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Planning an Outdoor Wedding in Ireland

As we head into Summer 2019, we find that more and more couples are hoping to incorporate the outdoors into their big day. Perhaps the memories of our fantastic summer in 2018 have made us all a little bit more optimistic about our Irish weather! Whilst the Irish weather is incredibly unpredictable, it is still very possible for you to plan and enjoy an Irish outdoor wedding ceremony or reception party. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite outdoor venues in Ireland for you and your intended to explore.

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Ballyvolane House, Cork

Ballyvolane House is one of the most picturesque venues in Ireland. Beautifully landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland, make this the number one choice for many of our Brides and Grooms. Should the weather deteriorate in any way, the team at Ballyvolane House can offer you a number of indoor alternatives.

Harvey’s Point, Donegal

Harvey’s Point in Donegal is an incredible location to say ‘I Do’, whether you decide to exchange vows indoors or lakeside. The attention to detail shown by the Harvey’s Point events team is second to none and you can be assured they’ll make your day one to remember, whatever the weather!

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Glenview Hotel, Wicklow

The Glenview Hotel in County Wicklow offers you everything you need both indoor and out for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions. In fact, the Glenview have gone one step further and won’t charge you any extra to host your civil ceremony on their grounds if you have also booked the reception here.

The Haven Hotel, Waterford

The Haven Hotel in Waterford is situated in Dunmore East and will make a wonderful backdrop for your wedding photographs and videography. What we love about this place is its proximity to the beach, which is perfect for those unique wedding shots. The hotel is fully equipped and certified for outdoor ceremonies on the lawn and can cater for up to 250 guests.

Kilshane House, Tipperary

Kilshane House is a breath-taking Regency house with a traditional conservatory that is perfect for those who may want the best of both worlds on their wedding day. The hotel has put a lot of thought into their outdoor ceremonies and offer a floating pagoda on their very own lake or lakeside in one of their secret garden locations. You really couldn’t ask for a better start to your married life!

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Whether you opt for a traditional civil ceremony on the grounds of a hotel or in a HSE registered site that is close to your heart, Ireland now offers a multitude of options for those who want to take the plunge and exchange their vows outdoors.

If you’re planning your outdoor wedding for 2019 or 2020, the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. We are happy to travel nationwide at no extra cost and have lots of experience filming outdoor weddings. Get in touch with Eamon today to find out what makes us the perfect choice for your big day.

Getting Married in Kilkenny

For those of you who are getting married in Kilkenny in the near future, let us first congratulate you on your engagement! In this blog post we are going to speak a bit about what makes Kilkenny so special for Brides and Grooms and hope to provide some great advice on scenic locations for photo’s and videos, tips on some of the best venues and some general information about the area. If you have any questions or require any further information to assist with your wedding planning, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video.

Just last weekend, we filmed 3 wedding videos in the Kilkenny area, so you can be assured that you’re getting some of the most up to date information available!

Summer Weddings In Kilkenny

As most of you will know, Kilkenny has a strong GAA history and we see a nod to this sporting tradition at many of the weddings we attend throughout the county. As Ireland’s most successful hurling county, it’s no surprise that guards of honour with the legendary hurl are one of the strongest wedding traditions in the area. Fancy organising a hurley arch of your own to walk through as a newly wed couple? Make sure you drop plenty of hints to the best man and your intended and we’re sure they’ll get organising straight away!

Scenic locations in Kilkenny:

Kilkenny offers some of the most spectacular scenery available in Ireland and we are happy to recommend the following locations for your wedding photographs or wedding video shoot.

• Rothe House and Gardens
• St. Canice’ Cathedral
• Kilkenny Castle and grounds
• Jerpoint Abbey
• Kilfane Glen and Waterfall
• Kells Mills

All of the locations listed above are easily accessible throughout the year and will make a wonderful addition to your wedding album or video.

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Wedding Venues in Kilkenny:

As wedding videographers who film a lot of weddings in Kilkenny each year, we are in a unique position to advise on some of the most popular venues. Whether you are planning a church ceremony and celebrating afterwards in a venue in the county or planning to have your civil ceremony and celebration in the same venue, these locations should have everything you need to ensure your special day is an outstanding success.

• Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel ****
• Mount Juliet Estate ***** (and a Michelin Star)
• Lyrath Estate Hotel *****
• The River Court Hotel ****
• The Newpark Hotel ****

All of the above hotels are approved for civil ceremonies and offer the very best service available in Kilkenny.

Attractions for your guests to enjoy in Kilkenny

Many of you will have guests that will stay for an extended break in Kilkenny following your wedding celebrations. Below you will find a list of the top attractions the area has to offer, you can be sure that your guests will experience the best Irish hospitality at all of these attractions.

• Kilkenny Castle and Grounds
• Kilfane Waterfall
• Woodstock House and Gardens
• The Medieval Mile Museum
• Black Abbey
• St. John’s Priory
• Jerpoint Park
• The Smithwick’s Experience
• Castlecomer Discovery Park

Should you require any further information about venues or scenic locations in the Kilkenny area, please feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video and he will be happy to assist you in any way he can.

Drangan Video offers state of the art wedding videography services for couples right across Ireland. We are happy to travel to all parts of the country without any extra cost to the client. For a free, no-obligation quotation, please feel free to get in touch with Eamon today.

The Maid of Honours Role in the Big Day

As the Maid of Honour on your friend’s big day, it will be your responsibility to ensure the Bride wants for nothing and is totally oblivious to any panic that may be going on in the background. In this article we look at how you can take your Maid of Honour duties to the next level and have guests and family marvelling at your calm demeanour and precise organizational skills. You may be panicking on the inside, but by following the tips below you can be assured of a trouble-free day!

1. In the weeks leading up to the big day, take it upon yourself to make a personal phone call to each of the bridal suppliers, include the videographer, the photographer, florist, ceremony venue and reception venue and leave them with your number. This will take great pressure off the Bride and will ensure you are kept up to date on any last minute changes that may occur.

2. Also make sure to extend a phone call to each member of the bridal party, including but not limited to the groomsman, bridesmaids, ushers and parents of any children who may be partaking in the wedding ceremony. Make it clear that if anyone needs anything in the lead up to the big day or if anyone has any questions, that they can contact you directly.

3. Regularly check in with the Bride to see if she needs assistance with any last minute plans and assure her that you can take up any challenge that may arise. After all you are there to make sure her day goes as smoothly as possible!

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Wedding News Tipperary

The day itself is going to be busy and you will need your wits about you to ensure everything goes as planned. Don’t sweat the small stuff and know that you can’t plan for every eventuality; some surprises will happen that goes without saying and some may even add to the happiness of the day! That said, here are some useful tips that you can keep in your armoury:

4. Wedding Day Appointments – By having a clear itinerary made out in advance you can ensure that all members of the bridal party can keep to their appointments on the morning of the wedding. Perhaps you can organize transport to and from the hairdressers if necessary or arrange a timeline for each of the bridesmaids to have their make-up done. A schedule will help not just the bridal party but also the professionals providing the services on the morning.

5. Make sure everyone gets a good breakfast! Now, we’re not suggesting for a moment that you should don your apron and cook up a feast for such a large gathering; however, it may be advisable to organize someone else who can do this for you on the morning of the wedding. It’s going to be a long day and will most likely be the evening before you all sit down to enjoy a meal. A good breakfast will set you all up for the day and will allay any crankiness that may come with hunger pangs!

6. Carry an emergency kit in your clutch or handbag – we can’t stress this enough! The emergency kit can include:
• Clear nail varnish
• Sewing needle
• Thread
• Plasters
• Deodorant
• Tights
• Small scissors

In the lead up to the big day there will of course be so much more for you to do, the great thing about the wedding day itself is that all the plans have already been made and confirmed and you can relax and enjoy the day with your very best friend. Let her know that you are at her beck and call and that you are willing and excited to help out in any way you possibly can. By the time the evening comes around you will be able to party like everyone else and pat yourself on the back for a job very well done indeed!

Drangan Video provides videography services for brides and grooms throughout Ireland and would love to hear from you at any time of the year. Our packages are both affordable and professional and we have years of very satisfied customers who will be more than happy to share their experiences. Feel free to get in touch with Eamon here by email or phone at any time that is convenient to you.

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Regards Eamon

 

 

Make This a Truly Memorable Day: 5 Ways to Make Your Wedding Stand Out

Having had the pleasure of shooting wedding videos for more than twenty years at Drangan Video, I have seen a lot of lovely and memorable weddings. My name is Eamon and I’m your videographer. I take great pleasure in capturing those special ‘moments of a lifetime’ for you to look back on for years to come.

When hiring my services, the happy couple will often remark that they are looking for something out of the norm, something to take their wedding a bit off the beaten path, something truly memorable. If you are looking for ways to make your own wedding stand out, here are some thoughts to get you started planning a day that will live on in the memories of all who attend.

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Wedding Films Kilkenny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose an Unusual Venue

What do you think of when you picture the classic wedding? Typically, it is set in a church with the celebration taking place in a local venue, complete with all the trimmings. What would happen if you were to choose someplace truly unique to both say your vows and celebrate afterwards?

Couples have chosen to get married in hot air balloons, on historic bridges, in caves, in museums and of course, in castles – where they can also honeymoon after the guests have gone home. It may take some planning to make sure you can book the venue at the time you need but with a bit of foresight and a little patience, you can book a truly memorable venue.

Do Away with Traditions

Another way to be assured your wedding will stand out from those your guests have attended in the past is to do away with some of the expected traditions. Since it is no longer a ‘requirement’ for the bride to wear white, why not choose a colourful and trendy wedding gown? Some brides have opted to do the wedding party in the colours of the rainbow with matching décor at the church and celebration venue.

Others have gone all out with period attire (such as Victorian or Renaissance) whilst others have gone into the future with wedding attire fashioned after futuristic sci-fi flicks such as the character Katniss would wear in the Hunger Games.

Order a Designer Wedding Cake

Everyone expects a multi-tiered wedding cake done up in white with the traditional bride and groom figurines gracing the top. If you do a bit of searching you can find a baker who is also an artist/sculptor and is able to create an amazing wedding cake shaped and decorated as anything from the Eiffel Tower to a Venetian Gondola.

Designer wedding cakes can also be a way to put the finishing touches on the theme you have chosen for your wedding, so get as creative as you like. The only hitch may be finding a baker who can handle this type of artistry, but they can be found so allow yourself ample time to find the perfect cake ‘artist.’

Dance a Choreographed First Dance

When it comes to the first dance at the wedding celebration, many couples take dancing lessons months before the special event. It is traditional to learn to manage a waltz or fox trot, but what about something a little more exciting? Couples often choose a first dance based on a song that is special to their romance and it’s pretty much impossible to waltz to rap. Have you considered hiring a hip hop choreographer to teach you a short choreographed routine to stun your wedding guests? A quick browse through YouTube should give you some great ideas for first dances that really stand out.

5) Make a Grand Exit

Finally, at the end of the day when it is traditional to toss rice on the newlyweds as they drive off into the sunset in a hired limousine, why not change up your transport a bit? Some couples have hired motorbikes for their grand exit whilst others have taken off in balloons or on horseback. Hire a Chinese rickshaw or take off in a helicopter, your choices are only limited by your imagination.

Here’s hoping your wedding will be a day that will stand out and become a great memory that will last a lifetime. With your creativity and my videos, we can make this a day to remember – a day that will live on for years to come.

Thanks for stopping by!
Eamon

The Rising Popularity Of Kilkenny City As A Wedding Destination

Kilkenny is one of the most exciting wedding destinations in Ireland it offers a magnificent choice of top class wedding venues, in this week’s blog  I take a look at just three of those venues which I really like.

If you’re looking for a wedding videographer in Kilkenny, don’t drag your heels on making a decision (pick  Drangan Video, you know you want to….!). I’ve noticed the popularity of the City as a wedding venue increasing  rapidly over the last few years. The combination of beautiful surroundings and good transport links makes this the
ideal location for family and friends to gather.

Here I take a look at three of the best wedding venues Kilkenny City has to offer.

Best For A Dramatic Backdrop: Butler House

Situated in the centre of Kilkenny city, this striking property is the Dower House of Kilkenny Castle. Its name is taken from the Butler Family, the Dukes & Earls of Ormonde who made Kilkenny Castle their home for 500 years.

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wedding Videographer Kilkenny

After being ravaged by time and neglect, the Butler House underwent an extensive restoration in the 1970s, under the instruction of Kilkenny Design. The building was reinstated to its former glory, with the magnificent sweeping staircases, beautiful marbled fireplaces decorative plastered ceilings, and captivating walled gardens all lovingly restored.

The result is a spectacular venue, perfect for a grand civil wedding ceremony and reception.

As a wedding videographer with an eye for backgrounds, I am especially fond of the Butler House’s beautiful Georgian garden, and the stunning view towards Kilkenny Castle. The garden’s privacy creates the perfect environment for romantic moments, while the grand architecture, and presence of the Castle add a sense of drama
and grandeur to the occasion.

Best For A Huge Ballroom: Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

Of course the rest of the venue is lovely, but it’s the ballroom that really sells this hotel. It is huge and magnificent. If you have a large number of guests to invite, this hotel is a great option.

The King’s Ballroom has recently undergone a renovation, creating an elegant self-contained space, complete with its own car and smoking area. The unique ceiling combined with customisable mood lighting can be used to create any kind of atmosphere you want for your party. The hotel itself boasts four-star accommodation, making it the perfect place for a pre-wedding overnight stay, or a place to crash after the party has ended. The property is located beside famous Kilkenny landmarks such as the Medieval Rothe House, St Canice’s Cathedral and of course, the magnificent Kilkenny Castle.

Best For A Party Atmosphere: Springhill Court Hotel

If you want a wedding where you can leave it to the experts, turn up and enjoy a good party, then Springhill Court Hotel is an excellent choice.

Their all-inclusive wedding package has the whole day covered including a luxury red carpet on arrival, all the decorations, five course meal, and everything you need to a enjoy lively party in the evening. The beautifully lit Tara ballroom is the perfect setting to celebrate with friends and family. The hotel boasts a romantic bridal suite and luxurious spa, making it the ideal place to spend your first night as a married couple.
Springhill Court is located a few minutes out of the city, making it easy to reach. But if guests want to stay the night once the party is over, the hotel has ample accommodation. And brides can be assured of the full attention of the staff as the venue pledges to host only one wedding per day. As I said, Kilkenny City is becoming a very popular wedding destination, so if you find a venue that suits, don’t take too long putting down the deposit. Then secure your wedding videographer (me) as quickly as possible.

Thanks for stopping by,
Eamon.