Well here in Kilkenny it is certainly beginning to feel and look allot like Christmas, I shot two wedding videos in Kilkenny city last weekend, Youlefest Kilkenny 2017 provided interesting and seasonal backdrops for both weddings
Yulefest is a Christmas festival which taking place during the month of December. A giant Ferris wheel and an antique carousel added a touch of colorful magic mystery to last weekend’s wedding films.
I am looking forward to my Christmas break until December 27, then it’s four wedding videos in Kilkenny back to back or as Kilkenny hurling fans might say it’s four in a row !!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers past, present and future a very happy and exciting Christmas, Im also looking forward to meeting and working with our 2018, 2019 couples who have chosen Drangan Video to film their special day.
Regardless of where you are based in Ireland, it’s an unfortunate truth that we are a country that cannot rely on the weather any time of the year. So whether you are planning on getting married in June or January, in Kilkenny, Tipperary or Galway you need to ensure you have planned for all four seasons in one day.
As much as we hope for the best weather in the summer months, unless you are getting married the week the leaving cert starts, it’s almost a certainty that it will rain or be blustery at some stage during the day. Whatever the date, whatever the location, make sure the best man and grooms party have a car full of umbrellas just in case. If you’re one of the lucky ones you could be using them as parasols later in the day!
Plan for the Rain
Have umbrellas, light anoraks and shawls at the ready for your bridal party and guests if there is any period of time where you are likely to be outdoors for a spell. Ask the bridesmaids to bring spare shoes with them in the event they get wet and make sure you have transport arranged that will drop you right to the door of the ceremony and the reception venue.
Plan for the Sun
It’s not all doom and gloom, we do also experience some of the most wonderful summer sunshine across the country and we should also remember to plan for this as best we can. If the forecast is showing sunshine and high temperatures, it’s a good idea to have your bridesmaids and groomsmen apply sun cream that morning before applying any makeup and have some parasols and mini electric pocket fans available for the guests and the bridal party. You can provide flip-flops, antiperspirant and spritz bottles by leaving a hamper in the ladies and men’s toilets. This is a lovely touch for those who may suffer with the heat.
Plan for the Wind
Planning for a windy day isn’t quite as easy as it is for the rain and sun, but we’re sure you’ll find these tips helpful.
Make sure you have a surplus of hairspray for yourself the bride, all of the bridesmaids and the guests (both male and female). This will ensure you all avoid that windswept look for at least most of the day.
If you are celebrating outdoors, ask the venue to provide windbreakers and a strong marquee for use by all the guests.
Plan for the Cold
As we’re accustomed to a change in temperatures that can come very fast, we would advise that you also plan for any sudden drops in temperature. A nice touch would be to provide blankets or shawls for your guests who wish to stay outdoors, along with outdoor heating provided by the venue to make for a balmy and relaxing evening without the risk of chills.
Plan for Snow
Yes, plan for snow. Obviously this doesn’t apply to any of you who are getting married in summer or autumn but it has been known to snow in Ireland as late as April or May and as early as October. If the weather forecast is predicting a chance of ice or snow then you need to take the time to make sure all of your guests are aware so they can take more time on the roads and book accommodation if necessary. If you do get snow for your Christmas wedding, it will be the most magical piece of Irish weather you can ever have!
Whether rain, snow, hail or shine, Drangan Video will always be there on time for your big day. We travel throughout the country right throughout the seasons and would be delighted to be part of your big day by providing our wedding video services. Feel free to give us a call or pop us a message through the contact page and we will get back to you no matter what the weather!
As a Tipperary based wedding videographer Im very proud of my roots here in Clonmel , local weddings around Tipperary are my bread and butter but I have to admit that traveling to other counties in Ireland to shoot wedding videos is also very rewarding.
This week’s blog post features a wedding video of Claire & John which I filmed in Blessington Co. Wicklow.
The story begins in the fabulas Killashee House Hotel with Claire and her ladies in waiting busily preparing for what turned out to be a fab day.
Killashee is a beautifully preserved classical setting with an elegant modern flair. Its wild woodland walks and blooming gardens form the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding day.
Claire and the girls were having great fun they were one of the happiest bridal parties that I have ever worked with, my time with the girls just flew by, it was a giggle a minute.
The wedding ceremony took place in the Church of our Lady Crosschapel situated in the townland of Crosscoolharbour, Co. Kildare. The south-east side of the churchyard is the county boundary with Co. Wicklow.
I enjoyed my 30min drive from Kilashee House Hotel it was an opportunity to sample some of the beautiful Kildare and Wicklow scenery.
I arrived in time to catch John and the boys arriving, they were a pretty laid back bunch of guys, apart from suits it was just another day having a chat with family and friends before mass.
Claire arrived in good time prompting the guests to make their way inside the church.
The ceremony was celebrated by the Rev. Kevin Lyon Archdeacon of Glendalough.
After the ceremony we headed straight back to Kilashhee House Hotel for the arrival of Claire & John to their drinks reception.
As a wedding videographer shooting weddings in Tipperary,Kildare & Wicklow I am a frequent visitor to Kilashee House, it is my favorite Kildare wedding venue. “Two lives coming together as one… two families uniting in a celebration of love… The perfect wedding day is all about choosing the perfect wedding reception venue.”
The wedding video contains some lovely highlights of Claire & John having a chat and a stroll around the beautifully maintained gardens in Kilashee House Hotel, after the wedding photos I capture discreet shots of the guests relaxing, chatting and enjoying a drink or two.
Speeches were conducted after the meal, over the past few years I have experienced the growing trend of having the wedding speeches done and dusted before the meal.
Traditionally the speeches have always been conducted after the wedding dinner marking the end of the wedding ‘formalities’ and the beginning of the wedding day celebrations “let the party begin”.
Speeches before the Meal. Guests are called into the wedding dinner, the couple get announced in to a huge enthusiastic round of applause, then its straight into speeches. The main reason for doing the speeches at this point is to allow the speakers to get it over and done with and relax over their meal. I can go along with it up to a point, but its worth remembering that your guests probably starving and haven’t had enough to drink to make them laugh at all the jokes and sometimes long winded story’s. As a result it will much more difficult to win the attention of your large audience.
Have one speech between each course. As the wedding videographer this is my least favorable format. Dad does his speech after the starter, the groom does his after the main course and the best man does his after the dessert. It doesn’t really work very well as there is no flow or continuity to the speeches, and poor me missing out on sitting down to a relaxing uninterrupted meal but seriously In do believe the speeches are always better after the meal.
Speeches after the Meal 🙂 Very often traditions regarding the timings at weddings exist because they have been shown to work best. All your guests get fed and watered and will be much more receptive to speeches post-meal.
They will almost always thank you for it.At the end of the speeches the MC can announce what happens next regarding dancing etc. It helps move from the one thing to another in an appropriate way.
A big thanks to Claire & John for choosing me as their preferred choice of wedding videographer, they were a lovely couple to work with. The wedding video highlights have already been shared on my Drangan Video Facebook page, Twitter, Google + and Vimeo.
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More wedding news next week.
In this blog post I am going to concentrate on Kilkenny and the wonderful scenic locations dotted around the county that are just perfect for any wedding photo shoot or video backdrop. I count myself as truly blessed to travel the country providing videography services to those who are getting ready to spend the rest of their lives together and I really couldn’t recommend a more splendid backdrop for these events than the county of Kilkenny.
If you are planning to hold your nuptials in Kilkenny and are still unsure of the perfect spot for photos and video, feel free to peruse the list below for inspiration and if you feel I have left anywhere out I would love to hear from you!
Kilfane Glen and Waterfall
One of the most beautiful places in Kilkenny is the Kilfane Glen and Waterfall. Located in Thomastown, this romantic era garden and waterfall simply exude elegance and tranquillity, making it the perfect backdrop for any wedding video.
Allow the grandeur and magnificence of Kilkenny Castle to make your wedding video truly memorable. Located in Kilkenny City, this 12th Century castle, which has been remodelled and restored, is nestled in extensive, scenic parklands.
Rothe House & Garden
Harking back to an older time, Rothe House and Garden is a truly charming setting for a special wedding video shoot. Built between 1594 and 1610, this location includes three historic houses, a large, idyllic 17th century garden and three enclosed courtyards. For traditional weddings, Rothe House and Garden, which is located in Kilkenny City, is the perfect fit.
Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum
Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum in Inistioge is a location that’s simply made for wedding videos. Featuring an elegant rose garden, a scenic walled garden and a charming rockery garden, from the 1740s, this location offers a truly beautiful backdrop for a wedding video shoot. It also offers a collection of rare trees, and some simply stunning, idyllic walking trails.
St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower
One of the most stunning wedding video locations in Kilkenny is St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower. The simply incredible cathedral features stunning early-gothic architecture. Located in Kilkenny City, this historic location provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for wedding videos. From the 9th century round tower, you can see wonderful views of the surrounding area, if the weather is good of course!
If you want some truly scenic shots for your wedding video, then Jerpoint Abbey is the perfect location for you. Located in Thomastown, these 12th century Cistercian ruins are simply magnificent. It’s a truly unique setting for a memorable wedding video shoot.
Cute, and charming, Kells Mills will take your breath away every time. The tranquil Kings River, the quaint 16 mills, and the lush greenery that surrounds them make this location a beautifully quaint setting.
Kilkenny features some of the most picturesque locations in the country for wedding videos. If you have any ideas for video locations, we’d really like to hear them, so feel free to share them in the comments below.
For those of you requiring wedding videography services in Kilkenny City or County, then please don’t hesitate to contact Drangan Video. We are always here to assist you in making your big day as special as possible.
As a busy wedding videographer I have recorded my fair share of wedding speeches throughout Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford & Tipperary. I suppose the majority of wedding speeches have gone in one ear and out through the other, I did say “the majority”, there are certainly some speeches that have stood out and made a lasting impression. Simple short speeches with a mixture of wit and spoken from the hearth are the best, in this week’s blog we have a look at the necessary ingredients for that perfect wedding speech.
If you have never had to give a wedding speech you are probably scared out of your wits, unless of course, you have some public speaking under your belt. Even so, this is a very important speech because it is personal and will be remembered by the bride and groom for many years to come. They wouldn’t be able to forget it even if they wanted to because Drangan Video will have it captured on tape. (So, this is why you’re here, right?) You are looking for some good old fashioned advice as only we Irish can give it. Well, you’ve come to the right place so pay attention. This is your ultimate guide to the perfect wedding speeches – but first, let’s talk a bit about tradition
Traditional Order of Wedding Speeches:
Traditionally, the father of the bride is the first to speak. After that it is the father of the groom, leading up to the best man. Now, that’s tradition. However, many people don’t hold to tradition so they change up the order of who speaks when. This might be the case if the groom’s father, for example, has had a bit of experience speaking before large audiences. It would be okay for him to speak first in a case like this.
Also, in today’s culture a lot of women also like to get up there to say a thing or two, but they should never, ever go before a man. Why? According to ‘tradition,’ it is bad luck for a woman to wish the bride well before a man does. (And you know we Irish aren’t at all superstitious, now are we?) So then the traditional order goes something like this:
Father of the Bride. Father of the Groom. Best Man, who then leads the toast. Mother of the Bride. Mother of the Groom. Anyone in the bridal party who wishes to speak. Invited guests.
Fortunately, the bride and groom can pick and choose who they would like to speak, which is a good thing or it could go on for days, one toast at a time. (Remember, it’s an Irish wedding!) Preparing Your Speech:
Before you actually sit down to begin writing, take a few notes about special moments that are significant to the bride or groom, maybe even special to them as a couple before getting married. Once you know which memories you’d like to share, it’s time to sit down to begin writing.
It is recommended that you keep your speech light and funny. Mention comical instances that will bring the crowd to laughter. Nothing is worse than a dull, monotonous wedding speech that bores listeners to death. It is even alright to embarrass one or the other of the newlyweds, or even to bring a blush to both faces. Guests will really go wild over little snippets that perhaps shouldn’t have been told in public, but hey, this is a wedding after all! And if true to Irish wedding form, some guests will have had one toast too many and may not even know what they’re laughing at. Everyone else is roaring so that’s their cue.
Practice Makes Perfect:
Once you’ve written your speech, practice, practice, practice. You are going up there cold with no notes (hopefully) and if you haven’t got it down, you are liable to forget half of what you wanted to say. First, practice by just reading it out loud over and over again, as a sort of memory tool. Listen to yourself speak. Notice your tone to see if you need to vary it from emphatic to softer as the content dictates.
Once you feel that you have it down, for the most part, it’s time to step in front of a mirror. Imagine that you are one of the guests listening to you speak. What would you think about their body language? Would you be interested enough to keep listening? Remember, you are not yourself here as you are trying to ‘hear’ your speech as if you were someone else. Once you are happy with yourself, find a friend or family member as a test audience. Have them give you honest opinions and perhaps a bit of advice. You can take it or leave it, but you just might want to really pay attention to what they are saying, because they are representative of the real wedding guests you will be speaking to. If they find it humorous and engaging, then you know you’ve got it right.
Drangan Video has been videotaping weddings for more than two decades from County Tipperary weddings to County Cork weddings, and all throughout Ireland in fact. And, after shooting thousands of wedding speeches, it is true to say that the funniest speeches are the ones that appear to be off-the-cuff with a bit of back-handed humour and some good old fashioned jibes.
I am Eamon, your videographer, and I’ve seen it all – from those who are so frightened it takes a toast before the toast to get them started to those who don’t know when to quit. My advice is to keep it light. Keep it simple and keep it funny. Make it personal to the newlywed couple and if you’re afraid, you’re not alone. Few people can get up there without a little bit of apprehension, and that is only normal. Just give it your best and be real. The bride and groom will love it because they love you and are grateful that you are there.
Good luck with your speech!
Professional Wedding Videographer and Media Production Specialist