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Getting Creative with Escort Cards

April 25th, 2016

When planning any big event one of the most common phrases you will hear is “the devil is in the details.” This rings doubly true for planning a wedding. Couples are constantly looking for ways to make their wedding unique and true to who they are. There are several ways to do that, and we are highlighting one of our favorites, creative seating cards.

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Photo Credit: Red Shutter Studio

We love these Scrabble tiles! By using an unexpected item like this, you can be sure it will catch everyone’s eye. It can also work as a great ice breaker for guests.

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Photo Credit: Mike Miriello 

Incorporating your favors with the seating cards is a great way to ensure guests will remember to grab them during the cocktail hour. It can also be a big time saver at the end of your wedding because guests won’t be trying to grab favors while the wedding is ending!

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Photo Credit: PW Photography

Having a creative and colorful background for your seating cards is a fun and easy way to incorporate even more of your wedding colors and themes. We love the idea of this big painted wooden door. You could also use a painted window, a fun lantern display, or a giant pin board. The options are limitless!

There are a million different details that will make your wedding a one-of-a-kind event. These ideas are just a small sample of the endless possibilities out there. Just remember, the more personal you make your wedding, the more memorable it will be for your guests.

 

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 Practices for Your Wedding Registry

April 18th, 2016

Ahh, the wedding registry – a fun process, but how do you avoid getting four sets of cutlery when you really only need one? While a registry is certainly helpful for your guests, let’s talk best practices on how to make it easy on you as well.

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Photo: Blue Box Weddings

Go Together
If you’re going to go the old-fashioned way to register in-store, be sure to bring along your other half and make a day out of it. Not only can you have fun dreaming up your ideal home, but you’ll also be sure that the only gifts you receive have both of your approval!

Take it Online
Signing up for wedding registries in-store can take up a good chunk of time, so it may be more effective to take a shot at registering online. Most stores that offer in-store registries also allow you to do the same by simply shopping their website. Can’t decide where to register? Check out Zola.com which allows you to save products from all over the Internet.

Have Fun(d)
As many couples are living together prior to their wedding, they may not have the need for extra sets of sheets or a high-end blender. If that’s the case and you find that there isn’t much you really need, consider setting up a fund for guests to contribute to your honeymoon or mortgage. Guests don’t have to feel bad about bringing cash to a wedding, but they can still know that they’ve helped a good cause. And hey – there’s no reason you can’t have a shorter registry just for that stand mixer. :)

Whatever your decision is, remember to have fun with the registry! Keep your guests in mind as you don’t want to ask too much of them, but enjoy the time with your partner at the same time. At the end of the day, your wedding is about your new life together – not the gifts you receive!

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 Smartly and Avoid these Top Wedding Mistakes

April 11th, 2016

With your wedding day on the horizon, you surely feel like you’re up to your ears in details, decor, and more. Whether you love it or not, there are plenty of ways to ensure a smooth journey to your Big Day – so be sure to read on and take these tips into account as you get closer to tying the knot.

First Things First
Before doing anything else, sit down with your partner and settle on a budget. This is the very first step you should take to ensure that you don’t overspend. While you’re at it, keep in mind some of the most often missed budget categories – alterations for your gown (it may not come custom fit!) and gratuity for vendors. There’s no point planning up your dream Pinterest wedding only to be disappointed that you can’t afford it. Be sensible, map your finances, and then get to the fun stuff!

Room Blocks
Don’t wait until the last minute to book your guest accommodations. Not only will your guests be grateful to have their rooms reserved ahead of time, but it’ll also be easier for you to plan if all of your guests are staying at one hotel rather than having to coordinate transportation to pick them up from different places.

Delegate Your Day
When the Big Day finally arrives, it’s prudent for you to delegate a day-of point of contact. Whether it’s a family member, maid of honor, or another person who will be with you and can make decisions, share their phone number with your planner prior to the wedding day. This will make it easier on both you and your planner – you won’t feel bombarded and they won’t have to run around trying to find you!

Eat Up
Believe it or not, this is one that is oft forgotten by couples. With all of the hustle and bustle of day-of preparations, it’s actually rather easy to forget to eat! That being said, it’s one of the most important things you can do – with such a long day ahead of you, you’re definitely going to need your energy. Plan to have breakfast and/or lunch with your wedding party while you’re getting ready to make sure everyone is well fed. You may also want to stash a few energy bars in your MOH’s purse or Best Man’s pocket in case you need to refuel later in the day.

Last but Not Least
At the end of the night, you’re probably going to be exhausted as your sore feet take you home. But wait – what about all of the decor you shelled out for? And you certainly don’t want to pay the fees for not returning the florist’s vases, right? While everything does need to go somewhere, it doesn’t have to be you that ensures it gets there. Assign someone to take charge after the wedding ends, gathering all of the leftover items and keeping them in one place until you have the time to sort through everything.

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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Caitlin and Max’s Richmond Wedding

March 28th, 2016

 

We always love having Lou Stevens Glam Squad on our turf, so it’s with great pleasure that we share this fun wedding feature from a very special day for Caitlin and Max! Shot by Mike Topham Photography, this romantic wedding was truly one for the books! Care to see more? Check out the full feature here!

glam squad

 

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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Food & Beverage Tips and Tricks

March 14th, 2016

Wedding receptions are a time for celebrating and bonding over delicious food and drinks. Thus, couples should go the extra mile to get their dining options just right. From buffets to open bars, there are many ways to serve your guests. However it’s important to be kind to your budget and go with what best suits your unique wedding needs. Let’s run through a few tips and tricks that will help you craft a memorable catering experience for your guests!

The size of your guest list should always dictate the style of dinner you will be having at your reception. For instance, buffets are great for large parties, but can be wasteful if you don’t intend on having that many mouths to feed. However, the casualness of buffet style dinners is excellent for couples that aim to have a more relaxed atmosphere.

Another great option for the more casual couple is to have a cocktail reception. Unlike a traditional dinner setting, guests at cocktail receptions munch on heavy hors d’oeuvers throughout the night. This is cost-effective considering that you don’t have to pay for full meals and you can save money on tables and chairs. Just remember to leave a note in your wedding invitations letting your guests know that they won’t be receiving a full meal.

If you’re interested in more intimate dining options, plated and family style dinners are excellent choices. For plated dinners, caterers bring out plates of food to serve guests. On the other hand, family style dinners feature large dishes of food placed at each table for guests to serve themselves.

After you’ve squared away your dining options, it’s time to think about how you’ll be serving up the beverages. The most popular choice for couples is to have an open bar – a catering option that includes paying a flat fee for an unlimited round of drinks for guests. Having an open bar can be expensive, but there a several ways to put a limit on the menu that will better serve your budget. For instance, you could choose to only offer wine, beer and a signature cocktail. Having set hours for the open bar also helps.

For couples planning smaller receptions, you can often find packages that will allow you to pay per drink in lieu of a flat fee. Whichever beverage option you choose, stay away from cash bars! Your guests will not appreciate having to shell out money at your wedding.

As you can see, there are dining options that can suit each couple’s unique wedding experience! Keep these tips and budget tricks in mind while hunting for a caterer and you’re bound to have a delightful reception that everyone will love!

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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Flower Girl Fashionistas

March 7th, 2016

We always look forward to seeing flower girls strut their stuff down the aisle! The little ones never cease to steal our hearts with their gorgeous style and beautiful bouncing curls. Get ready for an overload of cuteness as we revisit our favorite swoon-worthy flower girl moments!

These princesses look heavenly in their all-white ensembles! Every detail, from the pearl bracelets to the flower baskets, is spot on!

Now, that’s what we call striking a pose! These cuties look adorable in their lace dresses and golden flats.

Every wedding needs something blue! The blue sashes and flower baskets are the perfect accents for these flower girls’ stunning dresses.

How cute are these girls’ floral crowns?! The woven baskets are just the right complement to their rustic hair accessories.

We can’t wait to see which flower girl fashion trends will be making waves during the upcoming spring season. Let us know how you plan to style your mini me!

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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Social Media Etiquette for Guests

February 22nd, 2016

Last week, we provided couples headed down the aisle with a valuable lesson on social media etiquette. This week, we’re schooling guests on how they should be handling social media at a wedding. Everyone will be excited to share photos on Instagram and post stories on Snapchat, however guests should exercise their best judgement before pulling out their devices. Continue on for a quick review of the dos and don’ts of social media etiquette for wedding guests!

Stay in your seat
The worst thing that you can do at a wedding is steal the newlyweds’ spotlight. Standing up to snap a picture for the “gram” will certainly take away from the bride and groom’s moment. Don’t get bent out of shape if you don’t have the best seat in the house. The couple’s professional photographer will capture the best angles and moments from the ceremony that everyone can enjoy.

Respect the couple’s wishes 
Stay in the good graces of the bride and groom by following their rules regarding social media sharing and cell phone usage. Some couples don’t mind if guests share their Special Day on social media, while others may want cellphones powered down completely. Whatever the case may be, it’s best to respect their wishes!

Be mindful of the professional photographer
Before you lift your camera to snap a picture, make sure that you’re not invading the wedding photographer’s shots. The couple won’t want a slew of images with your phone sticking out. Keep an eye on where the photographer is in the room and move about accordingly whenever you decide to capture special moments from the wedding.

Avoid oversharing
Use caution when hitting the share button. Avoid posting pictures of the bride’s gown before she walks down the aisle or flashing her new bling all over social media. Asking for permission before posting pictures of the bride and groom never hurts.

Guests

Photo: M&J Photography

That wraps up our complete guide to social media etiquette for couples and guests! Whether you’re saying “I do” or sitting in the audience, remember to use your social media powers for good. Always maintain a healthy balance between sharing special moments on social media and living in the moment!

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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