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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.

Making the Most of your Wedding Morning

As a wedding videographer  I have been fortunate  to have been  part of  so many wedding morning preparations throughout Tipperary, Kilkenny and up and down the country, each  wedding is  special and unique for every individual bride. I have picked up some tips, advice and ideas  that will help  to ensure that your wedding morning is a stress free fun event.

More often than not, the morning of any wedding can be a blur when we look back at it, running to the hairdressers, dressing the flower girls, making sure everyone is where they should be, checking in with suppliers, dealing with last minute arrivals… the list goes on!

In more recent times, we are seeing brides and grooms taking a more relaxed approach and striving to get all the last minute preparations completed the day before the wedding where possible, so they can enjoy the morning build-up and everything that goes with it.

It is with this in mind that we have compiled a list of novel ideas for you and your bride or groom to enjoy on the morning of your wedding. It goes without saying, that if you’re a traditionalist, you won’t be doing these activities together, but you can certainly enjoy them with your bridal party, family or grooms party.

Bridal preparations for wedding in Tipperary
Pamper yourself

Instead of running all over town to get to the hairdressers or to visit your favourite makeup artist, why not bring them to your home or venue of choice? By asking your makeup artist and hairdresser to work their wonders in comfortable surroundings, you can enjoy being pampered with your bridal party in a relaxed atmosphere, and will never have to worry about dodging those raindrops!

Splash out on a champagne breakfast

Let’s be honest, there’s not a bride or groom on the planet that won’t enjoy a special breakfast on the morning of the wedding. Perhaps ask an ouside caterer to prepare something light and nourishing for you and your companions or maybe call upon an obliging relative to put together something special. Not too much champagne now, you have a long day ahead ?

Get everything ready the night before

If you truly want to be as relaxed as possible on the morning of your wedding, why not get everything ready the night before? Have all the dresses, or suits ready and waiting to be worn, polish those shoes, lay out any jewellery, make those last minute phone calls, pack your overnight bag, do a quick tidy up so the photographer can get snapping as soon as they arrive, and then breathe and relax….it’s all in hand. Now you can take the morning in your stride, no rushing about, and arrive at your wedding ceremony rested and calm.

Pop on some music

There’s nothing that can soothe the nerves or add to an occasion like your favourite tunes. Perhaps consider preparing a playlist for your intended to listen to on the morning of the wedding, what better way to start the day?

Be comfortable

On the morning of the wedding, before you don your suit or dress, it will do you the world of good to be as comfortable as you can. Invest in some comfy robes for the bride and bridal party and some man-size slippers or robes for the gents.

Wedding day preparations Kilkenny bride

Here at Drangan Video we realise the importance of capturing your mornings preparations is a non-intrusive manner. If you wish to have a video in your home or chosen venue on the morning of your wedding, please do feel free to get in touch with us here at any time.

Whether you’re getting married in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Cork or Waterford, the team here at Drangan will be happy to travel to your venue of choice.

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How big, how much? Our Guide to what you’ll need on the Big Day

The time has come for you to start ordering services, flowers, food and drink for the big day, and we can fully empathise with the panic that sometimes goes hand in hand with this process. With this in mind we have put together a quick guide that we hope you’ll find helpful.

Ordering the Cake

Under normal circumstances, ordering a cake should be as straight forward as ordering a coffee. However, when it comes to wedding planning, you really have to be thinking on your feet. When the time comes to speak to your local baker or wedding specialist, you’ll most likely already have a budget set aside for your wedding cake, but have you considered the size or the numbers?

Planning advice and tips for your wedding in Kilkenny

When ordering your wedding cake, the following calculations should be taken into consideration:

With the following tier sizes you should easily be able to calculate how many guests can indulge in your gorgeous wedding cake:

Square Tiers

12”x18” – This whopping tier size will ensure up to 55 of your wedding guests will get a slice of cake.
11”x15” – You should comfortably feed 35 guests with a generous slice of cake.
9”x13” – Perfect for a smaller wedding or to stack on top of a large tier for those of you who are celebrating with a large group of friends or family, this tier will feed 20-25 people.
7”x11” – Generally this size will be used with larger tiers and perhaps another smaller tier on top. Used alone, this size will comfortably allow 15 of your guests to indulge in a tasty treat.

Round Tiers

10” – A 10” round cake will serve up to 25 guests.
8” – This smaller size will serve up to 10 people.
6” – A tidy 6” tier will comfortably allow 6 of your wedding guests to indulge in a piece of your celebratory cake.

For those of you who are celebrating with larger numbers, simply start out with the larger tier sizes and stack a smaller tier or two on top to reach the number of servings you require.

Calculating drinks for the toast or wine for the table

We often talk to brides and grooms who have miscalculated the amount of alcoholic beverages required for the evening of their wedding. In most cases, guests will buy their own drinks for the night, however it is customary to provide wine at the table during the meal or treat your guests to a drink for the toasts and speeches. How to calculate what to order can be a bit of a minefield, so we hope that this helps with your planning!

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Wine for the table.

A general rule of thumb to consider is 2 glasses per person, per table. This will equate to half a bottle per person. Then you have to figure out which is more popular, red or white?

Autumn, winter and early spring weddings:
This is the time of year when guests are more likely to drink red wine. When the weather is cold and the evenings are dark, a glass of red wine is more likely to be chosen than a glass of white or sparkling wine.

Late spring and summer weddings:
As you would expect, with warmer weather and long bright evenings, we are more likely to opt for a more refreshing drink. In this case, you should assume that the majority of guests will opt for a white wine, a spritzer or a sparkling wine if it is on offer.

Affordable wedding video packages for your wedding in Kilkenny

As always, the team here at Drangan Video would be delighted to hear from you if you are currently planning your wedding. We offer a host of wedding video packages and are available to travel throughout the country, so whether you are getting married in Tipperary or Kilkenny, Cork or Dublin, we would love to hear from you.

More Kilkenny wedding news soon
Eamon