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Wedding Goodie Bag Ideas

November 30th, 2015

We all can remember the excitement of receiving those fun goodie bags upon leaving childhood parties. Well, it’s safe to say that goodie bags will forever be a highlight of any major event, no matter how old we get. Wedding goodie bags are a sophisticated upgrade to the childhood classic. Swap the kazoos for a fancy bottle of wine or a mix of your favorite love songs – the options and themes are endless and can easily be customized!

Your Favorite Things
Have your own Oprah moment by gifting your guests with everything that you love. Some ideas include giving everyone a gift card to your favorite hometown restaurant or a handcrafted recipe book filled with your favorite dishes. These goodie bags are gifts that keep on giving because you won’t have to worry about getting anything less than your own favorite goodies when holidays and birthdays roll around!

Photo credit: dmfoto

Photo credit: dmfoto

Destination Survival Kit 
Welcome your guests to your destination wedding location with a tourist survival kit. Fill a fabulous tote with tools that will help everyone navigate the city or country. Include items such as maps, a compass, or a language dictionary. Keep everyone on track by equipping them with a wedding program and an itinerary of the week’s festivities.

Sports Rivalry 
There’s nothing better than a good ole’ sports rivalry. Create goodie bags that reflect the sports showdown in your home. Fill two opposing sets of goodie bags with water bottles, flags, blankets and other sports paraphernalia that are decorated with the logo and colors of the bride and grooms favorite sports team. Allow your guests to choose which team they’ll be repping throughout the night and let the friendly competition begin!

When it comes to creating your wedding gift bags, it’s time to get creative! Go big or keep it intimate, as long as you’re having fun. Give your guests a bag of goodies they’ll want to hold onto forever (except for the yummy ones)!

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: Jennifer and Kent

November 23rd, 2015

We are so thrilled to share another beautiful wedding with you all. Jennifer and Kent’s special day was absolutely heartwarming and filled with love. Join us as we skip down memory lane with Jennifer and Kent’s lovely Richmond wedding!

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Jennifer and Kent pulled off their classic looks with amazing style and grace. Jennifer was a complete showstopper in her beautiful lace gown carrying a lush bouquet while Kent wowed in his navy blue tux.

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How sweet of the Grahams to pay homage to their union with graham crackers! We also can’t get enough this gorgeous wedding cake. What better way to dress up an impressive, 4-tier cake than with fresh florals!

The centerpieces were nothing short of amazing! The reception featured both small and large centerpieces overflowing with hydrangeas and roses.

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Once the clock struck 10:45, the newlyweds received a spectacular send off from friends and family complete with sparklers and a ton of well wishes! Congratulations Jennifer and Kent – we hope you both are enjoying a fruitful and loving marriage!

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We send many thanks to Annamarie Akins Photography for the stunning photos. We thoroughly enjoyed working with 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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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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Richmond Wedding: McKenna and Anthony

November 9th, 2015

We’re so excited to share this gem with you all today. McKenna and Anthony’s wedding was filled with love and splendor. Take a peek for yourself!

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McKenna stunned in a floral, lace wedding gown matched with long flowing curls. Anthony just couldn’t keep his hands off his gorgeous bride – who could blame him?!

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The highlight of the evening was the couple’s lively reception. The dance floor was packed and the couple received a sparkling send off!

3The reception also featured a beautiful four tier cake with lush florals along with adorable table decor in honor of the newlyweds. But, of course, no wedding is complete without an Instagram hashtag!

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Our well wishes go to McKenna and Anthony! We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of your special day and hope that you are enjoying the married life!

We can’t thank Tracey Sanders Photography enough for the amazing pictures! It was such a pleasure to have her on our grounds – join us again 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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Richmond Wedding: Aubrey and Anthony

November 2nd, 2015

We have a lovely treat for today’s wedding feature! Aubrey and Anthony’s breathtaking nuptials are a definite must-see. Continue on for a peek into the doting couple’s spring wedding!

1Aubrey donned a lace bridal gown with a classic sweetheart neckline. Her lace pumps pulled the entire look together from head to toe!

2Anthony and his groomsmen looked quite handsome in their navy blue and gray suits. Aubrey’s bridesmaids didn’t disappoint in their navy halters either – let’s not forget about those gorgeous bouquets!

735336673We needed handkerchiefs of our own after reading Aubrey’s sweet message to her mom. Precious moments between the bride and her family are always picture perfect!

735353772The reception featured two scrumptious cakes – a gorgeous three layer cake featuring pink sugar flowers and a hilarious Seinfeld-themed cake in honor of the groom!

735368412Kudos to the awesome live band. The dance floor was alive and full of energy the entire night!

150502-486-smCongratulations to Aubrey and Anthony! We were thrilled to be a part of your special day and hope you’re enjoying a wonderful marriage.

We have to send a big thank you to Bow Tie Photo for these amazing pictures! It was such a pleasure working with Zack and Lauren. We look forward to seeing you two again.

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: Ashley and Brock

October 26th, 2015

Oh, Ashley and Brock – you have our hearts! This pair’s purple-themed wedding was absolutely breathtaking… but don’t just take our word for it- take a peek!

708548020Violet uplighting and napkins added a pop of purple to their reception, which paired nicely with the gorgeous silver linens. The new Mr. and Mrs. shared an intimate sweetheart table that overlooked the dance floor, giving them the best view in the house!

708548789Ashley and Brock were such a delight to work with and it was a privilege to host their Big Day!

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Many thanks to Sean DeWitt Photography for sharing these lovely photos with us! Want to see more? Check out his blog post on Ashley and Brock’s wedding here!

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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HMM in the News: Borrowed and Blue!

October 12th, 2015

We’re thrilled to share Sam and Carter’s sweet nuptials, which were featured on Borrowed and Blue!

Sam and Carter were an absolute treat to work with and are truly deserving of a blissful marriage. Norman Photography and Paperie beautifully captured every elegant detail of this classic navy and grey Richmond wedding. Click here to enjoy the doting couple’s big day!

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We wish Sam and Carter all the best as Mr. and Mrs.!

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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