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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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Incorporating Culture into Your Wedding

February 8th, 2016

If you’re looking to add a special touch to your wedding day, there’s no better way than incorporating a bit of your and/or your partner’s cultural traditions into the event. We love seeing the different rituals and intricate details that come with a multicultural wedding. From cuisine to décor, there are a number of ways to share your roots on your Big Day.

Dancing
Chinese lion dances. The Hora. Mendhi. Kalamatiano. Many cultures have a special dance reserved for weddings, so why not bring one out for the crowd? Be sure to let your venue and/or planner know in advance, in case any props are needed.

Music
From steel drum bands to a mariachi band, music can really bring a taste of tradition to your wedding day. If you’re not ready to commit, consider opting for cultural music at the ceremony only or asking your DJ or band for a special parents’ dance request.

Attire
Don some traditional garb for your wedding day and prepare to shine. Can’t seem to let go of that gorgeous white wedding dress? Pick out a secondary dress for the reception that speaks to your heritage – it’s the best of both worlds!

 

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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We’ll see you Sunday at the Richmond Wedding Expo!

January 25th, 2016

Hooray – it’s that time of year again! The Richmond Wedding Expo organized by Richmond Weddings Magazine is this coming Sunday, January 31, at the Altria Theatre on Laurel Street. We here at Historic Mankin Mansion are excited to be a part of the day once again!

Doors open at 11:30 am and we just cannot wait to talk to all of the eager brides about their Big Day. Don’t miss out on the fun and be sure to register for the exciting door prizes that are up for grabs. Click HERE for more information.

We hope to see you there! Be sure to stop by, say hi and find out all that Historic Mankin Mansion has to offer you for 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!

Photo Credit: http://www.richmondweddings.com

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HMM welcomes Tracy Gilland!

January 25th, 2016

We have some exciting news at the Mansion and we couldn’t wait to share with you. We’re delighted to announce that we’ve brought on a new member to the team – we’d like to welcome Tracy Gilland, our new general manager at the Mansion!

Tracy has a background in the wedding industry, with experience in bridal makeup, wedding sales, and venue management. She was excited to jump on board and we couldn’t be happier. As a general manger, Tracy will be responsible for handling day-to-day operations, scheduling and managing staff and networking. She will also be the sales manager and the main liaison for vendors.

Please join us in welcoming Tracy to the team! We’re overjoyed to have her and we can’t wait to see what she’ll bring to our beloved Mansion.

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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Best of 2015!

January 18th, 2016

Before we get too far into 2016, we wanted to take a look at some of our favorite wedding shots from 2015. We had a wonderful year, from start to finish, and we look forward to the wonderful weddings to come in 2016!

Taneesha and Yoni’s beautiful spring wedding was filled with just that – love!

We loved Carter and Sam’s dance in the pergola. How romantic!

Emily and Brady decorated the grounds with 1,000 handmade paper cranes – it was such a wonderful touch to their wedding (and made for great photos)!

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Photo credit: M&J Photography

We loved that Shannon and Kevin crossed the street to take this shot with the pond. What a beautiful spot!

Sydney and Wil’s emotional first look stole our hearts!

best of 2015

Photo credit: J&D Photo

Cheers to Becca and Stuart (and their winning grey and blue combo!) – we had a wonderful time with them!

Congratulations to all of our incredible brides and grooms who tied the knot with us in 2015 – we hope married life is treating you splendidly!

 

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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2016 WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards!

January 11th, 2016

We’re ecstatic to share that we’ve been selected as a part of the 2016 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards in Virginia! We feel so honored by this award and we have no one to thank but our wonderful couples. We promise to continue to exceed your expectations! Many congratulations to our fellow wedding professionals who were also included!

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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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HMM in the News: Virginia Living!

January 11th, 2016

We were over the moon to see Emily and Brady‘s fun Richmond wedding on Virginia Living! We’re crazy about their sweet yellow accents – and can we talk about those darling centerpieces? From start to finish, this wedding was filled with precious details that brought their personalities to life! Check out the full feature here!

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Special thanks to Two Spoons Photography for the gorgeous images!

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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Considerations for Selecting Accommodations

December 28th, 2015

Chances are, you’ll be having out-of-town guests coming to visit for your wedding weekend. If that’s the case, you’ll have consider the accommodations that they’ll stay at while in town. There are a number of different types available – from on-site bed & breakfasts and quirky, boutique hotels to your traditional hotels. Before making any decisions, you’ll want to take your guests into consideration. So what factors help determine the best fit?

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Credit: Ash Carr

Size of Guest List
How many people will be coming from out-of-town? This will determine the size of the room block that you’ll need to request. With advanced notice, traditional hotels are often open to booking a certain wing or hall for your guests so they can all stay in one place.

Age of Guests
Are there a lot of children attending your wedding? How about grandparents? Before signing on any dotted lines, check to see if a certain place offers handicap suites for elderly guests and/or kids’ activities for any down time.

Transportation
Consider the distance between your guests’ accommodations and the wedding venue, if they’re not at the same site. If it’s not walking distance, will a hotel provide a shuttle to the venue? Here at the Mansion, we work with select local hotels that send shuttles both before the ceremony, as well as at the end of the night. This saves guests the headache of driving and also allows them to loosen up a little at the open bar. If a hotel does not provide a shuttle, do a bit of research into transportation options – you may want to book a luxury coach or a trolley, if available.

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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