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Planning for the Weather on your Wedding Day

Here at Drangan Video in Tipperary and Kilkenny, we have been providing wedding videography services to Ireland’s most loved-up couples for almost 25 years. We have seen every type of weather conceivable, quite often all on the same day, and we know that a little preparation can go a very long way!

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Due to our somewhat unpredictable climate, planning for the weather is an absolute ‘must’ when it comes to preparing for your Irish wedding. Getting married in June or July does not guarantee sunshine as we all know, and you could end up with blue skies and high temperatures in November when the winds blow in the right direction. In this blog post, we are going to look at some tips that you can keep in mind when planning your big day. Remember though, that no matter what the weather, your day is going to be a day to remember, rain, sunshine, snow or ice won’t make a jot of difference when you say ‘I do’ to the one you love!

Umbrellas for guests:
Pre-pack umbrellas into family and friends cars in the days leading up to your big day. Choose playful colours, pastels or quirky designs to add a splash of colour to your day. Whether the umbrellas are used to ward off the rain or to protect your guests from the sunshine, you can be assured they’ll be appreciated by all who use them. Perhaps consider getting the umbrellas personalised with a monogram, these make great wedding favours and mementos for your guests and you can be guaranteed they’ll be used again!
Blankets and throws:
A lovely touch for the evening of your wedding when guests tend to wander outdoors, consider providing some throws and blankets to ward off the cool night air. If you’re having an outdoor or marquee wedding, these little touches will make all the difference for guests of all ages.

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Sunscreen:
If it looks like it’s going to be a sunny day, consider leaving some sunscreen in the ladies and gents restrooms as part of a toiletries hamper. If you have children attending your wedding celebrations, you can be assured that their parents will welcome this little touch to keep the kiddies sunburn free for the day.

Have a plan B:
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, it’s imperative that you have a plan B for your big day. Speak with your wedding venue and vendors in advance to put a plan in place for a rainy day event. Ask your venue to have an indoor area available and ready for your guests in the event of rain. With one or two days to go until the wedding you should have a clearer idea of the forecast and can start putting plans in motion.

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Warm/cool your guests with a welcome drink:
Whether you’re looking at soaring temperatures or romantic snow, a welcoming drink for your guests upon arrival can make all the difference. A winter wedding paired with mulled wine is a real treat for the senses and can help your guests warm up, relax and get ready for the celebrations. During the summer months you can opt to serve cooling cocktails and juices. It’s the little touches that make a big difference!

Looking for a wedding videographer in Kilkenny or Tipperary who knows how to handle the Irish weather? Give Eamon a call here at Drangan Video to learn more about our affordable wedding video packages and drone footage.

Things you might not have considered on your Wedding Day

In this blog post, we are going to address some items you may not have considered in the planning process for your big day. Already think you have everything covered? Perhaps have a read through our tips; hopefully we’ll have mentioned something you will find helpful on the day!

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1. What do I do with my engagement ring prior to the ceremony?
Did you know that it’s tradition to wear your engagement ring on your right hand on the day of the wedding? Once you have exchanged rings at the ceremony you can then move the engagement ring back to the ring finger on your left hand for the reception and celebrations.

2. Who is responsible for lifting the bride’s veil during the ceremony?
If you’re a stickler for tradition, then you have two options here. If you are being ‘given away’ or accompanied up the aisle by someone dear to you, you can have them lift your veil when you reach your intended. Alternatively, you can ask your fiancé to lift your veil when the ceremony begins.

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3. Left or right?
What sides of the aisle do the bride and groom stand? If you’re opting for a church wedding, tradition stipulates if you are standing facing the altar, the bride stands on the left and the groom on the right. It’s important to note though that you can stand wherever you like at any non-religious ceremony.

4. Can I have a catholic ceremony without the mass?
This may come as a surprise to many, but the answer is yes! Perhaps you want to shorten the time spent in church for any number of reasons. You may have family that are not religious, or you and your partner may be of different religious beliefs. This option to marry within the church without the accompanying mass is an option that not many couples are aware of. Speak to your local clergy for more information on this option.

5. Does our chosen venue allow us to take photographs during the ceremony?
It’s important that you double check with your venue about their photo policy. In most cases the church or civil ceremony venue will have no problem with photographers doing their thing during the ceremony but you could get a surprise on the day if you don’t ask in advance. Some churches may have a ‘no photo’ policy, so it’s important that you know this before finalizing your booking.
6. Disability Access
In most cases, venues across Ireland today will be fully equipped for those who may need special assistance on the day. If you or one of your guests has a wheelchair or requires alternative arrangement, it’s important to speak with your venue in advance to confirm they can be accommodated.

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Drangan Video has been providing wedding videography services to couples  in Kilkenny and across Ireland for over 25 years. We take a unique approach to capturing your big day and always strive to be as un-intrusive as possible; we like to let you enjoy your day without ever having to worry about us doing our job! Using the very latest in video cameras and editing software, Drangan Video is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading wedding videography providers. We are happy to travel anywhere in Ireland at absolutely no extra cost to the bride and groom. Feel free to get in contact with Eamon here at Drangan Video  to learn more about our packages and discover why we are the perfect choice for your big day!

Overcoming the Nerves before your Wedding Speech

In this wedding blog post we are offering some tips and advice on overcoming the nerves before your Wedding Speech, here at Drangan Video we have attended  our fair share of weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny and many other counties up and down the country, so its fair to say that we have heard  more wedding speeches than than your average Joe.
In 2013 our beautiful daughter celebrated her wedding in Langton House Hotel in Kilkenny it was a day that my wife and myself will never forget, we were looking forward to the day for so long, one of my father of the bride duties was to stand up and deliver a speech, it was an honor to stand up and talk. Traditionally, the first  speaker at an  Irish wedding is indeed the Father of the Bride, was I nervous ?  the answer is yes !!

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Delivering a speech is never an easy task, particularly if you’re not comfortable with public speaking. In this blog post we are going to explore some tips that we believe will ease your nerves and assist with the preparations. Whether you’re delivering a speech as the Best Man, the Bride, Groom or Parent, these tips will help you to remain calm, cover all the important points and leave your audience feeling all warm and fuzzy!

Most wedding speeches will be highly anticipated by all guests at the wedding, so it’s important that you put real time and effort into delivering a speech that covers all of the most important points.

Writing the Wedding Speech

Always speak aloud before you start writing! This may seem a bit strange, but once you have spoken the words out loud, you begin to formulate other ideas in a way that flows more naturally. This practice will also assist with calming any nerves you may be experiencing.

Practice your Breathing

Really? Yes, breathing comes naturally we know that, but keeping your breathing relaxed and steady during the delivery of your speech, will allow you to remain calm and speak without stuttering or getting panicked.

Ask a Friend to be your Ears

Enlist the help of a good friend to sit and listen to your speech. Choose someone who isn’t afraid to give you honest feedback, someone who will boost your confidence and give you the encouragement you need.

Make Note Cards

It’s not always necessary to write down your speech word for word, you will want to sound natural on the day and perhaps adlib a bit from time to time. Word cards with bullet points that will steer you in the right direction will work wonders. Here are some of the points you can list on your notes:

• Who to thank
• Names of everyone at the top table
• Pointers
• ‘ Tell the story about……’

Avoid too much Alcohol or Caffeine before the Speech

As tempting as it may be to indulge in some dutch courage before the speeches, it’s probably a better idea to wait until the speech has been delivered before you partake of any alcohol. Try to steer clear from too much caffeine as well, as this can bring on feelings of anxiety if you’re already feeling a little nervous.

Be Assured you are Surrounded by Friends

If you start to feel a bit anxious or nervous, know that you are surrounded by friends and family that know and love you. They don’t mind if you stumble on your words a bit or seem a bit nervous. Remember that you have probably spoken to everyone in this room already at some stage, so there are no strangers here or people that judge you.

Nerves are Good

Nerves are there to remind us that we are doing something important. Surely that’s a good thing right? All you need to do is take that first leap and the rest of the speech will follow with ease. The adrenalin you get from that first round of applause or shriek of laughter will leave you feeling full of confidence.

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Practice, Practice, Practice

This should go without saying, but you would be surprised at the amount of people who don’t take this advice. Practice will help you to deliver a polished speech with ease and clarity, the more you practice, the more accomplished your delivery will become.

If you are interested in having your big day filmed  and would like to learn more about our wedding video packages, please get in touch with Eamon today and he will answer any questions you may have. Whether you are getting married in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Dublin or Galway, we will be happy to travel to your destination to capture your big day.

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Eamon.

Choosing your Rings without Breaking the Bank

In general, we write a lot of our blog posts for couples who are in the process of planning their weddings, however, on this occasion we would like to dedicate a piece to those who are hoping to get engaged in the near future. Over the years in the wedding videography business, we have spoken to brides and grooms in all corners of the country, Cork, Tipperary, Dublin, Kilkenny… the list goes on, and during this time have come across many couples that have to save for years to afford an engagement ring, let alone a wedding. All of these brides and grooms had one thing in common – if they could have saved money on their engagement and wedding rings, they would happily have done so in order to put the savings towards the big day itself.

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With this in mind we have developed a list of tips that may help you to purchase the engagement ring of your dreams without spending a fortune or finding yourself in debt.

1. Diamonds with slight flaws or as they’re known in the industry ‘inclusions’ will cost significantly less than those that are considered the ‘perfect diamond’. To the naked eye or to anyone who is not a diamond expert, these rocks look just as magnificent and will certainly help you to make a saving.
2. Cluster diamonds, which are many small diamonds arranged together, could cost significantly less than one large solitaire diamond and look incredible without breaking the bank.
3. Diamonds of less than 1 carat will always bring down the price, however can look just as impressive and special with the right ring setting.
4. When choosing the metal for your ring, opt for a lower karat grade. Perhaps consider 14k gold over 18k gold for a large saving without sacrificing any quality. Silver and white gold are also excellent options.
5. Buy your diamond ring online. There has never been a better time to shop for wedding jewellery online, with a wealth of styles, cuts and colours to choose from, you can be sure you will find a ring you love and still keep some extra money in your pocket to put towards the big day.
6. For those of you who aren’t keen on diamonds, try some of the more unusual stones on offer such as emeralds, opals, ruby or amber stone.
7. If you’re looking for the appearance of a diamond without the cost normally associated, check out some of the cubic zirconia options that are available in most jewellers in Ireland.
8. Buy your diamonds separately from the ring. We hear more and more from our brides and grooms that they have sourced their diamonds online or on holiday abroad and had them mounted on a customised band in their local jewellers. A great way to save some hard earned cash!

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If you and your loved one are planning to get engaged in the next few months, let us be the first to extend our heartiest congratulations. We would love it if you kept us in mind for your upcoming celebrations and we promise to provide you with a wedding videography service that is unmatched elsewhere in the country.

Common worries on the lead up to your wedding day

Over the years we have had the opportunity to speak with countless brides and grooms on the lead up to their wedding day and we have come to recognise some of ‘silent worries’ than can make them lose sleep at night. You know the things I’m talking about, the drunken uncle, the invite etiquette, the seating arrangements, the speech….. the list goes on. These are common worries amongst brides and grooms, however, sometimes we are a little reluctant to speak about these concerns for fear of offending someone important to us. Below you will read some of the most common worries we have come to recognise and our tips on how you can combat these issues.

If you’re currently planning your wedding and worrying about how best to capture the big day on video, please feel free to give me a call here at Drangan Video and I will do everything in my power to put your mind at ease. I offer wedding videography in Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary and will travel to any small town or village in Ireland, no matter how remote. No need to worry with us!

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So let’s get started then…

Is it a bit rude to throw ourselves an engagement party? Should someone else host it for us?

Not at all! This is your celebration, so don’t worry about celebrating that in the way you feel most comfortable. Now if a family member or friend has suggested hosting it for you, by all means jump at this opportunity and accept their gracious offer. However, if you find that no one has offered and you would really like to throw a party to celebrate, you should absolutely go for it! Go big and throw yourselves a party to end all parties!

I want a small intimate wedding, but the in-laws have other ideas! I suppose I better go with what the family wants?

This is another common concern we hear about a lot. It is time for you to remember whose day this is……you and your new bride or groom. In-laws will have their input as will your own family no doubt, however, this should not in any way compromise the plans you want for your big day. When the day comes around, the family will recognise that it’s the two of you who matter most and extended family or friends will be happy to congratulate you at a later date. A compromise could be reached by hosting an intimate ceremony on one day with close family and friends and perhaps celebrating with a larger circle at a date in the not too distant future.

The best man is a great guy, but sometimes he likes to overindulge. I’m worried that the speech will be inappropriate!

This is a concern for many brides and grooms. The fear that the best man may have a few too many drinks before the speeches are made. Fret not… it’s actually very rare that this happens! Most best men will fully realise the importance of the big day and their role in making sure it runs as smoothly as possible. If you are really concerned, you could maybe drop a few hints or have someone take him aside for a quiet word.

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We have a tight budget for the reception, is it okay to invite people without including a +1?

Yes of course this is fine. If you arrange your seating plan carefully you can seat these guests with others who are attending by themselves. You may find that some guests will ask you directly if they can bring someone with them, if so, feel free to explain that you are keeping the number to a minimum but they are very welcome to bring them to the reception a little later in the evening when the meals and speeches have ended.

If you have any concerns that you are a bit too embarrassed or worried to address directly with a friend or family member, feel free to pop us a message and we will include it in our next blog post as a general anonymous concern. It may be the ideal way to get your message across without having to ever broach the subject!

Contact Drangan Video at any time for a no-obligation quotation for your wedding video. Whether you are based in Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary or Dublin, we will be happy to travel to the destination of your choice.