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Wedding Invitation Etiquette

In this article we’re going to talk a little bit about wedding invite etiquette and explain the old fashioned do’s and don’t that accompany the sending of your wedding invitations. Whether you’re inviting your guests via email, traditional post or through social media, this handy guide should assist you with wording, sensitive issues and any other questions you may have.

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It’s important to remember that there are no hard and fast rules, so if you fancy changing it up a bit that’s your prerogative!

Should I send ‘Save the Date’ Cards?

General rule of thumb states that ‘Save the Date’ cards are only necessary if you are planning a wedding abroad or are inviting guests who need to travel long distances. If you’re getting married here in Ireland where most of your guests live, then sending just invites to your guests is perfectly fine. Feel free to send an email or make a phone call in place of ‘Save the Date’ cards!

When should we send the Wedding Invites?

In order to give your guests plenty of time to organise time off work or secure childcare, it’s a good idea to give them as much notice as possible. We would recommend sending invites a minimum of 8 weeks before your big day to avoid any disappointment.

How should we Address Invitees?

The general rule of thumb is that you should address invitees as you would address them in person. So, if there’s someone in your life that you always address as Mrs. X or Mr. Y, then it’s probably best to address them this way in your invite. If you’re on less formal terms with close friends then first names are absolutely fine.

We won’t be Inviting Children to the Wedding; can I state this on the Invite?

If you’re planning an adults only wedding, there should be no need to state ‘no children’ on the invite. Simply address the invite to the adult couple only. You may receive a few phone calls afterwards to ask if couples can bring their kids, that is the time to make clear that the event is adults only.

What about the RSVP Date?

Ask guests to respond to your invite by a specific date. Generally, one month before the wedding should give you ample time to finalise numbers.

Extra Information to Include on your Invitations:

Dress Code: If you have decided to go for a black tie affair or have a specific request for the guest’s attire, this should be noted clearly on the invitation.
Response Cards: Consider including a response card with your invite. This will encourage guests to reply earlier and less chasing will be needed when you’re finalising numbers.
Directions: If you’re getting married out of town, it’s always helpful to include directions to the venue for your guests.

The Basics:

• The name of you and your intended.
• The venue for the ceremony.
• Time of ceremony.
• The venue for the reception.
• If you’re sending ‘reception only’ invites, you should attend a time for guests to arrive at the venue.
• Date.

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Drangan Video has had the pleasure of capturing hundreds of weddings over the past 25 years and we love nothing more than being part of your big day. Should you wish to hire a professional wedding videographer who uses only the very latest equipment and editing software, Drangan Video is the videographer for you. Please feel free to get in touch with Eamon here and he will talk you through the packages available and answer any questions you may have.

Traveling to Ireland to get Married

This blog post is specifically written for those who may be considering visiting Ireland to get married. Year on year we are seeing couples from all over the world who have chosen Ireland as their ideal wedding destination. This upsurge in destination weddings is most welcome across the country and you can be assured that you will receive a warm Irish welcome wherever you go.
Here at Drangan Video in Tipperary our wedding video season is in full swing, we are looking forward to shooting weddings in Thurles, Cashel and Clonmel next weekend, over the coming  weeks we are looking forward to  filming weddings in many other beautiful romantic wedding locations in Ireland.

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We’re not blowing our own trumpet here, but Ireland is one of THE most romantic destinations you can possibly imagine. Castles, loughs, folklore and scenery all combine to make Ireland the perfect choice for the most important day of your life.

Let’s take a look at some of the steps you will need to take to plan your Irish wedding.

Some of the legalities:
To marry in Ireland you must be at least 18 old.
Should you wish to marry in a church, this must be your first wedding.
Three months notice is required to be given to a registrar in person so you will have to make two trips.
A €200 fee will be required to obtain your marriage registration form from the registrar.
You will require passports and birth certificates.
For civil ceremonies / non-religious ceremonies for those who may be remarrying, you will require official documentation that supports your entitlement to remarry (divorce papers, dissolution papers or death certificates).

Tipperary Bride preparing for her big day

Getting married in a Church:
For those of you who wish to have a Catholic ceremony, you will need to ensure the following:

That you and your intended spouse are confirmed Catholics (exceptions may be granted, however this will need to be discussed with your chosen priest).

As well as the points listed in the previous section you will also need to provide a baptismal cert, confirmation cert and a letter of freedom from your current parish.

As with all Catholic marriages you will be required to undertake a marriage preparation course. Your chosen priest or a registrar will be happy to provide recommendations.

Planning the Wedding:
Once you have all the legalities in place, it’s truly time to start planning your dream Irish wedding.

Ireland has a wealth of wedding venues for you to choose from, whether you’re looking forward to a fairy tale castle or a lakeside retreat, you will find that your options are many.

Because you will be doing a lot of your planning from outside the country, we would highly recommend hiring the services of a professional wedding planner. A strong wedding planner will be able to organise everything from the entertainment and décor right through to transportation, beauty treatments and wedding videographer hire.

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Getting in touch with us
Over the last decade we have worked with many couples who have chosen Ireland as their dream wedding destination and we are always happy to provide advice, recommendations and assistance whenever we can.

Drangan Video provides professional wedding videography services right across the island of Ireland and are available throughout the year. Whether you are planning a summer wedding in Tipperary or a winter wonderland wedding in the Kingdom of Kerry, you can be assured that Drangan Video will be with you every step of the way.

Get in touch with Eamon today for a free no-obligation Videography quotation and some expert advice on planning your wedding in Ireland.

Celebrating your 2017 Christmas Wedding

This blog post is all about you fabulous couples who are tying the knot this festive season. Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic surge in winter weddings, particularly from the 15th – 31st of December and we can fully understand the appeal for this long-lasting trend. What better time of the year could you imagine to celebrate your love, all of your friends and family are most likely on annual leave from their holidays, the seasonal Christmas decorations adorn every venue and who doesn’t love bopping to Christmas tunes on the dance floor after a luscious meal of turkey and ham??

In this article we are going to give some quick tips for those of you who are getting married over the next few weeks. We hope you have a wonderful day and maybe even get some snow to top it all off!

Christmas wedding video in Tipperary

Just last Christmas we provided wedding videography for a wedding in Tipperary, and I have to say it was a wonderfully festive occasion. However, there were some obstacles that had to be overcome due to inclement weather – and you have never met a bride who was more prepared. Today I am going to share the tips she passed on to me on that cold December day.

1. Invest in some winter woollies – no one will ever know!
When you’re standing around for the best part of 3 hours, between the ceremony and the photography location, you’ll want to invest in some warm undergarments for yourself and the bridal party.

2. Serve hot drinks to your guests.
Upon arrival at your chosen venue, offer your guests a warming drink such as tea, coffee, mulled wine or hot whiskeys. Paying attention to your guests in this manner will ensure they are comfortable, relaxed and warm. It’s the little touches that will make your guests feel taken care of.

3. Umbrellas, umbrellas and more umbrellas
Let’s be honest, this tip should be adhered to no matter what the month is when it comes to Irish weather! Invest in some good golf umbrellas to hand out to your guests or ask them to bring one with them. Even if the forecast is dry for that day, you can never be too prepared when it comes to Irish weather.

4. Bring a second pair of shoes.
If you and your bridal party are going to be outdoors for any length of time, whether that be for photographs or a video shoot, it may be an idea to bring a second pair of shoes so your bridal pair aren’t subjected to the mud or water logged grounds that can often be a big part of Decembers weather.

5. Give yourself some extra time
When planning your trip to the ceremony venue, give yourself some extra time to get there. Fashionably late is all very well but if you’re travelling on icy roads, you may be later than you hoped for. Time delays due to inclement weather should also be taken into consideration when travelling from the ceremony venue to the reception. For those of you who are having the ceremony and the reception in the same venue, you won’t have to worry about this so much and that is truly great forward planning on your behalf, we salute you!

Tips on planning a Christmas wedding

For all out brides and grooms getting married this December, let us take this opportunity to wish you the most magical day and a future filled with happiness.

Drangan Video provides wedding video services across all counties in Ireland and will be delighted to travel to your venue of choice at any time of the year. Get in touch with Eamon today for a no-obligation  wedding video quotation and top class customer service.

More Tipperary wedding news soon.
Eamon

Simple Ways to Thank your Bridesmaids

As a professional wedding videographer, I see first hand just how much work goes into planning a wedding, and truly, no one does it quite as well as the Bridesmaids. Calm, cool and collected throughout, a thoughtful bridesmaid can really make a difference to how smoothly the planning process goes.

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If you are planning a wedding or acting as bridesmaid for your friend who is getting married shortly, please feel free to contact me (Eamon) here at Drangan Video for some unbeatable wedding video packages. We’re available to travel anywhere in the country and offer packages for every budget in Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary and beyond.

Bridesmaids helping beautiful Tipperary Bride

At a time when we are busy planning the details of our big day, it can be easy to forget those who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly. If you are lucky enough to have a group of ladies by your side that would do absolutely anything for you and your intended, it would be a lovely idea to thank them in a way that lets them know just how cherished they are.

Jewellery

Nothing says it quite as well as jewellery does, however, this can be quite expensive if you have more than one or two bridesmaids, so don’t be afraid to pick up something that doesn’t cost the earth, moon and stars!

Whether you opt for a classic neckpiece, some pearl earrings or a charm bracelet the time you have taken to choose something special for your bridesmaids will let them know how appreciated they are.

Pamper them

It’s going to be a busy few months for your bridesmaids in the lead up to the big day and we’re pretty sure that a spa treatment or two will help get the girls back into the full swing of things. Book your bridesmaids a spa treatment or let them choose their own with a voucher for a luxury spa in your area. You can be guaranteed they’ll deserve to have a day that’s all about them once the big day has passed.

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Make it Personal

If you have the opportunity to personalise a gift with a note or an inscription this will make a wonderful keepsake for your bridesmaids. It’s important these special women in your life know just how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate all the help they’ve given you when preparing for the wedding.

Throw them a ‘Thank You’ Party

A gift needn’t be something material; by organising an event especially for them you can tell the world how lucky you are to have them in your life. Host a small party in your home or treat the girls to some afternoon tea. Celebrate the fact that you will always be thankful for the support they have given you during this very special time. You could have a viewing of your wedding video and point out to them all the things you are thankful for!

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Drangan Video offers a comprehensive range of packages from expertly filmed wedding videos right through to professional editing services. We will work tirelessly to ensure you have a memento of your day that you can share with your bridesmaids, spouse, family and friends for years to come. Available for bookings throughout Ireland every month of the year.

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Eamon

Bathroom Baskets for your Wedding Venue

If you are in the process of planning your wedding day there are  certain things that  you will like to know, and  there are  many things that you will need to know.
In my role as a  wedding videographer I am lucky to attend my fair share of weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford  and many other counties. From speaking to couples all over the length and breath of Ireland  I have picked up lots of tips about wedding planning.

Is your  wedding day  all about you ?  broadly speaking the answer is yes but if you’ve been a guest at a wedding you’ll realize  the importance  of looking after your wedding guests and making it a memorable day for them also.
You’ve invited all your friends and relations  to be part of the most important  day of your life, so you want to make sure they have a day to remember also.  Here is one way  of making your guests happy on your big day

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Bathroom Baskets for your Wedding Venue – what to include :

Over the past ten years there has without doubt, been an increased focus on guests requirements when planning for the big day. We now rarely attend any weddings that do not cater for their guests with little extras that make the day so much more comfortable for all attending. With this in mind we have compiled a checklist of little extras you can put together for your family and friends. These hampers can be left in the gents and ladies bathrooms, and should be checked on by venue staff throughout the night to make sure stocks are replenished as needed.

Ladies Bathroom Basket for your Wedding

In the ladies bathroom basket or hamper, there should be a whole range of possibilities for your guests to choose from. In this article we are going to list some of the more popular options and advise on some little extras that you won’t see anywhere else.

Toiletries
On a day when all the ladies in your company will want to be looking their very best, toiletries are a must-have at all times of the day. Your bathroom basket should include some if not all of the following:

Wet wipes
Dry shampoo
Toothpaste and disposable toothbrushes
Perfume
Deodorant
Cotton buds
Tissues
Feminine products

Hair care products

Whilst many women will have had their hair done professionally that morning, it is important to supply some backup products for later on in the festivities when the original hairstyles may be starting to wane.

Hair brushes / combs
Hair Spray
Bobby pins
Hair ties
Helpful Extras
Your female guests will truly appreciate any extras you include that make them feel comfortable at all hours of the day or night. Check out our list below of thoughtful extras that will have your guests singing your praises.

Flip-flops or slippers
Plasters
Party Feet
Clear nail varnish
Vaseline
Lint rollers
Safety pins
Mints
Scissors
Product samples to take away

For the Men

Most of the products listed above can also be included in the bathroom baskets you provide for the gents toilets. Make sure you include these extras to ensure the men are just as well looked after as the women throughout your celebrations.

Plasters
Safety Pins
Deodorant
Cologne
Hair gel / wax
Lint Brush
Mouthwash
Men’s flip-flops

If you are having a child-free wedding reception you can also include some more risqué items such as Rennies, aspirin or mini liquors. For those of you who will have children attending the venue, please make sure you omit anything that can be harmful to or inappropriate for a child from your wedding baskets. Little hands are happy to pick up anything that isn’t nailed down, so this should be an important consideration when planning your baskets.

Thanks for taking the time to read my latest wedding news blog,  blogging is happy distraction from my busy life as a wedding videographer.
If you are  thinking about  having your wedding day filmed, why not contact myself Eamon here at drangan video who will be more than happy to take you through our wide range  of affordable HD wedding video packages on offer for 2017/2018 and 2019

More Wedding News Soon.
Eamon.