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Gifts for the Groomsmen

When planning your wedding it’s important that you set aside some time to pay tribute to those who matter to you the most. Whether that’s your parents, godparents, grandparents or close friends, it’s important that we thank them for their participation and assistance during your big day. Set some of your budget aside to purchase small gifts for your bridal and grooms party and let them know just how much you appreciate them.

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In this blog post we are going to concentrate on gifts for the grooms party. These guys are an integral part of your big day and deserve a little something special to say thank you. Below you’ll see some unique suggestions that will make a great memento for your best man and grooms party. Remember that each member of your groom’s party will have their own interests and hobbies, so feel free to break with tradition and get each of them a different gift.

Personalised Shaving Kits:

A personalised shaving kit with an engraved case can make a wonderful gift and you can be sure that it won’t be thrown into the back of a drawer never to be seen again. Think retro with a badger-hair brush and stainless steel razor!

Tickets to an Event:

Is your best man a Metallica fan or perhaps one of your groomsmen is a fan of the theatre? Purchasing tickets to an event they will thoroughly enjoy is a wonderful gift to show them how much they mean to you.

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Personalised Keepsakes:

Personalised keepsakes to remember the day make a great gift for all members of the wedding party. Monogrammed wallets, engraved key rings or cufflinks are gifts that will be used long into the future.

Engraved Hipflask:

Engraved hipflasks are a popular choice with very good reason. Perfect for a winter wedding when the grooms party may need a little warm up before the speeches.

Time Pieces with a Difference:

Consider gifting your groomsmen with a wristwatch or a pocket watch, you can be sure they’ll be delighted with such a considerate gift. Add a little something special by getting the watches engraved with the date and a short thank you message.

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A Bottle of Something Special:

If your groomsmen enjoy a tipple, go out of your way to source a special bottle of aged whisky or brandy. Ireland is home to some wonderful distilleries with a huge range of special edition spirits that are sure to warm the cockles.

Keep in mind that these gifts don’t need to break the bank and it really is the thought that counts on this occasion. When you are planning your budget, set aside an amount for gifts and stick to this amount.

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Here at Drangan Video we provide wedding videography services right across Ireland and will always be happy to travel to your venue no matter where it is in the country. Feel free to give us a call or get in touch via the contact form here on the website and we’ll be happy to provide you with an all-inclusive quote and answer any questions you may have.

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.

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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.

Honeymoon Tips that will take the Stress out of Travelling

Now that the ceremony has taken place, the celebrating has been done and things are starting to get back to normality, it’s time to take some time out as a married couple and enjoy some time away. Whether you are honeymooning in Ireland, Europe or further afield, traveling can be somewhat stressful, especially when you have spent the past few months (and maybe even years) planning for your big day. Now it’s time to sit back and relax with your significant other, you both deserve that and so much more!

With this in mind, we have compiled a short list of tips that should help you to enjoy your honeymoon without any stressful planning:

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Bring a couple of USB cables with you.

In days gone by, we spent the days leading up to any holiday packing necessities such as phone chargers and plug/socket adaptors. Nowadays that’s not strictly necessary! Get in touch with your accommodation organisers and ask them if there are USB sockets in the room or apartment you are staying in. Even if the TV has a USB socket you can use this to charge your phone. Who knew?

Getting the Best Deals for your Honeymoon

If you have yet to book your honeymoon and are constantly online looking for the best deals, there are a few things you should be aware of:
• Once you visit a website once, your cookies are stored by the site. This means that when you return again either later that day or a few days down the line, the website recognises that you have visited before and is therefore likely to serve you up the same price it did on your first visit. Clear your browsing history and cookies before each visit and you may just be served up with some very special offers.
• If you are logged into a specific website, you are less likely to see any last-minute special offers. Log out, clear your cookies and conduct a new search, you’ll be surprised what difference it makes!
• Try booking a flight on a Tuesday or Wednesday, when you could see savings of up to 20%.

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Seeing the Sights

For those of you who just don’t have the time to meticulously make out a schedule for your trip or simply choose to go with the flow and see where the honeymoon takes you, you may be interested in a little App we love called ‘Field Trip’. This App will notify you when you are within a short distance of any landmarks or places of interest and makes a day out almost like a treasure hunt of sorts.

Avoiding the Airport Wait

There is nothing as soul destroying as waiting for hours for your baggage to appear on the carousel, when all you want to do is get out of the airport and enjoy the sun.

When checking your bag in, ask the desk attendant to stick a ‘Fragile’ sticker on the side of the bag. All bags marked fragile are placed on top of the other bags so they will always be the first off the plane and should be waiting for you on the carousel in no time!

We will have some more honeymoon tips for you in the coming weeks and would love to hear from you if you have any hacks you would like to share with our readers.

If you are still in the planning stages of your wedding and not quite planning the honeymoon yet, please get in touch for a no-obligation quotation for wedding videography. Whether you are based in Carlow, Tipperary or Kilkenny, we are happy to travel the length of the country to ensure your night day is captured forever on our state of the art filming equipment.

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Wedding Cake Alternatives And Inspiration For Your Wedding Day.

In this wedding news blog post we are taking a look at one of the most popular and long standing  wedding traditions “The Wedding Cake.”
Love is Sweet
Yum, life really is sweeter when you’re in love, at least that’s what one study suggests. Researchers found that both candy and water taste sweeter when people are in love, so what better way for wedding couples to share their love than sharing a  delicious slice of wedding cake.
A  wedding cake is a focal point of a wedding and usually sits in a prominent point of the function room. The wedding cake is a longstanding tradition dating back to Roman and Medieval times. Back then a stack of buns was used instead of a multi-level culinary masterpiece, but the symbolism was generally the same. Over the centuries there have been many traditions created surrounding the cake and it still remains an important aspect of  weddings in Ireland. As a wedding videographer covering weddings in Tipperary & Kilkenny, I always like to capture  the cutting of the cake on video because it represents the first activity done as a couple.

Drangan Video Tipperary Wedding Videographer.
Drangan Video Tipperary Wedding Videographer.

Whilst the classic tiered, white or ivory cake appears the more traditional choice for weddings in Tipperary, this does not mean that you cannot choose an alternative for your big day. Maybe you’re not a big fan of cake, or you just want to offer your guests something a bit different to sample? Take a look at some of the suggestions below for some alternative wedding cake inspiration for brides in Ireland.

  1. Cupcakes

One of the most popular wedding cake alternatives over the past few years has without a doubt been cupcakes. This versatile desert can be made in a wide range of flavours, from strawberry to chocolate fudge and tiffin to blueberry, meaning you can mix and match to please all of your guests!

Another great feature of using cupcakes is that they can be decorated in a variety of beautiful ways – meaning your nuptial cupcakes can become an additional décor feature of your wedding.

  1. Decorative Doughnuts

Decorative doughnuts are fast becoming a popular choice for brides and grooms. These deep fried treats are a favourite with guests of all ages – and the fact that they come in different flavours, and can be dressed up in your bridal colours, make them ideal for the big day. Serve them with coffee or chocolate dipping sauce and you have got a desert that’s sure to please all your guests.

Wedding Cake Alternatives For Weddings In Tipperary
Wedding Cake Alternatives For Weddings In Tipperary
  1. Ice Cream

Whether you are a vanilla or mint chocolate chip fan, individuals of all ages love ice cream! So, why not set up a make-your-own-sundae bar or an ice cream cone station, where guests can indulge in some refreshing sweet treats. Ice cream is a particularly good desert option for summer weddings.

  1. Dessert Shots

Serving desserts in shot glasses, perhaps chocolate mousse or strawberry cheesecake is a really fun alternative to the traditional wedding cake. Create an arrangement of dessert shots on a decorated table, with three to four varieties.

  1. A Pie Table

Set up a pie table and let your guests enjoy the buffet. Whether you provide apple, banoffee or cherry, pies are a great option for winter weddings in particular. If you are on a tight budget, you could consider asking friends or family members to each bake a different type of pie to bring to the party.

  1. Desert Jars

When you are hosting a more casual, rustic styled wedding, consider serving your deserts in jars. Deserts such as chocolate chip cookies, brownies and fruit crumbles work particularly well.

  1. Mini Deserts

Consider serving a selection of mini deserts as an alternative to wedding cake, on your big day. Offering up a tasty arrangement of small desserts such as mini muffins, bite sized cookies or miniature cheesecake, is a great way to play with tradition.

  1. Made to Order Waffles

Perfect for winter weddings, a made to order waffle station is a fantastic alternative wedding cake option. Set up a waffle station, where guests can choose their own toppings, such as ice cream, whipped cream, syrup, berries, Nutella, or even a little Baileys for the adults.

Feeling hungry for something sweet now? So are we!

Here at Drangan Video myself Eamon  has been providing professional wedding videography services throughout Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford and up and down the country for over a decade now. I would be honoured to capture your big day in all its finery. Get in touch today for a free no-obligation consultation regarding video coverage of your big day.

Wishing you a Sweet Wedding Day.
Regards Eamon.

Are you getting married this summer? This is what you should be doing now

When your big day is just a few weeks away, most of the main wedding planning is already completed. However, that doesn’t mean that your work is over yet!

Unfortunately, there is still plenty left for you to do, before you can relax and enjoy your big day. Here at Drangan Video we can let you into a little secret though, and that is that these last few weeks before your wedding, whilst they may be very busy, will be some of the best times you will have so enjoy every minute of it!

Whether you are getting married in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford or any other wonderful location in Ireland, be sure to take a look at our last minute tips below to ensure you have everything in place for the day. Then take some time to relax and enjoy the rare sunshine on the run up to your wedding day.

Latest Wedding Planning News and Tips
Latest Wedding Planning News and Tips For Tipperary Brides

Contact Guests who have missed the RSVP Deadline

Now is the time to chase up any guests that have missed the RSVP deadline. You will require a final headcount to give to your venue, caterer and other vendors, so make sure you get in touch with any guests who have yet to respond. This will also assist you when it comes to making that final seating plan.

Organise Payments To Wedding Suppliers

At this point, you will need to ensure that all wedding vendors have been paid or at least given the requested down payment for their services. Consider creating a checklist detailing the names of each vendor, along with the amount owed and the date the payment is due.

Pick up and Try on Wedding Clothing

Now is the perfect time to have your bridesmaids and grooms party round to try on their outfits for the last time. You still have plenty of time left for last minute adjustments, but make sure you don’t leave things too late! Seamstresses are extremely busy at this time of the year so it’s imperative you give them the time needed to get all those adjustments completed.

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Wedding Videographer In Tipperary

Once adjustments have been completed, it’s time to get all wedding outfits picked up and stored carefully. Keep fragile material stored in a dry cool place where they will be safe and sound until the morning of the wedding.

Tip: Get those shoes broken in now before the wedding day to avoid blisters and sore feet, you’re going to need them at their best to dance the night away!

Draw up a Final Seating Plan

Generally it’s good advice to get a final seating plan to your venue within 2 weeks of your big day. Some venues will tell you they only require it within a day or two of the wedding, but we’d advise doing it that little bit earlier so you don’t have anything to stress about in the days prior. At this point, you should also organise any necessary reserved seating for the wedding ceremony. Make extra copies of your seating plan and give copies to the ushers, caterer, photographer, wedding videographer and the best man.

Your seating plan should also address any dietary requirements or allergies.

Prepare your Wedding Day Emergency Kit

When your big day is this close, it’s a good idea to prepare what we call the ‘wedding day emergency kit’. The kit can include plasters, a sewing kit, clear nail varnish, spare pairs of tights or stockings, extra buttons, tape, mints and safety pins.

Re-Confirm Details with all of your Vendors

Confirm every last detail with all wedding suppliers, staff and any other vendors you have hired. Try to get firm details such as arrival and set up times, confirmation about the equipment or service they’re providing, and give them details on how to access the wedding venue.

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Drangan Video Tipperary

Outline Duties

It’s not just your vendors and suppliers that you need to discuss details with on the lead up to the wedding day. The best man, maid of honour, and parents should all be briefed on their duties so that there are no unwelcome surprises on the big day.

Make sure you discuss logistics, last minute details, special duties, and your wedding-day schedule with them, so that everyone fully understands their role.

Organise Transportation

At this point, you need to ensure that all transportation has been confirmed and booked. Make final confirmations that transport has been organised for you and your fiancé, as well as applicable guests, to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the reception, and from the reception to the hotel or back home.

If you don’t plan on providing transportation for guests, bridesmaids or groomsmen, then print out cards with local taxis that guests can book in advance.

Prepare for your Honeymoon

Now is the time to prepare for your honeymoon, as the chances are the week before the wedding you will be extremely busy.

Try as best you can to organise particulars such as travel insurance, spending money, and packing in the weeks before your wedding.

Wedding News Tipperary
Wedding News Tipperary

Drangan Video would love to hear from any Brides or Grooms that are getting married in the Kilkenny or Tipperary areas this summer or indeed next summer. Eamon is a professional wedding videographer and is available nationwide and we are always available to answer any queries you may have.

More Wedding News & Planning Tips Soon.
Cheers Eamon