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Wedding Trends for 2018

With 2017 now firmly behind us and a whole new year of exciting wedding videography ahead of us, the team here at Drangan Video have been taking a look at the wedding trends that are set to make a huge impact here in Ireland. In this blog post we are going to take a look at what’s hot in 2018 and hopefully give you some inspiration for your very own big day.

Wedding Trends Ireland 2018

Remember, if you’re looking for a wedding video with a difference, Drangan Video will be only delighted to travel to your chosen destination, whether you’re getting married in Cork, Waterford, Kilkenny or Tipperary. Give us a call at any time and ask for Eamon, who will always be happy to help in any way he can.

• Bringing the outside in
2018 is all about celebrating nature and bringing the outside in on your big day. Experts are saying that this trend is great for those who have an active lifestyle and want to share their love of the outdoors with their guests. This trend will mean hiring potted plants or growing your own on the lead up to the big day, and will be sure to bring something special to the occasion.

• Pastels are out!
Over the past number of years we have seen brides revert to pastel colours for their bridal bouquets, however all that is set to change in 2018. Think plums, deep reds and burgundy’s, these darker more moody colours will make a big visual impact.

• Dance floors with a difference
Couples are opting for dance floors that make a statement at their venue of choice, think marble, think illuminated, think disco!

• Surprise your guests with edible stationery
Yes you heard us right, edible stationery is now a thing. This trend surfaced in the US over the past few years and has now made its way to Irish shores.

• Dessert Tables
Rather than serving the dessert to your guests in the traditional manner, consider setting up a dessert table with all of the unique sweet treats that are now on offer. Doughnuts, freak shakes, macaroons, ice-creams and puddings will have your guests feeling like royalty.

• Copper
Copper is the go to colour of 2018 and you can be assured that this trend will be making its way to Ireland over the coming months. Accessorising your centrepieces or table settings with copper elements will give an impression that is hard to beat.

• Pearls
Did they ever really go out of fashion?? Pearls are set to make a huge comeback on the 2018 bridal scene and we can understand why. There’s nothing quite as elegant as freshwater pearls, however there are cheaper alternatives that look just as good. Use them in your bouquet, jewellery, headpiece or on your table décor for that touch of elegance.

Wedding Videographer  Kilkenny

Over the next few months we will be looking at other trends that emerge as the year rolls on and we would love to hear from you if you have discovered a new wedding trend.

Get in touch with the team here at Drangan Video for all your wedding videography needs. We are available to travel anywhere in the country and are always on hand to assist in any we possibly can.

More wedding blog news soon
Eamon

Celebrating New Year Engagements

Celebrating your Engagement

As is customary at this time of year, we see couples up and down the country getting engaged and setting their wedding dates for the years and months ahead. For those of you who have gotten engaged this Christmas or New Year, let us be the first to extend our heartiest congratulations to you both. The festive season is now the most popular time for engagements in Ireland and that doesn’t look set to change any time soon.

New Year Weddings In Tipperary

In this article we’re going to give you lovebirds some tips on arranging your engagement party and hope you have the most wonderful time whilst making the plans for your big day. Remember the lead up to the wedding goes so very fast, so enjoy every minute of the planning!

• Decide who is going to host the engagement party.
The first thing you will want to decide is who is going to host your engagement party (who will send the invitations). Are you going to send the invites from yourself or your fiancé or would you prefer they came from a parent or guardian?

• Pick a venue and set a date.
Decide where you would like your engagement party and what date would suit best for everyone attending. Try to stay away from weeknights or Sundays as you may find guests have work commitments the following morning.

• Write your guest list.
It may seem like an obvious step, but many couples forget to do this for their engagement party. This list will be a great help to you at a later date when you are making out the guest list for your big day.

• Set a budget
If you’re hiring a venue for the engagement party, you’ll need to set aside a budget for finger food and perhaps even a round of drinks for your guests. Make a list of all the items you’ll need and try to stick to your budget as closely as you can. Here are a few examples:

1. Venue hire
2. Entertainment
3. Finger food
4. Drinks
5. A cake
6. Videographer
7. Photographer
8. Décor

• Send out the invites
Try to give your guests as much notice as possible so they can arrange time off if required and organise child-care. The more notice you give your guests, the more likely they are to attend your celebrations.

Top Tip: Save on postage expenses by setting up an event for your engagement party on Facebook and inviting everyone with the click of a mouse. For those who are not on Facebook, you can send an email or make a simple telephone call.

New year wedding engagement couple Kilkenny

For those of you who are planning your wedding in 2018 or 2019, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. We provide professional wedding videography services up and down the country, so whether you are based in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Dublin or Cork we will be happy to travel to your venue. Give us a call today to find out more about the services we offer and receive a no-obligation quotation from Eamon.

Congratulations once again on your engagement enjoy the celebrations and the planning in the years and months ahead.

Choosing your Rings without Breaking the Bank

In general, we write a lot of our blog posts for couples who are in the process of planning their weddings, however, on this occasion we would like to dedicate a piece to those who are hoping to get engaged in the near future. Over the years in the wedding videography business, we have spoken to brides and grooms in all corners of the country, Cork, Tipperary, Dublin, Kilkenny… the list goes on, and during this time have come across many couples that have to save for years to afford an engagement ring, let alone a wedding. All of these brides and grooms had one thing in common – if they could have saved money on their engagement and wedding rings, they would happily have done so in order to put the savings towards the big day itself.

Wedding blog news Tipperary

With this in mind we have developed a list of tips that may help you to purchase the engagement ring of your dreams without spending a fortune or finding yourself in debt.

1. Diamonds with slight flaws or as they’re known in the industry ‘inclusions’ will cost significantly less than those that are considered the ‘perfect diamond’. To the naked eye or to anyone who is not a diamond expert, these rocks look just as magnificent and will certainly help you to make a saving.
2. Cluster diamonds, which are many small diamonds arranged together, could cost significantly less than one large solitaire diamond and look incredible without breaking the bank.
3. Diamonds of less than 1 carat will always bring down the price, however can look just as impressive and special with the right ring setting.
4. When choosing the metal for your ring, opt for a lower karat grade. Perhaps consider 14k gold over 18k gold for a large saving without sacrificing any quality. Silver and white gold are also excellent options.
5. Buy your diamond ring online. There has never been a better time to shop for wedding jewellery online, with a wealth of styles, cuts and colours to choose from, you can be sure you will find a ring you love and still keep some extra money in your pocket to put towards the big day.
6. For those of you who aren’t keen on diamonds, try some of the more unusual stones on offer such as emeralds, opals, ruby or amber stone.
7. If you’re looking for the appearance of a diamond without the cost normally associated, check out some of the cubic zirconia options that are available in most jewellers in Ireland.
8. Buy your diamonds separately from the ring. We hear more and more from our brides and grooms that they have sourced their diamonds online or on holiday abroad and had them mounted on a customised band in their local jewellers. A great way to save some hard earned cash!

 Kilkenny couple   engagement ring

If you and your loved one are planning to get engaged in the next few months, let us be the first to extend our heartiest congratulations. We would love it if you kept us in mind for your upcoming celebrations and we promise to provide you with a wedding videography service that is unmatched elsewhere in the country.

Don’t Sacrifice Videography on your Big Day

As a professional wedding videographer, you might very well think I’m chancing my arm by saying you shouldn’t sacrifice wedding videography on your big day! I can assure you that this is not the case, I know only too well that a couple on a budget need to watch their spending and 100% realise that not everyone can afford all the frills and extras that are associated with weddings in Ireland today.

Over the past decade I have had the pleasure of providing wedding videography services to couples in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Dublin, Cork and Galway to name but a few, and I am always delighted to get feedback that assures me of the importance of a wedding video after the big day has passed.

Wedding Videography  in Tipperary and Kilkenny

Most couples in Ireland need to save for years to come anywhere close to affording a wedding, particularly for the reception, music and food costs. In the majority of cases, brides and grooms will sit down and make out a realistic budget and try to stick to it. In some cases, this budget simply may not allow them to enjoy all the services that are on offer today and in a lot of cases, videography is one of the first things that come off the wish list. However, after speaking with brides and grooms after their weddings, it seems to be one of their greatest regrets. Why spend all that money and never get to look back and enjoy the moment again?

This is why the team here at Drangan Video have developed wedding videography packages to suit absolutely every budget. We don’t mind where you’re based in the country and we will never charge you more to get to your chosen venue. All the extras are included in our packages so you will never be hit with any hidden costs, and I can assure you that having your wedding memories on hand to watch whenever you like will be one of the best decisions you could possible make.

Wedding films in Tipperary

Now that I have finished blowing my own trumpet for a bit, you’ll probably want me to back up my opinion with some solid information. Here you go:

• All editing at Drangan Video is done in-house; we don’t send your video off to a third party to be edited. This cuts down on costs, which we always pass on to the customer.
• No charge for traveling to far off destinations – unless of course you would like to fly us to the Maldives for your big day (which we are happy to let you do!).
• All wedding videography is provided by Eamon, decades of experience in an industry that tends to have new service providers popping up every day.
• 1000’s of satisfied customers up and down the country.
• If you have a strict budget, we are happy to talk with you and get those costs down, while still providing a top-notch service.
• State of the art equipment used every time.
• Because of our years of experience, we know all the best places to shoot the more unusual wedding videos. We also have a great rapport with venues up and down the country.

If you still feel that you need to cut some services from your wish list, have a chat with myself Eamon first and I will do everything I can to make your dreams come true without sacrificing the memories of your big day on a wedding video

More wedding news soon
Eamon.

Honeymoon Tips that will take the Stress out of Travelling

Now that the ceremony has taken place, the celebrating has been done and things are starting to get back to normality, it’s time to take some time out as a married couple and enjoy some time away. Whether you are honeymooning in Ireland, Europe or further afield, traveling can be somewhat stressful, especially when you have spent the past few months (and maybe even years) planning for your big day. Now it’s time to sit back and relax with your significant other, you both deserve that and so much more!

With this in mind, we have compiled a short list of tips that should help you to enjoy your honeymoon without any stressful planning:

Planning advice for weddings in Tipperary and Kilkenny
Bring a couple of USB cables with you.

In days gone by, we spent the days leading up to any holiday packing necessities such as phone chargers and plug/socket adaptors. Nowadays that’s not strictly necessary! Get in touch with your accommodation organisers and ask them if there are USB sockets in the room or apartment you are staying in. Even if the TV has a USB socket you can use this to charge your phone. Who knew?

Getting the Best Deals for your Honeymoon

If you have yet to book your honeymoon and are constantly online looking for the best deals, there are a few things you should be aware of:
• Once you visit a website once, your cookies are stored by the site. This means that when you return again either later that day or a few days down the line, the website recognises that you have visited before and is therefore likely to serve you up the same price it did on your first visit. Clear your browsing history and cookies before each visit and you may just be served up with some very special offers.
• If you are logged into a specific website, you are less likely to see any last-minute special offers. Log out, clear your cookies and conduct a new search, you’ll be surprised what difference it makes!
• Try booking a flight on a Tuesday or Wednesday, when you could see savings of up to 20%.

Wedding Videography Packages  Tipperary and  Kilkenny
Seeing the Sights

For those of you who just don’t have the time to meticulously make out a schedule for your trip or simply choose to go with the flow and see where the honeymoon takes you, you may be interested in a little App we love called ‘Field Trip’. This App will notify you when you are within a short distance of any landmarks or places of interest and makes a day out almost like a treasure hunt of sorts.

Avoiding the Airport Wait

There is nothing as soul destroying as waiting for hours for your baggage to appear on the carousel, when all you want to do is get out of the airport and enjoy the sun.

When checking your bag in, ask the desk attendant to stick a ‘Fragile’ sticker on the side of the bag. All bags marked fragile are placed on top of the other bags so they will always be the first off the plane and should be waiting for you on the carousel in no time!

We will have some more honeymoon tips for you in the coming weeks and would love to hear from you if you have any hacks you would like to share with our readers.

If you are still in the planning stages of your wedding and not quite planning the honeymoon yet, please get in touch for a no-obligation quotation for wedding videography. Whether you are based in Carlow, Tipperary or Kilkenny, we are happy to travel the length of the country to ensure your night day is captured forever on our state of the art filming equipment.

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Eamon