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Engaged? The First Three To-Do’s

January 19th, 2015

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“Congratulations! You’re Engaged!” You can hear it 100 times, but it’s still exciting. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed in the magical first days of your engagement, you’re not alone. Planning a wedding is an enormous journey that you are about to embark upon. But, have no fear – there are ways to make it as simple as possible!

First, take a deep breath, relax, and start at the beginning. There are three things you need to do as soon as you get engaged:

Create Your Preliminary Budget and Guest List

Before you can choose anything, you need to know roughly how many guests you are expecting and how much money you can set aside for your wedding budget. Start by having parents make lists of people they would ideally invite, and compare those to your own guest lists. Get an idea for how large the number could become, and then make it a point to have some serious discussions about your priorities and your resources. Find out, as graciously as possible, if there will be any contributions to hosting your special day and start a basic budget with a realistic number. You’ll refine your monetary and guest list goals later, but you need a point from which to begin.

Pick a Season

Most brides want to book a date early on so they can mark it on all their calendars and start counting down. While there is nothing wrong with picking a favored date (be it an anniversary, a special family day, etc.), it’s best to be flexible and select a certain season or month in case your favorite venue is booked for a certain day. Consider different times of day – if you prefer an evening wedding, perhaps the long days of summer is your ideal season.

Start Shopping for Your Perfect Venue

Once you know how many guests you plan to invite, how much you have to spend and when you are hoping to wed, it’s time to really invest some time in choosing your perfect venue. You can’t take any further steps, including booking vendors or spreading the word about your date, until you’ve secured the place where you will tie the knot. Don’t forget – the best venues book early, so make this one of the very first stops on your way to wedding bliss!

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: PW Photography 

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HMM in the News: The Washington Post!

December 30th, 2014

We were over the moon when we saw that one of our recent couples had been featured in The Washington Post! Jaymie and Anthony’s “vintage vino” themed wedding stole our hearts from the moment they started planning their reception. Take a look at the article to get a glimpse of Jaymie and Anthony’s love story, not only with each other, but with their number one beverage of choice.

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Our team at Historic Mankin Mansion wish this lovely couple a lifetime of love, happiness, and…. great wine!

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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Wedding Lounges: Where Creativity and Comfort Meet

October 27th, 2014

We just love the latest trend of wedding lounges for your big day! Creating a one-of-a-kind wedding lounge area at your reception could help guests relax, and also provide a great photo backdrop for you and your sweetheart.  Relatively easy to piece together, lounges can be myriad, or single, depending on the amount of space available at your venue, whether indoor or outdoor.

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The lounge will inspire your artistic freedom to blossom as you decide what will be included. Simply put, a lounge can include one couch, some chairs, a coffee table or chest, a bouquet of flowers, candles and some side tables.  It is a great opportunity to create a space that resonates with and adds to your wedding theme.

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Photos of the bride and groom could be set on the table for decoration, and for guests, props for photos could be located within the lounge area. It really could not be easier to customize your chic and trendy rest stop. If you do not have access to furniture, or are just not satisfied with it, you can always look into renting at shops such as Paisley & Jade, a local Richmond vintage eclectic furniture rental shop located in Scott’s Addition.

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As you are providing a space for your guests to relax and rest their feet, sip on a cocktail, and take it all in, you are also ensuring a happier day for you. Sure, it is your day, but it is shared with those you have invited, so why not appease both parties. While you are having the time of your life on the dance floor, your guests will be smiling in the lounge, wishing the wedding was a weekend affair!

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!

all images via: The Knot

 

 

 

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Richmond Wedding: Heather and Bradley

October 20th, 2014

We guarantee you’ll be dreaming about today’s Richmond Wedding feature for days after seeing these gorgeous images, captured by 88 Love Stories!

Ever since radiant orchid was named Pantone’s 2014 color of the year, we couldn’t wait to see how our Historic Mankin Mansion couples made this shade of purple a part of their big day. From the bridesmaids’ dresses to the floral, Heather and Bradley flawlessly used this favorite hue in their color palette. We hope you enjoy these stunning moments from their wedding day as much as we do!

Thank you 88 Love Stories for sharing Heather and Bradley’s wedding with us!

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: Lauren and Ben

August 25th, 2014

After the bride was recently on Pretty Pear Bride, we couldn’t wait to share her big day on our blog! Captured by Crystal Reyns Photography, Lauren and Ben’s wedding was a breathtaking feté. From their glitz cake to Lauren’s waterfall orchid bouquet, there isn’t a detail we don’t adore. We know you’ll absolutely love these moments as much as we do!

Congratulations to Lauren and Ben!! Many thanks to Crystal Reyns Photography for sharing Lauren and Ben’s Mankin Mansion wedding!

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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HMM in the News: Pretty Pear Bride!

August 18th, 2014

Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion could not be more excited to share our recent feature on Pretty Pear Bride! Lauren’s bridal portrait session with Crystal Reyns Photography is absolutely exquisite and we are honored to have been the local for our fabulous Mankin bride. :)

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Please click here the lovely photos captured by Crystal Reyns Photography. Many, many thanks to Pretty Pear Bride for this feature!

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: Sarah and Ethan

June 30th, 2014

A stunning Historic Mankin Mansion wedding with bohemian flair is exactly how we would describe Sarah and Ethan’s big day! From the sweet treats sideboard to Sarah’s gorgeous lace gown, all the intricate details of their wedding came together beautifully. We are delighted to share a few of our favorite moments, captured by Lori Allen Photography with you today. Congratulations to the happy couple! Enjoy!

To view more photos of Sarah and Ethan’s Historic Mankin Mansion wedding please visit our Facebook page or click here.

Kudos to Lori Allen Photography on all our hard work and for capturing these beautiful moments.

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: Kristi and Kurry

May 5th, 2014

We are spicing up our usual Richmond wedding feature by sharing a wedding video! It was an honor to be a part of Kristi and Kurry’s big day and we couldn’t be happier for them! Check out the video below to see some of the biggest highlights of their wedding, filmed by Starring You Films. (P.S.Grab the tissues, because this video is tearjerker!)

 

Congratulations Kristi and Kurry and thank you for choosing Historic Mankin Mansion!

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: Julie and Nik

March 24th, 2014

Mankin Mansion couples never cease to amaze us with all of the creative and unique ideas they plan for their wedding. Julie and Nik pulled out all the stops for their big day and we are thrilled to share their Richmond wedding with you!

One of our favorite details has to be the groomsmen’s superhero t-shirts (worn under their tuxedos) and their matching cuff links. Everyone in the bridal party was full of enthusiasm, which truly set the tone for Julie and Nik’s perfect day. Without a doubt, this darling duo had a lovely wedding and we couldn’t wait to share a few of our favorite photos. Just wait until you see how stunning Julie looks :)

Congraulations to Julie and Nik!

Many thanks to Seth Roberts Photography for sharing these beautiful photos with us!

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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Your Perfect Wedding Cocktail

March 3rd, 2014

Thinking about the perfect signature cocktail for your wedding?

We here at the Mansion love this sort of personal touch. Before making the leap, here are a few considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Theme: Allow the drink to introduce your guests to the theme for your wedding reception. Bubbles would complement a glam theme while a spiked lemonade or sweet tea cocktail would be perfect for a traditional southern fete.
  2. Season: You’ll want to select a drink that perfectly pairs with the weather as well. Consider cinnamon, cranberry, or apple pie flavors for the fall, or something light with a hint of citrus for the summer.
  3. History: Want to share your story with attendees? Say it with the cocktail you enjoyed on your first date together. Did you meet in college? Consider incorporating your school colors with a sugar rim, or fun straw.
  4. Go local: Show a little local love by selecting a craft beer or wine in your region. Virginia is home to a wealth of vineyards and breweries- your guests will no doubt appreciate the special touch.
  5. Glassware: It’s not just about the mixology- every great cocktail needs a fabulous glass. Think beyond the norm with vintage glasses and mason jars.

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There are a number of ways to personalize your Big Day. A fun, creative beverage menu will no doubt delight your attendees. With the above considerations in mind, you are on your way to a memorable signature drink!

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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