August, 2012 | Mankin Mansion Blog

Richmond Wedding Reception Tips: Seating

August 27th, 2012

Today we thought we’d take a break from our Real Weddings to discuss something that comes up quite often with our brides- wedding reception seating!

The reception seating arrangements at your wedding say something about the event – it might be that you are planning a casual and high-energy party, or a formal, sophisticated affair. Spend some time thinking about these different seating styles and how you can best complement your menu and entertainment while accommodating your loved ones on your big day!

Assigned Seating: this is the most formal of the seating styles. Each guest is assigned a specific place at a specific table. It is most useful when there is a plated meal with more than one entrée option as the place cards can be coded to indicate which one each guest chose, and serving staff can be given notes before the event starts to make the event run more efficiently.  Assigned seating also allows hosts to help smooth social interactions by placing guests with mutual interests strategically together (and those with potential conflicts conveniently apart). It is appropriate any time of day, but particularly so at a formal dinner. Another variation on this theme is assigning tables and allowing guests to choose their specific seat. Assigned tables are great for stationed meals or plated meals where service staff doesn’t have to match diners to their selected entrée.

Cocktail Style Seating with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres: Cocktail seating is often informal, fun and dynamic. A common style in traditional southern weddings, guests are not assigned seats and instead are encouraged to mingle. Pub-style tall cocktail tables may be used with or without stools for guests to perch on while enjoying passed or stationed hors d’oeuvres served in small bites. Lower, bistro-style cocktail tables can also compliment this type of reception. The signatures of a cocktail seating event are lots of variety and energy; perfect for a morning or late afternoon event, or later (post-dinner period) get-together. Timing is critical because guests should be clued in by the hour that they may not be served a full meal (although, often there is plenty of food at a cocktail-style reception to satisfy even the hungriest guest).

Open Seating: This style requires the least effort on the part of the hosts and is great for less formal events where the goal is to have a great party with few limits. Enough seating is generally provided for all guests; however, they are permitted to choose their own tables and places. It is a good idea to reserve a handful of tables to accommodate the bridal party, immediate family and newlyweds at an open seating event as they may be tied up with photo or social obligations during seat selection and it is comforting to know that their positions are secure.

Family Style Seating: Family style seating is increasing in popularity can be assigned or open. The term describes a method of service in which guests are presented with heaping plates of food, sometimes including entrees and side dishes, much like they would be at home or at a holiday dinner. Once presented, everyone serves themselves. Family style meals bring groups of friends and family closer together and are perfect for intimate gatherings any time of day.

You have many options when you are considering ways to place your guests. Explore each together with your fiancé and your closest family and decide what best lends itself to your unique event!

See you soon,

~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Photo credit: PW Photography

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Richmond Wedding: Jennifer and Daniel!

August 24th, 2012

We love when a couple is just so full of love and wants to make us a part of their special day. As soon as we met Jennifer and Daniel we could just tell this was going to be a fun filled wedding.

We adore how they decided to take the less traditional route with their abundance of cupcakes placed on beautiful pedestals. And we have no doubt you’ll love their cake topper as much as we did!

Thank you to Jennifer and Daniel for letting us share in their special day. And a huge thank you to Nick Kessler Photography as well for allowing us to use these wonderful photos.

See you soon,

~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

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Richmond Wedding: Sarah and Chris!

August 17th, 2012

Sarah and Chris just recently got married at the Mansion and we could not wait to share their photos with you all! This wedding had all of the special details from touches of pink, pretty pedestaled cupcakes and sparklers. Not to mention the couple was just fantastic to work with and the love between them just radiated throughout their wedding day.

We want to thank Laura Gordon Photography for capturing and sharing all of these lovely images.

See you soon,

~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

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Richmond Wedding: Carolyn and John!

August 10th, 2012

Some of you may have seen a rather gorgeous sneak peek on our Facebook Fan Page and today, we’re delighted to feature the recent wedding of Carolyn and John courtesy of PW Photography!
It’s always fun to see how a bride puts her own creative spin on the Mansion- we just love the colors she selected! :)

We were fortunate to work with this great wedding team that day:

Photographer: PW Photography
Officiant: Andy Mutter
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals of Virginia
Caterer: White House Catering
Flowers: Flowers by Mona Ray
Cake: Baker’s Kitchen
Entertainment: Martin Ramirez

Our special thanks to Pete and Liliana of PW Photography for sharing this lovely wedding with us!

See you soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

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Inspired by this Feature!

August 7th, 2012

Just a few days ago, we shared gorgeous images from The Brides Cafe summer inspiration shoot here at the Mansion. We just can’t get enough of all of the gorgeous details and we’re happy to report that we aren’t the only ones!

Today, Inspired by this is featuring the shoot so get ready to start swooning all over again!

Click here for the feature in its entirety. Our special thanks again to Janie with The Brides Cafe for including us in the shoot and our thanks to Inspired by this for the feature!

See you soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

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The Richmond Bridal Showcase

August 6th, 2012

We love meeting newly engaged couples and this Sunday, August 12 ,we will be doing just that at the Richmond Bridal Showcase and we can’t wait to meet you!

The Richmond Bridal Showcase is located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and will take place from 11am to 5pm. The bridal show will feature a fashion show that will showcase the latest fashions for brides, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom. The Wedding Idea Gallery will introduce attendees to the top trends for floral arrangements, tablescapes, cakes and photography. With over 150 of Richmond’s finest vendors on hand this is the perfect one stop shop to plan your perfect wedding.

Tickets are available online and at the door for $10. Don’t miss out on exciting bridal event, we sure do hope we see you there!

See you soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

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Summer Inspiration Shoot with The Bride’s Café

August 1st, 2012

We shared our excitement over the Mansion being featured in both The Bride’s Café and Reverie Magazine just the other day in the blog. Now we would like to share a few of our favorite images courtesy of Anne Robert Photography.

~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

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