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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 Ceremony Options in Kilkenny and Tipperary

Ireland has changed significantly over the past decade and here at Drangan Video we believe this is something to be celebrated! Gone are the days when your only option for a wedding was the church or the registry office, the choices available today mean that all loved up couples in Kilkenny, Tipperary and all over Ireland can now get married in the venue of their choice.

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In this wedding blog post, we are going to explore some of the many ceremony options available in Ireland today and discuss how they differ from one another.

Interfaith Ceremonies:
Interfaith ceremonies are marriages between two people of different religions. Depending on the religion, you may be permitted to marry in a religious ceremony that encapsulates both of your faiths, alternatively, inter faith marriages can be performed in a registry office or as a civil ceremony.
Civil Ceremonies:
A civil ceremony in Ireland can take place in any venue that is registered with the H.S.E. Civil ceremonies are non-religious and are legally binding once performed by a registrar on H.S.E. registered grounds.

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Catholic Ceremonies:
For many decades, religious ceremonies in Ireland were the only option for couples that wished to tie the knot. That said, Catholic ceremonies are still a popular choice for many couples who have a strong faith and wish to profess their commitment to each other through in their local church or cathedral. Catholic church wedding ceremonies are performed by a priest and are legally binding.

Humanist Ceremonies:
Humanist ceremonies are on the increase in Ireland, with many couples opting for a non-religious, non-faith ceremony. Your wedding should be officiated by a ‘HAI’ certified celebrant – you’ll find a list on the Humanist Association of Ireland website. Humanist weddings are legally binding and are the perfect way to celebrate your big day if you are all faiths or none!

Alternative Ceremonies:
An alternative or independent ceremony is a non-legally binding ceremony that celebrates the coming together of a couple in a unique way. Venues do not need to be registered with the H.S.E., so you can even get married in your back garden if you like! Note that to have your marriage legally recognised, you will need to complete the necessary paperwork.

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Over the past 25 years, Drangan Video has seen the landscape of weddings change in Ireland. These changes have all been incredibly positive and we are now seeing couples marry in a way that makes them truly happy. In 2019 Ireland, there are no rules, you can marry in a venue of your choosing, you can marry the person you truly love, you can write your own vows, design your ceremony from start to finish, there are no restriction on you as a couple. This positive shift means more of our citizens feel included and for that we are truly grateful.

If you are planning a wedding in Kilkenny or Tipperary and looking for a wedding videographer with a difference, please do feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video. Eamon uses only state of the art equipment and completes all editing in-house.

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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.

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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.

Planning an Outdoor Wedding in Ireland

As we head into Summer 2019, we find that more and more couples are hoping to incorporate the outdoors into their big day. Perhaps the memories of our fantastic summer in 2018 have made us all a little bit more optimistic about our Irish weather! Whilst the Irish weather is incredibly unpredictable, it is still very possible for you to plan and enjoy an Irish outdoor wedding ceremony or reception party. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite outdoor venues in Ireland for you and your intended to explore.

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Ballyvolane House, Cork

Ballyvolane House is one of the most picturesque venues in Ireland. Beautifully landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland, make this the number one choice for many of our Brides and Grooms. Should the weather deteriorate in any way, the team at Ballyvolane House can offer you a number of indoor alternatives.

Harvey’s Point, Donegal

Harvey’s Point in Donegal is an incredible location to say ‘I Do’, whether you decide to exchange vows indoors or lakeside. The attention to detail shown by the Harvey’s Point events team is second to none and you can be assured they’ll make your day one to remember, whatever the weather!

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Glenview Hotel, Wicklow

The Glenview Hotel in County Wicklow offers you everything you need both indoor and out for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions. In fact, the Glenview have gone one step further and won’t charge you any extra to host your civil ceremony on their grounds if you have also booked the reception here.

The Haven Hotel, Waterford

The Haven Hotel in Waterford is situated in Dunmore East and will make a wonderful backdrop for your wedding photographs and videography. What we love about this place is its proximity to the beach, which is perfect for those unique wedding shots. The hotel is fully equipped and certified for outdoor ceremonies on the lawn and can cater for up to 250 guests.

Kilshane House, Tipperary

Kilshane House is a breath-taking Regency house with a traditional conservatory that is perfect for those who may want the best of both worlds on their wedding day. The hotel has put a lot of thought into their outdoor ceremonies and offer a floating pagoda on their very own lake or lakeside in one of their secret garden locations. You really couldn’t ask for a better start to your married life!

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Whether you opt for a traditional civil ceremony on the grounds of a hotel or in a HSE registered site that is close to your heart, Ireland now offers a multitude of options for those who want to take the plunge and exchange their vows outdoors.

If you’re planning your outdoor wedding for 2019 or 2020, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. We are happy to travel nationwide at no extra cost and have lots of experience filming outdoor weddings. Get in touch with Eamon today to find out what makes us the perfect choice for your big day.