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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.


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.


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


Wedding Trend- Unique Boutonnieres

August 11th, 2014

Creative Boutonniere Ideas

Flowers are an important part of a wedding and these days, grooms are getting more creative with their boutonnieres. And who can blame them? Brides can’t be the only ones rocking the aisle after all! These days, grooms don’t even have to feel constricted to flowers- the possibilities are nearly limitless!

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Not sure where to start? Well today, we’re happy to share some tips to get you started:

  • Tip #1- First and foremost, consider the theme. Are you going for something more formal or a bit laid back? Remember- your location can also influence the look!
  • Tip #2- Next, incorporate the groomsmen when designing a boutonniere. For example, comic lovers could add tiny action figures instead of flowers, for a fun touch. This would also make the perfect keepsake for your most trusted friends.
  • Tip #3- Consider surprising your partner by paying homage to your love story. Any small gift they have given you will make a perfect addition to your boutonniere. For example, a letter turned into a paper flower could be a thoughtful detail appreciated by your fiancee, as well as attendees.

Want to make a subtle statement? There are a variety of options out there that would let you do just that. Leaves, succulents, and feathers make a simple but interesting addition for any season.

Bonus Tip for the gents- Ask your bride-to-be to kindly make room for you on Pinterest, which is chock full of inspiration. But it’s admittedly addicting- don’t say we didn’t warn you! :)

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.