Chantel & Cris
Married: April 3, 2022
Best Wedding Venue in RVA
My husband made the BEST choice ever by choosing HMM as our wedding venue. There is so many wonderful things to say about how our day was extra special due to the kindness, professionalism, and organization of this planning team. Let’s start with the planning team. Gillian is absolutely amazing. She made sure that my husband and I lead the decisions with her expert lens right beside us the entire time. For someone who was more on the “organizational/type A” ish type of bride, she was excellent at making sure our details and big picture were captured. When it was time to select wedding vendors she provided a great resource list, and made sure to stay in contact with them as well to make sure everyone was on the same page. We were matched perfectly with a DJ there, and even the financial department was incredibly nice and professional. Next is the venue itself….wow…there is so much to say. This venue is stunning. There are so many hidden gems throughout the venue that are perfect eye catchers for you and your guest, and for pictures. We decided to use the indoor ceremony space and again it was beautiful. I love that they have several complimentary accessory packages that way most main wedding things you may need, they probably already have (i.e., candle holders, easels, welcome signs, seating chart easel, votives, fireworks, chargers, linens, cake/cupcake stands, getaway car etc). Lastly, the customer service was amazing. Every time we had a meeting at the venue we were met with amazing customer service that left my husband and I feeling amazing and excited each time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
EMILY AND DANIEL
Married: January, 2022
Best Wedding Venue in VA
Getting married at Mankin Mansion was the best choice I made in the entire wedding planning process. The space is beautiful, the planning team is incredible, and they made our day run so perfectly.
We picked Mankin because we wanted an all in one experience, to make our lives easier, and to make it easy for our guests, and they delivered. From the first meeting to our grand exit, as a bride, I knew the entire time that our special day was in great hands.
First of all, Mankin Mansion is simply beautiful. The grounds are amazing, and beautiful year round. And they fully customized our ceremony and reception in the gallery and tent to make it really come together. And the BRIDAL SUITE is to die for. Having a beautiful private space to get ready with my mom and bridesmaids made me feel like a queen. Pictures do not do this venue justice.
Second, the planning team is unmatched. Leah is outstanding. She made it all come together perfectly. She kept me on track with planning, coordinated between all of the vendors to make sure everyone knew just what to do, She made me feel like I was the only wedding she was planning the entire time! And on the day of the wedding, she seamlessly maintained the flow of the day. She even bustled my dress for me outside in 20 degree weather. I wish I had a Leah for real life.
Plus, having the music team available through the venue was so great because it was just one less thing to worry about. All the equipment is there, and they are fully involved in the ceremony and reception planning, so there was no hiccups or confusion.
There just aren’t enough words to describe how happy I am with how perfect our wedding turned out and it is all thanks to the team at HMM. They made sure every detail was handled and made it so that my husband and I were fully present with our friends and family on the happiest days of our lives.
I cannot say enough amazing things about the beautiful venue, but it’s really the team that makes Mankin so special. They are MORE than impressive. They are the ne plus ultra of the wedding industry. They are like family to my husband and I. I am so thankful for all that they did and the amazing memories I will get to cherish forever as a result of their hard work.
GINNY & AARON
Married: December, 2021
The wedding of our dreams!
We had the wedding of our dreams at HMM! They make the planning process so easy with their team of professionals. They make sure that you do not have to lift one finger during your wedding and that no stone goes unturned, and no detail gets overlooked. the staff works tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything is impeccable. I wish I could get married here every day! Paula, Martin, Gillian and the team at HMM deserve to win in all the categories for “Best of” because they truly do make dreams come true!
MELANIE & CHRIS
Married: November, 2021
Best Wedding Venue in Virginia
This is truly the best wedding venue in Virginia. We looked at a couple of venues online before coming to the mansion, but as soon as we visited, we had to lock it down. From the beginning, HMM had the most warmest welcome and answered any questions we had. The largest plus for us was how all-inclusive it is. My husband and I live very busy schedules and we loved how organized HMM was. From the DJ, transportation, decor, easy communication between vendors, and an incredible planning team, HMM really thought of it all. Our wedding planner, Gillian was a delight to work with. She and the HMM staff made sure to schedule meetings throughout the planning process to keep us on task, provides an easy website to help with checklists and seating charts, and was incredible beyond words on the wedding day. We truly did not have to worry about anything going wrong on the day of because we had full trust in the HMM team! This venue is beautiful inside and out and has so much charm! We cannot recommend it enough!
AARON & TIM
Married: October, 2021
The Perfect Venue to Celebrate Love
We knew from the moment we first visited the Historic Mankin Mansion that this was “our venue.” HMM’s grounds are gorgeous year-round and is constantly maintained to ensure it is photogenic from every angle. To be honest, it does not feel like you’re in Richmond or Virginia when you’re there—that’s the best part! Historic Mankin Mansion is so unique as a venue, especially for weddings in Virginia where so many couples get married at the vineyards over and over again. HMM is special and was the best to work with. The team is small AND mighty! The owners, Paula and Martin, are with you throughout the process and know how to plan for and execute weddings. Their planners are just as amazing! We worked with Gillian and Lauren and they made us feel loved and respected and cared for throughout the many months we spent planning for our wedding… IT WAS PERFECT! We knew that our wedding was “a dream wedding” and now that we’re married, we look back and can still say it was a dream that came true. The entire team is detail-oriented and cares about every moment. As a well experienced team, they share such wonderful insight and ideas for you and are candid—which meant a lot to us. Trust us when we say you want to work with a team that cares about you enough to give you candid feedback and suggestions … they are experts at what they do! We truly enjoyed every moment of the process and could not be happier with how our wedding weekend went at HMM. Everything was perfect! Our family and friends are still raving about everything weeks later and continue to share how much they loved our venue, the team, the grounds, and how much fun we had celebrating together. We will cherish our memories at HMM for decades to come and proudly tell our family and friends about the venue that perfectly celebrated our love.
Mary Ann – Mother of the Bride
Caitlin & John ~ Married: October, 2021
Wow! I can’t express enough thanks to you, Martin, the Mansion staff and all who helped pull Caitlin and John’s special day together. We couldn’t have asked for a more exquisite venue to have our reception. We received many comments from guests telling us it was a beautiful, classy, and eloquent event.
It’s never easy to pull off a successful event, but the team at the Mansion made it look extremely effortless. From the beginning stages of the planning to the very last extinguished sparkler, the team at the mansion was organized, professional, and courteous.
ALEAH & GREGORIO
Married: October, 2021
I would get married here all over again
I don’t even know where to start with this venue. My fiancé & I had been looking for a venue where we could hold our micro wedding for months!- we met with Martin & we were so impressed that he treated us just like other people that would be having a large wedding… which we had problems with with other venues we had looked at. The venue is sooo stunning & has so many places for nice pictures & videos, but what I have to mention is the coordinator that helped us. Gillian was AMAZING & was my most favorite part of the Mankin Mansion. She helped us every step of the way & I can truly not say enough good things about her & this establishment. She took all my stress away during the planning process & she made my wedding day go so smoothly. Gillian, you are the best!! I highly recommend having a wedding or event here, I would get married all over again & not change a single thing!!
AMBAR & NACYR
Married: September, 2021
I say book now!
I came across this venue after visiting various venues and mentioning to a friend my concern in planning my own wedding and all the hidden/additional costs. A good wedding planner can be costly. My friend recommended looking for an all inclusive wedding venue, which is how this place came up. And while this was a bit of a drive for us (2 hours), I was eager to check it out as the pictures made this place look beautiful and unique. When we arrived, we were stunned at the beauty, uniqueness and just how serene this place was. The pictures truly don’t do the place justice. Martin explained to us the process and what was included. I mentioned I was concerned because we were from out of town and that could effect my ability to find and visit vendors. Martin assured me they could assist me by recommending vendors they have worked with in the past. They give you access to a site with everything you could possibly need leading up to your big day. It includes a checklist with recommended completion dates to keep you on track, set up list, event time line, guest list, seating chart and so much more. The venue comes with a wedding planner, DJ, and various accessories. The place is so beautiful you really don’t need to spend on florals or additional accessories, but can should you wish to. I was assigned Gillian at first before working with Leah. Honestly both were amazing and really know what they are doing. I had various meetings with them to keep me on track. They also are so responsive whether you call or e-mail, and are great at sending you follow-up e-mails after every meeting to make it clear what I needed to do/summarize important talking points discussed during our meetings. I’m not going to lie, with everything I had going on outside of wedding planning I had a lot going on and unfortunately procrastinated a bit on a lot of the wedding planning. Not a problem because Leah helped keep me on track. She was a tremendous help. I didn’t realize how much help I would need with music selection, but Martin helped guide us with the music selection and offered many helpful tips and recommendations. He knows his stuff! The day of my wedding was the most magical and perfect day. Everything went so smoothly. Leah, Gillian and Martin were all on site to keep everything on track. Martin knew how to keep the party on the dance floor. I cannot tell you how many of my guests came up to me to tell me they now understood why I planned a wedding 2 hours away, and just how serene and beautiful the venue was. I cannot tell you how amazing and professional this HMM team is. If you are hesitant in booking, I say book now. You won’t regret it and they book quick. Thank you HMM team for making my wedding day a dream come true! Looking back I wouldn’t change a single thing.
PAIGE & KYLE
Married: September, 2021
The perfect venue!
Almost immediately after we got out of our car to tour the space, we knew Historic Mankin Mansion was the perfect venue for us. Our coordinator, Gillian Zehr, was just astonishing – she is personable and friendly, but SO on top of every detail (both big and small) that made our ceremony and reception special. We’ve been receiving nonstop compliments from our friends and family about how gorgeous the venue was. The grounds are meticulously landscaped and well maintained and provided us with so many options for taking photos. On a more practical note, Mankin provided all the tables and chairs needed for both a ceremony and reception and offers a huge inventory of miscellaneous décor – table numbers, cake stands and cutters, etc. We opted to also rent tablecloths through them at a very reasonable charge. Planning a wedding during a global pandemic was not easy, but Gillian and the rest of the Mankin team were phenomenal to work with! We truly just had to show up and everything was taken care of. Martin (the venue owner and DJ) did a fantastic job with the music selection during the reception – the dance floor was packed, and everyone had a blast. From start to finish, they were incredibly responsive to emails and calls throughout our planning process and made every moment of planning enjoyable and stress free. We truly cannot imagine what our wedding day would’ve been like without their hard work and assistance and I cannot recommend them highly enough!
CAROLINE & JOSEPH
Married: September 2021
Wedding Planner/Bride Highest Recommendation
I have been a professional wedding planner for several years now, and Mankin Mansion is by far one of the best venues I have had the pleasure to work with. I selected them as the venue for my own wedding because it is gorgeous, offers tremendous value, and has an incredible staff. All of our guests still tell me how beautiful it was! Martin and Gillian were incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. The overnight cottages for our guests were an incredible edition and really let guests enjoy the night to the fullest. The luxury getaway car was a great touch. Martin’s son was our driver and he was delightful. It was the best wedding that I could have possibly planned because the team at Mankin Mansion are true industry professionals!
JASMINE & ERIC
Married: August, 2021
Look no further!
HMM is the most perfect venue you can find in Richmond. All of my guest were impressed with the area and some even mentioned how they were shocked the tent had AC/ Heat and real doors.
It also rained on my wedding day and the fact that there’s an indoor option that’s equally as beautiful as outside is amazing. My overall experience was amazing and if I had to do it over again I would still choose HMM. A lot of praise goes to Gillian though, she is an amazing person and made my planning so easy; especially since I was planning from out of state. She was accommodating and was on top of EVERYTHING. I honestly feel like I didn’t do much work.
JENNA & BEN
Married: August, 2021
Historic Mankin Mansion was a dream venue and we highly recommend it! Every time we visited for a planning meeting, we were in awe of its beauty, especially the gardens. If I had to summarize the vibe of the venue, I would say garden party, with Great Gatsby glamor. We initially heard about HMM in our search for a wedding venue that allowed dogs to be a part of your wedding, which, they do! It made our day so much more special and fun to have our dogs there. The most amazing aspect about this venue, however, is all that is included: a wedding coordinator/planner, DJ, all the tables/chairs, and lots of décor, to name some of the bigger things. These are all huge items on your planning checklist that you get to cross off all at once. Additionally, packages include a hotel block (the hotel is only five mins away) with a free shuttle to/from the hotel. To not have to worry about guests drinking and driving is massive. Also, the bridal party getting ready room is stunning, and the groomsmen getting ready room has TVs, a pool table, foosball, and other games, which is a nice/fun touch for your day. This is a maybe silly detail but was important to me- another thing I absolutely loved about HMM is that you do not have to settle for a yucky backup space if you have rainy weather because their indoor ceremony space is just as stunning as the gardens. The entire HMM team was delightful to work with and the planning team thinks of EVERY detail in the planning process- you can can just show up the day of your wedding, know that everything is well taken care of, and savor the day!!
John – Father of the Bride
Sophie & Isaac ~ Married: August, 2021
The Best Kept Secret in the Commonwealth!!
The Historic Mankin Mansion is the best kept secret in the Commonwealth!! From the first time that I arrived unannounced to look at the venue in anticipation of our daughter’s wedding, Gillian Zehr (who became our wedding coordinator) treated me with kindness and answered my every question. Martin and his team have built an amazing all inclusive wedding venue, but as good as the grounds and physical plant are, the staff and team are the stars of the show. Our wedding coordinator, Gillian Zehr, was an angel sent from heaven. This lady is an absolute professional in every way. She was ultra responsive and communicative, she literally thought of everything, she is kind, a good listener, and nothing rattles her. This lady took so much much pressure and stress off of our family, because we knew that she always had everything under control. I have been in the business world for over 30 years, and Gillian is one of the best that I have ever dealt with. Book this venue NOW, because their calendar fills up fast….and now I know why!! Bravo and thank you so much!!
ALISON & LEE
Married: August, 2021
We chose this venue initially when we lived across the country for the convenience that SO much is done for you/included. We ended up moving back closer but in the end I am still glad we chose such an all inclusive venue. I’ve never planned a wedding before and they walk you through each and every step to ensure things are done. I had zero questions or hesitations about the wedding leading up to it because they prepare you so well. Leah, my planner, was AMAZING. The day of she got us drinks, held them during photos, helped me with my bustle when it wouldn’t cooperate, and made us feel so comfortable. I also have received comments from each of our guests about how beautiful the venue was. There are so many places for guests to be, inside and out which came in handy with COVID, to be able to spread out. I honestly have too many good things to say about the venue and it hands down is worth every single penny. We had a smaller budget and chose to spend most on the venue and it was WORTH IT. Again, everything is either done for you or they help you significantly with it all. I would give it 20 stars if I could 🙂
Carly & Mark
Married: June, 2021
Most Unique Venue
This is one of the most unique venues you will find. The indoor options are just as good as the outdoor and the landscaping is pristine. The attention paid to detail extends far beyond just the esthetics of the venue. The staff works hard to make sure that every step of the big day is seamless and exactly how you want it. My wife and I were so happy with how our wedding day turned out and we have received countless compliments for choosing this venue!
Latrell & Arun
Married: May, 2021
Perfect Wedding Experience
The venue sets the tone for your wedding. Mankin is classy and serene, well organized and professional from beginning to end. We had an absolutely perfect wedding day at Mankin Mansion. We really wanted a low stress experience and this venue made that possible. Working with Gillian was a JOY. She understood our vision and gave us numerous suggestions and advice to make things perfect. If we had to do it all over again, we’d pick Mankin every time. It was the best decision we made.
REBECCA & MYKAL
Married: May, 2021
Beautiful Venue with Great Staff
Mankin Mansion was the perfect venue for our wedding, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun space and a great team. When we were looking for a space, we wanted a spot where we really felt we could host a celebration with all our friends and family. With its tent, patio, gardens, indoor area, and more, Mankin was that spot for a great time. It was the most expensive spot we looked at, but ultimately we decided to book because we loved the venue and so many things like the DJ, coordinating services, and decorations were included. This was the right choice! Even though we paid more money upfront, we saved money in the long run with all the services Mankin provided. They also were so incredibly easy to work with and we avoided a lot of the nightmares other couples experienced due to COVID. We had to rebook twice, and the venue with so flexible and supportive as we tried to figure out our best options. Our coordinator Gillian was absolutely fantastic, along with the rest of the Mankin team who supported her day of, and she made everything flow so smoothly so we did not have to worry about the little details day of and just have fun. Their DJ also did a fantastic job. My husband has very particular tastes about music and was worried about whether or not the music would align with our vision, but Martin hit it out of the park. We had a beautiful wedding that everyone enjoyed thanks to the Mankin team.
JESSICA & BRAD
Married: April, 2021
Newly married couple at HMM
We just celebrated our wedding at the Historic Mankin Mansion and we have to let everyone know how absolutely fabulous it was. Our coordinator, Gillian, was beyond amazing! She is so understanding, easy to work with, knowledgeable and sweet. They made the entire experience everything we hoped for and more!
Jeremy – Videographer
October 2020 Wedding
Mankin Mansion did not disappoint!
As a wedding videographer, I’m always hoping for a GORGEOUS venue to film when it comes to wedding day. The Historic Mankin Mansion did NOT disappoint! Not only were the grounds PERFECT for the film, the staff was professional and extremely helpful to me the entire wedding day. Despite the rain moving the wedding indoors and grounding my drone flight, the day was beautiful and everyone still had a great time!
ALYSON & MARK
Married: October, 2020
Best decision we made!
I had always heard great things about Mankin and loved seeing wedding photos from couples who had chosen this as their venue. When we toured Mankin in hopes of working with them as our wedding venue, we absolutely knew they were the right choice. From their incredible team to beautiful location, they provide the best service and make each couple feel incredibly special. Having our wedding at Mankin was the best decision we could have made. They ran everything like a well-oiled machine and literally not one thing went “wrong” on my big day (which is a big deal coming from a Type A bride!). Another perk of this venue is a Day Of planner that comes with your package which was a huge asset to our big day. We had the pleasure of working with Lauren. She was so organized and made my wedding dreams come true! Highly recommend working with this team and having your wedding at Mankin!
JESSIE & HUNTER
Married: October, 2020
The PERFECT Wedding Venue!
The minute my (now) husband sent me photos from The Historic Mankin Mansion after we got engaged, I knew we HAD to get married there. The venue itself is absolutely gorgeous, the staff is super helpful, and our wedding experience was just perfect. They really take care of everything from start to finish so you can truly enjoy your special day. I can’t recommend them enough!
KATELYN & JOSH
Married: October, 2020
Perfect Venue for our Wedding!
Mankin Mansion was the perfect venue for our wedding. Not only are the grounds, buildings, and décor absolutely stunning, but the price of renting the venue also included a wedding planner who helped walk us through the details every step of the way throughout the entire planning process – not just the day-of. They also have some rooms on the premises for up to 16 guests. My husband and I stayed the night along with our wedding party and we are so glad we did. The rooms are beautiful and it was so nice to be able to crash right there after a long day of celebrations! They also provided a breakfast the next morning that was delicious. I couldn’t recommend Mankin highly enough – if I could give more stars I would. Shoutout to Leila and all the other staff who helped us execute the perfect day in spite of the changes we made due to COVID-19. You all are the best!
COURTNEY & CHRISTIAN
Married: September, 2020
So easy to work with!
Mankin was the best decision I made surrounding my wedding (other than my hubby)! They were so easy to work with, even during rescheduling everything due to COVID. Everything is taken care of for you, and the planners go above and beyond to make your day perfect. Martin is a fantastic DJ. Gillian was a pleasure to work with and answered all of my questions and gave us great suggestions. SO thankful we decided to have our wedding here.
NICHOLE & DOMINICK
Married: September, 2020
We Love Mankin!
First of all, the venue itself is breath taking! This was the only place we went to due to falling in love with it the moment we stepped on the grounds. Words cannot express how wonderful they are to work with. The planner we worked with, Lauren, was such a huge help throughout the process! She was so responsive to any questions we had and made our day so perfect! I promise you will not regret working with Mankin Mansion for your wedding!!
AMY & DAVID
Married: November, 2019
Could not have been more perfect!
If you are looking for an “all-inclusive” wedding venue, look no further. The Historic Mankin Mansion was amazing and better than we could have ever dreamed for our fall wedding! We actually booked within two weeks of getting engaged because it really did seem like the best value in the Richmond area. I would recommend that you book ASAP if you are interested because the popular dates really do get snatched up quickly. We ended up getting married on the Sunday before Veterans Day and got lucky with a sunny, 65-degree day for our outdoor ceremony. It was perfect! Things that came in our package: personal coordinator (we love you Lauren!), Aisle Planner program with a full checklist and super easy option to create a seating chart, DJ, covered tent with French chandeliers and cool up lighting, tables, gold chiavari chairs, complimentary accessories (the coordinator literally made all but one of our signs), window frames with ribbon for easy table assignments, cake stand and serving tools, the Bentley getaway car ride, etc. I could keep going because we got so much from our investment at HMM and if you’re on a budget like we were, it WILL save you money! The meetings we had with our coordinator were really well spaced out and helpful, so we were stayed on the same page. She did such a great job and many guests commented on how well our wedding flowed. We loved that HMM allowed us to customize our ceremony so much. Both our dogs (a smaller Maltipoo and a medium-sized Austrailian Cattle Dog) were both in the wedding and we had the latter pet trained to hit a bell that signaled the French doors to open for me to walk through & down the aisle with my dad. It was incredible. Another hit on our wedding night? Martin as our DJ! He even got my 85-year-old Vietnamese grandmother up and dancing. The way he mixed the music was genius. A bride-to-be at the wedding literally texted me the next morning and said, “The dance floor was LIT. I would love to see your playlist at some point.” The best part was we only briefly discussed what genres of music we preferred and offered a few song suggestions, so Martin really did all of the work. When it got hot and sweaty on the dance floor, our guests had a great space to go outside to cool off. We opted to get fire pits (which HMM made sure to keep lit throughout the evening) and put candles along a wall outside. So it really did look magical. We also saved money on our open bar because we just got a day-of ABC license and all our alcohol in bulk at Costco (liquor at the store in Washington, DC). We also ended up returning all of the alcohol that wasn’t opened, which was like an unexpected bonus. Lastly, our night ended with a sparkler sendoff and such a fun ride in the Bentley with Paula to our hotel. We could not be more thankful to everyone at HMM who made sure we had the best day!
CHRISTINA & PATRICK
Married: October, 2019
This venue is amazing! There are so many little nooks to take great pictures and the landscaping is perfect 24/7. The staff is incredible. We met with Martin for our tour and were hooked! Madison, our planner, was amazing and so patient and accommodating during the planning process. We loved using the Aisle Planner tool that they provided to help us stay on track with planning. Amazing team. Amazing service. Amazing venue!
ANNA & ROBERT
Married: October, 2019
The Mankin mansion staff is absolutely amazing, my day was perfect and nothing went wrong (that I know of)! Lauren was amazing to work with and the owners Paula and Martin are so sweet. I HIGHLY recommend this venue to get married at, the rain option for the ceremony is absolutely breathtaking as well.
EMILEE & AUSTIN
Married: July, 2019
I can’t even put into writing how AMAZING this venue is. With Historic Mankin Mansion you’re not just getting a venue, instead, you are getting the whole package. From the Planning to the DJ, to the day of, Mankin handled all aspects of our wedding with professionalism and class. The venue is so incredibly beautiful, and wonderfully kept! Thank you, Historic Mankin Mansion, for making our day so special!
RACHEL & BRENNEN
Married: June, 2019
Wow! Everything about this venue was perfect. It is gorgeous, and while we didn’t need it, it was important to me that the rain plan was as stunning as the outdoor ceremony location. It was incredibly helpful to have the planner/day of the coordinator included, and the team made everything so easy and seamless in the months leading up to the wedding all the way through the day after. Madison was an absolute delight to work with! She is incredibly knowledgeable and made sure everything was exactly how we wanted it. Our day was magical and stress-free because she took care of everything before we could even think about it. I cannot thank Madison and the team at Historic Mankin Mansion for making everything so smooth and easy for us!
MICHELE & TIMOTHY
Married: September, 2019
If you are looking for the perfect venue in Richmond, you have found it. Not only is the property “Architectural Digest” beautiful, but we are also beyond happy with all the services provided by Historic Mankin Mansion. When you sign up, you are provided with easy to use software that organizes your life while planning. Then they schedule a number of meetings to keep you on track providing deadlines to help you manage an overwhelming process.
We had a TON of out of town guests (50+ hotel rooms) and the fact that they work with Hilton who provides free shuttles to and from the venue was a big seller for us, especially since we had an open bar. Madison was amazing to work with, she is so sweet and helpful and patient and attentive. On the day of, she was EXTREMELY on top of things. I felt completely confident in her and was so happy that she was taking care of everything. The place runs like a well-oiled machine.
Martin was our DJ and he did a fabulous job helping us narrow down music (we had way too long of a list lol). He also made excellent suggestions for the ceremony and pre-ceremony that our guests loved. Martin was also who we initially met with on our first visit, it was a rainy cold day in January (and still beautiful there) – he explained that they have 100 complimentary umbrellas in case of rain. I mean c’mon, THEY THINK OF EVERYTHING!!
The location is like being in your own world. The gardens on-site are exquisitely kept. EVERY SINGLE TIME we visited prior to the wedding there was someone maintaining the grounds. The landscaping and architecture are so picturesque we opted not to decorate the ceremony area because truthfully it didn’t need anything other than the flower beds and trees that were already there. On the day of our wedding, the property was complete perfection. When the sun went down the lighting throughout the property made everything whimsical and magical.
DANIELLE & PIERRE
Married: August, 2019
It was a rainy Sunday last July when we toured the Historic Mankin Mansion. It was the fourth venue we looked at and the third in the rain, despite the rain we instantly fell in love with it. The grounds were absolutely beautiful and the amenities it included were well worth the money. The Mansion comes with a coordinator throughout the planning process who is there for the day of and a DJ which of course are two big ticket items. There are two options for a ceremony space as well as cocktail hour and one for the reception all of which are gorgeous and naturally beautiful. The grounds also include spaces for both parties to get ready and hang out before the ceremony.
From the moment we signed on and started gathering our other vendors as soon as we would tell them where our wedding was being held they told us that they had no further questions for us if we had none for them as we were in such good hands. We quickly learned this to be true as our coordinator Lauren made the whole process seem so easy.
The Mansion has a required list of caterers to choose from and also gives a list of preferred vendors to help you get started. I later learned that our photographer was on that list and I found our florist on the list. The planning process with the Mansion includes a few meetings and little bits of homework to keep the couple on track with the things that need to get done. The process kind of takes care of it self as our planner Lauren walked us through each step and was always an email away if we ever had any questions.
The reputation the Historic Mankin Mansion has in the community speaks for itself and we had the best experience using them. We had a beautiful day and we’re so happy to join the ranks of Mankin couples.
CIDNYE & JOE
Married: July, 2019
Perfect and Flawless
From the very first moment I stepped foot at the Historic Mankin Mansion, I knew it was the perfect wedding venue for me! We booked the full week weekend package and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it!! Everything was so perfect and flawless and stress-free because of this venue. From having a wedding coordinator built into the package (shout out to Lauren!) to providing cottages for up to 16 overnight guests, they really have thought of everything and give you a lot of bang for your buck! At our very first meeting to tour the venue, we were greeted by Martin (one of the owners with his wife Paula) and offered heart-shaped cookies and beverages. That alone shows that they go the extra mile to make you feel special and cared for during your time on their property. They do such a great job planning and coordinating with you and your vendors, on the wedding day you pretty much just have to show up and let them run the show! Lauren, Madison, Martin, Paula, and the entire team truly made us feel welcome, loved, cared for and completely at ease during the planning phases and the entire wedding weekend. I swear when I needed a straw during the wedding night they found me a straw within 2 seconds! Their level of professionalism and customer service is high quality and our guests couldn’t stop raving about how amazing the venue was! If you’re getting married you should really consider this as a top contender for your special day!!
KATIE & CODY
Married: June, 2019
Perfect Summer Wedding
Our June wedding at Historic Mankin Mansion was nothing short of perfect. We were blessed with a beautiful 80-degree day, which allowed us to truly take advantage of all that the venue has to offer. The grounds were so lush and green, and the flowers were all in bloom. We kept the doors of the tent opened, which encouraged our guests to wander back and forth between the dance floor and the twinkle lights and cocktail tables outside.
Madison and her team made the day run so smoothly. Leading up to the event, she asked thoughtful questions and made sure that we had thought through all of the little details. She successfully wrangled our fun-loving bridal party and ensured that they knew exactly where they needed to be. We appreciated her ability to keep us on schedule but also allow us to enjoy the moment. She also did a great job of coordinating with our vendors and allowing us to focus on our friends and families. Martin, the DJ, kept the dance floor packed all night. He seamlessly incorporated all our off-the-wall requests with songs that were sure to keep the crowd engaged.
As a natural planner, I also appreciated all of the tools and resources that Mankin provided us throughout the planning process. It was helpful to have a website where I could upload/edit information, keep track of the “to-dos” I needed to accomplish and plan my seating arrangements.
All and all, we loved the venue and would highly recommend it to future brides and grooms!
DAWN & SPENCER
Married: December, 2018
Winter Wonderland Wedding
Every person I spoke with from the first tour until the bouquet toss was exceptional. Historic Mankin Mansion staff made me feel like I was their only bride and their top priority. My wedding fell on the only day it snowed in December and my coordinator Madison called me bright and cheerfully the morning of to tell me they’d called in extra staff to clear the paths and make the entire venue safe for my guests. I was overwhelmed by the professionalism and the care this highly organized team took on to make sure my day was special!!!! I think everyone should celebrate any occasion at this Richmond gem!
Toured: August, 2018
Unfortunately we were unable to make our target dates work out, but this venue was gorgeous! The owners are extremely organized and professional. We were greeted so warmly (and with wine!) and even after we realized we weren’t going to be able to align the dates, Martin offered us additional resources to assist us in our venue search. Definitely put Mankin Mansion on your list.
AUDRA & BRIAN
Married: May, 2018
When we first started looking for a venue in Richmond, we were leaning more toward an urban venue. Nothing we saw was quite right though, so we decided to give Historic Mankin Mansion a try. From the moment we stepped foot on the grounds we just knew it was perfect. First of all, the whole property is just beautiful from start to finish, and there are so many intricate details sprinkled throughout. Then there’s the staff. Mankin is worth it just for the coordination alone. They are friendly, experienced, knowledgeable, and so great to work with. You can tell that they eat, sleep, and breathe weddings because they know all the right questions to ask and have truly seen it all. We worked mostly with Katie and Anna, and they orchestrated the whole day beautifully. Seriously, nothing went wrong, not one thing! Anna kept us on track, she made sure everyone knew where to be and when, and was unflappable the whole day. We were planning to get married outside but the day of the rehearsal it was calling for rain, so we practiced inside. Then the day of the wedding it was sunny, so she gathered the whole party for a run-through so we could have the outdoor ceremony we wanted and it went perfectly. We also loved how inclusive Mankin’s package is: you get the grounds, tables, chairs, DJ and the coordination in one flat rate. We had the perfect day, our guests had a blast, and we really do owe it all to the team at Mankin
AMANDA & MAX
Married: March, 2018
The Whole Package!
Historic Mankin Mansion is the whole package. In addition to being the most stunning property I’ve ever witnessed, their team is knowledgable, experienced, and always ready to help a bride in need. Booking with HMM was truly the best decision we made in our whole wedding planning process. We not only got access to all of the beautiful grounds, but we were provided with a planner, DJ, and table and chair rentals included. (This is among all of the additional add-ons for upgrades—we did the fire pits, which were awesome!) I know the HMM team deals with multiple weddings at one time and even multiple per weekend, but my now-husband and I always felt like VIPs from our very first meeting. There’s nothing like being greeted with a glass of red wine to plan a wedding after a long day at work! The wedding day itself went off without a hitch as far as I know. If something didn’t go as planned, I was and am blissfully unaware because everything ran so smoothly. The staff was extremely accommodating to our crazy family of Western New Yorkers and Salvadorans, and I’ve heard from multiple guests (both in English and Spanish!) that they felt like they were at home during our wedding. Kudos to the Mankin team (we worked with Katie and she was AMAZING!) and especially to Paula and Martin Ramirez—they have done a magnificent job with the property and their commitment to excellence is evident in everything that they do. My husband and I are so grateful for all of the hard work that went into our wedding, and we feel as if we are a part of the HMM family. Thank you for all that you’ve done for us—we are so very appreciative of it!
KIMBERLY – MOTHER OF BRIDE
Married: March, 2018
Just had my daughter’s wedding there, the staff was so great to work with. The venue is absolutely beautiful. Couldn’t have asked for a better place. The wedding planner and day of planner were so easy to work with, kept things on track and running as planned. The DJ kept everyone on the dance floor.
G’NEL & MICHAEL
Married: November, 2017
Wow, Wow, Wow Is Really All I Can Say!
HMM exceeded me and my husband’s expectations for our wedding. All of the planners that we worked with were amazing! They dealt with all my questions and constant emails leading up to our wedding, and the entire team was awesome the day of. HMM is a beautiful venue. Our guests complimented us on all the beauty of our wedding, which HMM gets most of that credit!
BRIANA & DYLAN
Married: November, 2017
This venue is a hidden gem!
The team and space at the Mankin Mansion are top notch. This venue is a hidden gem! Their Planners were so helpful throughout the process, very responsive, flexible, and very accommodating. Our guests could not stop raving about how awesome the venue was. With all the different architecture, pristine landscaping, and lighting/decor there is no shortage of wow factor here. We had planned to have our ceremony outside but due to the chilly temperature we moved inside and we couldn’t have been happier with the beautiful second site.
PAMELA – MOTHER OF BRIDE
Married: October, 2017
My Daughter’s wedding day was magical. The Mansion staff was behind the scenes all year and kept everything on track. The team on the day of was amazing, the tent and grounds were beautiful. The whole Mankin team along with Martin and Paula are a class act. Thank you for a weekend to remember!
KIM & JACOB
Married: October, 2017
Truly a Fairytale Wedding
“Magical”…”best wedding ever”…”a fairy tale”…these were just a few of the comments from the guests that attended my daughter’s wedding on October 7. It would have never happened without our planner, Katie, and the fabulous staff at Mankin. Nobody wanted it to end. The venue is absolutely beautiful, the DJ is awesome, the grounds are spectacular, lights and lanterns are so romantic and the staff is so friendly and professional. Thank you, Katie, for all of your hard work and for making Kait’s dream come true. It truly was a fairy tale wedding…a night we will always remember.
REBECCA & JACOB
Married: September, 2017
Historic Mankin Mansion was the best decision we could have ever made for a venue. From start to finish they were prompt, professional, and so very kind. Katie was WONDERFUL. She made everything so smooth, and the amount of detail to the venue was amazing. She also saved the evening when my husband ripped my dress and was right behind with a paperclip to fix the issue. Words cannot describe how beautiful the venue is with the lights and landscape. Also, Eric, our DJ was excellent. Kept the crowd entertained all night!
JACKY & DAVID
Married: July, 2017
Richmond Charm At It’s Finest
It was a perfect day at Historic Mankin Mansion, made even more so by the supporting staff who made the day go by without a hitch. They include a DJ and Planner into the total price, and Katie our planner was amazing! She made our day seamless and stress-free. On the DJ side, we didn’t have a lot of desire to manage all the music. In communicating this with him, he was able to put together a list of music that got everyone off their seats. The staff here is great and the value is tremendous for what you get.
When making the decision for Historic Mankin Mansion, my wife couldn’t take the initial tour and view the place, leaving it all on me to select the perfect venue. Mankin encompassed everything we wanted at a reasonable price for us. There is an extraordinary amount of charm bundled into this place. Our guests loved this place and we will always remember this amazing day. If you are on the fence, look no further, stop by and talk to the staff and experience the venue that is Historic Mankin Mansion. It is Richmond charm at it’s finest. You’ll love it just as much as we did for our wedding 7/30/17.
KATE & KYLE
Married: June, 2017
Amazing job from start to finish!
Mankin Mansion did an amazing job with the whole wedding process. From the planning and working out the little questions, through the day of coordination. The care taken in every step was all we could have asked for. We were so happy with how the day turned out and how we never had any stress or qualms with Mankin Mansion. The staff was always professional and made our day feel like it was everything it was supposed to be. We stayed at Historic Mankin Mansion from Friday through Sunday and it made the whole weekend stress free (not to mention the massages). The man cave was perfect for the groomsmen in the hours leading up to the ceremony and the rooms where the whole bridal party stayed the weekend were beautiful. We used Mankin’s preferred vendors and it made it that much easier, using someone that they have a relationship with immensely lessened the questions that came our way. Guests cannot stop raving about how beautiful the grounds were and how much fun they had. We wish we could do it all over again with Mankin Mansion.
JESSICA & BRIAN
Married: May, 2017
We Fell In Love With This Venue!
My fiancé and I had the perfect wedding at this venue in May. We utilized the overnight package and our family and friends fell in love with this venue as well. The venue offers so much and is truest unique!! Katie and the planning team made our day perfect and Katie was so responsive, organized and guides you through the entire stressful wedding planning experience. There was nothing I would change about our wedding, I only wish that we could relive that perfect day over and over!!!
CARTER & MATT
Married: April, 2017
Best Day Ever!
My husband and I got married at Historic Mankin Mansion this past April and it was hands down the best day of our lives. Everything was so wonderful with the help of the Mankin Mansion staff and our planner which was provided through the venue, Katie. We had several meetings with Katie before the big day and she did a great job of communicating with me when I had questions in a timely manner. She also did a great job communicating with my other vendors and confirming all of the details so I didn’t have to worry about it. Because of the Mankin Mansion staff, I truly had nothing to worry about on my wedding day other then focusing on having the best day with friends, family, and of course my husband. Our whole wedding party and immediate family also stayed at the mansion the night of our wedding and I am so glad we made the decision to do so. All of the accommodations were fabulous and I have heard so many positive comments from our wedding party. We also had breakfast at the mansion the next morning and it was delicious and a great way to end our experience. This is such a lovely venue with really great staff- I would not change a thing if I could do it all over again. Highly, highly recommended!
KELSEY & ANDREW
Married: December, 2016
We got married at HMM on New Years Eve. From the first time I contacted them to the wedding, (and since the wedding!) the staff of the Mansion has been exceptional. Despite going through two transitions with different coordinators, staff were always responsive and helpful. Katie made sure that all of my questions were answered and day of I was completely calm because I knew everything was taken care of Martin, Paula, Katie, and the rest of the staff went out of their way to make sure we had everything we wanted and needed for our day.
We got married in the newly renovated gallery, which was breathtaking. Our ceremony required no extra decorations. The grounds and main house are also stunning. We are still getting compliments on the venue from our guests. My husband and his groomsmen loved the game room for getting ready.
The Mansion was the perfect place to have our wedding, from the atmosphere and decor to the amazing staff. I would recommend to anyone and everyone!
ANNE & MATTHEW
Married December, 2016
The most perfect Wedding!
I could not say enough positive about Mankin Mansion!! We had the most perfect wedding here and it would not have been possible without Katie and the staff. DJ Martin was the BEST and kept the guests on the dance floor and having a great time. The day-of was so organized and we received multiple compliments on how well organized and smooth the whole day was from start to finish. If we could do it all over again, we wouldn’t change a thing!
JULIE & CAMERON
Married: October, 2016
We had our ceremony and reception at the Historic Mankin Mansion and loved how everything turned out! We picked this venue for many reasons including a top notch DJ, a beautiful setting that didn’t need a ton of decorations/embellishments, separate space options for the ceremony and reception, an included day-of coordinator, an experienced event team, and a TON of included rentals (like chairs, tables, A/V, tent, dance floor, etc). The price originally made us hesitate, but by the time we factored in all the things that were included, we realized it was a great choice! We met with our planner, Katie, a couple times leading up to the wedding and she helped us stay on track with wedding “to-dos”. The most beneficial meeting was the final walk through the week of the wedding – you bring all your decor and that way you can totally unload all your mental notes about where you want things, how you want things displayed, etc. You also sit down and talk through every detail of the rehearsal and wedding day. For us, that meeting was Tuesday before our Saturday wedding and helped me let go of a lot of wedding stress knowing Katie was now handling all that. Katie also did a great job the day of. She kept our timeline on track without making the day feel rushed or strained, which I’m sure is a hard job! Our DJ, Martin, was phenomenal. He read the crowd perfectly and everyone keeps raving about how awesome the music was. We had a packed dance floor all night! I would absolutely recommend having your wedding at the Historic Mankin Mansion. Planning a wedding is a wonderful, but unbelievably stressful process. Knowing that we could lean on their tried and true expertise and knowing that they wouldn’t let us miss something, was a huge asset!
DAVID – FATHER OF BRIDE
Married: October, 2016
Highly recommended Historic Mankin Mansion!
We had our daughter’s wedding at the Historic Mankin Mansion in October and could not have been happier! The great folks at Mankin have wedding planning dialed in. They have spreadsheets and checklists for the hundred details involved in a wedding. I heard “we have that covered” dozens of times while we were in the planning process – and they proved they really did have it all covered. They took care of the coordination with all of the outside vendors that we had chosen; catering, flowers, etc.
The venue is gorgeous with well thought out flow from the ceremony to the reception. Having everything in one place was so easy on the family and guests. The proximity to the airport and hotels with shuttle service to and from the Mansion was a big plus.
We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony and they have a wonderful facility available in the event of inclement weather, so we were not too concerned about the weather (even in October).
The price is reasonable compared to other venues we looked into once we took into account the additional items you may have to pay for separately at other venues that are included at Mankin (e.g. tent, tables, DJ, etc.) and we did not have to drive hours to get to a great outdoor setting.
ZITA & ROBERT
Married: September, 2015
Love is the right word to use for this magnificent place!! Us and our guests enjoyed this place so much. We loved how attentive the staff was and the night was perfect. We also couldn’t believe how with all the information we told them they didn’t forget anything:) all of our friends and family keep asking us to redo everything as it was the best time that they have had in there life.
TIFFINI & JAJUAN
Married: September, 2015
Absolutely No Worries!
I must have visited The Historic Mankin Mansion at least four times before finally committing because honestly I can be so indecisive but I couldn’t deny that there was something about the beauty of the grounds and pleasant staff that caught my attention immediately. We were provided with a nice binder to assist with planning and it even included recommended services such as caterers and photographers. Gina did such an amazing job with keeping me on task with emails and was always prompt to respond to every single question, and trust me there were a lot. Because our wedding party were mostly out of town we were unable to have rehearsal on the planned day but Martin and staff agreed to a quick rehearsal before the wedding which went so well. So fast forward to me sitting in the carriage house which is designated for the bride with absolutely no worries. Gina and staff made sure to go exactly by the plans we discussed at the meetings and everything ran smoothly. Right before the ceremony it began to rain (luckily it stopped) but staff was right on it with making sure chairs were dry for arriving guests and providing umbrellas. Martin did an amazing job with the music throughout the ceremony and the reception as we had discussed and had no problem allowing family members to grab the mic. The staff does an amazing job with decorating the venue how you choose and are even creative and take initiative to make things look that much beautiful. I absolutely loved the effort and dedication and all the “extras” that went into making our day perfect and it was just that. If I had one complaint it would be that it had to end. Our family and friends are still talking about the wonderful time they had and we’ve received wonderful feedback such as the “wedding of the year” and “best wedding I’ve ever been to.” I would recommend this venue to every bride and groom. We truly had no worries the day of the wedding making it that much special! Thanks so much Mankin Mansion!
AUDRA & JUSTIN
Married: July, 2015
“I’M HAVING MY WEDDING AT THE MANKIN MANSION!”
Our wedding at the Historic Mankin Mansion was a breeze because our wedding planner, Gina, was meticulous, careful, thoughtful, and organized. At our first meeting, I was given a pre-organized binder with suggestions and recommendations for every aspect of the wedding, complete with brochures and contact information for all types of officiants, caterers, glam squads, and anything else you can imagine wanting or needing on your wedding day. Gina continued to keep all of my contracts together by personally emailing every single person we booked for the wedding. She worked with us through Skype since we live a state away and asked us many detailed questions to ensure our day was exactly how we wanted it.
At the rehearsal, Gina was very clear so our huge wedding party knew exactly what to do. She even provided us all with a detailed, to-the-minute itinerary for the wedding day, which impressed and calmed me. On the day of the wedding, Gina was so happy and congratulatory, answered all of our consistent and annoying questions without once losing patience, and seemed to be everywhere at once so that everything ran smoothly. She even showed up at the very end of our sparkler send-off waiting for us at the car to congratulate us once more.
Martin did an excellent job by double-checking all of the wedding party’s names, playing all of our song choices, and throwing in some of his own to make sure everyone was up, dancing and dancing. The grounds were absolutely beautiful. If our florist’s flowers had not been there, it still would have given off a lovely garden feel by itself. I wanted to have my wedding at the HMM because I attended a wedding there 7 years ago. Everything I loved about that wedding was the same for mine 7 years later, indicating their consistency and precision with each and every detail. One of our groomsman later screamed to us while we were dancing, “I’M HAVING MY WEDDING AT THE MANKIN MANSION!”