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Advice On Booking your Wedding Venue

For those of you who are in the early wedding planning process, we hope you find this blog post interesting and informative. Booking the right venue for you and your intended is probably the most important choice you will make at this early stage. It is with this in mind that we have compiled a list of important questions for you to ask the venue before making that all-important decision.

Whether you are planning to get married in Tipperary or further afield, these questions should assist you with this important first step.

Getting Married In Tipperary

Dates:
Have you set a date in stone or can you be flexible to get the venue you really want? The very first question you need to ask your venue of choice is whether they can accommodate you on your preferred date. Once you have confirmed the venue you can then move on to booking entertainment that is available on the same day.

Budget:
Budget is incredibly important, and you need to know that the venue can deliver everything you need without costs spiraling out of control. Make sure you ask your venue to specify any ‘extras’ that could catch you off guard when the time for payment comes.

Capacity:
For those of you planning a large wedding, you will need to give an approximation of numbers to the venue to ensure they can seat and comfortably accommodate all of your guests for the big day. If they can’t accommodate the numbers you were hoping for, you will have a decision to make. Which is most important to you, your dream venue or a large guest list?

Wedding Videographer Tipperary

Civil Ceremonies:
If you are planning a civil ceremony and hope to host the ceremony and the celebrations in the same venue, you will need to check that the venue has been registered with the HSE. A full list of HSE approved wedding venues is available on the HSE website.

The Space:
Ask the event coordinator at the venue to give you a tour of the space. If at all possible, ask if you could see the room on the morning of another wedding before the guests arrive. This will give you a good idea of the seating arrangements and the space available in the venue.

Décor:
In most cases the venue will decorate the space for you at no extra cost, however, you may want to add some of your own touches to make it special. Speak with your point of contact and ask if you can be involved in the décor process.

Point of Contact:
To ensure everything runs smoothly throughout the planning process it is always best to have one dedicated point of contact at your venue of choice. Upon your first meeting with the venue you should specify this request and a direct phone number and email address for ease of contact.

Recommendations:
Every venue will have a list of approved venues that they will be happy to share with the bride and groom. This can be a great resource if you are looking for the best entertainment, photographer or car hire service. Drangan Video is proud to be recommended by hotels and venues in Tipperary and throughout Ireland.

Tipperary Bride

If you are planning your wedding now for 2020, the team here at Drangan Video would love to have the opportunity to film your wedding. With 25 years in the wedding videography business, you can be assured of a professional and friendly service as well as state of the art wedding videography. Drangan Video  is based in South Tipperary  offering  wedding videography services to all counties in Ireland, so whether you are based in  Tipperary or Donegal we will be happy to travel to your venue of choice at absolutely no extra cost to you.

Fun Carousel Wedding Video In Kilkenny

Caitriona & Patrick were married in St. Patrick’s Church Kilkenny it was a pleasure to have been  asked to film their wedding video.
I’m  very proud to share their highlights film in this blog post, one of the many highlights from the day was a visit the the Carousel for a magical spin.

Carousel Wedding Video Highlights In Kilkenny

Essential Wedding Planning Tips and Tricks

This week we are going to give you some insight into the very best wedding planning tips and tricks to help the wedding planning process go smoothly for you and your intended. Drangan Video offer professional wedding videography services in Kilkenny and nationwide we are always on hand to provide expert advice to our budding Brides and Grooms. To enquire about the packages we have on offer, please feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan and he’ll guide you through the many options available.

Tip 1: Guest numbers are important
Now that the excitement of the engagement celebrations are over, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty! You don’t need to make up a precise guest list at this stage, but having an approximate number will greatly assist you with the rest of your planning.

Tip 2. Check your dates
When choosing a date to get married, most of us never think of issues that may arise, but it’s incredibly important to check the calendar before you commit to a date. Public holidays and big local event days are probably best avoided as they can increase hotel rooms costs for your guests and may be problematic for those driving in heavy traffic to celebrate your big day.

Tip 3: Pay attention to mother nature (particularly in Ireland)
Whilst we all dream of a day with blue skies and endless sunshine, it’s always essential that we plan for every weather eventuality. Planning a wedding in July in Ireland does not guarantee sunshine so keep an eye on the forecast and prepare for any last minute changes to the weather.

Tip 4. Ask for recommendations
Once you have booked your venue, it’s time to start looking at your other wedding vendors. We have found that most hotels and vendors keep a preferred supplier list, which they are more than happy to share with couples. Let one vendor lead you to another and know that when you support local small businesses, your wedding is making a real difference to those who are self-employed.

Tip 5. Stick to your budget
When setting your budget, it’s important to remember that 50% of your wedding expenses will be spent on food and drink for you and your guests. With this in mind you may want to consider a number of different catering options to assist with budget management.

Tip 6: Always ask
Don’t be afraid to ask your venue for those little extras at no extra cost, if you don’t ask, you don’t get, right? Most venues are happy to throw in something extra free of charge, whether that’s some music upon arrival, a free round of drinks for the toasts or a reduced price for guests staying at the hotel. Don’t feel shy about asking, wedding venues are well prepared for negotiations and will always be able to offer you something to secure your booking.

Wedding videographer  Kilkenny

Eamon here at Drangan Video will be happy to recommend other vendors and suppliers that he has worked with over the years and is always on hand to answer any queries you may have. To learn more about the wedding videos we offer, please feel free to browse through the site and view some of the sample videos that have been posted with the permission of our happy Brides and Grooms.

Final Planning for your Winter Wedding

It’s hard to believe that we are already writing about winter weddings, how the summer has flown by this year! For those of you who are tying the knot in the final months of 2018 or early 2019, we hope you find these last minute planning tips helpful.

Winter Weddings In Tipperary
It’s all about planning for the weather!

Being realistic about weather expectations during the winter months means you will never be caught short on your wedding day. Here at Drangan Video, we provide wedding videography services throughout the year and have seen a huge increase in couples getting married in the later months, particularly during the Christmas season.

Planning for winter weather conditions well in advance will give you the peace of mind you deserve on your wedding day:

For the guests:

• Umbrellas at the ready – organise a surplus of umbrellas for any guests who may not have had the foresight to bring one to the ceremony or celebrations.
• Keep your guests warm – making sure your guests are comfortable and warm at all times will make a huge difference to your day and will make your guests feel extra special.
• Offering a hot drink on arrival – when your guests arrive at your venue, consider offering hot drinks such as tea, coffee, mulled wine, Irish coffees or hot whiskeys.
• If you have an outdoor area at your venue of choice, provide your guests with warm blankets to keep the chill out.

Winter Wedding Film
For the bridal party:

• The bride and the bridesmaids will need to be comfortable throughout the ceremony and the celebrations, so make sure you put some though into winter-ready accessories. Faux fur shoulder capes, boleros and custom designed jackets are all good options to keep the chill out.
• Don’t forget about the groom and grooms party, keep the guys warm by providing smart overcoats and attractive scarves. Most tux rental shops will be able to offer heavier suits or coats for the winter months.
• Bring an ‘emergency’ kit for the ladies. Cold winds and the likelihood of rain will mean you need to put a bit of extra thought into this kit. Include lip balm, hand cream, moisturiser, hairspray, makeup setting spray and anything else your bridal party may need in the event of bad weather.
• Keep your legs warm – Give your legs the love they need during this long day by wearing thick tights under a long wedding dress. If your bridesmaids are also wearing long dresses, provide them with high denier tights to keep those tootsies warm.

Cover all eventualities:

When planning your winter wedding, try to plan for every possibility on the day. Provide guests with clear directions to the venue and ask them to allow extra travel time in case of extreme weather conditions. Keep the extra travel time in mind for the bridal and grooms party too as icy roads or heavy winds can easily add an extra hour to a journey.

Christmas Weddings Kilkenny

If you have a photographer and videographer booked for outdoor shots, keep in mind that this may not always be possible. Have an alternative indoor venue arranged for group shots, personal photos and videography. The great thing about a winter wedding is that you get to dress up all over again later in the year if you wish to get some shots in the sunshine.

Drangan Video provides wedding videography services 12 months of the year and is available to film weddings right across the country. Please feel free to pop over to our testimonials page where you can see a small sample of our work, should you wish to see further samples, do get in touch and we’ll be happy to give you all the information you need.

We’ll be covering more winter wedding tips over the coming months so keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page for updates.

Videography and Photography Wedding Checklist

As professional wedding videographers we have a checklist of the most important parts of your big day. This checklist allows us to capture each and every special moment so that you have the opportunity to reminisce long into the future. You will want to ensure that your wedding photographer has a similar approach, so do please feel free to share this checklist with them before the big day. Please note that the moments we have mentioned below are just a small part of what we capture on your big day, you can be assured we will capture every moment.

Wedding Videography In Tipperary and Kilkenny

The morning of the wedding:
Prior to getting to the ceremony there are a lot of special moments during preparations that should be captured either by photograph or video.

• The bride and groom getting ready
• Makeup and hair preparations
• Important items in the home (photographs of family heirlooms, framed images of loved ones who have passed on, family pets etc.)
• Photos and video with the family
• Group capture of the bridal party and the grooms party
• First glimpse of the bride in her dress
• Solo shots of the bride and groom
• Leaving the home

The ceremony:
The ceremony is of course the most important part of your day and it’s vitally important that we capture every moment for you.

• Outside and inside photographs and video of the ceremony venue and surrounding area.
• The venue before the guests arrive
• Guests as they arrive
• Ceremony décor and floral arrangements
• Guests signing the guestbook
• Ushers escorting guests to their seats
• Parents of the bride and groom entering the venue
• Grooms party waiting for the bride to enter
• Bridal procession
• Father or chosen individual walking the bride down the aisle to their partner
• The exchanging of vows
• Lighting of candles or other ceremonial actions
• Musicians and singers who are performing at the ceremony
• Exchanging of the rings
• Signing of the register
• The first kiss
• Exit of the bride and groom and their guest from the ceremony venue
• Bride and groom leaving the venue for the reception

Summer Wedding Video In Kilkenny

At the Reception:
At the reception we will ensure that our presence never infringes on the celebrations and will remain discreet and in the wings throughout.

• Arrival of bride and groom at the reception venue
• The top table before guests are seated
• The reception room before guests are seated
• The toast
• The speeches
• The first dance as husband and wife
• Musicians
• Bride throwing bouquet

Here at Drangan Video we work tirelessly to ensure all of your special moments are caught on film forever. If you want something captured that you haven’t seen mentioned above, please know that we are very happy to accommodate you in any way we can. Drangan Video are available to travel anywhere in the country and provide only the very best videography services. We do all our editing in-house so you can be assured that your wedding video is always in good hands.

Please do get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video and he will provide you with a no-obligation quotation for your big day.

Civil Ceremonies v Church Weddings Making your decision

In Ireland today, we are blessed to have a wealth of options when it comes to choosing a venue for the most important day in any couples life. Whether you are religious or not, there are a several options available to you right across the country.

In this article we are going to speak about the differences between civil and church weddings in Ireland and hopefully provide you with enough information to make that all-important decision.

Civil Wedding Ceremony in Kilkenny

The main difference between a church wedding and a civil ceremony is of course religion. If as a practicing catholic, it is important to you to wed in a church, then this will no doubt be the deciding factor. When you marry in a church, you are married in the eyes of God, in a civil ceremony you are married in the eyes of the law. Both ceremonies are recognised by the state and are legally binding provided that your celebrant is recognised and registered to perform a legal ceremony.

The Church Wedding

When marrying in a church, temple or other religious building, there will be certain conventions that you will have to comply with:

• Catholic ceremonies require you to undertake a pre-marriage course prior to exchanging your vows.
• You will need to have been baptised and confirmed if marrying in a catholic church.
• If you live outside the parish you are marrying in, you will require a letter of freedom from your previous parishes to confirm you are in fact free to marry.
• Interchurch and interfaith marriages may need further permissions, so it is vital that you speak with your priest about this prior to making any arrangements.
• The bride and groom will be required to fill out a pre-nuptial form for church records. This is not state documentation and is for church use only.
• It is up to you to register the marriage.

The Civil Ceremony

• Civil ceremonies in Ireland only take place from Monday to Friday.
• There may be additional fees associated with the wedding if you wish to have the ceremony outside a registry office (in a hotel or registered venue).
• 3 Months notification is required.
• Irish legislation states that the venue must be open to the public, either a building that is used and accessible to the public or an open space.
• The registrar will register the marriage for you.

Church weddings In Tipperary

Whether you opt for a religious or civil ceremony, knowing what is required can make a huge difference to your preparations. For a full list of legal requirements and compliance conventions, please visit the official citizens information website.

Here at Drangan Video, we love nothing more than providing wedding videography services to couples throughout Tipperary, Kilkenny and right across Ireland. Civil, religious and secular ceremonies are all wonderful ways to declare your love and we will thoroughly enjoy capturing every moment for you to enjoy for decades into the future.

Drangan Video welcomes couples from all walks of life, whether you are religious or not, regardless of gender or belief. We know that love is the most important part of every couple’s life and will do our utmost to ensure we deliver top class customer service every time.

Our Wedding videography services are available right across the country, so feel free to give us a call and we will provide you with an all-inclusive quote, we offer discounts for local weddings in Kilkenny and Tipperary.