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Upcoming Wedding Fairs in Ireland, February and March 2020

Following on from our earlier  blog post about wedding fairs in December and January, we now take a look at some events that are happening in Tipperary, Kilkenny and across the country in February and March. These wedding fairs and venue showcases are a great source of inspiration for many of the couples we meet and can really help with the planning of your big day. If you know of any wedding showcases that are happening in your local area in the coming months and would like us to include them in our next listing, please do get in contact with Eamon here at Drangan Video.

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Here we are now   that time of year again with wedding fairs and open days taking place every weekend , if you’re recently engaged, you will looking forward to attending as many as possible.
Making time to visit wedding fairs  in the early stages of planning your wedding, is definitely worthwhile   meeting suppliers face to face is better than shopping online. Another reason to visit wedding fairs, especially  those taking  place at your chosen wedding venue,  you will get to see spaces dressed for weddings which will give you an idea of what works for you on the day

Wedding fairs can also help to save money  because many suppliers will  be offering  discounts if you book them on the spot,  do your research before you go and find out which suppliers will be there, then if there are discounts on offer on the day, you can make the most of them knowing that the supplier in question is the right for for you and your wedding.

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February Wedding Fairs and Wedding Showcases in Ireland

2nd of February: The Westgrove Hotel, Spa and Leisure Club (Winter Wedding Fair), Co. Kildare.
2nd of February: The Springfield Hotel, Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
2nd of February: The Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin.
2nd of February: The Woodenbridge Hotel, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.
2nd of February: Waterford Castle Hotel (Spring Wedding Showcase), Waterford.
8th of February: The Kenmare Bay Hotel and Resort, Kenmare, Co. Kerry.
9th of February: The Johnstown Estate, Enfield, Co. Meath.
9th of February: Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle, Co. Down.
9th of February: The Clanard Court Hotel (Winter Wedding Showcase), Athy, Co. Kildare.
10th of February: Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle, Co. Down.
11th of February: Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle, Co. Down.
16th of February: The Europa Hotel, Belfast.
16th of February: The Woodenbridge Hotel, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.
17th, 18th and 19th of February: Ballygarry Castle, Co. Antrim.
20th of February: The Anner Hotel (Spring Wedding Evening), Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

All of the above listed dates were correct at the time of this blog publication. If you would like your venue to be included in Drangan Video’s upcoming blog posts, please feel free to get in touch with Eamon here and he will be happy to oblige.

March Wedding Fairs and Wedding Showcases in Ireland

1st of March: The Woodenbridge Hotel, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.
1st of March: Kilkenny River Court Hotel, Co. Kilkenny.
1st of March: The Dunloe Hotel Wedding Consultation Day, Beaufort, Co. Kerry.
1st of March: The Hub, Kilkenny – Beat the Wedding Day!
8th of March: Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick.
22nd of March: The Spectacular Whimsical Wedding Fair, Langton House Hotel, Co. Kilkenny.

At this time we do not have further confirmed dates for March 2020, a follow up blog post will be published in February with additional dates across the country.

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Drangan Video is based in Tipperary and offers wedding video services, drone footage and in-house editing to couples  right across Ireland. Whether you’re based in Cork, Dublin, Tipperary or Kilkenny , we will be happy to travel to your chosen wedding location at absolutely no extra cost to you. The team here at Drangan Video is committed to providing you with a professional wedding video service, expert advice, top class customer service and the very latest in digital video technology.

Are you proposing this Christmas ?

Are you hoping to pop the question over the festive period? Feeling a little nervous, excited and anxious? You have absolutely nothing to worry about! Proposing to the person you love will be an amazing experience and one you and your partner will remember for the rest of your lives. If you and your partner are not big on grand gestures or uncomfortable with elaborate set-ups, do things your own way. Every proposal should be different and unique to the couple involved, there’s no need to plot some elaborate scheme when a simple ‘will you marry me’ is often the most perfect thing you can do.

For those of you who are looking for some proposal ideas, we have listed some below that may help to inspire your own unique proposal.

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1. The Advent Calendar
Make an advent calendar for the love of your life; use a simple booklet or a series of gifts or notes each day for your partner to open. If you opt for daily small gifts, you can simply pop the ring into the date of your choosing, if you want them to read a special note every day, you can write your special question for the date of your choice. A wonderful surprise for that someone special in your life.

2. Hang it on the Tree
Yes, as simple as it sounds, this little idea is one of our favourites. Simply wrap the ring box in some beautiful packaging or cover it in gold or silver foil and hide it in amongst the other decorations on the tree. On the day of the proposal you can ask your partner where that decoration came from and ask them to take a closer look!

3. Christmas Morning with the Kids
If you have children, there’s nothing better than getting them involved in Mammy and Daddy’s happy day. Ask the kids to present your partner with the ring, all wrapped up with the other presents under the tree. This will be a moment that you can all remember together for the rest of your lives.

4. Christmas Dinner Proposal
If you’d like to propose on Christmas Day, try to incorporate the proposal in with your family meal. Consider hiding the ring in your partner’s dessert (make sure it’s not too well hidden, you want them to see it and not eat it!) or using the ring as a napkin holder on their place setting.

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Whatever way you choose to propose to that someone special in your life, you can be assured that it’s always the question that matters most. Whether you plan it well in advance or simply pop the question at a time that feels right, hearing ‘I do’ will be all that’s needed to make your proposal a success.

For all you budding fiancés out there, we wish you nothing but happiness and our heartiest congratulations for the years ahead

The Perfect Flowers for your Winter Wedding

Here at Drangan Video, we have been blessed to film hundreds of winter weddings over our 25 years in business. During this time, we have learned a lot about special touches, unique décor and inspired themes from our brides and grooms and we love nothing more than sharing them with our readers.

In this blog post we are going to look at some of the most wonderful winter wedding flowers, that are sure to add a touch of magic to your décor, bouquets and boutonnieres.

You would be forgiven for thinking that the winter months in Ireland don’t offer a lot of options in the floral department, after all our climate doesn’t encourage all year round flowering! However, there are some real floral gems to be found in our gardens, hedgerows, countryside and of course with our wonderful Irish florists. Take a look at the list below and envisage the perfect winter bouquet with these special blooms and foliage.

Eucalyptus

Whilst not native to Ireland, the eucalyptus can now be found on virtually every corner you turn. The silvery/blue tint and minty aroma is perfect to fill out any winter wedding bouquet. Add eucalyptus to your table centrepieces too for an extra touch of something special.

Berries

Take a ramble in your local countryside to avail of some of the most wonderful winter colours available in Ireland. Whether you opt for holly or hypericum berries, you can be assured that these will look wonderful in any floral arrangements, bouquets or centrepieces.

Pine Cones

Bouquets and centrepieces don’t have to be made up entirely of flowers and foliage. As with berries, pinecones, nuts and other winter fruits can add something really special to your décor and floral arrangements.

Spices

This may seem like an odd one, but stick with us! Cinnamon and star anise just smell like winter right? Think about adding one or two of each to your winter bouquet by attaching to a length of wire, the sweet, comforting smell will add a touch of warmth to your big day.

Roses

It goes without saying, that roses are one of the most popular choices for bridal bouquets, however they can be expensive at this time of the year, especially if you’re looking for red. Talk with your florist about the options available to you and perhaps opt for more subtle colours such as romantic pinks, creams and whites to enhance your arrangement.

Pine

The smell of fresh pine is one of the most wonderful winter scents we have come across, and it’s absolutely abundant in our countryside, towns and villages. No need to pay a fortune when we have such incredible foliage available outside our doors.

Drangan Video is delighted to offer winter wedding videography to couples in Kilkenny, Tipperary and right across Ireland. We now include drone footage in all our packages and provide you with the very best customer service at all times. Call Eamon today to learn more about capturing your wedding on video and learn more about our approach to providing you with a memorable wedding video

Planning a Wedding in December

Over the past decade we have seen a huge upsurge in winter weddings, particularly in the seasonal month of December. If you and your loved one are getting married in December of this year or 2020, we hope you find this article helpful when making your all-important plans.

The team here at Drangan Video are always delighted to film winter weddings and we come fully equipped with all the latest technology, know-how and videography equipment to ensure we capture your special day in all its winter glory!

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Below you will find some tips to ensure your winter wedding goes as smoothly as possible:

1. Choosing your venue
When choosing a venue for your winter wedding, it’s important to take the weather into account. If you have opted for a church wedding ceremony, try to choose a venue that is close to the church so that any adverse weather conditions won’t impact on your guests when travelling between the ceremony and the celebrations. For those of you who are exchanging vows in a civil ceremony, select a venue that will allow you to host both the ceremony and the reception in the same location. This will ensure that you and your guests will not have to brave the cold weather unnecessarily.

2. Daylight Hours are Shorter
It’s important to remember that daylight hours are at a minimum during the month of December, so you will need to plan accordingly. Plan your ceremony as early as possible to leave ample time for photographs, outdoor video shoots and travel time to your venue.

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3. Keep Warm
Keeping you, your bridal party and your guests warm and comfortable should be a top priority when planning your big day, after all you don’t want the most important people in your life to be suffering with colds and coughs after your big day. Purchase warm shrugs or wraps for your bridesmaids and offer guests blankets and throws in any outdoor seating areas. You should also ask the venue to provide outdoor heating in any areas where guests might congregate.

4. Winter Warming Drinks
Upon arrival at your reception, it’s a great idea to offer guests a warming celebratory drink, whether that’s mulled wine, Irish coffees or a hot whisky, you can be assured that your guests will appreciate the effort on a cold December day.

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5. Winter Wedding Décor
Speak with your venue about the seasonal décor that will be in place in the suite or room you have booked for your celebrations. You may not celebrate Christmas or may not be a particularly religious person, so it’s important that you make your décor requirements clear to the hotel or venue in advance. Keep in mind that the seasonal décor in hotels and churches at this time of year could really help you save some money!

6. Winter Wedding Favours
If you are a lover of Christmas and want to include some winter wedding favours for your guests, you could consider personalised tree baubles, sugared almonds or Christmas crackers. All are readily available online and some or Ireland’s leading charities sell Christmas tree baubles at affordable rates!

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If you’re planning a winter wedding and looking for a professional videographer who is experienced in filming in winter light, please do feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video. We are based in Tipperary and Kilkenny and happy to travel anywhere in Ireland with absolutely no extra cost to you and would be delighted to be a part of your big day.

Planning a Bilingual Wedding

Whilst the language of love may be universal, it’s important to take all of your guests into account when planning a bilingual wedding. Here at Drangan Video we have filmed at many weddings that have celebrated the joining of two cultures, countries and languages and love to see how our couples have overcome language barriers between guests. In this blog post we are going to look at some of the tips we have learned over our 25 years in the wedding video business, we hope this post assists you when planning your bilingual wedding in Ireland.

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Hire a bilingual wedding planner
Many of our couples have found that the assistance of a bilingual wedding planner is absolutely worth it when it comes to planning their wedding. Your bilingual wedding planner can assist with the wording of your invitations, can assist with guest communication during family photo’s and can act as a mediator between your vendors and guests throughout the day.

Bilingual wedding invitations
Rather than sending out your invitations in one language only or designing two separate sets of wedding stationery, perhaps consider dual sided stationery to cover both languages. These reversible invites are also a great memento for guests to keep and treasure and are a symbol of your unique and wonderful relationship.

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Wedding website
If you have family travelling long distances to your wedding, it’s always important to give them as much information as possible in the months leading up to the big day. Consider setting up a website that can be viewed in both languages, this will enable your guests to plan in advance, make online bookings for accommodation and learn about the area they will be visiting.

The ceremony
If at all possible, hire a bilingual celebrant to officiate at your wedding. Rather than directly translating every word and adding considerable length to your wedding ceremony, an experienced bilingual celebrant will know exactly how to conduct your ceremony so that it is inclusive to all in attendance.

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Bilingual family and friends
Ask any bilingual family and friends in attendance to look out for guests who may be struggling with the language barrier. This will help to break the ice between family members of both sides and will greatly assist with the comfort of your guests who may be feeling a little overwhelmed by their unfamiliar surroundings.

The Speeches
Ask those who are making speeches to keep them to a certain length. There’s nothing worse than a room full of people listening to a speech that they can’t understand. Consider having the speeches transcribed and translated for guests prior to the big day, these can then be projected on a screen during the speeches. You may also ask your top table to incorporate both languages into their speeches if they are comfortable doing so, remember a little bit of effort will go a very long way!

Celebrate
As part of your celebrations, incorporate both cultures and languages into the big day. Celebrate the differences and use them to unite your two families for a day and night to remember.

If you are planning a wedding in Ireland, whether bilingual or not, Eamon here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. As well as being top-notch wedding videographers we’re also great communicators and will always go the extra mile to ensure you and your guests have a great experience.