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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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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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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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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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What Makes a Venue Perfect for You?

April 13th, 2015

There are so many gorgeous venues to choose from, but how do you decide which venue is right for you? Here are some of the top things to consider when choosing a venue!

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Photo Credit: PW Photography

Tone and Style

The venue you choose has a huge impact on the tone of your wedding. If you have a specific tone or style in mind to help set the mood of your event, be sure that your venue matches what you have in mind. For example, the Historic Mankin Mansion is the perfect venue for a vintage, romantic styled wedding. Having the right venue allows for an easier time decorating because you already have the ideal backdrop!

Location

You may love the idea of choosing a far off venue location, but think about how accessible the location will be for your guests. If you are planning on having a large wedding, you’ll need to make sure that your guests will realistically be able to get to the location of your venue. You will also need to consider transportation and hotels in relation to your venue. Is it easy to find parking near your venue, or will you need to provide a bus or car service to bring guests to your venue from a different location? If many guests are from out of town and will be need a place to stay, are there hotels near your venue? As you can see, location plays a huge role when deciding which venue works for you!

Budget

When deciding on your venue, it’s imperative to keep your budget in mind. Certain venues can drastically help or hurt your budget! For example, is your venue full-service or not? If not, you will need to hire additional vendors to provide seating, lighting, planning, and other necessities, on top of the cost of renting the venue. Having to find and pay for your wedding services may be more expensive than choosing a venue that already provides all the things you love and need!

What are your tips for choosing the perfect venue? Be sure to leave your ideas 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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Best Wishes Marylee!

April 10th, 2015

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One of the best things about what we do is that you simply never know who you’re going to meet. We thought there was no greater joy at the Mansion than being a part of a couple’s wedding day, but we then met Marylee and realized the delight of continuing to be in a couple’s life.

Marylee and Mike married at the Mansion seven years ago and we were immediately drawn to the happy bride’s effervescent personality and generous heart. Following the big day, Marylee expressed an interest in working at the Mansion and we quickly expressed our interest in making her a part of the team. And we lived happily ever after.

Two babies, countless weddings and many meetings later, and we’re here to share today that our friend Marylee is moving on as she pursues her dream of opening her own wedding planning company

Marylee has been an integral part of the success of the Mansion and we hope she knows how much she will be missed. Please join us as we wish her well on her next big adventure!

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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