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The perfect places for your wedding video in Waterford

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

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

Waterford crystal champagne glasses
Getting Married in Waterford City

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

The Peoples Park

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

Reginalds Tower

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

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

Scenic wedding locations Waterford
Tramore Beach

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

Waterford Copper Coast

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

Woodstock House and Gardens

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

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

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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.

What Pinterest is telling us about wedding trends in 2017

Are you planning your wedding in Ireland at the moment? Perhaps you’re getting married in Tipperary or Kilkenny? If so, we would love to hear from you here at Drangan Video, where we can offer you a tailored wedding video package to suit any budget. Regardless of where you are situated in the country, we are available to travel to the venue of your choice.

Now, with the planning process in mind we have been doing a lot of research on Pinterest, along with, it would seem – every bride in Ireland!

Pinterest is without doubt one of the most helpful tools any wedding planner can have at their disposal and always proves to be a mine of information for those who use it. In 2017 we can tell you that the top searched wedding information on Pinterest with regards to weddings is…. Drumroll please!

Tipperary Wedding News Pinterest
• Simple Wedding Hair Styles

Clearly the days of elaborate hairstyles are gone, todays emphasis is on simple up styles, curls and twists that every bride can do herself.

• Blue Suits for Men

Well we would be blind if we didn’t notice this trend over the past 24 months! The grooms and their groomsmen have clearly been very successfully marketed to and are all looking for the on trend blue suit.

• Brogues

A trend that goes hand in hand with the blue suits we mentioned above. Irelands men have embraced their heritage and are all about the brown brogues that have taken the country by storm.

Wedding Shoes For Kilkenny Wedding
• Matching Wedding Tattoos

This one caught us by surprise, but it seems more and more brides and grooms are opting for a permanent reminder of their big day. In particular we are seeing many tattooed wedding rings and small tattooed symbols that will no doubt stand the test of time along with any marriage.

• Statement Wedding Jewellery

Brides today are looking for jewellery that strays from the more tradition delicate diamonds and pearls and are opting for statement pieces that really say something special about the bride. Luckily Ireland is blessed with talented jewellery makers that can design a piece specifically for your desires.

Tipperary Wedding Cakes
• Taco Bars

Yes, you read that right. Searches for Taco bars are up a whopping 142% on 2016 and it looks like wedding guests could be treated to a whole host of mouth-watering options to choose from. What a wonderful idea… although we do have some reservations about some of the stains this could leave behind on wedding attire!

• Drop Frosted Wedding Cakes

One of the newest trends to hit our shores, and without doubt one of the most sought after. These beautifully decorated masterpieces will certainly be a most dramatic centrepiece on your big day.

Now, regardless of what’s trending and what’s not, we would always recommend going with choices that truly suit you and your intended. Trends are all very well, but as we all know, they certainly come and go. Choose options that are close to your heart and ask yourself if you will be happy with those decisions in years to come.

Kilkenny Bridal Hair Style

As always, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you if you are planning a wedding in Ireland. We offer a host of wedding video packages and will be happy to travel anywhere in the country to capture your big day.

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Keeping the Kids Entertained at your Wedding

As with any occasion, planning your wedding can take up much more of your time and attention than most ever possibly imagine. We hope that our regular wedding blog posts are helping you to get things ticked off your list a little bit faster and with a little less stress.
In this article we are going to give you a few pointers on keeping the kids happy and entertained at your wedding. If you decide to have children at your ceremony and reception, then it’s pretty important that the little ones enjoy themselves and don’t find the whole situation too overwhelming or boring. Remember, a happy child makes for happy parents and that will make all the difference to your big day.

Kids wedding party Kilkenny
• Hire a professional kids entertainer.

If you have enough money in your budget, then hiring a professional children’s entertainer for a few hours could be a great choice for you and your guests. Most entertainers will come fully equipped with all they need to keep the little ones entertained and happy. Ideal for during the speeches when the kids may get a bit restless!

• Hire a bouncy castle

Bouncy castles just never go out of fashion, and let’s be honest, you will probably have a hard time keeping some of the adults away from it! Hiring a bouncy castle is the ideal way to keep kids happy throughout the day. Make sure you check with the venue in advance and maybe ask about the possibility of an extra staff member to supervise.

• Provide goodie bags

Your young guests will definitely appreciate any little toys, games or trinkets they receive on the day and a goodie bag is the ideal way to keep them entertained at the table. Consider some colouring pencils or crayons, card or board games and of course some candy for those little sweet teeth!

• Provide a quiet space

Keep in mind that your wedding day is going to feel extra long for those with little legs and hands. By providing a quiet space for them to catch a nap or watch some tv you will be doing their parents a favour. Ask the venue about setting up a projector screen for a Disney screening or provide beanbags and low lighting so the little ones can get some well deserved rest.

• Hire or make your own candy cart

Candy carts are all the rage at the moment, and whether you make your own or hire a dedicated professional, this addition to your celebrations will definitely go down well with the children. Let’s be honest, it’s going to go down well with most adults as well!

• Fancy dress

Have a fancy dress party on the side for the kids at the reception. Let them get dressed up as their favourite characters and have their very own fancy dress party. You could also provide some face painting for the kids so they can really get into the spirit of things.

Kids having fun at Tipperary wedding

Whatever you decide, it’s important to remember that these little people at your wedding need to be well looked after. It’s a long day for most adults, so you can only imagine how the kids must feel come dinnertime. Try to include the children as much as possible in the occasions whilst giving them something they will enjoy and remember for a long time to come.

Thanks for reading my latest wedding blog post, I am already researching another very interesting wedding news article for next week.

Regards Eamon

777 Days

As I write this, I am overwhelmed to notice that it has been exactly 777 days since the people of Ireland voted in favour of marriage equality by a whopping 62%. It’s hard to believe it was over two years since this most momentous of days! I still remember the scenes at Dublin Castle like they were only yesterday, and each time I remember it makes me smile with the utmost pride.

Since this date, Drangan Video has been absolutely honoured to be a part of numerous marriages between couples  that fought hard for this result for many years. Just this month alone we will be celebrating 3 same sex marriages with couples who no longer need to struggle to have their love recognised. This makes us very happy indeed!

Civil Wedding Ceremony Tipperary

In most of my blog posts I talk about trends, recommend venues or give advice for the lead up to the big day. I would like to take a departure from that today and reflect upon what the past 777 days have meant for marriage equality across Ireland. Unfortunately Northern Ireland has yet to catch up, but I have every faith that this too will come to pass in the years to come.

One of the many reasons for the YES vote was to of course recognise the love between couples up and down the country regardless of gender, to show support and to give these couples the exact same rights that heterosexual couples have experienced for an eternity. Our little country with an increasingly elderly population and deep roots in religion didn’t have to think twice. Love is love after all and nothing else really matters.

Since the overwhelming majority of Irish citizens showed their support by voting YES in the May 2015 referendum, the landscape of the wedding industry (I hate to refer to it as an industry, but unfortunately that is what it has become) has changed dramatically. Venues up and down the country have opened their doors and their arms widely to welcome equality, businesses, suppliers and vendors have opened their eyes to the different types of ceremonies that are now available in the country and more popular than ever, and those who in the past did not understand what all the fuss was about, finally get it!

Civil Wedding Ceremony Kilkenny

I for one am proud to be a part of this change in our society and will always see love for exactly what it is, no walls, no barriers, just respect and appreciation for every couple in our society. There are of course still boundaries, which have not been broken down, but perhaps in the next 777 days we can work on those together.

For those of you who are planning to wed in the coming months and years, the team here at Drangan Video would like to assure you that we believe in equality in all it’s forms and will support all of our married couples by providing a service that does not discriminate against those who should never have had to fight so hard in the first place.

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