Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards 2016.

Mrs2be - abbey video wedding video kilkenny A Guest post by Abbey Video Productions

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.

 

brides in Munster

 

 

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.

 

 

 

cropped-main-img1.jpgThe 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

Only the best for your wedding

Hi all, and welcome to this month’s wedding blog. I’m Joe at Abbey Video Productions.

Wedding suppliers Kilkenny
Wedding suppliers Kilkenny

When I started wedding videos here in Tipperary and Kilkenny, the cameras were BIG with a large cassette in. Thankfully, those times have passed and technology has moved on. My new cameras are Sony pxw- x180s. These cameras are so easy to carry, are lightweight and have much more flexibility. They are also much less obtrusive which is very important on a wedding day.

 

The use of SxS mem cards means less storage space is needed, and drop out from the old VHS tapes are long gone. HIGH quality is very important to me as a videographer here in Tipperary and Kilkenny, along with low lighting. Capability is a must, as no one likes a video light; again these days are gone.

Editing systems : Where do I start? And do you really need to know all the technology of it? Probably not! But let me give you a quick overview. I use two editing systems — Vegas Pro 13 and, of course, the old faithful Pinnacle Studio 14 HD for smaller projects. The editing system is only as good as the camera person: If your shots are not framed right or are shaky, no editing system will fix it 100%. So that’s where expertise in filming comes into play. But, of course, what’s a wedding video without a few nice, gentle special effects. That being said, I don’t like to overdo them, as they look tacky. I have seen some wedding videos with butterflies floating around the screen, or some gold dust falling over the bride as she walks in a park … tacky!

 

Classic_Mass_Booklet3Well its not new, but  Flash drives with your full wedding along with chapters have  now been in for a while I have delivered some weddings on them and the quality is fantastic, but not every household  has a  TVs with a flash drive slot so the good old DVD is here for a while yet, but the Flash drives will soon be our main format for delivery The reason is that it will allow us to supply your wedding footage  in  broadcast high definition quality, all my weddings are recorded  with the very latest Sony pxw- x180 cameras so its time to make the change and let couples really enjoy better than 100% quality.

Where can this all happen:

 

While I am based in Tipperary, but I also have a huge clientele in Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford, and everywhere around Ireland, really you could find me anywhere.

Tipperary is, of course, my local area and I love local weddings. It’s great to be asked back to film a wedding for a family that I have all ready worked for. That’s ‘word of mouth’ and the BEST way to do business. Kilkenny is my next area, as it was in the Kilkenny/Carlow area that I filmed one of my first weddings. Only last week, I was in Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow with the reception in  Mount Wolseley   but, as I said, I love to film. So wherever your wedding is, give me a call and let’s chat about your special day. After all, I do have the experience.

 

wedding decor kilkenny carlow waterford and IrelandWant to check out some local wedding suppliers :

We all like to keep it local with wedding suppliers, as it’s so much easier all round. Well, have a look at  Brides in Munster     It’s packed with
everything you might need for your wedding day, from, of course,  Abbey Video Productions    Videographers,  Photographers, Flowers, Wedding cakes, Wedding dresses… the lot!

What are people saying about Abbey Video Productions?  a few reviews from posts left on my face book

 

“Hi Joe, Thanks a million for the DVDs. We were delighted with them and you were an absolute pleasure to deal with on the day. You put us totally at ease with your good humour and you worked away quietly in the background so we weren’t a bit self conscious”

“Joe just a big thanks to you and abbey productions it was a huge pleasure to have you do our wedding and what a result from start to finish I cried and laugh… Thanks to abbey production I will never forget me and Clare’s special day..”

“Absolutely delighted with our wedding dvds. Thanks a mill Joe. You were just brilliant on the day. A dvd is the BEST way to relive all the moments of your special day! Would recommend it to everyone getting married smile emoticon”

“Hi Joe our wedding dvd is amazing thank you so much we are delighted with it. You caught some amazing moments that we didnt even know happened!
We are highly recommending you to all our friends yu were amazing on the day…
Cheers Laura & Paddy”

“Hi joe . Thanks a million for the dvds they are absolutely brilliant . You were great on the day and came to my aide a few times on our wedding day. Won’t hesitate to recommend you . You are just top class . Best of luck for the future .”

Have a read for yourself here https://www.facebook.com/AbbeyVideoProductions/reviews 

Thats it for now, back to some editing and get ready for a busy weekend all over again 🙂 ~ Joe

Amadeus Wedding Singers

Amadeus Wedding Singers

Amadeus WEDDING SINGERS in Tipperary
Amadeus wedding singers/musicians

Amadeus are professional and experienced wedding singers/musicians for church and civil wedding ceremonies. We are well known wedding singers that play wedding music that will captivate & transform any wedding. Let Amadeus Music wedding singers create a special music experience for your wedding. For your wedding singers you can book any two or all three of us. We can tailor our packages to suit your wedding budget. Contact us anytime for information on prices, availability for weddings singers and wedding music. Amadeus Music wedding singers invite you to choose your favorite song/piece for your special day. We are together as a group for the past 13 years, and play Classical, Folk, Traditional and Modern styles for weddings & private functions. We will cover many different aspects of your day, whether it be church music, civil ceremony, pre-wedding reception or music during your meal. Amadeus – three accomplished and experienced wedding singers & musicians with an enchanting and unique vocal blend.

Amadeus wedding singers/musicians specializes in providing elegant, harmonious music for a variety of occasions from weddings and funerals, church music concerts and corporate events. We cater to the needs of the client and offer versatility both in our styles of music & singing. We can also provide professional guidance throughout the booking process to ensure that you have the perfect music on your special day. We accompany ourselves with piano,flute,violin and low whistle which beautifully compliments our harmonies. Please take a few moments to browse our site where you can hear audio tracks, make a booking enquiry and more. At the church Amadeus wedding singers will entertain your guests from their vast Repertoire of songs and music up to half and hour before the Bride arrives. Contact Amadeus Wedding music.
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Theresa Larkin

Piano, silver-flute, violin, low whistle, and harmony vocals,

Kathleen Costello

Violin, piano & guitar

Sheelagh Chadwick – Main Vocalist
Amadeus, wedding singers/musicians will create a special music experience for your wedding. These wedding singers will captivate & transform any wedding.
Professional and experienced wedding singers for your church and civil wedding ceremonies. Amadeus  are well known wedding singers/musicians that play wedding music.

Wedding Entertainment

John Frawley EntertainmentAs a full-time freelance musician based in Limerick, Ireland, John divides his time as a husband and father with his Singing Character acts, his band “Two Easi” and his ever-popular one man show.
John’s background lies in stage acting and performance (Island Theatre Company) and included appearances on Television and Radio alike. He relies heavily on this experience when performing as a musician and is always conscious of entertaining and engaging with his audience.His professional musicianship has taken him all over the country and John has been lucky enough to play venues such as Dolans Warehouse, Limerick (The Lollygaggers), The Savoy, Cork (Greenday tribute band “American Idiots”) and to sing at weddings in Slane Castle and Adare Manor (Final Touch).

Are you getting married and looking for something special for your big day? Looking for a personal touch or something unique? Johnny, The Singing Chef, just loves to surprise people with his vocal talents.Masquerading as the Hotel’s Head Chef Johnny moves around the room ensuring that all are happy with their meal and service. He takes to the microphone to address the crowd and thank them on behalf of the venue for their custom. He hopes they are enjoying the meal he has worked so hard to prepare and becomes quite emotional about how happy he is that you and your guests are so happy, so happy in fact that he bursts into song; yes, you’ve guessed it – “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

From that point on it’s a roller-coaster ride of modern and classic songs with built in audience participation and interaction which not only breaks the ice but also sets the perfect party atmosphere in the room for the rest of the night.

Why do you need a videographer?

Why do you need a videographer?    ( post by Abbey Video Productions)

Wedding Photography and Video shoot locations
Wedding Photography and Video shoot locations

What is the most common thing you hear people say at the end of their wedding day? I can remember saying it at the end of my own wedding day.

‘I can’t believe it’s all over’.

At almost every wedding I have filmed within Tipperary and Kilkenny , towards the end of the day, I have overheard the bride or groom mutter something along the lines of ‘I can’t believe the day has gone by so fast’. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s true. On your wedding day you will be so busy having fun and mingling with your friends and guests whom you haven’t seen for a long time, that the day will absolutely fly. You will be in high demand and everyone will want to speak with you and wish you well. Of course, you will not need to worry about me, I will quietly go about my business while you enjoy a great day.

Now, I want you to think of the months and months of careful planning and effort that go into planning your wedding day. Think of how long it is taking to plan your guest list, how long it takes to choose your wedding dress. What type of flowers are you having in the church? Are you having wedding favours or donating to charity? Are the flower girls having fresh flowers in their hair? Think about the huge amount of time and effort you are putting into the preparations and the finer details.

If you really want to cherish and relive all of these memories as vividly as possible, the best way to do so is by having a videographer present on the day. It is a shame to risk forgetting all the finer details, a reflection of your joint efforts, passion and creativity.

Wedding suppliers Kilkenny
Wedding suppliers Kilkenny

Having a videographer at your wedding will also give you an opportunity to witness moments when you were not present and can answer questions about how others were feeling that day.

Such as ‘How was the groom before I arrived at the church? Was he as nervous as me?’

What was the atmosphere like at the church before I arrived?’

‘How was the father of the bride on the morning of the wedding?’

Brides In Munster - Tipperary
Brides In Munster – Tipperary

The atmosphere in the bride’s home, the morning of the wedding can be incredibly exciting and can only be captured by a videographer. I’m sure you’ll agree if you have experienced it before. I feel humbled to be able to share and recreate the mood of that morning – sheer excitement and nerves before the big event. Another favourite moment I will never tire of filming, is the expression on the grooms face when he sees his bride for the first time as she enters the church. Equally brilliant is the moment when the bride and groom walk down the aisle hand in hand, with a look of pure exhilaration and relief that the difficult part is over and now they can relax a little and enjoy the rest of the day. There are so many wonderful moments worth catching to be seen again and again.

As you may well know, I have been dedicated to this industry for some time, (for twenty years in fact!) I have filmed weddings in Tipperary  Kilkenny Carlow, Cork, Waterford and  beyond, and in those years I have developed a keen sense of what is important. I appreciate which crucial moments from the ceremony really need to be filmed, I know how to best record the finer details. I know when a big, fat close up is needed and when to hang back to observe the crowd; and most importantly of all, because of my years in training, I can put all of this into practice to create an artistic and beautifully flowing wedding DVD.

I take delight in sharing and witnessing these beautiful moments. For me, to capture these moments for the couple to enjoy again and again, really is the icing on the cake! That’s why I love my job.

If you would like to have a chat about hiring me to film your wedding, please call or email me at any time. I’m based in Cashel, and am renowned within Co. Tipperary and beyond.

To keep up to date with what’s happening at Abbey Video, register to follow my blog and check out my face book page and also check out my new site for wedding video  in Kilkenny …… wedding video kilkenny.com  also a fantastic wedding suppler site Brides in Tipperary 

A wedding video is the best way to cherish and relive your wedding day.

Joe …. Abbey Video Productions ~

Video or not to Video

Video or not to Video Brides in Munster Tipperary & Kilkenny

I got a call yesterday from a local bride getting married next year and she was enquiring about my different  wedding video packages. I have 4, which you can see here. She went on to tell me some crazy quotes she received from videographers, both local and in other counties. She said she was thinking of not having a wedding video for her wedding and had considered getting her friend to film some of it. She told me she had a budget for videography and needed to stay within it. ‘Okay, fine’, I thought, but I do know, from over the last few years, that some people’s budgets for videography are not possible to work with. However, I thought: Okay, let’s listen to her and see what is possible. She told me she had a budget of €600 and was quite surprised when I told her I could work with her on this. We went on to discuss her day, what she might want covered for this and she booked me for my gold package! It’s a great wedding video package, I can start recording at her house and cover her day right up to and including the speeches. Even with this package, it’s absolutely packed with fantastic footage of her day. She booked me right away, so there’s one happy bride-to-be! So it got me thinking: Why video? Why can it be so costly? What’s  all the fuss about editing and so on?  Have a read below ..

 Today, professional videographers have become as natural a part of the wedding as the photographer. Even better, if I say so myself. Not because I am a videographer here in Tipperary but because your wedding day goes by so quickly. Recording all of the activities on video will preserve the precious moments for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

 Okay, sometimes it can be costly, but look at you photographer for example. He starts at the same time as your wedding videographer, but he/she is in their car and heading home at about 5.30 pm, unless you have him paid to stay for the first dance. However, your wedding videographer will still be on hand to film your speeches, your guests’ messages, your dancing and so on. As well as this, nine times out of ten your videographer is cheaper than your photographer. I’m not whining here, but trying to get it across that we are equally professional. That’s why it so important not to cut back on the videographer. Your photographs will be fantastic, but your wedding video is priceless… worth a thought?

The typical full day wedding video package costs anywhere between € 800 and €1000, depending on the number of hours of coverage, the number of cameras and other factors. As always, remember what’s most important to you, determine what you can afford, and go from there is no need to go for a feature film unless you have the budget for this.Unlike photographs, a video camera records sounds, action and more of the overall atmosphere of the event, as you well know. Rather than focusing on just a few people like photographs, video can easily record all of all of your guests, so it’s nice to sit back and relive it all over again. In years to come you will really appreciate it, believe me!

Recording Your Wedding on a Tight Budget:
If you don’t have money in the budget for a professional videographer, you have other options. You could ask a close friend or family member with a video camera to record your wedding. Of course don’t expect the same quality and coverage that you would get from a professional videographer. As a wedding videographer, I have seen some dreadful “home wedding recordings” over the years. It’s a shame to return home from a fantastic honeymoon to sit down and cringe at the way uncle Paddy filmed your wedding …..  from the back seat in the church! This is an awful lot to ask friend to do. So, the best way to ensure that your most precious moments are recorded is to make a list. Pick out only a handful of moments that you definitely want on tape, such as the bride walking down the aisle, exchanging vows and rings during the ceremony, the best man’s toast, the bride and groom’s first dance, etc. But a professional videographer will not need to be told this as we know where and when we need to be at different times during the day.

Another nice idea for the wedding video is to record a short message from the bride and groom to each other. Arrange for the videographer to meet with the bride and groom separately sometime during the course of the day. Each can talk to the camera as if they were talking to their soon-to-be other half. These messages truly capture all of the love and emotion of the couple on their wedding day. They are so much fun to watch after the wedding and many years down the road!Special Touches for the Video:
A nice touch for your wedding video is to have your videographer invite your guests aside throughout the night to record a personal message to the bride and groom. This is something that I do at weddings if asked and it can be absolutely wonderful to watch. This is a lovely way to record all of your friends and family who attended your wedding and adds a personal touch to the video.

 So, if your are getting married, give me a call here at Abbey Video Productions . I will be more than happy to have a chat with you and discuss what you might receive for the budget you have. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.also have a look at my Facebook page to keep you up-to date with great special offers.

Thanks for reading my content and hope it’s some help to you   ~ Joe

” 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 

Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer:

Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer:

Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer:

Over the years of working withphotographers at weddings here inTipperary and all over Ireland I have found that 90% of photographers really go above the call of duty on the day but some don’t!  So it is well worth while to ask them a few questions; it’s like booking a wedding videographer – make sure you view some work they have done.  When a bride makes an enquiry to me at Abbey Video for wedding videography I try and match a sample of the ceremony with where they are getting married and also the hotel they are planning to use on their wedding day. This way they can see for themselves what it might look like on their wedding day and get a feel for it.

So you need to ask your photographer have you ever shot a wedding at the venue location before.

Style is a huge part of photography in my view.  Are they going to be posed & formal, relaxed, photojournalistic, candid, traditional or reportage.

 

Will you receive  both  colour and black and white prints?  Colour of course goes without saying but black and white is also a must as it has that timeless look about it.

Will you have backup equipment available – very important as well.

Now a dodgy one!… Can other people take photos while you are taking photos?  Some photographers don’t like people standing behind them covering all the well posed shots.  Sometimes this can make his job more difficult as guests can be calling out to the bridal party and this  might upset the pose he has set up, that’s why they often take the bridal party away to a location and let the guests off to the hotel.
How many photos come in each package is also a good thing to know!

Should the event last longer than scheduled, will you stay?  Extra charge?  This is like asking how long is a piece of string – while most weddings are roughly the same run time,  some couples like their photographer to stay to photograph the speeches or even in later times the dancing so it’s worth asking them this.

Do you have liability insurance?  This is a must as well – should you wish to have your photos taken in an OPW site like the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, Kilkenny Castle and a lot more, your photographer must have insurance.  Without it you don’t get to have your photos inside the site.

Can you give them a list of specific photos you want taken.

How long after your wedding will the proofs be ready – again this is worth asking as during busy times this can take a few weeks / months.
Abbey Video Productions Ballykisteen Hotel

Do they provide a written contract?

Do they charge you for travel ?

Is a deposit required?  If so, how much?

When is the remaining balance after deposit due?

Are there any additional charges not mentioned?

What time will you arrive?

I think experience in wedding photography is the most important point that should be asked before hiring a photographer.  Anyone can grab a camera, go out and take photographs of a flower or a field but a wedding day is totally different!    Hope this little bit of knowledge is helpful  for you     ~ Joe

The Stag do

The Stag do

As a Wedding videographer here in Tipperary, you would be surprised the things I get asked from Brides and Grooms in and around Tipperary and Munster about weddings – well after all I have been to a few!  Things like of course wedding videos, photography, flowers, wedding cakes, even stag-dos, well here’s simple dos and don’ts before you say I do!

 

 

Ok let’s start somewhere

Been given the responsibility to plan the stag do? But fairly sure that you’re going to make a mess of it? You might, but who’s going to notice after 24 large bottles?  Don’t worry – stag nights might take some planning, but it’s all manageable.

Talk to the groom-to-be

I think every guy has an idea of his dream stag night well before they plan to get married. Ask  him what he wants from his – let it be it a weekend away, an adventure day and a piss-up or a quiet night in the local pub or hotel. It’s much easier to work from his ideas. And do remember that it’s not your stag night you’re planning – it’s all for yer mans benefit.

OK, who’s going ?

Ask the groom-to-be to think about whom he’d like to see at the stag do and work out a list of between 10 and 20 key people.  Try and keep it to proper friends – any more than 20 is too many, any less and he needs to get out and meet more people!

Dingle, a great place for a stag-do

 

Think about whether the bride’s father, brother etc should be on that bus as it may change the dynamic of the group and the bride’s father might not be on talking terms with the groom on the day of the wedding – you can always arrange a separate affair for family.  On this issue a lot depends on how you and the groom think the various friend circles will link up.

Make contact with the guys in plenty of time

Check who’s going and make sure they will go when the time comes.  Don’t use Facebook to invite or you might need 10 busses in the end!  When you make contact ask them do they have any ideas of what could be good fun to get up to…. Be careful of some of their ideas of good fun!

 

 

Look into the options – think outside the box

With the stag’s opinions on board and some of the guys ideas too, ask Google.  Look into the options out there – there are some really great hotels, both in Ireland and the UK or further afield if you wish and if the few euros can be stretched that far.

If you want an activity weekend, look into paintballing, go-karting and think of some quirky alternatives too.  Make the final decision, but do ask the groom.

 

 

A stag-do should be close to the wedding but not so close that he needs to be helped into his clothes the morning of the wedding and carried up the aisle!  Stag-dos the night before the wedding are a bad idea.  Weeks before the big day, pitch them to the group and sort a date.

Who’s going to mind the money

It’s a good idea to set up a fund to pay for stag-related activities as in the bingo books, the tea and biscuits and the taxi home from the last mass! …….  You can be sure there’ll be one person in the group who’s good with money, you know the one who’s always missing when it’s his round at the bar!  Appoint him as treasurer.

You don’t have to be a nanny!

Looking after a large group is a pain in the bum, they’re all grown men, but you’ll be shocked at how many of them forget passports. Don’t get stuck being the one responsible for them.

Fun and games (and maybe strippers)!

If you’re going to pull a prank on the groom, make it good.  Plan it behind his back with the other party-goers to ensure success.  If you’re hiring a stripper, remember to phone the venue to check whether they’ll allow her to do her stuff on the premises. The key to a good stag prank is to make it happen.

Dress up

It’s common for stags to mark themselves out with some kind of themed dress code.  Whether you’re going for matching T-shirts or Ghostbusters costumes, some planning will be required. Do remember that matching clothes mark you out instantly as a stag party, which may make it tricky to get in certain places.  And on a related note, if you’re planning to hit venues that insist on shoes, make sure that everyone in the party knows and dresses accordingly.

 

Plan your venues

You might even get great bargains out there.  ALWAYS ASK FOR GROUP DISCOUNTS. Do it with a smile on your face and you’ll be amazed what you can get offered.

Be responsible

You may be planning some pranks for the groom on his big night, but remember that, ultimately, you want him to get home in one piece. Or maybe you want him to get home wearing a one-piece. Either way, he’ll thank you for stepping in if the fun goes too far. But leave him with his eye brows, hair on his head or anywhere else!

When its all over, and the wedding day is within reach, it’s a good idea for the groom and the best man and the groomsmen go for a quiet drink (and I mean a quiet drink), to reflect on the stag-do have a laugh and look forward to the big day.

 

Most importantly – HAVE FUN GUYS!

 

WELCOME TO KILCORAN LODGE HOTEL

WELCOME TO KILCORAN LODGE HOTEL

WELCOME TO KILCORAN LODGE HOTEL

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Kilcoran Lodge Hotel.

Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Holiday Lodges & Leisure Centre  Tipperary ,is steeped in history, originally built in the 19th century as the Earl of Glengall’s hunting lodge. The hotel is a favourite for locals & guests alike due to its old world charm & character bolstered by it’s wonderful Swimming Pool and quiet but central location with easy access to the bustling town of Cahir.

The hotel’s cosy atmosphere & blazing fires make it a welcome retreat after a day sight seeing or hill walking in this beautiful region. The warm & friendly staff will envelop you with a Céad Míle Fáilte as soon as you step inside. For your safety and enjoyment

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Your Wedding at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel.

Weddings at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel

We would be delighted to arrange a personal consultation with you, show you our venue and discuss our wedding packages with you.

We’ve had years of experience working closely with Bride and Groom, capturing the aspirations for your dream wedding and turning it into a delightful reality. Drawing on a combination of experienced and friendly staff, trusted external professionals (including Florist and Photgrapher  videographer ) and all worked around the elegant room-spaces to be found at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel.

 

 

Key Highlights from all our Wedding Packages:-

  • A dedicated Wedding Planner
  • Strictly One Wedding per Day
  • V.I.P. red carpet on arrival
  • Highly picturesque landscaped gardens ideal for your wedding photographs
  • Champagne & Canapé reception for Bridal Party and all your guests
  • Tea & Coffee, fruit scones, jam & cream plus finger sandwiches for your guests on arrival

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    Kilcoran Lodge Hotel
  • Five course wedding banquet with personalised scrolled menus for your meal
  • Mirrored centres on tables with candelabras and flowers of your choice
  • Wedding Cake Stand and knife
  • Self contained banqueting Suite including Chairs with covers
  • Background music of your choice during your meal
  • Microphone for toasts and speeches through our in-house P.A. system
  • Complimentary afters food for all invited wedding guests
  • Two nights complimentary Bridal Suite including breakfast for the Bride & Groom
  • Single night Complimentary room for Bride & Groom’s parents on the Wedding Night
  • Extensive onsite car parking space.  Call us directly: +353 (0)52 7441288