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How to Boost your Wedding Savings

In a time when the average couple in Ireland spends €25,000 on their wedding, this article is going to provide some tips on how you can boost your savings in the months and years leading up to the big day.

We’re all about making as many savings as possible and regularly write about money-saving ideas here on the blog, however, unfortunately there are still certain things that have to be paid for no matter how frugal or DIY savvy we are. It is with this in mind that we have compiled a list of ways to boost your savings, hopefully leaving you with a bit extra left over to enjoy a romantic honeymoon after the big event.

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Leave the Lattes – Saving of €1,560 a year

If like me, you’re quite partial to a coffee most days from the local barista or regularly head in to Starbucks on your way home from work, you could be costing yourself up to €30 a week! Over the space of a year this adds up to the considerable sum of €1,560… hard to believe right? Knock the coffee on the head and treat yourself to some roasted coffee you can make at home when you feel the need for that all-important caffeine hit.

Kick the Habit – Minimum saving of €3,590 a year

For those of you who smoke, don’t worry this isn’t going to be a lecture on why you should give up, you already know that too well. Let’s let the maths do the talking. The average full-time smoker will buy at minimum 6 packs of cigarettes a week, by todays prices that’s a staggering €70 a week, giving you a total of €3,590 a year. Just think what a difference that will make to your budget!

Take-away the urge – Saving of €800 + a year

Let’s assume you and your other half maybe get a take-away once every two weeks (that’s a fairly reserved assumption). At a spend of approximately €30 for each order, you could be looking at savings that total over €800 a year.

Stay in and count your money – Saving of €3,00 per person per year – Total €6,000
Whilst we all need to get out and socialise after a busy week at work, an individual who likes to go out once a week for a ‘few’ drinks can save upwards of €3,000 per year. By cutting down on the social outings as a couple for a few months or just reducing the amount of times you go out you could be adding a whopping total of €6,000 to your wedding day fund. Don’t go too crazy though, we all need to let loose once in a while and staying in indefinitely will have you going a little bit crazy!

Other cutbacks you and your partner can make in the lead-up to your big day, which should produce some significant savings:

• Cut down on unnecessary shopping trips
• Sell some of your unwanted goods or clothes on eBay
• Good at crafting? Set up an Etsy account and watch the money roll in!
• Shop for unbranded groceries
• Switch your banking to an account with less fees and higher interest rates
• Switch utility accounts such as gas and electric for more competitive prices
• Have an attic full of old books – sell these on Amazon
• Become a trader at your local car boot sale
• Have a spare room? Why not take in a lodger?

If you have any ideas to boost your savings in the lead up to your big day we would absolutely love to hear from you.

For those of you planning a wedding, Drangan Video offers a professional videography service at an affordable rate, delivery top class customer service at every turn.

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Autumn Weddings in Ireland

When it comes to saying goodbye to the summer months, it’s not too difficult when we have some fabulous autumn weddings lined up! Autumn is a magical time of year when we can still enjoy the outdoors without totally wrapping up against the elements. In Ireland particularly, we can never be too sure of the weather, however, autumn seems to be one of our more stable seasons and we generally get the weather that is expected for this time of the year.

Autum Weddings  In Kilkenny

As a videographer, I absolutely love the autumn backdrop and find many likeminded Irish brides and grooms have chosen to celebrate their nuptials during this wonderful season.

This autumn we have been booked to provide wedding videography for a number of weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny and Waterford as well as other counties throughout Ireland. It is with this in mind that I would like to share with you some of my favourite spots in these areas.

Wedding Videos in Tipperary, Kilkenny and Waterford.
Kilkenny

Kilkenny is a wonderful spot to celebrate your autumn wedding and boasts a wealth of scenic locations that are just perfect for your wedding videos and photographs. Some of the views overlooking Kilkenny Castle from Wind Gap are simply breath-taking and I can also recommend Kilkenny Castle Park itself with it’s giant oak trees a magnificent autumnal bronze at this time of year. If you’re contemplating an autumn wedding in Kilkenny have a look at the list below for some other sweet wedding videography locations that turn a magnificent umber in the autumn months:

• The Weir at Kells, Co. Kilkenny
• Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny
• The Canal Walk in Kilkenny City

Autum Wedding In Waterford

 

Tipperary

This autumn, I have the pleasure of filming 3 weddings in Tipperary. Without doubt this is one of my favourite locations to shoot at this time of year and it’s absolutely perfect for those of you who wish to include the outdoors in your wedding video.

One of my personal favourite locations is at St. Patricks Well near Clonmel, an absolutely breath-taking location in the autumn months and superb as a backdrop for both wedding photographs and videos.

Some other autumn favourites in Tipperary include:

• The banks of Lough Derg, Co. Tipperary
• The grounds of Kilshane House
• Swiss Cottage, Cahir, Co. Tipperary

Autum Wedding Photo Tipperary

 

Waterford

Waterford, the location of choice for many of our brides and grooms this year! Always a frontrunner in the most popular locations for weddings in Ireland, Waterford boasts an abundance of colour drenched scenic spots during the autumn months.

• The banks of the River Blackwater
• Backdrop of the Comeragh Mountains
• Curraghmore House and Gardens
If autumn 2017 is anything like it was last year, we can hope to see the leaves on the trees right up to the cusp of winter, giving couples up and down the country that little bit of extra colour on their wedding day.

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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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