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Turn Your Wedding Day into a Wedding Experience

May 23rd, 2016

Your wedding is the most memorable and important event of your life up until now. So why not turn it into a full weekend experience, rather than only celebrating on one day? We’ve got a few ideas to kick the wedding experience up a notch for you and your friends and family.

Photo Credit: Kuhns Photography

Photo Credit: Kuhns Photography

Venue Weekend

If your wedding is at a resort, inn, or hotel, ask to book it through Monday. You can have the place to yourselves with family and friends to relax and unwind the day after the wedding. This way when you say goodnight after the reception, it’s not also goodbye and you don’t feel rushed!

Group Activities

Get together with a city tour group ahead of time and set up a fun tour for you and your wedding party to go on the day before or after your wedding. Or plan a scavenger hunt throughout the city that’s reflective of everyone. For example, send them to an old favorite hangout, or former apartment buildings friends used to live in and throw the best parties at. The options are endless with this one!

Brunch

For something a little less labor intensive than a scavenger hunt, plan a brunch for your wedding party and family the next morning at a restaurant close to the hotel everyone is staying at. This is a great opportunity to spend more quality time with the most important people that attended your wedding. It’s also fun to hear and share some of the stories from the night before!

All of these are great options for your friends and family to have an amazing wedding experience, but remember that the most important thing is that everyone is together and there to celebrate the biggest day of your life!

 

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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Press: Brides.com

May 16th, 2016

We were so excited to see our feature on Brides.com talking about cost-cutting tips for brides! And to top it all off with Stephanie Yonce’s beautiful photo! Check out the full article here.

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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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Richmond Weddings: Instagram Roundup!

May 9th, 2016

Welcome to our first Instagram roundup! We are so excited to start featuring some of our favorite Instagram shots from recent weddings! See below to get a peek!

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We loved this song and this amazing couple!

 

Happily Ever After…#HuerthIsWhereTheHeartIs

A photo posted by Alexandra Mayers (@amayers22) on

We were so in love with this bride’s dress, not to mention that glowing look on her face.

 

One of my favorite aisle entrances of all time at the wedding of @carolynhroyce and @rickydevennish at the @mankinmansion!

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We swooned over this amazing entrance. So fun and so dramatic!

 

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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Press: Richmond Weddings!

May 2nd, 2016

We love seeing our Mankin couples get featured! Sydney and Wil’s wedding featured on Richmond Weddings was so much fun and we adored all of the personal details and beautiful colors they used! Shout out to Abigail Volkmann Photography for all of the gorgeous photos! See the full feature here.

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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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Event: Eastern Henrico Business Association!

April 28th, 2016

We are so excited that the Historic Mankin Mansion is celebrating The Eastern Henrico Business Association Spring Social once again! For more information click here!

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We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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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Press: Southern Living!

April 26th, 2016

We were over the moon to see that we were included in this fun Southern Living roundup of hidden wedding venue gems in Virginia. We were picked as the perfect fit for The Estate Couple and we couldn’t be more thrilled – we’re delighted that our happy home was chosen to be one of the favorite spots of our state! We take pride in our property and we’re always so excited to welcome couples to our grounds. Plus, it’s a perfect site for any history buff or architectural lover!

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Thank you to Chelsea with Tidewater & Tulle for the mention and C. Tyler Corvin Studio for the photo!

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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Getting Creative with Escort Cards

April 25th, 2016

When planning any big event one of the most common phrases you will hear is “the devil is in the details.” This rings doubly true for planning a wedding. Couples are constantly looking for ways to make their wedding unique and true to who they are. There are several ways to do that, and we are highlighting one of our favorites, creative seating cards.

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Photo Credit: Red Shutter Studio

We love these Scrabble tiles! By using an unexpected item like this, you can be sure it will catch everyone’s eye. It can also work as a great ice breaker for guests.

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Photo Credit: Mike Miriello 

Incorporating your favors with the seating cards is a great way to ensure guests will remember to grab them during the cocktail hour. It can also be a big time saver at the end of your wedding because guests won’t be trying to grab favors while the wedding is ending!

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Photo Credit: PW Photography

Having a creative and colorful background for your seating cards is a fun and easy way to incorporate even more of your wedding colors and themes. We love the idea of this big painted wooden door. You could also use a painted window, a fun lantern display, or a giant pin board. The options are limitless!

There are a million different details that will make your wedding a one-of-a-kind event. These ideas are just a small sample of the endless possibilities out there. Just remember, the more personal you make your wedding, the more memorable it will be for your guests.

 

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 Practices for Your Wedding Registry

April 18th, 2016

Ahh, the wedding registry – a fun process, but how do you avoid getting four sets of cutlery when you really only need one? While a registry is certainly helpful for your guests, let’s talk best practices on how to make it easy on you as well.

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Photo: Blue Box Weddings

Go Together
If you’re going to go the old-fashioned way to register in-store, be sure to bring along your other half and make a day out of it. Not only can you have fun dreaming up your ideal home, but you’ll also be sure that the only gifts you receive have both of your approval!

Take it Online
Signing up for wedding registries in-store can take up a good chunk of time, so it may be more effective to take a shot at registering online. Most stores that offer in-store registries also allow you to do the same by simply shopping their website. Can’t decide where to register? Check out Zola.com which allows you to save products from all over the Internet.

Have Fun(d)
As many couples are living together prior to their wedding, they may not have the need for extra sets of sheets or a high-end blender. If that’s the case and you find that there isn’t much you really need, consider setting up a fund for guests to contribute to your honeymoon or mortgage. Guests don’t have to feel bad about bringing cash to a wedding, but they can still know that they’ve helped a good cause. And hey – there’s no reason you can’t have a shorter registry just for that stand mixer. :)

Whatever your decision is, remember to have fun with the registry! Keep your guests in mind as you don’t want to ask too much of them, but enjoy the time with your partner at the same time. At the end of the day, your wedding is about your new life together – not the gifts you receive!

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 Smartly and Avoid these Top Wedding Mistakes

April 11th, 2016

With your wedding day on the horizon, you surely feel like you’re up to your ears in details, decor, and more. Whether you love it or not, there are plenty of ways to ensure a smooth journey to your Big Day – so be sure to read on and take these tips into account as you get closer to tying the knot.

First Things First
Before doing anything else, sit down with your partner and settle on a budget. This is the very first step you should take to ensure that you don’t overspend. While you’re at it, keep in mind some of the most often missed budget categories – alterations for your gown (it may not come custom fit!) and gratuity for vendors. There’s no point planning up your dream Pinterest wedding only to be disappointed that you can’t afford it. Be sensible, map your finances, and then get to the fun stuff!

Room Blocks
Don’t wait until the last minute to book your guest accommodations. Not only will your guests be grateful to have their rooms reserved ahead of time, but it’ll also be easier for you to plan if all of your guests are staying at one hotel rather than having to coordinate transportation to pick them up from different places.

Delegate Your Day
When the Big Day finally arrives, it’s prudent for you to delegate a day-of point of contact. Whether it’s a family member, maid of honor, or another person who will be with you and can make decisions, share their phone number with your planner prior to the wedding day. This will make it easier on both you and your planner – you won’t feel bombarded and they won’t have to run around trying to find you!

Eat Up
Believe it or not, this is one that is oft forgotten by couples. With all of the hustle and bustle of day-of preparations, it’s actually rather easy to forget to eat! That being said, it’s one of the most important things you can do – with such a long day ahead of you, you’re definitely going to need your energy. Plan to have breakfast and/or lunch with your wedding party while you’re getting ready to make sure everyone is well fed. You may also want to stash a few energy bars in your MOH’s purse or Best Man’s pocket in case you need to refuel later in the day.

Last but Not Least
At the end of the night, you’re probably going to be exhausted as your sore feet take you home. But wait – what about all of the decor you shelled out for? And you certainly don’t want to pay the fees for not returning the florist’s vases, right? While everything does need to go somewhere, it doesn’t have to be you that ensures it gets there. Assign someone to take charge after the wedding ends, gathering all of the leftover items and keeping them in one place until you have the time to sort through everything.

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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Press: Richmond Bride!

April 4th, 2016

We’re just thrilled to share this fun feature of one of our Mansion couples, Sarah and Jordy, on Richmond Bride! This California-style wedding was simply to die for, so be sure to check out the full feature. Thanks to the lovely Stephanie Yonce Photography for capturing these awesome pictures!

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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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