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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.

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.

Christmas Greetings From All At Drangan Video

Well it is  certainly beginning to feel allot like Christmas the weather is cold outside who knows it might even snow.
I shot my last pre Christmas wedding yesterday in Clonoulty  in the heart of Tipperary, I am looking forward to my Christmas break until December 27, then for me  its back to back wedding videos in Tipperary and Kilkenny right up the January 1st 2017.

Christmas Greetings From Drangan Video In Tipperary
Christmas Greetings From Drangan Video In Tipperary

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers past, present and future a very happy and exciting Christmas, Im also looking forward to meeting and working with our  2017, 2018 and 2019 couples who have chosen Drangan Video to film their special day.

Best Wishes from Eamon Mairead and family.

Fab Spring Wedding In Ballincollig Cork

The main advantage of been  a Tipperary based wedding videographer is  location, I am only one hour from  amazing wedding locations in Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Carlow. Its lovely to sit into my car after a long wedding shoot knowing that I will be home within the hour.
March 31st 2016 was a beautiful sunny day  spring was in the air, I was on my way to Ballincollig to film the wedding of Catherine and Paul, the following video clip are the highlights from their wedding video.

The locals who live in Ballincollig will refer to it as ” The Village” even though it would be classed as a town  this is a way of saying that they have retained their identity, folks in Ballincollig are very proud of their roots.  It is not known as tourist town but it has allot to offer for instance the Regional Park is one of the largest Industrial Sites in Ireland.
When I arrived at Catherine’s parents house, the bridal preps were in full swing the girls were in a pretty relaxed mood, the bride was just about ready to get in to her dress, the big moment had finally arrived all the wedding planning was now history this is the day when the next history chapter commences.

Wedding Videographer Cork Drangan Video
Wedding Videographer Cork Drangan Video

The wedding Ceremony took place in St. Mary’s and St. Johns Church Ballincollig just a 10 minute drive for Catherine and her proud dad,that journey to the church is a very special and memorable time between a father and daughter, last journey with her dad as a single lady.
The Church of St Mary and St John is situated on Station road it  is the older of the two churchs in Ballincollig, it is a lovely setting for a wedding with lots of natural light coming through the large windows and loads of space for invisible wedding video recording.

Catherine and Paul enjoyed their big day, they are a lovely couple and were so easy to work with on the day, Paul is from Waterford and proud of his roots and a keen follower of all things GAA, he was hoping for an  all Ireland victory for the Deise sadly he will have to wail and see what next  next has to offer.

Wedding Video Highlights Cork
The Marybouragh Hotel in Douglas was our final stop it is one the best wedding reception venues in Cork, I always look forward to shooting wedding videos in the Maryborough the staff are always very helpful towards wedding videographers and photographers.

If you are planning on getting married  and have not yet decided on hiring  a wedding videographer, just contact myself Eamon  by email, Facebook, messenger or a simple phone call, I will be more than happy to answer any questions regarding wedding video coverage of your special day.

More Wedding Videography News Soon.
Eamon.

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Claire & John’s Wedding Video Highlights Blessington, Wicklow

As a Tipperary based wedding videographer Im very proud of my roots here in Clonmel ,  local weddings around Tipperary are my bread and butter but I have to admit that traveling to other counties in Ireland to shoot wedding videos is also  very rewarding.
This week’s blog post features a  wedding video of Claire & John which I filmed in  Blessington Co. Wicklow.

The story begins in the fabulas Killashee House Hotel  with Claire and her ladies in waiting busily preparing for what turned out  to be a fab day.
Killashee is a beautifully preserved classical setting with an elegant modern flair. Its wild woodland walks and blooming gardens form the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding day.
Claire and the girls were having great fun they were one of the happiest bridal parties that I have ever worked with,  my time with the girls just flew by,  it was a giggle  a minute.

Wedding Videographer Kilashee House Hotel, Kildare.
Wedding Videographer Kilashee House Hotel, Kildare.

 

 

 

 

 

 
The wedding ceremony took place in the Church of our Lady Crosschapel situated  in the townland of Crosscoolharbour, Co. Kildare. The south-east side of the churchyard is the county boundary with Co. Wicklow.
I enjoyed my 30min drive from Kilashee House Hotel it was an opportunity to sample some of the beautiful  Kildare and Wicklow scenery.

I arrived in time to catch John and the boys arriving, they were a pretty laid back bunch of guys, apart from suits it was just another day having a chat with family and friends before mass.
Claire arrived  in good time prompting the guests to make their way inside the church.
The ceremony was celebrated by the Rev. Kevin Lyon Archdeacon of Glendalough.

Crosschapel Church Blessington Co. Wicklow.
Crosschapel Church Blessington Co. Wicklow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the  ceremony  we headed straight back to Kilashhee House Hotel for the arrival of  Claire & John to their drinks reception.
As a wedding videographer shooting weddings in Tipperary,Kildare & Wicklow I am a frequent visitor to Kilashee House, it is my favorite Kildare wedding venue.
“Two lives coming together as one… two families uniting in a celebration of love… The perfect wedding day is all about choosing the perfect wedding reception venue.”

The wedding video contains some lovely highlights  of Claire & John  having a chat and a stroll around the beautifully maintained gardens in Kilashee House Hotel, after the wedding photos I capture discreet shots of the guests relaxing, chatting and enjoying a drink or two.
Speeches were conducted after the meal, over the past few years  I have experienced the growing trend of having the wedding speeches done and dusted before the meal.

Traditionally the speeches have always been conducted after the wedding dinner marking  the end of the wedding ‘formalities’  and the beginning of the wedding day celebrations “let the party begin”.

 Speeches before the Meal. Guests are called into the wedding dinner, the couple  get announced in to a huge enthusiastic round of  applause, then its  straight into speeches. The main reason for doing the speeches at this point is to allow the  speakers to get it over and done with and relax over  their meal. I can go along with it up to a point, but its worth remembering  that your guests probably starving and haven’t had  enough to drink to make them laugh at all  the jokes and sometimes  long winded story’s.  As a result  it will much more difficult to win the attention of  your large  audience.

Have one speech between each course.  As the wedding videographer this is my least favorable format.  Dad does his speech  after the starter, the groom does his after the main course and the best man does his after the dessert.  It  doesn’t really work very well as there is no flow or continuity to the speeches, and  poor me missing out on sitting down to a relaxing uninterrupted meal  but seriously In do believe  the speeches are always better after the meal.

Speeches after the Meal 🙂 Very often traditions regarding the timings at weddings exist because they have been shown to work best. All your guests get fed and watered and will be much more receptive to speeches post-meal.

They will almost always thank you for it.At the end of the speeches the MC can announce what happens next regarding dancing etc. It helps move from the one thing to another in an appropriate way.

A big thanks to Claire & John for choosing me as their preferred choice of wedding videographer, they were a lovely couple to work with. The wedding video highlights have already been shared on my Drangan Video Facebook page, Twitter, Google + and Vimeo.

Thanks for taking the time to visit our wedding  blog page.
More wedding news next week.

Best Regards
Eamon.