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Wedding Party Gift Ideas

March 21st, 2016

Planning a wedding is not an easy task. Thankfully, most couples have wonderful friends and family that will do anything to make sure their Special Day runs smoothly. Thus, it’s only fitting that newlyweds share a token of their appreciation with the people they’ve chosen to stand beside them at the altar. Check out a few gift ideas that your loved ones will cherish!

Bridesmaids
Nothing says “thank you” like a day of pampering! Give your girls a chance to put their feet up by treating them to a day at the spa. You could also bring the fun to your bridesmaids by handing out gift baskets filled with beauty and bath products. Miniature baskets for your junior bridesmaids are a fun idea as well! On the other hand, items that will hold a lifetime of sentimental value, such as custom friendship bracelets or picture frames, are also great!

Groomsmen
Men love getting dressed up too, so give your groomsmen a hand! Enhance your guys’ wedding looks with engraved pocket watches or cuff links. Keepsakes like vintage  flasks, personalized drinking glasses and beer cozies can be thrown into their goodie bags as well.

Parents
Scrapbooks and photo albums are excellent gifts that can help you reflect on the memories you’ve shared with your parents. Within those memories, also highlight the lessons that have helped you become the person you are today. Personalized handkerchiefs are another wonderful medium for expressing your gratitude.

Partner
There are many ways to express the love you have for your partner with a gift. Simple things like exchanging love notes to creating a painting, if you’re an artist, are very thoughtful ideas. However, you can never go wrong with diamond jewelry – hint, hint! Watches, bracelets, earrings, or necklaces are all great options for a bride or groom to wear down the aisle. Moreover, digital cameras and a new set of luggage are useful gifts that can get couples ready for their honeymoon.

You certainly can’t go wrong with these gift ideas. As long as you put a little thought and cleverness into your selections, your loved ones will appreciate the effort and gratitude!

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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Food & Beverage Tips and Tricks

March 14th, 2016

Wedding receptions are a time for celebrating and bonding over delicious food and drinks. Thus, couples should go the extra mile to get their dining options just right. From buffets to open bars, there are many ways to serve your guests. However it’s important to be kind to your budget and go with what best suits your unique wedding needs. Let’s run through a few tips and tricks that will help you craft a memorable catering experience for your guests!

The size of your guest list should always dictate the style of dinner you will be having at your reception. For instance, buffets are great for large parties, but can be wasteful if you don’t intend on having that many mouths to feed. However, the casualness of buffet style dinners is excellent for couples that aim to have a more relaxed atmosphere.

Another great option for the more casual couple is to have a cocktail reception. Unlike a traditional dinner setting, guests at cocktail receptions munch on heavy hors d’oeuvers throughout the night. This is cost-effective considering that you don’t have to pay for full meals and you can save money on tables and chairs. Just remember to leave a note in your wedding invitations letting your guests know that they won’t be receiving a full meal.

If you’re interested in more intimate dining options, plated and family style dinners are excellent choices. For plated dinners, caterers bring out plates of food to serve guests. On the other hand, family style dinners feature large dishes of food placed at each table for guests to serve themselves.

After you’ve squared away your dining options, it’s time to think about how you’ll be serving up the beverages. The most popular choice for couples is to have an open bar – a catering option that includes paying a flat fee for an unlimited round of drinks for guests. Having an open bar can be expensive, but there a several ways to put a limit on the menu that will better serve your budget. For instance, you could choose to only offer wine, beer and a signature cocktail. Having set hours for the open bar also helps.

For couples planning smaller receptions, you can often find packages that will allow you to pay per drink in lieu of a flat fee. Whichever beverage option you choose, stay away from cash bars! Your guests will not appreciate having to shell out money at your wedding.

As you can see, there are dining options that can suit each couple’s unique wedding experience! Keep these tips and budget tricks in mind while hunting for a caterer and you’re bound to have a delightful reception that everyone will love!

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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Flower Girl Fashionistas

March 7th, 2016

We always look forward to seeing flower girls strut their stuff down the aisle! The little ones never cease to steal our hearts with their gorgeous style and beautiful bouncing curls. Get ready for an overload of cuteness as we revisit our favorite swoon-worthy flower girl moments!

These princesses look heavenly in their all-white ensembles! Every detail, from the pearl bracelets to the flower baskets, is spot on!

Now, that’s what we call striking a pose! These cuties look adorable in their lace dresses and golden flats.

Every wedding needs something blue! The blue sashes and flower baskets are the perfect accents for these flower girls’ stunning dresses.

How cute are these girls’ floral crowns?! The woven baskets are just the right complement to their rustic hair accessories.

We can’t wait to see which flower girl fashion trends will be making waves during the upcoming spring season. Let us know how you plan to style your mini me!

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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Social Media Etiquette for Couples

February 15th, 2016

From Instagram to Snapchat and Twitter, there are many ways to capture and share the most exciting moments in your life on social media. Tying the knot will certainly rank high on the list of your top ten moments! Everyone will be excited to share your Big Day with their followers; however, every couple should consider how big or small a role social media will play in their wedding.

Implementing social media etiquette gives couples the opportunity to establish the type of wedding experience they want to have and who will get a peek at their most special moments. Fortunately, there are pros to having a phone-free zone at your wedding, as well as letting your guests stay connected to social media.

For instance, asking your guests to power down their devices will allow everyone to live in the moment. Accidental camera flashes and noisy shutters can be distracting, especially for the wedding photographer. While photographers can capture fun shots of your guests snapping moments of their own, unsightly cell phones do have the potential to obstruct your professional images.

On the other hand, letting your guests engage with social media has its perks. Wedding hashtags allow your guests to compile and share photos on platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. Wedding apps, like WedPics and Wedding Party, are excellent alternatives to using public hashtags. Apps such as these are private and allow couples to choose which photos they want to share. Even better, you can order prints directly from the app!

Lastly, a couple’s rules regarding social media etiquette don’t have to be an all-or-nothing deal. Perhaps, you can allow phone use during the reception but not the ceremony. Besides, a party isn’t complete without a few rounds of selfies!

Stay tuned as we explore the dos and don’ts of social media etiquette for wedding guests next week!

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.

Team

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: Becca and Stuart

December 7th, 2015

We’re so excited to share Becca and Stuart’s stunning wedding! These two lovebirds were such a delight to work with and we promise that you’ll fall in love with each moment captured from their special day. Continue on to see how the couple celebrated their beautiful union!

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The wedding party wore light gray and blue ensembles while the bridal party carried luscious bouquets of roses, peonies and hydrangeas. And we just love the groomsmen’s matching boutonnieres.

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Precious florals could be spotted throughout the venue, as they adorned the reception tables and brick walkways.

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The reception itself was a major hit with guests. The party featured the groom flexing his skills on the electric guitar and plenty of laughter and dancing.

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Congrats to Becca and Stuart! We loved being a part of your lovely day and hope you’re enjoying a beautiful marriage.

Thanks to J&D Photography for these stunning images! We enjoyed having you on the grounds and 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: 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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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!

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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: Lindsay and Austin

March 10th, 2014

The first time we met Lindsay and Austin, there was no question that they were a match made in heaven! There were so many aspects of their wedding that we just adore, and we must say that their attention to detail was absolutely flawless.

You’ll see how smitten these two are for each other in these beautiful photos, captured by Kristin Partin Photography. We are thrilled to share a few of our favorites and we know that you’ll adore them as much as we do!

To Lindsay and Austin, everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion thanks you for allowing us to be a part of your lovely wedding. Congratulations, and may you have a lifetime of love and merriment.

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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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Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2013

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We guess it’s true what they say, “time flies when you’re having fun!”

It is incredibly hard to believe that once the clock strikes midnight tonight we are in a brand new year. We owe a huge thank you to our brides, friends, employees and colleagues who made 2013 the successful and wonderful year that it was!

We here at Historic Mankin Mansion wish you the very best as we usher in 2014.

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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