Keeping the Costs of your Wedding Cake Down

Keeping the Costs of your Wedding Cake Down

As a wedding  videographer here in Tipperary, many brides -to-be  ask my advice on lots of different wedding planing ideas which I am more than happy to help with, with of course the help of my free wedding supplier site Brides in Munster- Tipperary, and one such request often comes up is the cake well  I am no expert on baking ….. my wife will  vouch for this, so I  have done some research into wedding cakes! so here goes, if I have left out anything out please comment and let me know.

A special part of any reception or wedding is the wedding cake. Wedding cakes come in many sizes and shapes and can be designed to accommodate any taste or budget. 

Wedding cakes are a necessary part of the festivities and require much thought and consideration to your theme. Traditionally, people often think of the tiered cakes when they think of weddings, but there are many ways that you can accommodate your own creativity into making your cake stand out on its own. 

Here are some tips to keeping your cake costs down: 

· Make your own wedding cake creations 

· Serve cupcakes and a smaller cake for the cake toppers 

· Ask a guest with a baking passion to make the cake for you instead of giving you a gift. Just remember to buy the ingredients and toppers yourself. 

· Have a baker make the cake but you can put it together yourself 

· Buy your own cake toppers and other decorative additions 

· Pick up the cake rather than have it delivered. 

· Use your own decorations like flowers, autumn leaves as accents rather than theirs etc. 

· Use extra candies and Hershey’s kisses as accents 

Extra cake accents and dividers that can be made at home for your wedding cake can be done by you and your wedding party. 

Nice home made dividers are: 

Oversized Brandy Glasses: you can accent these with ribbons tied around the bottom flute of the glass and flip the glasses upside down in order to allow room for the cake sections. 

The glass bottoms will also make a nice sturdy separator for the cake layers to sit on. The best part about this decoration is that you can also place candles or other nice things inside of the flipped upside down glass as an added accent. Aside from the ribbons, you can also use rhinestones or anything else that you might think would make your cake stand out. It’s beautiful, it elegant, and the decoration can be re-used later. 

When ordering your cake from a professional, you should be sure to do the following to make sure that you have the smoothest transition possible. Here are the best tips to get you the right cake at the right time, without any hassles: 


· Order your cake at least 6-8 weeks ahead of time 

 Be prepared to leave a deposit when you place your order 
 If you don’t know much about the cake that you want be ready to make an appointment for a taste test of different samples. If this is required, you might need to give yourself a larger amount of time for the cake like 6 months or more 

· Know that you will be paying for the decorator’s time as well as the baker’s and the reserved time for your cake 


· Think seasonal when it comes to your cake, for example, you can’t get a mousse cake in the summer months because it will go bad 

· Remember that the simpler your cake design is the cheaper it will be · If you are planning an outdoor wedding, remember that the heat will melt the icing, flies loves sweet stuff etc. think of this before choosing your cake 
· Have a big enough cake to serve all of your guests 
· Try to be mindful of allergies and tastes of your guests when choosing your cake 
· Choose ornaments that are not misplaced on your cake or too heavy etc. 
· Don’t forget to confirm later 
· If you have to cancel the cake, do it sooner rather than later or you might get stuck with the bill anyway.    Ok so there you go…  as I said earlier in the post I am a wedding videographer not a cake maker but I hope my little blog helps, also check out Abbey Video Face Book page for lots more help and  handy information   ~ Jo
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Wedding suppliers around Tipperary

Wedding suppliers around Tipperary

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While filming  weddings in and around Tipperary and the larger Munster area I am often asked by brides and grooms to recommend suppliers in the locality. Now this is not an easy task as I know so many over the years, but I often direct them to Brides In Munster,  a handy little supplier site which only has local and professional, and of course affordable suppliers, which I set up for this very purpose.  As I often say, if they’re not listed on Brides In Munster well …. what can I say?  The hotel of course is one of  the couples’ first port of call,  have a look here at Dundrum House Hotel Video – I think it speaks for itself.  You can also have a look at their fabulous wedding  packages here 

 Next I guess is your photographer, and where do I start here?!  Over the years I have worked with some greatTipperary wedding photographers and  also some fantastic guys outside Tipperary.  So to be fair I will recommend those whom I’m most familiar with. Andrew Mc Dermott  wedding studio is based in Waterford but covers all of Ireland.  Donal O Brien Photography – Donal is based in Mullinahone in Tipperary and I have met Donal at many weddings in Tipperary and Kilkenny.  Denis Vahey Photography  is Cashel based and Denis is a young, vibrant photographer.  John D Kelly Photography  is based in Clonmel  and is another fantastic photographer.  So as I said there are many more photographers out there, but remember when booking a photography for your wedding day you can’t put a price on quality!

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When it comes to wedding flowers I would have to recommend Janes Flowers Cabin  from  Kilcommon, Thurles, Co Tipperary.  I have met with Jane many times when I have filmed and while she has provided flowers for the same wedding.  Her flowers always look and keep so fresh and crisp, even on  a warm, sunny day, of which we had many last year!  So a quick call to Jane should have your wedding bouquet and church looking great on your wedding day – you would be surprised how many people comment on the flowers on a wedding day in the church.

For wedding car hire I would personally select All Events Limousines from Waterford, a fine group of experienced drivers who know nearly all of the churches and hotels in Ireland, along with all the best photography locations.  Their cars are second to none and with over 20 years wedding car hire experience in the UK and Ireland. They are well worth a call and maybe visit their website  All Events Wedding Cars for some more information.

 Videographers in Tipperary – well this is an easy one for me!  Abbey Video Productions based in Cashel.  As you may well know, I have been dedicated to this industry for some time.  I have filmed weddings in Tipperary and beyond, and over the years I have developed a keen sense of what is important.  I appreciate which crucial moments from the ceremony really need to be filmed and I know how to best record the finer details.  Because of my years of 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.

Many wedding suppliers are required in order to create the day of your dreams, so make sure you visit Brides In Munster  to see the  full range of wedding suppliers covering all Tipperary and Munster.  I do hope you will find it useful  in helping to create your wedding day.

~ 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.
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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!

 

Wedding Video Tipperary | Editing | Abbey Video Productions

Wedding Video Tipperary | Editing | Abbey Video Productions

Editing and Behind the scenes at Abbey Video.

If you have read my previous posts, you’ll know that I am a very well established wedding videographer working throughout Tipperary and Munster. If this is your first time visiting my blog, hello and welcome!

Well, this is a blog post I have been dying to share, as now I want to tell you all about editing and my recent investment to ensure I can produce the finest wedding videos in all of Munster. The actual filming of a wedding amounts to only half of the work involved in creating a beautiful wedding video. My wife and I will spend approximately two days editing your wedding video in order to create beautiful, synchronised footage.

I mentioned in an earlier post how I travelled to London for the annual BVE camera show, a large affair attended by industry experts from all over the world. At the show I purchased two new cameras, both are top of the range, full HD, small and compact, allowing me to float discreetly in and around the wedding party. I’m sure you’re wondering why I need two cameras. Well, on a very important day like your wedding day, I like to be prepared for the unexpected and have a back-up camera in the highly unlikely event that anything should go wrong. Along with the new cameras, I purchased something I’m very excited about – new class-leading editing software called Adobe Premier Creative Cloud 7.01. It has received rave reviews and is widely regarded by industry experts as the hottest, must-have for videographers.

Editing software is constantly evolving. As a wedding videographer and to survive in this competitive industry, it’s essential for me to stay at the top of my game. I purchased Adobe Premier alongside a monthly subscription so I will receive constant software updates as the software evolves.

I’ve spent a few weeks exploring the functionality and intricacies of this software and I am in agreement with the field experts. I’m very pleased with the wedding DVDs filmed in Tipperary recently. (Please play the video to see the results). This new software is my favourite to date. It boasts many new enhancements and additions on previous software from adobe, but I’ll try to only mention a few and not bore you with too much technical jargon! The real beauty of this software is it gives me, the videographer, even greater control and influence over the final finish. It gives me greater control over the audio as I can more accurately synchronize segments of footage. Synchronizing clips which have been filmed from different angles can be tricky, given that they have different sounds and noise levels. Adobe Premier allows me to analyse the noise volume and type of noise, so these clips can be joined and synchronized smoothly.

Adobe Premier has continued another great feature called Speed grade. With this I have enhanced control and can create and add special effects to your film to create different styles and finishes. I can make subtle changes to colour and tone. This is incredibly useful, when a wedding is filmed on a dull day, colours can be subtly enhanced to create the impression of a warmer, radiant day. This is a great feature, given the unpredictable nature of our Irish weather. Speed grade can also be used to create a very romantic and atmospheric ambiance by adding sepia or soft filters to soften the edges.

Should you come across a wedding video you find appealing because of a distinctive look or the way it has been stylised, chat to me about it and I’m confident I can achieve the same effect, or as could well be the case, it could be very similar to a wedding video I have already produced myself. The possible effects vary hugely, however I feel natural and gentle effects are the most suitably for a wedding video and DVD. At the end of the day it is all a matter of personal taste, which it should be in order to create a unique DVD, personal to you as a couple.

In order to create your unique wedding video, there are many aspects of the editing which will draw on your own creativity and choices, such as –

Do you want the entire speeches in the video or just highlights?

What type of graphics would you like to introduce the speakers or the celebrant?

What are your music choices?

Would you like segments of footage to be overlaid with music?

Are there segments you would like to see in slow motion?

Would you like a photo montage towards the end to include everyone who was involved on the day?

So there you have it. There is lots of fun editing for me and lots to think about for you. Do have fun when deciding what type of wedding DVD you envisage for yourselves. I am here to discuss the options, help with decisions and make suggestions about what I think will work best.

With your ideas and my expertise, together we can create a wonderful and unique wedding DVD to remember your wedding day.

If you have any questions at all, please get in touch or we can meet for a chat to discuss your ideas. I’m based in Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

~ Joe Boland

Wedding suppliers for Tipperary

Wedding suppliers for Tipperary
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Brides In Munster

Did you know there are so many wedding suppliers on the net, a quick search and up pops about 1200 pages! Everything from flowers, cakes, dresses, videographers, photographers, and bands, but over 50% of these are based in Dublin. So if your from Tipperary Waterford Wexford and the likes these suppliers are going to charge you extra to have the honour of supplying you a service for your wedding. Have you ever checked out weddings on line, mrs2b and the likes? Ok they have great supplier sites but again over 50% of their advertisers are up the country and the few that need to advertise with them locally are well… pricey because they have to pay for that pleasure and that cost is factored into the price you get when you enquire for their service this is a fact!

We at Brides in Munster don’t charge our suppliers and never will, so there is no add on price when you use one of the suppliers from our site even better we recommend they give you a little off the price when you book them from our site.

Wedding suppliers Tipperary Munster Ireland’s number one Wedding suppliers

Wedding suppliers Tipperary Munster Ireland’s number one Wedding suppliers

Wedding suppliers Tipperary Munster Ireland’s number one Wedding suppliers

Did you know there are so many wedding suppliers on the net, a quick search and up pops about 1200 pages! Everything from flowers, cakes, dresses, videographers, photographers, and bands, but over 50% of these are based in Dublin. So if your from Tipperary Waterford Wexford and the likes these suppliers are going to charge you extra to have the honour of supplying you a service for your wedding. Have you ever checked out weddings on line, mrs2b and the likes? Ok they have great supplier sites but again over 50% of their advertisers are up the country and the few that need to advertise with them locally are well… pricey because they have to pay for that pleasure and that cost is factored into the price you get when you enquire for their service this is a fact!

We at Brides in Munster don’t charge our suppliers and never will, so there is no add on price when you use one of the suppliers from our site even better we recommend they give you a little off the price when you book them from our site.

Wedding Table Themes

Wedding Table Themes
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Brides In Munster

One of the major things that come up when planning a wedding reception is where people are  going to sit during the meal.We all know that Cousin Jimmy can’t sit next to
Uncle Bob because they fell out years ago! So you and your fiancé will have to work out a plan to make sure everyone is sat in the place where they will have the most enjoyable time for the day

Wedding Table Themes Ballykisteen Hotel Tipperary

In recent years you will have  noticed “table themes” at weddings you might have been invited to in and around  Tipperary, Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford, Munster, in fact at most weddings ,this is some thing that took off a few years back, it’s a simple but  very effective way of guiding people to their tables, one of my favourite ones I saw lately was in Faithlegg House Hotel in Waterford where an old suitcase was placed on a table in the reception area and as you walked into the dining room in the case was a load of travel “tags” with the names of guests and the table number  where they were seated nice one!

Dundrum House Hotel In Tipperary was another great one where a balloon had the names of the guests written on it and they took it to the corresponding table in the function room where the same colour balloon was attached to their table, good one!

Here is some I have come across    Flowers Tree names, Seaside Postcards, Personal Sayings, Numbers with Meaning, Famous Couples, Friends Episodes, James Bond Films, New York Locations, Legendary People

And a very original one was sweet wrappers!