April, 2013 | Mankin Mansion Blog

Fun With Your Bridal Party

April 29th, 2013

Wedding planning can be very exciting, but also extremely stressful. Thankfully, you have wonderful people in your bridal party to help take your mind off planning and help you relax.

It’s customary for brides and grooms to enjoy activities with their bridal party, but deciding can be difficult. Do you take a trip? Go to a day spa? Take a night out to a popular club? There are numerous options, but picking that perfect activity can be hard to do. Traditionally, the maid of honor and best man plans this party, but that does not mean the bride and groom have no input. The challenging part of deciding is to ensure everyone involved will enjoy themselves.

We at the Historic Mankin Mansion have done a little research and have come up with several options everyone will enjoy and remember for years to come.

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Plan a trip to a local or out-of-town brewery for a day of beer tasting. This is mainly geared towards groomsmen, but can be enjoyable for bridesmaids as well. Beer tasting is both adventurous and enjoyable, plus you can purchase some new and exciting finds. Just remember to bring a driver or better yet rent a limo.

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Activities for both men and women, but this scenario is geared more towards bridesmaids. Set up lawn games like croquet, corn hole, ladder toss, badminton, and giant lawn checkers, then have your bridesmaids dress up in sundresses and turn the day into a glorified tea party. It will bring back childhood memories of playing with friends, plus be a good activity to help individuals relax and have fun.

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This is for all you outdoorsy groomsmen. Basically, talk amongst the group and pick a handful of outdoors activities that everyone would be interested in. Such activities could include skydiving, obstacle courses, go-cart racing, camping or fishing. These activities are great for releasing stress and strengthen bonds. Not to mention just plain fun and adventurous!

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This is our favorite for bridesmaids! Both the bride and bridesmaids go to a local thrift store and purchase some ugly bridesmaids dress, then it’s off to play some paintball! This activity is all about trashing the newly purchased dresses and letting loose with your friends. One of the best ways to abolish any pre-wedding stress!

The most important thing to remember is to have fun and enjoy your special moment!

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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Preserving Your Bouquet

April 22nd, 2013

After the wedding is all said and done you’re left with beautiful memories, lots of new gifts to open and a brand new spouse. To hold onto those memories many couples will frame pictures of their favorite moments and start using those wedding gifts. But many brides also want to hold onto their bouquet, and unfortunately flowers don’t naturally last that long. However, there are ways around it for not only petals but full bouquets.

When preserving your wedding bouquet, you can either DIY or take it to a professional, depending on your budget. First, there is the old-fashion method of drying your bouquet via hanging them upside down. To do this the right way, remove all of the lower leaves on the stems and divide them into small bunches, holding them together with a rubber band. And hang in a dry environment for about five days.

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Another more traditional and easier DIY way to preserve your bouquet is by pressing them. Selecting a few petals from your favorite blossoms and then putting them in between the pages in a heavy book for several days. This is a great method if you want to mount and frame them in a cute arrangement. If you don’t think you want to bother with the framing, you can also take your pressed petals to a pro and they can mount and arrange them for you.

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Finally, there is a much more high-tech way of preserving your flowers, freeze drying. However, this method is not DIY friendly and should be taken to a professional. This will yield the best looking results, and can make your bouquet look fresh and alive forever. The bouquet is put into a special vacuum sealed freezer and completely dehydrated. Your bouquet will remain 3-dimensional and perfectly preserved, but must be put into a glass dome or shadow-box.

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Any of these methods for preserving your wedding bouquet can be made to look beautiful for years to come, whether you hang it on your wall or just keep some of your favorite petals pressed into your wedding album.

 

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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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Entertaining Reception Games

April 15th, 2013

To many, the reception is the best part of a wedding. Now don’t get us wrong, we absolutely adore the ceremony, but the reception holds a special place in most people’s hearts.

A reception is for tasty food, delicious drinks, questionable dancing and various games the delightful newlyweds have conjured up. Traditional reception activities like the question game or horseshoes have always been a success, but if you’re the kind of couple that is looking to spice up your reception, take a stab at something original.

We here at the Historic Mankin Mansion understand that deciding on new reception amusements can be somewhat difficult, but have no fear. Here are several innovative games that are sure to get your guest up and moving during your reception.

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This fun lawn game has become all the rage! It is simple, engaging and easy to assemble. The best part of corn-hole is the board and beanbags can be personalized for your wedding. You can add portraits, a monogram or even your favorite team onto the playing board, which really makes the game a personalized touch.

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A very traditional lawn game, croquet that can be enjoyed by all ages!  It’s an easygoing game that can be set up on any lawn, plus the set up is kind to the budget. Not to mention croquet creates an ideal photo opportunity!

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Who doesn’t enjoy Jenga? This game is an enlarged lawn version of the classic that everyone loves. Lawn Jenga is perfect for a small lawn and can be enjoyed by several participants. This activity is sure to get your guest engaged and laughing at your reception.

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Bowling is so much fun and a great activity for guests who are not interested in dancing. This game is easy to set up, does not require much lawn space and is entertaining for all ages.

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This could be a little difficult for ladies in dresses, but they would be more than happy to watch the men hop towards the finish line. Sack races transports guests to childhood and will give nothing but pure bliss. The added bonus is watching the show!

Whether your wedding reception is packed with games or you stick to traditional activities, we are confident that your Big Day will be a hit! With so many games to choose from, it could be hard to pick just one! Happy playing!

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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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Wedding Registry 101

April 8th, 2013

One of the most fun activities you and your fiancé will do after getting engaged is your wedding registry. There is nothing better than walking into your favorite department store and go on a huge shopping spree and not have to pay a dime.

Living in the 21st century means that making your registry is simple, you can do it in person or you can set it up all on-line. At most major department stores like Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Macy’s you can click on their registry page, set yours up and shop away. When you’re choosing where you want to register, we suggest making a checklist of everything you want and figure out which places have them. Make sure not to go overboard, pick a couple national stores and one local place if you really love it. Also remember to check that your registry will be available for your guests to view on-line, so they can purchase your gift at their convenience.

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When deciding how much you should be registering for, just remember too much is better than too little. Department stores aren’t going to force you to buy the leftover items after the wedding (although some do offer discounts if you do), so make sure there are an adequate number of items to go around so that everyone can find a good gift.

When choosing your items, make sure you have varying prices. Not everything should cost at least $200 because most likely not all of your guests will have that kind of money to spend. Have some of the more pricey gifts listed, but also items that are under $100 and under $50. Your guests will certainly appreciate it.

Just remember, include your fiancé in the process, be practical about what you choose and have fun with it. Also, don’t forget, thank you cards always go a long way. Happy Registering!

 

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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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Fun Bridal Party Favors

April 1st, 2013

Best friends, family members and those crazy individuals that bring a certain flair to your life, make a couples wedding not only fun and memorable, but also possible. From jumping up and down with you after announcing your engagement to wiping the tears from your face, the bridal party is the backbone of a successful wedding.

Bridal parties put their hearts and souls into your ‘big day’ and assure the event runs beautifully.  They come in all shapes and sizes, some have been there from the beginning and others come later, but all fit perfectly into your life. A wedding requires a lot of time and effort from those special people, so it is very important to put a good deal of thought into your bridal party gift.

Many traditional gifts include jewelry, flasks, personalized clothing or engraved glasses, all of which are very thoughtful and appreciative. However, if your looking to get creative and give your special bridal party something he or she would love, here are some favors sure to amaze!

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Personalized bobble heads! Who would have thought of this? These bobble heads are fun and extremely exclusive; a favor everyone can appreciate and cherish for years to come. You can create entertaining characters for each individual person. Design a superhero, princess or favorite animal for your exciting bridal party.

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Drink coolers are very popular for wedding favors. Most of the time they contain the couple’s names and wedding date, sometimes a fun quote. However, this drink cooler raises the bar with its material and engraving. This favor is both handy and elegant.

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Always looking for that bottle opener that is hidden behind all the other utensils? Here is a great bridal party favor that is useful and thoughtful. The key chain doubles as a bottle opener, plus you can engrave witty phrases or just names into the metal.

 

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Today, almost everyone has their iPhone glued to their side, so why not give a favor that will surely be used frequently. Personalized iPhone cases can be used for both groomsmen and bridesmaids. Simply choose patterns to fit each individual and finish it off with initials.

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Every bridesmaid would love this thoughtful favor! An engraved compact is helpful and convenient. Not to mention, the compact is absolutely stunning.

Good luck finding the perfect bridal party gifts! We are sure they will be nothing but amazing!

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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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