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Tips For Working With Your DJ

June 29th, 2015

Congratulations, you’ve hired an amazing DJ (if you’re a Mansion couple, then it’s Martin!) for your wedding and now its time to follow these tips to help ensure you have the best possible DJ experience!

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Pre-Wedding Meet-Up

Because of the convenience of the Internet, some people will hire a DJ online after reviewing their website without actually meeting the DJ face to face. If you’ve already booked your DJ make sure that you have an actual in person pre-wedding meet-up so that they can get a feel for your personality and the types of music and vibe you’ll want during your day. Couples booked here at the Mansion have an extensive meeting with our DJ, so we’ll have you covered!

Talk Out the Timeline

A wonderful perk to choosing a DJ for your wedding is that they can also act as your MC. As the MC, your DJ can help to tour guide the day and keep everyone on track. They are the perfect person to introduce the wedding party at the reception or announce that the cake is being cut. By discussing your timeline with your DJ in advance, you can make sure that everyone is on the same page for how you would like the day to unfold. Also discussing your timeline means you don’t have to worry about managing things on your big day!

Do and Do Not Play Lists

Everyone has their own favorite song so make sure you let your DJ know the must play music that you definitely will want played. You don’t want to wait all night and never hear your favorite jam. On the flip side, also be sure that you specify songs that make you cringe and that you do not want played!

Hopefully these tips will help you in your planning to have the best possible experience with your wedding DJ!

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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Richmond Wedding: Dawnee and Joe

June 22nd, 2015

Dawnee and Joe’s wedding here at Historic Mankin Mansion was truly a day of wonder! Between Dawnee’s flowing dress, her tiara, and her bridesmaids’ soft blue dresses, this special wedding was one reminiscent of a fairy tale. Dawnee played the princess part well, as the whole day was just bursting with magical details (hello, horse-drawn carriage!).

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Joe played the perfect prince to his bride and we were just in awe at the love and passion between the two. This pair was a delight to work with – we were so blessed to host their big day! We wish all of the best to Dawnee and Joe – you deserve nothing less!

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Looking to see more of this inspirational wedding? Click through to see the full feature by Paul Harrison Photography. He also captured Dawnee’s gorgeous bridal portraits at the Mansion – such lovely pictures all around!

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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Aisle A-List: We’d love your support!

June 11th, 2015

This summer, Richmond Bride Magazine is hosting their 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 greatly thank you for considering us as you cast your vote! As you may remember, our wonderful fans, friends and colleagues have voted us one of the top farewell brunch locations, rehearsal dinner locations, wedding DJ’s, reception location for a small wedding, place to overnight on your wedding night, place to hold your bridal shower and outdoor wedding site.

This year, we’d be most appreciative if you’d consider us for:

  • #5 – Best B&B in Virginia for a wedding
  • #17 – Best One-Stop Wedding Location
  • #49 – Rehearsal Dinner Location
  • #55 – Under-the-Radar Wedding Ceremony Site
  • #60 – Outdoor Wedding Site
  • #62 – Historic Wedding Reception Site
  • #65 – Under-the-Radar Wedding Reception Site
  • #80 – Reception Venue for a Small Wedding
  • #81 – Reception Venue for a Large Wedding

All participants will be entered into a drawing for a 2-night summer getaway at the Gaylord National Resort and voting ends on July 31, 2015. Please click HERE for more information and to vote. Thank you in advance for your support!

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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Richmond Wedding: Lindsey & Samuel

June 8th, 2015

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful spring wedding, with bursts of color from blooming flowers and the melody of bird songs in the air. You’ll have to understand why we were so crazy about Lindsey and Sam’s big day! The wedding’s precious lilac and soft pink accents played perfectly into the airy spring feel of the day and we couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out! Also, can we just take a minute to appreciate the beauty of Lindsey’s dress!?

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Kudos to the lovely Lauren D Rogers for the gorgeous pictures. See the full feature of Lindsey and Sam’s wedding day here – eye candy is guaranteed! Lauren and Sam were such a blessing to have on our grounds – we wish all the best for the two of you!

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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Plan Your Dream Wedding… Within a Budget

May 18th, 2015

We get it – amidst all the flower picking and cake tasting, budgeting is the last thing you want to think about. But forgetting about your budget can set you up for some post-wedding blues! Don’t think you can’t have the wedding you want on a budget – you absolutely can with some creativity! Read on for a few tips and tricks on having your dream wedding on your real budget.

Plan It Out

First and foremost, you want to make sure you have a budget to begin with. We’re not talking about some sky-high number that seems right for what you want. Take some time with your partner to sit down and look at all of the details for your wedding and develop a realistic budget to stick to.

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Source: Wedding Wire

 

Be Realistic

The key word from the first point is to be realistic. In other words, perhaps hiring Beyoncé to perform at your wedding is a bit out of reach. As a couple, it’s time to strike out those impractical ideas that just won’t work for your wedding, understanding that spending extra on, say, linens or floral arrangements will draw funds from the other parts of your wedding.

Talk to Your Vendors

When it comes to working with wedding professionals, there’s no harm in asking for creative ideas for staying within your budget. Many vendors are understanding of budgetary restrictions and can run you through your options.

Saving money while planning a wedding is not always an easy feat, but if you take the right steps, it can be a breeze! The key to not getting carried away is to remember that your wedding day is about the love and commitment between you and your partner – not the amount of money you spent on it. Happy planning!

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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Richmond Wedding: Ali and Brendan

May 4th, 2015

Today, we’re sharing Ali and Brendan’s lovely fall wedding, captured by the talented C. Tyler Corvin Studio! Having met at VCU, it was only natural that Ali and Brendan tied the knot in Richmond. These two were just the sweetest couple and we were so delighted to host their wedding on our grounds. We guarantee you’ll be swooning over their gorgeous grey and yellow color palette, so scroll on if you want to see some major eye candy!

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There was no hiding the love that Ali and Brendan felt together and it’s clear that these two are a match made in heaven!

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504177945In addition to the pretty grey and yellow details, we are just crazy about Ali’s royal blue Toms – talk about “something blue”!

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504193279Ali and Brendan were extra sweet to their guests and had a fun, sugary candy bar to match their colors!

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Sparks were surely flying at Ali and Brendan’s wedding! Many thanks to C. Tyler Corvin Studio for such incredible pictures. Our team at Historic Mankin Mansion wishes all the best to Ali and Brendan – we loved having you!

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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Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

April 27th, 2015

Have you found your “something old, new, borrowed, and blue?” You may be surprised to find out that this well-known saying is missing a final item. This Victorian era tradition started from the Old English rhyme “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe” but most American brides choose to leave out the silver coin (although you can easily incorporate the tradition by purchasing a sixpence at your local bride shop or at online retailers such as Amazon). Each item of the tradition is a token of good luck for the bride and helps to ensure a happy marriage.

Here are some ideas for how you can incorporate this tradition into your big day!

Something Old

Something old symbolizes continuity with the bride’s family and the past. Add something old by incorporating a piece of jewelry from a family member. If you already have your wedding jewelry picked out use a family member’s brooch to pin the binding of your bouquet! If you are going for a modern look and you are afraid that antique jewelry may not work with your look try pinning a brooch to the inside of your dress, it doesn’t have to be visible but you can still have this special memento close to your heart!

Source left: WedLuxe Photo Credit: Misty Enright Photography Source right: Brides Photo Credit: Perry Vaile

Source left: WedLuxe Photo Credit: Misty Enright Photography Source right: Brides Photo Credit: Perry Vaile

Something New

Something new symbolizes optimism for the future. Something new can be an easy item to check off your list if you are wearing a new wedding dress, new wedding makeup, or new garter!

Source left: Bride Guide Photo Credit: The Becker Source right: Green Wedding Shoes Photo Credit: Carl Zoch

Source left: Bride Guide Photo Credit: The Becker Source right: Green Wedding Shoes Photo Credit: Carl Zoch

Something Borrowed

Something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness. Borrow an item from a happily married family member or friend and let their marriage act as an inspiration for your happiness. Borrow your veil or jewelry from a woman whose marriage you admire!

Source left: Want That Wedding Photo Credit: Rylee Hitchner Source right: hey Wedding Lady Photo Credit: Ellie Asher

Source left: Want That Wedding Photo Credit: Rylee Hitchner Source right: hey Wedding Lady Photo Credit: Ellie Asher

Something Blue

Something blue symbolizes purity and fidelity. The color blue also represented love in ancient roman times. Add something blue to your wedding day by wearing blue shoes or by tying a blue sash around your dress. For a hidden blue detail have a seamstress add your monogram and wedding date to the lining of your dress.

Source left: The Perfect Palette Source top right: Style Me Pretty Photo Credit: Kelly Sauer Source bottom right: Style Me Pretty Photo Credit: Mint Photography

Source left: The Perfect Palette Source top right: Style Me Pretty Photo Credit: Kelly Sauer Source bottom right: Style Me Pretty Photo Credit: Mint Photography

Now that you have a few ideas on how to incorporate something old, new, borrowed, and blue to your wedding day remember that regardless of what you wear you’re going to have an amazing day and a marriage full of love!

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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Personalizing your Wedding

April 20th, 2015

Wedding personalization is a hot trend and we don’t see it going anywhere any time soon.  A wedding day belongs to the couple, so why not show it in the details? Today, we’re sharing a few ideas on how to customize your wedding to you and your partner’s liking, but remember: when it comes down to it, wedding personalization is all about being creative together!

Initials

What better than to showcase your brand new initials at your reception? Whether it’s done through monogram lighting or as simple as a stamp on your programs or menus, your new initials will be a perfect way to honor your marriage!

Shared Moments

Did you and your other half meet at a wine tasting? Was your first date to a sporting event? Do you share a passion for dogs or for running? Whatever it is, there is surely a way for you and your partner to incorporate your lives together into the details of your wedding.

Honor Your Heritage

Whether Jewish, Indian, Scottish, or Chinese, every culture has certain wedding customs that can easily be adapted into your ceremony. Talk to your family or your in-laws to learn more about the cultural traditions that you can include in your wedding. From the clothing worn to the colors displayed to the food served, there is certainly a way to honor your families on your big day.

Pick the Right Tunes

Of course, there are those songs that are played at every wedding. But, if you want to really amp up the personalization, have a chat with your DJ or band. Share your favorite songs and why they mean so much to you – they are experts in crafting playlists for the night, so let them take it from there!

Photos

A picture is worth a thousand words and weddings are no exception. Include pictures of your loved ones, those who couldn’t join, and even baby pictures of you and your partner. Your guests will love to look at them and it will really add to the experience!

Handwritten Vows

Yep, we saved the best for last. If nothing else, handwritten vows are the truest way of personalizing your wedding. Writing your own vows allows you and your partner to put into words what you genuinely feel for each other, without the constraints of pre-scripted verbiage. Share some favorite moments together or when you truly realized that you were meant to be together – the more sincere, the better. There won’t be a dry eye in the room, and that includes you!

There are so many ways to make your special day belong to you and your partner. What are your favorite ideas?

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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Post-Wedding Recovery

April 6th, 2015

The festivities have ended, the guests have gone back to their hotels, and you and your new spouse are sitting amidst a pile of gifts and emotions. You just had the most spectacular day of your life – but now what? You may feel over the moon or you may feel a bit blue. It’s natural to feel a little drained after such an emotional day, so embrace your feelings, as well as your new life as newlyweds.

Enjoy your Night Together

While it may seem obvious, you and your new partner-in-crime should live it up like it’s the first day of your lives together – oh wait, it is! Stay up late playing board games or dig into the leftover wedding cake and talk about the future. Whatever it means for the two of you, make the evening special.

Wake Up Early

We know you’re tired, but try and get an early start with your partner the following morning. Seize the new day – your first day as a married couple! Brew your favorite coffee and watch the sunrise together. You’ll have plenty of other opportunities to sleep in together!

Open Presents!

You’ve been eyeing that beautifully wrapped package since you saw your cousin drop it off at the gift table. Now is the time to crack open a bottle of wine and open those gifts with your partner! Don’t forget to keep a list of who gave what to make for easy thank-you cards.

Don’t Jump into the Honeymoon

Traditionally, newlyweds jet off to their honeymoon destination the day after their wedding, but it may do you well to hold back a day or two. Give yourselves some time to adjust to being married and enjoy a few days together doing absolutely nothing. You also won’t have to worry about the stress of packing and preparing for a honeymoon trip during the busy days prior to the wedding.

Have Brunch

Who doesn’t love brunch? There’s a good chance that family and close friends will still be in town after the wedding, so hosting a morning-after brunch is a great way to enjoy time with loved ones while staying relaxed and enjoying those blissful hours. Plus, those mimosas have your name written all over them!

 

Of course, these are all suggestions of how to ease into married life together, but what really matters is that you make every moment count. Take silly pictures together. Go on an adventure. You won’t get your first days back, so be sure they’re full of memories!

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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Timeless Wedding Trends

March 30th, 2015

Every year we’re excited to see the newest wedding trends, but to our delight there are some trends that are always in style. Here are some of our favorite timeless wedding trends that continue to be chic year after year!

The Classic White Wedding Dress

Even if you’re getting married after Labor Day, white dresses are always in fashion! White wedding dresses come in a wide variety of cuts and styles that will perfectly fit your personal aesthetic. Having a white dress also allows you to have a little fun with your accessories or flowers. Who doesn’t love the idea of pairing a classic white dress but with a bouquet that incorporates the latest flower trend? A mix of classic and trendy can keep the look fresh, but also prevents regret from being decked out in a passing fad when looking at your wedding pictures with your grandkids years from now.

Roses

When you think weddings, of course gorgeous flowers are first to come to mind! Of all of the beautiful flowers, there is nothing like the timeless rose. Roses are especially perfect for weddings because of the wide range of meanings you can express through the number and color of your roses. We all know that the traditional red rose stands for sincere love, respect, courage, and passion. But, did you know that a bouquet of 99 roses represents that you will love your significant other for as long as you live? Tell your love story without words by choosing the right roses for you!

Monograms

Your name will never go out of style, so why not incorporate your new initials into your wedding? Your wedding is the beginning of many firsts as a married couple, which includes sharing a last name. Your new name will last a lifetime, so be creative and include your new monogram at your wedding. A lovely way to start using your new initials is to have your monogram stitched onto a glamorous robe to wear while getting your wedding hair and make up done. To incorporate your new last initial into your reception, have a beautiful cutout of your new last initial created and use it as a cake topper, or tie it to the back of your bride and groom’s chair as a decoration. The possibilities are endless!

What are your favorite timeless trends? Let us know in the comments!

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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