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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!

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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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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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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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What Makes a Venue Perfect for You?

April 13th, 2015

There are so many gorgeous venues to choose from, but how do you decide which venue is right for you? Here are some of the top things to consider when choosing a venue!

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Photo Credit: PW Photography

Tone and Style

The venue you choose has a huge impact on the tone of your wedding. If you have a specific tone or style in mind to help set the mood of your event, be sure that your venue matches what you have in mind. For example, the Historic Mankin Mansion is the perfect venue for a vintage, romantic styled wedding. Having the right venue allows for an easier time decorating because you already have the ideal backdrop!

Location

You may love the idea of choosing a far off venue location, but think about how accessible the location will be for your guests. If you are planning on having a large wedding, you’ll need to make sure that your guests will realistically be able to get to the location of your venue. You will also need to consider transportation and hotels in relation to your venue. Is it easy to find parking near your venue, or will you need to provide a bus or car service to bring guests to your venue from a different location? If many guests are from out of town and will be need a place to stay, are there hotels near your venue? As you can see, location plays a huge role when deciding which venue works for you!

Budget

When deciding on your venue, it’s imperative to keep your budget in mind. Certain venues can drastically help or hurt your budget! For example, is your venue full-service or not? If not, you will need to hire additional vendors to provide seating, lighting, planning, and other necessities, on top of the cost of renting the venue. Having to find and pay for your wedding services may be more expensive than choosing a venue that already provides all the things you love and need!

What are your tips for choosing the perfect venue? Be sure to leave your ideas in the comments!

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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Post-Wedding Recovery

April 6th, 2015

The festivities have ended, the guests have gone back to their hotels, and you and your new spouse are sitting amidst a pile of gifts and emotions. You just had the most spectacular day of your life – but now what? You may feel over the moon or you may feel a bit blue. It’s natural to feel a little drained after such an emotional day, so embrace your feelings, as well as your new life as newlyweds.

Enjoy your Night Together

While it may seem obvious, you and your new partner-in-crime should live it up like it’s the first day of your lives together – oh wait, it is! Stay up late playing board games or dig into the leftover wedding cake and talk about the future. Whatever it means for the two of you, make the evening special.

Wake Up Early

We know you’re tired, but try and get an early start with your partner the following morning. Seize the new day – your first day as a married couple! Brew your favorite coffee and watch the sunrise together. You’ll have plenty of other opportunities to sleep in together!

Open Presents!

You’ve been eyeing that beautifully wrapped package since you saw your cousin drop it off at the gift table. Now is the time to crack open a bottle of wine and open those gifts with your partner! Don’t forget to keep a list of who gave what to make for easy thank-you cards.

Don’t Jump into the Honeymoon

Traditionally, newlyweds jet off to their honeymoon destination the day after their wedding, but it may do you well to hold back a day or two. Give yourselves some time to adjust to being married and enjoy a few days together doing absolutely nothing. You also won’t have to worry about the stress of packing and preparing for a honeymoon trip during the busy days prior to the wedding.

Have Brunch

Who doesn’t love brunch? There’s a good chance that family and close friends will still be in town after the wedding, so hosting a morning-after brunch is a great way to enjoy time with loved ones while staying relaxed and enjoying those blissful hours. Plus, those mimosas have your name written all over them!

 

Of course, these are all suggestions of how to ease into married life together, but what really matters is that you make every moment count. Take silly pictures together. Go on an adventure. You won’t get your first days back, so be sure they’re full of memories!

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 Night Before…

March 16th, 2015

The rehearsal dinner is over, your guests have settled in their rooms, and tomorrow is the day you’ve been waiting for. How will you ever pass the time until you can walk down the aisle to your one true love? Don’t let the jitters take over and keep yourself occupied!

Prepare (but don’t overdo it!)

You’re allowed to check over your lists and plans once (OK, maybe twice!), just to be sure everything is in place. Have your dress ready in the closet with your day-of accessories nearby. Prepare enough that you won’t be stressed out in the morning, but don’t let yourself get carried away. There’s no need to call the caterer at midnight, just to be sure everything will go smoothly – it will.

Do something special for your partner

We’re not talking about writing your vows or putting together a grand display of affection, but find the time to write a short note or get a small token to surprise him before the ceremony. It’ll add a sweet touch to the day and we’re sure he’ll keep it forever!

Have a slumber party

This may be one of your last opportunities to have a girls’ night in, so take it! Put on your comfiest pajamas, break out a bottle of wine (but don’t overdo it – you don’t want a headache in the morning!), and settle in for a night of movies, games, and fun with your closest ladies.

Give up the iPhone

Hand over your most beloved device to a girlfriend and take the evening to pull back and unwind from the planning process. If there are things that need to be taken care of, delegate the duties to parents or in-laws. You deserve a break! Cutting yourself off from technology will not only allow you to relax with your bridesmaids, but it will also help you sleep better!

Sleep

Do not let your excitement (or your bridesmaids!) get in the way of your sleep! Surely, you’ll have to wake up early to start preparing and the last thing you want on your wedding day is grogginess with a side of under-eye bags. One way to ensure a sound sleep is to wake up extra early the morning before the wedding, so you’ll be ready to hit the hay when it comes to bedtime!

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Source: Brides.com

 

Whatever your night-before plans are, be sure you are relaxing and taking it easy! Don’t let yourself get wrapped up in any stress – consider the planning process out of your hands and allow yourself to enjoy the hours before the wedding for what it is. After all, in less than 24 hours, you’ll be saying “I do” to your special someone!

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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