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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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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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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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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.

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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!

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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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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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Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2013

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! We wanted to take the opportunity today to wish all of our fantastic employees, past and future brides and grooms, colleagues, friends and family a Merry Christmas. May your day be filled with memories you’ll cherish all year long!

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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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