Well, it’s that time of year again, when I look back and say a big thank you to all my customers and to my friends the wedding suppliers we have met throughout the year, and of course to the hotels that have looked after us and feed us along the way. It’s been a great year for weddings, along with other video work. This time of the year, it’s school show after school show most nights of the week! Cashel, Tipperary Town, Clonmel schools, shows in Kilkenny of course and a few in Waterford. It’s great to see the pupils perform, both for the camera and for their teachers and parents. Each year, it’s great to get the phone call or the e-mail opening with “Please, Joe, tell us you’re free to video our show again this year. The parents and the children are still raving about last year’s production you captured for us!” Below is just a little Christmas jingle I uploaded.
ell my DVD copy towers are spinning away behind me as I type, so I’d just like to say Merry Christmas to you and your family. Please have a safe one and look out for each other over the festive period. Don’t forget to check out my fantastic new packages for 2018/19 & I even have some booking for 2020! If you’re thinking of having a wedding DVD be sure to contact us as soon as possible to secure key dates – engagement season is upon us and we’ll soon be busy with new enquiries! So give me a call, E mail, Text. ~ 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?
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I got some fantastic news early this morning when I was informed I had reached the finals of the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards 2015 ( Recognising the best of the Irish wedding industry)! But as I said in an earlier blog it it’s not the winning for me … it would be nice, don’t get me wrong, but every wedding video I film whether it be in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow or any of the multitude of other locations I attend, I always give it 110%. Every bride and groom has different ideas for their wedding video, it may be the music they choose or the way they want it filmed – each couple is unique. So when i am booked for a wedding I put a lot of planning into it well before the day, this way from the bride’s house to the first dance I know what’s expected of me – after all, it’s their day. The guests arriving is a very important part of filming as this is something the bride only gets to see on DVD later. The music in the church, the service, the vows, the walk down the aisle as husband & wife – these are all key points. With regards to the music in the Church, I like to leave a wireless microphone or a professional voice recorder near the musicians to capture the audio 100%. Sound is just as important as picture, this is why I always use a wireless mic or voice recorder discreetly placed in the groom’s pocket to pick up the vows and this is removed right away outside the door after the ceremony. The greeting line is a great way to formally meet your guests after the wedding.The bride’s house is a great place to start filming, with all the make-up and the hair being done it can be great fun. It’s a part of the day the groom doesn’t get to see so it’s nice for him to be able to view this later on their finished wedding DVD. The groom’s house sometimes gets filmed but this all depends on timing on the day, as i like to be at the ceremony location one hour before it starts – this time is needed to film the location, the flowers and all the little details in the Church or room where the ceremony is taking place.
The photograph session is a fantastic opportunity for me to capture some great video footage. I don’t just film what the photographer is doing but more of a candid covering of the bridal party and their families if they are there as well. If not I will capture them at the hotel. I enjoy filming the guests discreetly in the hotel enjoying the drinks reception, this way i get a great chance to catch up with some late-comers! From there on I film the speeches, which lately tend to take place before the meal – it’s nice to relax and enjoy your meal once they are over and done with! The dancing is filmed discreetly with no light if possible or just a small light on the camera if I need it. Your wedding will end with a highlights chapter looking back over your day. We have often been complimented on our turn-around time – we try to have the finished product ready when the couple return from honeymoon. I have read and heard of other couples not receiving their wedding DVDs for months, this can happen where only one person is working on a project and gets snowed under.It doesn’t end there… now the hard work starts! The editing can take two days to to complete, but my wife Breda is a pro at this: various effects, titles, adding music, authoring and chaptering the final product, testing design sleeves for the covers of the boxes and the art work on the discs – it’s easy to see where two days goes here!
On a final note, getting back to the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards 2015, I would like to wish all the Finalists the very best of luck.
Well here in Tipperary and Kilkenny we are well and truly into the Wedding video season again for the new year. Like all other wedding suppliers I come across lots of fantastic professionals along the way, and one that springs to mind is Eimear Lowth from Boherlahan in County Tipperary. I meet Eimear at lots of weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, and of course all the local churches near Cashel. At one such wedding which I filmed only 2 weeks ago Eimear was the official soloist and the applause of the wedding guests showed how much they loved her singing. After the Church Eimear went to the reception to entertain the guests as they mingled and enjoyed themselves at the hotel, she really got them going with some great songs and music that was well suited to the age group that was attending the wedding. Have a look below at the clip I recorded of her at that wedding………
Eimear is a trained classical singer but also sings traditional Irish and modern music. She is a very keen person and is passionate about her music. Eimear pays great detail to the needs of all her wedding clients, helping plan and arrange the perfect church wedding music, music that best suits each couples personal tastes. Whether it’s music for a wedding service, funeral service, civil ceremony or pre-dinner drinks function, Eimear will be delighted to discuss your requirements with you. So if you have an up-coming wedding function drop her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org before she’s booked! Eimear is also listed on the very popular wedding supplier site Brides In Munster covering Tipperary- Kilkenny and all of Munster, soon to be country wide! Keep a check and like my Facebookpage as more videos of Eimear will be on line soon, and of course Brides in MunsterFacebook page for the best choice of wedding suppliers in Tipperary and Kilkenny
As 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.
The 9th Of January 2015 was one of my many January weddings in Kilkenny, of course, not forgetting my own county as well of Tipperary. It was a cold day for sure, but for Maria & Adrian it was their wedding day in Kilkenny at the SET theatre in Langtons hotel. As normal, my day started with a call to Maria and the girls at her home on the Kells Road – just a short drive from Kilkenny city – to capture some of the excitement of the morning. With hair being done and make-up being applied, it was all hands on deck. Once I had captured lots of fun footage, I moved on to Langton’s Hotel to get the lads arriving, along with all the guests, and to capture the little details in the fantastic Set Theatre where the ceremony was taking place. The Set Theatre is a popular venue with not only Kilkenny brides, but couples from all over Tipperary, Kilkenny, and Carlow.
A little bit about the SET Theatre before we move on: Constructed in 2009, it is a state-of-the-art venue which can hold 252 people seated and 380 standing/seated. A multi-purpose room which can cater for music acts, comedy, film and conferencing and of course weddings.The visually stunning interiors along with tasteful furnishings speak volumes about how greatly expanded the Langton brand has become over the years. Designed by the David Collins Studio in London, this is their flagship theatre and have pulled out all the stops to make it the most beautiful and talked about venue in the country.
After the ceremony, we went into Bridie’s Bar & General Store, again, part of Langtons Hotel,where we got some fantastic video footage and photographs in the old shop. Maria and Adrian were a really fun couple on the day, along with their bridal party. After the fun and photographs, they hosted a fantastic meal for the large number of guests. It’s great in this weather to be lucky enough to get so many local weddings in Tipperary and Kilkenny., and, of course, Sean in Langton’s is a great asset to the hotel. He’s also helpful to me while filming. There with odd nod when something is about to start, or with the lights so thanks to Sean for that! Also, it’s great to be on their list as a supplier of wedding videographers in and around the Kilkenny and Carlow areas. So, the very best of luck to Maria and Adrian, and many thanks to them for choosing Abbey Video Productions as their wedding videographer for their special day.
Of course, Langton’s is not the only hotel I visit on my video projects. I work all over Kilkenny in all the other hotels and I can say I would not have a bad word to say about any of them. All true professionals along the way. My next call is to the New Park hotel in two weeks time, so I’m looking forward to that as well. It is the wedding of a lovely couple — a mix of Tipperary and Kilkenny, so it should be great fun! Now, have a look at my face book to keep track of my travels and, of course, some great wedding video package prices , They are the best prices you will find in Tipperary and Kilkenny. Just give me a call and see for yourself … Now, back to some editing and more coffee. 🙂 ~ Joe
It’s that time of the year where we look back on the old and look forward to the new. 2014 was a fantastic year for us, with weddings all over Munster, but mostly in my own county of Tipperary and, of course, down the road in Kilkenny. But these are only a few areas I have visited of course. I’ll be in Carlow, Waterford and Limerick, as well, over the next few days – Windgap in Kilkenny then on to the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny, Cashel & Dundrum House Hotel Tipperary, and back to Kilkenny to return to the New park Hotel again for my first wedding of 2015. I love Christmas and new year weddings. My Christmas weddings of 2014 over the last few weeks have been so busy & fantastic, with lovely light, cosy fires in the hotels – not that I get to stand by it for long or taste the mulled wine! But it’s still nice with everyone dressed with a hint of black and red. Overall, it’s a lovely time to get married.
I have updated some of my wedding video packages for the coming year, as stated on my site. No big changes, just a little more value for your money. I kept my prices the same last year and will for next year, and yes, for 2016 as well! Now that’s value for your money going forward! My ongoing promotion for referring a friend still stands. This has been a HUGE success. Just a little reminder, when you book your wedding with me, and if you refer a friend who is getting married or planning their wedding and looking for a wedding videographer and should they book me on your referral for their wedding videography, you will get money off your chosen package and so will they. It’s simple. All mywedding video packages for 2015 / 2016 are well designed for you, the couple, in mind. A quick look over them you can see the full details of my wedding video packages here
Silver package :very reasonable price of 400 this is the starting price, you can build on this. Starting at the church 1hr before the service up to when you leave for the hotel.
Silver plus: All of above but also coverage can start at you house should you wish and recording up to when you sit for your evening meal or 6.30
Gold: All of above and also include your speeches if carried out before the meal,*
Diamond: All above plus recording will continue in to a selection of dances that night this is one of my very popular packages which covers all of you day up to 11.pm, as with any of my packages I will make sure no matter what you budget is, or what wedding video packageyou have chosen I will pack it with fantastic footage of you day.
It’s Sunday evening and I must get ready for a wedding videotomorrow of a lovely couple. The bride is, of course, a local girl from Tipperary and the groom, a Kilkenny man, so I’m looking forward to a fun filled day. I don’t get a chance to sit and writeblogs much as I would like to, but I love to keep up with my work by having the couples wedding video completed on time and ready for collection when they come back off honeymoon. It’s like the school shows I filmed over Christmas time – ALL were ready and delivered on time for Christmas for their families to enjoy on Christmas day. I filmed a show in Newport in Tipperary on the 17th of December, and the very large amount of DVDs were delivered to the school on the 19th – two day later! Now that’s service and, of course, with a Breda, my good wife and editor in one, was a big part of the editing and packing over Christmas. With weddings and shows all over Tipperary and Kilkenny, this is where two people working as a great team makes a great video business. My last few words are, of course, to wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015 ~ Jo
(A post by Abbey Video Productions ) Well, it’s that time of year again, when we look back and say a big thank you to all our customers,and of course our friends the wedding suppliers we have met throughout the year, and, of course to the hotels that have looked after us. It’s been a great year for weddings, along with other video work. This time of the year, it’s school show after school show most nights of the week! It’s great to see the pupils perform, both for the camera and, of course, their teachers and parents. I have filmed shows in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford , and, of course, Tipperary. Each year, it’s great to get the phone call or the e-mail opening with “Please, Joe, tell us you’re free to video our show again this year. The parents and the children are still raving about last year’s production you captured for us, so, it’s a job well done!”
Getting back to weddings over 2014. All of my weddings were local to me this year. When I say local, I mean Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Limerick ,and not forgetting, Tipperary. 80% were from recommendations and it’s great to be called back to the same family for their son’s or daughter’s wedding along the way. I have been very fortunate with my results onGoogle of late, being number one for wedding videos. Tipperary and Kilkenny are climbing the links as well and others are soon to follow. It’s not easy getting time to blog with all the editing and filming, but my good wife and editor, Breda, makes sure its all safely downloaded and begins work on it right away. That’s the great thing about working as a team. I don’t like to leave people waiting too long for their wedding video, so I always try to have it for when they return from their honeymoon. That way, it’s fresh in their minds and they can relive it all over again with family and friends. I hear horror stories about videographers not having the wedding video ready for 6 months. Even the guys working alone have no excuse. When you’re professional you’re professional, and that’s the way to do business.
Abbey Video Christmas. It’s a short post, as I said. We have a lot of editing to get on with, and my DVD copy towers are spinning away behind me as I type. So, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Please have a safe one and look out for each other over the festive period also check out my fantastic new packages for 2015/ 16 in the next week or so. ~ Joe
As a popular wedding videographer in Tipperary and Kilkennyand further afield, I get asked about the best places for wedding photography and video shoots after the service. As I live in Cashel I would have to recommend the Hoare Abbey just up from where I live. Hoare Abbey is a Cistercian monastery, and most of the visible remains date to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. You can still see the well preserved remains of a refectory, a large church with nave, chancel, and transepts all in good condition. Each of the transepts has a small chapel, and you can see the remains of an Archbishop’s tomb just north of the chancel.
The Rock of Cashel is also a great photo opportunity. Towering over the town from its perch on a 200 foot high outcrop of limestone, the Rock was once the seat of the Kings of Munster. It was visited by St. Patrick in 450 and Brian Boru was crowned King of Ireland here in the 10th century. Granted to the church in the 1100s by the O’Brien clan king, the Rock became the seat of the archbishop and it was at this time that Cormac’s Chapel was built. In 1647 the Rock was ransacked by Cromwellian forces under the leadership of Lord Inchiquin.The cloisters are in a very unusual position. Usually the cloister is positioned to the south of the church – however at Hoare Abbey they are positioned to the north. This is possibly because the Rock of Cashel is so prominent to the north, they wanted to maximise its impact. With all these fantastic features you will be spoiled for choice.
As a local Videographer I have filmed some stunning wedding videos in these old ruins, and if any bride is planning her wedding in the area and would like to see some footage please let me know and I can arrange for you to view it.
There are a lot more fantastic photographic locations in and around Cashel / Tipperary areas. Ardmayle Church is one that springs to mind as I filmed a wedding there just last Friday.
Ardmayle Church – Abbey Video ProductionsThe church and tower at Ardmayle have existed in one from or another since the middle of the 12th century. The first stone church was erected by the Normans in the 13th century under the auspices of the Knights Templar. The church was badly damaged in 1315 and after being renovated or rebuilt is was again badly damaged in 1581 during the Desmond rebellion. The church and tower would change hands
on many occasions during the course of history with the Protestants eventually taking up permanent residence after the Catholic church moved to Nodstown (Boherlahan) in 1813. The Protestant community continued to worship in Ardmayle until the late 1950s when, due to dwindling numbers, they closed the church. The Grubb family continued to look after the building until the 1980s when the Ardmayle Heritage Society with the help of Sean Woodward of Cashel, Canon Morrissey and Fr. Feehan of Boherlahan took over the church and completely renovated it.
Thank you for time reading my blog and I hope its of some use to you when planning your wedding day. Coming next – locations around Kilkenny ! ~ Joe