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The Perfect Flowers for your Winter Wedding

Here at Drangan Video, we have been blessed to film hundreds of winter weddings over our 25 years in business. During this time, we have learned a lot about special touches, unique décor and inspired themes from our brides and grooms and we love nothing more than sharing them with our readers.

In this blog post we are going to look at some of the most wonderful winter wedding flowers, that are sure to add a touch of magic to your décor, bouquets and boutonnieres.

You would be forgiven for thinking that the winter months in Ireland don’t offer a lot of options in the floral department, after all our climate doesn’t encourage all year round flowering! However, there are some real floral gems to be found in our gardens, hedgerows, countryside and of course with our wonderful Irish florists. Take a look at the list below and envisage the perfect winter bouquet with these special blooms and foliage.

Eucalyptus

Whilst not native to Ireland, the eucalyptus can now be found on virtually every corner you turn. The silvery/blue tint and minty aroma is perfect to fill out any winter wedding bouquet. Add eucalyptus to your table centrepieces too for an extra touch of something special.

Berries

Take a ramble in your local countryside to avail of some of the most wonderful winter colours available in Ireland. Whether you opt for holly or hypericum berries, you can be assured that these will look wonderful in any floral arrangements, bouquets or centrepieces.

Pine Cones

Bouquets and centrepieces don’t have to be made up entirely of flowers and foliage. As with berries, pinecones, nuts and other winter fruits can add something really special to your décor and floral arrangements.

Spices

This may seem like an odd one, but stick with us! Cinnamon and star anise just smell like winter right? Think about adding one or two of each to your winter bouquet by attaching to a length of wire, the sweet, comforting smell will add a touch of warmth to your big day.

Roses

It goes without saying, that roses are one of the most popular choices for bridal bouquets, however they can be expensive at this time of the year, especially if you’re looking for red. Talk with your florist about the options available to you and perhaps opt for more subtle colours such as romantic pinks, creams and whites to enhance your arrangement.

Pine

The smell of fresh pine is one of the most wonderful winter scents we have come across, and it’s absolutely abundant in our countryside, towns and villages. No need to pay a fortune when we have such incredible foliage available outside our doors.

Drangan Video is delighted to offer winter wedding videography to couples in Kilkenny, Tipperary and right across Ireland. We now include drone footage in all our packages and provide you with the very best customer service at all times. Call Eamon today to learn more about capturing your wedding on video and learn more about our approach to providing you with a memorable wedding video

Planning a Wedding in December

Over the past decade we have seen a huge upsurge in winter weddings, particularly in the seasonal month of December. If you and your loved one are getting married in December of this year or 2020, we hope you find this article helpful when making your all-important plans.

The team here at Drangan Video are always delighted to film winter weddings and we come fully equipped with all the latest technology, know-how and videography equipment to ensure we capture your special day in all its winter glory!

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Below you will find some tips to ensure your winter wedding goes as smoothly as possible:

1. Choosing your venue
When choosing a venue for your winter wedding, it’s important to take the weather into account. If you have opted for a church wedding ceremony, try to choose a venue that is close to the church so that any adverse weather conditions won’t impact on your guests when travelling between the ceremony and the celebrations. For those of you who are exchanging vows in a civil ceremony, select a venue that will allow you to host both the ceremony and the reception in the same location. This will ensure that you and your guests will not have to brave the cold weather unnecessarily.

2. Daylight Hours are Shorter
It’s important to remember that daylight hours are at a minimum during the month of December, so you will need to plan accordingly. Plan your ceremony as early as possible to leave ample time for photographs, outdoor video shoots and travel time to your venue.

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3. Keep Warm
Keeping you, your bridal party and your guests warm and comfortable should be a top priority when planning your big day, after all you don’t want the most important people in your life to be suffering with colds and coughs after your big day. Purchase warm shrugs or wraps for your bridesmaids and offer guests blankets and throws in any outdoor seating areas. You should also ask the venue to provide outdoor heating in any areas where guests might congregate.

4. Winter Warming Drinks
Upon arrival at your reception, it’s a great idea to offer guests a warming celebratory drink, whether that’s mulled wine, Irish coffees or a hot whisky, you can be assured that your guests will appreciate the effort on a cold December day.

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5. Winter Wedding Décor
Speak with your venue about the seasonal décor that will be in place in the suite or room you have booked for your celebrations. You may not celebrate Christmas or may not be a particularly religious person, so it’s important that you make your décor requirements clear to the hotel or venue in advance. Keep in mind that the seasonal décor in hotels and churches at this time of year could really help you save some money!

6. Winter Wedding Favours
If you are a lover of Christmas and want to include some winter wedding favours for your guests, you could consider personalised tree baubles, sugared almonds or Christmas crackers. All are readily available online and some or Ireland’s leading charities sell Christmas tree baubles at affordable rates!

Planning A Winter Wedding

If you’re planning a winter wedding and looking for a professional videographer who is experienced in filming in winter light, please do feel free to get in touch with Eamon here at Drangan Video. We are based in Tipperary and Kilkenny and happy to travel anywhere in Ireland with absolutely no extra cost to you and would be delighted to be a part of your big day.

Wedding DIY Tips and Tricks

In this blog post we are going to share some fantastic DIY wedding tips and tricks with you. Over the years that we have been providing wedding videography services, we have been blessed to see hundreds of couples exchange vows right across the country. It is because of these fabulous brides and grooms that we have gained an insight into some top DIY wedding ideas!

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• DIY Entertainment for the Kiddies
If you have children sharing your big day, it’s always a nice touch to provide them with some entertainment to keep them happy and content. Instead of spending a fortune on a magician or clown, you could offer some simple DIY entertainment that the small ones will just love!
Put together some customised packs of crayons and colouring books (or print colouring pads free from online sources). These can be made extra special by adding the child’s name to the bag as a keepsake they can cherish. These are especially effective for young children and the effort will be greatly appreciated by their parents.

• Table Centrepieces
This is one of the DIY wedding items we see most in our travels around the country. DIY table décor is on the up and really adds something special to the appearance of your venue. Whether you use handpicked wild flowers from your favourite space or rope in friends and family to donate flowers from their garden, this colourful display can be a real talking point and add a touch of your personality to the venue of your choice.

• Church/Venue Décor
Whilst you may be tempted to pay your local florist to decorate the venue before your big day, it is worth looking at doing this yourself. Use flowers from your garden, ribbons and bows from local haberdasheries or craft shops and decorative items such as wooden birds and hearts to make your wedding venue shine without spending a fortune!

• Wedding Invitations
Homemade wedding invitations add a real touch of personality to your big day and can become a treasured memento for your guests. Take a trip to your local craft shop and price up the items you would need to put some personalised wedding invites together. You may be very surprised at the savings you can make!

• Wedding Favours
Wedding favours can come in all shapes and sizes and can be a brilliant icebreaker for those sharing a table at your wedding. Providing wedding favours for a large guest list can be expensive, so this is something you could absolutely consider doing yourself or with the help of friends. Opt for something simple like an organza bag filled with some of your favourite sweet treats!

If you’re hoping to incorporate some DIY elements into your wedding, we would absolutely love to hear your ideas!

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The team here at Drangan Video have been providing wedding videography services for over 25 years now and use only the very latest cameras and editing software. Take a look at some of the testimonials and sample videos on Facebook or right here on our website and see why Drangan Video is the perfect choice for your big day!

Gift your Wedding Favours to Irish Charities

Getting married is without doubt one the happiest days of any couples life and we love nothing more than sharing those special moments with our Brides and Grooms. This post was inspired by the many generous Irish couples we have had the pleasure of meeting over the years and for this we are most grateful. Increasingly, we are seeing that couples are now donating to Irish charities instead of opting for the traditional wedding favours for their guests. In this post we are going to list some charities that have benefitted from these donations and perhaps inspire others to consider doing something similar on their own wedding day.

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Every couple we spoke to who made the decision to include a charity close to their heart in their wedding plans, said it gave them a real feeling of pleasure to know that their wedding helped a charity in need.

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

This amazing Irish charity allows couples to make a donation directly or purchase items from their online shop, which can be given to your guests as favours. Their online shop includes everything from cuddly toys and candles to Christmas baubles and calendars. You can also purchase tented cards to display on your tables – raising vital awareness and contributing to the feel-good atmosphere of your big day.

The Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society provides invaluable support to those who have been impacted by cancer. By making a donation to this very worthwhile cause you can feel secure that your contribution will really make a difference to someone’s life. Visit their online shop and purchase a pack of 10 wedding favour cards in gold or silver for just €40 or make a donation directly to the charity.

The RNLI

The RNLI have been providing lifesaving services to the people of Ireland and the UK since 1824. No doubt we have all seen footage of the dangerous work they do to save the lives of others at some stage. To contribute to this wonderful charity and provide your guests with a little memento, you can visit their online shop and purchase everything from RNLI pins to pocket diaries.

The Make a Wish Foundation

The Make a Wish Foundation offer tented thank you cards for each donation of €150 that can be displayed at the tables in your venue. Alternatively you can pop over to their online shop and purchase some beautiful goodies for your guests. Choose from wrist bands, pins, cookbooks, nail files or book marks and show your guests that giving is as important as receiving on your big day.

Supporting Local Charities

Perhaps you have a local charity that is close to your heart? Why not have a chat with them about purchasing cards or favours for your wedding day? Keep in mind that not all good causes will have the means to provide you with table cards or trinkets but they will be incredibly grateful for your gift.

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Here at Drangan Video we believe that every good action gets rewarded in some form and we know that by choosing to support Irish charities, many brides and grooms get a great sense of satisfaction on their big day.

If you are planning on hiring  a wedding videographer please feel free to contact Eamon here at Drangan Video who will be more than happy to discuss our range of affordable wedding videography packages.

Wedding Trends for Summer 2018

Hard to believe that the summer of 2018 is upon us already, and for once it would seem like to weather is in our favour. Here’s hoping it will last the course for all you excited brides and grooms who are getting married this season.

In this blog post we are going to talk about some of the wedding trends of summer 2018 and hope you find them inspirational for any last minute planning you still have ahead of you.

Wedding Crystal for weddings in Kilkenny

Glass and Crystal Décor
2018 has seen a huge move towards glass and crystal décor and this looks set to continue for the rest of the year and into 2019. Brides and grooms are looking to colourful crystals and glass centrepieces to really make a statement in their venues of choice and we have to say we have been truly impressed by what we have seen so far. Think sparkling glass vases and wedding favours of affordable crystal for your guests and you can be assured that your décor will stand out for all the right reasons.

Rent, don’t buy!

More and more we are seeing groom and bridal parties renting their outfits for the day, why spend all that money on suits and dresses that are unlikely to be worn again. Every major town and city in Ireland has a suit or dress rental shop so you can be assured that choice will never be a problem.

Flowers from your garden

This trend is something we love to see when filming a wedding for our blissful brides and grooms. No more vases of expensively imported lilies or roses, why not take some inspiration from your own or a family members garden and decorate your venue with flowers that have been home grown. Wild flowers also make a real statement and add a touch of something special to any occasion. Consider asking a family member who loves the garden, to make up buttonholes or bouquets, these can then be dried and framed to make a wonderful keepsake.

Summer flavours for your wedding cake

Take inspiration from the fairy-tale wedding of Harry and Meghan and opt for stunning summer flavours for your very own royal wedding. The royal couple opted for lemon and elderflower but you could also choose from summer fruits such as strawberry, lemon, orange, vanilla or blueberry. Decorate with garden herbs or edible flowers for that real touch of summer.

Wedding balloons for Brides in Tipperary

Balloons, balloons and more balloons!

Yes, balloons are back in fashion and everyone we meet seems to be excited about this. Who doesn’t love a balloon arch or balloon centrepieces at a wedding? Opt for summer pastels such as pink, yellow and pale blue or coordinate with your bridal party colours for a real statement. These fun centrepieces can be complimented with a balloon artist to keep the kiddies amused later in the evening.

If you seen a new wedding trend that you think we should be aware of, we would absolutely love to hear from you. Feel free to contact Eamon here at Drangan Video or leave a comment below and we will be sure to check it out!

Drangan Video offers professional wedding videography services for weddings in Tipperary Kilkenny and right across Ireland. All editing is completed in-house and we use only state of the art equipment to ensure your wedding video is a thing of beauty. Call us today for a no-obligation quotation and some expert advice.