July, 2013 | Mankin Mansion Blog

HMM in the News: Richmond Weddings Magazine!

July 29th, 2013

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It is that time again. Richmond Weddings Magazine is here and after a lot of hard work, we are thrilled to say that we were able to share our expertise in seven different articles!

Entertaining Your Guest in the River City—Page 22

Here Comes the Bride: Creative Ways to Make Your Entrance—Page 32

The Pros and Cons of Various Seating Arrangements—Page 57

What’s Trending in 2013—Page 140

Showing Your Wedding Party Appreciation—Page 150

7 Secrets to a Blissful Marriage—Page 160

Wedding Entertainment Ideas—Page 192

You can also find the beautiful Mansion wedding of Amy and Charles on page 114 with photos by Don Mears Photography.

Click HERE to find out where to pick up your latest copy. Our sincerest thanks to our friends at Richmond Weddings Magazine for the opportunity to contribute!

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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Distinctive Wedding Seating Displays

July 22nd, 2013

Seating displays are a magnificent way to showcase your wedding theme and personality. The seating chart is usually the first item your guests notice when arriving at your reception location, making it an ideal opportunity to make a grand impression.

However, it can be quite difficult to nail down that absolute perfect design to symbolize your wedding theme and overall reception feel. But have no fear; our experts here at Historic Mankin Mansion have compiled a fantastic list of unique wedding seating displays that will surely make your guests excited for the reception.

Yarn

This display is very bright and can be used for numerous wedding themes. Simply purchase an assortment of yarn colors and types.  Once you have acquired all the necessary yarn, develop and print out nametags along with the designated table number or name. Lastly, use a fabric pin to attach the tag to the yarn. This display is not only beautiful, but the yarn is wonderful décor as well.

yarn seating display

Heart Target

The heart target is not only breathtaking, but its look is decidedly modern, making it a wonderful seating display. The idea is to create a heart shaped target and then cover with arrows. The ends of the arrows are assembled with nametags matching your wedding colors. One of our favorites!

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Ladder

This seating display is wonderful for a garden wedding. Take a ladder and construct a twine railing so you can attach your nametags. Then, you can dress the ladder up any way that best suits your wedding theme. We love this concept because it is so adorable and makes for an idyllic photo backdrop.

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Tree

If your wedding theme revolves around nature, then this display is perfect for you. All the greenery and flowers create a whimsical touch making guest feel they have entered into a new world.

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Frames

If you are having a vintage themed wedding, then this display is right up your alley. You can construct any backdrop to match your colors, add various picture frames and place your nametags inside. The display resembles a vintage wall and is great to dress up with trunks or a vintage chair. Stunning!

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No matter what you choose, we are positive your seating display will be nothing short of amazing. Happy designing!

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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See you at the Richmond Wedding Expo this Sunday!

July 12th, 2013

The Richmond Wedding Expo organized by the wonderful Richmond Wedding Magazine is this Sunday, July 14,  at the Hilton Short Pump and we here at  Historic Mankin Mansion are excited to be a part of the day once again!

Doors open at 12pm and we cannot wait to talk to all of the eager brides about their weddings. Don’t miss out on the fun and be sure to register for the exciting door prizes that are up for grabs. Click HERE to register in advance.

We hope to see you there! Be sure to stop by, say hi and find out all that Historic Mankin Mansion has to offer you for your wedding!

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.

Photo Credit: http://www.richmondweddings.com

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Real Richmond Weddings: Megan and Donovan

July 10th, 2013

Here at Historic Mankin Mansion, we pride ourselves on having the most beautiful and unique weddings in Richmond. Our recent wedding of Megan and Donovan is a perfect example of this. Mason jars and simple centerpieces created a classic and feel while candy stations and funky photo booth props kept this wedding feeling current and fun. Our favorite part of the day would have to be the joy of the bride and groom that is evident in every single picture because that is what weddings are really about.

All of the magic and excitement of the day was flawlessly captured by Chris Fessler Photography. His beautiful pictures illustrated this couples unique decorative choices and one-of-a-kind spirit because of this; his photographs of the event are truly a joy to revisit. Take a closer look at more of them here.

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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Aisle A-List: We’d Love your Support!

July 8th, 2013

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This summer, Richmond Bride Magazine is hosting their second annual Aisle A-List survey, to select the best of the best wedding professionals  here in Richmond.  We’ve been most appreciative of everyone’s support of the Mansion over the years and thank you for considering us as you cast your vote.  All participants will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Strawberry Street Cafe and voting ends on July 31, 2013.

As you may remember, our wonderful fans, friends and colleagues voted us number one for both venue and offbeat ceremony location. This year, we would be most appreciative to be considered for Most Beautiful Ceremony Site (#32), Best Kept Secret (#34), Historic Reception Venue (#35) and Outdoor Venue (#36).

Please click HERE for more information and to vote. Thank you in advance for your support!

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 by Seth Roberts Photography

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Ring Bearer Signs

July 8th, 2013

The ring bearer has been a wedding tradition for years and we all love watching those adorable children walking down the aisle holding their important signs. Couples choose their extraordinary additions very carefully and they range among various individuals that hold a special place in your heart. Ring bearers can be boys, girls, siblings, your best friend’s child, your own special little person or anyone you wish to make a part of your grand day. A bonus is dressing them up because let’s face it, children’s clothing is simply adorable!

The days, ring bearer signs are becoming more customized with verbiage above and beyond the traditional “Here Comes the Bride.” Although tradition is always heartfelt if you are looking for something a little more unique or quirky, you’re in luck. We here at Historic Mankin Mansion have compiled several options that will certainly inspire.

Baby Wagon

What happens if your special little person is too small to walk down the aisle? No problem! Place them in an adorable decked-out wagon and just pull them along, just put the sign on the back. This is so sweet your guests will be gushing over this fun detail.

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Your child

Nowadays, many couples getting married already have children, so why not give them a very important job? We love the personalized sign! It will make you so proud and tears will be just around the corner once you see that handsome guy in his tiny suit.

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Humorous

If you’re going for a more laid back vibe, a humorous sign might be the best option for you. Plus, it is a good way to get your guest in the mind frame you desire for your big day.

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Formal

This sign would fit perfectly for a southern outdoor wedding. The ring bearer is all decked out in his stunning suit but keeping things a little light with his sign.

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Vintage

This has to be our favorite! We love the vintage feel captured by the ring bearer’s outfit (suspenders!). A simple block of wood is the perfect detail and easily becomes an addition to your wedding memorabilia.

ring bearer sign

No matter which road you choose to go down with your signs, there is no doubt in our minds that they will be sensational!

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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Fun Wedding Cake Toppers

July 1st, 2013

Yum…the tasty part of your wedding: the cake.

We all love cake in every shape and size; vanilla, chocolate, confetti, red velvet, the list just goes on and on. The wedding cake is a huge tradition to most couples. Wedding cakes are scrumptious and absolutely breathtaking with their personalized designs. The big question is…what to put on top to symbolize you as a couple?

Many couples like to stick with traditional cake toppers and use the small figurines that share a likeness to the bride and groom. But now days, couples are beginning to branch out and have become much more playful and imaginative with their cake toppers.

Our experts here at Historic Mankin Mansion has complied a list of new cake topper ideas that will surly make you get even more excited about cake. If that is even possible!

Nest

What better way to symbolize your new love nest than an actual birds nest? This topper is so adorable and delicate, guests are sure to swoon over it. The bird’s nest topper is great for an outdoor spring wedding. We can hear the birds chirping!

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Silhouettes

Silhouette toppers come in numerous options and are very eloquent. These toppers can be made to match just about any wedding theme and can be either romantic or playful. They are the whole package.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Humorous

Couples love showing off their funny bone when it comes to cake toppers. It’s always ideal to have guests enjoying themselves and getting laughs from your cake topper will do the trick. Funny toppers can be designed in so many ways: using costumes, bobble heads, animals just to name a few. This is a great way to let your imagination run wild!

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Natural

This cake topper is so charming and extremely simple. Take two pinecones, place them on top of your cake and dress them with a top hat and veil. A perfect match for an outdoors fall wedding, this cake topper is sure to make everyone smile.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Signs

Open to multiple sayings, a simple wood sign can make a huge impact. This topper is very unique and can be personalized for every wedding. Not to mention, it is breathtaking and heartfelt to look at.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Whether you keep things traditional or let your imagination go wild, we are certain your cake toppers will be a showstopper. Bon appetite!

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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