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Planning a Wedding in December

Over the past decade we have seen a huge upsurge in winter weddings, particularly in the seasonal month of December. If you and your loved one are getting married in December of this year or 2020, we hope you find this article helpful when making your all-important plans.

The team here at Drangan Video are always delighted to film winter weddings and we come fully equipped with all the latest technology, know-how and videography equipment to ensure we capture your special day in all its winter glory!

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Below you will find some tips to ensure your winter wedding goes as smoothly as possible:

1. Choosing your venue
When choosing a venue for your winter wedding, it’s important to take the weather into account. If you have opted for a church wedding ceremony, try to choose a venue that is close to the church so that any adverse weather conditions won’t impact on your guests when travelling between the ceremony and the celebrations. For those of you who are exchanging vows in a civil ceremony, select a venue that will allow you to host both the ceremony and the reception in the same location. This will ensure that you and your guests will not have to brave the cold weather unnecessarily.

2. Daylight Hours are Shorter
It’s important to remember that daylight hours are at a minimum during the month of December, so you will need to plan accordingly. Plan your ceremony as early as possible to leave ample time for photographs, outdoor video shoots and travel time to your venue.

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3. Keep Warm
Keeping you, your bridal party and your guests warm and comfortable should be a top priority when planning your big day, after all you don’t want the most important people in your life to be suffering with colds and coughs after your big day. Purchase warm shrugs or wraps for your bridesmaids and offer guests blankets and throws in any outdoor seating areas. You should also ask the venue to provide outdoor heating in any areas where guests might congregate.

4. Winter Warming Drinks
Upon arrival at your reception, it’s a great idea to offer guests a warming celebratory drink, whether that’s mulled wine, Irish coffees or a hot whisky, you can be assured that your guests will appreciate the effort on a cold December day.

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5. Winter Wedding Décor
Speak with your venue about the seasonal décor that will be in place in the suite or room you have booked for your celebrations. You may not celebrate Christmas or may not be a particularly religious person, so it’s important that you make your décor requirements clear to the hotel or venue in advance. Keep in mind that the seasonal décor in hotels and churches at this time of year could really help you save some money!

6. Winter Wedding Favours
If you are a lover of Christmas and want to include some winter wedding favours for your guests, you could consider personalised tree baubles, sugared almonds or Christmas crackers. All are readily available online and some or Ireland’s leading charities sell Christmas tree baubles at affordable rates!

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If you’re planning a winter wedding and looking for a professional videographer who is experienced in filming in winter light, please do feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video. We are based in Tipperary and Kilkenny and happy to travel anywhere in Ireland with absolutely no extra cost to you and would be delighted to be a part of your big day.

Planning a Bilingual Wedding

Whilst the language of love may be universal, it’s important to take all of your guests into account when planning a bilingual wedding. Here at Drangan Video we have filmed at many weddings that have celebrated the joining of two cultures, countries and languages and love to see how our couples have overcome language barriers between guests. In this blog post we are going to look at some of the tips we have learned over our 25 years in the wedding video business, we hope this post assists you when planning your bilingual wedding in Ireland.

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Hire a bilingual wedding planner
Many of our couples have found that the assistance of a bilingual wedding planner is absolutely worth it when it comes to planning their wedding. Your bilingual wedding planner can assist with the wording of your invitations, can assist with guest communication during family photo’s and can act as a mediator between your vendors and guests throughout the day.

Bilingual wedding invitations
Rather than sending out your invitations in one language only or designing two separate sets of wedding stationery, perhaps consider dual sided stationery to cover both languages. These reversible invites are also a great memento for guests to keep and treasure and are a symbol of your unique and wonderful relationship.

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Wedding website
If you have family travelling long distances to your wedding, it’s always important to give them as much information as possible in the months leading up to the big day. Consider setting up a website that can be viewed in both languages, this will enable your guests to plan in advance, make online bookings for accommodation and learn about the area they will be visiting.

The ceremony
If at all possible, hire a bilingual celebrant to officiate at your wedding. Rather than directly translating every word and adding considerable length to your wedding ceremony, an experienced bilingual celebrant will know exactly how to conduct your ceremony so that it is inclusive to all in attendance.

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Bilingual family and friends
Ask any bilingual family and friends in attendance to look out for guests who may be struggling with the language barrier. This will help to break the ice between family members of both sides and will greatly assist with the comfort of your guests who may be feeling a little overwhelmed by their unfamiliar surroundings.

The Speeches
Ask those who are making speeches to keep them to a certain length. There’s nothing worse than a room full of people listening to a speech that they can’t understand. Consider having the speeches transcribed and translated for guests prior to the big day, these can then be projected on a screen during the speeches. You may also ask your top table to incorporate both languages into their speeches if they are comfortable doing so, remember a little bit of effort will go a very long way!

Celebrate
As part of your celebrations, incorporate both cultures and languages into the big day. Celebrate the differences and use them to unite your two families for a day and night to remember.

If you are planning a wedding in Ireland, whether bilingual or not, Eamon here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. As well as being top-notch wedding videographers we’re also great communicators and will always go the extra mile to ensure you and your guests have a great experience.

DIY Wedding Favours for your Wedding

As professional wedding videographers, the team here at Drangan Video have been blessed to be in attendance at hundreds of weddings up and down the country. Over the past 25 years we have seen some truly innovative wedding favours, décor and entertainment, much of it crafted by friends, family and bridal party members. Adding a touch of DIY to your big day can bring a real personal touch to the proceedings and will provide your guests and family with true mementos of your big day.

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In this blog post we are going to look at some DIY wedding favour ideas that you may like to try for yourself. Whether you want to incorporate DIY for budgetary reasons or just want to add something personal to your big day, we’re sure these ideas will spark some inspiration.

Jams and Chutneys
Are you a bit of a whizz in the kitchen, like to spend your time cooking delicacies and sharing them with those you love? Then why not consider providing your guests with a homemade jam, chutney or pickle to take home as a gift? Adding personalised labels to your jars with the date of your wedding will ensure your guests leave feeling special. A taste of your home in the homes of those you love, what could be nicer?

Sweet Treats
Fill organza or customised paper bags with sweet treats of your choice. Ask your friends or bridal party around for a night of sweet tasting and bag filling and provide your guests with something special for your big day. Using ribbons to secure organza bags can allow you the opportunity to extend your colour scheme to every seat in the venue.

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Mini Potted Plants
Perhaps you and your loved one are keen gardeners or love the outdoors? Maybe you have a special connection to a specific plant or flower? Bulk buy some mini pots on eBay or through a local wholesaler and plant your favourite flower, tree or fern to give to your guests as a wedding favour. Include a care card to let your guests know how to get the most from their mini potted plant and even add a personal note to each favour.

Cookies
Nothing says thank you quite like a bag of homemade baked goods – think of that welcoming aroma and how it will make your guest feel! A little paper bag full of mini cookies or a singular large cookie for each guest will be appreciated later in the evening or can be brought home for a treat to enjoy with a coffee the next day.

Mini Drinks
Are you a fan of brewing your own beer or making your own wine? Why not share your passion with your guests by providing samples of your home brew? Personalised labels and notes to accompany each drink will ensure your guests know just how much you appreciate them.

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Whether you’re planning a wedding in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Cork or Limerick, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. For almost 25 years now, Drangan Video have been providing professional wedding videography services to couples right across Ireland and we just love what we do. We now include drone photography as an option with every package, so you know you are getting the very best value and expertise available!

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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.