Bed & Breakfast Richmond, Virginia, B&B Richmond VA, Weddings - Part 2

Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

June 2nd, 2014

How many weddings have you been to where you ended up throwing away the wedding favor because it was something you would just never use?  The purpose of the wedding favor is to thank your guests for coming, so make sure to not only think about what fits with your wedding theme and décor, but what your guests will enjoy.  Not sure?  Here are three “safe bet” themes!

 

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#1: The Edible Favor

Cookies, smores, and local homemade jam—the possibilities are really endless!  Think about what fits with your wedding AND what would appeal to your guests.  Did many of your wedding guests travel from out-of-state to attend your wedding? Show them what Virginia has to offer by incorporating local goodies.  If you want to really make sure nothing ends up in the trash, have a dessert or candy bar allowing guests to select what they really want to take home.

 #2: The Drinkable Favor

From specialty sodas with cute custom labels to mini Mimosa kits, don’t be afraid of giving your guests this useful (and tasty) favor.  Homemade lemonade also makes for a timely favor during the hot summer months.

 #3: The Plantable Favor

Particularly relevant for nature-themed or rustic weddings, the plantable favor is sure to be of interest for your guests, and provide you with the perfect opportunity to incorporate cute sayings like “let love grow” or “love blooms” on corresponding cards.  This wedding favor can be particularly wallet-friendly if you decide to give packets of seeds.

Just remember, it’s all about how you package your favor.  An everyday item can go from ordinary to extraordinary just in how it’s presented to your guests!

Happy Planning!

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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Let Them Eat Cake (Or Pie)!

May 28th, 2014

There is nothing traditional about the wedding cakes trending in 2014.  Far from the wedding cakes of the past, we’re seeing today’s wedding cakes make a design statement all their own.  We at Historic Mankin Mansion are excited to see which of these trends our brides embrace in the coming months.  Incorporate one or several!

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Trend #1: The Naked Cake Perfect for spring and summer weddings, the naked caked doesn’t take itself too seriously.  Its “homemade” feel will add charm and appropriate cake décor to any rustic wedding.  Decorate with fresh flowers or fruit to complete the look. Trend #2: Colors Adding color to your wedding cake is an easy way to make it fit into your overall  theme and décor.  Metallics are popular in 2014, and undoubtedly will get a lot of attention.  Looking for something a little less bold?  Pastel wedding cakes are also popular in shades of peach, robin’s egg blue or mint. Trend #3: Ombre You’ve seen the ombre trend in hair and fashion, but now you can incorporate it into your wedding cake for an unexpected impact on your big day!  Select a subtle ombre or an in-your-face color array to make a big statement, the choices are endless. Trend #4: Texture You can add texture to your wedding cake in 2014 in a variety of ways. Depending on the look you are going for, your cake could have a vintage or rustic “homemade” feel like the naked wedding cake, or be very chic and glamorous with edible ruffles, lace or pearl detailing. Trend #5: The Non-Cake Wedding Cake Not a big cake fan?  No problem!  It’s your day; consider surprising your guests with a memorable dessert instead.  A big trend in 2014 for the non-cake lovers: pie!  Like the trend of having personal sized desserts (like cupcakes) for your guests?  Have individual-sized mini pies available for all to enjoy. Happy Planning! 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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Six Summer Wedding Tips to Keep Your Guests Cool

May 19th, 2014

With summer on our heels, it’s high time to start preparation for making sure guests are cool and comfortable for your wedding festivities. Here are six simple summer wedding solutions that will help keep the heat at bay for your upcoming wedding!

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  1. Sunglasses- After spending the morning primping, you certainly don’t want your guests’ eyes squinting as you saunter down the aisle in your lovely gown. Sunglasses are the perfect solution for outdoor weddings, especially for those guests who forget their own shades. To complement your theme, make sure they are in your wedding colors!
  2. Flip-flops- Not only is this a fun way to cool-off in the summer heat, but it brings a whole new meaning to putting on your dancing shoes! Place a unique sign with sayings such as “Kick Off Your Heels” or “Save Your Soles” and it will become the perfect personal touch for this summer solution.
  3. Program Fans- A modern twist on your traditional wedding programs – have a wooden stick glued to the inside to make this keepsake a multipurpose wonder as a fan to help your friends and family cool off.
  4. Icy Refreshments- Creating your own label for bottles of water is a great way to add personality to your wedding details and will certainly keep your guests hydrated.
  5. Sunscreen- Sunscreen is quite often the one thing wedding guests wish they had slipped in their bag so anticipate this need by having a nice basket of sunscreen readily available. Your guests will appreciate the thoughtful gesture.
  6. Chilled Towels or Mist Sprayers- Work with your venue or caterer to have someone greet guests into the reception with chilled towels or miniature spray bottles filled with cool water. Your guests will certainly be thankful for this refreshing treat!

Happy planning!

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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Richmond Wedding: Sarah and Jordy by Stephanie Yonce

May 12th, 2014

The 2014 wedding season is officially upon us which means one thing: new weddings to show off! Sarah and Jordy’s recent wedding was chock full of swoon worthy details and we were delighted to see that Stephanie Yonce Photography showcased it on her blog recently:

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Please click here to check out Stephanie’s recent feature. Thanks Stephanie Yonce Photography for sharing this lovely wedding! 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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Richmond Wedding: Kristi and Kurry

May 5th, 2014

We are spicing up our usual Richmond wedding feature by sharing a wedding video! It was an honor to be a part of Kristi and Kurry’s big day and we couldn’t be happier for them! Check out the video below to see some of the biggest highlights of their wedding, filmed by Starring You Films. (P.S.Grab the tissues, because this video is tearjerker!)

 

Congratulations Kristi and Kurry and thank you for choosing Historic Mankin Mansion!

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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

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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!

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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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Richmond Wedding: Liz and Carlos

April 21st, 2014

While we adore sharing all of our Historic Mankin Mansion celebrations, today’s feature is extra special because it’s the wedding of our nephew Carlos and his new bride, Liz. Words cannot describe how wonderful it was to see these sweethearts say “I do.” From the bridal party’s getting ready wardrobe to the reception decor, every detail of their big day was perfection. We couldn’t wait to share a few of our favorite photos and we know you’ll love them as much as we do! Enjoy!

Congratulations to Liz and Carlos!! We love you both!

Many thanks to Tiffani Sunshine Photography for capturing these sweet moments and sharing them with us.

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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Richmond Wedding: Diana and Luke

April 14th, 2014

We’re delighted to share Diana and Luke’s beautiful Historic Mankin Mansion wedding with you today! There’s nothing we love more then being a part of a couple’s big day and Diana and Luke’s wedding absolutely took our breath away.  Bright blooms, charming groom, and a dress to die for – everyone in the office can’t stop swooning over these beautiful photos by E. Leise Photo Design. We know you’ll enjoy them as much as we do!

Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion wishes Diana and Luke many congratulations and best wishes!

A special “thank you” to E. Leise Photo Design for making today’s Mankin Mansion Richmond Wedding feature possible!

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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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2014 Wedding Trend: Toppers That Take the Cake!

April 7th, 2014

What 2014 wedding trend will take the cake (literally) this year? Our bets are going in for laser cut cake toppers! Handcrafted, wooden, acrylic, metallic, catchy phrases or monogrammed…the options for designing toppers today are endless.  Here are a few of our favorite laser cut cake toppers that we hope will give you some inspiration in choosing the perfect topper for your big day:

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This trend is growing in popularity and we can’t wait to see how our Historic Mankin Mansion brides incorporate it into their wedding decor. Work with your local cake designer or visit Etsy for more details and information!

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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