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!  :)