A few years back, if you’d asked me what my busiest time of year was as a wedding videographer, I’d
immediately say it was the summer. Today, I’m not so sure! A definite trend I’ve seen since launching Drangan Video is that there’s no longer a defined ‘wedding season’ in Ireland. More and more brides and grooms are opting for magical, almost fairytale-like weddings in the winter, and there’s something that’s just so special about it. Bridesmaids wrapped up in furry shawls, venues putting up their festive decorations, and mugs and mugs of hot chocolate… I have to admit, I’m a bit of a sucker for winter weddings! If you’re considering a winter wedding in Ireland, here’s some great ideas to think about:
Ireland Wedding Venues:
Now, Ireland is known for a lot of things, but great weather isn’t one of them! As you know, the weather here can be a little unpredictable at times (and that’s being kind!), and in the winter months especially we can’t guarantee anything. That’s why it’s important to pick a wedding venue that’s as beautiful inside as it is out. This means that should you be lucky and have beautiful blue skies on the big day, you can get some photos and video footage among the stunning scenery. And if it rains? No problem! You’ll still get some great memories inside your gorgeous venue.
One of my favourite winter wedding venues in Ireland is Langton House in Kilkenny. OK, so I’m a little biased because my own daughter got married there, but it’s really starting to become one of the most popular winter wedding venues in Ireland. The Ballroom is particularly great – it’s got its own conservatory so you get to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, even if it’s cold, raining, or snowing!
Keep it Fun:
Although I love winter weddings, I do have to admit that it’s fantastic during those warm summer evenings when guests are milling around the grounds of the venue, drinking, chatting, and having a good time. This is something that’s not always possible in the winter. So keep it fun! Make it so that your guests are having such a good time indoors that they don’t even want to head out!
Over the years of working at Drangan Video, I’ve noticed that brides and grooms are moving away from the traditional, and are having quirkier, more unconventional receptions. We’re seeing photo booths and old-fashioned ‘sweet shoppes’ popping up, and these are some great ways to keep your guests entertained indoors. You could even toast with mulled wine instead of the usual champagne (Irish weddings are never short of a toast or two… or three… or four!), or have a big vat of warming hot chocolate on the go. And for little guests, a kid’s area with cozy cushions, bean bags, pop-up tents, and some books is enough to keep them busy until the music starts playing
Capture Those Unique Moments:
I believe that every wedding should have both a photographer and videographer, but it’s so, so, so important for brides and grooms having winter weddings in Ireland. Incase you haven’t noticed, winter is the most stunning month in Ireland – everything’s covered in a beautiful frost, the landscape looks fresh, crisp, and clean, and there may even be a few snowflakes around. Whatever you do, don’t miss the opportunity to capture these moments. That’s where Drangan Video and myself – Eamon – come in. We’ll help ensure your winter wedding memories last a lifetime.
Here’s to a very special festive season.
More wedding planning advice soon.