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Irish Wedding Traditions you can make your own

Whether you are getting married in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Cork or Galway, this overview of Irish wedding traditions could be just what you’re looking for to add something special to your big day.

Money for Luck

In Ireland it is a long-standing tradition to present each other with coins on the day of the wedding. These coins symbolise luck and prosperity for the new bride and groom. For those of you who have a religious faith, it can be a nice touch to get the coins blessed by the priest saying the mass.

Wedding Traditions In Kilkenny
The Irish Horseshoe

The horseshoe is one of Irelands oldest wedding traditions and can be displayed at your home, at the ceremony or in another location of your choice. Be aware that the horseshoe should be displayed pointing upwards (like the letter U) to symbolise that your luck will never run out during your married life.

Tying the Knot – Handfasting

No doubt you are familiar with the term ‘tying the knot’! This ancient reference comes from the act of Handfasting, which was originally practiced in Celtic regions across the globe. Handfasting involves the couple holding hands, right hand to right hand and left hand to left hand. The joined hands are then bound with the Handfasting ribbon to symbolise their union. A beautiful old tradition, which seems to be going through somewhat of a revival.

The Blue Bride

Believe it or not, it is Irish tradition that the bride dresses in blue, not the white we most associate with weddings in Ireland today. In ancient Irish folklore, blue symbolised purity and was therefore the colour of choice for brides across the country. Thinking of adding a little ‘blue’ to your own wedding? Why not accent your bridal party outfits with shades of marines or dusky blues if you’re not quite sure about wearing blue yourself on the big day.

The Wedding Harpist

Even today a lot of brides and grooms will book a harpist to play either at their wedding ceremony or for their guests upon arrival at the reception venue. The harpist has a deep-rooted history of playing for Irish weddings and we are delighted that this tradition has lasted throughout the centuries.

Tying The Knot A Tipperary Wedding Tradition
The Magic Hanky

A thoughtfully embroidered handkerchief thought to symbolise fertility for the married couples future. The magic hanky should be incorporated into the bride’s outfit for the day in some way. Here are some ways in which you can do that:

Use the hanky as a garter

Wrap your bouquet stems in the hanky
Have the hanky stitched to the inside of your dress.
Make it part of your hairpiece.

Ancient stories tell us that once the ceremony is over, the bride should store the magic hanky in a safe place until the couple’s first-born child arrives and should then fashion a bonnet for the baby from the magic material. Such a lovely way to share your big day with your child!

Well we certainly learned a lot when we started researching these old Irish wedding traditions and we hope that you have found the information insightful and inspiring. What better way to keep our Irish traditions alive and well than by making them a part of your very own big day!

Should you require the services of a professional videographer for your wedding in Kilkenny, Tipperary or any other county, please feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video, who is always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

What Pinterest is telling us about wedding trends in 2017

Are you planning your wedding in Ireland at the moment? Perhaps you’re getting married in Tipperary or Kilkenny? If so, we would love to hear from you here at Drangan Video, where we can offer you a tailored wedding video package to suit any budget. Regardless of where you are situated in the country, we are available to travel to the venue of your choice.

Now, with the planning process in mind we have been doing a lot of research on Pinterest, along with, it would seem – every bride in Ireland!

Pinterest is without doubt one of the most helpful tools any wedding planner can have at their disposal and always proves to be a mine of information for those who use it. In 2017 we can tell you that the top searched wedding information on Pinterest with regards to weddings is…. Drumroll please!

Tipperary Wedding News Pinterest
• Simple Wedding Hair Styles

Clearly the days of elaborate hairstyles are gone, todays emphasis is on simple up styles, curls and twists that every bride can do herself.

• Blue Suits for Men

Well we would be blind if we didn’t notice this trend over the past 24 months! The grooms and their groomsmen have clearly been very successfully marketed to and are all looking for the on trend blue suit.

• Brogues

A trend that goes hand in hand with the blue suits we mentioned above. Irelands men have embraced their heritage and are all about the brown brogues that have taken the country by storm.

Wedding Shoes For Kilkenny Wedding
• Matching Wedding Tattoos

This one caught us by surprise, but it seems more and more brides and grooms are opting for a permanent reminder of their big day. In particular we are seeing many tattooed wedding rings and small tattooed symbols that will no doubt stand the test of time along with any marriage.

• Statement Wedding Jewellery

Brides today are looking for jewellery that strays from the more tradition delicate diamonds and pearls and are opting for statement pieces that really say something special about the bride. Luckily Ireland is blessed with talented jewellery makers that can design a piece specifically for your desires.

Tipperary Wedding Cakes
• Taco Bars

Yes, you read that right. Searches for Taco bars are up a whopping 142% on 2016 and it looks like wedding guests could be treated to a whole host of mouth-watering options to choose from. What a wonderful idea… although we do have some reservations about some of the stains this could leave behind on wedding attire!

• Drop Frosted Wedding Cakes

One of the newest trends to hit our shores, and without doubt one of the most sought after. These beautifully decorated masterpieces will certainly be a most dramatic centrepiece on your big day.

Now, regardless of what’s trending and what’s not, we would always recommend going with choices that truly suit you and your intended. Trends are all very well, but as we all know, they certainly come and go. Choose options that are close to your heart and ask yourself if you will be happy with those decisions in years to come.

Kilkenny Bridal Hair Style

As always, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you if you are planning a wedding in Ireland. We offer a host of wedding video packages and will be happy to travel anywhere in the country to capture your big day.

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The moments you want your photographer to catch – weddings 2017

On what will no doubt be the most important day of your life so far, you will want to ensure that each and every meaningful moment is captured at it’s very best. It is with this in mind that we have put together a list for you to discuss with your photographer before the big day. Some of the moments listed below may not be essential for your and your intended, so feel free to pick and choose from these and add your own special moments.

Engagement Photo’s

Many wedding photographers will offer an all-inclusive package that will give you the opportunity to memorialise your engagement as well as your big day. This is the perfect opportunity to see how your photographer works and visualise how your wedding photographs are going to look. It’s also a good time to ask questions about style, positioning and lighting.

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Photographs on the morning of the wedding

On the morning of the wedding there will be limitless opportunities for breathtaking photos whilst you are preparing for your vows, this applies for both the bride and the groom. Here are just some of the most popular morning or preparation photographs we see our brides and grooms ask for:

• Bridal bouquet photo,
• Dress, veil and wedding shoes photographs,
• Images of the bride and her bridal party getting hair and makeup done,
• Family portraits in the home or in your garden if the weather permits,
• Father and groom images are always wonderful images to catch, especially if Dad is assisting his son with a tie or cufflinks,
• Leaving the family home and entering the wedding car on the journey to the church or ceremony venue.

Groomsmen photo

Journey to the ceremony venue

On the way to the venue, you may want to get photo’s of your family or bridal party as they get into the cars or leave the family home.
Some brides will also opt to have a photo along the route with their bridesmaids or parents, if so, this should be timed to ensure it does not delay the bride getting to the ceremony on time.

During the Ceremony
There will of course be many photo opportunities during the wedding ceremony itself; however, you may want to speak to your photographer about moments that meant the most to you. Perhaps there are certain family members that you want photographs of whilst they undertake a reading or sing a song.

• Shots of the ceremony venue before the guests arrive, so you can see how well the décor and flower arrangements were set up.

• Arrival of the bride and groom and accompanying bridal and grooms parties.

• Arrival of the immediate family and guests as they enter the grounds of the venue or church.

• Bridal entrance with father of the bride or chosen partner.

• The moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time.

• Photos of any children at the venue such as flower girls or pageboys.

• The most important moments will of course be captured such as the exchanging of vows, the lighting of candles and the exchange of rings, your first kiss and the signing of the register.

Bridal Preps Photo

After the  Wedding Ceremony

Traditionally, after the ceremony brides and grooms will want to go with their bridal party and have photos taken in a location of their choice. It is imperative that you plan a number of different options in advance in order to accommodate the changeable Irish weather.

If your photographer is travelling to the reception venue after the ceremony, ensure you get all the images you have dreamt of by discussing your wishes with the photographer well in advance.

Thanks for taking the time to read my latest wedding blog article, if you are thinking about hiring a professional wedding videographer, feel free to contact myself Eamon here at drangan video who will be more happy to fill you in on our range of HD wedding video packages

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Bathroom Baskets for your Wedding Venue

If you are in the process of planning your wedding day there are  certain things that  you will like to know, and  there are  many things that you will need to know.
In my role as a  wedding videographer I am lucky to attend my fair share of weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford  and many other counties. From speaking to couples all over the length and breath of Ireland  I have picked up lots of tips about wedding planning.

Is your  wedding day  all about you ?  broadly speaking the answer is yes but if you’ve been a guest at a wedding you’ll realize  the importance  of looking after your wedding guests and making it a memorable day for them also.
You’ve invited all your friends and relations  to be part of the most important  day of your life, so you want to make sure they have a day to remember also.  Here is one way  of making your guests happy on your big day

Wedding Bathroom Basket

Bathroom Baskets for your Wedding Venue – what to include :

Over the past ten years there has without doubt, been an increased focus on guests requirements when planning for the big day. We now rarely attend any weddings that do not cater for their guests with little extras that make the day so much more comfortable for all attending. With this in mind we have compiled a checklist of little extras you can put together for your family and friends. These hampers can be left in the gents and ladies bathrooms, and should be checked on by venue staff throughout the night to make sure stocks are replenished as needed.

Ladies Bathroom Basket for your Wedding

In the ladies bathroom basket or hamper, there should be a whole range of possibilities for your guests to choose from. In this article we are going to list some of the more popular options and advise on some little extras that you won’t see anywhere else.

Toiletries
On a day when all the ladies in your company will want to be looking their very best, toiletries are a must-have at all times of the day. Your bathroom basket should include some if not all of the following:

Wet wipes
Dry shampoo
Toothpaste and disposable toothbrushes
Perfume
Deodorant
Cotton buds
Tissues
Feminine products

Hair care products

Whilst many women will have had their hair done professionally that morning, it is important to supply some backup products for later on in the festivities when the original hairstyles may be starting to wane.

Hair brushes / combs
Hair Spray
Bobby pins
Hair ties
Helpful Extras
Your female guests will truly appreciate any extras you include that make them feel comfortable at all hours of the day or night. Check out our list below of thoughtful extras that will have your guests singing your praises.

Flip-flops or slippers
Plasters
Party Feet
Clear nail varnish
Vaseline
Lint rollers
Safety pins
Mints
Scissors
Product samples to take away

For the Men

Most of the products listed above can also be included in the bathroom baskets you provide for the gents toilets. Make sure you include these extras to ensure the men are just as well looked after as the women throughout your celebrations.

Plasters
Safety Pins
Deodorant
Cologne
Hair gel / wax
Lint Brush
Mouthwash
Men’s flip-flops

If you are having a child-free wedding reception you can also include some more risqué items such as Rennies, aspirin or mini liquors. For those of you who will have children attending the venue, please make sure you omit anything that can be harmful to or inappropriate for a child from your wedding baskets. Little hands are happy to pick up anything that isn’t nailed down, so this should be an important consideration when planning your baskets.

Thanks for taking the time to read my latest wedding news blog,  blogging is happy distraction from my busy life as a wedding videographer.
If you are  thinking about  having your wedding day filmed, why not contact myself Eamon here at drangan video who will be more than happy to take you through our wide range  of affordable HD wedding video packages on offer for 2017/2018 and 2019

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Planning an After Wedding Party

More and more we are asked to provide Brides and Grooms with a quote for not just one day of filming but two, Ireland has embraced the ‘after wedding party’ and it looks like it’s here to stay!

So why should you consider a get together the night or day after your wedding?

It is with increasing regularity that we hear Brides and Grooms regret that they didn’t get enough time to spend with their guests on the big day and this is where the ‘after wedding party’ really comes into it’s own. On the day of your wedding you will no doubt do your best to mingle with everyone in the room, but it goes without saying that you will be very much in demand and it’s hard to spend time with everyone. Planning a get together for the day after makes for a much more relaxed affair and will give you the chance to thank each and every one of your guests in a more informal setting.

An After Wedding Party

So where should I have my After Wedding Party

There are a host of options open to you for your after wedding party and the best thing is you get to relax and enjoy it without having to worry about too much detailed planning.

• Many venues will offer you a second night of celebrations at a reduced rate, so it’s well worth bringing this up at the price negotiation stage. Remember, a second night of celebrating means quite a bit of profit for the establishment and it’s well worth haggling for a reduced rate.
• You could also consider hosting a get together in a local bar that you frequent as a couple on a regular basis. This informal setting will ensure both you and your guests are relaxed and can come and go at a time that suits everyone.
• A local restaurant is a great idea if you would like to thank your guests and family by treating them to an informal meal. Most small restaurants will allow you to bring your own wine and may be happy to waive any corkage fees in return for a large group booking. A great excuse to use up the last of the wine from the wedding day!
• If you are lucky enough to get married during the summer months and fancy taking your chances with the Irish weather, then you could organise a BBQ in your own home or in the grounds of a local club or hotel garden. Make sure there’s an indoor area though to cover all weather possibilities or consider hiring a marquee for the night.

Wedding Party Celebrations

For any brides or grooms who would like a video for both the wedding day and the after wedding party, we would love to hear from you. We can travel anywhere in the country and will be happy to stay overnight so we can capture the perfect video on both days. Please feel free to give Eamon a call here at Drangan Video  and he will provide you with an all-inclusive quote.

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Eamon