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Wedding Trend- Unique Boutonnieres

August 11th, 2014

Creative Boutonniere Ideas

Flowers are an important part of a wedding and these days, grooms are getting more creative with their boutonnieres. And who can blame them? Brides can’t be the only ones rocking the aisle after all! These days, grooms don’t even have to feel constricted to flowers- the possibilities are nearly limitless!

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Not sure where to start? Well today, we’re happy to share some tips to get you started:

  • Tip #1- First and foremost, consider the theme. Are you going for something more formal or a bit laid back? Remember- your location can also influence the look!
  • Tip #2- Next, incorporate the groomsmen when designing a boutonniere. For example, comic lovers could add tiny action figures instead of flowers, for a fun touch. This would also make the perfect keepsake for your most trusted friends.
  • Tip #3- Consider surprising your partner by paying homage to your love story. Any small gift they have given you will make a perfect addition to your boutonniere. For example, a letter turned into a paper flower could be a thoughtful detail appreciated by your fiancee, as well as attendees.

Want to make a subtle statement? There are a variety of options out there that would let you do just that. Leaves, succulents, and feathers make a simple but interesting addition for any season.

Bonus Tip for the gents- Ask your bride-to-be to kindly make room for you on Pinterest, which is chock full of inspiration. But it’s admittedly addicting- don’t say we didn’t warn you! :)

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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The 2nd Annual CultshaXpo

June 20th, 2012

The CultshaXpo is an event that helps to shine a spotlight on the amazing non-profit and cultural organizations in the Richmond area. The event brings together arts, history, science and family fun for one day, under one roof.

The event is Saturday, June 23, from 10am to 5pm at the Science Museum of Virginia and is packed with tons of fun for adults and kids! The event includes free admission to the Science Museum of Virginia and complimentary performances from local artisans and culture organizations, which includes music, visual art, theater and dance. You can also enjoy IMAX films and the newest addition to the museum, the Body Worlds & the Brain exhibition, for an additional fee.

A great way to enjoy the event even more is to become a member of Cultsha. Cultsha is an organization for people who would like to take part in sharing and strengthening Richmond area arts and culture.  To become a member is free, however they would like you to invest in local area artists and cultural organizations that you believe in and Cultsha and CultureWorks also accepts donations. During the CulshaXpo, members will be given “CultshaBucks” to donate to any participating organization of their choice and at the end of the event each organization will be given grants in the amount of CultshaBucks that they have collected.

Enjoy a fun event that gives back to the Richmond non-profit community and enjoy the culture, science and history of the area!

See you soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Photo Credit: http://www2.richmond.com/

 

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So you want to be a Historic Mankin Mansion bride?

June 15th, 2012

We have created the perfect opportunity for those with their heart set on the Mansion for their Big Day, but who may not have had the opportunity to book on the Saturday of their choosing.

We are very excited to offer Sunday and Friday Celebrations! Our Mansion Brides will enjoy all of the Mansion perks & amenities, including the assistance of our amazing wedding planning team!

  Call us today at 804-737-7773 to schedule a Private Tour

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Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Photo Credit: Mike Miriello Photography

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Aisle A-List: We’d Love your Support

June 13th, 2012

This summer, Richmond Bride Magazine is hosting the first 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 thank you for considering us as you cast your vote.  All participants will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Strawberry Street Cafe and voting ends on July 31, 2012.

Please click HERE for more information and to vote.

Thank you in advance for your support!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Photo credit: Marta Locklear Photography

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HMM in the News!

June 5th, 2012

It’s that time again- wedding magazine season! We love seeing our favorite issues hot off the presses- so much inspiration! The latest issue of Richmond Bride Magazine is no exception as it’s chock full of swoon worthy details!

When you pick up your copy, be sure to check out page 80, as our very own Paula Ramirez assisted with the article Tick-Tock Couples! Keeping the Reception’s Timeline on Track.  We know first hand that a successful wedding reception is due in part to things running well behind the scenes so we were happy to lend some insight from our own experiences.

We were also thrilled to see that an image from the Summer/Smith wedding (courtesy of Hayes and Fisk the Art of Photography) in one of the latest Wedology 101 columns in the Richmond Times Dispatch. What a lovely wedding to revisit!

Our thanks to Richmond Bride Magazine for the opportunity as well as the Richmond Times Dispatch for the inclusion!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Richmond Bride Cover: Todd Wright

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Q&A with The Cordial Cricket!

May 30th, 2012

It’s pretty safe to say that we here at the Mansion love wedding etiquette as much as stationery so we were delighted to get to know Elizabeth Howard of The Cordial Cricket, who is an expert on both! Today, Elizabeth was kind enough to chat with us a bit about how she got her start in the wedding industry, as well as tackles a stationery question we also get all of the time! :)

Take it away, Elizabeth-

Mind giving us a little background as to how you got your start in the wedding industry?

I started my own stationery business out of my home 7 years ago based on my love of invitations, stationery, weddings and etiquette. I have always loved a good old handwritten note and much prefer the tradition of a nicely printed invitation to an evite. I have since trained formally in the world of etiquette and helped hundreds of brides and clients find the perfect invitations and stationery to express their personal style. My business now has three boutique studio locations where I enjoy meeting with brides and clients by appointment to discuss their invitation, stationery and event planning needs.

What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

I truly enjoy spending time to really get to know my clients and developing close personal relationships with them and their families during some of the most special times in their lives. Helping customers to achieve their goals one-on-one is my passion. I am also very “Type-A” and every aspect of the wedding industry, invitations and stationery included, involve lots and lots of details. I thrive on the details of working in the wedding industry.

What question do you most often get from brides about wedding stationery?

This is a tough one because there are so many questions that we get asked repeatedly. Brides certainly want to know about timeline for mailing, which is 8-12 months prior to the wedding for Save the Dates and 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding for invitations. Sometimes brides like to try to come up with reasons they feel it necessary to mail their wedding invitations more than the suggested etiquette guideline of 6-8 weeks before the event. There really is not an acceptable reason to do so, no matter how important the reason may seem. It is just not proper to mail the invitations more than 8 weeks prior to the wedding. Save the dates can really help to balance this desire and get the most crucial information regarding date, travel, accommodations info, etc. in the hands of their guests as far as 8-12 months prior to their special day.

Any tips you’d like to share with our 2012 brides?

Sure, one tip is to capture your guest’s entree selections properly and efficiently if having a plated dinner at your reception. Many find it important just to ask guests to check on the response card which entree they would like, rather than asking who is actually going to have which entree as their meal. It works very well and concisely to ask guests to “Please indicate entree using your initials” on the response cards, which gets you both answers in one, who is having chicken and who is having beef and how many chicken and beef entrees you need to designate for their family/party. This will help immensely and save so much time at your reception when the servers actually know which guests at a table are supposed to get certain entrees.

To learn more about The Cordial Cricket and their services, visit their web site today! Thanks Elizabeth for stopping by!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast 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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Q&A with Martin Ramirez!

May 23rd, 2012

Nothing gets the party going at a wedding quite like music and here at Historic Mankin Mansion, we’re thrilled to have Martin Ramirez as not only our Proprietor, but our in house Wedding DJ.  Today, Martin sat down with us to chat a bit about how he got his start, as well as tips for making your Big Day both fun and memorable.  So without further ado, here’s Martin-

How did you initially get your start in the wedding industry?  

I have been doing music entertainment for weddings for more than 25 years now.  I started in Southern California and loved DJing from the very start. I gained more knowledge and expertise through the years, and once I became more well known, expanded my services to various areas across the country.

How have weddings changed since you began your wedding career?

When I first began as a DJ, most receptions were held in church halls and it was typically a band that played the music. Now weddings and receptions are more elaborately held in hotels, country clubs, and Historic Mansions. There is significantly more attention to detail, such as color schemes, decor, flowers, than before. In addition, now far more brides and grooms opt for DJ entertainment for their wedding, allowing for a wider variety of artists, genres, as well as control over the entire flow of the party.

What do brides and grooms tend to ask you about the most about wedding day music?

Almost all brides and grooms ask that I play all of their favorite music. This can be challenging when given hours and hours of songs to play. I suggest they make a list of all their favorite songs and then go back and highlight the top 15 songs that are MUST HAVE’s. I ensure those top songs will be sprinkled throughout the night mixed with the others they have chosen.  It takes some of the guess work out while customizing the music to their exact wants.

How can brides and grooms get more creative with their Grand Entrance?

The Grand Introduction is a great time to make it personal or fun depending on the bride & groom, wedding party, and guests.  It is nice to announce to guests, as the wedding party is introduced, not just by their names, but their relationship to the bride and groom. Add something personal as to how they met, a fun fact about them, or something they did together that makes the relationship unique. Brides & grooms can also make up nicknames based on their friends’ personalities as they are being introduced. A sit down meeting with the DJ exploring all options is not only a must, but a great way to brain storm.

Any wedding planning advice you’d like to share with our 2012 brides?

Add personal musical touches to the day. In addition to the dance music, there are many other opportunities to make the day and evening fun through music. There are the traditional first dance and parent dances, but what about cocktail hour and dinner time?  Go beyond the typical background music played during most weddings. There are lots of great styles or combination of genres to choose from. Personalize the list. Feel free to discuss your particular musical likes with the DJ to see how they can be incorporated into the reception. The more the DJ knows about the bride and groom, the more likely the music will be a clear reflection of them on their Big Day.

Thanks Martin!

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Our sincerest thanks to Don Mears Photography, Emily Dean Photography and James Linkowitz Photography for the images.

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First Annual Food Cart Derby

May 17th, 2012

Food carts and trucks are all the rage for weddings and parties, so we were pretty thrilled when we stumbled upon this upcoming event. You can check out all Richmond has to offer in the way of Food carts and trucks this Sunday, May 20, at the first annual Food Cart Derby.

The Food Cart Derby will be held at the 17th Street Farmers Market in Downtown Richmond and will include all the local food and beer favorites. With the event starting up at 11am and ending at 6pm, you can come enjoy brunch, lunch and dinner! Over 20 local food carts and breweries will be in attendance. A wide variety of food including BBQ, tacos, hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers and vegetarian cuisine will be sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Bands and DJs will be entertaining foodies throughout the day with the lineup including Hear No Evil, Beast Wellington and DJ Reinhold.

We are sure that this will join the ranks of favorite food festivals in Richmond and hope you enjoy the food you love as well as try something new this weekend at the Food Cart Derby. To see the full list of food carts and breweries that will be there, click here.

See You Soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

 

Photo Credit: http://birdinthebeehive.blogspot.com/2012/04/food-cart-derby.html

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Published: Erica and Dave!

May 14th, 2012

We may be a bit biased, but we think our weddings at the Mansion are rather gorgeous. :) So you can imagine our delight when our colleagues in the wedding industry fall in love with our weddings as much as we do!  Erica and Dave were first featured in our Best of 2011 series and now enjoyed a recent feature on Head over Heels:

Special thanks to Head over Heels for the opportunity!

See You Soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast 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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Thanks Richmond Weddings!

May 11th, 2012

After years in the wedding business, we’ve picked up quite a few tips and tricks along the way and we just love sharing our insight with our brides and grooms. Recently, we had the opportunity for not one, but two, fabulous features on RichmondWeddings.com and we’re excited to share them with you today!

Up first- one of our favorite topics! We know that the time immediately following an engagement can be a bit overwhelming. After all, it’s not every day that you plan such a momentous occasion! So we shared a bit of advice about how to get started with your wedding plans:

You may have caught our more creative submission, our poem Who Art Thou Oh Bride-

Special thanks to our friends Amye and Scott at Richmond Weddings for the opportunity!

See You Soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast 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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