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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!

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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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HMM in the News: Virginia Living!

January 11th, 2016

We were over the moon to see Emily and Brady‘s fun Richmond wedding on Virginia Living! We’re crazy about their sweet yellow accents – and can we talk about those darling centerpieces? From start to finish, this wedding was filled with precious details that brought their personalities to life! Check out the full feature here!

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Special thanks to Two Spoons Photography for the gorgeous images!

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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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Creating Your Wedding Dream Team

January 4th, 2016

Nabbing a superb dream team of wedding vendors is the ultimate way to get your big day off the ground without a hitch. For the newly engaged couples embarking on the path to matrimony for the first time, deciding who should be in your backcourt can be a bit challenging. Planning a wedding requires several moving parts and you’ll need help keeping the wheels turning! Take note of these wedding vendors that every couple needs to make their special day a monumental celebration!

Wedding Coordinator
The coordinator will help design, plan and manage your wedding from start to finish. Booked as part of a venue package or through a separate company, this person will be a much needed stress reliever throughout your journey to the aisle. Their services can include budget preparation, venue scouting and rounding out an awesome team of vendors.

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Photo credit: Amy Robinson

Photographer
You’ll need a professional snapping gorgeous pictures during your wedding! Take it a step further by seeking out a vendor that will provide video services with their photography package. The more moments  that can be captured from your wedding day, the better!

Team

Photo credit: 88 Love Stories

Caterer
Great food is an excellent facilitator of social bonding! The caterer can help craft a custom menu that will have your guests sharing memorable moments over delicious food and drinks. During your initial consultations with potential caterers, ask about add-ons like ice sculptures, chocolate fondue fountains and other specialty decor.

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Photo credit: C. Tyler Corvin

Venue
There are many options for wedding and reception venues from museums and churches to gorgeous estates. Your wedding coordinator will be well-versed on the who’s who of wedding venues in town so lean on their expertise!

With these vendors, you’re on your way to assembling a wonderful group of wedding experts. However, the buck doesn’t stop here – don’t forget the DJ or band, florist and baker! Each member of your crew will be excited to bring your dream ceremony to life so get out there and start crossing off your vendor checklist!

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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Real Wedding: Stephenia and Tylace

December 21st, 2015

We have a wonderful, fun-filled real wedding to share with you all! Stephenia and Tylace’s gorgeous wedding was heartwarming and nothing short of a good time. Join us as we fall back in love with this loving couple’s special day!

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Stephenia donned a gorgeous sweetheart, fit-and-flare gown while her bridesmaids strutted down the aisle in tiffany blue dresses. The groomsmen were more than ready for their close up!

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The flower girls stole everyone’s hearts with their beautiful white gowns and curly hairdos!

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Congrats to Stephenia and Tylace! We loved being a part of your union and hope you’re enjoying life as Mr. and Mrs.!

Thank you to Amazing Photography Imaging for the amazing pictures! It was a blast working with you all and we can’t wait to see you again!

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 Find Wedding Inspiration

December 14th, 2015

Most brides have an idea of what their perfect wedding will look like long before their planner arrives. However, during the initial stages of trying to bring your ultimate wedding to life, you may find your mind scatterbrained or even drawing a complete blank. Trust us when we say there is no shortage of wedding inspiration – you just have to find it! We’ve compiled excellent resources for wedding loveliness that will help get your imagination running wild!

Architecture
Head downtown and take in all of the skyscrapers or raid your local bookstore for architectural magazines. Make a note of any shapes or designs that pique your interest. This can serve as great inspiration for designing structures such as your altar.

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Photo credit: Norman Photography

Home Improvement Stores
Browse through your local home improvement store’s paint section for color inspiration. Store associates will be happy to help you look through color swatches in order to find your ideal color palette.

Botanical Gardens
There’s no better place to find floral inspiration than by taking a trip to your local botanical garden. Touring a botanical garden is a great way to receive a grade-A education on all things floral! Compile a list of any eye-catching florals that you find and your florist can help guide you the rest of the way.

Family Photo Albums
Go back in time for your fashion inspiration by looking through family photo albums. You’re sure to find an eclectic 80’s prom getup or a fringed suede jacket from the 70’s. Let all of these vintage looks guide your modern wedding designs.

As you can see, wedding inspiration can be tucked away in a photo album or towering over as you walk through the city. By learning to see everyday things in a totally new light, you’ll find endless inspiration 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!

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Richmond Wedding: Jennifer and Kent

November 23rd, 2015

We are so thrilled to share another beautiful wedding with you all. Jennifer and Kent’s special day was absolutely heartwarming and filled with love. Join us as we skip down memory lane with Jennifer and Kent’s lovely Richmond wedding!

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Jennifer and Kent pulled off their classic looks with amazing style and grace. Jennifer was a complete showstopper in her beautiful lace gown carrying a lush bouquet while Kent wowed in his navy blue tux.

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How sweet of the Grahams to pay homage to their union with graham crackers! We also can’t get enough this gorgeous wedding cake. What better way to dress up an impressive, 4-tier cake than with fresh florals!

The centerpieces were nothing short of amazing! The reception featured both small and large centerpieces overflowing with hydrangeas and roses.

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Once the clock struck 10:45, the newlyweds received a spectacular send off from friends and family complete with sparklers and a ton of well wishes! Congratulations Jennifer and Kent – we hope you both are enjoying a fruitful and loving marriage!

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We send many thanks to Annamarie Akins Photography for the stunning photos. We thoroughly enjoyed working with 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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Richmond Wedding: Aubrey and Anthony

November 2nd, 2015

We have a lovely treat for today’s wedding feature! Aubrey and Anthony’s breathtaking nuptials are a definite must-see. Continue on for a peek into the doting couple’s spring wedding!

1Aubrey donned a lace bridal gown with a classic sweetheart neckline. Her lace pumps pulled the entire look together from head to toe!

2Anthony and his groomsmen looked quite handsome in their navy blue and gray suits. Aubrey’s bridesmaids didn’t disappoint in their navy halters either – let’s not forget about those gorgeous bouquets!

735336673We needed handkerchiefs of our own after reading Aubrey’s sweet message to her mom. Precious moments between the bride and her family are always picture perfect!

735353772The reception featured two scrumptious cakes – a gorgeous three layer cake featuring pink sugar flowers and a hilarious Seinfeld-themed cake in honor of the groom!

735368412Kudos to the awesome live band. The dance floor was alive and full of energy the entire night!

150502-486-smCongratulations to Aubrey and Anthony! We were thrilled to be a part of your special day and hope you’re enjoying a wonderful marriage.

We have to send a big thank you to Bow Tie Photo for these amazing pictures! It was such a pleasure working with Zack and Lauren. We look forward to seeing you two again.

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: Ashley and Brock

October 26th, 2015

Oh, Ashley and Brock – you have our hearts! This pair’s purple-themed wedding was absolutely breathtaking… but don’t just take our word for it- take a peek!

708548020Violet uplighting and napkins added a pop of purple to their reception, which paired nicely with the gorgeous silver linens. The new Mr. and Mrs. shared an intimate sweetheart table that overlooked the dance floor, giving them the best view in the house!

708548789Ashley and Brock were such a delight to work with and it was a privilege to host their Big Day!

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Many thanks to Sean DeWitt Photography for sharing these lovely photos with us! Want to see more? Check out his blog post on Ashley and Brock’s wedding here!

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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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How To Embrace the Guest Experience

October 19th, 2015

Ah, the guest experience. Everyone’s talking about it, but what exactly does it entail? Essentially, the guest experience is about flipping the switch on wedding planning and considering your special day from the guests’ perspective. While a wedding does belong to the newlyweds, most couples can attest that the best weddings are the ones where both they and their guests alike can kick back and have the time of their lives. The question now is, how does one ensure their guests have a once-in-a-lifetime wedding experience?

First things first
The very first thing you’ll want to focus on is creature comforts. While your guests may appreciate the handmade welcome bags, they won’t be thanking you for sitting outside in sweltering heat without water. Always, always, always be sure there is enough water, food, and shade to keep your guests comfortable. Alternately, if yours is a winter wedding or will be outdoors in the evening, ensure that the heat is cranked up enough to keep everyone cozy.

Let them drink
We may not have to tell you this, but don’t (we repeat – DON’T) have a cash bar. Cash bars force guests to worry about money through the night and aren’t conducive to a carefree wedding environment. On a budget? Stick to beer and wine.

Consider the timeline
Make the day easy on your guests by ensuring they have comfortable amounts of time to get from place to place. Even if you’re staying on site, consider where your guests’ accommodations are and work with their timetable alongside your own.

No squeezing
Simply put, find a venue that will comfortably fit all of your guests and provide enough tables so they’re not squished in like sardines. Guests should be rubbing elbows on the dance floor, not at the dinner table!

Add a special touch
Welcome bags, personalized favors, and other goodies are a great way to send your guests home with a token from the wedding.

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Photo credit: Kuhn’s Photo

Get interactive
Give your guests something to do at your wedding, other than just to eat and dance. Candy bars, s’mores setups, photo booths – the sky’s the limit! Get creative and incorporate some of you and your beau’s personalities into a custom wedding experience for guests.

And at the end of the day, just have fun with it. Your guests are already thrilled to be a part of your special day so anything else is just icing on the (wedding) cake!

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: Borrowed and Blue!

October 12th, 2015

We’re thrilled to share Sam and Carter’s sweet nuptials, which were featured on Borrowed and Blue!

Sam and Carter were an absolute treat to work with and are truly deserving of a blissful marriage. Norman Photography and Paperie beautifully captured every elegant detail of this classic navy and grey Richmond wedding. Click here to enjoy the doting couple’s big day!

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We wish Sam and Carter all the best as Mr. and Mrs.!

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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