Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Gina and Rob 3/18/2011
All in all it was a really special wedding! Lots of thought and preparation paid off in a celebration that was personal to the couple, and very special to their guests.
Congrats you two! Many happy years together!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
A "theme" does not have to be "fishing" or "Chicago." It can be a monogram that starts on your invitations and then is replicated on your wedding cake and personalized gobo. It can be a color or flower that your guests see repeated on all of your wedding stationary from the save the dates to the thank you cards as well as the cake and centerpieces.
I thought that this was an ADORABLE wedding theme for two people who met in elementary school. It could also be used for two teachers getting married. It's elegant, classy yet personal and so very much the couple.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
It's going to be beautiful! And it's really going to make the front of the chapel a spectacular backdrop for our chapel ceremonies.
Stay tuned for more updates as they become available! :)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Colin is so dead on with this article! Timing is SOOOOO important! I love what he says about how we have all been to weddings where the ceremony starts 25 minutes late, the cocktail hour drags on and on (usually because the photographer has delayed the couple with pictures) dinner is delayed or takes FOREVER to serve. We have folks come in on a regular basis, expecting that this is just the "norm" for a wedding. Not so at Aberdeen. We work really hard to keep things on track, make sure that everything starts when it is supposed to start and ends when it's supposed to end. This is what makes for an enjoyable wedding and reception! The flow of the party is so important, and as Colin says, you don't want your guests to start looking at their watches! That's the kiss of death for a party, because usually, as soon as they start looking at their watches, their next move is to look for their car keys!
I'm always surprised by the people that come in 10, 15, even 20 minutes late for a ceremony! They always seem to look at me with this puzzled expression on their faces that says "Gosh, they started on time? Amazing!" I guess that they are so used to ceremonies being late that these folks just add 15 minutes to the time on the invitation automatically!
My feeling on this is that if you say 5 o'clock, you should start at 5 o'clock. It's not fair to your guests who ARE on time to make them sit and wait. More important, if your ceremony runs late, it's going to make everything else start to run late because it will short you on time for your pictures etc. It's a domino effect, and it's really hard to recover, once that first domino--the ceremony time--is tipped!
Good timing is something that Aberdeen Manor has become known for. You have myself or my daughter Megan, there to make sure that everyone is on track and on schedule. We keep the party moving, we serve your dinner in a timely manner, and if your photographer is dragging out the photos and delaying you, we aren't afraid to tell the photographer, nicely but firmly, that they need to wrap it up so that we can move along. Incidentally, this is another reason why using a photographer from our Favorites List is so helpful, to you and us as well. The photographers on our list KNOW that we keep things on time, and they are great at making everything fit together, getting the photos taken, and keeping everything on time. One of our photographers, plus Transaudio as your DJ and you have a golden combination that is going to help to keep your special day running smoothly, and your guests happy and excited about your day.
Remember, the day may be about the two of you, but it is also about your guests. The thoughtful couple wants their guests to have the time of their lives, as well as themselves. There is nothing better after your wedding, than having one of your guests tell you, even years later, that YOUR wedding was the BEST wedding they ever attended!
Timing IS everything!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I remember back when they first started using the bar codes on things and everyone thought they were just an unnecessary little annoyance! I really believe that these QR codes are something that is going to open up some huge possibilities for linking information, particularly in magazine advertising. They just haven't hit their "tipping point" yet.
So those of you who read this blog, have you ever used this new technology with your smart phone? What do YOU think about it? Is this something you think you would use in the future? Are you as excited about the possibilities as I am? I am really interested to know what our clients and customers think about these! You can comment here, or email me directly at email@example.com if you're shy! :)
Thanks in advance for your help.
Oh and by the way, THANK YOU to everyone that replied to our Survey Monkey survey about the Taste!
We got some really great suggestions and ideas to help us to make the next one even better!
As ever, happy weddings!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Peacock feathers do have their disadvantages though. The peacocks drag those long, long tails around behind them, all folded up, and then when they get really ticked at another peacock, or they see their lady love peahen, they fan it out ala NBC. Consequently they are one sided, because the peacock doesn't really care what the view from the side or back is, he is only concerned about his tail being visible to whomever he is facing.
This makes for some unique problems when it comes to using these gorgeous jewel like feathers in floral arrangements and bouquets.
We have used them flat on the placecard table, under a fitted glass, with wonderful results. We have also done this on the cake table, and it looked amazing. It just doesn't work though to put a few feathers in a vase. It takes some special talent to make them work.
Our wedding this evening really showed what you could do with peacock feathers to use them to best advantage.
The bridesmaids wore black gowns with teal sashes, and the groomsmen wore black tuxes with teal ties and vests. It was a very elegant look.
The bouquets and boutonnieres had fresh flowers with peacock eye feathers and sword feathers mixed in. Just enough to nod to the peacock theme ( you don't want to SCREAM it! Peacock feathers can easily be overdone :)
All in all, Ryan and Jessica did a terrific job designing their wedding! It was done with style, elegance, and just the right amount of pizzazz! And, it never hurts to have a stunning and elegant bride as the centerpiece!
Congratulations you two! It was a beautiful evening for a delightful couple!
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Not only can Nicole save you money, she can tell you about where you are going, usually from firsthand experience. So stop in and talk with her, she is here during our walk in hours on Thursdays 12 to 8, Fridays and Saturdays 12 to 5. You can call her for an appointment, or take your chances. Either way, doesn't it make sense to save some money on that honeymoon?
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
ANYWAY, if you would like to enter the drawing for this wonderful 3 days in Vegas with airfare for two deal, you need to stop in and see Nicole, and fill out your entry. We will be drawing the winners on April 30th!
Stop by during our "walk in" hours--Thursday from 12 to 8, Friday or Saturday from 12 to 5.
Oh, and by the way, your odds of winning this trip are MUCH better than your odds in Vegas! But that's another story!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Megan and Trey, Jim and I spent four days in "Sin City" this week at the Catersource Conference. Awesome! The conference gave us an amazing rate at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, which just opened December 15th. It's the first time in my life that I wanted to just stay in my hotel room with a glass of wine and not leave! This was the view from the balcony:
The hotel was magnificent, so many fabulous ideas. Our favorite was the "Chandelier Bar" It's breathtaking! A three story high Empire style chandelier, and the actual bars (three of them, one on each floor) are INSIDE it! Awesome.
The first time we saw it, Trey said "why couldn't we do something like that behind the head table?" (See, we really WERE working! :) Wow!! Would that be a spectacular look! We are on it! More news on that to come. Of course, the Chandelier Bar was made from over 2 million Swarovski crystals, so let's not expect it to be an EXACT replica! We're going to do something cool though, for sure!
It actually reminds me of the first time we saw the fountains at Bellagio and I told Jim that I wanted to put something like that in front of the building. His comment? "Well, I can go out and wiggle the landscaping sprinklers and hum!" I guess until we get slot machines in the lobby of the Manor we will need to scale it back a bit, however we ARE going to do some cool new stuff!
All four of us brought back a ton of ideas from the show, the hotels, and the sessions we attended. More to come in the next couple days, but I need to get to the Manor for our Taste of Aberdeen this afternoon!
More to come! Happy Weddings!