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June 27th, 2016

The best way to ensure that your wedding day runs smoothly is setting up your schedule ahead of time. There’s a lot that needs to get done before and after the ceremony, so getting your timeline just right is key. Here’s a rundown that’ll help get your day in order!

Pre-Wedding Prep
Try to rise and shine nice and early in the  morning- the general rule of thumb for an evening wedding is that you’ll want to be up by mid-morning. This should give everyone enough time to recover if they had an extra good time the night before. Enjoy breakfast and complete any morning rituals, whether it be yoga or meditation to calm those pre-wedding jitters.

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Photo credit: J&D Photography

Depending on when the ceremony is scheduled to start, carve out enough time for everyone to get dressed and take pre-ceremony photos. Taking as many photos up front as possible allows you to spend as much time as possible with your loved ones after saying “I Do.” If you would like to do a first look, you’ll need to hit the ground running even earlier, so take time to speak with your photographer to map out the perfect plan.

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Photo credit: Abigail Volkmann

The Ceremony
Spend about 15 minutes before the ceremony getting the wedding party lined up for the processional. This is the perfect time to make sure the rings are where they need to be. Typically, the ceremony should run about a half hour (although this varies!) and then your guests are off to cocktail hour. While everyone’s mixing and mingling after the ceremony, you’ll be snapping photos with your new Mr./Mrs. and the wedding party!

The Reception
Try to make your grand entrance into the reception no later than an hour after the start cocktail hour. You’ll often begin with a grand entrance and many go right into the first dance before dinner is served. This, of course, varies as some couples prefer to have the special dances between courses or after the meal has ended. The best thing you can do is map out the reception with your trusted planner to ensure all of the to do’s take place before the big exit.

Save yourself the headache of feeling overwhelmed on your Special Day by getting your schedule in tiptop shape beforehand. Meet with your vendors and map out a plan that’ll keep everyone on track from start to finish. Most importantly, make sure all vendors have a copy of the final timeline to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Planning out the Big Day may seem overwhelming, but it’s the very best thing you can do to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your wedding!

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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These are a Few of our Favorite Things…

June 13th, 2016

We love seeing the wonderful details that make our couples’ Big Day so special and unique. From cakes and tablescapes to gorgeous floral designs, the special details that make up a wedding day never cease to amaze us. Take a look at some of our favorite things that have wowed us throughout the years!

These origami bridesmaid bouquets are such a neat detail. They’re in great company with the bride’s vibrant bouquet!

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Photo: dmfoto

We just love this fabulous cake. It sparkles and is surrounded by stunning calla lilies – what else could you ask for?!

How clever is this tablescape? The pinwheel napkins and lane marker showcase the couple’s lighthearted personality perfectly!

What better way to say, “I’m your biggest fan!” These cake toppers are such an adorable, loving detail. Not to mention, the personalization was spot on!

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 Conquer the Morning Before the Wedding

February 1st, 2016

Pre-wedding jitters can send the most level-headed bride on an emotional whirlwind. A serious case of the butterflies can make getting to the altar feel more like running a marathon. However, with a little preparation you’ll be able to stay on schedule and have a  peaceful morning before your wedding. Follow these simple steps to help make the morning of your Special Day enjoyable and stress-free!

Get your beauty rest 
Start your morning off right by taking it easy the night before your wedding. Implement a two drink maximum and err on the side of caution when it comes to trying new foods. Save yourself from having to deal with a nagging hangover or food poisoning. Treat yourself to a bubble bath at the end of the night and then hit the sack early. You have a big day ahead of you!

Create an action plan 
You won’t have a successful morning if you don’t plan for it! Set a schedule, get it on paper and make sure everyone has it on hand. Whether it be brunch or hair and makeup, clearly outline what needs to get done and when.

Practice meditation or yoga 
Rise early for a 30-minute yoga session. This will help you clear your mind and focus on the present moment. Your bridesmaids will probably feel antsy as well so invite them to join in. If you can’t imagine squeezing a yoga session into your jam packed schedule, try a quick round of meditation. Make an effort to sit quietly and simply breathe for 10 minutes. Your mind and body will thank you!

It isn’t everyday that you get to say “I do” to Mr. or Mrs. Right, so revel in the special moments leading up to your wedding. Remember, amidst all of the chaos your dream guy will be waiting at the end of the aisle!

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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Creating Your Wedding Dream Team

January 4th, 2016

Nabbing a superb dream team of wedding vendors is the ultimate way to get your big day off the ground without a hitch. For the newly engaged couples embarking on the path to matrimony for the first time, deciding who should be in your backcourt can be a bit challenging. Planning a wedding requires several moving parts and you’ll need help keeping the wheels turning! Take note of these wedding vendors that every couple needs to make their special day a monumental celebration!

Wedding Coordinator
The coordinator will help design, plan and manage your wedding from start to finish. Booked as part of a venue package or through a separate company, this person will be a much needed stress reliever throughout your journey to the aisle. Their services can include budget preparation, venue scouting and rounding out an awesome team of vendors.

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Photo credit: Amy Robinson

Photographer
You’ll need a professional snapping gorgeous pictures during your wedding! Take it a step further by seeking out a vendor that will provide video services with their photography package. The more moments  that can be captured from your wedding day, the better!

Team

Photo credit: 88 Love Stories

Caterer
Great food is an excellent facilitator of social bonding! The caterer can help craft a custom menu that will have your guests sharing memorable moments over delicious food and drinks. During your initial consultations with potential caterers, ask about add-ons like ice sculptures, chocolate fondue fountains and other specialty decor.

Team

Photo credit: C. Tyler Corvin

Venue
There are many options for wedding and reception venues from museums and churches to gorgeous estates. Your wedding coordinator will be well-versed on the who’s who of wedding venues in town so lean on their expertise!

With these vendors, you’re on your way to assembling a wonderful group of wedding experts. However, the buck doesn’t stop here – don’t forget the DJ or band, florist and baker! Each member of your crew will be excited to bring your dream ceremony to life so get out there and start crossing off your vendor checklist!

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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Real Wedding: Stephenia and Tylace

December 21st, 2015

We have a wonderful, fun-filled real wedding to share with you all! Stephenia and Tylace’s gorgeous wedding was heartwarming and nothing short of a good time. Join us as we fall back in love with this loving couple’s special day!

Real Wedding

Stephenia donned a gorgeous sweetheart, fit-and-flare gown while her bridesmaids strutted down the aisle in tiffany blue dresses. The groomsmen were more than ready for their close up!

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The flower girls stole everyone’s hearts with their beautiful white gowns and curly hairdos!

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Congrats to Stephenia and Tylace! We loved being a part of your union and hope you’re enjoying life as Mr. and Mrs.!

Thank you to Amazing Photography Imaging for the amazing pictures! It was a blast working with you all and we can’t wait to see you 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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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!

View More: http://annamarieakins.pass.us/kent-and-jennifer

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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Aisle A-List: We’d love your support!

June 11th, 2015

This summer, Richmond Bride Magazine is hosting their annual Aisle A-List survey, to select the best of the best wedding professionals here in Richmond. We’ve been most appreciative of everyone’s support of the Mansion over the years and greatly thank you for considering us as you cast your vote! As you may remember, our wonderful fans, friends and colleagues have voted us one of the top farewell brunch locations, rehearsal dinner locations, wedding DJ’s, reception location for a small wedding, place to overnight on your wedding night, place to hold your bridal shower and outdoor wedding site.

This year, we’d be most appreciative if you’d consider us for:

  • #5 – Best B&B in Virginia for a wedding
  • #17 – Best One-Stop Wedding Location
  • #49 – Rehearsal Dinner Location
  • #55 – Under-the-Radar Wedding Ceremony Site
  • #60 – Outdoor Wedding Site
  • #62 – Historic Wedding Reception Site
  • #65 – Under-the-Radar Wedding Reception Site
  • #80 – Reception Venue for a Small Wedding
  • #81 – Reception Venue for a Large Wedding

All participants will be entered into a drawing for a 2-night summer getaway at the Gaylord National Resort and voting ends on July 31, 2015. Please click HERE for more information and to vote. Thank you in advance for your support!

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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17th, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is one of our favorite holidays. After all, who can resist indulging in corned beef and cabbage, flaunting your best festive attire, and having a few green libations?!  We hope that the luck of the Irish is with you today and every day!

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Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion wishes you a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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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