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Turn Your Wedding Day into a Wedding Experience

May 23rd, 2016

Your wedding is the most memorable and important event of your life up until now. So why not turn it into a full weekend experience, rather than only celebrating on one day? We’ve got a few ideas to kick the wedding experience up a notch for you and your friends and family.

Photo Credit: Kuhns Photography

Photo Credit: Kuhns Photography

Venue Weekend

If your wedding is at a resort, inn, or hotel, ask to book it through Monday. You can have the place to yourselves with family and friends to relax and unwind the day after the wedding. This way when you say goodnight after the reception, it’s not also goodbye and you don’t feel rushed!

Group Activities

Get together with a city tour group ahead of time and set up a fun tour for you and your wedding party to go on the day before or after your wedding. Or plan a scavenger hunt throughout the city that’s reflective of everyone. For example, send them to an old favorite hangout, or former apartment buildings friends used to live in and throw the best parties at. The options are endless with this one!

Brunch

For something a little less labor intensive than a scavenger hunt, plan a brunch for your wedding party and family the next morning at a restaurant close to the hotel everyone is staying at. This is a great opportunity to spend more quality time with the most important people that attended your wedding. It’s also fun to hear and share some of the stories from the night before!

All of these are great options for your friends and family to have an amazing wedding experience, but remember that the most important thing is that everyone is together and there to celebrate the biggest day of your life!

 

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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Press: Brides.com

May 16th, 2016

We were so excited to see our feature on Brides.com talking about cost-cutting tips for brides! And to top it all off with Stephanie Yonce’s beautiful photo! Check out the full article 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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Richmond Weddings: Instagram Roundup!

May 9th, 2016

Welcome to our first Instagram roundup! We are so excited to start featuring some of our favorite Instagram shots from recent weddings! See below to get a peek!

We loved this song and this amazing couple!

 

Happily Ever After…#HuerthIsWhereTheHeartIs

A photo posted by Alexandra Mayers (@amayers22) on

We were so in love with this bride’s dress, not to mention that glowing look on her face.

 

One of my favorite aisle entrances of all time at the wedding of @carolynhroyce and @rickydevennish at the @mankinmansion!

A photo posted by Emma McDonald (@emmamcdonaldphotography) on

We swooned over this amazing entrance. So fun and so dramatic!

 

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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Press: Richmond Weddings!

May 2nd, 2016

We love seeing our Mankin couples get featured! Sydney and Wil’s wedding featured on Richmond Weddings was so much fun and we adored all of the personal details and beautiful colors they used! Shout out to Abigail Volkmann Photography for all of the gorgeous photos! See the full feature 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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Event: Eastern Henrico Business Association!

April 28th, 2016

We are so excited that the Historic Mankin Mansion is celebrating The Eastern Henrico Business Association Spring Social once again! For more information click here!

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We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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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Getting Creative with Escort Cards

April 25th, 2016

When planning any big event one of the most common phrases you will hear is “the devil is in the details.” This rings doubly true for planning a wedding. Couples are constantly looking for ways to make their wedding unique and true to who they are. There are several ways to do that, and we are highlighting one of our favorites, creative seating cards.

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Photo Credit: Red Shutter Studio

We love these Scrabble tiles! By using an unexpected item like this, you can be sure it will catch everyone’s eye. It can also work as a great ice breaker for guests.

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Photo Credit: Mike Miriello 

Incorporating your favors with the seating cards is a great way to ensure guests will remember to grab them during the cocktail hour. It can also be a big time saver at the end of your wedding because guests won’t be trying to grab favors while the wedding is ending!

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Photo Credit: PW Photography

Having a creative and colorful background for your seating cards is a fun and easy way to incorporate even more of your wedding colors and themes. We love the idea of this big painted wooden door. You could also use a painted window, a fun lantern display, or a giant pin board. The options are limitless!

There are a million different details that will make your wedding a one-of-a-kind event. These ideas are just a small sample of the endless possibilities out there. Just remember, the more personal you make your wedding, the more memorable it will be for your guests.

 

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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Flower Girl Fashionistas

March 7th, 2016

We always look forward to seeing flower girls strut their stuff down the aisle! The little ones never cease to steal our hearts with their gorgeous style and beautiful bouncing curls. Get ready for an overload of cuteness as we revisit our favorite swoon-worthy flower girl moments!

These princesses look heavenly in their all-white ensembles! Every detail, from the pearl bracelets to the flower baskets, is spot on!

Now, that’s what we call striking a pose! These cuties look adorable in their lace dresses and golden flats.

Every wedding needs something blue! The blue sashes and flower baskets are the perfect accents for these flower girls’ stunning dresses.

How cute are these girls’ floral crowns?! The woven baskets are just the right complement to their rustic hair accessories.

We can’t wait to see which flower girl fashion trends will be making waves during the upcoming spring season. Let us know how you plan to style your mini me!

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.

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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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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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How to Conquer the Morning Before the Wedding

February 1st, 2016

Pre-wedding jitters can send the most level-headed bride on an emotional whirlwind. A serious case of the butterflies can make getting to the altar feel more like running a marathon. However, with a little preparation you’ll be able to stay on schedule and have a  peaceful morning before your wedding. Follow these simple steps to help make the morning of your Special Day enjoyable and stress-free!

Get your beauty rest 
Start your morning off right by taking it easy the night before your wedding. Implement a two drink maximum and err on the side of caution when it comes to trying new foods. Save yourself from having to deal with a nagging hangover or food poisoning. Treat yourself to a bubble bath at the end of the night and then hit the sack early. You have a big day ahead of you!

Create an action plan 
You won’t have a successful morning if you don’t plan for it! Set a schedule, get it on paper and make sure everyone has it on hand. Whether it be brunch or hair and makeup, clearly outline what needs to get done and when.

Practice meditation or yoga 
Rise early for a 30-minute yoga session. This will help you clear your mind and focus on the present moment. Your bridesmaids will probably feel antsy as well so invite them to join in. If you can’t imagine squeezing a yoga session into your jam packed schedule, try a quick round of meditation. Make an effort to sit quietly and simply breathe for 10 minutes. Your mind and body will thank you!

It isn’t everyday that you get to say “I do” to Mr. or Mrs. Right, so revel in the special moments leading up to your wedding. Remember, amidst all of the chaos your dream guy will be waiting at the end of the aisle!

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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