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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!

 

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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 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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2016 WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards!

January 11th, 2016

We’re ecstatic to share that we’ve been selected as a part of the 2016 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards in Virginia! We feel so honored by this award and we have no one to thank but our wonderful couples. We promise to continue to exceed your expectations! Many congratulations to our fellow wedding professionals who were also included!

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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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Merry Christmas from HMM!

December 25th, 2015

We wanted to wish all of our couples, staff, and wedding industry peers a very merry Christmas from the bottom of our hearts! We always love this special time of year and we wanted to share the holiday cheer with all of the people who make such a difference in our lives. May your holiday celebrations be filled with joy!

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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 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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Real Wedding: Becca and Stuart

December 7th, 2015

We’re so excited to share Becca and Stuart’s stunning wedding! These two lovebirds were such a delight to work with and we promise that you’ll fall in love with each moment captured from their special day. Continue on to see how the couple celebrated their beautiful union!

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The wedding party wore light gray and blue ensembles while the bridal party carried luscious bouquets of roses, peonies and hydrangeas. And we just love the groomsmen’s matching boutonnieres.

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Precious florals could be spotted throughout the venue, as they adorned the reception tables and brick walkways.

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The reception itself was a major hit with guests. The party featured the groom flexing his skills on the electric guitar and plenty of laughter and dancing.

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Congrats to Becca and Stuart! We loved being a part of your lovely day and hope you’re enjoying a beautiful marriage.

Thanks to J&D Photography for these stunning images! We enjoyed having you on the grounds and 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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How to Plan a Cocktail Reception

November 16th, 2015

More couples are opting for cocktail parties over traditional wedding receptions. While going the more classic route is great, going against the grain with a cocktail party could completely transform your wedding experience. You and your guests will love all of the perks that cocktail parties have to offer. If you’re ready to jump in on the latest trend in wedding receptions, we’ve got you covered!

Invitations
The first step to planning your amazing cocktail party is making it plainly clear in your wedding invitations that you are doing so. You don’t want guests arriving to your cocktail party expecting a three-course meal. Explicitly state that there will be hors d’oeuvres and drinks in order to avoid any confusion.

Photo credit: IYQ Photography

Photo credit: IYQ Photography

Venue
When choosing a venue for your cocktail reception keep in mind that the object of the game is for everyone to have an incredible time mingling and getting to know one another. Choose a venue with enough space to suit your crowd and think outside of the box during your research process. Art galleries, bistros and all-inclusive wedding sites, such as Historic Mankin Mansion, are perfect locations for cocktail receptions.

Food & Drinks
Having a variety of appetizers to pass around your cocktail reception is key. It is essential that you have enough hors d’oeuvres to satisfy your guests since there will not be a formal sit-down dinner. Miniature hamburger sliders, veggie skewers and crostini are great menu items that will be easy for your guests to handle as they move about the room. It’s important to mix up your drink menu as well. Order a selection of beers, red and white wines, and soft drinks for guests who don’t drink alcohol. However, don’t forget the signature cocktail – your celebration won’t be complete without it!

Photo credit: Don Mears Photography

Photo credit: Don Mears Photography

No one can resist a good party with tasty food and drinks galore. Consider a lively cocktail party for your wedding reception – you won’t be disappointed!

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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