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How to Entertain Children at Weddings

Its an early morning start here at Drangan Video  with weddings  in Waterford, Kilkenny and Carlow, so its another busy weekend !!  the wedding video season is now in full swing. In this week’s blog we take a look at how to entertain children at weddings.

Finally that long awaited day has arrived and the ceremony is over. The newlyweds are now looking forward to a fun filled day celebration with family and friends. Unfortunately, nothing can spoil the day quite like a mob of unruly children running about and demanding attention. After all, everyone’s eyes are supposed to be focused on the bride and groom, not the guests’ children who are out of control! Even so, you can’t blame the kids – because that’s what kids do. It is up to the wedding planner, whoever that may be, to organise ways to entertain children at weddings, so parents, guests and especially the newlywed couple can enjoy their day. If you are the person tasked with planning entertainment for children at the wedding, here are some suggestions that might make your job a bit easier.

First – A Word about Professional Wedding Planners

Something you may wish to consider when planning your wedding is to hire a professional wedding planner. Yes, it may cost a bit more money in the long term but the benefits of leaving all these often-overlooked tasks in the hands of someone else is well worth the extra expense.

Weddings Tipperary
Weddings Tipperary

Not only can a wedding planner hire entertainment for children especially geared towards weddings, but that planner can also make sure you hire the best videographer (that would be me Eamon) to capture each and every moment of that special day. You wouldn’t want the focus of the video to be that one child who keeps running back and forth in front of the camera making funny faces, now would you?
Now Let’s See about Those Children

One great idea that many wedding planners suggest is hiring a special entertainment crèche that travels around Ireland to keep kids happy, whilst parents and guests are having ‘adult time’ in the celebration venue. We all know that Irish weddings traditionally like to toast the happy couple, and toast again when the mood strikes – and again and again. Weddings in County Tipperary are no different than weddings in Dublin or weddings in Kilkenny City. A bit of cheer to go around is what it’s all about and this means that someone better be there to mind the children!
Book a Special Room “For Kids Only”

Depending on your venue, there may be a way to book a special room adjoining the main event room that you have hired for the wedding celebration. Make it special for the children and have it decorated just for them. Whoever is responsible for placing table centrepieces, wedding favours and doing up the bridal party table should also give attention to the children’s room. These decorations should be quite colourful and attractive for younger eyes, so they will feel special that they have their very own room in which the only adult will be the sitter, who is in charge of seeing to their entertainment.
At some point you will want to have your wedding videographer come in and take pictures of the children in their special setting. These will later be added to the wedding journal, either interspersed with videos of the ‘main event’ or in a special children’s segment. Someday to look back and those children will be grown and ready to have their own wedding, and it will be so much fun remember the day they had their own mini-celebration alongside the adults.

Make Them a Special Part of the Special Day
Of course the children are not the focal point of the day, but you know kids, they always need to be front and centre. Why not give them the chance to do just that? Plan a ‘procession’ where children bring gifts to the couple just after the champagne toasts. This makes a wonderful wedding video that will be looked on fondly for many years as a special reminder of that special day. Often these gifts are symbolic only, and something the children have made in their special room whilst the adults are having pre-meal cocktails.
Some children may want to draw pictures of the bride and groom, whilst others may want to string beads for wedding mobiles that can be hung above the couple, or placed around the wedding cake as it sits on its table off to the side. Other children may want to record a song to be played for the couple, and others still may want to make bouquets, having been inspired by the bridal bouquet. The point is, have plenty of arts and crafts materials available for hands-on activities.

Films, Readings and Puppet Shows
After dinner when adults generally dance and make merry, it is time to keep the children busy so they aren’t running about underfoot. A good wedding sitter will try to plan for a film to be shown that is geared towards the ages of the children, and at other times a few stories may be read to keep them calm and attentive.
Some wedding sitters have a puppet stage with their crèche and will put on a lively puppet show where the kids can even participate. Since this is typically towards the end of the day, the sitter will have had time to learn the names of most of the children, and can incorporate those names into the show. This will delight the children and encourage them to take part in the fun.

In the end, it’s all about keeping the children entertained so the bride and groom can enjoy the one day that is supposed to be all about them. Here at Drangan Videos we help document memories to last you a lifetime, and we want them to be perfect memories of a perfect day. Weddings in Ireland are amongst the most upbeat you’ll find anywhere on earth, so let’s keep it that way. Make planning entertainment for the children an important part of planning the wedding celebration, and to borrow a cliché, you can have your cake and eat it too – what you don’t slather on each other’s face that is!
Best wishes for a carefree and happy day,
Eamon

 

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Questions you should ask your wedding videographer prior to signing a contract.

In our ever changing world of social media and an ever-increasing video sharing culture, deciding to hire a wedding videographer to record and preserve the precious memories of your special day is a MUST these days. Given its huge importance several pertinent questions should be asked before a hiring decision is made. Here are some questions to ask and points to consider. Feel free to get in touch with me (Eamon) here at Drangan Video should you wish to discuss any of the points raised below or to enquire about package prices for your own wedding.

How much is this going to cost us?

Irish people don’t like to talk about money and that’s the truth, but it’s vitally important that you get a full list of costs before you hire your videographer or any other wedding service provider. The greatest regret of many brides concerning their wedding day was their decision not to hire a videographer. In the majority of cases they chose not to because they believed it would be too expensive, this is a common misconception and believe me when I say it can be one of the most affordable services you purchase for your wedding! Remember, your wedding video will last forever whereas flowers, food and clothing will not. Getting an all inclusive package price upfront will allow you to see just how cost effective hiring a wedding videographer can be.

Wedding Videographer Packages
Wedding Videographer Packages

What style do you have in mind for our wedding shoot?

By asking this question you can elicit the videographer’s creative traits. This will give you the opportunity to share with the videographer what your thoughts are and what style you would prefer. Some videographers may prefer a documentary fly on the wall style where many events of the day are recorded (many of which are unseen by the bride and groom) and then edited to suit the tone of the day. Others will prefer a cinematic style approach where a lot of the footage will be staged including a lot of set pieces and posing. It’s important to understand and agree upon what the final product will look like.

Can we see some examples of your recent work?

Following on from your discussion about styles ask to see some samples of recent work competed in the different styles you may be considering. Any professional wedding videographer will be happy to direct you to an online portfolio where you can view video snippets and read testimonials from genuine customers.

What would you consider are the most important moments of the day and how would you go about capturing those moments?

Try to elicit from your prospective videographer what moments they see as key to a successful production. You may wish to have the preparations (possibly even the rehearsal) recorded as an introduction. You will need to know how the videographer will capture the ceremony and the all-important “I dos” and of course the “You may now kiss the bride…” moment.

Have you shot videos in our chosen venue before?

Experience and knowledge of the venue will be of considerable value to the videographer. From making decisions about lighting and backdrops to where to set up and store equipment, a good understanding of the reception rooms will be invaluable. Here at Drangan Video we will visit any venues we are unfamiliar with prior to the big day, this will ensure everything flows smoothly on the day of your wedding.

Will you intrude upon my guests?

It is of course very important to you and your intended that your guests have a great time at your wedding, you want it to be a day to remember for all the right reasons. During this discussion you can also ask the videographer whether they intend to do a “special message” section, where guests are often put on the spot and asked to say something about the bride and groom. This is not to everyone’s taste and should be clarified early on in your decision making process.

Drangan Video is a professional provider who has been shooting wedding videos in Ireland for more than a decade. We pride ourselves on providing our couples with a video that captures every important moment of their big day, and some moments that they would never have thought of themselves. In short – we are professional!

Get in touch today for an all-inclusive quotation for your wedding video.

Regards Eamon.

 

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Church Weddings vs. Civil Ceremonies: Where should you exchange rings?

In this week’s blog post we take a look at Church Weddings Vs Civil Ceremonies in Ireland.  Here at Drangan Video we are committed to sharing new blog posts at least one  per week.

Right after the groom has popped that essential question ‘will you marry me?’, family and friends will begin asking their own important question: ‘church wedding or civil ceremony’.

Wedding Videographer
Wedding Videographer

Since establishing Drangan Video I’ve been to a good number of both, so here I present my top five considerations  when choosing where you will be exchanging vows.

1. The Promise
Although both a church wedding and civil ceremony carry the same legal standing, they do involve a different type  of commitment. In a civil ceremony the couple enters into a legal contract only. In a church wedding, this legally binding promise is backed-up by a spiritual commitment.
For many couples, including God in the wedding ceremony adds an extra layer of support to their commitment.  When times are hard they know that not only are they bound together in law, but also in the eyes of the God they have faith in.

Of course, if neither the bride or groom are religious, this aspect is void. However, if either of the families involved  are Christians, getting married in church can elicit more support from them. As part of the ceremony the congregation is asked to commit to supporting the marriage, and those who believe in God will take that
commitment seriously. While there may only be two people in a marriage it can be hugely beneficial to have others involved in promoting the union.

2. Church Attendance
Most churches will expect you to attend Sunday service for a number of months ahead of the ceremony. Some will  also host marriage preparation days / weekends which you will also need to attend. For some couples this is a big  reason to avoid a church wedding, while others find this type of spiritual preparation very useful. With all the  practical preparations underway it can be easy to lose sight of what comes after the wedding. Meeting regularly
with church members can help couples stay grounded an connected, even when stress levels are rising.

3. Flexibility Of Ceremony
If you opt for a church wedding there is little flexibility in how the ceremony is conducted. There may be rules about  where your wedding videographer and photographer can stand, there will be an expectation of hymns, and the  order of service is fairly rigidly prescribed. If you’d prefer a more freestyle ceremony then a civil wedding would be  better suited. There will be certain legal obligations that must be met, but otherwise the structure of the ceremony is  yours to plan.

4. Location
Couples opting for a church wedding will need to find a second separate location for the reception. This means  planning transport between venues, maps and directions for guests, maybe some signs by the side of the road,  and leaving a few trusted ushers back at the wedding venue to check everyone gets away safely.

Many wedding reception venues are licensed to conduct civil ceremonies, making it possible to host the entire day in one location. As these venues often have space for the bride and groom to prepare in, and accommodation for  guests after the wedding, the appeal of an all-in-one venue is obvious.

5. Atmosphere
The venue will set the atmosphere for the day. Some couples like the solemnity created by a religious setting. By  having church wedding they can honour the seriousness of the commitment they are making, then move on to a  more light-hearted venue to celebrate later.  Other couples prefer a fun, joyful environment for their ceremony, which is more readily available at venues licensed for civil ceremonies. Wherever you choose to exchange your vows, I’d be delighted to be a part of your special day and capture the memories on film for you.
Thanks for reading,
Eamon.

 

 

 

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Tipperary Couple Jimmy & Ann-Marie Romantic Valentine’s Day Wedding

When Jimmy & Ann-Marie contacted me about been videographer for their wedding on February 14th this year I was very enthusiastic about the possibility  working with them on the day for two reasons, no 1 it was a local wedding in Clerihan, Tipperary and no 2 they were planning a romantic Valentine’s Day Wedding which sounded that bit extra special.  Here is a beautiful highlights clip from their wedding video.

Valentines Day 2015 was a beautiful sunny day which did set the scene for Jimmy & Ann-Marie’s fairytale  wedding in Clerihan. The village is a thriving centre of activity that offer many sporting and social outlets.  The village is situated  between Cashel and Clonmel not far from my own home town of Fethard  local weddings are best.

Romantic Wedding Story

Ann-Marie’s house is only 5 mins from the Church , after setting up my  main camera an microphones for the ceremony  I made my way to the house which was alive with excitement and fun.  Ann-Marie is a really bubbly person full of fun and so easy to work with, I was very happy with the footage from the bridal preps it was perfect. Ann-Marie’s chief bridesmaid Elaine has Drangan Video booked for her own wedding in Clonmel in July next and Ann-Marie will be her chief bridesmaid, looking forward to that already.

Romantic Tipperary Couple
Romantic Tipperary Couple

Fr. Ailbe O’ Bric who is well known and loved for his unassuming style of marriage ceremonies, he added a special touch to this one by wishing the blushing bride a happy birthday followed by the church singer singing it.  The photographer for the day was Bernard O’ Brien of New Age Photography Cahir, Tipperary and a pleasure to work with his work is amazing.

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel  One of Kilkenny’s Finest

The Kings Ballroom accommodates up to 280 guests it has been recently refurbished it’s new modern style has an upmarket feel about it and is proving to be a popular choice by Tipperary & Kilkenny Brides for 2016/2017. Kilkenny Castle & Gardens is just around the corner by the left Bank and it was our venue for the photo call and recording of video footage, thankfully the sun was still shining.

This highlights clip has been already shared on my Drangan Video Facebook Page Ann-Marie & Jimmy were proud to share it with all their online friends, its a lovely clip I am delighted with the finished production. Jimmy & Ann-Marie were a pleasure to work with and congrats to them on what was a magical & Romantic Tipperary Wedding.

More blog posts very soon.

Best Regards Eamon.

 

 

Wedding Videographer Clonmel, Tipperary

Wedding Planning Hiring A Videographer

Here at Drangan Video in Clonmel,Tipperary we are noticing changes in couples views towards making a decision  on hiring  a wedding videographer.  Nearly all couples are sure that they are going to have a professional photographer at their wedding after all  it is the most important day of their life, the photo album will sit on the coffee table for viewing by family and friends, photos will also be shared on social media including facebook and twitter.

Wedding Videographer Clonmel
Wedding Videographer Clonmel

Many couples only decide on hiring a videographer when all other wedding suppliers have been booked,  they may be at a friends wedding  and realize that the wedding is been filmed prompting the though “should we have a video” then they might look at some wedding videos on line or on  a website which will enhance the idea of having their big day on film.  Here at Drangan Video we find that the majority of couples are now booking our services at least 12 months in advance.

Photos are a smashing memory of a wedding day and are a must for every couple – but having the memories  on film is totally different. Moving pictures speak a thousand words, hearing your vows, the speeches and messages from guests, walking up the aisle with your dad, interacting with family and friends, the first dance are just some of the magical moments that will look beautiful on video.

If you are undecided about having a videographer my advice is make up your mind and go for it. Photos will always be there and will never go out of fashion. Just imagine having video footage of your parents or grandparents getting married  it would be a treasure  and personally I would love to have it.

Gone are the 3 hour wedding videos that were challenging to sit through without falling asleep, there are fantastic edit and presentation options available. Most full time professional videographers will offer a short edit version of your wedding film, full of magical moments from your day, they will also offer to share highlight video clips on line for sharing with family and friends who are  in distant parts of the world.

A general comment from couples is “the day just flew”  after all the months of planning and budgeting the long awaited big day was over in a flash. Couples never regret having the opportunity to relive their special day in the comfort of their own home.  The video night is a lovely occasion for the couple to relive their wedding day over a bottle of wine and experience all the happy and romantic emotions that are part of every wedding day.

Here at Drangan Video we always include messages   from wedding guests on every wedding film production, as the day flies by the Bride and groom may not get a chance to chat to all uncles, aunties and relatives, just imagine watching your your wedding video and hearing them talking about how beautiful the bride looked and what a fantastic day it was, they also might share a funny little childhood story.  Messages from the flower-girls and pageboys is just so special, imagine looking back on that 10 years later.

Hiring the right videographer is a pretty easy task, its just a matter of checking out their website and facebook page to view the sample videos, you can check out numerous wedding videographers from the comfort of your home, when you see samples that you really like and are moved by and if the the price is right then you are ready to hire that particular videographer. Easy as Pie !!

If you choose the right videographer you will never regret it, the happiest day of your life captured on a wedding film forever.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post.

Regards Eamon Drangan Video Clonmel Tipperary.

 

 

 

 

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Clonmel Couple Stephanie & Stephen : Wedding Video Memories

Spring is in the air it’s  6am I have a nice  wake up cup of tea lined up beside the keyboard, to day I am pleased  to share another lovely wedding video which I filmed in Clonmel,   on a warm sunny day in July 2014, Stephanie & Stephen were married in Powerstown Church which is one of favorite wedding ceremony venues in Tipperary, this is the highlights clip from their wedding video.

Summer 2014 was an amazing year for weddings we all have memories of the long hot summer days and enjoying uninterrupted sunshine, July 26th was certainly one of those days. I arrived at Stephanie’s house in good time to capture the fun and excitement of the bridal preps, the girls were on high every thing was going as planned. Dave & Lisa Messenger were the photographers and for me it was a pleasure to be working with them once again on a Clonmel wedding. Stephanie was a lovely bride to work with apart from looking particularly beautiful she was so down to earth and easygoing with a warm  natural smile.

Wedding Videographer Tipperary & Kilkenny
Wedding Videographer Tipperary & Kilkenny

Stephanie & Stephen decided to  celebrate their wedding ceremony in St. John the Baptist Church Powerstown, the parish of Powerstown Lisronagh is just on the outskirts of Clonmel. The parish stretches from the famous River Anner on the east side to Rathkeevin at the western side, it also touches Drumdeel near my hometown of Fethard, the parish has about 850 households both in Powerstown and Lisronagh.  I have recorded  many wedding videos in powerstown church and im sure that most wedding videographers would agree that it is and ideal  Tipperary Wedding Ceremony Venue the church stands on an elevated site overlooking the town of Clonmel which provides a stunning backdrop for wedding films.

Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort was the wedding reception destination it is one of Tipperay’s best Wedding Venues. Located under the shadow of the Galtee Mountains Ballykisteen Hotel is a lovely retreat in which you can relax and unwind.  it is the perferct wedding venue the modern hotel conbines style and character, there is no more romantic setting than Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort.

It was a pleasure to have been Stephanie and Stephen’s wedding videographer they were lovely to work with, we had great fun during the photo call on the golf coarse in Ballykisteen, the boys were very taken with the golf cars which were used to whisk the bridal party around to different  photo & video locations on the complex. This video clip has already been shared on my Drangan Video Facebook page which has almost 2500 likes from Brides in Kilkenny and Tipperary.

More Tipperary Kilkenny wedding news soon.

Regards Eamon.

 

 

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WEDDING ON THE LAKE in Clare Charlotte & Martin’s Wedding Video Highlights.

Each year there are always one or two wedding videos that will stand out for been somewhat  special or a little different, Charlotte and Martin’s  WEDDING ON THE LAKE  at Anna Carriga Estate, Killaloe Co. Clare was certainly one of those special and memorable weddings.

It was late September we were still enjoying an Indian summer I arrived at Garraunboy, Killaloe and as I made my way up the long driveway to Charlotte’s house  surrounded by  rolling hills and rich green Clare pastures it was a sight to behold, I remember thinking to myself ” this is going to be a great Wedding Video”  I received a huge warm Clare welcome from Charlotte and her family from then I just blended into the background and got to capture some beautiful Wedding Video footage  by a fly on the wall approach.

Wedding Video AnnaCarriga Clare
Wedding Video AnnaCarriga Clare

After spending an hour or or so covering the bridal preps it was time to make my way to  Sacred Heart and St. Lua’s Church Garraunboy which stands on a cross roads over looking beautiful Killaloe. Martin and the boys arrived in good time all looking very smart but perhaps a little nervous, his beautiful Bride Charlotte  arrived a customary 10 mins over time, which is very much the normal for weddings in Ireland. The ceremony was conducted by Fr. Pat Malone who is a family friend the happy couple were smiling through out it was a most relaxing marriage ceremony.

WEDDING ON THE LAKE :  Killaloe is lovely busy village in east Clare very near the Tipperary border. The village sits on the banks of the river Shannon Ireland’s longest river, Killaloe is famous for its river cruse trips around Lough Derg.  Charlotte and Martin and wedding guests boarded the the Spirit Of Killaloe for the 30 min river voyage to  their wedding reception venue,  I made my way by car  to get video coverage of the boat arriving at the splended  Anna Carriga Estate. The weather was just beautiful not a clould in the sky it was the ideal  I was in a ” Wedding Videographers Paradise”.

As a wedding videographer in Clare its always exciting to return to Annacarriga for a truely memorable lakeside wedding video exsperience, each couple will enjoy single  ownership of the Lakeside stunning  glass Pavilion with a perfect view of the lake.  The crystal clear waters of Lough Derg  provide  a stunning backdrop for creative film making.

A huge thanks to Charlotte for asking me to be part of their big day, the have received the wedding dvds and are very happy with the end result, Drangan Video has already  shared the above video highlights clip on Facebook, this “WEDDING ON THE LAKE; was a memorable experience for me and I look forward to returning to AnnaCarriga again during 2015.

More wedding video news soon.

 

 

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The use of Facebook and social media devices at weddings

One great advantage of been a  wedding videographer  in Tipperary and Kilkenny  is that I get to attend a large amount of weddings in many different venues.  I am always interested in the  changing trends that have come about over the last few years, now a days  nearly all wedding guests  are armed with some sort of video recording  device, smart phones, phablets, ipads, pocket cameras with wifi, you name it the list goes on  so Bride & Groom to be, look out  be fore you know it your wedding day could be unfolding to the world on facebook and other social media pages.

Weddings Tipperary
Weddings Tipperary

 

The use of Facebook and social media devices  at weddings: is a debatable  subject.  On one hand  you have couples who will love the idea of  huge exposure on Facebook, Twitter and social media pages.   I have heard of a Hotel in America that  is offering to supply a company whose job it is to manage all social media posting on your big day , they would more than likely stream line posts from the wedding guests to achieve the best saturation on line.  On the other hand there are couples who  where guests and were asked to refrain from using their smart phones during the ceremony, this would be common practice at some celebrity weddings in ireland, some times the celebrant will ask the guests to power off the mobiles, just in case of a ring tone during the ceremony.

Here at Drangan Video the use of facebook and social media, plays an important role for me as a wedding videographer. I offer sharing on facebook, twitter, youtube, vimeo and google +  at no extra cost with any  of my 5 wedding video packages.  A short  4 minute video highlights clip will be shared on line  but only with the permission of the couple.

We are all aware of the role that Facebook  plays at weddings in Ireland now,  it is a matter of consideration for the Bride & Groom during the wedding planning process.  Many couples would prefer to wait for the Professional Wedding Video and photos before sharing on Facebook,  the advice for guests is to try to honor the feelings of the couple by asking them if its ok to share wedding clips on social media.

 1. Play it safe.

When you’re the guest, it’s best to avoid whipping out your phone until you know what the couple has planned.

2. Once you know the plan, respect it.

If the couple has asked you to refrain from taking photos on your phone, follow their rules. “First and foremost, you’re a guest at this wedding, so be respectful of the fact that they’re paying a big chunk of money for professional wedding video and photos to be captured on the day  But if they’ve created a hashtag just for the big day, go ahead and tweet away.

3. Don’t go overboard.

If you’re at a wedding where social media use has been approved, you should still keep yourself in check. “Less is more when it comes to being a guest,”  “Don’t upload 90 unedited photos.” or video clips. As with any big celebration, wedding guests tend to let loose as the night goes on, putting the phone away after dinner is served so as to avoid embarrassing anyone is a good idea.

4. Enjoy the moment firsthand.

But most of all,  make sure you enjoy the event as it’s happening in front of you, instead of through a screen. “Share those memories,”  “But be sure to put the phone away and enjoy the day that the couple have put so much time and money into planning.”

More Wedding Video news soon.

Regards Eamon.

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Happy Wedding Video In Waterford

At this time of the year its refreshing for me to share some wedding video highlights  from weddings that I have filmed over the past 12 months.  The following clip is a snippet from from a lovely,  Happy Wedding Video  in Waterford.

From the moment that I first spoke to Michelle and Garry I knew that we were in for great wedding day, they were so down to earth, happy and easygoing, straight away I was  looking forward to working with them on their wedding day.   September 12th was another beautiful sunny day, I arrived for bridal preps in Kings Meadow, McDonagh Road at 11 am, with just two hours to go Michelle and the girls were showing no signs of panic, a very relaxed Bride to be said t “everything will be grand” and it was.

Drangan Video Watrford
Drangan Video Watrford

The wedding ceremony was set for 2pm in the Church of the Sacred Hearth the Folly Waterford which was only a 10 min drive from Michelle’s house, I arrived in good time to get shots of Gary and the boys arriving, not a bother on Gary it was just another day, he was in no hurry in to the church making the best of the beautiful weather he enjoyed a chat with family and friends before the arrival of his beautiful bride who arrived 10 mins late which is not bad timing, Gary and the boys were already seared and ready for the ceremony.

Ballindud Mill and Cottage is a famous tourist attraction in Waterford, it is situated on the Tramore road just on the outskirts of Waterford city, we arrived there at 4pm for family photos. I was delighted with my video footage, the sun was still shining from a blue sky as Michelle and Gary took a quite  stroll around the the grounds, the old mill wheel still stands at Ballindud and is set to one side of the old cottage its an amazing backdrop for wedding videos and photos.

The Tower Hotel Waterford is on of my favorite wedding venues in the South East, the stately building sits on the banks of the river suir, at the Mall in Waterford city. Weddings in the tower are always a memorable occasion, the staff are so friendly and experienced as they go about the job of hosting unforgettable  wedding receptions. The speeches were conducted before the meal which was no problem for the hotel, dancing began at 10pm which is quite early, thanks again to the hotel management and staff  for getting tables cleared away in good time for the band to set up.

A big thank you to Michelle & Gary for choosing me as their wedding videographer, it was a a fab wedding everything went off without a hitch thanks to good planning and attention to detail,  wishing Gary & Michelle all the very best for the future, they have promised to recommend Drangan Video to some of their friends who are thinking of tying the knot in the near future.  I am already looking forward to producing  my next Happy Wedding Video In Waterford.

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WEDDING DAY PLANNING 2015 : Some tips for the Groom

After many years of producing wedding videos in Tipperary, Kilkenny and  other counties in throughout Ireland, I have come to the conclusion that when its comes to planning a wedding  the Groom is a back seat driver and is more than happy to leave it all to the love of his life:  “The Bride to Be;”  During 2014 I could count on one hand the number men that looked after booking the Wedding Video  and the same goes for hiring of other wedding suppliers.

Wedding Video Tipperary
Wedding Video Tipperary

After a little research on the web I came across 10 interesting Groom To-Dos: Tips on   www.theknot.com   I have listed all 10 below.

You bought the ring, popped the question, and now you get to kick back until your wedding day rolls around, right? Well, that’s one option, but the best way to keep her happy — and you out of the doghouse — is to get involved. Here are our top tips www.theknot.com for being a great groom.

1. Have an Opinion

This is your wedding too, so get in on the planning. Pick a few things that interest you (food? the wedding music? photos?). You don’t have to wax poetic on the difference between lilies and daisies for the bridesmaid bouquets, but give your opinion on the major planning points; it’ll let your fiance know she’s not in this alone. And wouldn’t it be nice to know a little something about your wedding before you attend it?  I would like to add the Wedding Video to the Groom’s to do list of booking suppliers.

2. Relish Your Wedding Registry

It may seem like a tedious task, but think about it: You get to wander around a store, picking things you want that someone most likely will buy you — you can’t beat that. Better yet, it’s now common to shop beyond the kitchen department. Consider home electronics, power tools, and camping gear. Can’t justify shelling out for a plasma screen yourself? Throw it on your wedding registry, and a group of friends might buy it for you!

3. Don’t Be a Pushover — Really

She wants to register for a yellow comforter with little pink flowers, and you don’t want to have to stash your bedspread in the closet every time your friends come over. See if you can meet her halfway: Tell her the floral patterns are a bit much, but you’re fine with yellow, maybe in another style. You’ll make her happy and salvage your manhood.

4. Give Her a Break

If she’s doing the majority of the planning for your wedding, she’s probably bordering on wedding overload. You need to make sure she doesn’t have an ulcer (or a grudge!) by the time she walks down the aisle. Give her a night to relax and cook her dinner, do the dishes, rent her favorite movie (yes, even a chick flick), and remind her why wedding planning is worth the stress.

5. Be a Buffer

If your mom is calling your fiance every hour to talk about the wedding, you run the risk of major family conflict, with you stuck in the middle. Your mission: Keep the peace. Call your mom and let her know that while you appreciate her interest and excitement, it’s your wedding and she needs to give you two some planning space. Take responsibility for communicating with your family so that you can filter out petty worries from legitimate concerns.

6. Get Some Help

Has your fiance really hit the wall? Suggest hiring a planner for the day of your wedding. (Use our local resources to find a great day-of wedding planner in your area.) Your consultant will handle all the little details that neither you nor your bride will want to deal with, and it’ll be a relief to have a professional on hand to fix any little mix-ups.

7. Don’t Add Insult

Your fiance may complain about her mom who’s being a control freak, or about her uncle who wants to bring his new girlfriend, or her cousin who wants to bring all four of her kids. Don’t join in on the family bashing. Hear her out, agree with her, but don’t take this opportunity to tell her the things about her family that annoys you. Her bad mood will pass, but your careless comments may stick.

8. Arrange the Attire

Send out detailed emails to all your groomsmen filling them in on the relevant info for the formalwear — let them know when and where to get fitted for their tuxes, and remind them to return the suits the day after the wedding to avoid annoying late fees. Loop your fiance in on the emails to prove that you’ve got everything under control. The more info you can share, the better. Got directions to the tux place? Include them. Don’t assume they’ll know anything about this stuff. Did you before you got engaged?

9. Manage Your Men

Know your friend who loses his car keys at least once a week? Probably better not to make him responsible for bringing your ring to the ceremony. And your buddy who tends to drink too much? Make sure one of your more reliable (or sober) groomsmen keeps him from flirting with your fiance’s mom at the rehearsal dinner. Your guys don’t have to be saints, but they will have responsibilities, and it’s your job to make sure they know what they are.

10. Get Sentimental

The day of your wedding, send her a gift, flowers, or a sweet note to read while she’s getting ready. Or, at the reception, pull the videographer aside and tape a special message to her. She’ll see it later and we promise, she’ll love you all the more.