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Weddings in Ireland on a Budget

Whether you’re tying the knot in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford or further afield the cost of planning a wedding can be a point of stress for many couples. At a time when you should be feeling excited and happy you may sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by the ever-mounting costs. Having spoken to many couples over the years whilst planning the approach of their wedding video, I have been lucky enough to pick up some really fabulous money saving tips, which I am going to share with you today.

Wedding planning on a budget
Choose your timing wisely

For those of you who really don’t mind what time of the week you get married, there’s a lot to be said for off-peak times. Mid-week weddings in Ireland can give you some superb savings and most venues will throw in some extras free of charge when business is quiet. By choosing a mid-week wedding date you can be assured you will make significant savings. Also, we’re seeing more and more couples opting for the months stretching from autumn to late spring when once again the costs are significantly lower. Avoiding holidays such as Valentines Day, the Christmas season and Bank Holidays will also allow you a bit more leeway with budgeting.

DIY Weddings

Think about all the things you need for the perfect wedding. Now think about how much of this you may be able to do yourself. Rope in artistic friends to work on wedding stationery design and floral decorations and consider making some homemade treats that can be used as wedding favours.

Weddings in Kilkenny
Dressing the Wedding Party

Every wedding party is unique, some will have up to 20 people at the top table, others will opt for a low-key affair with just a Best Man and Maid of Honour. This choice is entirely down to the couple. However, if you’re facing rising costs when dressing the bridal party, it may be an idea to start looking online or at high street retailers as opposed to bridal specialists. Some of our high street stores in Ireland now offer incredible value on clothing for both men and women that would like absolutely wonderful on the day. Also check out eBay and other online marketplaces for clothing, footwear and accessories.

Keep it online

Going digital with your wedding stationery can be a real cost saver when it comes to planning your wedding. We are now talking to many brides and grooms who opt to send invites via email or through social media. This option may not be for everyone but can really make a difference to your budget and really won’t have any impact on the big day itself.

Wedding planning in Tipperary
Ask!

Never be afraid to ask for a discount, you can be assured that your chosen venue has more than covered their costs with the initial quote and there will be room for negotiation in some way. If the venue is unable to give you a better price then ask for extras to be included at no extra cost. Corkage, bar extension, drinks for the toast and evening nibbles may be just some of the items they may be able to accommodate you with.

If you’re currently planning your wedding and looking for a videographer who is affordable, professional and well respected, please get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video. Available to travel nationwide at all times of the year, you can be assured of a service that is delivered to the highest standards and impeccable customer service.

777 Days

As I write this, I am overwhelmed to notice that it has been exactly 777 days since the people of Ireland voted in favour of marriage equality by a whopping 62%. It’s hard to believe it was over two years since this most momentous of days! I still remember the scenes at Dublin Castle like they were only yesterday, and each time I remember it makes me smile with the utmost pride.

Since this date, Drangan Video has been absolutely honoured to be a part of numerous marriages between couples  that fought hard for this result for many years. Just this month alone we will be celebrating 3 same sex marriages with couples who no longer need to struggle to have their love recognised. This makes us very happy indeed!

Civil Wedding Ceremony Tipperary

In most of my blog posts I talk about trends, recommend venues or give advice for the lead up to the big day. I would like to take a departure from that today and reflect upon what the past 777 days have meant for marriage equality across Ireland. Unfortunately Northern Ireland has yet to catch up, but I have every faith that this too will come to pass in the years to come.

One of the many reasons for the YES vote was to of course recognise the love between couples up and down the country regardless of gender, to show support and to give these couples the exact same rights that heterosexual couples have experienced for an eternity. Our little country with an increasingly elderly population and deep roots in religion didn’t have to think twice. Love is love after all and nothing else really matters.

Since the overwhelming majority of Irish citizens showed their support by voting YES in the May 2015 referendum, the landscape of the wedding industry (I hate to refer to it as an industry, but unfortunately that is what it has become) has changed dramatically. Venues up and down the country have opened their doors and their arms widely to welcome equality, businesses, suppliers and vendors have opened their eyes to the different types of ceremonies that are now available in the country and more popular than ever, and those who in the past did not understand what all the fuss was about, finally get it!

Civil Wedding Ceremony Kilkenny

I for one am proud to be a part of this change in our society and will always see love for exactly what it is, no walls, no barriers, just respect and appreciation for every couple in our society. There are of course still boundaries, which have not been broken down, but perhaps in the next 777 days we can work on those together.

For those of you who are planning to wed in the coming months and years, the team here at Drangan Video would like to assure you that we believe in equality in all it’s forms and will support all of our married couples by providing a service that does not discriminate against those who should never have had to fight so hard in the first place.

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Eamon.

December Wedding In Thurles Cathedral

Thurles in Co. Tipperary  is known as the home of hurling and rightly so because it is where the GAA was founded.  On the November 1st 1884 Michael Cusack and seven other men had a meeting in Hayes Hotel and founded the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Since 1879 Thurles Cathedral has been the choice of wedding ceremony venue  by so  many  couples  I suppose it could be best described as the home of weddings in Tipperary.

Sinead and Diarmuid’s Wedding Video

December 30th 2016  was a rather unseasonal day for the time of year, the sun was shining  it was very calm and not a drop of rain to be seen, conditions were ideal for shooting great video footage.
The video begins with coverage of Sinead and girls preparing for the big event, Sinead was getting ready in her parents house which is situated on the Holycross Road about 10 minutes from Thurles Town.
When I arrived  the Bridal Preps were in full swing, Mum and Dad were playing their part in helping  to get the bride to the church on time, the expressions on their face  was proof   of  the pride and emotion that they were feeling  right then.
Sinead was a stunning bride she  is a tall girl with a perfect figure and apart form looking amazingly eloquent and beautiful  she was a really nice person to deal with both before and after the wedding.

Wedding In Castle Durrow

Cathedral Of The Assumption Thurles

I arrived at Thurles Cathedral about an hour before the ceremony allowing ample time to grab  footage of  the boys arriving, I was videographer for wedding of  Diarmuid’s  sister two years ago so it was nice to asked back to shoot yet another Purcell  family wedding.
The video highlights features the words of  a lovely reflection which was written by Diarmuid.  Sinead arrived almost on time for her 1pm appointment with  her husband  to be.
As Sinead’s Dad Tom  walked his beautiful daughter up the aisle his feeling of  pride must have been a wonderful ,  he was probably taking in the architecture of the historic building as they passed the huge pillars  of Cork and  Kilkenny  marble that flank both sides of the wide aisle.
The wedding ceremony was carried out by Fr. Gerard Hennessy it was a nice personal ceremony and we were out of the church within the hour.
One of the highlights of the wedding was the music by Anne Marie Dwan and vocals by the ever wonderful Marie Taylor, the music and lyrics  echoed in every corner of the historic cathedral.

Wedding Video Castle Durrow

Weddings At Castle Durrow

Castle Durrow  Country House Hotel was the wedding reception venue  it is located on the old Dublin – Cork Road  in the  village of Durrow, in Co Laois.
One of the best things about been a wedding videographer is that I get to visit so many fantastic wedding venues in Tipperary Kilkenny and Laoise, Castle Durrow is one of my personal favorites.
The large gardens and beautiful interiors provide the perfect backdrop for shooting high quality wedding videos.
Sinead and Diarmuid joined their guests for dinner at 6pm, the speeches were conducted after the meal,  while waiting for the speeches I took some time out in the bar restaurant and enjoyed a really beautiful meal.

Diarmuid and Sinead were a smashing couple to work with, they were very easygoing and relaxed, I had full permission to go ahead and do my own thing. My style of video recording is very much a fly on the wall approach, couples like this style because they are free to enjoy their big day without interruption from their  wedding videographer.

If you are currently in the process of wedding planning and are in two minds about hiring a wedding videographer, why not get in contact with  myself Eamon,  who will be more than happy to  chat to you about our range of beautiful  HD wedding video packages.
Drangan Video is the number one choice by brides in Tipperary and Kilkenny.

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Eamon

Planning an After Wedding Party

More and more we are asked to provide Brides and Grooms with a quote for not just one day of filming but two, Ireland has embraced the ‘after wedding party’ and it looks like it’s here to stay!

So why should you consider a get together the night or day after your wedding?

It is with increasing regularity that we hear Brides and Grooms regret that they didn’t get enough time to spend with their guests on the big day and this is where the ‘after wedding party’ really comes into it’s own. On the day of your wedding you will no doubt do your best to mingle with everyone in the room, but it goes without saying that you will be very much in demand and it’s hard to spend time with everyone. Planning a get together for the day after makes for a much more relaxed affair and will give you the chance to thank each and every one of your guests in a more informal setting.

An After Wedding Party

So where should I have my After Wedding Party

There are a host of options open to you for your after wedding party and the best thing is you get to relax and enjoy it without having to worry about too much detailed planning.

• Many venues will offer you a second night of celebrations at a reduced rate, so it’s well worth bringing this up at the price negotiation stage. Remember, a second night of celebrating means quite a bit of profit for the establishment and it’s well worth haggling for a reduced rate.
• You could also consider hosting a get together in a local bar that you frequent as a couple on a regular basis. This informal setting will ensure both you and your guests are relaxed and can come and go at a time that suits everyone.
• A local restaurant is a great idea if you would like to thank your guests and family by treating them to an informal meal. Most small restaurants will allow you to bring your own wine and may be happy to waive any corkage fees in return for a large group booking. A great excuse to use up the last of the wine from the wedding day!
• If you are lucky enough to get married during the summer months and fancy taking your chances with the Irish weather, then you could organise a BBQ in your own home or in the grounds of a local club or hotel garden. Make sure there’s an indoor area though to cover all weather possibilities or consider hiring a marquee for the night.

Wedding Party Celebrations

For any brides or grooms who would like a video for both the wedding day and the after wedding party, we would love to hear from you. We can travel anywhere in the country and will be happy to stay overnight so we can capture the perfect video on both days. Please feel free to give Eamon a call here at Drangan Video  and he will provide you with an all-inclusive quote.

More Tipperary wedding news soon.
Eamon

Creating a Mood Board for your Wedding

In this article I’m going to talk about crafting your very own mood board for all your wedding ideas and inspiration. Here at Drangan Video, we understand that the initial planning stages for your big day can be more than a little daunting and we believe that creating a mood board or scrapbook of all your ideas can make life just that little bit easier

Wedding Videographer Tipperary
Wedding Videographer Tipperary

What is a mood board?
A mood board is a collection of images, material scraps, doodles or quotes that inspires you for an event. When it comes to your wedding day these will most likely be images of the kinds of things you have in mind for your big day including the fit of your dream dress, the flowers you have in mind, table centrepieces, colour schemes, fabrics and much more.

By developing a mood board you can now keep all of these images, scraps and ideas all in one place. The advantage of the mood board are many; you can easily see how your ideas for individual elements of your wedding work together as well as giving you a handy reference to show your wedding planner or each of your different suppliers. Don’t feel embarrassed to bring your carefully crafted mood board along with you to meetings with your wedding planner, florist or wedding videographer.

Showing an image to a florist or a dress supplier can be more straightforward than describing the kind of flowers or bouquets you have in mind- after all, a picture speaks a thousand words.

First steps
First of all, you will need to decide how detailed you’d like your mood board to be, and whether you’d like just one for the day as a whole or if you’ll be making smaller boards for your flowers, dress, décor, bridesmaids, photographer and videographer. You will also need to decide whether you want to make a manual mood board, with images physically cut and pasted from magazines, or a digital board. We can highly recommend pinterest for a digital board, however you should note that this limits you just to images.

Manual Board.
If you’re feeling crafty, get your scissors, a glue stick and some A3 card or a sketchbook at the ready. One of the benefits of a tangible mood board, especially if it’s in a small sketchbook is that you can throw it in to your bag no matter where you may be headed. If you’re visiting venues in the countryside where Wi-Fi is patchy, a tangible board wont ever be inaccessible. In the midst of hectic wedding planning, taking a little time out to focus on something simple like cutting and gluing can make for good relaxation time.

Digital Board
To collate unlimited images and websites for inspiration, we highly recommend creating a Pinterest account. Pinterest is free and easy to use for all skill levels. With this unique platform, you can gather all your favourite images in one place, as well as quickly and easily sharing your boards with other people. This is particularly useful if you are hoping to share ideas with friends and advisors who are further afield. You can also consult mood boards by other brides, which may provide further inspiration.

Where to start
Once you have decided whether to use traditional methods or a digital compilation of looks you love you will need to start tracking down material. Start with an image you really love- it might be a beautiful wedding gown or gorgeous bouquet, and begin to build from there. Soon you’ll have a set of concrete and complimentary ideas to help you style your ideal big day.

Drangan video hopes to provide brides and grooms with inspiration through our regular blog posts and weekly wedding updates. Should you find inspiration on our website, we would be delighted to be included in your wedding mood board. Please feel free to contact Eamon here to enquire about wedding videography services at any time.

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