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HMM Summer Staff Party!

August 24th, 2015

A couple weekends ago, we had the pleasure of hosting our annual Summer Staff Party at the Mansion. Our staff does so much for us and are really the ones who make the weddings happen! Every year, we love to honor them with a special day in their names.

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Oh – and we can’t forget about our furry friends! Thank you to our wonderful staff – we appreciate each and every one 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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Richmond Wedding Inspiration: Sweet Centerpieces

July 27th, 2015

One of our favorite ways to dress up a reception is with gorgeous centerpieces! There are so many different options to choose from when deciding on reception décor. Here are a few of our favorite centerpieces for you to check out and get inspired for your wedding!

Wildflowers

Centerpieces made with wildflowers are perfect for a beautiful, effortless arrangement. Unlike many other arrangements, these centerpieces don’t use just one type of flower, or a single color. Wildflowers can add a variety of colors to the room and can match any color scheme. This less structured centerpiece is great for bohemian or rustic wedding.

Greenery

Instead of using the usual flowers for your centerpiece, try lush greenery and moss to add a touch of nature to your table. Centerpieces that use lots of greenery have a fresh look that will bring the outdoors in!

Various Vases

Change your idea of what a centerpiece should look like by grouping multiple, different vases in various heights. You can use vases or flower stands in different materials like glass, brass or silver, and different coordinating flowers in each vase to add a unique twist to your centerpieces.

Candles

Candles create a gorgeous glow at each table when used as centerpieces. Candles are not quite as common as using flowers but they can have a huge effect on the ambiance of the room! Make a big impact with a large glass snifter filled with a votive candle and perhaps some petals to add a pop of color.

 

These are a few of our favorite centerpiece ideas to inspire you for your big day, what will you choose?

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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Corinne and Nick’s HMM Engagement Shoot!

July 6th, 2015

We just LOVE when our clients decide to host their engagement session on our grounds- it adds to the excitement of the impending wedding day. Corinne and Nick are precious and you won’t want to miss these shots – or that adorable pup of theirs! To see the full spread, check out Sean Holder Photography’s website here.

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Many thanks to Sean Holder Photography! We send our best to Corinne and Nick and we hope to see you again soon!

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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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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The Perfect Day-Of Emergency Kit

June 15th, 2015

It’s your wedding day and you have everything planned to a T, but even the most prepared couples may run into some day-of emergencies. Despite the unavoidable hiccups, you can be ready to handle anything that comes your way with the perfect day-of emergency kit! Here are some items you shouldn’t be without on her big day!

Dress Defenders

A bride’s dress is one of the quintessential items that represent her wedding. Every bride wants to look perfect in her special dress. These are the items we suggest to have on hand, just in case you stumble across a gown snafu! Keep a sewing kit on hand with white thread, and needles, so you can re-stich a torn veil or ripped seam. If you’re not a confident seamstress, have a few safety pins available to quickly pin up a fallen hem. If you’re wearing all white, it always feels inevitable that something with spill on your attire, so be prepared to handle any drop of red wine or stains with a bleach pen.

Hair and Make-up MacGyver’s

Every bride wants to be picture-perfect, from her walk down the aisle all the way to driving off in a car adorned with a sign reading “just married.” To stay prepared, you’ll want to be sure to keep these items near by! Blotting papers are an essential item for keeping your skin fresh and oil-free without having to add extra powder to your face. A tube of lip balm is the perfect way to keep your lips primed for the first kiss! Pack some Q-tips to clean up any stray mascara or smudged eyeliner that may occur due to humid weather or tears of joy! Keep a concealer pen in your bag, so you can touch up any last minute imperfections that pop up. Lastly, bobby pins are essential for keeping any flyaway hair in place.

Reception Rescuers

With the excitement of your wedding going on, you don’t want to have to worry about any last minute issues. There are a few items to keep on hand so you can keep the focus on having fun at your reception! A protein bar or packet of trail mix is a good way to kill the munchies until dinner is served (you’ll want the energy!). We hate to say it, but sometimes blisters are inevitable when dancing up a storm in your too-cute-to-ditch heels. Quick fix: pop a bandage over that bad boy and keep on going (or, you know, switch to the flats sitting under the sweetheart table – barefoot is an option too!). Finally, after dinner is finished and you’re going in for another kiss, you’ll surely want to have some breath mints on hand (Colgate Wisps, a portable toothbrush and toothpick, work great too!).

There’s always the possibility of wedding emergencies occurring, but keep in mind that your day is about marrying the person you love. No need to get too hung up on the small things! Nobody will remember a spot on your train or smudge of lipstick, but they will remember all the love that you and your significant other showed at your wedding.

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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Ensure a Stress-Free Wedding

June 1st, 2015

We’ve all heard the stories of bridezillas and their crazy antics attributed to the stress of planning a wedding. Of course, you don’t want to be a bridezilla – so, why not just take the stress out of your wedding? You’ll just have to believe us when we say it’s not as hard as it sounds (or you could just keep reading)! Let’s look at a few ways to minimize the headache and cut back to one glass of wine per day…

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Credit: Kristin Parin Photography

1. Hire a planner
That’s right – you knew it was coming! As cliché as it sounds, a planner is truly your ticket to a smooth and peaceful journey to your wedding day. Hiring a planner means you have someone to bounce ideas off of, as well as help you organize all of your vendors and be sure everything is ready before the big day. They will also help with day-of coordination to make sure everyone gets down the aisle in the right order (hey, it happens!). You’ll want to, of course, check with your venue to see what services they offer in house. Although we love working with planners, for example, you’ll find that the Mansion has a wonderful planning staff to assist you with your big day.

2. Get a wedding organizer
You’ve surely seen those gigantic wedding planning books in your local bookstore. Maybe you’ve even shot a glance at the bubbly bride picking out the biggest one from the shelves. Well, we’re here to tell you that you should be picking one of those books up too. It doesn’t need to have all of the glitz and frills that some do, but it is a great way to keep yourself organized throughout the planning process. You could even DIY your organizer with a simple binder with dividers. There are a number of planning templates to be found online, so get Googling!

3. Ask for advice
Don’t let your so-called conundrums take over – ask others for advice! Whether its your planner or your family (especially those that have been there before!), others may help you to see solutions that may not have been clear before. Don’t be scared to ask questions or bounce ideas off someone – you’re not alone in this process. On that note, it helps to include your partner in all aspects of planning. Not only does it ensure that everyone is happy, but it also takes half of the burden off of you!

4. Prepare the night before
This one is self-explanatory – do not, we repeat, do NOT leave things for the morning of the wedding. The last thing you’ll want is to be rushing around looking for your right shoe when you’re supposed to be heading to the ceremony. Allot yourself some time the night before to ensure that everything is in order – your clothing and makeup are ready to be grabbed the next morning, the wedding party knows what time to arrive (and where), and anything else that needs to be wrapped up. That being said, don’t let this step keep you up. You’ll want a good night’s sleep so that you have your wits about you on your big day!

The key to a stress-free wedding is really just to relax. Know that at the end of the journey–no matter how many twists and turns–the ending will be the same: you will be wed to your truest love. And that’s really what matters, right?

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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Tips and Tricks for Planning Your Rehearsal Dinner

May 25th, 2015

A rehearsal dinner is the beginning of all of the excitement of your wedding celebration – which is exactly why it should start off with a bang!

Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner takes place directly after the ceremony rehearsal, and is a great opportunity for the couple’s family and friends to get to know one another and let loose before the actual wedding. The rehearsal dinner also helps to take the pressure off of the actual wedding because the immediate family and wedding party will have had the chance to become familiar and comfortable with each other.

So today, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips for planning your rehearsal dinner:

Top Photo Credit: PW Photography Bottom Photo Credit: 88 Love Stories

Top Photo Credit: PW Photography Bottom Photo Credit: 88 Love Stories

Budget:

Traditionally the groom’s parents pay for, and host, the rehearsal dinner. However, it is becoming more common for the couple getting married to pay, or for the families of the couple to split the dinner’s cost in half. Regardless of who is paying, you’ll likely have a budget set for the dinner. Rehearsals that have long guest lists can save money by doing cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of a full dinner. Another great budget friendly tip is to have dinner in a casual setting.

 Guest List

There aren’t any set-in-stone rules for the guest list but, since the event is about appreciation, make sure to invite those you want to thank for helping out with your special day. Normally, the rehearsal dinner includes the wedding party, their dates or spouses, and immediate family of the bride and groom. It is also a nice practice to invite out-of-town guests that may not be familiar with the area or have plans for the night prior to the wedding.

Toasting:

Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner is hosted by the groom’s family; therefore, it may be fitting to have the groom’s father lead the toasts. The order can vary, but traditionally, the bride’s father gives the next toast. Of course, the order of the night can be fit to the couple’s preferences, but you’ll want to have an idea of which guests will be giving toasts. The rehearsal dinner is less formal than the wedding, so toasts can be given with more of a humorous and fun approach. Overall, you’ll just want to be sure that the people who helped to make your wedding day happen are properly thanked.

Really, the key to a successful rehearsal dinner is to relax and have fun with those dearest to you! We just love hosting rehearsal dinners as a part of our wedding weekends here at Historic Mankin Mansion. Contact us for more information – we would love to hear more about your big plans!

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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The Perfect Color Palette

May 11th, 2015

There are a number of details that work together to create the perfect wedding design, and the good news is that all of these can be brought together and connected with a harmonious color palette. The color palette can greatly influence the look of your big day- a focus on muted, dusty rose for example, will be a completely different feel than a wedding with an all black and gold palette. Regardless of what color scheme you select, the key is to make sure it reflects your personal style.

You have so much choices at your fingertips, which can be both wonderful and overwhelming. Not sure where to get started? Here are a few favorite color schemes catching our eyes these days:

Neutrals

Neutral color palettes have been very popular over the past year. The trend can be incorporated into many different wedding styles and can also complement most spaces. Neutral beige tones have a natural, effortless look, which makes them a perfect choice for a classic event or whimsical outdoor wedding. Neutral palettes also provide the perfect backdrop for floral designs filled with crisp white flowers or lush greenery.

Aqua and Pale Pink 

If you’re looking for a truly charming color combo, look no further than aqua and pale pink. The fun color mix is beautiful for a spring or summer wedding. Just imagine how lovely bouquets of pale pink peonies would look against aqua bridesmaids dresses at a garden wedding. This is a standout choice for a couple that wants something a little unexpected.

Black, White, Pink and Gold

Combining black, white, pink and gold is a modern twist on a romantic look. Black adds a modern edge to the delicate mix of white, pink and gold. The high contrast between black and white is perfectly complemented by the rosy pink tones. Adding a metallic adds a modern shine to your wedding colors. When using this palette, we especially love the bold look of using black and white patterned linens to add an extra pop of interest to your wedding design.

What are your favorite wedding color combinations? Feel free to share 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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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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