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Common worries on the lead up to your wedding day

Over the years we have had the opportunity to speak with countless brides and grooms on the lead up to their wedding day and we have come to recognise some of ‘silent worries’ than can make them lose sleep at night. You know the things I’m talking about, the drunken uncle, the invite etiquette, the seating arrangements, the speech….. the list goes on. These are common worries amongst brides and grooms, however, sometimes we are a little reluctant to speak about these concerns for fear of offending someone important to us. Below you will read some of the most common worries we have come to recognise and our tips on how you can combat these issues.

If you’re currently planning your wedding and worrying about how best to capture the big day on video, please feel free to give me a call here at Drangan Video and I will do everything in my power to put your mind at ease. I offer wedding videography in Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary and will travel to any small town or village in Ireland, no matter how remote. No need to worry with us!

Wedding Day worries

So let’s get started then…

Is it a bit rude to throw ourselves an engagement party? Should someone else host it for us?

Not at all! This is your celebration, so don’t worry about celebrating that in the way you feel most comfortable. Now if a family member or friend has suggested hosting it for you, by all means jump at this opportunity and accept their gracious offer. However, if you find that no one has offered and you would really like to throw a party to celebrate, you should absolutely go for it! Go big and throw yourselves a party to end all parties!

I want a small intimate wedding, but the in-laws have other ideas! I suppose I better go with what the family wants?

This is another common concern we hear about a lot. It is time for you to remember whose day this is……you and your new bride or groom. In-laws will have their input as will your own family no doubt, however, this should not in any way compromise the plans you want for your big day. When the day comes around, the family will recognise that it’s the two of you who matter most and extended family or friends will be happy to congratulate you at a later date. A compromise could be reached by hosting an intimate ceremony on one day with close family and friends and perhaps celebrating with a larger circle at a date in the not too distant future.

The best man is a great guy, but sometimes he likes to overindulge. I’m worried that the speech will be inappropriate!

This is a concern for many brides and grooms. The fear that the best man may have a few too many drinks before the speeches are made. Fret not… it’s actually very rare that this happens! Most best men will fully realise the importance of the big day and their role in making sure it runs as smoothly as possible. If you are really concerned, you could maybe drop a few hints or have someone take him aside for a quiet word.

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We have a tight budget for the reception, is it okay to invite people without including a +1?

Yes of course this is fine. If you arrange your seating plan carefully you can seat these guests with others who are attending by themselves. You may find that some guests will ask you directly if they can bring someone with them, if so, feel free to explain that you are keeping the number to a minimum but they are very welcome to bring them to the reception a little later in the evening when the meals and speeches have ended.

If you have any concerns that you are a bit too embarrassed or worried to address directly with a friend or family member, feel free to pop us a message and we will include it in our next blog post as a general anonymous concern. It may be the ideal way to get your message across without having to ever broach the subject!

Contact Drangan Video at any time for a no-obligation quotation for your wedding video. Whether you are based in Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary or Dublin, we will be happy to travel to the destination of your choice.

Simple Ways to Thank your Bridesmaids

As a professional wedding videographer, I see first hand just how much work goes into planning a wedding, and truly, no one does it quite as well as the Bridesmaids. Calm, cool and collected throughout, a thoughtful bridesmaid can really make a difference to how smoothly the planning process goes.

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If you are planning a wedding or acting as bridesmaid for your friend who is getting married shortly, please feel free to contact me (Eamon) here at Drangan Video for some unbeatable wedding video packages. We’re available to travel anywhere in the country and offer packages for every budget in Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary and beyond.

Bridesmaids helping beautiful Tipperary Bride

At a time when we are busy planning the details of our big day, it can be easy to forget those who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly. If you are lucky enough to have a group of ladies by your side that would do absolutely anything for you and your intended, it would be a lovely idea to thank them in a way that lets them know just how cherished they are.

Jewellery

Nothing says it quite as well as jewellery does, however, this can be quite expensive if you have more than one or two bridesmaids, so don’t be afraid to pick up something that doesn’t cost the earth, moon and stars!

Whether you opt for a classic neckpiece, some pearl earrings or a charm bracelet the time you have taken to choose something special for your bridesmaids will let them know how appreciated they are.

Pamper them

It’s going to be a busy few months for your bridesmaids in the lead up to the big day and we’re pretty sure that a spa treatment or two will help get the girls back into the full swing of things. Book your bridesmaids a spa treatment or let them choose their own with a voucher for a luxury spa in your area. You can be guaranteed they’ll deserve to have a day that’s all about them once the big day has passed.

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Make it Personal

If you have the opportunity to personalise a gift with a note or an inscription this will make a wonderful keepsake for your bridesmaids. It’s important these special women in your life know just how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate all the help they’ve given you when preparing for the wedding.

Throw them a ‘Thank You’ Party

A gift needn’t be something material; by organising an event especially for them you can tell the world how lucky you are to have them in your life. Host a small party in your home or treat the girls to some afternoon tea. Celebrate the fact that you will always be thankful for the support they have given you during this very special time. You could have a viewing of your wedding video and point out to them all the things you are thankful for!

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Drangan Video offers a comprehensive range of packages from expertly filmed wedding videos right through to professional editing services. We will work tirelessly to ensure you have a memento of your day that you can share with your bridesmaids, spouse, family and friends for years to come. Available for bookings throughout Ireland every month of the year.

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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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Getting Married in Kilkenny or Tipperary

This year has been all about weddings in Tipperary and Kilkenny and the bookings are coming in steadily for 2018 and even 2019. It looks like these two counties are the locations of choice at the moment for brides and grooms up and down the country, even those who live further afield!

With this in mind I would like to touch on some ideal locations in both counties for your wedding video and photos. If I have missed anything you would like to see on the list, please do get in touch, I would love to hear from you and check out those locations myself for future weddings.

Lyrath Estate Wedding Venue In Kilkenny

Let’s start with Kilkenny!

Scenic Locations in Kilkenny for Wedding Videos or Photographs

The Village of Inistioge
Inistiogeis situated in the Nore Valley in southern Kilkenny and has long been a haven for those who wish to experience all that the ancient east has to offer. The village itself is the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding video or photo shoot or you can opt to try some of the other local offerings in the area:

• Kilfane Glen and Waterfall
• Jerpoint Abbey
• Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum

Duiske Abbey
Duiske Abbey is situated in the picturesque town of Graiguenamanagh in Co. Kilkenny and is well worth the trip for its Gothic and Romanesque architecture. This stunning building and its surround are the perfect backdrop for some eye-catching video footage or a romantic wedding photo-shoot. For those of you who are opting for a religious ceremony, there could be no better venue to say your vows.

More wonderful scenic locations in Kilkenny:

• Kells Priory
• Kilkenny Castle
• The Black Abbey

Now let us move on to Tipperary!

Wedding Ceremony Locations Tipperary
Scenic Locations in Tipperary for your Wedding Photographs and Wedding Video Shoot.

Cahir Castle
One of my all time favourite wedding video locations. This wonderful backdrop of Cahir Castle is without doubt one of the most impressive sights Ireland has to offer and if you are lucky enough to be getting married in the vicinity; your wedding video and photographs will be simply breath taking!

The Rock of Cashel
The Rock of Cashel is recognised throughout the country as a truly magical location and it cannot be overstated how impressive the imagery at this spot is. If you have never visited, please do so as soon as you can. For those of you who will be in the area for your wedding photos or vide shoot, you are very lucky indeed.

Lough Derg
The eastern shores of Lough Derg are easily accessible from the Tipperary side and offer a host of idyllic locations for your wedding video or photographs. Advance planning will be required to ensure your videographer or photographer knows exactly where the best spots are and can deliver the imagery you have been dreaming of.

Further options in Tipperary:

• Kilsheelan Village
• The Clare Glens
• The Swiss Cottage

Wedding News Tipperary

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post and reading about my own personal favourite locations to shoot wedding videos in Tipperary and Kilkenny. There are of course so many more, which I will get around to mentioning in later blog posts. In the meantime, I would love to hear from you if you are looking for a wedding videographer in the Tipperary or Kilkenny region. Feel free to contact me, Eamon, here at Drangan Video at any time and I will talk you through the options available to you at an affordable price.

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The perfect places for your wedding video in Waterford

Here at Drangan Video we are blessed many times a year with the opportunity to travel to Waterford to film couples as they make their vows to one another. This year has been no different; in fact we have had more trips so far this year than all of 2016. Waterford is a wonderful city, situated in a breathtakingly beautiful county with so much to offer to couples from all walks of life.

Are you planning on getting married in Waterford over the next couple of years? Would you like some advice on some of the most scenic locations, venues and activities? Look no further then! In this article I am going to talk about some of the county and cities most scenic locations, which will be just perfect for your wedding photos or wedding video shoot.

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Getting Married in Waterford City

For those of you who are planning to celebrate your nuptials in Waterford City, we have a host of locations for you to choose from. These locations are perfect for wedding videos or photographic shoots.

The Peoples Park

The Peoples Park in Waterford City is one of the most perfect locations for your wedding photos or video shots. This wonderfully designed park allows you to step away from the city without having to venture too far from you guests or venue. As a backdrop the park contains an eye-catching bandstand, a water fountain, hectares of green lawn and beautiful flowers, an unusual orbital monument and an old iron bridge, which gives access to the courthouse. Well worth a trip – weather permitting!

Reginalds Tower

Reginalds Tower, situated in the heart of the city, is an ideal backdrop for wedding photos and wedding videos with a difference. Should you wish to have photographs taken inside or on the roof, please ensure you have organised this in advance and obtained any permissions required.

Getting Married in Waterford County.
If you’re planning a trip to the countryside on your wedding day, you are in for a real treat. Take a look at some of the locations listed below and know that wherever you choose you can be assured of a warm welcome and the most wonderful scenery.

Scenic wedding locations Waterford
Tramore Beach

One of my very favourite spots to film a bride and groom! If you’re lucky with the weather and fancy being a little adventurous, you really can’t go wrong with a trip to the beach to capture the magic of your big day!

Waterford Copper Coast

We’ll stay on the coast for this one. As well as Tramore, Waterford offers a whole coastline of wonderful inlets and bays, which make spectacular backdrops for wedding videos and photos. Maybe take a trip in advance and shortlist a few locations, which might suit you?

Woodstock House and Gardens

Filled with beautiful natural arched walkways and expertly landscaped gardens, Woodstock is one of Waterford’s hidden gems. Definitely worth a trip if you’re in the area and a wonderful place to capture some of the moments of your wedding day.

I could write this article for days, there are so many options for scenic videos and photos in Waterford, for now I’ll stop here and allow you to visit these fabulous locations to make up your own minds. If you are planning a wedding in Waterford city or county and would like to capture your big day on video, please do get in touch with myself (Eamon) here at Drangan Video and I will work tirelessly to ensure you are delighted with the results.

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