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!
Winner Mrs2Be brides choice awards 2016
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
Hi all, and welcome to this month’s wedding blog. I’m Joe at Abbey Video Productions.
When I started wedding videos here in Tipperary and Kilkenny, the cameras were BIG with a large cassette in. Thankfully, those times have passed and technology has moved on. My new cameras are Sony pxw- x180s. These cameras are so easy to carry, are lightweight and have much more flexibility. They are also much less obtrusive which is very important on a wedding day.
The use of SxS mem cards means less storage space is needed, and drop out from the old VHS tapes are long gone. HIGH quality is very important to me as a videographer here in Tipperary and Kilkenny, along with low lighting. Capability is a must, as no one likes a video light; again these days are gone.
Editing systems : Where do I start? And do you really need to know all the technology of it? Probably not! But let me give you a quick overview. I use two editing systems — Vegas Pro 13 and, of course, the old faithful Pinnacle Studio 14 HD for smaller projects. The editing system is only as good as the camera person: If your shots are not framed right or are shaky, no editing system will fix it 100%. So that’s where expertise in filming comes into play. But, of course, what’s a wedding video without a few nice, gentle special effects. That being said, I don’t like to overdo them, as they look tacky. I have seen some wedding videos with butterflies floating around the screen, or some gold dust falling over the bride as she walks in a park … tacky!
Well its not new, but Flash drives with your full wedding along with chapters have now been in for a while I have delivered some weddings on them and the quality is fantastic, but not every household has a TVs with a flash drive slot so the good old DVD is here for a while yet, but the Flash drives will soon be our main format for delivery The reason is that it will allow us to supply your wedding footage in broadcast high definition quality, all my weddings are recorded with the very latest Sony pxw- x180 cameras so its time to make the change and let couples really enjoy better than 100% quality.
Where can this all happen:
While I am based in Tipperary, but I also have a huge clientele in Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford, and everywhere around Ireland, really you could find me anywhere.
Tipperary is, of course, my local area and I love local weddings. It’s great to be asked back to film a wedding for a family that I have all ready worked for. That’s ‘word of mouth’ and the BEST way to do business. Kilkenny is my next area, as it was in the Kilkenny/Carlow area that I filmed one of my first weddings. Only last week, I was in Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow with the reception in Mount Wolseley but, as I said, I love to film. So wherever your wedding is, give me a call and let’s chat about your special day. After all, I do have the experience.
Want to check out some local wedding suppliers :
We all like to keep it local with wedding suppliers, as it’s so much easier all round. Well, have a look at Brides in Munster It’s packed with
everything you might need for your wedding day, from, of course, Abbey Video ProductionsVideographers, Photographers, Flowers, Wedding cakes, Wedding dresses… the lot!
What are people saying about Abbey Video Productions? a few reviews from posts left on my face book
“Hi Joe, Thanks a million for the DVDs. We were delighted with them and you were an absolute pleasure to deal with on the day. You put us totally at ease with your good humour and you worked away quietly in the background so we weren’t a bit self conscious”
“Joe just a big thanks to you and abbey productions it was a huge pleasure to have you do our wedding and what a result from start to finish I cried and laugh… Thanks to abbey production I will never forget me and Clare’s special day..”
“Absolutely delighted with our wedding dvds. Thanks a mill Joe. You were just brilliant on the day. A dvd is the BEST way to relive all the moments of your special day! Would recommend it to everyone getting married smile emoticon”
“Hi Joe our wedding dvd is amazing thank you so much we are delighted with it. You caught some amazing moments that we didnt even know happened!
We are highly recommending you to all our friends yu were amazing on the day…
Cheers Laura & Paddy”
“Hi joe . Thanks a million for the dvds they are absolutely brilliant . You were great on the day and came to my aide a few times on our wedding day. Won’t hesitate to recommend you . You are just top class . Best of luck for the future .”
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.
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:
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.
December 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:
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.
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!
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
DJ : €350
Videographer : €850
Wedding dress: €1,570
Bridesmaid dresses : €550
Suits : €626
Ceremony music: €415
Wedding car: €420
Make up €265
Hair and others €235
Wedding cake : €340
Hen / Stag : €500
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!
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. Other alternatives
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.
Well I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, and a lovely time with family and friends as I did. Wedding Video Bookings for 2016 are pouring in the last few days. Even January this year is as busy as July! It’s something I have never encountered before but is great to see. Even 2017 is well booked at the moment and 2018 is starting already. Throughout the year, I have had to recommend some well heeled colleagues of mine to brides for whom I was booked for their date. If I am booked, I don’t just send them a name of the first videographer that springs to mind. I have a few professional guys that I hold in the highest regard and we always recommend each other, should one of us be booked. With this way of working, no couple will get the run around with different prices. I would never recommend someone I would not use my self.
Tomorrow its back to work with my first wedding of this mad busy time of year is in Tipperary town tomorrow, Tuesday is Inch near Thurles and then on to Kilkenny and to the the fantastic Lyrath hotel. And of course New Years eve is a very popular choice with couples all over Ireland Solohead just a few miles from me is where you will find me that day, its great to be local this time of year. I love the Christmas & New year weddings
The last few weeks has been hectic filming weddings and school shows in and around Tipperary along with Kilkenny and Waterford as well as editing. But ALL my weddings even the last one on the on the 19th of December, was with the couple in time for Christmas for them to enjoy with family and friends over the holidays, I cant understand some videographers that I hear of leaving couples without their wedding DVDs for Christmas, Breda and myself make sure we have all the info for their wedding on our computer inc their titles, music choices, so when I have the film downloaded to our system we are ready to go!
While looking back on last year, Dundrum House Hotel In Tipperary which is with with great sadness has been damaged by fire earlier this year was one of my most visited wedding reception areas along with Clonmel Park Hotel Hotel Minella, Clonmel, Hotel Kilkenny , New park hotel Kilkenny I also visited Cork, Waterford and Limerick. And I would like to thank all the hotels for their help on the day, and look forward to working in all the local hotels around Tipperary, Kilkenny and Carlow and the others again in 2016 So wherever you might be getting married, give me a call and I will give you the most competitive price you will find anywhere in Munster.
So, with a fantastic looking year ahead and with 80% of my work in and around Tipperary and Kilkenny, I guess I can’t complain. However, with every new year I try and create a new and unique way of crafting wedding videos and editing. Anyone can give you a wedding video, but I try and make it that bit special. It’s this that has kept me ahead of other other “video guys “, while still offering a Professional Affordable and Unobtrusive service. So, if you are planning your wedding for this year, you’d better be quick and contact me now, or even for 2016/ 2017 as I am being booked very fast. To see my new and unique way of how your wedding video could look, give me a call. I will try to match your service area, along with the hotel that you might be using, with a full wedding DVD to view at home. This way, you get a feel of my true work
Weddings are huge business in every country, and your wedding needs planing a lot of planing I know I hear it all first hand so to help you along with your big day have a look at BRIDES IN MUNSTER again a local wedding suppler site but covering Kilkenny and Carlow for the local brides in 2015/ 16
its packed with 100% top notch wedding professionals covering wedding video , wedding photography, wedding cakes , wedding flowers, wedding rings, wedding dresses, wedding sweet carts any thing wedding its there! as I said before if you don’t see a Wedding a suppler on this great local wedding supplier site are they worth the call?
Also I got many thank you cards over Christmas from couples whose weddings I have filmed over the year, with 80% of them from around Tipperary where most of my work is. It’s great to get feedback from brides, it shows we are doing a great job and they enjoyed their wedding DVDs.
Wedding videography is a record of your day the way you would like it told, and along with our camera skills and editing this can be achieved. No wedding is the same and any videographer that goes out to do a job should never treat it like “yesterdays wedding” – every couple has different ideas of what they think their wedding video should look and feel like and I love to hear this, because it gives me a clear picture of what they are seeing. When the day arrives I keep this in mind, and work to achieve it.
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
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! More Guests
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.
Great video and photosHaving 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
What is the most common thing you hear people say at the end of their wedding day? I can remember saying it at the end of my own wedding day.
‘I can’t believe it’s all over’.
At almost every wedding I have filmed within Tipperary and Kilkenny , towards the end of the day, I have overheard the bride or groom mutter something along the lines of ‘I can’t believe the day has gone by so fast’. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s true. On your wedding day you will be so busy having fun and mingling with your friends and guests whom you haven’t seen for a long time, that the day will absolutely fly. You will be in high demand and everyone will want to speak with you and wish you well. Of course, you will not need to worry about me, I will quietly go about my business while you enjoy a great day.
Now, I want you to think of the months and months of careful planning and effort that go into planning your wedding day. Think of how long it is taking to plan your guest list, how long it takes to choose your wedding dress. What type of flowers are you having in the church? Are you having wedding favours or donating to charity? Are the flower girls having fresh flowers in their hair? Think about the huge amount of time and effort you are putting into the preparations and the finer details.
If you really want to cherish and relive all of these memories as vividly as possible, the best way to do so is by having a videographer present on the day. It is a shame to risk forgetting all the finer details, a reflection of your joint efforts, passion and creativity.
Having a videographer at your wedding will also give you an opportunity to witness moments when you were not present and can answer questions about how others were feeling that day.
Such as ‘How was the groom before I arrived at the church? Was he as nervous as me?’
What was the atmosphere like at the church before I arrived?’
‘How was the father of the bride on the morning of the wedding?’
The atmosphere in the bride’s home, the morning of the wedding can be incredibly exciting and can only be captured by a videographer. I’m sure you’ll agree if you have experienced it before. I feel humbled to be able to share and recreate the mood of that morning – sheer excitement and nerves before the big event. Another favourite moment I will never tire of filming, is the expression on the grooms face when he sees his bride for the first time as she enters the church. Equally brilliant is the moment when the bride and groom walk down the aisle hand in hand, with a look of pure exhilaration and relief that the difficult part is over and now they can relax a little and enjoy the rest of the day. There are so many wonderful moments worth catching to be seen again and again.
As you may well know, I have been dedicated to this industry for some time, (for twenty years in fact!) I have filmed weddings in Tipperary Kilkenny Carlow, Cork, Waterford and beyond, and in those years I have developed a keen sense of what is important. I appreciate which crucial moments from the ceremony really need to be filmed, I know how to best record the finer details. I know when a big, fat close up is needed and when to hang back to observe the crowd; and most importantly of all, because of my years in 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.
If you would like to have a chat about hiring me to film your wedding, please call or email me at any time. I’m based in Cashel, and am renowned within Co. Tipperary and beyond.
As a popular wedding videographer in Tipperary and Kilkennyand further afield, I get asked about the best places for wedding photography and video shoots after the service. As I live in Cashel I would have to recommend the Hoare Abbey just up from where I live. Hoare Abbey is a Cistercian monastery, and most of the visible remains date to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. You can still see the well preserved remains of a refectory, a large church with nave, chancel, and transepts all in good condition. Each of the transepts has a small chapel, and you can see the remains of an Archbishop’s tomb just north of the chancel.
The Rock of Cashel is also a great photo opportunity. Towering over the town from its perch on a 200 foot high outcrop of limestone, the Rock was once the seat of the Kings of Munster. It was visited by St. Patrick in 450 and Brian Boru was crowned King of Ireland here in the 10th century. Granted to the church in the 1100s by the O’Brien clan king, the Rock became the seat of the archbishop and it was at this time that Cormac’s Chapel was built. In 1647 the Rock was ransacked by Cromwellian forces under the leadership of Lord Inchiquin.The cloisters are in a very unusual position. Usually the cloister is positioned to the south of the church – however at Hoare Abbey they are positioned to the north. This is possibly because the Rock of Cashel is so prominent to the north, they wanted to maximise its impact. With all these fantastic features you will be spoiled for choice.
As a local Videographer I have filmed some stunning wedding videos in these old ruins, and if any bride is planning her wedding in the area and would like to see some footage please let me know and I can arrange for you to view it.
There are a lot more fantastic photographic locations in and around Cashel / Tipperary areas. Ardmayle Church is one that springs to mind as I filmed a wedding there just last Friday.
Ardmayle Church – Abbey Video ProductionsThe church and tower at Ardmayle have existed in one from or another since the middle of the 12th century. The first stone church was erected by the Normans in the 13th century under the auspices of the Knights Templar. The church was badly damaged in 1315 and after being renovated or rebuilt is was again badly damaged in 1581 during the Desmond rebellion. The church and tower would change hands
on many occasions during the course of history with the Protestants eventually taking up permanent residence after the Catholic church moved to Nodstown (Boherlahan) in 1813. The Protestant community continued to worship in Ardmayle until the late 1950s when, due to dwindling numbers, they closed the church. The Grubb family continued to look after the building until the 1980s when the Ardmayle Heritage Society with the help of Sean Woodward of Cashel, Canon Morrissey and Fr. Feehan of Boherlahan took over the church and completely renovated it.
Thank you for time reading my blog and I hope its of some use to you when planning your wedding day. Coming next – locations around Kilkenny ! ~ Joe
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.
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
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!
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.
Pristine Vehicles- ( all cars are professionally valeted after every hire)
Professional Service – this is our full time occupation
Over 20 years wedding car hire experience in the UK and Ireland
Award winning Service – weddingsonline.ie award winners 2011 & 2012
Fully Licensed and Insured for wedding hire
Unique Vehicles – (our cars are the envy of other operators)
Irelands only Black Maserati wedding Car
People you can trust – book with confidence
Colour co-ordinated cars for you bridal party / parents etc
Complementary Ribbons and Bubbly with every hire
Uniformed Chauffeurs (Dark grey suit, white shirt , tie and traditional chauffeur caps with vintage style cars)