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Engaged? The First Three To-Do’s

January 19th, 2015

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“Congratulations! You’re Engaged!” You can hear it 100 times, but it’s still exciting. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed in the magical first days of your engagement, you’re not alone. Planning a wedding is an enormous journey that you are about to embark upon. But, have no fear – there are ways to make it as simple as possible!

First, take a deep breath, relax, and start at the beginning. There are three things you need to do as soon as you get engaged:

Create Your Preliminary Budget and Guest List

Before you can choose anything, you need to know roughly how many guests you are expecting and how much money you can set aside for your wedding budget. Start by having parents make lists of people they would ideally invite, and compare those to your own guest lists. Get an idea for how large the number could become, and then make it a point to have some serious discussions about your priorities and your resources. Find out, as graciously as possible, if there will be any contributions to hosting your special day and start a basic budget with a realistic number. You’ll refine your monetary and guest list goals later, but you need a point from which to begin.

Pick a Season

Most brides want to book a date early on so they can mark it on all their calendars and start counting down. While there is nothing wrong with picking a favored date (be it an anniversary, a special family day, etc.), it’s best to be flexible and select a certain season or month in case your favorite venue is booked for a certain day. Consider different times of day – if you prefer an evening wedding, perhaps the long days of summer is your ideal season.

Start Shopping for Your Perfect Venue

Once you know how many guests you plan to invite, how much you have to spend and when you are hoping to wed, it’s time to really invest some time in choosing your perfect venue. You can’t take any further steps, including booking vendors or spreading the word about your date, until you’ve secured the place where you will tie the knot. Don’t forget – the best venues book early, so make this one of the very first stops on your way to wedding bliss!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

Credit: PW Photography 

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Richmond Wedding: Jaymie and Anthony

January 12th, 2015

Jaymie and Anthony’s wedding is definitely one to remember!  We adored Jaymie’s gorgeous gown, and the lovely purple palette captured our hearts. Their wedding was a blast, but we don’t want to spill all of the details! Check out the video below to see this fabulous event in all of its glory:

Our deepest gratitude to Mari Harsan Studios for sharing this beautiful video!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Bridal Shows, Here We Come!

January 5th, 2015

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We have been gearing up for engagement season and we can’t wait to meet all the newly engaged couples!

One of the best ways to get a jump start on wedding plans is to join us at the upcoming bridal shows in Richmond. On Sunday, January 11, we’ll be at the Richmond Wedding Expo, held from 11:30am to 4:30pm at the Downtown Richmond Marriott. Tickets can be purchased for $12 at the door, or for $10 when purchased online HERE.

On Sunday, January 25, we’ll be at the Richmond Bridal Showcase, held at the Great Richmond Convention Center from 11am to 5pm. It’s always a whirlwind of a day- we just love meeting all of the eager brides! We’d encourage you to register in advance HERE to save $2 off of the admission price.

The shows are a great chance to meet our wedding pros in person, as well as view some of our favorite images from weddings past.  We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have. If you are a current Mansion bride, be sure to stop by and say hello!

We look forward to seeing you there!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

{Photo Credit: Mike Miriello}

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