One of the FAVORITE parts of my job is getting to work with and build relationships with other vendors! Recently I was able to visit Mankin Mansion for a venue tour and interview Katie Hoer from their planning team! I think you’ll love it just as much as I did!
Q: When I look at Mankin Mansion’s website I see an unbelievable amount of awards! What’s it like to work at one of the top wedding resorts in Virginia?
A: Honestly- awesome! I get to go to this beautiful mansion everyday and work with talented and wonderful people, and I get to be there on one of the most important days in a person’s life! I have the best job.
Q: What is about Mankin Mansion that it keeps getting voted the best of the best year after year?
A: Probably the people! We have a full time grounds keeper and gardner that keep everything beautiful regardless of season, a talented planning team, an award winning DJ team, and an awesome event staff that keep things running smoothly with us planners! Also, our proprietors Paula & Martin Ramirez are always making new improvements. I feel like every couple of weeks I discover something new and charming! We literally just got this gorgeous Bentley over the weekend that we may include in some of our packages!
Q: I know from our tour that you are in absolute LOVE with not just your job but the Mansion itself! Do you have a favorite room or area?
A: Oh such a hard decision, but I simply adore the Gallery!! It has these wonderful heavy, large, iron double-doors that open into a chic indoor ceremony location. It’s all exposed brick, romantic drapery, black glossy floors, and chandeliers- it’s magic!
Q: If you had two minutes to tell a bride why she should consider Mankin Mansion as her venue what would you tell her?
A: There is a lot of value in our packages – we have a planning team, DJ team, event set up and staffing, professional lighting, furniture, discounted rates at hotels, and we arrange shuttles to take guests from the hotel to our venue! I mean of course it is also gorgeous here too, but if you value convince and quality we will be a great fit for you!
Q: We all have “wedding stories” – what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen happen at a wedding?
A: Oh I can’t tell you that, but I can tell you that we had the Virginia Tech Hokie Bird crash a wedding!
Q: What advice would you give a bride starting her venue search?
A: Start with considering your attendees. Think about what you need and what your guests will need. Once you figure out your must-haves it will make your search a lot easier!
Q: How can a bride get in contact with you to get more information?
The Bridal Suite and Groom’s Quarters
Q: What do you see as the biggest source of stress for a bride? And how do you think they can fix it?
A: Clients usually worry about the unknown or things they can’t control. This is usually fixed with a little info! Generally I find the more you know about something, the less scary it is. During the week of they are usually worried about things like weather – luckily here we are covered either way with both indoor and outdoor options (pun intended)!
Q: What is one thing all brides inevitably forget to plan for?