Till debt do us part / wedding videography

Its a short piece  of writing for you  this week as i’m so busy between, weddings, editing, for every county around especially  Tipperary & Kilkenny  but its all local work so all is good! But I  found this last week and thought it might make some interesting reading, Over the years of filming wedding videos in Tipperary / Kilkenny  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.

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The web: The web is now the main part and plays a huge part for couples planning their wedding , Google is a great friend to all to find wedding suppliers, get prices, information, and try and get some help with that dreaded  speech. Google even has a wedding planning site to help you with your wedding you can see it here , even for  us wedding suppliers Google and the web is a powerful tool to have at our fingertips, when you type in wedding video Tipperary orKilkenny I am number one in the Organic search for wedding videos, this I am very proud of !  so get clicking and find you wedding suppler in your local area.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:

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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. On average, brides are getting married in their late twenties, while grooms are in their early thirties.

 

 

 

 

Winter Wedding:

DSC02152December is now the most popular month to get engaged, with February following behind.Abbey Video  have filmed some lovely 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:

DSC05602Although 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:

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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.The typical number of guests sitting for the meal is 101-150, with an approximate price range of €35 – €60 per head.  ( I remember doing a video a few years back and there were 380 sitting down for the meal!

Reception Venue:

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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 Clonmel Park,  Hotel Minella Clonmel, Raheen 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?   read on ……..

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 : €850

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 on facebook 

It’s Summer-time!

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Summer Weddings in Tipperary

It’s finally feeling like Summer-time, and I must confess as a wedding videographer here in Tipperary, this is one of my favourite times of the year. In terms of filming, I am given much greater scope for filming the outdoors. Filming is made easier by the fact that the bridal party can spill out into the grounds of their wedding venue, at ease and relaxed in the summer heat. I pride myself on filming my wedding parties in a discreet manner, a skill I have been working on for years. When the wedding guests come out into the sunshine, they relax and my job is made that little bit easier and even more pleasurable. When the sun shines, everyone unwinds, their shoulders drop, and they smile and enjoy the day that little bit more. The extra hours of sunlight also mean I have a bigger window to obtain great footage.

Get ready for Summer-time 2016

 

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Brides in Munster

Naturally, summer-time is my busiest time of year. If you’ve recently become engaged, now is a great time to start making preparations if you intend to marry in summer 2016. My diary for next year is filling up quickly, so I think it’s best to prepare as much in advance as possible, which will also minimise stress during preparations. Competition for venues and churches is greatest at this time of year, so you will need to start putting plans and ideas together, and make bookings soon. It may seem obvious to most but here are a few great reasons for booking a summer wedding for 2016.
                                                                         Let’s Go Outside!

A garden weddingIn recent years I’ve watched many young couples make the most of the summer weather by moving their celebrations outdoors. This is a great way to keep expenses down and can create a wonderfully relaxed and casual feel to the day. Despite it being summer-time, our weather in Ireland is not always dependable. However, having a wedding in summer-time can give you greater freedom in terms of choosing a wedding venue. Outdoor weddings are still not licensed in Ireland, but if you are having a civil ceremony at a hotel or registered venue, you may consider venturing into the grounds of the venue for the entire reception or once the meal and speeches have ended. Summer-time can give you greater creative freedom in terms of choosing a venue. Most hotels will have maintained their gardens well and at this time of year they will be in full bloom and looking their best.


Get Creative!
I’ve filmed wonderful family weddings held in the grounds belonging to the bride’s parents. Marquees are becoming increasingly popular and can be borrowed or rented and erected in the back garden. This works particularly well for smaller weddings and is a great way to help keep your wedding under budget. The only possible downside is that the party can go on until the small hours of the morning! And with all that space, you’ll easily be able to accommodate your evening guests as well. When planning your garden, don’t forget you’ll need a generator and lights for the evening-time!
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Summer-time weddings tend to have a greater turn-out. More of your guests will be free to book time off work and they will be booking time off work anyway. The kids will off school, so families won’t be tied to the school calendar either. Family members who are living abroad are more likely to travel for a summer wedding and will make the trip their summer vacation. So you will have greater freedom to choose a week-day for your wedding and be less restricted to choosing a Saturday.


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Having your reception outdoors can put your creativity to the test. Recently I filmed a wedding reception in a marquee and the bride had decorated the inside with bunches of flowers called baby’s breath, Bristol fairy, or its proper name – Gypsphila. This delicate flower has been popular for as long as I can remember, but now more than ever it has become extremely popular – now it is used for bouquets and centre-pieces simply on its own. The result was fabulous and an inexpensive option. Summer weddings have a much larger colour palette and so give great freedom of expression in terms of colour – summer wedding really pop with colour, usually the brighter and bolder the better. I’ve also noticed brides and grooms becoming more creative over the summer months by wearing outfits slightly less conventional, for example – brightly coloured evening shoes and jewellery for the bride and coloured braces for the groom.
The summer weather means, we can travel together to great locations for filming after the ceremony and with our incredible landscapes here in Tipperary, we really our spoiled so we should make the most of them. I’ve filmed some beautiful scenes of the married couple walking through a meadow or down a path beside a stream. These are only a few of ideas for filming during summer! If you want to discuss your wedding ideas for filming your wedding, please get in touch and we can have a chat. If you would like to know more about choosing a wedding videographer you can read more about what I do here.
Best of luck with your wedding plans! ~ Joe

Merry Christmas from Abbey Video

Merry Christmas wedding couples(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!”

Christmas jingle designed by Michelle Boland © 2014

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.

 

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Abbey Video Christmas Weddings in Tipperary/Kilkenny

 

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

Video or not to Video

Video or not to Video Brides in Munster Tipperary & Kilkenny

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feedback from Abbey Video Productions

Feedback from Abbey Video Productions

Hi Joe,

The footage is amazing, so professional and your service is fantastic – we really didn’t expect to get the DVD’s just over a month after the wedding!

We were debating whether or not to have a videographer for our wedding but we’re so glad we booked you! Thanks again Joe  ( post by Abbey Video Productions)

Schuzan-Soprano Duo

Schuzan-Soprano Duo

 It was out of the love of the romantic and the quirky that Schuzan was born – a classically trained Soprano Duo designed to mark occasions with unique style.

Their sound is based on a legato fusion of two harmonized voices and their repertoire is universal and fresh whilst never losing sight of the romantic and individuality of each occasion.

Schuzan like to meet the couple and get a sense of the story for each wedding day – they see themselves as an adjunct to the celebration that should tally with the couple and their future aspirations. Sparkling in black sequins, equipped with logo-printed instrument accessories they excel in luxury giving people a real sense that you get way beyond what you pay for.

Welcome to Dundrum House Hotel Cashel Co.Tipperary

Welcome to Dundrum House Hotel Cashel Co.Tipperary

Amid 200 acres of parkland, the Old World charm of this country retreat near Cashel is complemented by a Health & Wellness Centre, championship golf course, spacious hotel rooms and modern holiday houses.With a distinguished atmosphere and warm Irish hospitality, Dundrum House Hotel, Golf & Leisure Resort sits in one of Ireland’s most picturesque settings, 13 km (7 miles) from the town of Cashel (off the N8 road and accessible via the N24).

A wonderful Hotel for your wedding ! We have filmed quite a few weddings in this hotel  abbeyvideoproductions, wedding video tipperary, wedding video kilkenny, wedding video cashel, munsters leading wedding videos, brides in munster, tipperary brides