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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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Richmond Wedding: Tiffany and Lander

December 15th, 2014

Tiffany and Lander were such a lovely couple to host at the Mansion! The beautiful yellow hues of the floral arrangements brought a sunny vibe to their wedding and looked fabulous with complementing grey tones. The honey pot favors were a crowd favorite – they caused quite a buzz at the reception! These two are truly a match made in heaven and we can’t wait to share these photos with you.

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And if you happen to come upon the latest issue of Richmond Bride Magazine, make sure you check out their two-page feature. Our deepest gratitude to Bob Schnell Photography for these beautiful images!

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: Rachel and Phillip

December 8th, 2014

We are green with envy at how beautiful Rachel and Phillip’s wedding turned out! Their green and grey palette worked wonders and their day was absolutely magical. Between the precious cake toppers and the fun doughnut truck, we don’t even have the words to describe how lovely the day was! Rachel and Phillip were lovely to work with and we are so excited to share some photos with you!

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A special thank you to Photography by Nicole Johnson for these fabulous pictures!

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: Jillian and Alec

December 1st, 2014

You may remember the wedding we featured a little while ago with a surprise flash mob to the tune of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Rodney the Ram also showed up to surprise these two VCU alumni! We just adore the contrast between the navy bridesmaids’ dresses and the pop of color from the bouquets. Here’s a closer look at that unforgettable night!

Our thanks to J&D Photography for sharing!

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: Abigail and Eric

November 17th, 2014

We can’t get over how elegant Abigail and Eric’s natural-themed wedding was! With a beautiful couple on a gorgeous day, this wedding was a recipe for class and style. Oh, and did we mention that we are in love with Abby’s stunning dress? We know you’ll love these pictures as much as we do!

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Many thanks to Ana-Mation Photography for sharing Abby and Eric’s wedding with us today!

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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Wedding Lounges: Where Creativity and Comfort Meet

October 27th, 2014

We just love the latest trend of wedding lounges for your big day! Creating a one-of-a-kind wedding lounge area at your reception could help guests relax, and also provide a great photo backdrop for you and your sweetheart.  Relatively easy to piece together, lounges can be myriad, or single, depending on the amount of space available at your venue, whether indoor or outdoor.

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The lounge will inspire your artistic freedom to blossom as you decide what will be included. Simply put, a lounge can include one couch, some chairs, a coffee table or chest, a bouquet of flowers, candles and some side tables.  It is a great opportunity to create a space that resonates with and adds to your wedding theme.

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Photos of the bride and groom could be set on the table for decoration, and for guests, props for photos could be located within the lounge area. It really could not be easier to customize your chic and trendy rest stop. If you do not have access to furniture, or are just not satisfied with it, you can always look into renting at shops such as Paisley & Jade, a local Richmond vintage eclectic furniture rental shop located in Scott’s Addition.

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As you are providing a space for your guests to relax and rest their feet, sip on a cocktail, and take it all in, you are also ensuring a happier day for you. Sure, it is your day, but it is shared with those you have invited, so why not appease both parties. While you are having the time of your life on the dance floor, your guests will be smiling in the lounge, wishing the wedding was a weekend affair!

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!

all images via: The Knot

 

 

 

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Richmond Wedding: Heather and Bradley

October 20th, 2014

We guarantee you’ll be dreaming about today’s Richmond Wedding feature for days after seeing these gorgeous images, captured by 88 Love Stories!

Ever since radiant orchid was named Pantone’s 2014 color of the year, we couldn’t wait to see how our Historic Mankin Mansion couples made this shade of purple a part of their big day. From the bridesmaids’ dresses to the floral, Heather and Bradley flawlessly used this favorite hue in their color palette. We hope you enjoy these stunning moments from their wedding day as much as we do!

Thank you 88 Love Stories for sharing Heather and Bradley’s wedding with us!

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: Alee and Jesse

October 13th, 2014

The bride’s braid up-do, “I do’s” under a chandelier, the groom bringing out his guitar during the ceremony – we could go on and on about our favorite moments from Alee and Jesse’s big day! You may remember Alee and Jesse from our recent feature on their wedding video by eMotion Pictures Wedding Films. Today, we couldn’t be more excited to share a few lovely photos from their wedding day, captured through the lens of Kaytee Lauren Photography! Enjoy!

Many thanks to Kaytee Lauren for sharing Alee and Jesse’s Historic Mankin Mansion wedding with us for today’s blog!

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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