A couple of weeks ago, I sent out an email to all of our clients' email addresses. I am finding, in talking with some of our clients who have called since then, that we might not have the correct email, or for some reason they didn't receive this.
This letter contained some important information that will affect plans, so I am going to publish it here on my blog as well, with the hope that everyone will see it one way or another.
If you didn't receive the following, you might want to double check with us to make sure that we have your correct/most used email address on file.
So just in case you didn't receive this, here it is again-------
I hope that this note finds you all well, happy, and busily working on the plans for your upcoming weddings!
We have been making some big improvements here at Aberdeen Manor as well as some necessary changes, and I thought it would be good to let you all know about them. As ever, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about anything, feel free to email me, or call me, any time! I am here for you to help you in any way that I can.
First, my daughter, Megan, has decided to resign her teaching position and come on board full time with us. Megan has worked with us for 10 years on weekends and over the summers and vacations, so she is very familiar with all the goings on at Aberdeen. Megan has a wealth of experience with weddings and events, and is a tremendous addition to our Aberdeen family. Jim and I are both very excited to have her!
Second, we have had some other staff changes lately. Connie Ransom left at the end of May to take a job with Porter Health Services. I’m sure many of you will miss her crazy sense of humor!
Michelle Mercon, who has been with us for nearly six years, will be leaving in October to student teach. I think it’s the fates getting even with me for taking Megan away from teaching! I know she will be a wonderful teacher though, and I am happy to see her expanding her horizons and pursuing something she loves. We’re all going to miss her!
Third, we have been rearranging the hours for our shop in order to accommodate our clients schedules more easily. On June 1st we made some big changes. We now have what we are calling “open hours” when anyone can walk in, for whatever reason. These hours are on Thursdays from 12 to 8, and Friday and Saturday from 12 to 5. With this change we can make appointments outside of our “open hours”, during the mornings, afternoons, or even during the evening! With most of our couples working days, we felt this would make our time more “user friendly”. We encourage you to make an appointment if you want to come look for tuxes, invitations, veils, or even if you just want to do a little “wedding checkup” to make sure you are on the right track. Call us at 465-7130, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get something arranged. This will also enable us to give you our full attention to help you with your needs.
Fourth, after long and painful deliberation, we have decided that offering childcare is just not feasible. We are using it on average about 6 times a year, which, when we have nearly 100 weddings per year, is very infrequent. We have a lot of difficulty getting staff to man the childcare area because of the infrequency, and it is a large amount of space to devote to something that we rarely use. Unfortunately it just isn’t working. In addition, our insurance carrier has informed us that it is a very big liability area, and they have advised us against offering childcare to protect ourselves from the possibility of a lawsuit.
If this causes you a hardship, I sincerely apologize. I will be happy to help you try to figure out an alternative, just let me know how I can be of assistance.
Fifth, our next “Taste of Aberdeen Manor” will be held on November 15th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This will also include a vendor show with some of our vendors from our favorites list. We normally have about 18 or 20 different vendors who attend and are there to talk with you about your wedding plans. It’s a great opportunity to not only try lots of different menu items, but also to meet and chat with many vendors in all different areas. These are only vendors from our favorites list, so you can book any of them with confidence!
Sixth, keep in mind that we offer some really nice perks for ordering your tuxes and/or invitations through us. Our tuxes are less expensive than anywhere in the area, and we offer the usual groom’s tux free with 5 rentals. We also make sure that everything fits perfectly, and the guys can leave their tux at the end of the reception, which they REALLY like! We have a wide range of invitations, for every budget and style, and we have some really nice deals in that department too, so come by and check it out!
Lastly, I would like to encourage all of you to subscribe to my blog at http://aberdeenmanor.blogspot.com so that you receive all the updates and latest information on what is going on here at the Manor! Whenever we make a change, or have something exciting to report, or even if I just get the bug to write about something, I try to put something on the blog right away. I also have been trying to find some time to post a few pictures and some comments about some of the weddings we have had, which might be of interest. If you don’t want to read it, you can just delete it, but if it IS something you need to know, then you’ll have it! Feel free to comment on anything you read there, either publicly, or to me personally at my email address above.
Keep in mind that we are always glad to see you, and you are welcome to stop by, just keep those new hours in mind. If your grandma is coming to town on a Tuesday and you want to show her where your reception is going to be, just give us a call and we’ll set up a time. If your groomsmen are all going to be in town on a Monday night and you want to get them all measured—give us a call! Want to look at invitations? Give us a call! We are here to serve YOU! We will be happy to do whatever we can to make your wedding planning as smooth and carefree as possible.
I look forward to seeing you all over the next few months. The weddings that are the most fun for us to do are the ones where we have had an opportunity to really get to know the bride and groom! I hope to have the opportunity to get to know all of you better.
See you soon!