The wedding industry has been turned on its head since the arrival of Covid in Junuary 2020, couples were planning three-day celebrations spread across multiple venues with guest lists of 200 considered the to be normal practice. In less than twelve months, couples became accustomed to conducting wedding ceremonies via live streaming and guest numbers from between 25 and six people, depending on Government restrictions.
Here in Tipperary and Kilkenny a surprisingly popular trend has grown: micro-weddings. couples are proving that smaller wedding celebrations can be just as enjoyable as large scale events.
Kilkenny couple Kate & John enjoyed a lovey wedding ceremony in Dunmore Church Kilkenny, surrounded by family and close friends, followed by a fab wedding reception in the Stephouse Hotel Borris, Co Carlow. It was a pleasure to have been their wedding videographer with just 50 guests it could be discribed as a small wedding but it certainly had the engery of a much larger bash.
Little Big Weddings In Kilkenny & Tipperary
I always remind couples that your smaller celebration shouldn’t feel like a cut down version of a wedding day because it is one of the most important days in your life. I have always been recording small Intimate weddings around Tipperary & Kilkenny and looking forward to many more as couples realize that you can still have a fabulous wedding day with less than 100 guests
When planning a smaller wedding you have a lot more options when it comes to what you really want from the day, couples are now having their wedding receptions at home which is very special and more easygoing. One of the most beautiful weddings that I have covered had only 6 guests at their home and it was so special. The couple put huge effort into the whole experience for themselves and the guests, it is my favorite wedding video from last years collection.
Every couple want their wedding to be different, This is your chance to go ahead with a different wedding day, Just because you are having smaller wedding you don’t have to compromise. A small wedding allows you to be more relaxed allowing time to enjoy your planning. Think of your wedding day as a reflection of your personalities as a couple it will give space to plan an unforgettable wedding day.
Aisling O’ Dwyer and Liam Heffernan celebrated their wedding ceremony with family and close friends in Knockmoylan Church Kilkenny , followed by and intimate wedding reception in Hotel Kilkenny.
Here at Drangan Video we have been very busy since restrictions were eased allowing 25 guests to attend weddings, Aisling & Liam had their wedding video booked well in advance they had planned on having 180 guests but like so many other couples they had to cut their list to just a fraction of that.
The day began with a visit to Aisling’s parents house to cover the the bridal preps, followed by a lovely ceremony in Knockmoylan Kilkenny. Aisling and Liam really embraced the new wedding normal they had so much spare time for chatting to their guests, they described their day as been much more meaningful than a big wedding celebration.
Looking Ahead To Kilkenny / Tipperary Weddings In 2021
The past few months have been a worrying time for those planning on getting married in 2021 the present health situation presents couples with new challenges, we have picked up a few tips from recent weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford and other locations.
The usual hugging and kissing is not taking place, guests are doing a friendly wave or an elbow to elbow greeting. Setting up a personal wedding website for your big day is a great way of providing information and advice for your guests.
Hair and Makeup Artists:
Theses are two very important suppliers that we work with, they are so careful about attention to detail in making sure that sponges and brushes etc. are fully sterilized. Hair and makeup artists work in very close proximity to the bridal party its vital that they wear masks.
The Wedding Ceremony:
The handshake or sign of peace is not advised under current restrictions, also every second pew in a church is blocked off with yellow tape to prevent close contact, for a civil or humanist ceremony the same rules apply.
If you are planning a humanist or civil ceremony you might have a chance of having it outside in the fresh air which would be safer than an indoor ceremony.
Here at Drangan Video we have seen at first hand the changes around church weddings in Tipperary & Kilkenny some have no communion at the the mass, others have communion where the guests remain seated and the celebrant comes down to each phew.
The traditional greeting line is dropped, guests are happy to give the couple a friendly wave from a safe distance, I had a wedding in Tipperary last week with the couple getting straight into the car after walking down the aisle.
The Wedding Venue:
Wedding venues like Hotel Kilkenny are really pulling out all the stops with safety action plans in place to keep everyone safe, the hotels that we have been working in over the past few months are doing an incredible job, with temperature checks on arrival, foot pedal hand sanitizers and social distance notices on floors. Hotels are allowing plenty of space for guests to stay spread out at the drinks reception, they are also serving food in individual portions at the drinks reception, speeches are now taking place before the meal which works well for the videography.
If you are are planning your wedding in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Limerick or any other locations, please feel free to contact myself Eamon here at Drangan Video, check out range of affordable wedding videoghraphy packages from as little as €800.
Wishing all our past and future couples a very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.
Here at Drangan Video we are happy to be back again filming weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Carlow and up and down the country, from a personal point of view its fantastic to be back working again. The wedding industry is embracing a new normal, small weddings are very different but in a nice way.
Thurles couple Denise and Paul had been planning their wedding day for more than two years, they had close to 200 guests on the invite list, then due to restrictions they were only allowed a fraction of the original list.
Check out the following highlights from their wedding film, the clip shows a very happy couple enjoying a fab wedding celebration with just family and close relatives.
Weddings In The Anner Hotel Thurles Tipperary
Video coverage of the day began with bridal preps in the the Anner Hotel, If you are looking for the perfect country house wedding setting the Anner Hotel is the answer, the hotel has been in the wedding business for almost 60 years. The management and staff are totally committed to doing everything they can to make every wedding special, they also have a one wedding per day policy.
Denise and Paul discussed their wedding day planning with Deirdre Crowe the new wedding co-coordinator. Deirdre is so nice to deal with, she will always make time for a friendly chat.
Weddings In The Cathedral of the Assumption Thurles
One of many features of the Cathedral is the high-domed tabernacle it was designed by a student of Michelangelo, the tabernacle rested on the white marble Altar until the renovations during 1970, the one hundred and fitly feet high bell tower is one most important landmarks in Thurles.
Denise and Paul exchanged vows in the cathedral, Fr. Joe Walsh presided over a lovely ceremony with his usual mix of good humor and prayerful moments of reflection.
A Wedding Flash Mob Surprise In Thurles
The definition of a flash mob is a group of strangers who gather together in a public place using electronic media such as mobile phones or the Internet to behave in a predetermined manner for a predetermined amount of time, and then quickly move away a successful flash mob event depends on the element of surprise.
As Denise & Paul walked down the aisle as husband and wife little did they know what awaited them on the steps of the cathedral, they were greeted by a wedding flash mob performing Marry You by Bruno Mars, it is a very special scene on their wedding video highlights clip
Lisheen Castle Moyne Tipperary for wedding photos
There is something about a castle as a location for wedding photos Lisheen Castle has been beautifully restored and is now a luxury rental vacation property in the heart of Tipperary. I’m reliably informed that small intimate family weddings can take place at the castle.
Denise and Paul made their way to the castle grounds for for video and photo shoot, the grounds are a credit the owners it was my first visit to this hidden gem in the heart of Tipperary, I’m looking forward to many more visits in the future.
The couple received a rousing reception from family and friends as they entered the Anner Hotel, for me as a wedding supplier its very comforting to see how well Deirdre Crowe and staff are dealing with with covid restrictions, everything done to the letter of the law.
Thanks to Denise and Paul for choosing me as their wedding videographer and also for allowing their wedding to be shared on social media.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my latest blog post, if you are recently engaged and are planning on getting married in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork or any other County, please feel free to contact Eamon here at Drangan Video who will be more than happy to discuss our range of affordable wedding video packages for 2021/2022.
Here at Drangan Video we have adapted very well to recording smaller weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Carlow and many other counties, smaller weddings are the new normal at least for the moment.
With Government guidelines limiting the numbers to 25 people it might be worth considering the following small wedding ideas which means you won’t lose out on having a day to remember.
From ways to make a large venue seem more intimate, to having a family style dinner with creative seating, your day can be just as enjoyable.
Having A Small Wedding In Ireland 2020/2021
The big white wedding is not for everyone or is it possible to have one at the moment, due to restrictions on numbers smaller weddings are growing in popularity as couples choose to just have their closest family and friends or loved ones. With a more intimate guest list, you can create a personal and unforgettable wedding day experience.
Here in Tipperary and Kilkenny a small wedding with less than 15 guests is sometimes referred to as a micro wedding and having 40 guests is described as having a small wedding, it’s really up to each couple what they consider to being a small or large wedding. If you’re trying to get get your head around the idea of having a small wedding, just consider the following reasons for going small.
The cost of your wedding will be much less expensive:
You will have more time with individual family members:
You can splash out more cash on your biggest priorities:
A smaller wedding will be a much more intimate celebration:
Its important to remember that by going with a small guest list doesn’t mean that everything else has to be small, why not splash out big on the dress, invites, venue and dinner.
Tips for a Planning a Small Wedding
Make sure that your not sharing your venue with another wedding:
From my experience as a wedding videographer I get feedback from lots of couples stating that they don’t want to share their wedding venue with another couple. Make it clear that you want exclusive use regardless of wedding size, having to share your wedding reception is a definite thumbs down
We’ve got some great wedding venues in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford,Cork and throughout Ireland that specialize in hosting micro weddings. These venues take pride in holding very small weddings so they’ll know exactly how to make the most of your 25 guest wedding
Only Invite Your Personal Friends and Family You will need to be pretty rootless with the guest list, that 25 guest limit includes the couple, the celebrant, Videographer/Photographer so now you’re looking at a maximum of 20 guests. Every person that you invite to a small wedding should be someone that you are genuinely close to and is very much part of your life every day.
Do You Need A Wedding Planner for a small Wedding Many venues offer a wedding coordinator service as part of the wedding package, with a smaller number of guests you will have less people to call upon to do certain jobs. Availing of the planner means the day will flow easier and you won’t have to worry about your wedding reception time table.
Sharing Your Wedding on Social Media Yes or No Unplugging your wedding entails asking your guests to put away their phone cameras and focus on living in the moment. Privacy seems a bigger consideration for couples who are having a small wedding. As a wedding videographer I’ve often been asked not to share any video clips from the wedding on Facebook, Instagram or other social media sites, so don’t be afraid to ask guests or videographer to refrain from sharing on social media.
Maxamize Your Wedding Day Memories
If you really want to get married now, my advice is go for it you may need to completely change your original wedding plan forget the large formal wedding by choosing a civil ceremony in a private room at your favorite wedding venue. Whatever your wedding ends up looking like, embrace it forget about your original plan, take advantage of what you’ve got right now. So focus on all the good things, your family, close friends your good health and spend your budget on maxamizing your wedding day memories. Whatever the size of your guest list, your small wedding ideas are a brilliant place to start in creating a memorable and unforgettable wedding day.
If you are in the process of wedding planning a small wedding in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Limerick or Waterford please feel free to contact Eamon here at Drangan Video who will be happy to discuss our range of very affordable wedding videography packages for 2021/2022.
Drangan Video has been producing documentary style wedding videos throughout Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork and all over Ireland since 2005. During my career as a wedding videographer I’ve seen many descriptions of videography styles been written and talked about but none more than documentary style wedding videos.
It’s a description that has been so misused, it now gives out a confusing message or image of a videographer running around behind trees like a sniper, picking off close up head shots through a long lens, nothing could be further from the truth, is about an unobtrusive style of wedding videography which avoids directing the layout and timetable for the day allowing the couple and guests to enjoy themselves sometimes leaving bridal party and guests wondering if there was a videographer recording the day
Documentary wedding videograpy is often referred to as reportage style wedding films or a news journalist approach to capturing your wedding day footage. What ever terms are used they all refer to a totally unobtrusive approach to shooting a wedding video. Here at Drangan Video we document every wedding with the same hands off approach allowing you to relax and enjoy what will be one of the most memorable days in your life. Finding the right wedding videographer is very important, do loads of research and look at lots of sample videos and reviews.
Documentary style wedding videography captures natural genuine moments from an entire wedding day. If the wedding documentary approach has been truly mastered the finished wedding film will look natural with bride, groom and guests totally unaware that they are been filmed. As with any documentary style of videography the film should convey the true story within the wedding day atmosphere. Documented wedding videos should be able to convey what is happening in the scene without the need for any explanation or credits.
Weddings are the the perfect gig for documentary style videographers, the variety of emotions throughout the day makes a wedding day very special , the morning preps, the pre-wedding ceremony nerves followed by post ceremony celebrations this may be followed by a tear or two during the speeches, an absent family member or close friend mentioned, then the first dance, greetings from guests on camera and the disco.
Drangan Video Documentary Style Weddings
Producing a wedding film is all about creating a beautifully captured and emotive collection of video clips that truly tell the story of your wedding day. A professional wedding videographer will produce an unobtrusive documentary film that will be looked at throughout the years and will take you back to the best day of your life, just imagine reliving that special day with your children and friends time after time.
I always feel a great sene of pride when asked to document such a special day, its not just another wedding video its an honor to be part of their celebration. Its an emotional wedding film capturing all of those little things that often go unnoticed, those emotions and memories that are unique to each individual couple.
It’s an honor to know that so many couples in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Cork and Waterford choose me as their wedding videographer, placing this responsibility in my hands is a genuine honor. I’m lucky to earn my living producing very personal documentary wedding film collections.
A documentary wedding videographers work should always create an emotional and entertaining reaction. The authenticity that I try to reproduce in my video productions right across the wedding day coverage is worth so much more than a selection of fake set up shots
Recap on what documentary wedding videography is
We are storytelling wedding videographers sharing the narrative of the day through a selection of documentary style video clips each wedding video clip needs to work on its own merit and show genuine captured moments, and not just a selection of posed set up shots. Individual video takes need to present subject honestly, with authenticity and needless to mention with no direction from the videographer.
The wedding film should show the viewer what is happening in the moment or the scene, It’s not just about being an unobtrusive wedding videographer there’s so much more to it than that. The focus is on storytelling, on creating an elegant,entraining documentary account of the best day of your life. Professional documentary style wedding videographers will source and capture footage that you didn’t see on the day and include it as part of your wedding day story.
If you are in the process of wedding planning and are thinking of hiring a wedding videographer for your wedding in Tipperary,Kilkenny, Dublin, Cork or Limerick, please feel free to contact myself Eamon here at Drangan Video who will be happy to discuss our range of affordable documentary wedding video packages for 2021 & 2022
Professional Wedding Videographer and Media Production Specialist