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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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Richmond Wedding: Caitlin and Max

March 9th, 2015

Today, we’re sharing the very special nuptials of Caitlin and Max! Although there was some drizzle throughout the day, this lovely couple didn’t let the weather rain on their parade. We just adore a groom in uniform and we were honored to host their big day!

For an inside look at this gorgeous wedding, take a peek at the eMotion Pictures Wedding Film here. A big thank you to the wonderful wedding team that made Caitlin and Max’s day perfect!

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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Spring Trends We’re Loving!

February 23rd, 2015

Spring is just around the corner and you know what that means – wedding season will be here before you know it! Spring weddings hold a special place in our hearts- we have a soft spot for the lovely weather  and beautiful seasonal flowers.

We love keeping an eye out for what’s on trend in the wedding world and sharing them with our couples for inspiration. And today, we’re sharing a sneak peek on the blog! Take a look at some of the spring trends we’re looking forward to seeing in the upcoming months:

Pastels

One thing we’re looking forward to seeing in the upcoming wedding season is the variety of pastel colors that will no doubt be on hand for the big day. Pinks, blues, greens, yellows – you name it, we love it! From bridesmaids’ dresses to linens and décor, pastels are surely going to make a splash this spring!

Going Green

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Source: LiveEco

Green signifies harmony and growth in life, so we’re excited to see green accents coming up in the spring! We don’t just mean the color green, though; couples will also be going green, with recyclable and eco-friendly décor. Some fun ideas include using plants, as opposed to cut flowers, or providing seeds for guests to grow as favors.

Chalkboard

Chalkboard design is popping up everywhere and we can’t get enough of it! Whether actual chalkboards or simply chalkboard-themed invitations and programs, we love how sweet and customizable this motif can be.

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!

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Source: Ruffled

Flowers in their hair, flowers in the air, flowers everywhere! While flowers have always been a key part of a wedding, they will be bigger and better this spring. We’ve already been caught swooning over brides’ flower crowns and garlands – keep them coming!

Naked Wedding Cakes

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Source: MODwedding

Naked cakes are pretty new to the scene, but they’re not going anywhere. Stripped of their exterior icing, these cakes go well with the natural, rustic theme. (Not to mention, less calories from icing means more cake, right?) These cakes can be made to fit any color scheme and can be adorned with flowers, as well!

What trends are you looking forward to most this season? Be sure to share in the comments!

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 Intimate “First Look” vs. The Classic “Down the Aisle”

February 16th, 2015

When planning your wedding, you have to make many important decisions: the guest list, the season, and the venue. But at the end of the day, the most important thing about your wedding is the union between you and the person you love. A personal decision you will need to make is if you and your loved one would like to share an intimate “first look” together before the ceremony or if you would like to follow tradition and see one another at the altar after the walk “down the aisle.”

The Intimate “First Look”

A modern approach on how you and your fiancé, or fiancée, can choose to see each other before your “I dos” is the “first look.” The “first look” allows a quiet moment for you and your partner to share in private before the ceremony. This option can be set up with your photographer to capture the moment you see one another. Many couples will choose to stand in a special location back to back and then turn around to face one another for an exciting “first look” experience. This is a wonderful way to start off your married life together!

The Classic “Down the Aisle”

If you would like to stick to tradition, you can choose to see one another during the classic walk “down the aisle.” This is a special way to share your memorable moment with your friends and family. The classic “down the aisle” allows for you and your loved one to have time for the excitement of your marriage to sink in as you walk to meet at the altar. This is an excellent way to show and share your love with the guests at 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!

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HMM in the News: Richmond Wedding Magazine!

February 9th, 2015

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It’s that time of year again… The new Richmond Weddings Magazine is here and we were thrilled to have the chance to share our expertise in several articles! Enjoy the following features by our very own Martin and Paula Ramirez:

  • Breaking Tradition – page 18
  • A Glimpse of RVA in your Wedding – page 22-23
  • 5 Big Questions to Ask When Touring Venues – page 38
  • 4 Things Couples Wish They Knew Before I Do – page 196-198

Click HERE to read it online or to find out where to pick up your latest copy. Our sincerest thanks to our friends at Richmond Weddings Magazine for the opportunity to contribute!

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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Creative Decoration Ideas to Use When You Say “I Do”

February 2nd, 2015

You’ve put a lot of thought into walking down the aisle, reciting your vows, and the very important first kiss as a married couple. Now make sure that the backdrop to all these exciting moments is just as special! Here are a few creative ways to decorate the ceremony site at your wedding:

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Get your Wedding Started in Full Bloom

All eyes are on the bride as she walks down the aisle, so why not make that walk even more lovely with the addition of flowers. There are a few ways to create a beautifully decorated aisle using flowers. One option is to take some pointers from the flower girl and have the border of the aisle blanketed with flower petals. Another is to attach a vase or bundle of flowers to the chairs along the aisle. If you want to try for something a bit more unique, try creating handcrafted flowers out of paper.

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Brighten Up your Special Day with Lights

Use lighting to add a special glow to your ceremony. You can brighten the bride’s path to the altar with lanterns either hanging from posts or carefully located on the ground. Another way to utilize the magical sparkle of lights is to add a canopy of string lights at the altar.

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Share a Special Message

As guests arrive to take their seats share a special message from the couple. Remind guests of the love that is taking place at the ceremony with signs declaring your love or a request to use a specific hashtag on social media with the pictures that they post. A fun way to share your message is on a framed chalkboard.

The possibilities are just endless when it comes to adding a bit of pizzazz to your ceremony!

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!

Credit: Lori Allen Photography, Mike Topham Photography, and Mykkah Photography

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Upcoming Wedding Trends for 2015

January 26th, 2015

The New Year is an occasion that brings change and excitement and we’re looking forward to see what’s in store for 2015! We wanted to share with you a few trends that have caught our eye for the upcoming year.

Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

Source: Pantone

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Marsala is a swoon-worthy burgundy color, reminiscent of your favorite red wine. We just can’t wait to see all of the creative ways that brides will incorporate this beautifully rich shade into their big days!

Wedding Hashtags

#Hashtags began popping up in the last year at weddings, but we’ve noticed couples are getting more and more creative with the style and the placement of their hashtags. Whether you’re a #partyof2 or a new #MrandMrs, hashtags make it easier for couples to find pictures on social media after the wedding.

Food Trucks

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Source: Her Campus

Who doesn’t love tacos or donuts out of a truck? Maybe it’s just us, but food just seems better (and more fun!) when it’s coming from four wheels.  That’s why we love when couples bring food trucks to our venue. Food trucks come in all shapes and sizes and offer nearly every food you can imagine – get creative!

What trends are you excited to include in your 2015 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!

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