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Planning for the Weather on your Wedding Day

Here at Drangan Video in Tipperary and Kilkenny, we have been providing wedding videography services to Ireland’s most loved-up couples for almost 25 years. We have seen every type of weather conceivable, quite often all on the same day, and we know that a little preparation can go a very long way!

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Due to our somewhat unpredictable climate, planning for the weather is an absolute ‘must’ when it comes to preparing for your Irish wedding. Getting married in June or July does not guarantee sunshine as we all know, and you could end up with blue skies and high temperatures in November when the winds blow in the right direction. In this blog post, we are going to look at some tips that you can keep in mind when planning your big day. Remember though, that no matter what the weather, your day is going to be a day to remember, rain, sunshine, snow or ice won’t make a jot of difference when you say ‘I do’ to the one you love!

Umbrellas for guests:
Pre-pack umbrellas into family and friends cars in the days leading up to your big day. Choose playful colours, pastels or quirky designs to add a splash of colour to your day. Whether the umbrellas are used to ward off the rain or to protect your guests from the sunshine, you can be assured they’ll be appreciated by all who use them. Perhaps consider getting the umbrellas personalised with a monogram, these make great wedding favours and mementos for your guests and you can be guaranteed they’ll be used again!
Blankets and throws:
A lovely touch for the evening of your wedding when guests tend to wander outdoors, consider providing some throws and blankets to ward off the cool night air. If you’re having an outdoor or marquee wedding, these little touches will make all the difference for guests of all ages.

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Sunscreen:
If it looks like it’s going to be a sunny day, consider leaving some sunscreen in the ladies and gents restrooms as part of a toiletries hamper. If you have children attending your wedding celebrations, you can be assured that their parents will welcome this little touch to keep the kiddies sunburn free for the day.

Have a plan B:
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, it’s imperative that you have a plan B for your big day. Speak with your wedding venue and vendors in advance to put a plan in place for a rainy day event. Ask your venue to have an indoor area available and ready for your guests in the event of rain. With one or two days to go until the wedding you should have a clearer idea of the forecast and can start putting plans in motion.

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Warm/cool your guests with a welcome drink:
Whether you’re looking at soaring temperatures or romantic snow, a welcoming drink for your guests upon arrival can make all the difference. A winter wedding paired with mulled wine is a real treat for the senses and can help your guests warm up, relax and get ready for the celebrations. During the summer months you can opt to serve cooling cocktails and juices. It’s the little touches that make a big difference!

Looking for a wedding videographer in Kilkenny or Tipperary who knows how to handle the Irish weather? Give Eamon a call here at Drangan Video to learn more about our affordable wedding video packages and drone footage.

Being Social with your Wedding Video

Over the past decade we have seen a huge surge in couples sharing snippets of their wedding video online. This trend looks set to continue long into the future and we are happy to provide our brides and grooms with shorter edits that they can share online with friends and family.

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Social media has had a huge impact on the way many of us live our lives and in many respects this has been incredibly positive. Let’s take a look at just some of the ways social media has influenced the way we plan and share our wedding celebrations.

Announcing the Engagement

Prior to the age of social media, when couples became engaged they would have to contact friends and family individually to share their big news. Sometimes travelling long distances or spending a fortune on long-distance calls to make sure no one had been left out! Today we can simply pop a post up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any of the other popular social networks that our friends and family use. To accompany the announcement of the engagement, we can share photo’s of the ring, the happy couple, even of the proposal itself! Embracing social media in this way means that you have a bit more time to enjoy the celebrations!

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Save the Date
Social media, wedding websites and chat apps now mean we can contact anyone almost instantly. In many instances we have spoke to brides and grooms who have set up an ‘Event’ on Facebook to ensure friends and family are aware of the wedding date, long before invites are due to be sent. This online notification of your wedding date can save a fortune on wedding stationery costs and is a great way to give the heads up to family and friends living abroad!

Gift Register

If you and your intended have just bought a new house or have some specific gifts in mind for your wedding, you’ll find that there are a number of apps and social media sites that can greatly assist with this. Having an online gift register allows your guests to see your ideal gifts and will eliminate ‘double gifting’. Whilst gift registries are not typically common in Ireland, with couples preferring not to request gifts, there does seem to be a new trend emerging that could see this become popular in the coming years.

• Other Social Media uses for your Wedding
• Events for the hen party or stag do
• Virtual wedding invitations
• Tracking down the very best wedding vendors
• Reading reviews of wedding vendors
• Review videos of wedding entertainment
• Countdown clock to the big day
• A wedding website with all the details of your big day
• Online maps to guide your guests safely to the venue

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Sharing is Caring

Whilst not for everyone, sharing the special moments of your big day can really make a difference to those who can’t be there on the day. Whether you’re sharing with all your ‘friends’ or just a select few, a snippet of your wedding day video provided by Drangan Video will provide precious memories for guests and a special insight for those who may be living abroad. Inclusion of our drone footage can make for some pretty spectacular video!

Drangan Video provide wedding videography services to couples right across Ireland. Whether you’re based in Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary or Dublin, the team here at Drangan Video would love to talk you through the many services we offer.

Wedding DIY Tips and Tricks

In this blog post we are going to share some fantastic DIY wedding tips and tricks with you. Over the years that we have been providing wedding videography services, we have been blessed to see hundreds of couples exchange vows right across the country. It is because of these fabulous brides and grooms that we have gained an insight into some top DIY wedding ideas!

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• DIY Entertainment for the Kiddies
If you have children sharing your big day, it’s always a nice touch to provide them with some entertainment to keep them happy and content. Instead of spending a fortune on a magician or clown, you could offer some simple DIY entertainment that the small ones will just love!
Put together some customised packs of crayons and colouring books (or print colouring pads free from online sources). These can be made extra special by adding the child’s name to the bag as a keepsake they can cherish. These are especially effective for young children and the effort will be greatly appreciated by their parents.

• Table Centrepieces
This is one of the DIY wedding items we see most in our travels around the country. DIY table décor is on the up and really adds something special to the appearance of your venue. Whether you use handpicked wild flowers from your favourite space or rope in friends and family to donate flowers from their garden, this colourful display can be a real talking point and add a touch of your personality to the venue of your choice.

• Church/Venue Décor
Whilst you may be tempted to pay your local florist to decorate the venue before your big day, it is worth looking at doing this yourself. Use flowers from your garden, ribbons and bows from local haberdasheries or craft shops and decorative items such as wooden birds and hearts to make your wedding venue shine without spending a fortune!

• Wedding Invitations
Homemade wedding invitations add a real touch of personality to your big day and can become a treasured memento for your guests. Take a trip to your local craft shop and price up the items you would need to put some personalised wedding invites together. You may be very surprised at the savings you can make!

• Wedding Favours
Wedding favours can come in all shapes and sizes and can be a brilliant icebreaker for those sharing a table at your wedding. Providing wedding favours for a large guest list can be expensive, so this is something you could absolutely consider doing yourself or with the help of friends. Opt for something simple like an organza bag filled with some of your favourite sweet treats!

If you’re hoping to incorporate some DIY elements into your wedding, we would absolutely love to hear your ideas!

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The team here at Drangan Video have been providing wedding videography services for over 25 years now and use only the very latest cameras and editing software. Take a look at some of the testimonials and sample videos on Facebook or right here on our website and see why Drangan Video is the perfect choice for your big day!

Drangan Video: The Changing Face of Wedding Videography

Over the past 25 years as a wedding videographer, I have seen a huge change in trends, technologies and editing software. The tools available to the modern videographer have greatly enhanced the service we now offer and Drangan Video has embraced each and every one of these changes.

In this blog post I’m going to tell you a bit about our modern approach to wedding videography and the changes we have made over the years to become one of Ireland’s most sought after wedding videographers.

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Brides and grooms consistently tell us that they are surprised at just how hands off we are, never intruding upon personal moments and in many cases their guests have told them they didn’t even know we were there! This style of non-intrusive wedding videography allows us to capture the moments as they really happen and deliver a beautiful documentary of the day to our wonderful brides and grooms. How do we do it, I hear you ask?

Changing Technologies

Let’s take the exchanging of vows as an example. During the wedding we make a point of never getting in the way of the natural progression of the vows or ceremony and we do this by setting up our cameras and filming from a distance. Modern technology has given us with the ability to do this by providing the groom with a pen-like audio recorder that can be inserted into their suit or shirt pocket. This tiny device picks up all audio and ensures we can deliver top quality sound on all videos, regardless of how far away we physically are. There is absolutely no need for a modern videographer to be intruding upon these special moments!

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Changing Trends

It has now almost become a tradition to film the preparations on the morning of the wedding and I absolutely love this trend! Providing our videography services to couples on the morning of the wedding means that we get to truly capture the excitement in the hours before the ceremony. The enthusiasm is absolutely infectious and we are blessed to capture some truly tender moments between close friends, families and neighbours. When our couples look back on these moments, they get to see parts of the day that would otherwise remain a mystery. It really is truly special to share these moments after the big day with your new spouse and enjoy them together for the first time.
Changing Approach

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Over our time in the industry, we have honed our skills to a degree that ensures none of our shots are ever set up. This takes great pressure off the couple and means they can go about their day without ever having to worry about whether the videographer is capturing everything. We will be your eyes and ears for the day, never missing a tender moment or asking your guests to pose for shots. Our approach is natural, non-intrusive and results in a truly incredible documentary of your big day.

Should you wish to learn more about our modern approach to wedding videography or have any questions about the styles we offer, please do feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan 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.