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Wedding Planning Advice

Getting Married in Clonmel

Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, one of the towns we visit on a regular basis, providing wedding videography and drone photography services for our happy couples. This wonderful town is a popular choice with brides and grooms and with very good reason. The town itself is both picturesque and bustling and is home to some of the countries most favoured wedding venues.

In this blog post we are going to speak specifically about two wedding venues in Clonmel, both of which we have had the pleasure of filming at on many occasions. There’s a reason why these two venues are held in such high esteem and we believe they deserve a shout out for that reason.

Clonmel, Co. Tipperary the perfect wedding location

Each and every time we return to Clonmel to film a wedding ceremony and the associated celebrations, we hear nothing but praise from the guests and happy couples about these venues.

If you and your loved one have recently gotten engaged and are searching for the perfect venue in Clonmel in which to host your ceremony or reception, we heartily recommend that you check out these 2 wonderful locations.

The Park Hotel Clonmel

The Park Hotel in Clonmel is renowned for its attention to detail and excellent customer service. Located just 5 minutes from the town and shopping area it is ideal for those who wish to celebrate close to home. The hotel is registered for civil ceremonies, which means that you and your guests can experience the joys of your big day in one perfect location.

The team here at Drangan Video have filmed a number of wedding videos for couples at the Park Hotel in Clonmel and we can tell you first hand that they really do go that extra mile to make sure your day is as special as it can possibly be.

With an onsite spa, the bridal party can enjoy all the attention to detail required prior to the ceremony. For those of you who would like to explore some scenic locations nearby for photography or video opportunities, we can recommend the neighbouring St. Patricks Well, which will absolutely take your breath away in even the most unpredictable of Irish weather!

The beautilul River Suir Clonmel
Hotel Minella Clonmel

This wonderful Georgian hotel is a firm favourite with our brides and grooms and we have been lucky enough to provide wedding videography services here on a number of occasions. What we love most about this hotel is that it is a family run business, this is apparent from the first moment of contact. The Nallen family really put everything into ensuring your special day is unique and always go that extra mile to deliver a day that will remain in your heart forever.
Hotel Minella is situated on the banks of the River Suir and offers a plethora of incredible backdrops for outdoor and indoor photography opportunities. Each and every wedding video we have shot here has been breathtakingly beautiful and kudos have to go to the grounds maintenance team for the work they do on such a large scale. The hotel itself is just a 5-minute drive from Clonmel town, however we believe that everything you require is right here onsite.

4* Luxury Accommodation
Onsite Leisure Centre
Top Class Customer Service
Menus for all Occasions
Private Dining
2 Storey Apartments Onsite – perfect for any large family groups who may wish to stay together during the celebrations.

Wedding Video/Photo  location St. Patrick’s Well Clonmel , Tipperary
Wedding Videography Services Clonmel

Drangan Video offer a range of packages to suit every budget and we are always happy to speak with guests and offer recommendations. If you are planning a wedding in Clonmel and searching for a professional wedding videography service, please do feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at any time.

Apps and Websites to Help Plan your Wedding

For those of you who have recently celebrated your engagement, we would like to introduce you to some of the most helpful apps and websites available for planning your big day. In today’s modern world, we are lucky to have hundreds of Apps and thousands of websites that can assist with the wedding planning process. Most of these Apps and websites are free to use, whilst some charge a nominal fee. The team here at Drangan Video are in a unique position in that we speak to Brides and Grooms from Tipperary, Kilkenny and many other counties  on a weekly basis, they have been kind enough to share with us, their recommendations for wedding planning tools both online and offline.

Planning a wedding in Thurles Tipperary
Pinterest

A firm favourite with all our Brides and Grooms, Pinterest is essentially a scrapbooking website where you can explore ideas for your upcoming wedding. Pinterest allows you to browse by category and view other members boards, it also allows you to add your favourite snippets of information and inspiration from any online sources.

WedPics

One of our personal favourite wedding Apps. By asking each of your guests to install the WedPics App on your big day, you will have full access to each and every photograph your guests take on their smartphones or tablets. This easy to use App is a must have addition to any wedding party.

Wedding Planning Complete

Wedding Planning Complete is available for all Android and IOS operating systems and is a superb tool for planning your big day. The App allows you to assign roles to your bridal party, share messages on Twitter and Facebook, prepare your guest list, arrange your seating plan and prepare your checklists and budget.

Tipperary bride  planning her wedding

 

Appy Couple

The Appy Couple App, allows you to send invites, upload directions, receive RSVP’s, upload maps, accommodation options and a wealth of information that will prove invaluable to your guests. This App can totally eliminate the need for physical invitations and greatly reduce your wedding stationery budget.
There are also a number of wonderful online Irish communities available for those of you who are in the throes of planning your wedding day. We can wholly recommend the following websites for invaluable information, tips, checklists, inspiration and more:

One Fab Day

Onefabday.com is a choc-a-bloc full of information and guidelines to assist you with the planning for your big day. Once you reach the site, make sure to confirm your location by selecting the flag on the top right-hand corner of the screen and selecting ‘Ireland and N.I.”.

Mrs2be

Mrs2be.ie is another fantastic online resource for all your wedding planning needs.

Hitched

Hitched.ie offers wedding planning tips, a list of nationwide vendors, informative articles and checklists to make planning for your big day as stress-free as possible.

Confetti

Confetti.ie is quite similar to Hitched, however it’s well worth visiting both websites to ensure you’re getting all the information you need.

wedding planning on pinterest

 

 

 

The above selection is just a small sample of what’s available online for your wedding planning needs. If you have a website or App that you would like to recommend, we would love to hear your thoughts.

The team here at Drangan Video provide nationwide wedding videography services and will always be available to answer any questions you may have regarding  your wedding in Tipperary, Kilkenny or any other county.

 

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

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
Donegal

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 !!

Wedding blog news Tipperary Weddings

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.

More Tipperary and Kilkenny wedding news soon
Eamon.

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.

More wedding news from Tipperary and Kilkenny soon
Eamon !