Bed & Breakfast Richmond, Virginia, B&B Richmond VA, Weddings - Part 4

Planning an Interfaith Wedding

December 2nd, 2013

An interfaith wedding is the blending of two different religions and cultural backgrounds. Since the 1950’s when interfaith couples made up just 20% of weddings in the United States, the trend has grown considerably in the 21st century. Today, 45% of weddings in the United States are made up of interfaith couples. When planning an interfaith wedding, it is important for the bride and the groom to stay true to who they are and what they believe, but to also be open to their new partners beliefs and remain open-minded when planning the big day.

Looking for inspiration for your own interfaith wedding? Good news! We have found some ways to help make the planning process go smoothly for everyone!

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First thing’s first-  a serious talk is essential. Whether the conversation happened early on in the relationship, or after the engagement, you must make sure both parties have expressed what’s important to them to include in the wedding. It could be a particular prayer being read, a religious custom, or the choice in officiant, as long as the couple’s individual and common beliefs come through.

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Another important part of bringing two religious backgrounds together is talking to both families. The couple should discuss how they want to approach each family, and make sure to show them a united front. That should eliminate a lot of conflict that could arise.

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Some couples may opt for a more neutral ceremony and instead bring their cultural and religious backgrounds into the reception. Many cultures are identified by food, and it is such a fun and easy way to infuse both backgrounds together. Music and décor are both also great ways to accomplish that too.

Bringing two families together is not always easy, especially when there are differences in religion and culture. But with an open-mind, support for each other and a lot of love, it’s sure to be a wonderful day and a happy life!

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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Happy Thanksgiving

November 28th, 2013

Yet again, time has proven to fly by as we wind down another lovely (and busy!) 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

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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Wedding Trend: Chalkboards

November 25th, 2013

Today we are excited to share some creative ways to incorporate a popular wedding trend, chalkboards! With the help of Pinterest, we’ve come up with a few different ways to use them:

 

Chalkboards are a great way to say thank you to all of your guests. In this example, the bride and groom chose to write their personal thank you for all their guests to see on their way out.

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Chalkboards are perfect for the DIY bride. They allow you to be as creative or laid back as you want for your wedding. As shown below, the boards were used in a more simple way to direct guests where the ceremony would soon take place or as a personal welcome to arriving guests.

 

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Another fun way to use this trend in your wedding is by displaying it as the timeline of your love story. Some details you may want to include are the dates of the engagement, first kiss, first date, wedding, etc. It’s a nice way for your guests to learn more about the happy couple!

 

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During cocktail hour you may even want to use a smaller chalkboard as a way to showcase any special drinks available. This can be for the newlyweds’ signature drinks or beverage of choice.

 

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Using chalkboards on your wedding day is a great way for you to be as creative as you want. They allow you to write any kind of message you want to your guests. Not to mention, it is a great DIY project for all brides!

 

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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Creative ways to say Thank You

November 18th, 2013

Having your friends and family present to celebrate with you on your wedding day is a wonderful thing.  Thank you messages to your guests are one way to show your gratitude and appreciation for their love and support. With help from Pinterest, we have found unique ways to say thank you through photography. Here are some of our favorites:

Multiple photos throughout the wedding is a great way for guests to see how special the day was. This is a cute thank you card option that is sure to really capture your love for one another!

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Sending a post card with a picture of the two of you officially as “Mr. and Mrs.” is another fun way to say thanks. Since postcards aren’t often used these days it will make it that much more memorable. And remember- a honeymoon pic could be a fun option as well!

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If you’re looking for a more intimate shot to use on a thank you card, this next option may be a great one to consider. So romantic! :)

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The use of sparklers spelling out thank you is a great option for an evening wedding, or another popular trend is to have the letters on fabric cut out individually along string held in between the bride and groom.

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Wedding planning can sometimes be an overwhelming process and without the support of friends and family, it would be more difficult. Thank you cards are a perfect way to say just how much you’ve appreciated their support and presence on your wedding day. With so many unique and creative ways to do this, we hope we have inspired you when deciding how you want to deliver this message.

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: 100 Layer Cake!

November 13th, 2013

We are thrilled to announce that 100 Layer Cake recently featured a Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding photo shoot, which took place here at the Mansion!

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The photo shoot was initially designed to be a “networkshop” for veteran and newbie photographers, an idea put together by Nikki Santerre Photography and V.A. Photography. The ultimately selected the theme of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was a surprise to photographers upon arrival. See the beautiful photos taken here.

Special thanks to 100 Layer Cake for this opportunity and congratulations to Nikki Santerre Photography and V.A. Photography on the successful event!

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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Trending Color Combinations

November 11th, 2013

One of the first things to check off the wedding planning to-do list is what colors are going to be the focus for the Big Day.  With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to pick, so knowing what the trends are can be very helpful. Luckily, we have been searching Pinterest to find some of our favorites:

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In years past, selecting two or more colors was the norm, but this year, couples are opting to just pick one color and use the different shades of that color to create fun textures while still maintaining a cohesive theme.

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Why pick just one or two colors when so many couples are deciding to choose them all? Rainbow is back with a bang and has turned into one of our favorite trends! Rainbow is such an easy way to create a statement piece at a wedding, like a sprinkle cake or colorful bouquets.

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On the other end of the spectrum, couples are gravitating toward a beige and neutral wedding. These colors have such a warm and rich look to them, and we love the way they are making a comeback.

Make sure when picking a color theme it is strategically placed throughout the wedding ceremony and reception to avoid over-doing it. But remember, color is such a great way for a couple to show off their unique creativity.

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 Weddings: Andrew and Lizz!

November 6th, 2013

You’re in for a treat when you see the amazing photos of Andrew and Lizz’s wedding! We loved hosting this couple’s wedding here at the Historic Mankin Mansion. Luckily, Clearly Perceived Photography was there to capture beautiful shots of their special day from start to finish.

You can see more from their wedding day at Clearly Perceived Photography’s blog, and trust us, you will not be disappointed.

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Congratulations on your marriage Andrew and Lizz, and thank you Clearly Perceived Photography for capturing this day at our venue!

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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Halloween Themed Weddings!

October 31st, 2013

Happy Halloween all! It’s that time of year again and we are excited to share some creative and fun ways to have your perfect Halloween themed wedding.

If you’re a bride who loves Halloween then  of course you’re going to love sweet treats! That brings us to our first idea when creating a Halloween theme, and that is how detailed you make your cake! After all, the cake is often referred to as the centerpiece of the reception, so why not highlight your theme and really go all out ? Tie in the colors that go along with Halloween with some crazy spooky designs, or even have your cake toppers as skeletons!

 

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Every detail matters when putting together a theme and it’s no different on Halloween.  Consider incorporating token Halloween decor throughout the aisle. The guest book is another opportunity to take advantage , and we love how the bride and groom had guests sign an old parchment book with an ink quill to create a vintage vibe. As for your reception, creating a candy bar is a great idea to have guests go trick-or-treating! After all who doesn’t love candy?

 

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For a more subtle approach,we loved the idea of having reclaimed wood signs as well as pumpkins on hand for the fall effect. Remember- it’s the little details that make a wedding memorable.

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Something that caught our attention was how great this next idea was for a ring bearer! Have the rings in a coffin shaped wooden box with the words “Til Death Do Us Part” written on the front. This is perfect for the bride who loves a good DIY project.

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When planning a Halloween themed wedding,  there are a variety of options to consider incorporating. With Halloween, be creative and don’t forget to have a little fun in the process!

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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Remembering JB

October 28th, 2013

A year ago today, we sadly lost our friend and colleague, JB Bostic of Choice Entertainment. This evening at 5:30pm, many of the area wedding and event professionals will be meeting to celebrate his life . We’ll be raising our glasses to JB at Casa del Barco, located in Downtown Richmond.

We hope you’ll be able to join 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 Weddings: Bridal Portrats at the Mansion!

October 28th, 2013

We just love a gorgeous bridal shoot- such a fun sneak preview into the Big Day! So we were especially thrilled when Marie Guagliardo Photography shared this lovely shoot with us!

We know you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!

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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