June, 2013 | Mankin Mansion Blog

Parent Wedding Gifts

June 24th, 2013

It is time to recognize those individuals that have been behind you since day one. Yes, we are talking about your beloved parents. They are there the first time you ride a bike, when you get your heart broken, first job opportunity and on the most important day of your life, your wedding. Parent gifts are extremely special and usually end in tears on both ends. The only trouble is finding that absolute perfect gift to express all your gratitude and love.

Here at Historic Mankin Mansion, we have search high and low for gift ideas that will surly bring a tear to their eye and warm their heart. Here comes the love!

Utensils

This gift is not only so very thoughtful, but also useful. Purchase elegant dining ware and have it engraved specially for your parents. This gift is a guaranteed to make your parents feel your love.

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Wedding Photo

Your parents will no doubt be thrilled with any weddings photos you choose to give them but why not surprise them with a personalized image created only for them. Purchase a chalkboard, write a heartfelt message and smile big for the camera. Your parents will be so surprised that they just might purchase this photo in the largest possible print!

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Monogramed Hankies

There is no doubt that tears will be flowing on your wedding day, so giving your parents a personalized hankie to wipe those tears away is ideal. However, a word of caution, it could invoke more tears because this gift is particularly touching.

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Clothes Hanger

This present is beautiful, useful and wonderfully personalized. We use clothes hangers everyday and what better gift to give your parents than something they can see and use daily. Plus, the couples hangers matched with the parents’ will make a great photo opportunity.

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Parents are your backbone and we are positive any gift you present them on your wedding day will touch their hearts and bring tears to their eyes.

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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Bridal Party Responsibilities

June 17th, 2013

It is such an honor to be asked to be in one of your close friends or family’s wedding. But when the dust has settled and planning the wedding begins, there can be a lot that goes into being a member of the bridal party. There are different expectations for every wedding, as every bridal party is unique, but we have a few general guidelines for both groomsmen and Bridesmaids that may help.

For the groomsmen, there are three main assumptions. These include paying for your tux or suit, paying for and hosting the bachelor party and buying a wedding gift from the registry.

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Being a bridesmaid tends to be a little bit more involved than being a groomsman. The main expectations include many of the same as the groomsmen with paying for your dress, hosting and paying for the bridal shower and buying a wedding gift from the registry. However, there is a new tradition that has become much more popular in the last several years- paying for and hosting the bachelorette party.

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These expectations are general guidelines of what the bridal party can expect to pay for, but every wedding and every couple is different, prices can vary depending on the extravagance of the wedding. Make sure before asking someone to be in the wedding they can take on the financial commitment, no one should feel pressured to pay for more than they can afford.

The most important thing to remember is that the bridal party is there to make the wedding a little easier on the bride and groom and to make the celebration more fun!

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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Homemade Wedding Favors

June 10th, 2013

Wedding favors are given out so your guests can take a little piece of your wonderful day with them. What better way to show your exquisite family and friends your appreciation than homemade favors? You and your groom can throw all your love into little homespun goodies creating a more personal gift that guests can thoroughly enjoy.

We here at Historic Mankin Mansion understand designing that perfect handmade favor can be quite challenging. It can be difficult narrowing down a gift to symbolize you as a couple and be useful to your extraordinary guests. But have no fear! Our experts are here to lend an imaginative hand with these fun and thoughtful handmade favors.

Goodies

A very popular handmade favor is something tasty and delectable. The more traditional food favors usually include: jams, cookies, honey and various candies just to name a few. These goodies are always a good idea and very much enjoyed by all, but if you are looking for something a little more adventurous and unique, check out these exciting food favors! Granola, tea packaged in test tubes, bread, pickles. These are so distinctive and delicious; anyone of them is a sure-fire hit!

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Keychain

Many couples enjoy handing out key chains to their family and friends. Key chains are a great favor because they have no expiration date and are extremely useful. Our current favorite is the Lego key chain matched with a touching explanation. Beyond adorable!

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Soap

Why not make something individuals use everyday? Soap is a wonderful handmade favor to give guests. There are endless possibilities for color and scent, so they really can be crafted towards your wedding theme.

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Plants

Who doesn’t love Mother Nature and all her beauty? A potted plant creates a pleasing feeling and really brings light and happiness into ones home. Not to mention, all the love it takes to make something grow, what better way to symbolize your wedding day?

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Buttons

This homemade favor is very interesting and has not been overly done. Buttons are fun, creative and bring happiness to everyone. Simply choose definitions you want share and encase it onto the button. They are very kindhearted and can be extremely informative. Genius!

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No matter what you decide to send your guest off with, we are absolutely positive they will be unique and heartwarming! Good luck and remember to think outside the box. Have fun!

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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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Richmond Wedding: Megan and Donovan!

June 5th, 2013

We just adore wedding films. So we were just thrilled when Curated Life Films sent us this gorgeous trailer from Megan and Donovan’s recent wedding.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

 

Megan & Donovan from Curated Life Films on Vimeo.

You can also click HERE to view it as well. Our thanks to Curated Life Films for sharing!

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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 Aisle Runners

June 5th, 2013

There are a number of ways to make your wedding unique to you and your fiancé, one of which is having a memorable aisle runner. Traditionally, aisle runners have been done with carpets covered in flower petals but more creative ideas have started to become popular.

As always, Pinterest has provided us with some great ideas to share. If you would like to stay with using flowers you can create extravagant patterns or even monogrammed initials to don the aisle.

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Using words on the aisle can create a story of the couple. You can use a poem or quote from a book that has significance to your relationship. Photos or excerpts from emails or text messages that have been exchanged throughout the relationship are a nice touch as well.

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Using a fabulous fabric can tie the wedding together with the use of a pattern that is seen throughout the event such as chevron or even an ombre color palette.

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Aisle runners are not usually at the top of the list for most couples when planning their ceremony, but we think they can add a special and unique touch for the guests and couple to enjoy.

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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Bringing Bridesmaids to Your Wedding

June 3rd, 2013

In case you missed it, Bridesmaids a one of kind movie that nearly everyone loved- especially brides! They could relate to the not-so-perfect wedding planning moments and the sisterly bond that most bridal parties come to share.

So why not bring a little bit of that movie magic into your real wedding?

One of our brides did and we were thrilled to see her Bridesmaids-remake photos featured on Here Comes the Lovely.  It is fun to get creative with wedding photos and it seems we are not the only one who enjoys a humorous and light-hearted wedding photo.

Thanks Here Comes the Lovely for sharing this bride’s special moment with her dearest friends.

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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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