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The Value Of Wedding Videography

Many of my couples say that they would love to have a wedding video  but they haven’t allowed for it in their budget. There are so many things to budget for when planning a wedding, costs add up quickly and many couples find themselves having to decide which suppliers will be included in the final list. If it comes down to cutting out certain wedding day costs to suit your budget, don’t cut something as personal and long  lasting  as the wedding video. I’m not trying sell my product in this blog post  but I do want to share a  personal  view regarding  wedding videography. My wife and myself were married in 1983 at that time a wedding video was a very expensive luxury that we could not afford, we have a lovely photo album which we take out at family gatherings, all these years later we often comment,  If those pictures could only speak.

Kilkenny Wedding Videographer

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY VS VIDEOGRAPHY

Photos are timeless they can be saved on PCs and hand held devices  for sharing with family and friends they can also be printed and preserved in a wedding album.  A photo is a single frame frozen in time  allowing  you to look at it for a few seconds or minutes, every photo tells its own story.  Videography  allows you to re-live your  ceremony, speeches and sound bites from morning preps. The combination of audio and video work together to relive the emotions from the most important day in your life.
Couples say to me that their wedding day flew by  but  we are so happy to have a highlights  film and a full documentary video of the entire day on USB and DVD. I’ve heard  from couples reflecting on their wedding day that their biggest regret was not having a videographer  It is a worth while investment that will appreciate in value and let you relive all the emotions time and time again with your children &  grandchildren in future years. For me here at Drangan Video its all about persevering  beautiful moments in time that pass us by, memories that were often forgotten thankfully now we have the ability now to capture time and hold on to it forever looking at it over again and again. That is the magic of video and what I do at every wedding  I record.

Wedding celebrations in Kilkenny

If you are in the process of wedding planning and are shopping for a wedding videographer in Kilkenny, Tipperary or any other county, please feel free to contact Eamon here at Drangan Video who will be more than happy to discuss our exciting range of affordable videography packages for 2021/2022

Shopping For A Wedding Videographer

Here are a few things you should consider when shopping for a wedding videographer to make  sure your entire experience  with the finished production is as good as it can be.  Over the past 20years Drangan Video has been lucky to have worked with so many amazing  couples in Kilkenny, Tipperary and up and down the country, in this blog post we are happy to share the typical questions that we receive  regarding our services.

Kilkenny couple busy with wedding planning

Shopping for a wedding videographer in Kilkenny

 
What is the style of the finished product
Music Driven / Montage  described  as a music video style,  we use very little  natural audio from the day,  all video captions are overlaid with music. This would suit couples who are working on a tight budget, or simply don’t like hearing the sound of their own voices, it has been requested from time to time and is a nice memory of the day.

Dialog Driven Wedding Film
This is one of our most requested wedding film styles, finding natural audio clips from the day, using real toasts, the wedding vows and general audio from the full day to form a unique wedding story.  It requires more skill and time its one of our more up market packages, judging by feedback from our customers its worth the extra spend.
Some videographers like using very short clips fast style with upbeat music,  others edit with a slow dreamy style while paying great attention to color grading.  Each videographer will have their own natural default production style.  My style  certainly dose focus on the couples personality and is dialog driven,  when you view Drangan Video films, you will see the couples personality shining through.

Outdoor Wedding Video in Kilkenny

So ask what is your Style of  Videography?
Don’t be afraid to ask your videographer this question, It will help you understand what to expect from your wedding film. My style has always been a journalistic approach  allowing  for more non intrusive free flowing wedding day. I get some shots with imperfect lighting and unusual angles, for couples and guests who prefer been filmed from a distance  this would be their perfect choice of wedding videography.

Who will be filming your wedding.
Here at Drangan Video all our weddings are shot and edited by Eamon, if an extra videographer is required that can be arranged.  A good personality is important especially for a wedding videographer are you comfortable dealing with them, are they good to be around on the day and do your other vendors feel comfortable working with them on the day.
Try to talk with your proposed  videographer to make sure that you are comfortable with him/her, Photographers have  told me stories about  videographers who were trying to take control of the photo shoot and not working in harmony during the photo call, all that tension will have a negative impact on the Bridal Party and families.  Most videographers can produce good results when conditions are perfect, but professionals produce great results  even when things are not going as planned, the weather can be unpredictable here in Kilkenny So we always need to have a plan B

Can you tell me about your wedding video experience
You will want your wedding videographer to have many years of experience, the longer they have been shooting weddings the more they have learned  and will be able to handle any unexpected  situation that may pop up.

Fun Weddings in Kilkenny

Have you filmed at this wedding venue before?
If  your videographer has filmed at the venue before, they will  know all the best places for the best shots, they will  know  the management and staff which  helps to keep everyone happy and smiling.

Have you worked with my photographer before
This is a very important question to ask your videographer, also ask your photographer the same question. If the photographer and videographer aren’t able to work smoothly together, it is going to affect your photos and video and your personal mood.  An experienced  videographer will be willing to adapt their style to blend in with the photographer.

The Final Product
The final product that your wedding videographer is offering can be confusing  the reason is because we all offer different packages, getting your head around the following  buzz words is important FacebookTeaser/Sneak Preview/Trailer/Instagram Highlights, These are similar names for  the same product.  Our  short edit films are usually between 1 minute and 5 minutes duration on Instagram, they are the films that our couples would have watched when checking out our work. We like to keep it simple yet producing high quality wedding videos ( Stylistic documentary Edits)

Delivery Format DVD, Blu-Ray, USB, Online
We deliver DVD, Blu-Ray, USB Drives and online more and more videographers  do not deliver these formats  but  more experienced videographers will still offer these delivery options. All our highlight films are delivered online in addition to physical delivery.

When will I get the final product
You will have to decide whether a faster delivery, or a top quality wedding film is more important to you,  a faster delivery usually will mean less quality  but a longer time frame doesn’t always guarantee  a better video, our turnaround on delivery is normally 4months.

 How much do you cost
A wedding video can cost anything from as little as €600 right up to €3,000 you can spend as much or as little as you want.  Wedding videography  is a creative talent and because of that the price gap can vary  dramatically.  A well established seasoned videographer is going to be at least as expensive as your photographer.  Our top video package @ €1200  provides coverage of the full day from morning preps up to 11pm in the evening.

Should I  take the risk of hiring someone with little experience.
 You can’t do a re-run of your wedding day,  you won’t  get a second chance with the video. A highly experienced, skilled videographer will capture a wedding in ways that a budget videographer simply can’t,  when you enter the church to see your groom, you want to remember his face, and not the clumsy  videographer who has setup his tripod in the center aisle. You don’t want an award looking camera man appearing in every wedding photo. Novice  videographers are more likely not to have a backup plan when cameras, recorder, cards or hard drives fail. Low budget  always means low quality product, and you’ll never get second chance for your wedding DVD.

If you are searching for a wedding videographer for your wedding in Kilkenny, Tipperary or any other county, please feel free to contact myself Eamon here at Drangan Video who will be happy chat to you about our range os affordable wedding video packages for 2021 and 2022.

Wedding Videography Trends In Kilkenny and Tipperary

Here at Drangan Video we are always keeping an eye on the latest wedding videography trends, we have been  covering weddings in Kilkenny, Tipperary and up and down the country for almost 25 years, personally I have learned so much about wedding video production and still learning as we go forward to 2021 and beyond.

Wedding Trends In Kilkenny 2021/2022

Wedding Videography Trends In Kilkenny & Tipperary 2021/2022

Thanks for stopping by and taking time out to read this blog post chances are that you’re  recently engaged or in the process of wedding planning, congratulations from Drangan Video.

Maybe your going through the  process of meeting with numerous videographers trying to come up with a vision of what your wedding film should look like, you don’t  want a tacky wedding film comprising of boring posed set up captions. To help you avoid disappointment  we have come up with a list of what we think will be the most popular wedding videography trends for 2021/2022

Same Day Video Edit
Drangan Video has been providing same day editing for more than 10years, its by no means a new trend but it’s a standard wedding video add on. The same day editing is where  the videographer gathers footage from the morning preps, the ceremony, the photo shoot and guest messages, then while the guests are having dinner your videographer will retire to a quit area to compile and produce a short highlights video which will be ready for viewing just before the first dance, Drangan Video also offer the option of sharing the the short  video on social media Facebook/Instagram.  Same-day editing  requires at least two videographers which will add an extra cost to your wedding video budget, same day video footage always goes down well with the guests always guarantees a few cheers and maybe a tear or two.

Drone Wedding Videos In Kilkenny

Drone Wedding Videos In  Kilkenny & Tipperary

Drones are capable of grabbing a certain visual that’s not possible to get on the ground, its not all about those dramatic aerial shots of your ceremony location, its about those candid moments that capture the fun and excitement of the day. Just imagine all your guests already standing as the bride and her bridesmaids nervously line up around for a group photo

Take Advantage of Your Venue
Drangan Video is including  drone footage with all packages at no extra cost. Drones will capture dynamic  videos that display the scope and scenic view of your wedding venue, aerial videos  offer a unique perspective of your beautiful wedding location.  Are you having your ceremony on a cliff edge, mountainside, beach  or some other stunning location Imagine looking back over your wedding film with your kids  and having a sweeping aerial video caption  of your venue as an opener to your wedding film all those years ago. The latest drones are so quick to launch we are able to get creative  wedding shots within minutes. Drones are very durable, but they are battery driven with electronic components  so that means  flying in rain or strong  winds is not an option.  Our drone will  never distract or interfere with the flow of the wedding we always avoid  close-ups,  its a very unsafe practice and is very  intrusive and distracting.

Wedding Video Trends In Tipperary

Drangan Video Wedding Invitations

Here in Kilkenny and Tipperary  video invitations have stood the test of time usually in the form of short wedding video teaser, the wedding invitation is the first clue as  of the type of wedding you are planning  to have. The colors, the style, the images in it help you start to tell the story of your wedding.

Personalized wedding video invitations
Give us your old photos we will make a video that’s personal, informative, and uniquely your own. The great thing about video invitations is that the choices are endless it can be a  love story showing the couple as children who grew up and fell in love.

Seasonal wedding invitation videos
Whether you are getting married in summer or winter you will have plenty of visual inspiration. Spring weddings will be bright colorful with all those  spring flowers.  A summer wedding will give off a warm vibe with sandy beaches. Fall brings in rich colours  reds & golds,  and a winter wedding can focus cool blues and dark reds.
The choices are endless.

Thanks again for taking time out to read our latest wedding blog article, if you are in the process of trying to choose a wedding videographer, please feel free to contact myself Eamon here at Drangan Video who will be happy to discuss our range affordable high quality wedding video packages for 2021/2022. We are happy to cover weddings in Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, Limerick and any other County.

Aisling & Liam’s Wedding Video In Kilkenny

Aisling O’ Dwyer and Liam Heffernan celebrated their wedding ceremony with family and close friends in Knockmoylan Church Kilkenny , followed by and intimate wedding reception in Hotel Kilkenny.

Here at Drangan Video we have been  very busy since restrictions were eased allowing  25 guests  to attend weddings, Aisling & Liam had their wedding video booked well in advance they had planned on having 180 guests but like so many other couples they had to cut their list to just a fraction of that.

The day began with a visit to Aisling’s parents house to cover the the bridal preps, followed by a lovely ceremony in Knockmoylan Kilkenny. Aisling and Liam really embraced the new wedding normal they had so much spare time for chatting to their guests, they described their day as been much more meaningful than a big wedding celebration.

Wedding Video In Kilkenny

Looking  Ahead To  Kilkenny / Tipperary Weddings In  2021

The past few months have been a worrying time for those planning on getting married in 2021 the present health situation presents couples  with new challenges, we have picked up a few tips from recent weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford and other locations.

The usual hugging and kissing is not taking place, guests are doing a friendly wave or an elbow to elbow greeting.  Setting  up a personal  wedding website for your big day is a great way of providing information and advice for your guests.

Photo At Kells Mill Kilkenny

Hair and Makeup Artists:
Theses are two  very important suppliers that we work with, they are so careful about attention to detail in making sure that sponges and brushes etc. are fully sterilized. Hair and makeup artists work in very close proximity to the bridal party its vital that they wear masks.

The Wedding Ceremony:
The handshake or sign of peace is not advised under current restrictions, also every second pew in a church is blocked off with yellow tape  to prevent close contact, for a civil or humanist ceremony the same rules apply.
If you are planning a humanist or civil ceremony you might have a chance of having it outside in the fresh air which would be safer than an indoor ceremony.

Wedding Videographer Kilkenny

Here at Drangan Video we have seen at first hand the changes around church weddings in Tipperary & Kilkenny some have no communion at the the mass, others have communion where the guests remain seated and the celebrant comes down to each phew.
The traditional greeting line is dropped, guests are happy to give the couple a friendly wave from a safe distance, I had a wedding in Tipperary last week with the couple getting straight into the car after walking down the aisle.

The Wedding Venue:
Wedding venues like Hotel Kilkenny are really pulling out all the stops with safety action plans in place to keep everyone safe, the hotels that we have been working in  over the past few months are doing an incredible job, with temperature checks  on arrival, foot pedal hand sanitizers and social distance notices on floors. Hotels are allowing  plenty of space for guests to stay spread out at the drinks reception,  they are also  serving food in  individual portions at the drinks reception, speeches are now taking place before the meal which  works well for the videography.

Aisling and Liam In Hotel Kilkenny

If you are are planning your wedding in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Limerick or any other locations, please feel free to contact myself Eamon here at Drangan Video, check out range of affordable wedding videoghraphy packages from as little as €800.
Wishing all our past and future couples a very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

Having A Small Wedding In Ireland

Here at Drangan Video we have adapted very well to recording  smaller weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Carlow and many other counties, smaller weddings are the new normal at least for the moment.

With Government guidelines limiting the numbers to 25 people it might be worth considering the following  small wedding ideas which means you won’t lose out on having a day to remember.
From ways to make a large venue seem more intimate, to having a family style dinner with creative seating, your day can be just as enjoyable.

Wedding Video Kilkenny

Having A Small Wedding In Ireland 2020/2021

The big white wedding is not for everyone  or is it possible to have one at the moment, due to restrictions on numbers  smaller weddings are growing in popularity as couples choose to  just have their closest family and friends or loved ones. With a more intimate guest list, you can create a personal and unforgettable wedding day experience.

Here in Tipperary and Kilkenny a small wedding with less than 15 guests is sometimes referred to as a micro wedding and  having 40 guests is described as having a small wedding, it’s really up to each couple what they consider to being a small or large wedding. If you’re trying to get get your head around the idea of having a small wedding, just consider the following reasons for going small.

The  cost of your wedding will be much less expensive:
You will have more time with  individual family members:
You can splash out more cash on your biggest priorities:
A smaller wedding will be a much more intimate celebration:
Its important to remember that by going with a small guest list doesn’t mean that everything else has  to be small, why not splash out big on the dress, invites, venue and dinner.

Wedding Videographer Tipperary

 Tips for a Planning a Small Wedding

Make sure that your not sharing your venue with another wedding:
From my experience as a wedding videographer I get  feedback from lots of couples stating that they don’t want to share their wedding venue with another couple. Make it clear that you want exclusive use regardless of wedding size, having to share your wedding reception  is a definite thumbs down

We’ve got some great wedding venues in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford,Cork and throughout Ireland that specialize in hosting micro weddings. These venues take pride in holding very small weddings so they’ll know exactly how to make the most of your 25 guest wedding

 Only Invite Your Personal  Friends and Family
You will need to be pretty rootless  with the guest list, that 25 guest limit includes the couple, the celebrant, Videographer/Photographer so now you’re looking at a maximum of 20 guests. Every person that you invite to a small wedding should be someone that you are genuinely close to and is very much part of your life every day.

Do You Need A Wedding Planner for a small Wedding
Many venues offer a wedding coordinator service as part of the wedding package, with a smaller number of guests you will have less people to call upon to do certain jobs. Availing of the planner means the day will flow easier and you won’t have to worry about your wedding reception time table.

Sharing Your Wedding on Social Media Yes or No
Unplugging your wedding entails asking your guests  to put away their phone cameras  and focus on living in the moment. Privacy seems  a bigger consideration for couples who are having a small wedding. As a wedding videographer I’ve often been asked not to share any video clips from the wedding on Facebook, Instagram or other social media sites, so don’t  be afraid to ask guests or videographer to refrain from sharing on social media.

Maxamize Your Wedding Day Memories

If you really want to get married now, my advice is go for it you may need to completely  change your original wedding plan  forget the large formal wedding by choosing a civil ceremony in a private room at your favorite wedding venue.  Whatever your wedding ends up looking like, embrace it forget about  your original plan, take advantage of what you’ve got right now. So focus on all the good things, your family, close friends your good health  and spend your budget on maxamizing your  wedding day memories. Whatever the size of your guest list, your small wedding ideas are a brilliant place to start in creating a memorable and unforgettable wedding  day.

If you are in the process of wedding planning a small wedding in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Limerick or Waterford please feel free to contact Eamon here at Drangan Video who will be happy to discuss our range of very affordable wedding videography packages for 2021/2022.