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2016 WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards!

January 11th, 2016

We’re ecstatic to share that we’ve been selected as a part of the 2016 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards in Virginia! We feel so honored by this award and we have no one to thank but our wonderful couples. We promise to continue to exceed your expectations! Many congratulations to our fellow wedding professionals who were also included!

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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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Considerations for Selecting Accommodations

December 28th, 2015

Chances are, you’ll be having out-of-town guests coming to visit for your wedding weekend. If that’s the case, you’ll have consider the accommodations that they’ll stay at while in town. There are a number of different types available – from on-site bed & breakfasts and quirky, boutique hotels to your traditional hotels. Before making any decisions, you’ll want to take your guests into consideration. So what factors help determine the best fit?

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Credit: Ash Carr

Size of Guest List
How many people will be coming from out-of-town? This will determine the size of the room block that you’ll need to request. With advanced notice, traditional hotels are often open to booking a certain wing or hall for your guests so they can all stay in one place.

Age of Guests
Are there a lot of children attending your wedding? How about grandparents? Before signing on any dotted lines, check to see if a certain place offers handicap suites for elderly guests and/or kids’ activities for any down time.

Transportation
Consider the distance between your guests’ accommodations and the wedding venue, if they’re not at the same site. If it’s not walking distance, will a hotel provide a shuttle to the venue? Here at the Mansion, we work with select local hotels that send shuttles both before the ceremony, as well as at the end of the night. This saves guests the headache of driving and also allows them to loosen up a little at the open bar. If a hotel does not provide a shuttle, do a bit of research into transportation options – you may want to book a luxury coach or a trolley, if available.

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~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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Merry Christmas from HMM!

December 25th, 2015

We wanted to wish all of our couples, staff, and wedding industry peers a very merry Christmas from the bottom of our hearts! We always love this special time of year and we wanted to share the holiday cheer with all of the people who make such a difference in our lives. May your holiday celebrations be filled with joy!

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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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New Website!

December 18th, 2015

You surely noticed it on the way over to our blog, but we’re so thrilled to share our new website with you! It’s been in the works for quite some time and we’re so excited for its big reveal. We felt it was time for a fresh look and we couldn’t be happier with our new site. Have no fear- you can still find all of the information you need about booking your dream wedding at the Mansion!

Have any questions or feedback? We’d love to hear from you! Give us a ring or shoot us an email using the contact information in the upper right corner!

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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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HMM Honored in Richmond Bride’s 4th Annual A-List

December 7th, 2015

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We are delighted to announce that Historic Mankin Mansion has once again been awarded top honors in The A-List awards presented by Richmond Bride Magazine!

The Mansion has been named the Best B&B in Virginia for a Wedding, Best Under-the-Radar Wedding Ceremony Site, Best Under-the-Radar Reception Site, and Best Reception Location for a Small Wedding!

As always, The Mansion couldn’t do it without the tremendous support of our clients, friends and colleagues. Our sincerest thanks to each and every one of you, as well as a huge congratulations to all of our fellow winners!

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~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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How to Plan a Cocktail Reception

November 16th, 2015

More couples are opting for cocktail parties over traditional wedding receptions. While going the more classic route is great, going against the grain with a cocktail party could completely transform your wedding experience. You and your guests will love all of the perks that cocktail parties have to offer. If you’re ready to jump in on the latest trend in wedding receptions, we’ve got you covered!

Invitations
The first step to planning your amazing cocktail party is making it plainly clear in your wedding invitations that you are doing so. You don’t want guests arriving to your cocktail party expecting a three-course meal. Explicitly state that there will be hors d’oeuvres and drinks in order to avoid any confusion.

Photo credit: IYQ Photography

Photo credit: IYQ Photography

Venue
When choosing a venue for your cocktail reception keep in mind that the object of the game is for everyone to have an incredible time mingling and getting to know one another. Choose a venue with enough space to suit your crowd and think outside of the box during your research process. Art galleries, bistros and all-inclusive wedding sites, such as Historic Mankin Mansion, are perfect locations for cocktail receptions.

Food & Drinks
Having a variety of appetizers to pass around your cocktail reception is key. It is essential that you have enough hors d’oeuvres to satisfy your guests since there will not be a formal sit-down dinner. Miniature hamburger sliders, veggie skewers and crostini are great menu items that will be easy for your guests to handle as they move about the room. It’s important to mix up your drink menu as well. Order a selection of beers, red and white wines, and soft drinks for guests who don’t drink alcohol. However, don’t forget the signature cocktail – your celebration won’t be complete without it!

Photo credit: Don Mears Photography

Photo credit: Don Mears Photography

No one can resist a good party with tasty food and drinks galore. Consider a lively cocktail party for your wedding reception – you won’t be disappointed!

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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A Big Thank you to our Veterans

November 11th, 2015

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This Veterans Day, we’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to all those who have served to ensure our continued freedom. We are, and will always be, grateful.

As part of our thanks, we would invite veterans to email us with their name and contact information, along with the dates of their military service, so they can be considered for our Veterans Day gift.

We will select (5) winners to enjoy a stay at the Mansion, along with a guest, on Saturday, November 28. Simply contact us at weddings@historicmankinmansion.com, and we’ll be in touch 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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HMM in the News: Virginia Living!

November 2nd, 2015

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We were over the moon when we heard the great news that Historic Mankin Mansion has once again been selected by Virginia Living Magazine as one of the top Wedding Vendors of 2016! We feel so honored to be selected among some of the most elite wedding professionals in Virginia.

A special congratulations to our fellow wedding professionals who were also included in this honor.

We’d also like to extend our thanks, not only to Virginia Living, but to our friends, colleagues and brides who support us each and every day. We couldn’t have done this with you and we promise to continue striving to exceed expectations!

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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How To Embrace the Guest Experience

October 19th, 2015

Ah, the guest experience. Everyone’s talking about it, but what exactly does it entail? Essentially, the guest experience is about flipping the switch on wedding planning and considering your special day from the guests’ perspective. While a wedding does belong to the newlyweds, most couples can attest that the best weddings are the ones where both they and their guests alike can kick back and have the time of their lives. The question now is, how does one ensure their guests have a once-in-a-lifetime wedding experience?

First things first
The very first thing you’ll want to focus on is creature comforts. While your guests may appreciate the handmade welcome bags, they won’t be thanking you for sitting outside in sweltering heat without water. Always, always, always be sure there is enough water, food, and shade to keep your guests comfortable. Alternately, if yours is a winter wedding or will be outdoors in the evening, ensure that the heat is cranked up enough to keep everyone cozy.

Let them drink
We may not have to tell you this, but don’t (we repeat – DON’T) have a cash bar. Cash bars force guests to worry about money through the night and aren’t conducive to a carefree wedding environment. On a budget? Stick to beer and wine.

Consider the timeline
Make the day easy on your guests by ensuring they have comfortable amounts of time to get from place to place. Even if you’re staying on site, consider where your guests’ accommodations are and work with their timetable alongside your own.

No squeezing
Simply put, find a venue that will comfortably fit all of your guests and provide enough tables so they’re not squished in like sardines. Guests should be rubbing elbows on the dance floor, not at the dinner table!

Add a special touch
Welcome bags, personalized favors, and other goodies are a great way to send your guests home with a token from the wedding.

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Photo credit: Kuhn’s Photo

Get interactive
Give your guests something to do at your wedding, other than just to eat and dance. Candy bars, s’mores setups, photo booths – the sky’s the limit! Get creative and incorporate some of you and your beau’s personalities into a custom wedding experience for guests.

And at the end of the day, just have fun with it. Your guests are already thrilled to be a part of your special day so anything else is just icing on the (wedding) cake!

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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How to Spoil Your Wedding Party

September 28th, 2015

Your wedding party is there for you, even as the wedding planning gets a bit hectic. So, it’s only fair that you’re there for them, right? There are a number of ways to show your closest ladies and gents that you appreciate their commitment, but it’s important that you do take some time to dedicate to them. They are your support team, of course!

Gifts
It’s become tradition to surprise your bridesmaids or groomsmen with a little something special on the big day to thank them for all they’ve done. Whether it’s a customized bag, a fancy cigar, or a special necklace, think about your relationships with your party and work from there.

Matching outfits
It’s always a nice gesture to get some matching clothes for the “getting ready” stage on the day of the wedding. Brides often get their ladies some colorful silk robes or tank tops, but grooms can also get in on the fun with embroidered polos, t-shirts, or tanks!

Brunches
Who doesn’t love brunch? Take your wedding party out for brunch every couple of months and take a break from the stress of planning! Provide a quick recap on where the planning stands and then move on to mimosas and the omelette bar!

Be nice
It sounds simple enough, but we can’t stress this one enough. You could take your party out every week and buy a Ferrari for every member but it doesn’t make up for a true bridezilla or groomzilla. The kind gestures and thoughtful gifts are always nice touches, but a true friend will treat their wedding party with respect and care. Take their opinions to heart and do not (repeat, do not) be rude or make them do anything they don’t feel comfortable with.

As always, it comes back to the Golden Rule – treat your wedding party the way you would like to be treated if the tables were turned. That’s all!

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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