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Important Decisions when planning your Wedding

For those of you who have just gotten engaged and are looking forward to planning your big day, let us first say a very hearty congratulations to you and your loved one. In this blog post we are going to look at the very first (and most important) decisions you need to make to get the ball rolling in the right direction.

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What type of Wedding would you like?

One of the very first things you should discuss as a couple is what type of wedding you would like. Would you like to get married in a registry office, a favourite hotel, on a sandy beach in the sun or through a religious ceremony in your local church or temple? This is probably the most important decision you will make and once you have decided, then everything else is full steam ahead!

Are you going to celebrate your Engagement with a Party?

More and more couples are opting for engagement celebrations these days and we certainly agree that it’s a great way to celebrate your love and get started with the wedding planning process. Whether you opt for a low-key family affair or decide to splash out on a weekend of celebrations, how you celebrate is totally up to you. Some couples opt to share a meal with family and postpone the real celebrations for the big day. Whatever the choice you make, we’re sure you’ll have the very best time.

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Decide on Potential Wedding Dates

Not that you have celebrated your engagement and decided on the type of ceremony you would like to have, it’s time to get down to the business of deciding a date. We would recommend choosing a number of dates that would work for you; this will give you more options when booking venues. Keep in mind that a mid-week wedding will give you far more value for money and will keep the budget down considerably. Once you move into weekend or bank holiday territory you can add thousands to the cost of your day and also increase costs for guests who may want to stay at your venue of choice.

Explore a Number of Venues.

Whether you require one venue or two, it is vitally important that you start exploring your options as soon as you possibly can. Hotel and wedding venues can book up quite fast during the summer months, so if you are planning a summer wedding make sure you get planning as early as possible.

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Choosing the Bridal Party

Time to sit down and decide firstly, how many individuals will make up your bridal party.

• Bridesmaids – how many and who.
• Groomsmen – how many and who.
• Maid of Honour
• Best Man
• Paige Boy
• Flower Girl

Paige boys and flower girls are not a necessity, however if you have some special children in your life that you would like to be part of your big day, then this could be a way to make them feel incredibly special.

More important decisions:

• Put a firm budget in place.
• Plan your guest list.
• Should you find yourself busy with work or other commitments, it may be an idea to hire a wedding planner at this early stage.

Wedding planning tips and advice

Once the big decisions have been made, you can then proceed with contacting wedding suppliers and vendors to make your special day a day to remember.

Wherever you are in the wedding planning process, the team here at Drangan Video would absolutely love to hear from you. We provide professional wedding videography services right across Ireland and will be happy to travel to your venue of choice to capture your big day.

Planning A Wedding that Supports a Good Cause

Drangan Video offers wedding videography services up and down the country and we love nothing better than seeing a bride and groom doing something completely different. Most recently, we had the pleasure of filming a wedding video in Cork where the couple donated funds to a charity close to their hearts in lieu of wedding favours. This is the type of action that really shows how a wedding can support a good cause. In the following blog post we are going to list some other ways you can use your wedding to support a charity or cause of your choosing.

Host your wedding party at a non-profit venue

What a way to make a contribution that will make a difference! By renting a venue owned by a non-profit organisation, you will make an incredible difference to the cause. The fee you pay for the rental of the hall or venue will be used to pay for a myriad of bills and could make a real difference to the charity or non-profit.

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Recycle your Floral Arrangements

If you are lucky enough to have beautiful floral arrangements at your wedding, why not go that extra step and donate them to a local nursing home or charity? Your flowers will be uses to brighten up the space for residents in the following days and will no doubt bring some happiness to those who may need it most.

Donations in Place of Favours

For those of you who were hoping to purchase wedding favours for your guests, but really can’t decide on something that won’t be wasteful, why not opt for a charitable donation instead? Most Irish charities would be delighted to receive your donation and you can be sure it will make your guests smile on the day when they realise that a donation has been made in their name.

Request Charitable Donations instead of Gifts

If you are in a position to do so, and you should feel no pressure here, it may be an idea to ask your guests to make a donation to a charity of your choosing in place of a wedding gift. We find that many brides and grooms have a charity or cause that is close to their hearts, perhaps for personal reasons or because of the loss of a loved one. What better gift could you give than asking your guests to make a donation in lieu of a wedding present?

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A Honeymoon with a Difference

Consider spending your honeymoon helping those less fortunate than yourselves. We have heard so many heart touching stories over the years from brides and grooms who have travelled to remote areas to assist with building projects or aide delivery. If you can make a difference and feel this would be the perfect way to begin life as a married couple, it’s certainly something that is worth checking out!

If you have any ideas on how else you could incorporate a good cause into your wedding day, we would absolutely love to hear from you. Feel free to contact me here at Drangan Video to ensure your heart-warming day is captured on video to share with friends and family.

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Eamon