Monday, November 24, 2014

Rose Petals--How and How Many?

Many brides ask me about rose petals.  How many will they need to go down the sides of the aisles?  How much will it cost, etc.  So I purchased a bunch of roses at WalMart and did my own scientific study.

First, don’t feel like you have to purchase rose petals from the florist.  They are very easy to make, and you’ll save yourself a ton.  Here’s how you do it:

1.      Hold the rose with both hands, one hand holding the stem up close under the rose and the other hand around the rose itself. 

2.      Rock the rose back and forth gently till you feel the petals disconnect from the stem.

3.      Hold the rose (now disconnected from the stem) over a box, place your thumbs in the hole where the stem was, and gently work the petals apart letting them fall into the box. 

4.      Fluff the petals in the box to make sure they are all separated.

5.      Remove any tiny center petals that don’t look nice.

6.      Once you have done all your roses, place them, by handfuls, being careful not to bruise them, into large zip lock bags, and store them in your frig for up to a week.

Now, how many petals do you get from your roses?  I think you would be surprised how many petals are in a single rose!  Usually 30-45 petals!  It depends upon the variety of rose of course.  So what can you expect coverage wise?

This is a 1 square foot area marked off on my desk:

Here is one rose, made into petals.  These roses had about 35 petals each:

Two roses made into petals:
Three roses:
 Five roses:

As you can see from these photos, the more roses you use, obviously, the heavier the coverage will be.  Now, how does this translate to putting petals down your aisle for your wedding? Well, if you want roughly the amount of coverage that one rose gives you, and you have a 30 foot aisle, (don’t forget you have to go down both sides, so that’s actually 60  feet of petals!)  Then if you have a 6 inch wide band of petals up each side of a 30 foot aisle, you are going to need to use 30 roses.  If you want it to be really heavy coverage, like the 5 rose photo, then you will need 150 roses to make a 6” row up both sides.  It just depends upon the look you want.

How about on your tables?  If you want petals around your centerpieces, you can use the same photos as a guide.  If you just want a few petals around the centerpiece, say, half the amount you see in the 1 rose photo, then if you have 30 tables, you’re going to need 15 roses.  Personally, I like to see a heavy coverage of rose petals around a centerpiece, with somewhat random edges.  This “grounds” the centerpiece, ties it to the table, as it were.  You need something under your centerpiece that accomplishes this, whether it’s a mirror, a charger, a round of wood, a doilie, petals, moss, rocks, whatever goes with the theme of your wedding.  It gives your table a cohesive, “all together” look.

Since your centerpiece will be sitting in the middle of the petals, you can figure that in your calculations, depending upon how large the “footprint” of your centerpiece is. 

In any case, you can see now, how far a 20 rose bunch from Costco will go!  It’ll save you a ton, and you can do it earlier during the week of your wedding so you won’t have to be making petals the morning of the wedding!  Incidentally, this method will work for other things, such as fall leaves, mixed flowers,  etc. that you might want to use.  Just mark off a 1 foot area, then do the math!

It’s an easy little DIY thing that’s hard to mess up, and adds a lot to the look of your day!



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Some Rules for DIY and Your Wedding

I received the link for this post on "Wedding Party" today.  I thought they made some great points about things you should and shouldn't try to do for your wedding.
Give it a look and let me know what you think!

Our Chapel Gets a Facelift!!

Our chapel got a new coat of paint this week, and it looks amazing!  The colors are 2 shades of a warm grey, which really highlights the stone on the steeple.  I'm thrilled with how it turned out! 
In the spring, as soon as the weather gets nice enough, we'll be painting the Manor in the same sort of tones.  Should be good! 
What do you think?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Try, Try Again!!!

Sooooooooo, yes, I have been a very bad blogger.  I’m sorry.  Blogging is kind of like exercising (and any of you that know me, can see that I’m not so great at that either!!)  it’s something that one can procrastinate over and all of a sudden, a year or two has passed.  I feel compelled to write though about some of the things that have been happening at Aberdeen Manor this summer, so I am going to give it another shot.  Maybe I’ll be able to establish my blogging exercise routine!!  Today I have huge resolve, tomorrow I may not, I hope you’ll forgive my inconsistencies!!  :)  I feel like I need to just dive in and quit apologizing—which is so incredibly boring—so that’s what I’m going to do.  We’ll just have to see how it goes.

Hopefully you keep up with our Facebook posts, which are much more frequent thanks to Megan and Lisa, and usually include tons of photos, which everyone loves.  We’ve had some amazing weddings, and a lot of wonderful couples this summer, and it’s been such a pleasure to be a part of their celebrations.  Over the next few weeks I hope to showcase some of these beautiful events for you, complete with photos!! 

Part of my absence has been due to all of the things we have been trying to accomplish with our website, and our beautiful new brochure.  Our website has gone through some transition to make it more “i-friendly” so that you can use it on your ipad, iphone, or i-whatevers.  :)  There have, of course, been some growing pains involved, particularly with our tux registration page.  So if you experience difficulties with any of our website, please let us know. 

The biggest change to is that we have added ONLINE INVITATION ORDERING!!  You can now browse through nearly everything that Carlson Craft offers, on our website!  You can also look through all of the beautiful papers and ideas that Envelopments has to offer.  The best part of this, is that any order that is placed online, will come through us, so that we can double check the wording and order details for you, and make sure that it’s all “shipshape”!  We’ll call or email you if there is anything we would suggest for your invitations.  AND if you are renting your 5 or more paid tuxedoes through Affairs, you will still receive that fabulous $200 discount on your invitation!!  So put your jammies on, grab your cup of coffee, or your glass of wine (depending upon the time of day!!  J)  and go shopping online with Affairs!   If you find something you love, and you want to see the “real deal”  you can always write down the number or just print out the page and bring it in to our shop.  We’ll help you find it in the albums, so that you can look at it “in person”.  Or there is also an option to order a sample online.  Basically you have all the ease and convenience of shopping at home, with all the confidence, help, and guidance of shopping in our store!  What could be better?! 
All of us at Affairs are excited about helping you with your invitations and stationery products for your wedding!  Whether online or in store, you'll always get the best of service and value. 
And just for a little inspiration and eye candy--here is the link for Carlson Craft's "Look Book"! This little ebook gets my blood pumping and my pulse racing every time I look at it!  So many awesome themes and schemes for weddings!  And everything in it is available through Affairs! 
Enjoy!  and hopefully I'll be talking with you again soon!  :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Special Event 2013

What a terrific we we had attending The Special Event in Chicago!  Megan, Lisa, and myself drove into the city four days in a row to attend multiple sessions jam packed with great information on all things related to event planning.  In addition to all of the educational sessions, the TRADE SHOW was DYNAMITE!!!!  We found some amazing products and fabulous finds for decor, table linen, centerpieces, and lighting.  We also collected a ton of great ideas for centerpieces and wedding decor.
Trey is excited that we found wireless uplights!  These will enable us to adjust the color of  all the lights in the room at the same time!  We also don't have to worry about anybody tripping on cords.  They are a little different from our wired uplights, but we are keeping those, so we'll have some new and exciting capabilities having both types.  Just think!  Uplighting in the garden!  Uplighting in the chapel!! The possibilities are mindboggling!
As I predicted over a year ago, PEARLS are the new and exciting thing in event decor!!!  We have already purchased the pearl curtains to do the ceiling, and at the show we were able to purchase the curtains to hang on the wall behind the head table!!!  These will match the ceiling decor, in both white or ivory pearls.  I'm so excited to actually see them in action!  I think for the next Taste party we are going to do the pearls over the dance floor and on the wall.  And by the way, if you have already attended, but you want to see the decor, we will be setting up the ballroom on Saturday the 2nd, and you are welcome to stop in and see everythingon Saturday afternoon!
Here is what the new pearl curtains look like:

So along with the pearls, we have also found an amazing source for linens, directly from China, which will help us to hold our linen costs at the current level.  We found a wonderful stretch lace fabric.  It looks a lot like Cluny lace.  SOOOOO pretty!!!
We are buying it in white and ivory both.  We've purchased an entire line of tablecloths, wall curtains, chair ties and chair bands.  It's going to be tremendous!

Something else we saw at the show was a really cool treatment for cylinders.  This was done with bouillon wire, wrapped around the cylinders.  So pretty!  The wire comes in silver, gold and colors, so we would have a lot of different ways to go with this. 
Isn't that elegant looking?

Something else we ordered at the show was spandex cloths for our cocktail tables.  We ordered them in black. We thought it would be elegant, and not as likely to get stained.  They will be so pretty caught in with a sparkly band!
We also have wired pearls coming to wrap vases and the like.  I've found a source to buy the large pearl vase fillers, so we will be getting those soon in both white and ivory. 
Bling still continues to be the thing!  We've found some great sources for more bling as well.
All in all it was an awesome conference, and while we were all beat at the end of the week, we felt that we had squeezed everything we could out of TSE 2013!!  We saw many friends from the ABC conferences as well as from TSE last year, and enjoyed making many acquaintances, both old and new.  Sometimes the best information at a conference comes from the people you meet!
We'll be rolling out our new things as they arrive.  Unfortunately, because of the Chinese New Year, we won't be receiving our lace linens till the end of March.  So they won't make it for the Taste party.  We will keep you posted though, and hopefully they will be here and ready to rock for the 2013 season!!
Looking forward to a great year of making weddings gorgeous!!!
Let me know if you are interested in any of the above items so that we can plan our usage.  Just e-mail me at if you are interested in using any of our new "stuff"!

By the way, we have set up a Pinterest Page for Aberdeen Manor, and will be posting pictures of things we like on it.  Keep posted and subscribe to our boards for all the latest and greatest!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

How to Not Invite Children to Your Wedding

Here is a post I came across today at a blog titles "Oh Lovely Day"  It's very well done and I thought I should share it with you, since this is one of the questions I am asked frequently.
So if you click on the title, it will take you to this very well written article! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sisters Bridal Closes--Brides are Jilted!

Wow, in this morning's paper there is an article about Sister's Bridal closing their doors and leaving a lot of brides high and dry without their gown(s). Unfortunately, I have been expecting this for a long time.  We removed them from our favorites list several years ago because they were "short selling". This is how it works;  you come in and choose a gown at XYZ Bridal Shop, and instead of ordering YOUR gown with the down payment, XYZ orders Jane Smith's gown, who came in six months ago and picked her  gown out and made a deposit (which XYZ used to order the gown of a bride who's wedding was closer)!  Then XYZ waits for another bride to come in and put money down for HER gown to place the order for YOUR gown.  It's a vicious cycle, and basically a downward spiral because they are always hoping someone will order a dress, so that they can purchase the dresses that someone has already ordered (but they've already spent their deposits).  Stores that start doing this get into sticky wickets with their suppliers too, because they are waiting on their money, and the suppliers put them on COD delivery so that they know they will get paid.  Basically they are robbing Peter to pay Paul, as the old saying goes. 
A reputable gown shop will not require full payment up front, if they ask for that much, beware!

Unfortunately a lot of  brides have been caught in the crossfire.  If you are one of these brides, Here Comes the Dress here in Valpo, might be able to help you get your gown.  Here is the comment they posted on the article:

"We are another Valparaiso bridal boutique, and we've been able to assist brides who've been unable to get their dresses from Sisters. We can contact the same designers and get the dresses re-routed to our store for pick up. If you know of anyone in distress, they can contact us. 219.728.1328 or"

We're also willing to do what we can to help at Affairs.  This sort of thing just shouldn't happen to a bride, but unfortunately it does. 

Have you been affected by this closing?  Leave a comment and share your experience, in the hope that it will help other brides avoid a heartache like this in the future.