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Spring 2016 Trends

February 29th, 2016

That’s right – spring is right around the corner! We’re so excited to see what our weddings have in store and we just couldn’t wait to share a few things that have been catching our eye lately.

Gold & Glimmery

We’re seeing all things metallic this year! As we watch silver exit the stage, we welcome gold, copper, and our personal favorite, rose gold. Expect this year’s metallics to sparkle as well – folks are really embracing the elegant touch and we couldn’t be happier! Perhaps all that glitters really is gold.

Keep it Green

Organic details are in! From raw wood to natural herbs, couples are including accents that embrace nature and the results are just stunning. These details pair great with rustic themes, but can also look incredible blended into glam celebrations. An added benefit of natural herbs is the subtle yet lovely fragrance that comes with them!

Go Long

Couples are starting to move away from the traditional round table setup, while opting for long farm style tables. Not only are long tables visually appealing, but they also are great for conversation and family-style menus!

His & Her Drinks

Rather than sticking to a solo signature cocktail, go all out and serve two special drinks – his favorite and her favorite! If budget is of concern, stick to a beer or wine mixer – it’ll go a much longer way than liquor cocktails!

Late Night Bites

From donuts to cheeseburger sliders, everybody loves a good late night snack. Thank your guests with a goodbye treat to send them on their way – they’ll be very appreciative!

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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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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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)!

best of 2015

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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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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HMM Honored in Richmond Bride’s 4th Annual A-List

December 7th, 2015

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We are delighted to announce that Historic Mankin Mansion has once again been awarded top honors in The A-List awards presented by Richmond Bride Magazine!

The Mansion has been named the Best B&B in Virginia for a Wedding, Best Under-the-Radar Wedding Ceremony Site, Best Under-the-Radar Reception Site, and Best Reception Location for a Small Wedding!

As always, The Mansion couldn’t do it without the tremendous support of our clients, friends and colleagues. Our sincerest thanks to each and every one of you, as well as a huge congratulations to all of our fellow winners!

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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