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This week’s article is about a great hotel for your wedding day in Tipperary.
Over the years filming wedding videos I have come across some fabulous hotels and this week is all about the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
The Great National Abbey Court Hotel is one of Ireland’s landmark 3* hotels, located in Nenagh, a town bursting with life and steeped in history.
From the moment you step inside the Great National Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh you’ll find Irish hospitality, professionalism and individual service only matched by a breath-taking array of business and leisure facilities. The hotel is one of the finest Wedding Venues in Tipperary and also boasts top class Conference facilities. This is all wrapped up in the hotel’s quirky features: from an oasis that is the Great National Abbey Court’s extensive gardens to family friendly facilities that are the envy of hotels nationwide.
As a videographer I get to see how things operate on a wedding day behind the scenes so to speak! When I arrive to the Abbey Court on the day of a wedding I am greeted by Ray, the Deputy Manager, and right away Ray will fill me in on the proceedings of the evening while we await the arrival of the bride and groom. At this point guests are enjoying a fantastic selection of sandwiches, mouth-watering scones and of course the life-saver: tea & coffee! I must say the food for the guests as they arrive sometimes after a long drive is very welcome and appetising!
When the newly married couple arrive Ray is on hand to greet them with red carpet and champagne. From here the couple are lead in to the hotel to mingle with their guests and at this point it’s my chance to get some great footage of the couple chatting and relaxing with their guests. Soon after this their photographer will take the couple to the fabulous gardens the Abbey Court has on offer for some family and friends photographs. I also get some quality fly-on-the-wall footage at this point.
It’s then time for me to go to the wedding reception room to film the little details the couple might have placed on tables etc. The room layout is always impeccable – clean, well laid out, with fantastic mood lighting and not a saucer out of place!
Time to call in the guests! The Abbey Court makes sure no one is waiting for their meal as the bell is rang in good time – this is a sign of a well ran hotel with a great team. The couple are applauded into the room with their favourite piece of music which can be great fun. Ray is on the ball when it comes to wedding suppliers, especially videographers – he makes sure we are tuned into the hotel system so our audio is 100% for the speeches and also makes sure we are present at the important times, he will come looking for us!
I hope my small article on this great hotel has done it justice. Of course The Abbey Court is there for a lot more use than just weddings, I’m told it’s a fantastic hotel to stay in and I know from experience that the food is top class. And the staff? Well I will put it simply … 100% award winning team!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my visits to the Abbey Court, and if you are planning on getting married in this great hotel and would like to see a sample of a wedding I have filmed there please get in touch.
All photos © Abbey Video)
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?
Sweets are one thing but a handmade cake with a personalised message will really impress your guests and they’ll certainly remember the wedding for a long time to come.
Any form of personalised gift will be sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests and items such as hip flasks, passport holders and wallets can all be customised with a unique message for a real personal touch.
Whichever wedding favours you decide to go with, they can be incorporated into the videography by Abbey Video Productions so that you have a permanent reminder of the tokens of gratitude you had on your special day. Also have a look at Brides In Munster for a fantastic range of Wedding Suppliers for Tipperary and Kilkenny So, I hope my post has been of some use to you, and I have a great one for next week! ~ Joe All photos © Abbey Video)
After All, Your Big Day Deserves more than the Registrar’s Office.
Getting married is one of life’s biggest events and every couple wants it to be as memorable as possible for all the right reasons.
Now of course there is nothing wrong with a traditional civil ceremony and after all, the most important part of the day is the actual marriage itself, although, I have filmed a lot of Civil ceremony’s In and around Tipperary and Kilkenny and getting hitched in a registrar’s office may not be the most romantic of settings or the day you’ve always dreamed of. Your wedding is something that you (hopefully) will only be doing once so it’s worth making that extra effort to ensure the day is as special and unique to you as possible. The following alternative ceremonies will give you a brief idea of how you can make the day that little bit more special.
The Possibilities are endless there are now more ways than ever for brides and grooms to mark their special day and these alternative ceremonies are becoming ever more popular around the world and especially in Ireland
A ‘knot tying’ ceremony
One of the most unique alternatives is known as a ‘knot-tying’ ceremony. Here, the couple can demonstrate their combined strength by tying a fisherman’s knot. Getting tighter with pressure this knot is meant to signify a couple’s strength. Ideally the material used in this ceremony should have some significance, for example a strip of cloth from the dress that the bride wore on the first date if possible. Every ceremony is unique so it is entirely up to the happy couple but this is certainly one idea which is becoming more popular.
Another alternative which is becoming increasingly popular is a sand ceremony. In this ceremony, the couple mix two different colours of sand into one container which symbolises their hearts and lives becoming entwined. The fact that it is extremely difficult to separate the two colours once they have been mixed is also highly significant as this is a reflection of the couple being joined together and unable to be separated.
A water ceremony works in much the same way as a sand ceremony with each partner having a container of coloured water which is unique to them and then pouring it into one joint container, therefore symbolising unity and togetherness.
A Lasting Memento
As your wedding day is such a unique and special occasion it is well worth having a memento which will last forever and I can make that memory last forever so no matter where your getting married let it be Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow or Waterford or anywhere in Ireland my packages are designed to suit you in terms of style and budget. Videography companies like Abbey Video Productions have experience in recording all manner of ceremonies, indoors and outdoors and in various locations so wherever your ceremony takes place, I can record it without any problems.
All photos © Abbey Video)
Five Reasons for Choosing a Videographer from the Destination Chosen for Destination Wedding!
Many couples who are ready to tie the knot are increasingly leaning towards the destination wedding as a viable alternative to having the ceremony locally. There are some great reasons why this option is gaining popularity. The scale of a destination wedding is usually limited, with a smaller guest list. That means more time with family and close friends, and less time worrying about the details of preparation and planning. And you’ll have a chance to stamp your own style of the ceremony by picking a unique, fun, and different location.
And the destination itself becomes a part of the event, with no stressful travel post-ceremony to arrive at the honeymoon location and an amazing backdrop that lets everyone enjoy themselves as well as celebrating the special day with you.
Among the many items that most couples have to check off their list when preparing for their wedding is hiring the services of a wedding video editing videographer. But most resorts and venues that specialize in hosting destination weddings will have the services of a videographer available to capture the memories of the day. Here are five reasons why selecting your wedding video editing professional from the destination you’ve chosen is a great idea.
The simple matter of logistics
A destination wedding is, by definition, one that will require some degree of travel. So hiring a local videographer to do your wedding shoot and wedding video editing is an impractical idea. It’s probably very unlikely that they’ll want to take the time, and you pay the expense, to have them travel a long distance to be at the ceremony.
And the situation would be even worse for the local wedding video editing pro if the destination requires an airline flight. Then they’re looking at the added cost and hassle of transporting their equipment.
You’ll probably save money
Apart from the transportation responsibility of a local videographer, choosing the videographer who is associated with the destination venue will probably save you money in another way.
Many wedding destinations realize what an important income source weddings can be, and will do all that they can to encourage couples to choose a destination wedding for their nuptials. One of the ways they’ll do this is to offer packages that combine many of the services you’d normally pay for separately, like wedding video editing, into the cost of the overall package.
One less thing to worry about
One of the appeals of a destination wedding is the relative simplicity of planning the event. Many resorts have full-time staff devoted to nothing else but wedding planning and execution. They’ll be working with professional videographers whose work they know, and with whom they have excellent working relationships.
Be sure that the staff at the destination will work in close concert with the videographer to capture the essence of your special day in a professional manner. Be advised that some destinations may offer the option of working with several different videographers. If so, be sure to contact them and check out some samples of their wedding video editing work.
Your videographer knows the venue
Destination weddings often have dramatic backdrops – a romantic chalet, an unspoiled beach, or a stunning vista. A videographer who works with wedding destinations knows the best way to incorporate the scenery and venue into your wedding video. As there is a saying, “You can’t beat experience.”
With their steady hand on the camera, you can be sure that the product of their wedding video editing will be well-framed and shot, with consistent exposure levels, proper lighting, and excellent audio recording levels.
You’ll get a showstopper of a video
Remember the reasons you decided that you wanted a destination wedding? Undoubtedly one of them was that you want something that will stand out, and create special memories for you, as well as something that reflects your sense of taste and style. And in the end, one of the most tangible expressions of this will be the video of your ceremony, shot by someone who knows how to capture the spirit of your destination and combine it with the sincerity of your vows.
Wedding video editing and videography is an art. To get the best results, you should rely upon those who know where they’re shooting the best. By selecting a videographer from the destination chosen for the destination wedding, you’re making a wise choice in how you have the memories of your special trip, and special day, recorded and presented.
Choose wisely, and don’t hesitate to select a videographer from the destination you’ve chosen for your destination wedding. It’s a smart decision that will pay off in reduced costs, more peace of mind, less stress, and great results.
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
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Last Wednesday evening I got word that I had won the Mrs2Be brides choice awards for wedding Videography in Ireland!
The Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards were launched in 2014. The awards are the first and only Irish wedding industry awards that are based on a detailed review process involving each entrant’s previous customers. Entrants are judged on a range of criteria including professionalism and quality. Entrants are judged primarily via a review system involving previous couples who have recently used their service. These reviews are independently verified and cross-referenced to ensure credibility.
I was nominated last year and was honoured to become a finalist. This year I was nominated by a couple whose wedding I filmed early in 2015 and I progressed once again to the finals, but this time I went all the way and won! It’s a nervous wait to see how things go with the judges and of course how the couples vote. But as I always say, every wedding video I complete is a winner for me – when I get an e-mail, text, Facebook review or a phone call to say how delighted a couple are with their wedding DVD, well I just won all over again!
Wedding videography can be a strange business sometimes, no two couples have the same taste in filming or the music they pick for the final product. Over the years I have seen the way weddings are delivered – these times of course it’s DVD and also flash drives are making their way on stream. But I have always kept up-to-date with all the latest technology, including the new Sony cams, the very best in software, computers, and of course my own creative and unique way of filming weddings all wrapped into a professional, affordable and unobtrusive style. And by the looks of things it’s working both for the couple and for me, so happy days there!
It’s time to get ready for this week’s weddings – some more fantastic couples to meet, new places, new faces, and hopefully more referrals, that’s how my business works best. It also helps that my website is at the top of google for wedding video in Tipperary, along with Kilkenny and Carlow – I love SEO and how Google works behind the scenes, and by the looks of things it has paid off again! Thank you to all my 2105 couples that took the time to vote for us. ~ Joe & Breda
Eileen is a professional soprano based in Dublin with 10 years experience as a soloist and a church wedding singer. She has a varied repertoire ranging from classical to traditional Irish and modern. She will provide all the support you need to make your wedding unique and special. Eileen is available for your church wedding ceremony, civil ceremony or champagne reception. She will bring a beauty to the ceremony with a truly emotive performance. One of the most popular and sought after female singers in Dublin this year, she has a uniquely pure and clear celtic sound. Eileen is based in Dublin but will travel anywhere in Ireland to sing at your wedding. Listen to Eileen here.
Eileen’s wealth of experience and expertise, her commitment to professionalism, and her eye for detail will make planning your church or civil wedding ceremony music effortless and stress free. Eileen will work closely with you to create a unique and memorable song list just for you on your special day. If you need any help picking out prayers or readings she will help match them with your song choices. Call now for a quote on (087) 3892280 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in Dublin, but a native of Cavan, Eileen holds a B.A. in Psychology, a HDip in Computer Music from NUI Maynooth, and a Masters in Music Technology from the University of Limerick. She is currently studying classical singing with Imelda Drumm and is starting her diploma in teaching and performance in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in September. She is interested in a wide variety of music and brings a passion to her performance which enraptures audiences. She enjoys performing at all events, including Catholic church wedding ceremonies, civil ceremonies and drinks receptions. If you are looking for a pure sound, Eileen’s voice though trained to the highest degree, is still naturally beautiful and unaffected.
“My love for music has always been the guiding force in my life, I have been singing since I could talk and playing piano as soon as I could reach the keys. It gives me great pleasure to see what a difference my music makes and how I can give so much to people just by doing what I love.” –
Eileen Coyle is a soprano with extensive experience as a soloist and church singer. She has a distinguished repertoire ranging from classical to traditional Irish and modern.
She has had 10 years of choral training specialising in renaissance polyphony and gregorian chant. While working as a soprano with the professional chamber choir, ‘Lassus’, she was involved in the recording of a debut album in 2015 and performances in The national Concert hall and churches around Dublin of Lassus motets and masses, repertoire including: Missa Paschalis a 5, O Sacrum Convivium a 5, Officium Paschale (selection), Christus Resurgens a 5 and Laudate Dominum a 12.
For the last 7 years, Eileen has been a choral scholar with the internationally renowned, semi-professional Lassus Scholars Choir, directed by Dr. Ite O’Donovan. International performance venues include Westminster Cathedral, London (2011), the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, Paris (2014) and St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome (2015). She has performed on numerous occasions as soprano soloist in concert with the Lassus Scholars and the Orlando Chamber Orchestra covering repertoire such as:
For the past 7 years Eileen has been singing with The Bugle Babes, a 1940’s Close harmony group based in Dublin who specialise in the music of The Andrews Sisters. The Bugle Babes have performed all over Ireland from The National Concert Hall to the Cork Opera House, and on Radio and Television; including The Late Late Show, Ryan Tubridy, the Mooney Show and to “Knock ’em dead!” reviews at the American Embassy on Veterans Day! The Bugle Babes are a regular act upon the stage of The Kevin Barry room in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
In addition to being a successful classical singer Eileen has released two original albums. Her solo album “The Only Way is On”, written, recorded and performed by Eileen received national radio play and rave reviews from RTE Radio One. Her second album, “The stolen Child” was released in 2015 as part of a collaboration called “Webbs”. It was featured in Hotpress magazine and was highly recommended by top music blogger Nialler 9 and many radio presenters in Ireland and abroad.
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.
Getting back to the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Award 2015, every wedding I cover and produce both locally and everywhere else is an Award for me as the feed back I get is truly out of this world and 100% recommendation from Brides & Grooms. So I get Awards every year in my own way when couples contact me after they have viewed their wedding dvd and tell me that not only did they like their dvd but loved it and are so glad to have got a wedding video. So a happy customer is happy days! But of course in saying that the Award would be nice to receive, but we will let the powers that be make that choice, there are a lot of other fantastic videographers around the country and I wish them all the best.
The wedding industry is booming at the moment and next year looks like a bumper year as well. The budgets are still in place of course and rightly so, but I have often said you get what you pay for. Of course you can get your wedding video for 300 euro for the full day but is that all your memories are worth? The average price for the day can be 750+ and I think that’s fair – it often can be an 11 hr day and that’s only the wedding day, editing has to come into play after that. So I would say if your are planning on getting married and having a wedding DVD give time choosing your videographer. You don’t need to pay 900+ unless it’s a 2 man crew with 2 manned cameras, if that is what you need go for it, but I like to film with the “fly on the wall” approach. This way both you and your guests are often unaware of cameras there at all, but of course all the little details get covered, with your guests enjoying themselves and your full day captured in detail.
So I would like to thank you all for the nominations and I will keep you posted on the outcome ~ Joe