Monday, December 13, 2010
We have lots of wonderful food in the cooler ready to go, and hope that those of you who had planned on attending today will be able to make it on Wednesday. The weather is supposed to be much better then!
All I can say is, I'm glad it's Monday and not Saturday!! I would much rather have OUR party snowed out, rather than someone's wedding. It's just Indiana though, we have things happen all year around--floods, tornadoes, snow, you name it! It makes Hawaii look very attractive sometimes.
Hope to see everyone on Wednesday for the party!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
I found a neat company that does letterpress that aren't horrendously expensive, like most. If you have a minute, check out their website, which has pictures of all of the invitations they offer, and let me know whether you think this would be a good addition to our invitations library or not. The pricing is all on their website as well, so you can also let me know if you think they are gorgeous but just too expensive. Keep in mind that the pricing is for the invitation and envelope as well as the response and envelope--it's for the set rather than just the invitation.
Whatever your opinion is, I am interested! The website is www.letterpresslove.com
Feel free to comment, or send me your opinion privately to firstname.lastname@example.org whichever you are more comfortable with.
Looking forward to hearing from all of you!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Next weekend there is a charity sale in Indy sponsored by Brides Against Breast Cancer. Some of the gowns are donated by brides, however the majority are overstocks, samples, and the like from bridal shops. They are mostly brand new gowns that have never been worn, and they are available at a huge discount. There are many designer labels and high end gowns!
Affairs will be donating a bunch of accessories, veils and jewelry to the organization. It's a terrific opportunity for those of you that are budget conscious brides!
This is similar to the Filene's Basement Bride's Stampede, so you will want to wear appropriate undergarments and maybe even a leotard so that you can try gowns on without having to wait for a fitting room.
Let me know if any of you attend, and how it goes! I would love some feedback on the sale!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
So what has been happening, is that when someone submits their measurements, they get a variety of error messages. Some of the measurements have gotten to us in spite of this, others haven't, so if you have groomsmen that have used our online registration you might check with us to see if we have their measurements in your file.
I am SOOOOOO sorry! I know this is a pain. Believe me, it has been a nightmare for us too. Hopefully we have it fixed now.
Remind all of your out of town people that we always acknowledge the measurements we receive, so if they don't receive a confirmation, they need to check with us.
Hopefully this won't happen again. Gees.
Friday, April 16, 2010
We have not had the pleasure of a TP gown at Aberdeen Manor yet, but there is always a first for everything. I just hope that it isn't on a day where we have rain--that could make a wet t shirt contest look tame!
Monday, March 15, 2010
It's been a busy, busy weekend. Two weddings, one offsite catering and our Taste party. I am a tired buckaroo! Hopefully tomorrow I will have some photos to post of the weekend's activities.
Right now, it's time for some much deserved shut eye!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
What a darling groom's cake. Groom's cakes used to be a southern tradition, but they seem to be growing in popularity. What a cute idea to have a little tuxedo cake!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Their colors were gunmetal silver and dusty pink. Lovely. Another color scheme that nodded to the Christmas season without screaming Christmas! So pretty.
So, Elena and Bart. What a terrific couple! Elena is from a very large, and very close Philipino family--and they are definitely up for any party! Bart's sister, Jolene was married here at Aberdeen last spring. She and her husband, Larry, were both attendants. Everyone, including me, had such a great time.
Bart and Elena have the distinction of being the first couple to have a photo booth at Aberdeen Manor! I was excited to see how it all came off. The guests REALLY enjoyed it! It was set up in a corner of the ballroom and manned by a couple from the company that took care of setting up a "guest book" with photos of the guests from the booth, on which the guests provided little messages. The guests also received copies of their photos to keep. It was busy all evening! This booth was quite large, so groups of guests could go in and take a picture. Of course, as the evening went on the photos got crazier!
Elena and Bart are both involved in environmentalism, and this was reflected in their wedding decor. Natural twigs and greenery decorated the tables. The cake topper was adorable! Two little love birds among some twigs. So cute.
They took advantage of the free dance lesson from Transaudio, and threw in some smooth moves for their first dance. The crowd, and their photographer, loved it!
Here are some photos of their tables. The chocolate brown bichon tablecloths really looked amazing and set off their elegant and simple centerpieces perfectly.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Click here for the full scoop from Pantone.
My first thought when I think of turquoise (that is my first thought after "how do I spell turquoise!) is Tiffany Blue. Tiffany has been a huge accent color, particularly with brown or black the last couple years. I like the idea of Tiffany blue standing on its own as a main color.
I think we can do some really beautiful things with this color in the coming months.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
This will be our ONLY opportunity to try our delicious menu items, until November. We will also have our usual bridal fair with 18 or 20 of our preferred vendors for you to talk with and check out their work.
The Taste of Aberdeen is by RSVP and is only open to our couples that have future weddings booked with us. Invitations will be sent out in the next couple of weeks, however we wanted you to have a heads up. Many of you live out of town, and have to make plans in advance to attend.
We will also have many wonderful door prizes contributed by our vendors. It's a lot of fun, and we look forward to seeing all of you!
Our email is apparently not "going away", it's just hiding somewhere out there, waiting to eventually get to our inboxes. I must admit though that it makes me feel REALLY insecure to not have it working in top form!
I've been using email since 1995 when we got our first desktop--a Tandy Sensation! Woohoo! What a powerful machine THAT was! 386 megabites of raw power! We really thought we had made the big time with our dot matrix printer that took about 3 hours to print a page!!! Back then they called it a desk top because it literally took up ALL of your desktop with peripherals--huge drives for CD's, huge monitors, huge hard drives, huge CPU's, the whole thing was a monster! My have our times changed since then!
Now we have cell phones that have several times the power of those original desktops! Heck there are watches and handheld video games that have more juice! It really is truly amazing. What is more amazing is that we now have teenagers that have never known life without computers and email and the internet. We have college kids that have to really think to remember life without those things because they were little preschoolers when it all came about. And THAT is why I get my knickers in a bunch when our email doesn't work! Our couples, our brides, are used to communicating with us instantly, and receiving answers instantly. I must check my email at least 20 times a day. It's rare that a message sits for more than an hour in my inbox without an answer. When my email lets me down, I have this terrible fear that I am letting my gals down. And that REALLY bothers me!
I guess I have to be very zen about all of this, and realize that it will be resolved, and life will go on, and we won't be any worse for the wear. That's a tall order though.
I need to go do a little yoga---center my karma! Oommmmmmm..............
Thursday, January 14, 2010
While my old address will hopefully be forwarding for a while, you should all know that my NEW EMAIL ADDRESS will be Denna@AberdeenManor.com so change your contacts now to update this.
Hopefully all of this will be solved in the next day or two. Hopefully, I hope, oh gees I hope!!!!!! :)
Here's a video from a caterer in Oklahoma City, showing how they do their specialty coffee bar. It's like having Starbuck's come to your wedding! (granted, it would be nice if it had some music or something to make it a little more interesting, but it will give you the idea anyway.)
We have a barista we can bring in for your event. We refer to him lovingly as "coffee guy". Let us know if this is something that might appeal to you. It's surprisingly reasonable. The price is based on per hour/number of guests, roughly like an open bar price. For 250 guests it was about 700 dollars, for about 2 hours of service (I think it was 2 hours, it might have been 3, I'm shooting from the hip here!) We can get more specific pricing if you are interested.
Coffee bars are available to compliment the regular bar, not to replace it. Particularly after dinner, folks really enjoy having a cup of espresso or a latte. If you are concerned about people drinking too much alcohol, this is a great way to slow them down a little and give them a nice alternative to another Cosmo. The barista usually has "go cups" available too which is really nice for your guests to use to take a cup with them on the road.
I'll keep my eye open for more info about coffee bars, and will pass it along when I see something. Let me know if you want to do something like this.
And hey! You gals that had a barista last year! Let's see some comments on how cool it was, ok? :)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
We have a cancellation for April 24th and we REALLY want to rebook it! (We have also had 2 cancellations on March Saturdays that we will offer the same deal.)
Therefore we are going to offer some REALLY SPECIAL INCENTIVES to the clever bride that realizes we can easily put together a wedding in 2 to 3 months.
So ok, here's the deal:
For the couple that books April 24, 2010 (or any Saturday that is available before 4/24/10):
Room rental half off for under 185, NO ROOM RENTAL for 185 or more!!!!!!
AND ceremony rental half off.
FREE upgrade to specialty tablecloths, FREE centerpieces!
FREE wine pour with dinner!
If you have 200+ guests we will also include 2 free hors d'oeuvres for the cocktail hour (our choice--they'll be good!)
That's roughly 2500 dollars worth of savings depending on your number of guests!!!!!!
Now, here is the kicker! If the person who books the date tells us that you sent them to us (and you have an upcoming wedding with us of course)
Complete details are available at Aberdeen Manor, or call 219 465-7130
Friday, January 1, 2010
The centerpieces were a mixture of Eiffel vases with arrangements by the florist, and our hurricanes with pillar candles. Very pretty and very elegant.
For dinner, the guests had a choice of roast beef or cranberry chicken. Herb roasted red potatoes and green beans amandine completed the plate.
Lovely couple, lovely wedding. Best wishes to you both, Melissa and Jeremy!!!
Now that I have Jill and Ryan's wedding posted, I should be over my writer's block.
I have noticed that most procrastinators, including myself, are perfectionists. We put things off because we are afraid they won't be perfect. Sometimes I really have to push myself to "let it go"!
So on December 4th we had a little Christmas party for a company that has had their party with us since the first year we were open in 1999. Great company, great people.
On Saturday the 5th, Elizabeth and Scott were married, at 5:15! Yes! They had on their invitation that the wedding would be at 5:15! I love it! It seems to me that this would really make folks think that they were serious about the time. It worked out beautifully, and there actually were very very few late comers for as large a group as it was.
Another interesting touch that they added was doing a slide presentation BEFORE the ceremony started. It was an unusual touch. The moms lit the unity candle, then the lights went down and the slide show played above the table in the chapel, then when the slide show ended the processional began. It was a very unique touch. The ceremony did end up being about 15 minutes longer, which really squeezed them time wise after the ceremony, but it all worked itself out.
The Flower Cart used a lovely draping garland above the ceremony area in the chapel which looked very pretty. White twigs in bunches down the aisle added to the wintery look. The blue, white, and silver color theme was very crisp and icey.
Following the ceremony the bride and groom released the guests and the guests gathered outside to give them a sparkler lit path to the ballroom. Elizabeth had a lovely white cape to wear over her gown, along with a white fur muff, so she was toasty warm. For December it was really a beautiful evening. Cold, but not bitter.
Dinner was a very tasty combo plate with bistro filet and champagne chicken, asparagus and sour cream and chive mashed potatoes--yummy!!
Everyone enjoyed dancing and partying through the evening. It was a wonderful wedding to kick off the Christmas season. Such a nice change from the usual Christmas colors. The blue and silver was lovely.
First I just have to say that planning this wedding with Jill and Ryan was nearly as much fun as planning Megan’s wedding. We had such a wonderful time kicking ideas around and making plans.
Their wedding was at Trinity Lutheran Church, downtown in Valpo, which has been her church all her life. I think it’s ironic that I have known them all these years, and never really seen this church! I didn’t know it had a balcony! It has the beautiful “inside out boat” ceiling you see in a lot of older churches, particularly Episcopal churches. Gothic arches all around and Indiana limestone—it’s a beautiful church!
Here's a shot from the wedding—
The Flower Cart from Chesterton provided their flowers—beautiful as usual!!
On the tables, they used two different designs. One had a square vase filled with red roses,the other design was a low bowl filled with "California crystals" that look like ice chips, with three purple cymbidium orchids in each bowl. Lovely!!!
The head table had a series of low vases with orchids and roses, and candles, all across the front. Something to keep in mind decorating the head table--keep it low! Your photographer will love you for that!
Jim and I actually got to sit in the ballroom and have dinner (this is a rare occurrence!) even though it feels SO strange to us! Our staff runs so well on auto pilot, that when we are “invited guests” it’s fun to actually sit and be a guest! The menu cards matched their invitation, and really set off the color theme which was aubergine (eggplant purple) and dark red with ivory accents. The aubergine bichon table cloths looked amazing! So elegant!
Jill looked absolutely stunning! We had had a sneak preview when she came by the shop a couple of weeks earlier to try on veils and jewelry after her “trial run” of hair and makeup. But wow, all together with the gown and everything she looked amazing.
Her gown, another of the simply fabulous gowns of 09—was just beautiful. Simple, elegant, and shapely. At the back where it came down to a point above the train, probably about knee height, she wore one of our beautiful blingy brooches, it was just perfect there! Just the right touch.
Mike was at the mike from Transaudio and was his usual stellar self, keeping everything rolling and the crowd dancing.
What a wonderful evening. We had so much fun, and it was such a thrill to be able to make this such a special day for Jill and Ryan. It’s something we always strive for, but when it’s a couple that mean so much to us, it’s even more meaningful.