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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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Richmond Wedding: McKenna and Anthony

November 9th, 2015

We’re so excited to share this gem with you all today. McKenna and Anthony’s wedding was filled with love and splendor. Take a peek for yourself!

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McKenna stunned in a floral, lace wedding gown matched with long flowing curls. Anthony just couldn’t keep his hands off his gorgeous bride – who could blame him?!

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The highlight of the evening was the couple’s lively reception. The dance floor was packed and the couple received a sparkling send off!

3The reception also featured a beautiful four tier cake with lush florals along with adorable table decor in honor of the newlyweds. But, of course, no wedding is complete without an Instagram hashtag!

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Our well wishes go to McKenna and Anthony! We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of your special day and hope that you are enjoying the married life!

We can’t thank Tracey Sanders Photography enough for the amazing pictures! It was such a pleasure to have her on our grounds – join us again soon.

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!

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 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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Richmond Wedding: Shannon and Kevin

October 5th, 2015

Today, we’re sharing an extra gorgeous spring wedding with you! Between lovely coral bridesmaids’ dresses and pretty blooms, Shannon and Kevin’s special day was one to remember! And, how about that dress of Shannon’s!? Swoon!)

679180306There was just something about the chemistry for these two – it was palpable! Feelings of love and happiness followed this pair around for the day and we’re sure it continues to this day.

679181419We congratulate you on your special day, Shannon and Kevin, and we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

679182454Many thanks to M&J Photography for these breathtaking pictures! It was a pleasure to work 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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How to Spoil Your Wedding Party

September 28th, 2015

Your wedding party is there for you, even as the wedding planning gets a bit hectic. So, it’s only fair that you’re there for them, right? There are a number of ways to show your closest ladies and gents that you appreciate their commitment, but it’s important that you do take some time to dedicate to them. They are your support team, of course!

Gifts
It’s become tradition to surprise your bridesmaids or groomsmen with a little something special on the big day to thank them for all they’ve done. Whether it’s a customized bag, a fancy cigar, or a special necklace, think about your relationships with your party and work from there.

Matching outfits
It’s always a nice gesture to get some matching clothes for the “getting ready” stage on the day of the wedding. Brides often get their ladies some colorful silk robes or tank tops, but grooms can also get in on the fun with embroidered polos, t-shirts, or tanks!

Brunches
Who doesn’t love brunch? Take your wedding party out for brunch every couple of months and take a break from the stress of planning! Provide a quick recap on where the planning stands and then move on to mimosas and the omelette bar!

Be nice
It sounds simple enough, but we can’t stress this one enough. You could take your party out every week and buy a Ferrari for every member but it doesn’t make up for a true bridezilla or groomzilla. The kind gestures and thoughtful gifts are always nice touches, but a true friend will treat their wedding party with respect and care. Take their opinions to heart and do not (repeat, do not) be rude or make them do anything they don’t feel comfortable with.

As always, it comes back to the Golden Rule – treat your wedding party the way you would like to be treated if the tables were turned. That’s all!

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: Sam and Carter

September 21st, 2015

We’ve got quite the looker for our wedding feature today! Sam and Carter’s spring wedding from earlier this year was one of romance and beauty. See for yourself!

674166910A Hokies garter and matching silk robes for the bridal party gave this Richmond wedding a lively feel – and we’re just crazy about those robes!

674170305Sam, Carter, and their crew were quite the stylish bunch, too. Navy bridesmaids dresses, charcoal suits, and some dazzling bouquets make for a gorgeous palette – and don’t think these guys don’t know how to have fun!

674171718We love that Carter took a minute to spin his bride around to take it all in… But, who could blame him? Sam looked breathtaking and we could tell these two were crazy about each other.

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The navy color palette carried over to their reception, where it looked stunning paired with gold accents and colorful floral centerpieces. Wine bottle table numbers added a fun detail that shared a bit of Sam and Carter’s personalities – lovers of a good vino, just like us!

674172629Did we mention these two were just the sweetest? Maybe their dessert table will give you a better idea – cupcakes, pies, and a special cake topped by their pets was a special touch that guests were wild about!

674246083Now, we’re not quite sure who stole the show on the dance floor, but we have some pretty heavy contenders. Sam and Carter, alongside their adorable ring bearer and flower girl, was perhaps the cutest thing we’ve ever seen!

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We wish the best to Sam and Carter! We were delighted to host your wedding and we hope married life is treating you well. :)

Our deepest gratitude goes out to Norman Photography and Paperie for these incredible images! She was quite a blessing to work with and we loved having her on the grounds – come back soon!

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: The Knot!

September 7th, 2015

Hooray! We’re excited to share our latest feature on The Knot of Jaymie and Anthony’s elegant autumn wedding.  This stunning wine-themed wedding stole our hearts – we do love our vino!

Having met each other at a vineyard, these two shared a passion for wine and it became an integral part of their relationship as it led up to the big question. Between burgundy bridesmaids dresses, floral centerpieces with grapes, and cork accents around every corner, Jaymie and Anthony’s special day revolved around their two greatest loves – wine and each other.

HMM on The Knot

Don’t miss the beautiful images from Mari Harsan Photography. Click through to see the full feature here!

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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