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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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Questions you need to ask your wedding venue

So you have finally set the date for your big day and are busy making a  list of your  wedding suppliers, choosing a venue is one of the most important decisions that you will have to make.
In the following blog post I have made a list of important questions that you will need to ask your wedding venue

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Questions you need to ask your wedding venue

Choosing and booking your perfect wedding venue is absolutely the most important part of the wedding planning process and quite often we overlook some of the most important questions we should be asking. For those of you who are yet to book a venue and need a little assistance with making a decision, please read on and use this article as a source of information when interviewing possible venues for your big day.

The two most important questions are the ones you will need the answer to straight away – so you can disregard some venues immediately.
1. Can they accommodate your wedding ceremony or reception on your chosen date?

  1. What is the capacity of the venue; can they accommodate the numbers you are hoping will attend?
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    Once the above questions have been answered to your satisfaction, it’s now time to move on to the nitty gritty, feel free to pick and choose from the questions we have listed below in order to get all the information you require.

  1. Will the venue provide you with a wedding coordinator or events manager to deal with throughout your planning? If yes, get a name and contact details.
  1. Will there be any other weddings in that hotel or venue on the same day? If so, will this have any impact on the smooth operation of your big day?
  1. Are they willing to negotiate on pricing? Some venues will throw in some extras free of charge; so don’t be afraid to barter! If you are planning a mid-week wedding, then you have every opportunity to make some great savings.
  1. Are there any building works or renovations currently being done in the hotel? If so, will these works be completed by the date of your wedding and can they guarantee this? If you are dealing with a venue that does have building works or renovations going on, it would be advisable to get something in writing that states how this will or will not impact on your day. If the venue has promised to have works competed before the date, get this in writing also.
  1. What is included in the package price? Get down to the smallest items here to make sure you are getting value for money. Little items like corkage, free teas and coffees and welcoming drinks will make all the difference to your pocket.
  1. Will the venue provide a special rate for your guest’s accommodation? Don’t take the first price your venue offers you for accommodation, most hotels can afford to give a significant discount for mid-week weddings, as the hotel would otherwise be quiet.
  1. What is the layout of the room? Can it be changed to suit your preferences?
  1. Are you welcome to bring in outside service providers? Perhaps you’re having a mid-summer wedding and you want to hire an ice-cream van or maybe you’re planning a magic show for the kiddies? This will all need to be discussed in advance. Are you welcome to bring in props and décor items?
  1. Will the hotel offer free Wi-Fi for all of your guests?
  1. How late will the bar be open, can you apply for an extension and will this cost extra? Are your guests welcome to use the resident’s bar at the end of the night?
  1. What are the facilities at the hotel? Are there elevators for elderly guests, do you have wheelchair access? Is there a suitable smoking area for your guests?
  1. Will the venue cater for different dietary requirements? Will this cost extra?
  1. Will the hotel give guests a later checkout time free of charge? (If required.)

The questions listed above are just some of the most important things you should be asking your venue. If you find that some of the answers are not what you expected, then perhaps you can negotiate on price. This checklist, should in any case give you a sound basis for choosing the perfect wedding venue.

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As a busy wedding videographer I am lucky to attend my fair share of weddings in amazing wedding venues through out Tipperary, Kilkenny, and all over Ireland. If you are in the process of wedding planning and trying to decide on your ideal wedding venue, why not contact myself Eamon who will be more than happy to offer friendly advice regarding your choice of wedding venue.
If you would like to have your wedding day on film be sure to check out Drangan Video  for an affordable HD wedding video package.

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Bathroom Baskets for your Wedding Venue

If you are in the process of planning your wedding day there are  certain things that  you will like to know, and  there are  many things that you will need to know.
In my role as a  wedding videographer I am lucky to attend my fair share of weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford  and many other counties. From speaking to couples all over the length and breath of Ireland  I have picked up lots of tips about wedding planning.

Is your  wedding day  all about you ?  broadly speaking the answer is yes but if you’ve been a guest at a wedding you’ll realize  the importance  of looking after your wedding guests and making it a memorable day for them also.
You’ve invited all your friends and relations  to be part of the most important  day of your life, so you want to make sure they have a day to remember also.  Here is one way  of making your guests happy on your big day

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Bathroom Baskets for your Wedding Venue – what to include :

Over the past ten years there has without doubt, been an increased focus on guests requirements when planning for the big day. We now rarely attend any weddings that do not cater for their guests with little extras that make the day so much more comfortable for all attending. With this in mind we have compiled a checklist of little extras you can put together for your family and friends. These hampers can be left in the gents and ladies bathrooms, and should be checked on by venue staff throughout the night to make sure stocks are replenished as needed.

Ladies Bathroom Basket for your Wedding

In the ladies bathroom basket or hamper, there should be a whole range of possibilities for your guests to choose from. In this article we are going to list some of the more popular options and advise on some little extras that you won’t see anywhere else.

Toiletries
On a day when all the ladies in your company will want to be looking their very best, toiletries are a must-have at all times of the day. Your bathroom basket should include some if not all of the following:

Wet wipes
Dry shampoo
Toothpaste and disposable toothbrushes
Perfume
Deodorant
Cotton buds
Tissues
Feminine products

Hair care products

Whilst many women will have had their hair done professionally that morning, it is important to supply some backup products for later on in the festivities when the original hairstyles may be starting to wane.

Hair brushes / combs
Hair Spray
Bobby pins
Hair ties
Helpful Extras
Your female guests will truly appreciate any extras you include that make them feel comfortable at all hours of the day or night. Check out our list below of thoughtful extras that will have your guests singing your praises.

Flip-flops or slippers
Plasters
Party Feet
Clear nail varnish
Vaseline
Lint rollers
Safety pins
Mints
Scissors
Product samples to take away

For the Men

Most of the products listed above can also be included in the bathroom baskets you provide for the gents toilets. Make sure you include these extras to ensure the men are just as well looked after as the women throughout your celebrations.

Plasters
Safety Pins
Deodorant
Cologne
Hair gel / wax
Lint Brush
Mouthwash
Men’s flip-flops

If you are having a child-free wedding reception you can also include some more risqué items such as Rennies, aspirin or mini liquors. For those of you who will have children attending the venue, please make sure you omit anything that can be harmful to or inappropriate for a child from your wedding baskets. Little hands are happy to pick up anything that isn’t nailed down, so this should be an important consideration when planning your baskets.

Thanks for taking the time to read my latest wedding news blog,  blogging is happy distraction from my busy life as a wedding videographer.
If you are  thinking about  having your wedding day filmed, why not contact myself Eamon here at drangan video who will be more than happy to take you through our wide range  of affordable HD wedding video packages on offer for 2017/2018 and 2019

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Eamon.

Planning an After Wedding Party

More and more we are asked to provide Brides and Grooms with a quote for not just one day of filming but two, Ireland has embraced the ‘after wedding party’ and it looks like it’s here to stay!

So why should you consider a get together the night or day after your wedding?

It is with increasing regularity that we hear Brides and Grooms regret that they didn’t get enough time to spend with their guests on the big day and this is where the ‘after wedding party’ really comes into it’s own. On the day of your wedding you will no doubt do your best to mingle with everyone in the room, but it goes without saying that you will be very much in demand and it’s hard to spend time with everyone. Planning a get together for the day after makes for a much more relaxed affair and will give you the chance to thank each and every one of your guests in a more informal setting.

An After Wedding Party

So where should I have my After Wedding Party

There are a host of options open to you for your after wedding party and the best thing is you get to relax and enjoy it without having to worry about too much detailed planning.

• Many venues will offer you a second night of celebrations at a reduced rate, so it’s well worth bringing this up at the price negotiation stage. Remember, a second night of celebrating means quite a bit of profit for the establishment and it’s well worth haggling for a reduced rate.
• You could also consider hosting a get together in a local bar that you frequent as a couple on a regular basis. This informal setting will ensure both you and your guests are relaxed and can come and go at a time that suits everyone.
• A local restaurant is a great idea if you would like to thank your guests and family by treating them to an informal meal. Most small restaurants will allow you to bring your own wine and may be happy to waive any corkage fees in return for a large group booking. A great excuse to use up the last of the wine from the wedding day!
• If you are lucky enough to get married during the summer months and fancy taking your chances with the Irish weather, then you could organise a BBQ in your own home or in the grounds of a local club or hotel garden. Make sure there’s an indoor area though to cover all weather possibilities or consider hiring a marquee for the night.

Wedding Party Celebrations

For any brides or grooms who would like a video for both the wedding day and the after wedding party, we would love to hear from you. We can travel anywhere in the country and will be happy to stay overnight so we can capture the perfect video on both days. Please feel free to give Eamon a call here at Drangan Video  and he will provide you with an all-inclusive quote.

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Eamon

Wedding Videographer Kilkenny

For those of you who are planning a wedding in Kilkenny in 2017, 2018 or even 2019, please feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video for a comprehensive videography package. Here at Drangan Video, we offer a range of packages to suit every budget and will always be on hand to assist you in any way we can.

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Why hire a wedding videographer in Kilkenny?

You may be undecided at the moment as to whether you would like to hire the services of a professional videographer and that is only natural as costs mount up quite fast. We fully realise that planning a wedding can be a costly experience and know that brides and grooms across the country are looking to make savings where possible. However, we do also meet with a lot of Brides and Grooms who speak longingly about their big day and the regret they have at not capturing every moment to relive in the months and years that follow.

When you hire a videographer, you do so to capture the most important moments of your wedding day. The day goes by so fast and couples rarely get to see everything that goes on around them. With an expertly and discretely shot wedding video, you can take the time to sit down at a later date and relive your big day from a different viewpoint.

Frequently asked questions:

We find that by asking the right questions, you can make an informed decision on whether a wedding video is right for you.

Can I just get a friend to video the wedding on a phone or small device?
As a result of speaking with many brides and grooms up and down the country, we can certainly say that whilst your friend may have all the best intentions, an amateur video will in no way capture all of the ambience and special moments of your big day.

Why should I hire Drangan Video for my Kilkenny Wedding?
Here at Drangan Video we are very familiar with the best locations throughout the county and can therefore recommend the best settings not just for video but also for photography shoots. We will always act with discretion and will in no way disrupt the natural flow of your big day. Our equipment is state of the art and we are extremely professional to deal with.

Will a videographer annoy my guests?

An amateur videographer may very well interrupt or annoy your guests, however, here at Drangan Video we act with the utmost discretion to film moments that may otherwise be left uncaptured. Your guests wont even know we are in the same room!

Can you film at both the ceremony venue and the reception?
Yes certainly, Drangan can offer you an all inclusive package to film at the locations of your choosing such as, the exchanging of vows, in your home during the morning preparations and of course the all important first dance. You simply let us know what you want and we’ll make sure your wedding video is an outstanding success.

For further information or to hire a videographer in Kilkenny, please feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video.