of 200.

The advantages  of small weddings

For many couples cost is a big consideration when planning  their big day. Having a wedding party with 50 guests will free up your budget and allow you to splash out on whats really important to you. From your choice of venue to the wedding menu or the band for the evening entertainment,  a smaller wedding will give you more options on planning a day to remember.

More time to enjoy time with guests
Less guests allows more time for the couple to move around and spend time chatting  chatting with each and every person. You will have more free time for visiting each table during the meal this makes for a much more enjoyable and intimate  day.  Also with fewer guests it will be much easier to organize  accommodation for everyone in the same venue

The Perfect Venue for you
For most couples the choice of wedding venue is one of the most important considerations when  setting the atmosphere for their big day. With a smaller guest list you will have much more flexibility when it comes to choosing the perfect intimate wedding reception.  Little things are very important when planning a small wedding from flowers to wedding favors and place names, with less guests to worry about you can spend more time on the little things.

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The value of entertainment
With larger weddings it can be difficult  finding the right entertainment that everyone will be happy with, couples might opt for mainstream bands to avoid getting it wrong. With a smaller guest list you will know the likes and dislikes of all your guests, this means you have a good chance of finding entertainment that will please all your guests. And with savings on spending  you might even consider hiring  extra  performers or musicians to transform your day into an unforgettable wedding celebration.

Try to keep it intimate
Small intimate weddings are just what it says on the tin They’re personal,  they’re  intimate, and more than anything they’re romantic. Try to focus on keeping it as personal as possible by keeping everyone  close to you and each other.  Use the small number of guests to your advantage and stretch out the celebrations  over a long  weekend, find a stunning and extravagant wedding venue that can cater to all your needs, enjoy been spoiled during the happiest time in your life.

Drangan Video has been recording big and small weddings for more than 20 years, we are more than happy to offer advice on all aspects of planning or hiring vendors.
If you are in the process of wedding planning and are looking for a wedding videographer in Kilkenny, Tipperary or any other county please feel free to contact Eamon who will be happy to discuss our affordable wedding video  packages for 2021 and 2022, also check us out on Facebook, Instagram or log on to Drangan Video .Com.

Aisling & Liam’s Wedding Video In Kilkenny

Aisling O’ Dwyer and Liam Heffernan celebrated their wedding ceremony with family and close friends in Knockmoylan Church Kilkenny , followed by and intimate wedding reception in Hotel Kilkenny.

Here at Drangan Video we have been  very busy since restrictions were eased allowing  25 guests  to attend weddings, Aisling & Liam had their wedding video booked well in advance they had planned on having 180 guests but like so many other couples they had to cut their list to just a fraction of that.

The day began with a visit to Aisling’s parents house to cover the the bridal preps, followed by a lovely ceremony in Knockmoylan Kilkenny. Aisling and Liam really embraced the new wedding normal they had so much spare time for chatting to their guests, they described their day as been much more meaningful than a big wedding celebration.

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Looking  Ahead To  Kilkenny / Tipperary Weddings In  2021

The past few months have been a worrying time for those planning on getting married in 2021 the present health situation presents couples  with new challenges, we have picked up a few tips from recent weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford and other locations.

The usual hugging and kissing is not taking place, guests are doing a friendly wave or an elbow to elbow greeting.  Setting  up a personal  wedding website for your big day is a great way of providing information and advice for your guests.

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Hair and Makeup Artists:
Theses are two  very important suppliers that we work with, they are so careful about attention to detail in making sure that sponges and brushes etc. are fully sterilized. Hair and makeup artists work in very close proximity to the bridal party its vital that they wear masks.

The Wedding Ceremony:
The handshake or sign of peace is not advised under current restrictions, also every second pew in a church is blocked off with yellow tape  to prevent close contact, for a civil or humanist ceremony the same rules apply.
If you are planning a humanist or civil ceremony you might have a chance of having it outside in the fresh air which would be safer than an indoor ceremony.

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Here at Drangan Video we have seen at first hand the changes around church weddings in Tipperary & Kilkenny some have no communion at the the mass, others have communion where the guests remain seated and the celebrant comes down to each phew.
The traditional greeting line is dropped, guests are happy to give the couple a friendly wave from a safe distance, I had a wedding in Tipperary last week with the couple getting straight into the car after walking down the aisle.

The Wedding Venue:
Wedding venues like Hotel Kilkenny are really pulling out all the stops with safety action plans in place to keep everyone safe, the hotels that we have been working in  over the past few months are doing an incredible job, with temperature checks  on arrival, foot pedal hand sanitizers and social distance notices on floors. Hotels are allowing  plenty of space for guests to stay spread out at the drinks reception,  they are also  serving food in  individual portions at the drinks reception, speeches are now taking place before the meal which  works well for the videography.

Aisling and Liam In Hotel Kilkenny

If you are are planning your wedding in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Limerick or any other locations, please feel free to contact myself Eamon here at Drangan Video, check out range of affordable wedding videoghraphy packages from as little as €800.
Wishing all our past and future couples a very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

Reasons for having a wedding videographer

Hi all, thanks for dropping by and taking time out to read this weeks Drangan Video blog post. As you can see from the heading  today’s post is all about wedding videography,  with the current restrictions on guests  allowed to attend weddings, it makes great sense to consider hiring a wedding videographer

Here at Drangan Video we fully  understand that  wedding planning has taken a back seat  due to the uncertainty about social gatherings however this post can get you thinking about your big day and whether wedding videography is something you and your partner might consider!

Wedding speech captured by Kilkenny wedding videographer

Your Photographer will  capture still images which are  moments frozen in time, but video allows you to enjoy every part of your wedding day presented as a feature film.
As a busy wedding videographer  attending numerous  weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford and Dublin  I  can safely tell you that your wedding day will go by in a flash. Just think about the huge build up  to the day, all the hours of planning and dreaming abut the biggest day in your life,  don’t miss out on having it captured on video you can relive it time and time again when viewing  your wedding film.

Audio Memories

A wedding videographer we will capture the full day  allowing you to relive your wedding vows again, share them with future children  or family who couldn’t be present on your wedding day. A videographer will also capture  your reception  recording the speeches and all the kind words  and comments that you’ll listen to and cherish for the rest of your lfe

Video captures the emotional moments

Our job as wedding videographers is  to document the full day with a view to capturing those special  emotional moments between family, friends and guests.  We often get feedback  from  couple’s saying how surprised they were to see certain parts of the day on video, saying they didn’t realize we had been there at that particular time.  There is so much happening on a wedding day it would be easy to miss something, especially when you are the star of the show, its normal  get caught up in the day and maybe missing out on special moments, your  videographer will be there to film not only you but your guests and all the emotional and fun moments.

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Wedding videography  is sometimes described  as an unnecessary extra  added cost to an already tight wedding budget, obviously as a wedding videographer I don’t  agree.  Yes for sure weddings are very expensive and you could find yourself running over your budget.
If you are in the early stages of wedding planning for your wedding in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford or Cork  I would recommend  to seriously considering   budgeting for  videography services. There are certainly other important costs  to prioritize, but if you can find the room in your budget, definitely consider having your wedding day captured by a professional wedding videographer.

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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Drangan Video provides wedding videography services for couples in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Limerick and further afield. Our state of the art wedding videos have long been a favourite with brides and grooms right across Ireland and we work hard to ensure we adapt to all situations.

Engagement Checklist

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.