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Tips and Tricks for Planning Your Rehearsal Dinner

May 25th, 2015

A rehearsal dinner is the beginning of all of the excitement of your wedding celebration – which is exactly why it should start off with a bang!

Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner takes place directly after the ceremony rehearsal, and is a great opportunity for the couple’s family and friends to get to know one another and let loose before the actual wedding. The rehearsal dinner also helps to take the pressure off of the actual wedding because the immediate family and wedding party will have had the chance to become familiar and comfortable with each other.

So today, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips for planning your rehearsal dinner:

Top Photo Credit: PW Photography Bottom Photo Credit: 88 Love Stories

Top Photo Credit: PW Photography Bottom Photo Credit: 88 Love Stories

Budget:

Traditionally the groom’s parents pay for, and host, the rehearsal dinner. However, it is becoming more common for the couple getting married to pay, or for the families of the couple to split the dinner’s cost in half. Regardless of who is paying, you’ll likely have a budget set for the dinner. Rehearsals that have long guest lists can save money by doing cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of a full dinner. Another great budget friendly tip is to have dinner in a casual setting.

 Guest List

There aren’t any set-in-stone rules for the guest list but, since the event is about appreciation, make sure to invite those you want to thank for helping out with your special day. Normally, the rehearsal dinner includes the wedding party, their dates or spouses, and immediate family of the bride and groom. It is also a nice practice to invite out-of-town guests that may not be familiar with the area or have plans for the night prior to the wedding.

Toasting:

Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner is hosted by the groom’s family; therefore, it may be fitting to have the groom’s father lead the toasts. The order can vary, but traditionally, the bride’s father gives the next toast. Of course, the order of the night can be fit to the couple’s preferences, but you’ll want to have an idea of which guests will be giving toasts. The rehearsal dinner is less formal than the wedding, so toasts can be given with more of a humorous and fun approach. Overall, you’ll just want to be sure that the people who helped to make your wedding day happen are properly thanked.

Really, the key to a successful rehearsal dinner is to relax and have fun with those dearest to you! We just love hosting rehearsal dinners as a part of our wedding weekends here at Historic Mankin Mansion. Contact us for more information – we would love to hear more about your big plans!

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 Your Dream Wedding… Within a Budget

May 18th, 2015

We get it – amidst all the flower picking and cake tasting, budgeting is the last thing you want to think about. But forgetting about your budget can set you up for some post-wedding blues! Don’t think you can’t have the wedding you want on a budget – you absolutely can with some creativity! Read on for a few tips and tricks on having your dream wedding on your real budget.

Plan It Out

First and foremost, you want to make sure you have a budget to begin with. We’re not talking about some sky-high number that seems right for what you want. Take some time with your partner to sit down and look at all of the details for your wedding and develop a realistic budget to stick to.

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Source: Wedding Wire

 

Be Realistic

The key word from the first point is to be realistic. In other words, perhaps hiring Beyoncé to perform at your wedding is a bit out of reach. As a couple, it’s time to strike out those impractical ideas that just won’t work for your wedding, understanding that spending extra on, say, linens or floral arrangements will draw funds from the other parts of your wedding.

Talk to Your Vendors

When it comes to working with wedding professionals, there’s no harm in asking for creative ideas for staying within your budget. Many vendors are understanding of budgetary restrictions and can run you through your options.

Saving money while planning a wedding is not always an easy feat, but if you take the right steps, it can be a breeze! The key to not getting carried away is to remember that your wedding day is about the love and commitment between you and your partner – not the amount of money you spent on it. Happy planning!

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: Ali and Brendan

May 4th, 2015

Today, we’re sharing Ali and Brendan’s lovely fall wedding, captured by the talented C. Tyler Corvin Studio! Having met at VCU, it was only natural that Ali and Brendan tied the knot in Richmond. These two were just the sweetest couple and we were so delighted to host their wedding on our grounds. We guarantee you’ll be swooning over their gorgeous grey and yellow color palette, so scroll on if you want to see some major eye candy!

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There was no hiding the love that Ali and Brendan felt together and it’s clear that these two are a match made in heaven!

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504177945In addition to the pretty grey and yellow details, we are just crazy about Ali’s royal blue Toms – talk about “something blue”!

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504193279Ali and Brendan were extra sweet to their guests and had a fun, sugary candy bar to match their colors!

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Sparks were surely flying at Ali and Brendan’s wedding! Many thanks to C. Tyler Corvin Studio for such incredible pictures. Our team at Historic Mankin Mansion wishes all the best to Ali and Brendan – we loved having 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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Personalizing your Wedding

April 20th, 2015

Wedding personalization is a hot trend and we don’t see it going anywhere any time soon.  A wedding day belongs to the couple, so why not show it in the details? Today, we’re sharing a few ideas on how to customize your wedding to you and your partner’s liking, but remember: when it comes down to it, wedding personalization is all about being creative together!

Initials

What better than to showcase your brand new initials at your reception? Whether it’s done through monogram lighting or as simple as a stamp on your programs or menus, your new initials will be a perfect way to honor your marriage!

Shared Moments

Did you and your other half meet at a wine tasting? Was your first date to a sporting event? Do you share a passion for dogs or for running? Whatever it is, there is surely a way for you and your partner to incorporate your lives together into the details of your wedding.

Honor Your Heritage

Whether Jewish, Indian, Scottish, or Chinese, every culture has certain wedding customs that can easily be adapted into your ceremony. Talk to your family or your in-laws to learn more about the cultural traditions that you can include in your wedding. From the clothing worn to the colors displayed to the food served, there is certainly a way to honor your families on your big day.

Pick the Right Tunes

Of course, there are those songs that are played at every wedding. But, if you want to really amp up the personalization, have a chat with your DJ or band. Share your favorite songs and why they mean so much to you – they are experts in crafting playlists for the night, so let them take it from there!

Photos

A picture is worth a thousand words and weddings are no exception. Include pictures of your loved ones, those who couldn’t join, and even baby pictures of you and your partner. Your guests will love to look at them and it will really add to the experience!

Handwritten Vows

Yep, we saved the best for last. If nothing else, handwritten vows are the truest way of personalizing your wedding. Writing your own vows allows you and your partner to put into words what you genuinely feel for each other, without the constraints of pre-scripted verbiage. Share some favorite moments together or when you truly realized that you were meant to be together – the more sincere, the better. There won’t be a dry eye in the room, and that includes you!

There are so many ways to make your special day belong to you and your partner. What are your favorite ideas?

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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Post-Wedding Recovery

April 6th, 2015

The festivities have ended, the guests have gone back to their hotels, and you and your new spouse are sitting amidst a pile of gifts and emotions. You just had the most spectacular day of your life – but now what? You may feel over the moon or you may feel a bit blue. It’s natural to feel a little drained after such an emotional day, so embrace your feelings, as well as your new life as newlyweds.

Enjoy your Night Together

While it may seem obvious, you and your new partner-in-crime should live it up like it’s the first day of your lives together – oh wait, it is! Stay up late playing board games or dig into the leftover wedding cake and talk about the future. Whatever it means for the two of you, make the evening special.

Wake Up Early

We know you’re tired, but try and get an early start with your partner the following morning. Seize the new day – your first day as a married couple! Brew your favorite coffee and watch the sunrise together. You’ll have plenty of other opportunities to sleep in together!

Open Presents!

You’ve been eyeing that beautifully wrapped package since you saw your cousin drop it off at the gift table. Now is the time to crack open a bottle of wine and open those gifts with your partner! Don’t forget to keep a list of who gave what to make for easy thank-you cards.

Don’t Jump into the Honeymoon

Traditionally, newlyweds jet off to their honeymoon destination the day after their wedding, but it may do you well to hold back a day or two. Give yourselves some time to adjust to being married and enjoy a few days together doing absolutely nothing. You also won’t have to worry about the stress of packing and preparing for a honeymoon trip during the busy days prior to the wedding.

Have Brunch

Who doesn’t love brunch? There’s a good chance that family and close friends will still be in town after the wedding, so hosting a morning-after brunch is a great way to enjoy time with loved ones while staying relaxed and enjoying those blissful hours. Plus, those mimosas have your name written all over them!

 

Of course, these are all suggestions of how to ease into married life together, but what really matters is that you make every moment count. Take silly pictures together. Go on an adventure. You won’t get your first days back, so be sure they’re full of memories!

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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Timeless Wedding Trends

March 30th, 2015

Every year we’re excited to see the newest wedding trends, but to our delight there are some trends that are always in style. Here are some of our favorite timeless wedding trends that continue to be chic year after year!

The Classic White Wedding Dress

Even if you’re getting married after Labor Day, white dresses are always in fashion! White wedding dresses come in a wide variety of cuts and styles that will perfectly fit your personal aesthetic. Having a white dress also allows you to have a little fun with your accessories or flowers. Who doesn’t love the idea of pairing a classic white dress but with a bouquet that incorporates the latest flower trend? A mix of classic and trendy can keep the look fresh, but also prevents regret from being decked out in a passing fad when looking at your wedding pictures with your grandkids years from now.

Roses

When you think weddings, of course gorgeous flowers are first to come to mind! Of all of the beautiful flowers, there is nothing like the timeless rose. Roses are especially perfect for weddings because of the wide range of meanings you can express through the number and color of your roses. We all know that the traditional red rose stands for sincere love, respect, courage, and passion. But, did you know that a bouquet of 99 roses represents that you will love your significant other for as long as you live? Tell your love story without words by choosing the right roses for you!

Monograms

Your name will never go out of style, so why not incorporate your new initials into your wedding? Your wedding is the beginning of many firsts as a married couple, which includes sharing a last name. Your new name will last a lifetime, so be creative and include your new monogram at your wedding. A lovely way to start using your new initials is to have your monogram stitched onto a glamorous robe to wear while getting your wedding hair and make up done. To incorporate your new last initial into your reception, have a beautiful cutout of your new last initial created and use it as a cake topper, or tie it to the back of your bride and groom’s chair as a decoration. The possibilities are endless!

What are your favorite timeless trends? Let us know in the comments!

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 Your Rings Down the Aisle

March 23rd, 2015

There are many ways to have your wedding rings sent down the aisle, but what are your options? Here is a mix of our favorite classic, and more unique ways of getting your wedding bands up to the altar, and onto your finger!

Help from the Little Ones

A traditional choice for getting your rings down the aisle is to have a young child from your family act as a flower girl, or ring bearer.

A ring bearer is a cute classic option and is a great way to incorporate a ring pillow that matches the décor of your wedding. We also love the idea of having fun with your ring bearer and having them act as the “ring security.” For this idea you can have your ring bearer carry the rings in a special “lock box” or briefcase marked for the occasion!

If you have a special little lady acting as the flower girl you can have her carry up your rings while spreading petals.  Incorporate your wedding flowers by tying your rings to an easy to hold flower ball.

If your ring bearer or flower girl is too young to walk down the aisle on their own decorate a wagon or buggy with flowers or in colors that match your ceremony. Add a fun sign like “here comes the bride” to announce your walk!

Man’s Best Friend

Another fun option for getting your rings down the aisle it to have your dog carry them. Tie the rings to your furry buddy’s collar and make sure to add some pretty color coordinating flowers as well! We are wild about the photo below of this man’s best friend as ring bearer from Wild Flowers Inc.

Grandmothers

My personal favorite way of walking your rings down the aisle is the trend of having your grandmother as your flower girl! We absolutely love the idea of adding a twist to a role that is usually reserved for the little ones of the family. Let your grandmothers be in on the ceremony fun and it will be a sweet moment for your entire family! We are smitten with the photo below of the bride and groom’s grandmothers as flower girls from The New York Times.

There are many ways to get your rings down the aisle, which option will you choose?

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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The Night Before…

March 16th, 2015

The rehearsal dinner is over, your guests have settled in their rooms, and tomorrow is the day you’ve been waiting for. How will you ever pass the time until you can walk down the aisle to your one true love? Don’t let the jitters take over and keep yourself occupied!

Prepare (but don’t overdo it!)

You’re allowed to check over your lists and plans once (OK, maybe twice!), just to be sure everything is in place. Have your dress ready in the closet with your day-of accessories nearby. Prepare enough that you won’t be stressed out in the morning, but don’t let yourself get carried away. There’s no need to call the caterer at midnight, just to be sure everything will go smoothly – it will.

Do something special for your partner

We’re not talking about writing your vows or putting together a grand display of affection, but find the time to write a short note or get a small token to surprise him before the ceremony. It’ll add a sweet touch to the day and we’re sure he’ll keep it forever!

Have a slumber party

This may be one of your last opportunities to have a girls’ night in, so take it! Put on your comfiest pajamas, break out a bottle of wine (but don’t overdo it – you don’t want a headache in the morning!), and settle in for a night of movies, games, and fun with your closest ladies.

Give up the iPhone

Hand over your most beloved device to a girlfriend and take the evening to pull back and unwind from the planning process. If there are things that need to be taken care of, delegate the duties to parents or in-laws. You deserve a break! Cutting yourself off from technology will not only allow you to relax with your bridesmaids, but it will also help you sleep better!

Sleep

Do not let your excitement (or your bridesmaids!) get in the way of your sleep! Surely, you’ll have to wake up early to start preparing and the last thing you want on your wedding day is grogginess with a side of under-eye bags. One way to ensure a sound sleep is to wake up extra early the morning before the wedding, so you’ll be ready to hit the hay when it comes to bedtime!

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Source: Brides.com

 

Whatever your night-before plans are, be sure you are relaxing and taking it easy! Don’t let yourself get wrapped up in any stress – consider the planning process out of your hands and allow yourself to enjoy the hours before the wedding for what it is. After all, in less than 24 hours, you’ll be saying “I do” to your special someone!

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: Caitlin and Max

March 9th, 2015

Today, we’re sharing the very special nuptials of Caitlin and Max! Although there was some drizzle throughout the day, this lovely couple didn’t let the weather rain on their parade. We just adore a groom in uniform and we were honored to host their big day!

For an inside look at this gorgeous wedding, take a peek at the eMotion Pictures Wedding Film here. A big thank you to the wonderful wedding team that made Caitlin and Max’s day perfect!

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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Helpful Apps for Wedding Planning

March 2nd, 2015

Nowadays, there is an app for everything, and now we can add wedding planning to the list! With the help of some extremely helpful apps, you can turn your favorite tech item into your wedding planning best friend!

 WeddingWire App

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WeddingWire has four fabulous apps for every step of your wedding!

  • WeddingWire is the app to use to “stay organized” during the planning stages. You can keep track of your “Checklist, Budget, Guest list and RSVPs” all with a touch of a button!
  • WedTeam is the perfect app for finding the right vendor for you!
  • WedStyle is the app to use to keep up with all the latest wedding trends. An amazing feature of this app is that you can get fast feedback from the wedding community on tough decisions like which shoes or veil to wear!
  • WedSocial will help you “capture wedding photos” and keep all of your guests informed about every last detail about your special day!

 Pinterest App

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Does anyone else have a “fantasy wedding” Pinterest board? Scroll through all of the inspirational photos and ”pin” all of your favorite ideas! Being able to organize different wedding themes, bridal looks, or even unique flowers makes it easy to visually share what you want for your wedding day with your planner!

Wedding Party App

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“Simply your life” with the Wedding Party app! Organize, plan and stay connected all in one spot. Make sure to let all your guests know to use this app to stay in the loop and add memorable photos from the big day!

Wedding Planner App by the knot

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Using this app is like having your own personal wedding planner in your pocket! Manage all of your pre-wedding plans and check out beautiful real wedding photos to get inspiration.

Take our advice- download one or all of these apps and find out which one works best for 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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