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Coastal Wedding Locations in Ireland

On this wonderful island of ours we are truly blessed with some of the most magnificent coastal locations on the planet. It’s no wonder our brides and grooms regularly head to the coast to celebrate their big day! In this blog post we are going to cover some of our personal favourite coastal locations for wedding videography.

Wedding videographer Ardmore Waterford
Ardmore, Co. Waterford

Situated in the sunny southeast, Ardmore, Co. Waterford is one of our favourite places to shoot wedding videos. Ardmore is steeped in history and the cliffs, harbour and local beaches make it the perfect destination for any wedding. For those of you who love the sea air, the breeze in your hair and views that are absolutely breathtaking, we can wholly recommend Ardmore for a day to remember.

West Cork

West Cork is without doubt one of the most scenic locations in the country and we absolutely love it when we are asked to provide our wedding videography services for couples celebrating their big day in the area. From the sandy beaches at Barley Cove to the rugged cliffs of Mizen Head, West Cork offers a wealth of coastal locations for you to choose from.


Galway County has a something to offer everyone, regardless of taste or budget. This wonderful country boasts a magnificent coastline and has long been a favourite for brides and grooms up and down the country. Imagine video footage of your wedding with the Aran Islands in the distance, or high up on the sky road in Clifden with panoramic views of the bay.

Coastal wedding locations Ireland

If you are lucky enough to be celebrating your nuptials in the windswept county of Donegal, you and your guests are in for a real treat. This county is littered with hidden bays and beaches, which are just perfect for photographers and videographers. Just last year, we were asked to video a wedding party at Ballymastocker Bay, wow! This place truly is heaven on earth. If you are flying into Donegal airport, be sure to take in the scenery, you’re in for a fantastic scenic approach. In 2017, Donegal Airport was voted the second most scenic landing on earth – a real treat for your guests as they travel to Donegal for your big day.

Co. Clare

No rundown of scenic coastal locations would be complete without mentioning the wonderful county of Clare. County Clare offers some of the best-kept beaches in Ireland and is home to some of the most popular wedding venues. If you and your loved one are getting married in County Clare, be sure to check out some of the locations below for breathtaking photography and videography opportunities:

• Lahinch
• Kilkee
• Fanore Beach
• White Strand Beach
• Doughmore Bay

Aran islands as a wedding location

Wherever you may be planning your wedding, the team here at Drangan Video would love to be a part of your big day. We can offer state of the art wedding videography, as well as our new drone videography service. Get in touch with Eamon today and feel free to ask for recommendations on scenic locations across the country.

Overcoming the Nerves before your Wedding Speech

In this wedding blog post we are offering some tips and advice on overcoming the nerves before your Wedding Speech, here at Drangan Video we have attended  our fair share of weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny and many other counties up and down the country, so its fair to say that we have heard  more wedding speeches than than your average Joe.
In 2013 our beautiful daughter celebrated her wedding in Langton House Hotel in Kilkenny it was a day that my wife and myself will never forget, we were looking forward to the day for so long, one of my father of the bride duties was to stand up and deliver a speech, it was an honor to stand up and talk. Traditionally, the first  speaker at an  Irish wedding is indeed the Father of the Bride, was I nervous ?  the answer is yes !!

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Delivering a speech is never an easy task, particularly if you’re not comfortable with public speaking. In this blog post we are going to explore some tips that we believe will ease your nerves and assist with the preparations. Whether you’re delivering a speech as the Best Man, the Bride, Groom or Parent, these tips will help you to remain calm, cover all the important points and leave your audience feeling all warm and fuzzy!

Most wedding speeches will be highly anticipated by all guests at the wedding, so it’s important that you put real time and effort into delivering a speech that covers all of the most important points.

Writing the Wedding Speech

Always speak aloud before you start writing! This may seem a bit strange, but once you have spoken the words out loud, you begin to formulate other ideas in a way that flows more naturally. This practice will also assist with calming any nerves you may be experiencing.

Practice your Breathing

Really? Yes, breathing comes naturally we know that, but keeping your breathing relaxed and steady during the delivery of your speech, will allow you to remain calm and speak without stuttering or getting panicked.

Ask a Friend to be your Ears

Enlist the help of a good friend to sit and listen to your speech. Choose someone who isn’t afraid to give you honest feedback, someone who will boost your confidence and give you the encouragement you need.

Make Note Cards

It’s not always necessary to write down your speech word for word, you will want to sound natural on the day and perhaps adlib a bit from time to time. Word cards with bullet points that will steer you in the right direction will work wonders. Here are some of the points you can list on your notes:

• Who to thank
• Names of everyone at the top table
• Pointers
• ‘ Tell the story about……’

Avoid too much Alcohol or Caffeine before the Speech

As tempting as it may be to indulge in some dutch courage before the speeches, it’s probably a better idea to wait until the speech has been delivered before you partake of any alcohol. Try to steer clear from too much caffeine as well, as this can bring on feelings of anxiety if you’re already feeling a little nervous.

Be Assured you are Surrounded by Friends

If you start to feel a bit anxious or nervous, know that you are surrounded by friends and family that know and love you. They don’t mind if you stumble on your words a bit or seem a bit nervous. Remember that you have probably spoken to everyone in this room already at some stage, so there are no strangers here or people that judge you.

Nerves are Good

Nerves are there to remind us that we are doing something important. Surely that’s a good thing right? All you need to do is take that first leap and the rest of the speech will follow with ease. The adrenalin you get from that first round of applause or shriek of laughter will leave you feeling full of confidence.

Wedding day speech Tipperary Groom
Practice, Practice, Practice

This should go without saying, but you would be surprised at the amount of people who don’t take this advice. Practice will help you to deliver a polished speech with ease and clarity, the more you practice, the more accomplished your delivery will become.

If you are interested in having your big day filmed  and would like to learn more about our wedding video packages, please get in touch with Eamon today and he will answer any questions you may have. Whether you are getting married in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Dublin or Galway, we will be happy to travel to your destination to capture your big day.

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Making the Most of your Wedding Morning

As a wedding videographer  I have been fortunate  to have been  part of  so many wedding morning preparations throughout Tipperary, Kilkenny and up and down the country, each  wedding is  special and unique for every individual bride. I have picked up some tips, advice and ideas  that will help  to ensure that your wedding morning is a stress free fun event.

More often than not, the morning of any wedding can be a blur when we look back at it, running to the hairdressers, dressing the flower girls, making sure everyone is where they should be, checking in with suppliers, dealing with last minute arrivals… the list goes on!

In more recent times, we are seeing brides and grooms taking a more relaxed approach and striving to get all the last minute preparations completed the day before the wedding where possible, so they can enjoy the morning build-up and everything that goes with it.

It is with this in mind that we have compiled a list of novel ideas for you and your bride or groom to enjoy on the morning of your wedding. It goes without saying, that if you’re a traditionalist, you won’t be doing these activities together, but you can certainly enjoy them with your bridal party, family or grooms party.

Bridal preparations for wedding in Tipperary
Pamper yourself

Instead of running all over town to get to the hairdressers or to visit your favourite makeup artist, why not bring them to your home or venue of choice? By asking your makeup artist and hairdresser to work their wonders in comfortable surroundings, you can enjoy being pampered with your bridal party in a relaxed atmosphere, and will never have to worry about dodging those raindrops!

Splash out on a champagne breakfast

Let’s be honest, there’s not a bride or groom on the planet that won’t enjoy a special breakfast on the morning of the wedding. Perhaps ask an ouside caterer to prepare something light and nourishing for you and your companions or maybe call upon an obliging relative to put together something special. Not too much champagne now, you have a long day ahead ?

Get everything ready the night before

If you truly want to be as relaxed as possible on the morning of your wedding, why not get everything ready the night before? Have all the dresses, or suits ready and waiting to be worn, polish those shoes, lay out any jewellery, make those last minute phone calls, pack your overnight bag, do a quick tidy up so the photographer can get snapping as soon as they arrive, and then breathe and relax….it’s all in hand. Now you can take the morning in your stride, no rushing about, and arrive at your wedding ceremony rested and calm.

Pop on some music

There’s nothing that can soothe the nerves or add to an occasion like your favourite tunes. Perhaps consider preparing a playlist for your intended to listen to on the morning of the wedding, what better way to start the day?

Be comfortable

On the morning of the wedding, before you don your suit or dress, it will do you the world of good to be as comfortable as you can. Invest in some comfy robes for the bride and bridal party and some man-size slippers or robes for the gents.

Wedding day preparations Kilkenny bride

Here at Drangan Video we realise the importance of capturing your mornings preparations is a non-intrusive manner. If you wish to have a video in your home or chosen venue on the morning of your wedding, please do feel free to get in touch with us here at any time.

Whether you’re getting married in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Cork or Waterford, the team here at Drangan will be happy to travel to your venue of choice.

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Eamon !

2018 Wedding Trends

Whether you are tying the knot with your long term childhood  sweetheart, or you’ve  quite literally   bumped into each other walking down the street in Kilkenny or Tipperary  there is no doubt that your love story is  unique.  This is why  your  2018 wedding should have  its own set of unique trends that will make your wedding day stand out from the status quo

Wedding Trends In Tipperary

Here at Drangan Video we like to keep up to date with the wedding trends that are happening up and down the country. In 2018 we are in for some real treats with trends revolving around food, your guests and fantastic metallic colours.

Drangan Video has been providing wedding videography services for brides and grooms throughout Ireland for over a decade and we like to take notice of what makes every day special. With this in mind we are going to cover some trends that look set to take 2018 by storm and most likely 2019 as the trends grow and become tailored to each wedding experience.

It’s all about the guests (after the bride of course)!

2018 see’s couples concentrating on the experience their guests will have at their celebrations. The last year has seen a real emphasis on guest experience and entertainment and this is going to reach new heights in 2018. Consider singing waiters, dancers while you eat, magicians and photo booths, all provided for the entertainment of the guests. We have heard some couples talk about 1 act plays, talent shows for the kids and even movie screenings for the day after the big day. Put your thinking cap on and you’ll be surprised what trends you can add to this ever-growing list.

A Food Experience like no other

Now that everyone has access to TV programmes such as Master Chef and MKR, we tend to consider ourselves a bit more educated when it comes to gastronomy, and with this, expectations do go up! Brides and grooms up and down the country are counting on top class caterers and hotel venues to really deliver on the goods, no more meat and three veg – not that there is anything wrong with that (we are quite partial to turkey and ham). Other couples are bringing in more unusual food options for their guests, such as noodle vans and taco trucks. If you’re a food lover and you want to celebrate that with your guests, have a search for some of the most wonderful food trucks available in Ireland to make your day even more special.

Industrial Wedding Venues

In 2018 there seems to be more of an emphasis on venues that are not traditionally in use for weddings. Consider an unused (but safe) factory, a converted barn, an old schoolhouse…. The possibilities are endless! Ireland has a wealth of unusual venues to offer that you may not have considered suitable for your ceremony or reception. Have a think about you can do with the right décor and the right location.

Wedding Video In Kilkenny

Over the next few months we will be exploring other wedding trends as we encounter them on our travels around the country. If you have stumbled upon something unusual that you think is set to fast become a trend this year, we would love to hear from you.

Drangan Video offers wedding videography services right across Ireland, so whether you are based in Kilkenny, Tipperary or Sligo, we would absolutely love to hear from you. We offer packages to suit all budgets and will be happy to speak with you about your dreams for the big day.

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Tips on planning your 2018/2019 wedding

In this wedding news blog we are taking  a look at the exciting job of wedding planning,  as a busy wedding videographer based  in Tipperary and Kilkenny I’m lucky to attended  numerous  weddings in both counties ,  thanks to all the couples past and future who have said yes to Drangan Video  for their wedding videography requirements. Talking to so many Brides and Grooms at the planning stage I have acquired a  certain knowledge  regarding  the subject of planning the happiest day of your life.
Are you the bride to be   who has dreaming  about your wedding day since childhood ?  or has the  thought never crossed your mind until Mr. right came along and swept you off your feet ?

Planning your wedding should be  happy  a happy and exciting experience  your  wedding is one of the most important days of your life . Putting together a wedding planning  check list and doing things step by step will  help to make your wedding planning and enjoyable  experience.

Wedding planning tips for your wedding in Kilkenny

For those of you who have recently gotten engaged and
are in the process of planning your wedding, we hope our checklist will give you a good foundation from which to work. Planning a wedding should be an enjoyable experience, however it can in many instances become stressful and overwhelming. By using a checklist or a diary you can eliminate quite a bit of the stress that comes with the planning process.

Whether you’re getting married in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Cork or Carlow  the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you and welcome any feedback you may have – think we’ve missed an important item from our list? Please get in touch and let us know!

1. Get organised
Invest in a good binder and set up a handy excel workbook to keep track of everything you need in one place. This may seem a bit excessive but trust us you’ll be glad you did!

2. Budget
Set a realistic budget and stick to it as closely as you can. Costs can mount quite quickly when planning a wedding so it’s in your best interests to be as firm as possible with your budget.

3. Bridal Party
Choose your bridal party and include Maid of Honour, Best Man, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, and any children you would like to include in the ceremony.

4. Set a date
Decide on the date of your wedding. Keep in mind that costs will rise when choosing a date that falls on a weekend or public holiday or significant date such as Valentines Day.

5. Venues
With your date set, you can now approach venues for both your ceremony and reception. Many Brides and Grooms are now opting for venues that can provide both and this is a great way to cut down on costs as well as being more convenient for you and your guests.

6. Entertainment
Once your venue is booked, it’s now time to truly get planning. Get in touch with any entertainers you wish to hear prior to making a booking. Many wedding bands and entertainers will do showcase performances where you can see them in action before making a decision.

7. Vendors
It’s now time to contact all the vendors who are going to be providing services at your wedding, this can include:
• Wedding Videographers – that’s us!
• Photographers
• Transport operators
• Caterers
• Florists
• Beauticians
• Baker
• Officiant, Priest or Registrar
• Children’s entertainment

Planning advice for your wedding in Tipperary

8. License
Don’t forget to get your license organised!

9. Clothing
Attire for the happy couple and their bridal party will need to be organised well in advance in order for any alterations to be completed. This is true whether renting or buying.

10. Accommodation
Organise accommodation for your, your guests and the bridal party. Most venues will offer a reduced rate for anyone attending the wedding and may provide complimentary accommodation for the bridal party as part of their package.

11. Invites
Give your guests a minimum of 3 months notice when sending invitations. This will give individuals time to organise childcare or time off work if required.

12. Honeymoon
Planning a honeymoon? Keep an eye out online for some great deals during the off-peak seasons.

13. Save the date
Send save the date cards at least 5 months in advance and at least 12 months if your are celebrating your nuptials abroad.

14. Transport
Organise transport for the bridal party and any elderly relatives who may have difficulty reaching the venue.

15. Beauty
Book any treatments for the bridal party and of course the mothers of the Bride and Groom.

16. Favours
If you are going to gift your guests with favours, we would always advise looking online for some great ideas and savings.
17. Guest list
Finalise your guest list and add all RSVP’s to your planner or database.
18. Menu
Speak with the venue about your menu on the day and request a tasting dinner for you and your bride or groom.

19. Rings
Now go and treat yourself to some beautiful wedding rings. Some of the best suppliers of wedding jewellery in Ireland can be found in our local towns and villages and many are happy to provide discounts to keep costs inline with online retailers.

20. Hen / stag
If you and your intended are having a hen/stag party, look for venues that are friendly and accommodate large groups. Stay away from family friendly venues and opt for hotels or guesthouses that offer all in one packages.

21. Confirmations
Get in touch with all your vendors and suppliers and confirm all details prior to your big day.

22. Table plan
Pay attention when designing your table plan, it’s trickier than it first seems!

23. Gifts
Organise gifts for the bridal party and flowers for the Mother’s or Guardians at the top table.

24. Payments
Have all your payments ready on the day. Place each amount in an envelope and ask the best man to pass these on to vendors and request a receipt on the day.

Wedding video in Kilkenny

We hope you find the above checklist useful and would love to hear from you if you’re hoping to book a wedding videographer for your big day. Whether you are based in Cork, Waterford,Tipperary or Kilkenny we will be happy to travel to your destination at no extra cost to you.

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