Last Wednesday evening I got word that I had won the Mrs2Be brides choice awards for wedding Videography in Ireland!
The Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards were launched in 2014. The awards are the first and only Irish wedding industry awards that are based on a detailed review process involving each entrant’s previous customers. Entrants are judged on a range of criteria including professionalism and quality. Entrants are judged primarily via a review system involving previous couples who have recently used their service. These reviews are independently verified and cross-referenced to ensure credibility.
I was nominated last year and was honoured to become a finalist. This year I was nominated by a couple whose wedding I filmed early in 2015 and I progressed once again to the finals, but this time I went all the way and won! It’s a nervous wait to see how things go with the judges and of course how the couples vote. But as I always say, every wedding video I complete is a winner for me – when I get an e-mail, text, Facebook review or a phone call to say how delighted a couple are with their wedding DVD, well I just won all over again!
Wedding videography can be a strange business sometimes, no two couples have the same taste in filming or the music they pick for the final product. Over the years I have seen the way weddings are delivered – these times of course it’s DVD and also flash drives are making their way on stream. But I have always kept up-to-date with all the latest technology, including the new Sony cams, the very best in software, computers, and of course my own creative and unique way of filming weddings all wrapped into a professional, affordable and unobtrusive style. And by the looks of things it’s working both for the couple and for me, so happy days there!
Winner Mrs2Be brides choice awards 2016
It’s time to get ready for this week’s weddings – some more fantastic couples to meet, new places, new faces, and hopefully more referrals, that’s how my business works best. It also helps that my website is at the top of google for wedding video in Tipperary, along with Kilkenny and Carlow – I love SEO and how Google works behind the scenes, and by the looks of things it has paid off again! Thank you to all my 2105 couples that took the time to vote for us. ~ Joe & Breda
This week’s article is about a great hotel for your wedding day in Tipperary.
Over the years filming wedding videos I have come across some fabulous hotels and this week is all about the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
The Great National Abbey Court Hotel is one of Ireland’s landmark 3* hotels, located in Nenagh, a town bursting with life and steeped in history.
From the moment you step inside the Great National Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh you’ll find Irish hospitality, professionalism and individual service only matched by a breath-taking array of business and leisure facilities. The hotel is one of the finest Wedding Venues in Tipperary and also boasts top class Conference facilities. This is all wrapped up in the hotel’s quirky features: from an oasis that is the Great National Abbey Court’s extensive gardens to family friendly facilities that are the envy of hotels nationwide.
As a videographer I get to see how things operate on a wedding day behind the scenes so to speak! When I arrive to the Abbey Court on the day of a wedding I am greeted by Ray, the Deputy Manager, and right away Ray will fill me in on the proceedings of the evening while we await the arrival of the bride and groom. At this point guests are enjoying a fantastic selection of sandwiches, mouth-watering scones and of course the life-saver: tea & coffee! I must say the food for the guests as they arrive sometimes after a long drive is very welcome and appetising!
When the newly married couple arrive Ray is on hand to greet them with red carpet and champagne. From here the couple are lead in to the hotel to mingle with their guests and at this point it’s my chance to get some great footage of the couple chatting and relaxing with their guests. Soon after this their photographer will take the couple to the fabulous gardens the Abbey Court has on offer for some family and friends photographs. I also get some quality fly-on-the-wall footage at this point.
It’s then time for me to go to the wedding reception room to film the little details the couple might have placed on tables etc. The room layout is always impeccable – clean, well laid out, with fantastic mood lighting and not a saucer out of place!
Time to call in the guests! The Abbey Court makes sure no one is waiting for their meal as the bell is rang in good time – this is a sign of a well ran hotel with a great team. The couple are applauded into the room with their favourite piece of music which can be great fun. Ray is on the ball when it comes to wedding suppliers, especially videographers – he makes sure we are tuned into the hotel system so our audio is 100% for the speeches and also makes sure we are present at the important times, he will come looking for us!
I hope my small article on this great hotel has done it justice. Of course The Abbey Court is there for a lot more use than just weddings, I’m told it’s a fantastic hotel to stay in and I know from experience that the food is top class. And the staff? Well I will put it simply … 100% award winning team!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my visits to the Abbey Court, and if you are planning on getting married in this great hotel and would like to see a sample of a wedding I have filmed there please get in touch.
As a popular wedding videographer here in Tipperary and covering Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford and all the other towns villages and cities around, it’s fantastic to have been nominated for the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards 2016. Over the years I have worked hard to understand the needs of couples who choose me as their wedding videographer for their special day, every couple has different ideas for their wedding video production and I encourage each bride and groom to give me their ideas and what they might like in the final production … after all it’s their day.
Down through the years I have invested both time and money to keep up with the latest cameras, editing software and all the bells and whistles that go along with the job as i feel only the best is good enough for your wedding day.
I don’t use wedding fairs, I have attended 2 in all my time as a wedding videographer, as i feel a lot of the couples that come along on the day often have their wedding suppliers booked before hand, and that can include me! So I work on the “word of mouth” system and it really does work. As you are reading my blog you will see I also depend on my website like any other business, and of course a quick google and you should normally find me at the top of your search both in Tipperary & Kilkenny – I’m working on the other counties as we speak.
Getting back to the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Award 2015, every wedding I cover and produce both locally and everywhere else is an Award for me as the feed back I get is truly out of this world and 100% recommendation from Brides & Grooms. So I get Awards every year in my own way when couples contact me after they have viewed their wedding dvd and tell me that not only did they like their dvd but loved it and are so glad to have got a wedding video. So a happy customer is happy days! But of course in saying that the Award would be nice to receive, but we will let the powers that be make that choice, there are a lot of other fantastic videographers around the country and I wish them all the best.
The wedding industry is booming at the moment and next year looks like a bumper year as well. The budgets are still in place of course and rightly so, but I have often said you get what you pay for. Of course you can get your wedding video for 300 euro for the full day but is that all your memories are worth? The average price for the day can be 750+ and I think that’s fair – it often can be an 11 hr day and that’s only the wedding day, editing has to come into play after that. So I would say if your are planning on getting married and having a wedding DVD give time choosing your videographer. You don’t need to pay 900+ unless it’s a 2 man crew with 2 manned cameras, if that is what you need go for it, but I like to film with the “fly on the wall” approach. This way both you and your guests are often unaware of cameras there at all, but of course all the little details get covered, with your guests enjoying themselves and your full day captured in detail.
So I would like to thank you all for the nominations and I will keep you posted on the outcome ~ Joe
It goes without saying that your wedding day is an extremely special occasion and one of the biggest days of your life. Of course for all brides and grooms the actual wedding ceremony is the most important part but sharing your special day with your closest friends and family is also a vital element for a lot of people. It is becoming commonplace for many brides and grooms to recognise the love and friendship of their guests with a small token of their appreciation.
There are literally hundreds of different ideas for wedding favours that you can use but below are just a small selection. All of these are becoming more frequent at Irish weddings in places all over Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow and Waterford.
You don’t have to break the bank
Weddings can be very expensive occasions, and some things such as videography are best handled by a professional such as Abbey Video Productions, due to my extensive experience and knowledge of all the local and distant hotels and my years of wedding videography.
However when it comes to things such as invitations and wedding favours, there’s no need to hire an expensive wedding planner as it really is the thought that counts.
A sweet idea
One of the most popular wedding favours that won’t decimate your wedding budget is sweets and in particular, Love Hearts. They have obvious connotations with love and togetherness and you can customise the wrappers to include your own personal message. Other sweet companies also offer a similar service and although Love Hearts are arguably the most appropriate it really is up to the bride and groom to choose which sweets to have, possibly their own favourites.A small surprise to unwrap. Favour envelopes are another increasingly popular idea and anything can be placed in them and left as a surprise for your guests. A photograph or a note of thanks can be especially heartfelt for guests, many of whom may have travelled a long way to be present.
Scented candles are also growing in popularity as a wedding favour and are often found at Irish weddings in Tipperary and Kilkenny in particular. The candles can be personalised with your own unique message or you can buy them ‘off the shelf’ but either way they will create a wonderful aroma in the room and give your guests a lasting memory of the day that they can take home and keep.
Of course you can break the bank if you choose to, While most brides and grooms have a limited budget which they’ll try to stick rigidly to, some couples will be able to lavish expensive wedding favours on their guests. If you can afford to then, why not?
Over the years of filming wedding videos all over Ireland, trends come and go, from the Chocolate Fountain, the sweet cart and now, Light up Letters these letters can say anything you wish, from welcoming your guests to your wedding, to the all important word LOVE .For all couples, their wedding day is a unique and memorable occasion. No matter how many weddings they may go to as guests, no day will ever be as amazing as theirs.
However for guests, a lot of weddings that they go to can feel pretty similar and not that unique at all. Now on one hand, this isn’t really an issue for prenuptial couples to worry about as it’s their special day after all, but how can they help to make the day just as memorable for their guests as it is for them? At many Irish weddings these days as I have seen in areas like Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow and Waterford there is a growing trend of light up letters taking centre stage in the function room. and yes it look great!These dazzling displays are proving to be a wonderful addition to many weddings across Ireland and for videography companies like Wedding Videographers Kilkenny there are no problems capturing the magnificence of these lights and incorporating them into the wedding videos that I produce for happy couples.
The light up letters come in a range of sizes so for couples who are looking for a discreet display there are small options available which are ideal for the top table at the wedding meal. However for the bride and groom who really want to dazzle their guests, large light up letters which are ideal for placing at the front of the dance floor are being more commonly hired in many parts of Ireland, including Tipperary and Kilkenny.
These larger letters are approximately 5 ft tall so they’re certainly big enough to be easily seen but not so large that they become obtrusive.
For many brides and grooms it is understandable that they will want their wedding venue to be set up in advance without the need to make alterations during the day. However should they wish to then it’s not a big job as the light up letters are easily mobile due to their surprisingly light weight. They are also versatile and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use so they can be appreciated whatever the weather. If the bride and groom are looking for outdoor photographs at night with a stunning backdrop then these lights are ideal. Equally, if they want them moved from the edge of the dance floor during the evening to make more space then this is also easily done due to their lightweight construction.
The light up letters provide a stunning background scenery which guests will be queuing up to take photographs of and will remember long after the big day.Experienced videography professionals such as Wedding Videographers Kilkenny can seamlessly highlight the light up letters in their footage so that the bride and groom will have a permanent reminder of their special day that they can hold on to forever.So if you are planing your special day give me a call or drop me an e-mail and we can discuss your wedding video let tit be in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford Carlow or indeed any county in Ireland. http://ibride.com/vendors/810359/abbey-video-productions/
Hope my blog was someway helpful to you in your planing for that special day ~ Joe
Its a short piece of writing for you this week as i’m so busy between, weddings, editing, for every county around especially Tipperary & Kilkenny but its all local work so all is good! But I found this last week and thought it might make some interesting reading, Over the years of filming wedding videos in Tipperary / Kilkenny 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.
The web: The web is now the main part and plays a huge part for couples planning their wedding , Google is a great friend to all to find wedding suppliers, get prices, information, and try and get some help with that dreaded speech. Google even has a wedding planning site to help you with your wedding you can see it here , even for us wedding suppliers Google and the web is a powerful tool to have at our fingertips, when you type in wedding video Tipperary orKilkenny I am number one in the Organic search for wedding videos, this I am very proud of ! so get clicking and find you wedding suppler in your local area.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:
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. On average, brides are getting married in their late twenties, while grooms are in their early thirties.
December is now the most popular month to get engaged, with February following behind.Abbey Video have filmed some lovely 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.
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.The typical number of guests sitting for the meal is 101-150, with an approximate price range of €35 – €60 per head. ( I remember doing a video a few years back and there were 380 sitting down for the meal!
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 Clonmel Park, Hotel Minella Clonmel, Raheen 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? read on ……..
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
DJ : €350
Videographer : €850
Wedding dress: €1,570
Bridesmaid dresses : €550
Suits : €626
Ceremony music: €415
Wedding car: €420
Make up €265
Hair and others €235
Wedding cake : €340
Hen / Stag : €500
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!
Whether it be a Tipperary wedding, a Kilkenny wedding, or where ever you’re getting married, it goes without saying that your wedding day is an extremely special occasion and one of the biggest days of your life. Of course, for all brides and grooms, the actual wedding ceremony is the most important part, but sharing your special day with your closest friends and family is also a vital element for a lot of people. It is becoming commonplace for many brides and grooms to recognise the love and friendship of their guests with a small token of their appreciation.
There are literally hundreds of different ideas for wedding favours that you can use, and below is just a small selection. All of these are becoming
more frequent at Irish weddings in places such as Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow and Waterford. You don’t have to break the bank
Weddings can be very expensive occasions, and some things such as videography are best handled by a professional such as Abbey Video Productions, due to my extensive experience and knowledge of all the local and distant hotels and my years of wedding videography.
However, when it comes to things such as invitations and wedding favours, there’s no need to hire an expensive wedding planner as it really is the thought that counts. A sweet idea, one of the most popular wedding favours that won’t decimate your wedding budget is sweets and in particular, Love Hearts. They have obvious connotations with love and togetherness and you can customise the wrappers to include your own personal message. Other sweet companies also offer a similar service and, although Love Hearts are arguably the most appropriate, it really is up to the bride and groom to choose which sweets to have – possibly their own favourites.
Favour envelopes are another increasingly popular idea, and anything can be placed in them and left as a surprise for your guests. A photograph or a note of thanks can be especially heartfelt for guests, many of whom may have travelled a long way to be present.
Scented candles are also growing in popularity as a wedding favour and are often found at Irish weddings in Tipperary and Kilkenny in particular. The candles can be personalised with your own unique message or you can buy them ‘off the shelf’, but either way they will create a wonderful aroma in the room and give your guests a lasting memory of the day that they can take home and keep.
Of course you can break the bank if you choose to.
While most brides and grooms have a limited budget which they’ll try to stick rigidly to, some couples will be able to lavish expensive wedding favours on their guests. If you can afford to, then why not?
Sweets are one thing, but a handmade cake with a personalised message will really impress your guests and they’ll certainly remember the wedding for a long time to come.
Any form of personalised gift will be sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests, and items such as hip flasks, passport holders and wallets can all be customised with a unique message for a real personal touch.
Whichever wedding favours you decide to go with, they can be incorporated into the videography of your wedding by Abbey Video Productions, so that you have a permanent reminder of the tokens of gratitude you had on your special day. So, I hope my post has been of some use to you, and I have a great one for next week! Joe
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Playing piano & singing has always been my passion.
As a child, as soon as I could reach the keys I was trying to make music.Growing up I was inspired by the great piano – singers like Billy Joel, Elton John, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole.. I also sang in choirs and musicals, and won many songwriting competitions. After studying music at University I later worked as a musical director and Head of music at an Arts College in the UK.
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It’s finally feeling like Summer-time, and I must confess as a wedding videographer here in Tipperary, this is one of my favourite times of the year. In terms of filming, I am given much greater scope for filming the outdoors. Filming is made easier by the fact that the bridal party can spill out into the grounds of their wedding venue, at ease and relaxed in the summer heat. I pride myself on filming my wedding parties in a discreet manner, a skill I have been working on for years. When the wedding guests come out into the sunshine, they relax and my job is made that little bit easier and even more pleasurable. When the sun shines, everyone unwinds, their shoulders drop, and they smile and enjoy the day that little bit more. The extra hours of sunlight also mean I have a bigger window to obtain great footage.
Get ready for Summer-time 2016
Naturally, summer-time is my busiest time of year. If you’ve recently become engaged, now is a great time to start making preparations if you intend to marry in summer 2016. My diary for next year is filling up quickly, so I think it’s best to prepare as much in advance as possible, which will also minimise stress during preparations. Competition for venues and churches is greatest at this time of year, so you will need to start putting plans and ideas together, and make bookings soon. It may seem obvious to most but here are a few great reasons for booking a summer wedding for 2016. Let’s Go Outside!
A garden weddingIn recent years I’ve watched many young couples make the most of the summer weather by moving their celebrations outdoors. This is a great way to keep expenses down and can create a wonderfully relaxed and casual feel to the day. Despite it being summer-time, our weather in Ireland is not always dependable. However, having a wedding in summer-time can give you greater freedom in terms of choosing a wedding venue. Outdoor weddings are still not licensed in Ireland, but if you are having a civil ceremony at a hotel or registered venue, you may consider venturing into the grounds of the venue for the entire reception or once the meal and speeches have ended. Summer-time can give you greater creative freedom in terms of choosing a venue. Most hotels will have maintained their gardens well and at this time of year they will be in full bloom and looking their best.
Get Creative!I’ve filmed wonderful family weddings held in the grounds belonging to the bride’s parents. Marquees are becoming increasingly popular and can be borrowed or rented and erected in the back garden. This works particularly well for smaller weddings and is a great way to help keep your wedding under budget. The only possible downside is that the party can go on until the small hours of the morning! And with all that space, you’ll easily be able to accommodate your evening guests as well. When planning your garden, don’t forget you’ll need a generator and lights for the evening-time! More Guests
Summer-time weddings tend to have a greater turn-out. More of your guests will be free to book time off work and they will be booking time off work anyway. The kids will off school, so families won’t be tied to the school calendar either. Family members who are living abroad are more likely to travel for a summer wedding and will make the trip their summer vacation. So you will have greater freedom to choose a week-day for your wedding and be less restricted to choosing a Saturday.
Great video and photosHaving your reception outdoors can put your creativity to the test. Recently I filmed a wedding reception in a marquee and the bride had decorated the inside with bunches of flowers called baby’s breath, Bristol fairy, or its proper name – Gypsphila. This delicate flower has been popular for as long as I can remember, but now more than ever it has become extremely popular – now it is used for bouquets and centre-pieces simply on its own. The result was fabulous and an inexpensive option. Summer weddings have a much larger colour palette and so give great freedom of expression in terms of colour – summer wedding really pop with colour, usually the brighter and bolder the better. I’ve also noticed brides and grooms becoming more creative over the summer months by wearing outfits slightly less conventional, for example – brightly coloured evening shoes and jewellery for the bride and coloured braces for the groom.
The summer weather means, we can travel together to great locations for filming after the ceremony and with our incredible landscapes here in Tipperary, we really our spoiled so we should make the most of them. I’ve filmed some beautiful scenes of the married couple walking through a meadow or down a path beside a stream. These are only a few of ideas for filming during summer! If you want to discuss your wedding ideas for filming your wedding, please get in touch and we can have a chat. If you would like to know more about choosing a wedding videographer you can read more about what I do here.
Best of luck with your wedding plans! ~ Joe