In this wedding news blog we are taking a look at the exciting job of wedding planning, as a busy wedding videographer based in Tipperary and Kilkenny I’m lucky to attended numerous weddings in both counties , thanks to all the couples past and future who have said yes to Drangan Video for their wedding videography requirements. Talking to so many Brides and Grooms at the planning stage I have acquired a certain knowledge regarding the subject of planning the happiest day of your life.
Are you the bride to be who has dreaming about your wedding day since childhood ? or has the thought never crossed your mind until Mr. right came along and swept you off your feet ?
Planning your wedding should be happy a happy and exciting experience your wedding is one of the most important days of your life . Putting together a wedding planning check list and doing things step by step will help to make your wedding planning and enjoyable experience.
For those of you who have recently gotten engaged and
are in the process of planning your wedding, we hope our checklist will give you a good foundation from which to work. Planning a wedding should be an enjoyable experience, however it can in many instances become stressful and overwhelming. By using a checklist or a diary you can eliminate quite a bit of the stress that comes with the planning process.
Whether you’re getting married in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Cork or Carlow the team here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you and welcome any feedback you may have – think we’ve missed an important item from our list? Please get in touch and let us know!
1. Get organised
Invest in a good binder and set up a handy excel workbook to keep track of everything you need in one place. This may seem a bit excessive but trust us you’ll be glad you did!
Set a realistic budget and stick to it as closely as you can. Costs can mount quite quickly when planning a wedding so it’s in your best interests to be as firm as possible with your budget.
3. Bridal Party
Choose your bridal party and include Maid of Honour, Best Man, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, and any children you would like to include in the ceremony.
4. Set a date
Decide on the date of your wedding. Keep in mind that costs will rise when choosing a date that falls on a weekend or public holiday or significant date such as Valentines Day.
With your date set, you can now approach venues for both your ceremony and reception. Many Brides and Grooms are now opting for venues that can provide both and this is a great way to cut down on costs as well as being more convenient for you and your guests.
Once your venue is booked, it’s now time to truly get planning. Get in touch with any entertainers you wish to hear prior to making a booking. Many wedding bands and entertainers will do showcase performances where you can see them in action before making a decision.
It’s now time to contact all the vendors who are going to be providing services at your wedding, this can include:
• Wedding Videographers – that’s us!
• Transport operators
• Officiant, Priest or Registrar
• Children’s entertainment
Don’t forget to get your license organised!
Attire for the happy couple and their bridal party will need to be organised well in advance in order for any alterations to be completed. This is true whether renting or buying.
Organise accommodation for your, your guests and the bridal party. Most venues will offer a reduced rate for anyone attending the wedding and may provide complimentary accommodation for the bridal party as part of their package.
Give your guests a minimum of 3 months notice when sending invitations. This will give individuals time to organise childcare or time off work if required.
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13. Save the date
Send save the date cards at least 5 months in advance and at least 12 months if your are celebrating your nuptials abroad.
Organise transport for the bridal party and any elderly relatives who may have difficulty reaching the venue.
Book any treatments for the bridal party and of course the mothers of the Bride and Groom.
If you are going to gift your guests with favours, we would always advise looking online for some great ideas and savings.
17. Guest list
Finalise your guest list and add all RSVP’s to your planner or database.
Speak with the venue about your menu on the day and request a tasting dinner for you and your bride or groom.
Now go and treat yourself to some beautiful wedding rings. Some of the best suppliers of wedding jewellery in Ireland can be found in our local towns and villages and many are happy to provide discounts to keep costs inline with online retailers.
20. Hen / stag
If you and your intended are having a hen/stag party, look for venues that are friendly and accommodate large groups. Stay away from family friendly venues and opt for hotels or guesthouses that offer all in one packages.
Get in touch with all your vendors and suppliers and confirm all details prior to your big day.
22. Table plan
Pay attention when designing your table plan, it’s trickier than it first seems!
Organise gifts for the bridal party and flowers for the Mother’s or Guardians at the top table.
Have all your payments ready on the day. Place each amount in an envelope and ask the best man to pass these on to vendors and request a receipt on the day.
We hope you find the above checklist useful and would love to hear from you if you’re hoping to book a wedding videographer for your big day. Whether you are based in Cork, Waterford,Tipperary or Kilkenny we will be happy to travel to your destination at no extra cost to you.
More Tipperary and Kilkenny wedding blog news soon