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Wedding Speeches 2018 … Long or Short ?

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Over the years in the videography business here in Kilkenny and Tipperary  I have heard it all, with wedding speeches anyway!  I remember 15 years ago at weddings, the smokey hotel function rooms and the speeches that were short and to the point. As time went on the smoking ban arrived and the speeches got longer & longer for some reason.

weddingvideokilkenny.comHow long is a good speech? Well I guess the way to answer that is how long in a piece of string… who knows, but the attention span of your guests should not be over looked.  The total duration of the wedding speeches is usually 20 to 30 minutes max.  If you want your wedding speeches to be short, then you have to make sure all the speakers know their limits and no more.  Long speeches can risk  repetition and guest boredom and I have see this while videoing weddings all over Ireland.

Wedding Videographer New Park Hotel Kilkenny
      Wedding Videographer New Park Hotel Kilkenny

My advice to couples that ask about what I think regarding speeches is this: I tell them it’s their day but just to be aware a short speech is always remembered and spoken about later, a long speech is soon forgotten because it was too much for people to take in.  Also bear in mind that if the speeches are after the meal and are long winded, people get fed up as they need to stretch their legs.  I have heard horror comments after the speeches from guests after sitting for nearly an hour listening to a guy that “loves his own voice!” but as I emphasise – it’s your day and your speeches. The traditional scenario of having the speeches after the meal is fine as well, but think of the groom & best man and also the dads  all  sitting there eating their meal thinking the speeches have to be done soon – it can and will put them off their meal.

A trend that is becoming increasingly popular is to have the wedding speeches before the meal. This really helps people who have a speech to deliver and are somewhat anxious about making it. This will have to be  arranged with your hotel in advance so that they can  Plan to accommodate it with your meal.

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I understand with hotels they have to keep the meal hot while the wedding speeches are being conducted, but from feedback from couples 70% now want their speeches before the meal. This way all involved in the speaking  can relax and enjoy their meal knowing it’s done and dusted! It’s a great idea for  people that are not used to public speaking. Of course from the hotel’s side of things this can be a nightmare! Also you band can start on time if all is done and dusted before say 9pm, and this way you get value for money from you nights Entertainment as well. The bride and groom tell the hotel they will only be 15 minutes but I have see this 15 mins drag on to an hour!  The poor chef is doing his best to stop the veg from sticking to the pans, so i can understand why the hotels frown on this!  If your speeches are going to be before the meal tell the hotel this and stay to an agreed time-frame – this way your guests won’t be eating cold food and all will be happy. Brand new blog in the making for next week, very interesting one at that!  check back   ~  Joe

We WON! The Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards 2018

 Award Winning Wedding Videographer 2018 abbey videoLast 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.

mrs2be-awards-recognising-excellenceI 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 2017 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 Video Kilkenny - kilkenny weddings
Wedding Video Kilkenny

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!

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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 2107 couples that took the time to vote for us. ~ Joe & Breda

 

All photos are ((c) of Abbey Video.

Great local wedding

 


Last week I had the pleasure of filming a lovely fun wedding for a family I know very well,  John and Tess Ryan (Bob).  Their lovely daughter  Aoife  married Frank Cussen from Galbally in Oola Church.  I called to Aoife’s house to capture the excitement on the morning – the usual stuff, hair, make up, more hair and more make up, and that was only her dad and the the lads!  But seriously it was great to film all the fun of the girls getting ready- it’s a lovely start to a wedding DVD.  Earlier in the week I had done a little bit of filming  with Frank to get his thoughts on his upcoming wedding and on the morning  of the wedding  Aoife spoke her thoughts on camera and I mixed the two together to make the lovely clip you will see below.

Wedding Video Kilkenny weddings bridesAs I mentioned, Oola Church was my next stop.   What a huge amount of friends they have, guests from Galbally, Cashel and all over the world turned up!  The ceremony was conducted by Fr. Jack O’Neill and when Aoife and Frank were married we moved on to Aoife’s granny’s house, a lovely farm setting with the old milking steps providing a lovely backdrop for the photo session.

 

Wedding Video Kilkenny weddings bridesAoife and Frank had thought of every thing, with green wellies for the lads and flowery ones for the girls!  Their photographers captured some great photos here and I got some lovely footage.

Wedding Video Kilkenny weddings bridesThe Bunratty Castle Hotel was our last stop for the day.  Aoife and Frank arrived soon after me – I like to try and get to the reception venue before the bride and groom to film the drinks reception so they can see what was happening elsewhere on their day.  The function room in the hotel is splendid and looked fabulous on the day. The wedding cake was fantastic and the speeches were excellent – funny, emotional, and just the right length.  One of the highlights of the day for the lads was when both mothers sang “The Voyage” together after the speeches; it sounded fabulous so well done to the mams for that!

Their entertainment for the night was “The Seducers” band  and they had the huge crowd rocking the night away.

Wedding Video Kilkenny weddings bridesI’d like to wish Aoife and Frank congratulations on their marriage, and all the best for the years to come.

 

So if your planing on getting married in, 2017 / 2018/ 2019,   give me a call and lets chat about YOUR wedding because I get booked very early!

River Court Hotel Kilkenny

We are a Tipperary based business and are often asked to travel the surrounding Counties of Carlow and Kilkenny. 

One of the most popular hotels we provide wedding videography is Kilkenny River Court Hotel which is ideally located on The Bridge in John Street, College park, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny.

On the banks of the River Nore in the heart of the medieval city of Kilkenny.

Overlooking the city’s 12th-century castle, The Kilkenny River Court Hotel has a quiet location in a private courtyard, back from the busy Kilkenny streets.

Great location hotel is easy to reach and absolutely brilliant for Wedding Video’s.

Springhill Court Hotel in Kilkenny

Located on the Waterford Road in Kilkenny the Spring hotel is a perfect Wedding Venue – Springhill Court Hotel

Drop in and talk to our experienced management team who will be delighted to assist you in planning your perfect day.At the Springhill Court Conference, Leisure and Spa Hotel we enjoy a forty-year tradition as one of the premier wedding venues Kilkenny. We are proud of our tradition of holding one wedding per day, ensuring you are the centre of everyone’s attention.
The premier wedding venue in Kilkenny!

When will my wedding DVD be ready?

When will my wedding DVD be ready?… ok here’s how it works

wedding video Kilkenny abbey videoThis is a question I am asked at the time of booking or even on the wedding day and I feel if someone pays for a product they should get it within a reasonable timeframe. We here at Abbey Video Productions based in Tipperary and Kilkenny have a great team, herself and me 🙂 I film then hand over to Breda the next day – of course I go through the footage with her to check and to see all is 100%, and maybe discuss some special shots that might be nice for use in a highlight shot. Then when we are happy with the raw footage it goes into our beast of a new computer and between Breda’s editing skills and the state of the art editing system we use, your wedding DVD is born!

Wedding Video Kilkenny | Abbey Video Productions
Wedding Video Kilkenny | Abbey Video Productions

We have a tidy system operating! If I film a wedding on a Friday, when I get home that footage is backed up and backed up again. The next day that wedding footage is checked thorougly and makes its way to the next stage into the editing system. From there, your raw film footage is placed on the video timeline and your choice of music added to the second audio timeline. Your live audio is left in place where appropriate (the marriage ceremony, speeches, dancing) and your choice of music is placed over video footage where needed, with adjustments made where necessary so that the music fits the flow of the film. When we are 110% happy with it, a HD file is rendered to ensure the utmost high quality.

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But it’s not done yet! Now for our sophisticated authoring system where the file is encoded and chaptered for your convenience and finally written to a DVD or a usb key.

While all that’s working, the art work for your DVD face and presentation box is being designed on another computer to ensure the main computer is not interrupted while making your wedding DVD. So when the DVD is ready out it pops and it’s time for one of us to check the final product not once but twice, just to be sure! Then at this point it’s time to pack it and have it ready for when the couple come back from honeymoon.

New park Hotel Kilkenny wedding video Kilkenny . comIt’s strange when I hear stories that some videographers are 3 -5 months behind on editing , so it takes months for couples to receive their wedding DVDs. When booking your wedding video be sure to ask how long it will take to see the completed product. I am very busy here in Tipperary along with covering a large area of Kilkenny and Waterford, so we are very proud that we can deliver when a couple return from honeymoon. Have a look here at some of the fantastic reviews we have got along the way for our quick but professional delivery of your special DVD. So if you are planning on getting married in 2016/ 2017/2018 give me a call and let’s discuss the wide range of packages available to you, along with our highly competitive prices. See our Reviews

Fantastic Wedding DVD

 

Wedding Video KilkennyIt’s great to have had a local wedding video job in Cashel Tipperary on Friday last after 3 the week before in Kilkenny .  John Ryan & Mairead Ryan both local Cashel people tied the knot in style. Hovering over the church was a drone to capture the fantastic views around Cashel and over the Church as Mairead arrived, A quick call to Maireads house that morning to capture it all going on – hair being done, make up being applied, ribbons being put on the cars – it had  the hallmarks of a great wedding to come! John lads were at the Church  in Cashel nice and early to meet and greet the huge number of guests  that had been invited. Mairead was not long behind and  She looked stunning, walked up the isle by her father Gerry

Wedding Video KilkennyThe Bridesmaids were on hand to do the last bit of lip gloss and away we went to capture John standing at the top of the aisle awaiting his brides  arrival. Fr Jim Purcell our very popular priest in Cashel was giving John some good advice 🙂    After the ceremony we went to a local area with stunning views of the Rock of Cashel for some photographs with Grace McMahon  a great photographer from  Tipperary who I meet quite a lot at weddings we get on great together and we recommend couples to each other which is a great way to network.

The Abbey Court Hotel was really decked out for the day, the ballroom was splendid looking and of course Ray was there to meet and greet all, its a fantastic hotel and one of my favorites to film weddings in

It was one of those weddings that  makes you feel good to be a local wedding videographer in Kilkenny

Wedding Video KilkennyWe’re out again this weekend, so if you’re in Waterford on Friday or  Kilkenny on Saturday you might see me there

Also some great news – the very popular Brides in Munster website got a stunning make over.  It has gone from strength to strength with loads of local wedding suppliers around Tipperary and also further afield and lots more to be added to it.  As I often say to couples that contact me about suppliers on it, it’s simple, clear and local, and its free!  So have a browse around this great little local site, you wont get better deals from any other wedding service providers!

Till debt do us part / wedding videography

Till debt do us part /  wedding videography

Wedding Video Kilkenny - abbey videoIts 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.

Wedding Video Kilkenny | Abbey video productionsThe 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:

Wedding-Video-KilkennyThe 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:

Wedding video Kilkenny - Abbey videoDecember 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:

 wedding videos in Tipperary / KilkennyAlthough 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:

Wedding Videographers | Kilkenny 2015

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:

Civil Partnership ceremony
Civil Partnership Kilkeny

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 

 

Wedding Favour ideas 2016

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Whether it be a Tipperary wedding, a Kilkenny wedding, or where ever you’re getting married, it goes without saying that your wedding day is an extremely special occasion and one of the biggest days of your life. Of course, for all brides and grooms, the actual wedding ceremony is the most important part, but sharing your special day with your closest friends and family is also a vital element for a lot of people. It is becoming commonplace for many brides and grooms to recognise the love and friendship of their guests with a small token of their appreciation.
There are literally hundreds of different ideas for wedding favours that you can use, and below is just a small selection. All of these are becoming more frequent at Irish weddings in places such as Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow and Waterford. You don’t have to break the bank.
Weddings can be very expensive occasions, and some things such as videography are best handled by a professional such as Abbey Video Productions, due to my extensive experience and knowledge of all the local and distant hotels and my years of wedding videography.

Wedding Videography Service in Kilkenny
Wedding Videography Service in Kilkenny

However, when it comes to things such as invitations and wedding favours, there’s no need to hire an expensive wedding planner as it really is the thought that counts. A sweet idea, one of the most popular wedding favours that won’t decimate your wedding budget is sweets and in particular, Love Hearts. They have obvious connotations with love and togetherness and you can customise the wrappers to include your own personal message. Other sweet companies also offer a similar service and, although Love Hearts are arguably the most appropriate, it really is up to the bride and groom to choose which sweets to have – possibly their own favourites.

Churches in Kilkeny
Churches in Kilkeny

Favour envelopes are another increasingly popular idea, and anything can be placed in them and left as a surprise for your guests

 A photograph or a note of thanks can be especially heartfelt for guests, many of whom may have travelled a long way to be present.
Scented candles are also growing in popularity as a wedding favour and are often found at Irish weddings in Tipperary and Kilkenny in particular. The candles can be personalised with your own unique message or you can buy them ‘off the shelf’, but either way they will create a wonderful aroma in the room and give your guests a lasting memory of the day that they can take home and keep.Of course you can break the bank if you choose to.
While most brides and grooms have a limited budget which they’ll try to stick rigidly to, some couples will be able to lavish expensive wedding favours on their guests. If you can afford to, then why not? Sweets are one thing, but a handmade cake with a personalised message will really impress your guests and they’ll certainly remember the wedding for a long time to come.
Any form of personalised gift will be sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests, and items such as hip flasks, passport holders and wallets can all be customised with a unique message for a real personal touch.

Whichever wedding favours you decide to go with, they can be incorporated into the videography of your wedding by Abbey Video Productions, so that you have a permanent reminder of the tokens of gratitude you had on your special day. So, I hope my post has been of some use to you, and I have a great one for next week! Joe

Its all weddings in Kilkenny

Wedding Video Bookings for 2016 and 2017  are pouring in the last few days. Even January coming  is heavily booked it’s something I have never encountered before but is great to see. I do think my number one ranking on Google is good, but word of mouth is better and that’s how my businesses works the best.  Even  2017  is well booked. 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.

Wedding Videographer New Park Hotel Kilkenny
Wedding Videographer New Park Hotel Kilkenny

The last few weeks has been hectic  filming weddings in and around Tipperary along with Kilkenny and Carlow,  This is why I had to defer a brand new editing software until next month which is the most professional in Europe. I have made the big decision to change over to a top of the range  MAC. After a lot of research, I have  learned that, together, MAC and the new editing software will both provide even more fantastic results to my editing work. It will also make my turn around time even better. Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 software is the best video editing software available my two new top of the range Sony cameras are well in training by now after the few months of hard work  and works nearly by themselves

Brides Choice Awards finialistSo, 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 wedding that I film 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

Vedding Video Kilkenny ABBEY VIDEO
Vedding Video Kilkenny

Dundrum House Hotel in Tipperary along with Clonmel Park Hotel   Hotel Minella ClonmelHotel Kilkenny , New park hotel  Kilkenny was the most visited by me while filming weddings. 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 over the months ahead 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.

Brides in Munster
Brides in Munster

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 2016/ 17 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?