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The Night Before…

March 16th, 2015

The rehearsal dinner is over, your guests have settled in their rooms, and tomorrow is the day you’ve been waiting for. How will you ever pass the time until you can walk down the aisle to your one true love? Don’t let the jitters take over and keep yourself occupied!

Prepare (but don’t overdo it!)

You’re allowed to check over your lists and plans once (OK, maybe twice!), just to be sure everything is in place. Have your dress ready in the closet with your day-of accessories nearby. Prepare enough that you won’t be stressed out in the morning, but don’t let yourself get carried away. There’s no need to call the caterer at midnight, just to be sure everything will go smoothly – it will.

Do something special for your partner

We’re not talking about writing your vows or putting together a grand display of affection, but find the time to write a short note or get a small token to surprise him before the ceremony. It’ll add a sweet touch to the day and we’re sure he’ll keep it forever!

Have a slumber party

This may be one of your last opportunities to have a girls’ night in, so take it! Put on your comfiest pajamas, break out a bottle of wine (but don’t overdo it – you don’t want a headache in the morning!), and settle in for a night of movies, games, and fun with your closest ladies.

Give up the iPhone

Hand over your most beloved device to a girlfriend and take the evening to pull back and unwind from the planning process. If there are things that need to be taken care of, delegate the duties to parents or in-laws. You deserve a break! Cutting yourself off from technology will not only allow you to relax with your bridesmaids, but it will also help you sleep better!

Sleep

Do not let your excitement (or your bridesmaids!) get in the way of your sleep! Surely, you’ll have to wake up early to start preparing and the last thing you want on your wedding day is grogginess with a side of under-eye bags. One way to ensure a sound sleep is to wake up extra early the morning before the wedding, so you’ll be ready to hit the hay when it comes to bedtime!

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Whatever your night-before plans are, be sure you are relaxing and taking it easy! Don’t let yourself get wrapped up in any stress – consider the planning process out of your hands and allow yourself to enjoy the hours before the wedding for what it is. After all, in less than 24 hours, you’ll be saying “I do” to your special someone!

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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Helpful Apps for Wedding Planning

March 2nd, 2015

Nowadays, there is an app for everything, and now we can add wedding planning to the list! With the help of some extremely helpful apps, you can turn your favorite tech item into your wedding planning best friend!

 WeddingWire App

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WeddingWire has four fabulous apps for every step of your wedding!

  • WeddingWire is the app to use to “stay organized” during the planning stages. You can keep track of your “Checklist, Budget, Guest list and RSVPs” all with a touch of a button!
  • WedTeam is the perfect app for finding the right vendor for you!
  • WedStyle is the app to use to keep up with all the latest wedding trends. An amazing feature of this app is that you can get fast feedback from the wedding community on tough decisions like which shoes or veil to wear!
  • WedSocial will help you “capture wedding photos” and keep all of your guests informed about every last detail about your special day!

 Pinterest App

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Does anyone else have a “fantasy wedding” Pinterest board? Scroll through all of the inspirational photos and ”pin” all of your favorite ideas! Being able to organize different wedding themes, bridal looks, or even unique flowers makes it easy to visually share what you want for your wedding day with your planner!

Wedding Party App

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“Simply your life” with the Wedding Party app! Organize, plan and stay connected all in one spot. Make sure to let all your guests know to use this app to stay in the loop and add memorable photos from the big day!

Wedding Planner App by the knot

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Using this app is like having your own personal wedding planner in your pocket! Manage all of your pre-wedding plans and check out beautiful real wedding photos to get inspiration.

Take our advice- download one or all of these apps and find out which one works best for 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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Creative Decoration Ideas to Use When You Say “I Do”

February 2nd, 2015

You’ve put a lot of thought into walking down the aisle, reciting your vows, and the very important first kiss as a married couple. Now make sure that the backdrop to all these exciting moments is just as special! Here are a few creative ways to decorate the ceremony site at your wedding:

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Get your Wedding Started in Full Bloom

All eyes are on the bride as she walks down the aisle, so why not make that walk even more lovely with the addition of flowers. There are a few ways to create a beautifully decorated aisle using flowers. One option is to take some pointers from the flower girl and have the border of the aisle blanketed with flower petals. Another is to attach a vase or bundle of flowers to the chairs along the aisle. If you want to try for something a bit more unique, try creating handcrafted flowers out of paper.

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Brighten Up your Special Day with Lights

Use lighting to add a special glow to your ceremony. You can brighten the bride’s path to the altar with lanterns either hanging from posts or carefully located on the ground. Another way to utilize the magical sparkle of lights is to add a canopy of string lights at the altar.

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Share a Special Message

As guests arrive to take their seats share a special message from the couple. Remind guests of the love that is taking place at the ceremony with signs declaring your love or a request to use a specific hashtag on social media with the pictures that they post. A fun way to share your message is on a framed chalkboard.

The possibilities are just endless when it comes to adding a bit of pizzazz to your ceremony!

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: Lori Allen Photography, Mike Topham Photography, and Mykkah Photography

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Upcoming Wedding Trends for 2015

January 26th, 2015

The New Year is an occasion that brings change and excitement and we’re looking forward to see what’s in store for 2015! We wanted to share with you a few trends that have caught our eye for the upcoming year.

Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

Source: Pantone

Source: Pantone

Marsala is a swoon-worthy burgundy color, reminiscent of your favorite red wine. We just can’t wait to see all of the creative ways that brides will incorporate this beautifully rich shade into their big days!

Wedding Hashtags

#Hashtags began popping up in the last year at weddings, but we’ve noticed couples are getting more and more creative with the style and the placement of their hashtags. Whether you’re a #partyof2 or a new #MrandMrs, hashtags make it easier for couples to find pictures on social media after the wedding.

Food Trucks

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Source: Her Campus

Who doesn’t love tacos or donuts out of a truck? Maybe it’s just us, but food just seems better (and more fun!) when it’s coming from four wheels.  That’s why we love when couples bring food trucks to our venue. Food trucks come in all shapes and sizes and offer nearly every food you can imagine – get creative!

What trends are you excited to include in your 2015 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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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26th, 2014

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It’s that time once again- so quickly time seems to fly as we’re wrapping up another eventful and lovely wedding season…

We just wanted to take a minute to show our gratitude to our wonderful employees, past and future brides and grooms, friends, colleagues and family for everything they do to support us. We couldn’t do any of this without each and every one of you!

We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving and take a moment to give thanks to the important people in your life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

See you soon,
~Paula and Martin Ramirez

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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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HMM News: Exciting Change!

September 8th, 2014

The Mansion Gives Back!

Today, we’re so excited to share some news from the Mansion! Supporting local and national charities has always been a part of our mission, and today, we’re happy to announce a new change that will allow us to share this opportunity with our Historic Mankin Mansion couples.
Moving forward with every booking, we will donate $100 to a charity of the couple’s choice from the below:
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We are delighted to be able to give back to our local Richmond community and well as to other national organizations!

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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HMM in the News: Pretty Pear Bride!

August 18th, 2014

Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion could not be more excited to share our recent feature on Pretty Pear Bride! Lauren’s bridal portrait session with Crystal Reyns Photography is absolutely exquisite and we are honored to have been the local for our fabulous Mankin bride. :)

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Please click here the lovely photos captured by Crystal Reyns Photography. Many, many thanks to Pretty Pear Bride for this feature!

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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Aisle A-List: We’d Love your Support!

June 6th, 2014
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Captured by Don Mears Photography

This summer, Richmond Bride Magazine is hosting their third 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.

As you may remember, our wonderful fans, friends and colleagues voted as 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 considered us for:

#13 Best One-Stop Wedding Weekend Location (from rehearsal dinner to morning-after brunch)

#46 Most Beautiful Ceremony Site

#50 Historic Wedding Reception Site

#51 Outdoor Wedding Site

#65 Wedding DJ

#75 Reception Venue for a Large Wedding

#88 Wedding Planner

All participants will be entered into a drawing for a 2-night getaway at the Gaylord National Resort and voting ends on July 31, 2014.

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 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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HMM News: Eastern Henrico Business Association’s Ambassadors of Bikes!

April 28th, 2014

We are thrilled to share our recent recognition as Eastern Henrico Business Association’s “Ambassadors of Bikes” for the Bikes for Kids Program! It is such an honor to be a part of a wonderful program that encourages students to excel with standardized test scores. Please take the time to learn more about Bikes for Kids by visiting their website and clicking here.

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Thank you to EHBA for this amazing opportunity!

If you would like to support this amazing cause please send donation to:

EHBA Bikes for Kids
P.O. Box 816
Sandston, Virginia 23150

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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HMM in the News: Richmond Weddings!

April 25th, 2014

Champagne bottles were popped and the confetti was thrown in lieu of our 10 year anniversary, and thanks to Richmond Weddings, the celebration continues! In a recent feature, Richmond Weddings shared our happy milestone. We couldn’t be more grateful for this wonderful write-up and look forward to  hosting weddings and events for many years to come.

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Thank you to Richmond Weddings for featuring Historic Mankin Mansion’s 10 year anniversary!

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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