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Wedding Trend: Designating an Instagram Hashtag for Guests

October 6th, 2014

Have you ever thought about how when you invite a guest to your wedding, you are also inviting their smartphone?

Have no fear, as there are actually many advantages to this- just consider the example of Instagram. Besides being a free app on Apple and Android devices, it’s easy and fun to use.

So what does this mean for your to do list? Designating a wedding-specific hashtag for your guests to use throughout the festivities is a great way to add a bit of organization to the endless photos taken at a wedding.

Photo credit: E. Leise Photo
Photo credit: E. Leise Photo

As for what the hashtag says, it’s all up to you! Be as creative or as simple as you like. It can be a hybrid of your names (first and/or last names), a cute saying with the date, or just about anything you want it to be. Just make sure prior to announcing the hashtag that you search Instagram to see if it has been claimed. If it hasn’t, then you’re all set. If it has, then you simply have to go back to the drawing board. That’s one benefit to creativity- it lessens the odds of duplication!

Once you come to a decision, you’ll want to make sure that guests are aware of it so they can use it. For example, consider printing it on the program, or even post a little sign that guests will pass as they enter the reception.

Selecting a special hashtag for guests promotes their engagement. Additionally, while you can’t beat the gorgeous images your professional photographer will take, it could be fun to see the day from your guests’ perspective.

On a final note, just remember that all guests won’t feel inclined to jump on their devices. Many individuals enjoy being present in the moment without the distraction of technology.

And as always, we wish you a wonderful wedding day!

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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Groomsmen: Tokens of Appreciation

September 29th, 2014

Figuring out what to get your soon-to-be husband’s groomsmen might seem a little tricky at first. And while they are probably more excited about having a role in your wedding than receiving a gift, that doesn’t mean you are off the hook! These tokens of appreciation don’t have to be elaborate, but simply a kind gesture to let them know you care.

Photo credt: Mike Miriello
Photo credit: Mike Miriello

Looking for a little inspiration? Well we find that groomsmen tend to fall into one of the following categories so we’ve paired each with some of our favorite gifts to date:

The “Indiana Jones”

For a groomsman who tends to be adventurous, a personalized pocket knife would do the trick. You can add his initials to it or simply have his first name engraved on the side.

The “Socializer”

As for a groomsman who enjoys socializing and being with friends, there are celebratory options such as flasks, corkscrews, or high-quality cigars.

The “Businessman”

For a groomsman who is all business, consider a gift such as a tie clip, personalized wooden shoehorn, or elegant cufflinks. A man like this most likely cherishes functionally and practicality.

Here’s another helpful hint: If a groomsman has a significant other, try asking his partner for some ideas. Sometimes it’s wonderful to bounce your ideas off other people…especially if you find yourself stressing over an idea!

Whatever you decide, we have complete confidence it will be a hit…Happy Wedding Day to you all!

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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Join us at the Richmond Wedding Experience!

August 19th, 2014

We had a spectacular time participating in the Richmond Wedding Experience in January, and now we cannot wait to once again be a part of this wonderful event this upcoming Sunday, August 24th!

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The Richmond Wedding Experience gives newly engaged couples the opportunity to experience today’s wedding trends in-person. The event is located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and will take place from 11am to 5pm.

There will be a runway fashion show featuring the latest wedding styles for brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and grooms. Attendees will uncover new ideas for their dream wedding by having the chance to receive expert advice from local wedding professionals, as well as viewing the top trends in floral arrangements, tablescapes and cake designs. This event is without a doubt not one to miss and you will leave with more insight and ideas for your ideal wedding!

Tickets are available online and are $10 at the door. We look forwarding to see you there!

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 Wedding Experience

August 21st, 2013

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We had a fabulous time participating in the Richmond Wedding Experience in January, and now we cannot wait to once again be a part of this wonderful event on Sunday, August 25!

The Richmond Wedding Experience gives newly engaged couples the opportunity to experience today’s wedding trends in person. The event is located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and will take place from 11am to 5pm. There will be a runway fashion show featuring the latest wedding styles for brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and grooms. Attendees will uncover new ideas for their dream wedding by having the chance to receive expert advice from local wedding professionals, as well as viewing the top trends in floral arrangements, tablescapes and cake designs. This event is without a doubt not one to miss and you will leave with more insight and ideas for your perfect wedding!

Tickets are available online and are $10 at the door. We hope to see you there!

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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