Category Archives: Weddings

A Bridal Flower for Every Month of the Year

Are you in the process of planning your big day ? Perhaps you’re unsure of what wedding flowers may be in season for your preferred date? With this in mind, the team here at Drangan Video have put together a short list of just some of the flowers that are in season for each month of the year.

Here at Drangan Video in Tipperary, we have been lucky enough to witness hundreds of weddings across the country throughout the seasons. Whether you are planning a whimsical spring affair or a magical winter wedding, here is our list of seasonal bridal flowers for every month of the year!

Wedding Flowers Tipperary
Wedding Flowers Tipperary

 

 

 

 

 

 

January – Ranunculus (Buttercups)

Ranunculus flowers are delicate, feminine yellow flowers, which are in season during January, as well as during the following spring months. An unusual choice for a bouquet by themselves, they look wonderful mixed with other wild spring flowers.

February – Roses

Roses are a true wedding day classic. They are delicate, yet striking, bold, but elegant, and just simply beautiful. Most roses will be available year round in your local florist, however consider choosing some spring varieties to make your bouquet pop!

March – Lilacs

Lilacs simply scream spring – meaning there is no better flower for a March wedding. These dainty purple flowers are perfect for casual springtime weddings.

April – Peruvian Lilies

These popular, long lasting flowers come in a variety of different colours, from pale pink to bright orange and are ideal for a long stemmed bouquet.

May – Freesias

For a May wedding Freesias are a great option in a colourful posy. These flowers are “zygomorphic” which essentially means that they grow along one side of the stem. This gives them a really unique look. Freesias come in a range of beautiful colours, from burnt orange to hot pink.

June – Gardenias

Featuring beautiful ivory petals surrounded by dark green waxy leaves, Gardenias are one of the most exquisite flowers. For early summer weddings, Gardenias are a wonderful choice

July – Anthurium (Painter’s Palette)

Anthurium flowers are bright, bold and feature red, almost heart-shaped petals. These exotic looking flowers are ideal for sunny, warm July weddings and simply exude romance.

August – Delphinium

Delphinium flowers feature tall spires and clustered florets, making them a striking summer flower. These flowers are available in a variety of colours, including white, pink, lavender, purple and blue.

September – Cornflower

With its stunning dark blue colour, cornflowers are the perfect flower for early autumn weddings. Cornflowers feature dense, feathery petals and are generally blue, but are sometimes available in other colours, such as white and pink.

October – Lisianthus (Eustoma)

These exquisite flowers feature elegant, ruffled, rose-like, petals. Lisianthus flowers are available in various shades, including blue, white, pink, lavender, and deep purple, as well as bi-coloured.

November – Iris

Iris’s are becoming more popular with brides year on year, and with good reason. An elegant, delicate and classically beautiful choice for a bride on her big day.

December – Hyacinth

Hyacinths feature many small, dense clusters of blooms that are bunched together at the top of the stem. Available in blues, purples, pinks and whites this flower looks beautiful for winter weddings.

Busy Wedding  Season In Tipperary and Kilkenny
As a wedding videographer covering weddings in Tipperary and Kilkenny I have certainly seen my fair share of wedding flowers, when I walk into a wedding venue and inhale the beautiful fragrance of wedding flowers its a reminder of the wonderful magical event that is about to unfold, below is just a short list of wedding florists who I meet on regularly at weddings in Tipperary and Kilkenny.

Wedding Florists Covering Weddings In Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford and Carlow.

Sun Flowers Wedding  Flowers Thurles    Website
Your wedding day is one of the most special days in your life, and every little girl has a dream of walking up the aisle with flowers of every different colour as far as the eye can see. While this might not be possible within your current wedding budget Sunflowers will make your day be as special and as stress free as possible, The only thing you will be worried about going up the aisle is to keep your emotions in check. We have a variety of different wedding packages to suit every brides need. Dont worry if you have a small budget we will be able to work in that budget and make sure you get the best possible flowers for the best possible price.

Tipperary Flowers By Agnes   Website
Order your wedding flowers from Agnes Hogan, a leading florist in Tipperary. Agnes is a talented, creative, innovative wedding florist located near Bansha Co. Tipperary, she has been awarded Interflora Diploma in Floristry and Retail, she has over 18 years exsprience in Floristry both in Ireland and overseas.

Forget Me Knot Wedding Flowers Kilkenny/Tipperary  Website

We like our flower arrangements and designs to be a true reflection of the person they are for! We will use our extensive knowledge of flowers to design that unique finishing floral touch that will enhance and compliment your special day.  Specialists in stunning bridal party flowers – from bouquets & posies, to buttonholes & corsages our florists can help you put the finishing touches to your special day.

Flowers By Lucy Kilkenny  Website
After 25 years Flowers by Lucy outgrew their High Street premises and Built a Floristry Design Centre in the Hebron business park. All business was transferred to the new Flower Centre in October 2014 featuring a brand new Wedding Room where brides can consult privately about their upcoming wedding. Kilkenny, has been constructed with the future in mind, with plenty of room to cope with the continued growth of Flowers By Lucy. The spacious Flower Design Centre, centrally based at the Hebron Business Park, Hebron Road, Kilkenny, has been constructed with the future in mind, with plenty of room to cope with the continued growth of Flowers By Lucy.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about some of our favourite seasonal blooms and would love to hear from you if you have any unusual suggestions we have omitted. As always, if you are planning on hiring a wedding videographer, please feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video with any queries you may have about filming your big day.

More Tipperary Wedding News Soon
Cheers Eamon.
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Fun Wedding Video In Ballingarry Tipperary

Good bye Winter Hello Summer Weddings :  Here at Drangan Video we are full steam ahead for shooting wedding videos in Tipperary and Kilkenny.
In this news blog  we share Pauline & Rory’s wedding video, they were married in the Church of The Assumption  Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary.

Pauline and Rory’s Wedding Video Highlights

Pauline contacted me in 2014 with a view to having her special day recorded, at that time May 2016 seemed so far away but Pauline was not taking chances about booking her “favorite Wedding Videographer”  ( Pauline’s Words )
Pauline had researched  other  wedding videographers  she was  somewhat surprised  to learn that one Tipperary based company  did not have any recent wedding video samples or a price list on their website, Facebook or Twitter, here at Drangan Video we are proud to share our very latest high quality HD videos on  our website and social media platforms.

My day began with video coverage of the bridal preps, the girls were enjoying the the preparations but not forgetting to attend to Pauline’s every need, John Delaney was the photographer he is based in Kilkenny, covering weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny and Carlow he is a great guy to work with and a very professional wedding photographer, I really enjoy  meeting and working with him.

Fun Tipperary Wedding Video
Fun Tipperary Wedding Video

 

 

 

 

 

After the wedding ceremony we stopped off at the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre in Callan for the wedding photos, it one of my favorite wedding video locations in  Kilkenny.
While the house is a genuine Heritage Centre it is also a place of prayer and pilgrimage. Children as young as seven, show a remarkable interest in all aspects of the house. A guided tour of the house, which takes approximately a half hour (longer if necessary), is available to all groups, it is a dream location for wedding videographers  it provides the perfect back drop for shooting high quality wedding videos.

Pauline and Rory enjoyed a fantastic wedding reception in Langton House Hotel Kilkenny it is one of my favourite wedding venues, our own daughter celebrated her wedding in Langtons in 2013, needles to say that the venue holds a special place in my heart, if you are in the process of wedding planning be sure to check out Langton House Kilkenny its an amazing hotel.

Pauline and Rory were a lovely couple to work with  I did feel more like a guest rather than a wedding videographer it was a perfectly planned wedding, attention to detail was flawless. Pauline delivered a wonderful wedding speech sharing  happy memories of growing up in Ballingarry,  she had nothing written down the words just came pouring out from her heart.

If you are are thinking of hiring a wedding videographer please feel free to contact myself Eamon here at Drangan Video who will be happy to discuss every aspect of  producing your wedding video. We are based in Tipperary covering weddings in Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Limerick and other locations throughout Ireland.
Eamon is a full time wedding videographer providing a  personalized service, all weddings are shot and edited by Eamon.

Thanks for taking time out to read my latest wedding  blog news.
MoreTipperary Wedding News Soon !!
Cheers Eamon

Delighful Spring Wedding Video In Ballywilliam Nenagh Tipperary

Here at Drangan Video our wedding videographer bookings for 2016 are at an al-time high I’m  also happy to say that the majority of our weddings are in Tipperary.
In this wedding news blog post we feature the wedding of Marie & Michael who were married in Ballywilliam Church Nenagh on April 2nd 2016.

Nenagh is truly a town for all seasons. There are not too many provincial Irish towns about which you can honestly say that a weekend isn’t nearly long enough, but Nenagh fits that bill! visitors are spoiled for choice with things to do in Nenagh

Nenagh is the largest town in north Tipperary with an urban population of 7,995 . Nenagh lies on the banks of the Nenagh River which empties into Lough Derg at Dromineer (nine kilometres to the north-west) which is a popular centre for sailing and water sports.

Marie & Michael’s Wedding Video Story :
My  day began with the bridal preps at Marie’s parents house sitauted the Five Alley on the outskirts of Nenagh,  I always like to start with the Bride’s house it’s a fun and lighthearted  start to the day.
Marie was a stunning bride standing almost six foot tall with an an adorable smile, she was very relaxed and fully  prepared for the happiest day of her life.
The wedding ceremony took place in Ballywilliam Church which stands all alone on the slopes of beautiful rouged North Tipperary countryside, Fr. Timoty O’ Brien treated us to a relaxing ceremony  which was all done and dusted within an hour, giving us pleanty of time for our journey to Killaloe for the wedding reception.

The Lakeside Hotel Ballina Killaloe Tipperary :
I sure that all wedding videographers in Tipperary will agree that the Lakeside Killaloe/Ballina is one the best wedding reception venues in Tipperary.

Wedding Videographer In Nenagh Tipperary
Wedding Videographer In Nenagh Tipperary

 

 

 

 

 

The towns of Killaloe and Ballina are amongst Ireland’s most picturesque attractions and are linked by a 13 arch bridge, which links not only the two towns, but also the counties of Clare and Tipperary. Killaloe/Ballina have all the amenities that you would expect to find in an Irish village, for me as a wedding videographer its a dream location for shooting high quality magical wedding videos.

The Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre  sits on the banks of the majestic River Shannon with stunning views of the twin heritage towns of Ballina in Co. Tipperary and Killaloe in Co. Clare.  The award-winning gardens provide the ideal backdrop  for wedding videography  and photo shoots.  The town is  famed for its charming narrow streets and the 12th century St. Flannan’s Cathedral.
Sitting on the crossing point between two powerful Munster counties, the Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre offers you accessible tranquillity. Less than 90 minutes from Dublin, Cork or Galway, 40 minutes from Shannon International Airport.

As a Tipperay based wedding videographer I’m spoiled for choice when it comes to visiting  fabulous wedding locations within an hour from my home here  South Tipperary,  Michael & Marie’s wedding was a most enjoyable experience as a couple they were lovely couple to work with, so easygoing and down to earth I’m probably been a little bit  bias in stating that when it comes to shooting wedding videos in Tipperary I feel totally at home.

Thanks for reading my latest wedding news blog.
Cheers Eamon
Drangan Video Tipperary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Latest Wedding Trends

As a wedding videographer in Tipperary Ireland, I’ve seen it all! From quiet, low key weddings to massive parties, and from black & white themes to bold, bright colours, I’m lucky enough to be in a unique position that allows me to watch as wedding trends in Ireland come and go. It’s really quite fascinating, and I’ve seen some amazing trends pop up within the last few years that look like they’ll be sticking around:

High Tech Media Delivery
Until recently, DVDs were pretty much the standard delivery method for wedding videos, and in fact many videographers still only offer this method to their clients. At Drangan Video, however, we also offer high definition video via USB sticks. Why? Because it’s what today’s brides and grooms want. USB stick delivery not only means we’re able to supply footage easily and conveniently in HD rather than in standard definition, but it also makes it easier for our clients to share with their friends and family, or upload to a video sharing website like YouTube. DVDs are a dying breed. Today, just 70 percent of homes in Ireland have a DVD player, compared to 75 percent just 12 months ago, and we want to make sure that it’s quick, simple, and most of all convenient for our clients to view their videos. DVDs are out, and high tech media delivery is in!

HD Wedding Videographer Tipperary
HD Wedding Videographer Tipperary

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Cinderella’ Weddings
It’s fair to say that casual weddings in Ireland have dominated in the last few years. It was only in 2014 that I acted as videographer for Emer and Niall for their wedding in Tipperary that included a photo booth, fake moustaches, and the bride and groom munching on ice cream cones! But recently I’ve noticed things moving more towards the classic ‘Cinderella’ style wedding, complete with horse-drawn carriages, traditional chandeliers, and some of the most breathtaking wedding venues in Ireland you’ve ever seen. I’ve filmed weddings at both the spectacular Thurles Cathedral in County Tipperary, and in the beautiful gardens of the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny lately. One thing’s for certain, and that’s that glitz and glamour is certainly making a comeback, especially for brides and grooms getting married in Ireland!

Make Way for the Groom!
The makeup, the hair, the dress… there’s little wonder why the bride is the centre of attention on her wedding day. But one thing I’ve noticed lately as a wedding videographer in Ireland is that the grooms are starting to get more and more attention. Yes, I’m still regularly filming weddings where I meet the groom and his friends down at the local pub where they’re enjoying a refreshing pint, but it’s fair to say that the groom’s role is getting bigger and bigger. I strongly believe this has come from the fact that more and more couples are booking both wedding photography and videography in Ireland. While one focuses on the girls, the other can focus on what the boys are getting up to, just like at Stephanie & Gary’s wedding in Kilkenny when I filmed the groom getting ready for the big day.

Despite all the different trends, and all the different themes, colours, styles and so on, one thing always remains the same – a wedding in Ireland is always a spectacular occasion! I don’t know just what it is about Irish brides and grooms, but they sure know how to throw a party, and I’m so fortunate to be a part of the celebrations. After many years in the wedding videography business, I still love what I do!

Thinking of getting married in Ireland? Check out Drangan Video’s sample videos online, and see how brides and grooms in Ireland are incorporating the latest trends into their weddings.

More Tipperary Wedding News Soon
Regards Eamon
Drangan Video

Wedding Videographer Waterford

Drangan Video has long been serving the couples of Waterford with a top-notch wedding videographer service and we absolutely love to travel there whenever we are given the opportunity! Waterford City and County is home to some of the countries most prestigious wedding venues and we find that Brides and Grooms rightfully want to capture the day and all it’s fabulous surroundings with a professionally shot wedding video.

Why chose Drangan Video? Well as mentioned already we have been working in Waterford now for many years and are more than familiar with all of the venues and ceremony locations the county has to offer. This experience has enabled us with the power of foresight when planning the video for your wedding. Hail, rain or shine, we know what will suit your venue of choice regardless of the weather. We come prepared with extra lighting, should there be lack of natural light on the day and we always make it our goal to be as unintrusive as possible throughout your ceremony and celebrations.

Wedding Videographer Waterford
Wedding Videographer Waterford

 

 

 

 

We will be happy to travel to your home to capture all the morning preparations and will set up our equipment in the church or ceremony excitement of the venue well in advance to ensure everything runs as smoothy as possible.

For those of you who are planning a wedding in Waterford, we invite you to get in touch with us for an initial consultation. Perhaps you have already chosen a venue and would like to get our advice on how your finished wedding video would look? No problem! If we have recently shot a wedding video in your venue of choice then we can show you a sample (with the couples permission of course).

Perhaps you haven’t chosen a venue yet? Why not drop us a message on Facebook or send us an email and we can send you on some reliable suggestions!

Over the past decade we have been lucky enough to shoot videos for weddings and many other family and corporate events in the Waterford area. Here are just some of the venues and ceremony locations we have worked in over the past few months, all of which we can wholly recommend to our readers. Note, this is just a small section of the Waterford locations we have filmed in, if you don’t see what you’re looking for listed here, make sure you drop us a line and we’ll find a sample for you to look at!

• The Faithlegg Hotel
• The Church of the Sacred Heart Folly
• Ballindud Mill and Cottage
• The Tower Hotel
• Tramore
• Kilmacthomas
• The Sacred Heart Church Faha
• Stradbally
• The Nire Valley

• The Nire Church
• The Woodlands Hotel
• Waterford Castle
• Faithlegg Church
• Lismore Castle
• Crook Church

Some of our readers, as with many of the couples we have worked with, will wed in one county and celebrate the reception in another. We particularly see this a lot between Kilkenny and Waterford. We have found that this trend is becoming increasingly popular and we will be very happy to help in any way we can to make this journey a most enjoyable one. If this is an option you would like to explore, we would urge you to take a look through our blog where you will see a number of sample videos that were shot across Waterford / Kilkenny borders, a fabulous way to start your married life!

Please call myself Eamon here at Drangan Video any time I will always be happy to help with any questions you may have.

More Wedding News next week

Why you should always hire a professional to shoot your wedding video

The happiest day of your life, the most important day of your life, the longest day of your life or the day you will NEVER forget, your wedding day will be recorded for you to look back upon as long as we have digital media, so the importance of having a professional well shot video cannot be overstated. So don’t cut corners here, don’t leave it up to your uncle or your brother in law, hire a professional. You won’t regret it.

There are many competitive professional videographers in Tipperary and the surrounding counties. With Google’s new search parameters all you have to do is search “wedding videos Tipperary” and they’ll fire you up with all the local wedding videographers in the locality. This is where you need to be careful. Remember a shoddy website will most likely reflect the standard of work, so make sure you conduct your research carefully. Here at Drangan Video we are very proud of our online presence and do tend to get booked up well in advance thanks to our responsive website.

Professional Wedding Videographer Drangan Video
Professional Wedding Videographer Drangan Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst there is a lot of planning that goes into your wedding day, by it’s nature the personalities involved will inevitably guarantee spontaneity and exuberance. The day is packed full of emotion and special memories, recorded for you to watch at your leisure for the rest of your life. This is why you need to hire a professional!

Ok, so you have done the search on Google, you have seen a few websites of local videographers and already you are leaning towards one over another. Most videographers worth their salt will show examples of their  work from various weddings they have covered over the years; there should be a list of packages with prices, editing, final cut information and presentation. Drangan Video also offer tailored packages to suit your every wedding wish, feel free to give us a call to discuss your requirements and we’ll be very happy to talk you through the process.

One of the most important reasons for hiring a professional photographer is how they will behave on your big day. Eamon here at Drangan Video is always professional, unobtrusive, courteous, and punctual. Giving the responsibility to a friend or bridal party member can sometimes result in one too many drinks being taken and a lot of shots of the floor!

Drangan video  offer a number of different styles and will have many suggestions that will get your creative juices flowing. We will edit all the footage and overlay it with a soundtrack of your choice; we can also offer slow motion and black and white shots. Another great reason to hire a professional videographer.

Your family, the family of your partner and most of your friends are going be the actors in this most memorable production, isn’t it always best to have a professional at the helm to make everything the very best it can be! Call Eamon here at Drangan Video to enquire about our professional videographer services.

More Wedding News soon

Regards Eamon

Rachel & Ian Happy Wedding Celebrations Hotel Kilkenny

Kilkenny city is one of the most popular  wedding destinations in Ireland  it has so much to offer, wedding venues to numerous to mention which are  complemented by beautiful historical attractions and an abundance of scenic wedding  photo locations through out the county.  Here at Drangan Video our bookings for weddings in KIlkenny are very strong  for the next two years as more and more Brides say yes to a professional wedding videographer.  Rachel and Ian are one such couple !! here is a clip from their wedding DVD.

The story begins with the all exciting bridal preps which took place in Callan  which is sometimes  described  as a satellite town to Kilkenny.  Rachel is the third member of the Dalton family to avail of my videographer services, thanks to  Siobhaun and Gemma for the referral to baby sister Rachel.

There is nothing more enjoyable than a visit to the  house in the morning  for bridal preps everyone in high spirits the mood is infectious, it never fails in giving me a  happy mood boost.  After getting the usual  fun shots on camera I headed for Kilkenny city to get set up for the ceremony.

The wedding ceremony took place in St. John’s Church opposite McDonnagh Junction  is just one of many magnificent wedding ceremony venues in Kilkenny City,  it was built 1903 on the site of an earlier church,  relatively new.  Fr. Willie Purcell  is popular wedding celebrant  and well known for his somewhat light hearted style of  wedding mass.  Ian and the boys arrived in good time and were pretty relaxed, “not a bother on them”.

Butler House Kilkenny City :

After the ceremony we visited Butler House for the photo session with the bridal party.  Butler House is a beautiful location for wedding video and photo shoots it offers the best of both worlds. Through the rear door you are on Patrick Street which is only a short step from the central hub and commercial center of the city where you will find an array of shops bars and restaurants.

We headed out the front door which took us to the internationally renowned Butler House Walled Gardens which are  an ideal location for capturing stunning wedding video footage.

Wedding Videographer Packages Kilkenny
Wedding Videographer Packages Kilkenny

 

 

 

 

 

Our final destination was Hotel Kilkenny for the wedding reception, Rachel & Ian  the new Mr & Mrs Goodman were in the mood for celebrating and what better venue than Hotel Kilkenny.

Upon entering Hotel Kilkenny you immediately feel the wonderful warm atmosphere which is a credit to the Griffin Group of Hotels. Rachel & Ian enjoyed a lively  wedding reception in the Skyline Suite which can cater for up to 400 guests. There is a fantastic view of Kilkenny City from the skyline, the city lights provided a wonderful backdrop for the late night celebrations.

Rachel & Ian are a lovely couple, it was a pleasure to have been their wedding videographer, for me I felt more like a guest than a wedding supplier. This wedding video clip has already been shared on facebook and is receiving glowing reviews from family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by, more wedding news next week.

Regards Eamon.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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.

 

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.