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Apps and Websites to Help Plan your Wedding

For those of you who have recently celebrated your engagement, we would like to introduce you to some of the most helpful apps and websites available for planning your big day. In today’s modern world, we are lucky to have hundreds of Apps and thousands of websites that can assist with the wedding planning process. Most of these Apps and websites are free to use, whilst some charge a nominal fee. The team here at Drangan Video are in a unique position in that we speak to Brides and Grooms from Tipperary, Kilkenny and many other counties  on a weekly basis, they have been kind enough to share with us, their recommendations for wedding planning tools both online and offline.

Planning a wedding in Thurles Tipperary
Pinterest

A firm favourite with all our Brides and Grooms, Pinterest is essentially a scrapbooking website where you can explore ideas for your upcoming wedding. Pinterest allows you to browse by category and view other members boards, it also allows you to add your favourite snippets of information and inspiration from any online sources.

WedPics

One of our personal favourite wedding Apps. By asking each of your guests to install the WedPics App on your big day, you will have full access to each and every photograph your guests take on their smartphones or tablets. This easy to use App is a must have addition to any wedding party.

Wedding Planning Complete

Wedding Planning Complete is available for all Android and IOS operating systems and is a superb tool for planning your big day. The App allows you to assign roles to your bridal party, share messages on Twitter and Facebook, prepare your guest list, arrange your seating plan and prepare your checklists and budget.

Tipperary bride  planning her wedding

 

Appy Couple

The Appy Couple App, allows you to send invites, upload directions, receive RSVP’s, upload maps, accommodation options and a wealth of information that will prove invaluable to your guests. This App can totally eliminate the need for physical invitations and greatly reduce your wedding stationery budget.
There are also a number of wonderful online Irish communities available for those of you who are in the throes of planning your wedding day. We can wholly recommend the following websites for invaluable information, tips, checklists, inspiration and more:

One Fab Day

Onefabday.com is a choc-a-bloc full of information and guidelines to assist you with the planning for your big day. Once you reach the site, make sure to confirm your location by selecting the flag on the top right-hand corner of the screen and selecting ‘Ireland and N.I.”.

Mrs2be

Mrs2be.ie is another fantastic online resource for all your wedding planning needs.

Hitched

Hitched.ie offers wedding planning tips, a list of nationwide vendors, informative articles and checklists to make planning for your big day as stress-free as possible.

Confetti

Confetti.ie is quite similar to Hitched, however it’s well worth visiting both websites to ensure you’re getting all the information you need.

wedding planning on pinterest

 

 

 

The above selection is just a small sample of what’s available online for your wedding planning needs. If you have a website or App that you would like to recommend, we would love to hear your thoughts.

The team here at Drangan Video provide nationwide wedding videography services and will always be available to answer any questions you may have regarding  your wedding in Tipperary, Kilkenny or any other county.

 

Trends in Home Weddings – Ideas for Planning the Perfect Day

One of my new year resolutions  for 2015 was to deliver well written and interesting blog posts  that would offer help regarding every aspect of wedding planning.  This week we take a look at trends in home weddings and ideas for planning the perfect day. I am looking froward to been  videographer for a number of home weddings in Carlow-Kilkenny  and Tipperary during 2016.

Home Weddings Carlow-Kilkenny
Home Weddings Carlow-Kilkenny

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether to save money or simply because having a home wedding is closer to the heart, many couples are planning to take their vows and celebrate at home. Although it may seem like a simpler choice to plan a wedding at home, there are always going to be some unexpected issues that need to be dealt with. If you are contemplating a home wedding, here are some ideas for planning the perfect day.

Call in a Landscaper :

Most homes just aren’t large enough to accommodate the number of guests you will want to invite to your wedding, even if it is going to be a small one by traditional standards. As a result, most home weddings are celebrated, at least in part, outdoors in the backyard or garden. However, no matter how well manicured your lawn is, you might want some special touches for a very special day.

Some landscapers add lovely lights for ambiance and perhaps a gurgling fountain as a serene background when your vows are said. Others set up a row of trellises as an ‘aisle’ for the bridal party to process down whilst others plant flowers and shrubs that will be the decorations and a backdrop for wedding pictures. As a videographer, I have seen some awesome landscaping done just for weddings and the videos taken on that day were breathtakingly beautiful.

Hire a Wedding Coordinator:

Even before contacting a landscaper, you may want to hire a wedding coordinator. Not only can a wedding planner help you organise everything from hiring a minister to booking a band, this person can perhaps see your grounds in ways that you don’t envision. A wedding coordinator can help you make the most of what you have to work with when planning home weddings and once the plans are made, the landscaper can design the elements to enhance the setting.

Self-Catered Foods from Family and Friends:

You may have a local restaurant that caters for such events as home weddings, but many couples find that it is much more fun to invite their friends and family to prepare favourite foods for the after-ceremony celebration. Foods can be as simple as hors d’oeuvres and finger sandwiches to full-course meals with each person responsible with a specific course.

The wedding cake may be another matter altogether though if you don’t have a professional baker in the crowd. Even so, most foods can be prepared at the homes of family and friends and brought along as they arrive for the ceremony.

Booking Local Talent:

When having a wedding at home, booking a band or DJ is going to be left totally up to you. Unless you have a wedding coordinator who is familiar with local talent, you will need to find your own entertainment. Even so, there are a number of online sites where you can book local talent to perform on your special day or you can ask around as close friends and family may have some great suggestions. It would be wise to plan your entertainment as far in advance as possible so as to get the group or DJ before they are already hired by someone else.

Home Is Where the Heart Is:
As a wedding videographer and founder of Drangan Video, I have been privileged to shoot some awesome weddings celebrated at the home of the bride and groom or their family. Each had a different appeal but all were well-planned, providing a day to remember.
Although it isn’t always less expensive to plan a wedding at home, there is something nice and inviting about staying clear of busy venues. This is your special day and if you choose to celebrate it at a place that is close to your heart, you can add your own touches to make this day truly your own.
Best Regards for a truly memorable day!
Eamon

 

 

 

Catriona and Eugene’s Wedding Day In Freshford Kilkenny

I recently had the pleasure of  been  videographer for the wedding of Catriona and Eugene in Freshford,  Kilkenny. The camera  coverage began at Catriona’s parents house which was only a 5 min drive from St. Lachtons Church on the village square.

It was a beautiful day with an abundance of warm April sunshine shining on the busy village of Freshford which is constructed around a large green tree lined square,  we used the square for the family photos after the ceremony.

The video clip contains some cool shots of Catriona preparing for the day, I  captured  a very special moment as the radiant bride  greeted her emotional  parents and family in the front hallway, ” first look for Mum & Dad”.

After the wedding ceremony we assembled on the village square for the family photos which were captured by local wedding photographer Terry Campion, the sun was beaming down it was an ideal setting for video and photos.

Wedding Video Freshford  Kilkenny
Wedding Video Freshford Kilkenny

After the family photos the bridal party  made their way to Upper Court Manor known locally as ” Upper Court.   It is the perfect venue for capturing colorful interesting wedding video footage. The house was built in 1790 by a Sir William Morris, the estate was then purchased  more recently  by Surgeon Paul O’ Byrne and a huge amount of of restoration work has been carried out on the house.  The property consists of 34 acres, a walled orchard and a “Loop walk” which will take you around the beautiful Kilkenny village of Freshford.

We stopped of Kavangh’s Pub the square Freshford for a well deserved drink by a thirsty bridal party, the pub is owned by famous Kilkenny hurler Michael Kavanagh and Tipperary folks are more than welcome by Michael and staff.

Our final stop was the ever famous Newpark Hotel Kilkenny, an excellent choice by Catriona & Eugene, it is one of my favorite wedding reception venues in Kilkenny.  The speeches were conducted before the meal and dancing commenced on time which is testament to the very efficient Newpark management and staff.

Catriona & Eugene have received their wedding DVD  and are very happy with the final production, I received a nice text from the happy couple expressing their gratitude for a jod well done. Catriona has also giving permission to have the clip shared on my Drangan Video facebook page.

It was a pleasure to have been Catriona Eugene’s wedding videographer it was a lovely   wedding, they were a smashing couple to work with I just did my own thing on the day all very easygoing and relaxed I am delighted with the end product.

More Kilkenny wedding news soon.

Regards 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.

 

Lovely Colourful Autum Wedding In Mullinavat, Kilkenny

Louise & Pat were married in Mullinavat, Kilkenny in beautiful Autum sunshine on October 24th 2014, they have long since received their wedding DVD and relieved the memories of what was an Amazing Wedding Day.

Mullinvat is located in the sunny south east of Ireland in Co. Kilkenny the name comes from the Mill of the Stick. The village was by-passed in 2010 when the Kilkenny Waterford section of the M9 opened, thankfully the village is still booming.  Louise and Pat were married in St Beacons Church which sits on an elevated site overlooking the village, it is a very well preserved church and a lovely location for a wedding ceremony.

Wedding Videographer Drangan Video
Wedding Videographer Drangan Video

As I headed for Mullinavat the sun was shining, it was hard to believe that November was just around the corner. Louise was getting ready from her Mum & Dad’s house only a mile or so outside the village, I arrived in good time to get ample coverage of the bridal preps, Louise was looking stunning  and showing no signs of pre- wedding  nerves.

After the wedding ceremony we returned to louise’s home for the photo call, just across from the house there is an old farm house and yards which have been restored with lovely stone work and cobble stone paths. The building is surrounded  by mature trees which were shedding their multi colored leaves, it was an ideal opportunity for capturing interesting and somewhat different footage.  I really like Autum weddings the colours are just out of this world especially when the sun is setting down and reflecting sparkling beams of light through  partly bare leafed trees, its magic.

After the photos  we were kindly  invited in for a cup-pa and some very welcome tasty sandwiches  which needless to say went down a treat. Then it was time to head to The four star Hotel Kilkenny for what was to be a  happy and lively wedding reception.  As a videographer covering weddings in Kilkenny I am a frequent visitor to Hotel Kilkenny which has been voted one of the top wedding venues in Ireland and one of the top five in Leinster. The staff are a pleasure to deal with and are very helpful regarding the the wedding filming.

A big congratulations to Louise & Pat, they were both a pleasure to work with. It was another Tipperary Kilkenny Match Pat hails from Hollyford in North Tipperary  a rural area with a strong hurling tradition.  It was nice to have been asked to be their wedding videographer, I really enjoyed the day they were so laid back and relaxed and very happy in each others company.

Thanks for dropping by.

Best regards Eamon.