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Gift your Wedding Favours to Irish Charities

Getting married is without doubt one the happiest days of any couples life and we love nothing more than sharing those special moments with our Brides and Grooms. This post was inspired by the many generous Irish couples we have had the pleasure of meeting over the years and for this we are most grateful. Increasingly, we are seeing that couples are now donating to Irish charities instead of opting for the traditional wedding favours for their guests. In this post we are going to list some charities that have benefitted from these donations and perhaps inspire others to consider doing something similar on their own wedding day.

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Every couple we spoke to who made the decision to include a charity close to their heart in their wedding plans, said it gave them a real feeling of pleasure to know that their wedding helped a charity in need.

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

This amazing Irish charity allows couples to make a donation directly or purchase items from their online shop, which can be given to your guests as favours. Their online shop includes everything from cuddly toys and candles to Christmas baubles and calendars. You can also purchase tented cards to display on your tables – raising vital awareness and contributing to the feel-good atmosphere of your big day.

The Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society provides invaluable support to those who have been impacted by cancer. By making a donation to this very worthwhile cause you can feel secure that your contribution will really make a difference to someone’s life. Visit their online shop and purchase a pack of 10 wedding favour cards in gold or silver for just €40 or make a donation directly to the charity.

The RNLI

The RNLI have been providing lifesaving services to the people of Ireland and the UK since 1824. No doubt we have all seen footage of the dangerous work they do to save the lives of others at some stage. To contribute to this wonderful charity and provide your guests with a little memento, you can visit their online shop and purchase everything from RNLI pins to pocket diaries.

The Make a Wish Foundation

The Make a Wish Foundation offer tented thank you cards for each donation of €150 that can be displayed at the tables in your venue. Alternatively you can pop over to their online shop and purchase some beautiful goodies for your guests. Choose from wrist bands, pins, cookbooks, nail files or book marks and show your guests that giving is as important as receiving on your big day.

Supporting Local Charities

Perhaps you have a local charity that is close to your heart? Why not have a chat with them about purchasing cards or favours for your wedding day? Keep in mind that not all good causes will have the means to provide you with table cards or trinkets but they will be incredibly grateful for your gift.

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Here at Drangan Video we believe that every good action gets rewarded in some form and we know that by choosing to support Irish charities, many brides and grooms get a great sense of satisfaction on their big day.

If you are planning on hiring  a wedding videographer please feel free to contact Eamon here at Drangan Video who will be more than happy to discuss our range of affordable wedding videography packages.

Wedding Trends for Summer 2018

Hard to believe that the summer of 2018 is upon us already, and for once it would seem like to weather is in our favour. Here’s hoping it will last the course for all you excited brides and grooms who are getting married this season.

In this blog post we are going to talk about some of the wedding trends of summer 2018 and hope you find them inspirational for any last minute planning you still have ahead of you.

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Glass and Crystal Décor
2018 has seen a huge move towards glass and crystal décor and this looks set to continue for the rest of the year and into 2019. Brides and grooms are looking to colourful crystals and glass centrepieces to really make a statement in their venues of choice and we have to say we have been truly impressed by what we have seen so far. Think sparkling glass vases and wedding favours of affordable crystal for your guests and you can be assured that your décor will stand out for all the right reasons.

Rent, don’t buy!

More and more we are seeing groom and bridal parties renting their outfits for the day, why spend all that money on suits and dresses that are unlikely to be worn again. Every major town and city in Ireland has a suit or dress rental shop so you can be assured that choice will never be a problem.

Flowers from your garden

This trend is something we love to see when filming a wedding for our blissful brides and grooms. No more vases of expensively imported lilies or roses, why not take some inspiration from your own or a family members garden and decorate your venue with flowers that have been home grown. Wild flowers also make a real statement and add a touch of something special to any occasion. Consider asking a family member who loves the garden, to make up buttonholes or bouquets, these can then be dried and framed to make a wonderful keepsake.

Summer flavours for your wedding cake

Take inspiration from the fairy-tale wedding of Harry and Meghan and opt for stunning summer flavours for your very own royal wedding. The royal couple opted for lemon and elderflower but you could also choose from summer fruits such as strawberry, lemon, orange, vanilla or blueberry. Decorate with garden herbs or edible flowers for that real touch of summer.

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Balloons, balloons and more balloons!

Yes, balloons are back in fashion and everyone we meet seems to be excited about this. Who doesn’t love a balloon arch or balloon centrepieces at a wedding? Opt for summer pastels such as pink, yellow and pale blue or coordinate with your bridal party colours for a real statement. These fun centrepieces can be complimented with a balloon artist to keep the kiddies amused later in the evening.

If you seen a new wedding trend that you think we should be aware of, we would absolutely love to hear from you. Feel free to contact Eamon here at Drangan Video or leave a comment below and we will be sure to check it out!

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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

Weddings in Ireland on a Budget

Whether you’re tying the knot in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford or further afield the cost of planning a wedding can be a point of stress for many couples. At a time when you should be feeling excited and happy you may sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by the ever-mounting costs. Having spoken to many couples over the years whilst planning the approach of their wedding video, I have been lucky enough to pick up some really fabulous money saving tips, which I am going to share with you today.

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Choose your timing wisely

For those of you who really don’t mind what time of the week you get married, there’s a lot to be said for off-peak times. Mid-week weddings in Ireland can give you some superb savings and most venues will throw in some extras free of charge when business is quiet. By choosing a mid-week wedding date you can be assured you will make significant savings. Also, we’re seeing more and more couples opting for the months stretching from autumn to late spring when once again the costs are significantly lower. Avoiding holidays such as Valentines Day, the Christmas season and Bank Holidays will also allow you a bit more leeway with budgeting.

DIY Weddings

Think about all the things you need for the perfect wedding. Now think about how much of this you may be able to do yourself. Rope in artistic friends to work on wedding stationery design and floral decorations and consider making some homemade treats that can be used as wedding favours.

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Dressing the Wedding Party

Every wedding party is unique, some will have up to 20 people at the top table, others will opt for a low-key affair with just a Best Man and Maid of Honour. This choice is entirely down to the couple. However, if you’re facing rising costs when dressing the bridal party, it may be an idea to start looking online or at high street retailers as opposed to bridal specialists. Some of our high street stores in Ireland now offer incredible value on clothing for both men and women that would like absolutely wonderful on the day. Also check out eBay and other online marketplaces for clothing, footwear and accessories.

Keep it online

Going digital with your wedding stationery can be a real cost saver when it comes to planning your wedding. We are now talking to many brides and grooms who opt to send invites via email or through social media. This option may not be for everyone but can really make a difference to your budget and really won’t have any impact on the big day itself.

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Ask!

Never be afraid to ask for a discount, you can be assured that your chosen venue has more than covered their costs with the initial quote and there will be room for negotiation in some way. If the venue is unable to give you a better price then ask for extras to be included at no extra cost. Corkage, bar extension, drinks for the toast and evening nibbles may be just some of the items they may be able to accommodate you with.

If you’re currently planning your wedding and looking for a videographer who is affordable, professional and well respected, please get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video. Available to travel nationwide at all times of the year, you can be assured of a service that is delivered to the highest standards and impeccable customer service.