Merry Christmas from Abbey Video Productions

brides in tipperaryWell, 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

Wedding Video Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh CoTipperary

 Wedding Video at Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co Tipperary    ( Post By Abbey Video )

It’s great  to have a wedding video on a Thursday in March, and a local one at that!  Kilcommon Church was my booking, and what a cold place it was. But for Mari & Raymond it was a perfect day … it was their wedding day.  A quick call to Mari’s house on the way to the Church was my first stop.  The girls were rushing around with make up, hair dryers, the works! I knew this was going to be a fun filled wedding day right away, and it was! I left Mari’s house to head to the church to capture the guys at the church but found them at a different type of establishment, with Guinness written over the door!  Having filmed all the little details that Mari & Raymond had organised for the inside of the Church I went on to film the large number of family and friends arriving.

 

Mari arrived on time along with her bridesmaids in a party bus, which was a great surprise for all. Raymond and the lads were already in their places at the top of the Church getting some good advice from Fr Dan Woods! Mari and her dad made their way up the aisle to a wonderful greeting from Raymond, and Fr Dan gave a lovely meaningful  service as usual, quick to the the point.

 

The wonderful Abbey Court Hotel was our stop for the evening, and who better than Ray to make everyone so welcome. I find Ray Lynch, the Wedding Co-ordinator, so helpful on the day of a wedding not only to the guests, but also to all the wedding suppliers. Ray has always been great to me recommending my video services to brides and grooms for quite a few years.  The Abbey Court Hotel is also listed on my sister site BRIDES IN MUNSTER along with a short video showcasing the hotel.

 

After some  video footage of the guests mingling and the photo shoot, it was time to film this wonderful hotel’s function room. I love to film the little details on the tables and any other personal and guest orientated details. The speeches were carried out before the meal which i think is a fantastic idea, as it allows the speakers to enjoy their meal knowing that the speeches are over and done with.

Their band for the evening was “Atomik Chicken” and from the first dance they had the floor full all night. Best wishes to Mari & Raymond, as i said it was a fun-filled wedding enjoyed by all including myself  🙂  A  big thank you for having Abbey Video Productions capture your special day.

A little about the  Abbey Court Nenagh

If you are planing your wedding make sure to give Ray Lynch a call in the Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh Tipperary.  I have filmed many weddings in this hotel over the years and it just gets better every time I visit it, as i said Ray Lynch  is second to none when it comes to weddings and making your day extra special.

The hotel is one of the finest Wedding Venues in Tipperary and also boasts one of the best Conference Venues Tipperary has to offer – making it a superb business Hotel. This is all wrapped up in the hotel’s quirky features: from an oasis that is the Abbey Court’s extensive gardens to family holiday facilities that are the envy of hotels nationwide.

The Abbey Court Hotel is the perfect choice for Civil Ceremonies in Tipperary.

The Hotel is a registered venue for Civil Ceremonies and can offer a choice of private rooms for your Ceremony and for the Reception making your day a special one and one to remember.

Their  Ceremony package includes the following:

  • Room hire for the ceremony
  • Red Carpet welcome in the ceremony suite
  • Fairylight Backdrop
  • Chair Covers and matching sash, floral arrangements and candles
  • PA system
  • Wedding Co coordinator to assist with the days proceedings and liaise with registrar on the day

The staff at the Abbey Court Hotel believe each wedding is special and unique and their focus is to ensure your wedding day is is full of once in a lifetime moments, that you will cherish forever. This Nenagh Hotel has long been known as an exclusive wedding venue in Tipperary.

They offer a range of tailor made Wedding Packages to suit all budgets and tastes. Special Offers are available, you can contact the dedicated Wedding Co-Ordinator who will be delighted to assist and advise you in any way possible.

Website: www.abbeycourt.ie

I do hope you enjoyed reading my blog and might even find it helpful somewhat. Also check out my Face book page for great deals and wedding news from around Tipperary. Kilkenny , Waterford Carlow .

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.

Call to the Coachman Bar Clonmel

Call to the Coachman Bar Clonmel Brides in Tipperary

Want to hear your wedding band? Then call to the Coachman Bar Clonmel

I recently had the pleasure of visiting theThe Coachman Bar in Clonmel and what a fantastic night was had by all. This fabulous bar is situated in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The Coachman – formally known as Larry Tobins/Slievenamon – is located at 13/14 Parnell Street. The premises boasts three bars including two function rooms. Live entertainment takes place four nights a week satisfying all ages. Recently modernised and refurbished, the premises offers the character and classical lines of yesterday, but the luxuries of today. With extensive street frontage, it stands prominently in Parnell Street. The business is privately owened by the Shanahan family for the past 25 years, so plenty of knowledge of the bar and cabaret going in their favour.

The Coachman Bar Clonmel tipperary
The Coachman Bar Clonmel Co. Tipperary Ireland

As a wedding videographer here in Tipperary, I get asked lots of times about wedding bands in and around the Tipperary area and further afield. The best way to choose your wedding band is go to hear them. But, as it was brought to my attention of late, people don’t like “gate crashing” a wedding party to hear a band playing. I can see their point, but on my visit to the The Coachman BarClonmel, I saw a band setting up in the room and recognised them from the many weddings I video in Dundrum House Hotel, Ballykisteen Hotel in Tipperary and other hotels. I went up and spoke to the band – a very popular band, I might say. I wont name them as it would not be fair on other great bands. Durring the conversation, we got to chat about weddings and all the places we meet over the year. He explained to me that 3 couples were coming to the The Coachman Bar that night to hear them, as they did not like the idea of  going to someone’s wedding party to hear them.

The Coachman Bar Clonme
The Coachman Bar Clonme

This is a fantastic idea, putting no pressure on the couple. They can stay for a drink in the lovely comforts of the bar and chat to a band member and ask him to play a certain song they might want at their wedding. As the night went on and the band in question WAS fantastic, I might add, I did see the couples meet them and, along with the band getting a booking, so did I. They introduced them to me, so happy days all around. So, brides, keep an eye on the The Coachman Bar face book, and The Nationalist for further great wedding bands playing live at the The Coachman you can contact them here ?on 052 61 21299

Also check out Brides In Tipperary for more info on this  great Clonmel bar

Below  is some of the fantastic reviews they got  to menision here 

Great place,fantastic groups every weekend and of course the lovely friendly staff are just some of the reasons u should visit the coachman
Fantastic bar , great music !
Lovely place nice music friendly staff. Great atmosphere
Best place in town for a pint and staff make you feel so at home

Ideas for a Vintage Wedding

Ideas for a Vintage Wedding

Ideas for a Vintage Wedding

As a wedding videographer here in Tipperary, I encounter all the recent trends and changes in wedding styles, and in recent years the Vintage wedding has gained popularity. This is a look I see many brides and grooms aspire to. Another great reason to choose Abbey video to film your wedding is I have so many years of experience filming weddings and I have edited and enhanced so many wedding videos to help achieve this vintage look.

What is Vintage?

The term vintage can be interpreted to mean so many things, but I think it’s best to think of it as retro and as a reference to a specific bygone era. Imagine Hollywood glamour from the 1920’s, fifties style with short wedding and bridesmaid dresses, or the fashion from 60’s mods. For many, vintage can also mean rustic, country, shabby chic or simply a crafty and DIY quality. If this is a look you would like to reflect on your wedding day, it is best to choose a specific era and stick to it or make sure to limit the number of vintage references. If you choose too many details and want to include every detail you like, the wedding may begin to feel overdressed and fussy, the opposite of what you are trying to create, which is aseemingly effortless and easy style.

 

The Venue

I think here in Ireland, the look can be easily accomplished as we have so many old and atmospheric venues to choose from.Once you have chosen your venue, this is the best time to think about the finer details which will help to achieve the vintage look and feel you desire. Discuss your options and ideas with the hotel or events manager and ask if they have any pictures from previous weddings they’ve hosted to see what will work and if there are any definite no-nos. They will have an idea of what will work in the space. It’s in their interest that the venue looks its best as they are eager to entice further business and new clients at every event they host. Some decorative details will not work in all surroundings, for example bunting and jam jars will create a great ambiance in an outdoor tent, however the look may not translate as well in the fine dining room of a high-end hotel.

 

For the Decor

The vintage look can be easily incorporated into the outdoors in the form of signage on chalk boards, or possibly an old bicycle with the wedding flowers arranged in the basket at the hotel entrance. A selection of coloured jam jars wrapped in lace and secured with a ribbon make beautiful candle holders or vases for flowers. Old silver teapots filled with fresh flowers can add the rustic feel to the reception area where the guests arrive. Canapés can be served on old silver platter dishes. Menus and invites can be rolled into scrolls and wrapped with a ribbon, echoing one of the focal wedding colours. Colourful bunting used outdoors or above the increasingly popular sweet carts can add fun to the occasion and keep the younger guests entertained. If renting a sweet cart is not within your budget, an old dresser decorated with bunting will make a beautiful addition. Sweet jars can be purchased from discount shops for only a few euro. If you crave the decadent look of 1920’s Hollywood glamour, think of lace table cloths, and elaborate crystal candelabras.

 


Antique jewellery for the bride such as a cameo brooch or a large hair piece with pearls and diamonds will add to the feminine and vintage feel. Drop earrings work really well when the bride is wearing her hair up and away from the face. Family heirlooms are great for this special occasion and again, can help to maintain your budget. For the bride, a lace parasol will help the finish the look on a fine summer evening. Bridal hair should be loose, with a side-parting. Soft and large waves can gently frame the face falling over the shoulder, gathered into a low roll or pinned loosely to the side. Grey and brown smoky eyes really add to the vintage feel are would look fabulous in autumn-time, when brides can afford to wear slightly bolder makeup with stronger pigments. Mismatched dresses can look wonderful for the bridesmaids – think of different shades of soft pinks and peach, paired with different shoes and individual hairstyles. Bouquets look very elegant with the stems wrapped in lace and ribbon. The Groom can play his part in pulling off the look by wearing braces or sporting his grandfather’s pocket watch.For the Bridal Party

 

<img src="Abbey Video Productions.jpg" alt="Wedding Video Tipperary" />Brides especially will ask me to include shots of the finer details of their wedding day. I can begin a segment of footage with a big fat close up of their vintage ideas so your efforts can be remembered for many happy years to come! Please get in touch should you like to discuss any details regarding wedding videography for your upcoming wedding. I’d love to hear from you. Also check us out on Facebook, loads of special offers and fun ideas!

Joe Boland, Abbey Video.

Events Limousines Waterford

Events Limousines Waterford

 

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All Events are  Waterford based Wedding Suppliers of Cars

All Events are a Waterford based, family run business. We provide exquisite cars for any special occasion, covering most of Ireland. Our uniformed chauffeurs are professional and friendly and our cars are meticulously cared for and beautifully presented.
We can guarantee you that our cars are of the highest standard available anywhere and we will always endeavour to provide you with a competitive quotation together with our renowned high level of professional and personal service.

Steven is passionate about cars!   He has worked in the car industry since he left school and has spent over 20 years supplying high quality wedding cars.   The All Events Limousines business was started through Steven’s love of cars and the unique and varied car collection has just grown and grown.

Karen has over 20 years experience in the Travel Industry mainly in a customer relations role and is your main point of contact from taking your initial enquiry to managing your booking right up to the event.  This is possibly the first time you have booked a wedding car or debs limousine and its understandable you may have many questions – Karen is happy to help and advise you in any way she can.

All Events are a Waterford based,
Professional Service wedding suppliers tipperary, wedding suppliers in  Kilkenny

 

  1. Great Value
  2. Pristine Vehicles- ( all cars are professionally valeted after every hire)
  3. Professional Service – this is our full time occupation
  4. Over 20 years wedding car hire experience in the UK and Ireland
  5. Award winning Service – weddingsonline.ie award winners 2011 & 2012
  6. Fully Licensed and Insured for wedding hire
  7. Unique Vehicles – (our cars are the envy of other operators)
  8. Irelands only Black Maserati wedding Car
  9. People you can trust – book with confidence
  10. Colour co-ordinated cars for you bridal party / parents etc
  11. Complementary Ribbons and Bubbly with every hire
  12. Uniformed Chauffeurs (Dark grey suit, white shirt , tie and traditional chauffeur caps with vintage style cars)
  13. Hundred’s of testimonials from delighted clients
  14. Monthly Sunday Open Days

M: 086 60 60 645
M: 087 90 30 601
E: info@alleventslimos.com  http://alleventslimos.com/

 

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Airport Business Park,
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” 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 

Near and far…

Wedding video Kilkenny
Wedding video Kilkenny

Yesterday evening I took  two local wedding DVD bookings for the Tipperary / Kilkenny areas for 2015, which incidentally looks to be another great year. It’s funny the way wedding bookings have changed in the last year or so. Couples often booked a bit nearer the date of their wedding, I guess due to budget constraints of the last  few years or so, but of late they are booking one and two years in advance – which  I’m not complaining about!  It’s great to see there’s maybe some confidence in our country’s economy again.  There is always something nice about a local wedding – working with the people you see every day.  And getting lots of referrals from local  couples, having viewed their completed wedding DVDs , is worth its weight in gold.  Talking about gold, price is not too much of a problem any more when brides or grooms enquire regarding a wedding video package.  I remember not too long ago the BIG question was HOW MUCH??.. Well that’s like asking how long is a piece of string?!  Everywedding  DVD is different as regards the needs of the couple let it be price, the type of package they might want or the amount of coverage.  I have often said to couples my price starts at  €400 and they can build on that and sure enough they do – 90% of them go for my top package, which starts at the Bride’s home and includes a  selection of dances that evening, giving fantastic coverage and huge value for their money.  On the other hand I have lots of weddings over the different borders such as Kilkenny, Waterford, Carlow, Limerick and Cork, and it’s like all wedding venues – it’s nice to visit these place as well and get to know new people at the weddings. Of course getting more referrals  along the way via the internet  is a huge part of business these days but word of mouth is most ingratiating.wedding

 rsz_dsc01053-300x169 Speaking of local weddings, I was filming  a wedding with  Selina O’Meara on Friday  last in Lisvernane Church just outside Tipperary town.  I met Selina  again just last week in the  Abbey Court Hotel in  Nenagh.  Selina is a fantastic wedding photographer, so quick off the mark and achieving  stunning  photography as she goes.  We were discussing wedding videography and photography and the way things have changed over time – for the better I think as people have become more price conscious and shop around a bit more for better value.  But it’s not always about getting a cheap wedding video or  cheap wedding photographs, you also have to think of the end product, which I sometimes remind clients of.  So by all means shop around, but the cheapest is not always a good idea, after all you will still want to play your wedding DVDs in 20 years time or maybe in 40 years your children will take it out and have a look at the fashions of  2014 /15/16 and so it is of utmost importance to have your wedding day filmed by a professional wedding videographer / photographer.

Brides In Munster, irish wedding videographer, munster wedding video, Tipperary Wedding News, Wedding DVD Cashel, Wedding Video North Tipperary, Wedding Videographer Thurles, Wedding Videos TipperaryAnd I guess that’s why Edel Hanley from Lisvernane chose Selina and myself  to work for her on her wedding day.  Edel  is of course a Tipperary football all star and the little church at Lisvernane was packed with her team mates, family and friends in the glorious sunshine of a May Friday.  Selina took them to Christ the King for the bridal party photo shoot and what a spectacular setting it was!  The day was clear and the Galtee  Mountains looked so near you could almost touch them!  Afterwards Edel and Shane headed to Aherlow House Hotel for a fantastic wedding reception.  Aherlow House Hotel is again my stop next Saturday, so let’s hope for more sunshine!

A little  something  I have been reading up on of late is  Moposa – see it here on the link  http://www.aherlowhouse.ie/moposa.html    ok a little insight to it ….

Moposa enables you to share more of the wedding  details with family and friends both at home and abroad should you wish to  simplify the planning process and save time and money along the way.  Some of the fantastic tools that are provided through Moposa include your own guest list manager, personal-URL wedding website with online RSVP, budget planner, guest text messaging and ‘drag-n-drop’ seating  planning for the function rooms.You can even import guests from you face book!  I just thought it was a great little wedding  planingtool.

~ Joe

The Powder Room Girls

The Powder Room Girls The Powder Room Girls is an elite team of The Powder Room Girls professional freelance hair and make up artists – all experienced, fully trained and insured and available to travel nationwide.

They have been chosen not only for their talents in creating the perfect look for the bridal party but for their professionalism and calming influence which is a crucial element to create a smooth and relaxed atmosphere on the  morning of the wedding.

 

Our award winning team will come to your house or venue The Powder Room Girls on the morning of the wedding and stay with you until you are ready to leave ensuring that you are fully prepared, pampered and relaxed to ensure an enjoyable start on your wedding day.

For all our prices and packages see the bridal page of our website www.prg.ie

 And follow us on Face Book 

The Powder Room Girls
1 Brownsbarn Court, Citywest, Dublin 22
www.prg.ie
info@thepowderroomgirls.com
Phone 014033050

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