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Tips For Working With Your DJ

June 29th, 2015

Congratulations, you’ve hired an amazing DJ (if you’re a Mansion couple, then it’s Martin!) for your wedding and now its time to follow these tips to help ensure you have the best possible DJ experience!

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Pre-Wedding Meet-Up

Because of the convenience of the Internet, some people will hire a DJ online after reviewing their website without actually meeting the DJ face to face. If you’ve already booked your DJ make sure that you have an actual in person pre-wedding meet-up so that they can get a feel for your personality and the types of music and vibe you’ll want during your day. Couples booked here at the Mansion have an extensive meeting with our DJ, so we’ll have you covered!

Talk Out the Timeline

A wonderful perk to choosing a DJ for your wedding is that they can also act as your MC. As the MC, your DJ can help to tour guide the day and keep everyone on track. They are the perfect person to introduce the wedding party at the reception or announce that the cake is being cut. By discussing your timeline with your DJ in advance, you can make sure that everyone is on the same page for how you would like the day to unfold. Also discussing your timeline means you don’t have to worry about managing things on your big day!

Do and Do Not Play Lists

Everyone has their own favorite song so make sure you let your DJ know the must play music that you definitely will want played. You don’t want to wait all night and never hear your favorite jam. On the flip side, also be sure that you specify songs that make you cringe and that you do not want played!

Hopefully these tips will help you in your planning to have the best possible experience with your wedding DJ!

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: Dawnee and Joe

June 22nd, 2015

Dawnee and Joe’s wedding here at Historic Mankin Mansion was truly a day of wonder! Between Dawnee’s flowing dress, her tiara, and her bridesmaids’ soft blue dresses, this special wedding was one reminiscent of a fairy tale. Dawnee played the princess part well, as the whole day was just bursting with magical details (hello, horse-drawn carriage!).

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Joe played the perfect prince to his bride and we were just in awe at the love and passion between the two. This pair was a delight to work with – we were so blessed to host their big day! We wish all of the best to Dawnee and Joe – you deserve nothing less!

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Looking to see more of this inspirational wedding? Click through to see the full feature by Paul Harrison Photography. He also captured Dawnee’s gorgeous bridal portraits at the Mansion – such lovely pictures all around!

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 Perfect Day-Of Emergency Kit

June 15th, 2015

It’s your wedding day and you have everything planned to a T, but even the most prepared couples may run into some day-of emergencies. Despite the unavoidable hiccups, you can be ready to handle anything that comes your way with the perfect day-of emergency kit! Here are some items you shouldn’t be without on her big day!

Dress Defenders

A bride’s dress is one of the quintessential items that represent her wedding. Every bride wants to look perfect in her special dress. These are the items we suggest to have on hand, just in case you stumble across a gown snafu! Keep a sewing kit on hand with white thread, and needles, so you can re-stich a torn veil or ripped seam. If you’re not a confident seamstress, have a few safety pins available to quickly pin up a fallen hem. If you’re wearing all white, it always feels inevitable that something with spill on your attire, so be prepared to handle any drop of red wine or stains with a bleach pen.

Hair and Make-up MacGyver’s

Every bride wants to be picture-perfect, from her walk down the aisle all the way to driving off in a car adorned with a sign reading “just married.” To stay prepared, you’ll want to be sure to keep these items near by! Blotting papers are an essential item for keeping your skin fresh and oil-free without having to add extra powder to your face. A tube of lip balm is the perfect way to keep your lips primed for the first kiss! Pack some Q-tips to clean up any stray mascara or smudged eyeliner that may occur due to humid weather or tears of joy! Keep a concealer pen in your bag, so you can touch up any last minute imperfections that pop up. Lastly, bobby pins are essential for keeping any flyaway hair in place.

Reception Rescuers

With the excitement of your wedding going on, you don’t want to have to worry about any last minute issues. There are a few items to keep on hand so you can keep the focus on having fun at your reception! A protein bar or packet of trail mix is a good way to kill the munchies until dinner is served (you’ll want the energy!). We hate to say it, but sometimes blisters are inevitable when dancing up a storm in your too-cute-to-ditch heels. Quick fix: pop a bandage over that bad boy and keep on going (or, you know, switch to the flats sitting under the sweetheart table – barefoot is an option too!). Finally, after dinner is finished and you’re going in for another kiss, you’ll surely want to have some breath mints on hand (Colgate Wisps, a portable toothbrush and toothpick, work great too!).

There’s always the possibility of wedding emergencies occurring, but keep in mind that your day is about marrying the person you love. No need to get too hung up on the small things! Nobody will remember a spot on your train or smudge of lipstick, but they will remember all the love that you and your significant other showed at 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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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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Richmond Wedding: Lindsey & Samuel

June 8th, 2015

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful spring wedding, with bursts of color from blooming flowers and the melody of bird songs in the air. You’ll have to understand why we were so crazy about Lindsey and Sam’s big day! The wedding’s precious lilac and soft pink accents played perfectly into the airy spring feel of the day and we couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out! Also, can we just take a minute to appreciate the beauty of Lindsey’s dress!?

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Kudos to the lovely Lauren D Rogers for the gorgeous pictures. See the full feature of Lindsey and Sam’s wedding day here – eye candy is guaranteed! Lauren and Sam were such a blessing to have on our grounds – we wish all the best for the two of 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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Ensure a Stress-Free Wedding

June 1st, 2015

We’ve all heard the stories of bridezillas and their crazy antics attributed to the stress of planning a wedding. Of course, you don’t want to be a bridezilla – so, why not just take the stress out of your wedding? You’ll just have to believe us when we say it’s not as hard as it sounds (or you could just keep reading)! Let’s look at a few ways to minimize the headache and cut back to one glass of wine per day…

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Credit: Kristin Parin Photography

1. Hire a planner
That’s right – you knew it was coming! As cliché as it sounds, a planner is truly your ticket to a smooth and peaceful journey to your wedding day. Hiring a planner means you have someone to bounce ideas off of, as well as help you organize all of your vendors and be sure everything is ready before the big day. They will also help with day-of coordination to make sure everyone gets down the aisle in the right order (hey, it happens!). You’ll want to, of course, check with your venue to see what services they offer in house. Although we love working with planners, for example, you’ll find that the Mansion has a wonderful planning staff to assist you with your big day.

2. Get a wedding organizer
You’ve surely seen those gigantic wedding planning books in your local bookstore. Maybe you’ve even shot a glance at the bubbly bride picking out the biggest one from the shelves. Well, we’re here to tell you that you should be picking one of those books up too. It doesn’t need to have all of the glitz and frills that some do, but it is a great way to keep yourself organized throughout the planning process. You could even DIY your organizer with a simple binder with dividers. There are a number of planning templates to be found online, so get Googling!

3. Ask for advice
Don’t let your so-called conundrums take over – ask others for advice! Whether its your planner or your family (especially those that have been there before!), others may help you to see solutions that may not have been clear before. Don’t be scared to ask questions or bounce ideas off someone – you’re not alone in this process. On that note, it helps to include your partner in all aspects of planning. Not only does it ensure that everyone is happy, but it also takes half of the burden off of you!

4. Prepare the night before
This one is self-explanatory – do not, we repeat, do NOT leave things for the morning of the wedding. The last thing you’ll want is to be rushing around looking for your right shoe when you’re supposed to be heading to the ceremony. Allot yourself some time the night before to ensure that everything is in order – your clothing and makeup are ready to be grabbed the next morning, the wedding party knows what time to arrive (and where), and anything else that needs to be wrapped up. That being said, don’t let this step keep you up. You’ll want a good night’s sleep so that you have your wits about you on your big day!

The key to a stress-free wedding is really just to relax. Know that at the end of the journey–no matter how many twists and turns–the ending will be the same: you will be wed to your truest love. And that’s really what matters, right?

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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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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