March, 2013 | Mankin Mansion Blog

Writing Your Wedding Announcement

March 25th, 2013

A wedding announcement is a formal write-up of the details of your wedding that is published in local or national newspapers. While it can sometimes be seen as old-fashioned and out-of-date, but many couples see it as a time honored tradition.

When choosing where the announcement should appear, consider places like your hometown, the groom’s hometown, where you as a couple currently live, or even grandparent’s hometown. On a national scale, choose a paper that you, your spouse and friends/family regularly read. Once you’ve selected where you want to send your announcement, make sure you know each of the paper’s requirements, some want it to be a certain length, some will want to write it themselves and all of them will have some sort of cost.

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After you’ve chosen where to submit your announcement, you have to actually write it. The must-includes are you and your spouse’s names, parents of the bride and groom’s names, the officiators name, the venues and the date of your wedding. Some other important details to include are a description of your wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses, your honeymoon destination and who gave you away. Just remember to keep it short and concise. If you are unsure what the paper is looking for exactly, we suggest picking up a copy and taking a look at the most recent wedding announcements they’ve published.

Despite your wedding announcement being published after you say ‘I do,’ it should be submitted at least six weeks before your wedding day, and with some publications they will want it sooner than that. Your chances of getting chosen increase the sooner the paper gets it. If you want a picture of you and your groom on your wedding day to go along with your announcement, some papers are willing to accommodate and print your announcement a few weeks post-wedding day. However, if you would like your announcement to be published immediately after, you will want to submit a picture along with your article ahead of time.

The most important thing is to make sure your announcement still comes off as uniquely yours. While the paper may want certain things included, you can still have fun with it by submitting a unique photo of you and your groom that makes you stand out.

Do you have any advice on writing your announcements? Let us know below!

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~Paula & Martin Ramirez
Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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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Above and Beyond Flowers

March 19th, 2013

Unique and Beautiful Wedding Bouquets!

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers! Who doesn’t love the feel that flowers bring to any occasion? They brighten up a venue with vibrant colors, add touches of memorable scents and can bring a smile to almost anyone. However, unlike the common misconception that all weddings must be full of flowers, your Big Day can be just as special with a few other creative touches.

If you’re a couple looking to add a pop of distinctiveness to your wedding, why not try something unconventional with your bouquets? This area of your wedding really allows brides and grooms to look outside the box and create an imaginative personal feel to the ceremony.

We understand that couples have a difficult time trying to grasp their creativity during the wedding planning process. We get it; this is a very exciting and whirlwind time. But have no fear; our Historic Mankin Mansion experts are here to lend a helping hand with these exceptional flowerless bouquet ideas!

This bouquet is beyond perfect for a spring/summer garden wedding. The bouquet is completely made out of colorful paper butterflies attached to a wire stem. Simply add a beautiful ribbon around the middle and you have a splendid bouquet that is sure to get your guests talking.

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A waffle cone bouquet! How fun is this idea? This sweet tooth inducing option is a waffle cone filled with marshmallows topped with gummies and accented with colorful sprinkles. Your deliciously stunning creation will mesmerize every one of your guest’s inner-child.

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Pine cones are a beautiful emphasis for fall and nature beauty. This arrangement is simply a grouping of pine cones assembled with twine, burlap or a colorful ribbon around the center. This would be delightful for any nature themed wedding!

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What better way to symbolized a winter wedding than vibrant red and white-stripped candy canes? This arrangement is not only visually appealing, but also kind on the wedding budget.

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Ocean front weddings are always fun and beautiful. Why not bring those aspects of the sea into your bouquet? The seashells are arranged in such a way to create an impressive bouquet; it’s whimsical and has numerous color possibilities.

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Whether your wedding bouquets are solely flowers or something different and unique, we here at the Historic Mankin Mansion wish you nothing but happiness and beautiful memories of your Big Day!

See You Soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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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Katelyn James Photography- The Workshop Experience

March 15th, 2013

We were so excited to host Katelyn James Photography’s The Workshop Experience here at the Historic Mankin Mansion where photographers from around the country attended to learn more about how to keep their business always moving forward!

It was great seeing the Mansion come to life in the off season and we’ve particularly loved revisiting the day with the following recaps:

Anna Kerns Photography
Sarah Goodwin Photography
Gina Petersen Weddings
KC Photography
Jessica Mae Photography
Karen Allen Photography
Kelly Ewell Photography
Taylor Whitham Photography

A big shout out to all the vendors that helped make this a huge success: Marvelous Things Photography who modeled for the event, Emily from Emily Hudspeth Hair and Makeup for making everyone looks so wonderful, Dana and Janie for their design and floral arrangements and Mosaic for catering the delicious food. And of course, Katelyn James for coming up with this wonderful workshop idea and allowing us to serve as the beautiful backdrop! For a behind the scenes look from the day, visit Katelyn’s blog HERE.

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~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue-What does it Mean?

March 11th, 2013

Wedding traditions and customs differ throughout the world depending on your culture and own personal style, and this one has been around since the English Victorian age. It comes from an old rhyme and each item (old, new, borrowed and blue) is supposed to bring the bride good luck in marriage. Something old should bring continuity from the bride’s family, something new brings her optimism for the future, something borrowed should be given by a family member who has been lucky in marriage so the new bride can ‘borrow’ her happiness and something blue represents purity and fidelity of the bride.

There are many ways to include this tradition into your wedding, and brides get more creative every year. We’ve found some great ideas on Pinterest that may inspire you to think out of the box.

 For ‘Something Old,’ breathe life into heirloom jewelry by attaching them to burettes is both creative and beautiful. Including an old family heirloom with your bouquet makes your flowers that much more unique. Or taking some of the lace from your mother’s or grandmother’s vintage wedding dress and turning into a hair piece can bring in that old tradition flare to your look.

 

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For ‘Something New’ clothing and accessories are always a good option. These can include your wedding dress or your wedding shoes. Another clever idea is a monogrammed necklace that feature your new initials.

 

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For ‘Something Borrowed,’ we suggest going the jewelry route. It’s the traditional way to go, but often family jewelry has important meaning behind it, not to mention, if you’re a bride on a budget it doesn’t hurt to save that expense. Another item that is often kept by brides is their garter, so borrowing a relatives is another good way to check off that ‘something borrowed’ box.

 

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Finally, for your ‘Something Blue’ there are several options. Some of our favorites mostly involved the shoes. If you’re not in the mood to wear blue shoes with your wedding dress, a somewhat hidden but adorable way to have your something blue is with stickers on the sole of your shoes that say a cute little message. Another great way, is tying a little blue ribbon onto your heel for your walk down the aisle. And one of our favorite ideas is taking blue fabric from a piece of clothing (like a relatives shirt) and sewing it into your dress. What a great way to honor someone that is close to your heart.

 

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Just remember to be creative and that your items come from the heart. And don’t forget, you can mix and match too, maybe a blue garter or an old and borrowed pair of earrings!

See You Soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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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