” Til debt do us part” Wedding Planning In Ireland

” Til debt do us part” Wedding Planning In Ireland

” Til debt do us part”

 Its a short piece  of writing for you  this week as i’m so busy between, weddings, editing, parties, so its busy busy.But I  found this last week and thought it might make some interesting reading, Over the years of filming wedding videos in Tipperary and all over Ireland I get to see some  fantastic wedding days, from the Engagement party  right up to when the bride and groom dance the night away with family and friends on the big day. Its a pleasure to be part  of a couples wedding day to be among their family’s and friends for quite a number of hours on the day and some times for the Engagement party! But I did write a little about wedding and the way they change over the years but this post touches on the prices, which in these times is a BIG factor with all the costs so have a read and please comment and give me your thoughts.

 

They say you can’t put a price on wedded bliss, but €24,000 is a start. Yes, this is the amount that the average couple spent on getting married last year. There are several reasons for this, including the honeymoon, venue and décor. Here are a few other interesting facts about the change in trends for the big day:

Engagement:

The length of time for which a couple are engaged has become shorter. In 2012, most couples were engaged for at least 2 years before getting married. However, last year, the majority waited just 13-18 months.

As well as this, almost one in four couples live together for at least five years before walking up the aisle.

Age Gap:

On average, brides are getting married in their late twenties, while grooms are in their early thirties.

Winter Wedding:

December is now the most popular month to get engaged, with February following behind. Abbey Video  have filmed some lovely Christmas weddings over the years, the lovely crisp light, the shadows and the frosty  blue skies.  The hotels ready for Christmas with their decorations, and of course the mulled wine.

Walking Up the Aisle:

Although up to a quarter of couples shun a church wedding, it is still the most popular venue in which to hold a wedding.  In years gone by Churches were the place to get wed – now you can  get married anywhere you like to a certain extent, and it’s nice for people that are not religious  to have this choice.

Speeches:

Even though it is still the main preference to have the speeches after the meal, popularity is increasing for having the speeches before the meal as everyone is more relaxed and can enjoy their dinner better.  Speeches they say should be like a mini skirt… long enough to cover the  essentials  but short enough to keep you interested, and it’s true, people do tend to want to get up after a large feed and walk around a bit before the dancing starts, but if your speeches go on too long  it’s hard to keep them entertained.

Guests:

The typical number of guests sitting for the meal is 101-150, with an approximate price range of €51 – €60 per head.  ( I remember doing a video a few years back and there were 380 sitting down for the meal!

Insurance:

Wedding insurance is somewhat growing in popularity, with one in six couples considering it.

 

Reception Venue:

Although hotels remain the top choice for couples as their wedding reception venue, other choices are available and popular among couples.  These include country houses, which host more than 20 percent of Irish weddings, as well as restaurants.  We have some fantastic hotels here in Tipperary with the likes of Dundrum House Hotel, Clonmel Park,  Hotel Minella ClonmelRaheen House,  then just over the border in Kilkenny you have  The Newpark Hotel, the Ormond Hotel, and a lot more.

“How much”, I hear you ask?

 

They tell us an average wedding cost €24,000

Ok so what costs  all this money?  Well below is the average amount spent on various aspects of a wedding:

Venue : €9,825

Band: €1,850

DJ : €350

Photographer: €1,435

Videographer : €995

Wedding dress:  €1,570

Bridesmaid dresses : €550

Suits : €626

Ceremony music: €415

Wedding car: €420

Make up €265

Hair and others  €235

Jewellery €510

Wedding cake : €340

Flowers  €615

Favours €225

Candles €125

Hen / Stag : €500

Honeymoon: €4950

Extras : €1,170

And don’t think you will be finished with just the above, as your wedding day draws near there is always some thing that crops up, so make a budget and stick to it!

Hope you enjoyed my post ~  Joe 

Irish toasts and blessings for your wedding day.

Irish toasts and blessings for your wedding day.

Irish toasts and blessings for your wedding day.

By Abbey Video Productions

Throughout my career as a wedding videographer in Tipperary, I have had the pleasure of filming and witnessing many poignant and emotional wedding ceremonies. Certain details from the day may remain with me and stand out in my memory, such as a sincerely spoken prayer or blessing. When I see the guests are silent, contemplative, with heads bowed down as they listen intently, I sense how the prayer has struck a chord, helping to bring everyone together in thought for that moment. Traditional Irish prayers and blessings can help bring this quality of intimacy to your wedding ceremony. And as they are traditional they are also loaded with nostalgia. Perhaps the guests will remember their grandparents saying them long ago, and hearing them again will evoke old memories. I am heavily booked for the summer season, but a few slots remain available, so please enquire soon if you are interested and in order to avoid disappointment. Now is also a great time to think about hiring your wedding videographer if you are getting married in 2015. Should you like to discuss any aspect of wedding videography, please get in touch with me and I’ll be happy to help and discuss your ideas. If you are still not sure, have a look at my newest testimonials, packages and some of the fantastic wedding videos which I have filmed recently. ~ Joe

Keeping the Costs of your Wedding Cake Down

Keeping the Costs of your Wedding Cake Down

As a wedding  videographer here in Tipperary, many brides -to-be  ask my advice on lots of different wedding planing ideas which I am more than happy to help with, with of course the help of my free wedding supplier site Brides in Munster- Tipperary, and one such request often comes up is the cake well  I am no expert on baking ….. my wife will  vouch for this, so I  have done some research into wedding cakes! so here goes, if I have left out anything out please comment and let me know.

A special part of any reception or wedding is the wedding cake. Wedding cakes come in many sizes and shapes and can be designed to accommodate any taste or budget. 

Wedding cakes are a necessary part of the festivities and require much thought and consideration to your theme. Traditionally, people often think of the tiered cakes when they think of weddings, but there are many ways that you can accommodate your own creativity into making your cake stand out on its own. 

Here are some tips to keeping your cake costs down: 

· Make your own wedding cake creations 

· Serve cupcakes and a smaller cake for the cake toppers 

· Ask a guest with a baking passion to make the cake for you instead of giving you a gift. Just remember to buy the ingredients and toppers yourself. 

· Have a baker make the cake but you can put it together yourself 

· Buy your own cake toppers and other decorative additions 

· Pick up the cake rather than have it delivered. 

· Use your own decorations like flowers, autumn leaves as accents rather than theirs etc. 

· Use extra candies and Hershey’s kisses as accents 

Extra cake accents and dividers that can be made at home for your wedding cake can be done by you and your wedding party. 

Nice home made dividers are: 

Oversized Brandy Glasses: you can accent these with ribbons tied around the bottom flute of the glass and flip the glasses upside down in order to allow room for the cake sections. 

The glass bottoms will also make a nice sturdy separator for the cake layers to sit on. The best part about this decoration is that you can also place candles or other nice things inside of the flipped upside down glass as an added accent. Aside from the ribbons, you can also use rhinestones or anything else that you might think would make your cake stand out. It’s beautiful, it elegant, and the decoration can be re-used later. 

When ordering your cake from a professional, you should be sure to do the following to make sure that you have the smoothest transition possible. Here are the best tips to get you the right cake at the right time, without any hassles: 


· Order your cake at least 6-8 weeks ahead of time 

 Be prepared to leave a deposit when you place your order 
 If you don’t know much about the cake that you want be ready to make an appointment for a taste test of different samples. If this is required, you might need to give yourself a larger amount of time for the cake like 6 months or more 

· Know that you will be paying for the decorator’s time as well as the baker’s and the reserved time for your cake 


· Think seasonal when it comes to your cake, for example, you can’t get a mousse cake in the summer months because it will go bad 

· Remember that the simpler your cake design is the cheaper it will be · If you are planning an outdoor wedding, remember that the heat will melt the icing, flies loves sweet stuff etc. think of this before choosing your cake 
· Have a big enough cake to serve all of your guests 
· Try to be mindful of allergies and tastes of your guests when choosing your cake 
· Choose ornaments that are not misplaced on your cake or too heavy etc. 
· Don’t forget to confirm later 
· If you have to cancel the cake, do it sooner rather than later or you might get stuck with the bill anyway.    Ok so there you go…  as I said earlier in the post I am a wedding videographer not a cake maker but I hope my little blog helps, also check out Abbey Video Face Book page for lots more help and  handy information   ~ Jo
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