Coffee Culture for ABQ Brides

What does coffee have to do with wedding planning, you ask? Well, actually, it’s an integral part of the entire process. First, coffee calls us all into the living world. No great wedding was ever planned without some sort of caffeine to boost motivation and research skills. {Don’t fact check us on that one.}

Then there’s the meetings. Meetings with florists, officiants, DJs, oh my! Sure a lot of wedding professionals will have brick and mortar offices for you to come explore their services or products — a gown shop, for example — but many vendors operate on the fly, like some freelance makeup artists. What better place to meet and chat than one of Albuquerque’s several darling coffee shops?

{Not to mention, both local coffee shops below carry the Perfect Wedding Guide magazine. So, really, you can do all your wedding planning in one spot!}

And just to make things a little easier for you — ’cause wedding planning is genuinely hard work — we decided to visit a coffee shop or two and give you our honest opinion. Because we love our local engaged couples, and because we love coffee, of course. So stay tuned for more ratings and ravings on coffee and tea, and check out our critique of Breve and Trifecta Coffee below!

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Breve

I was instantly drawn to the fact that Breve had doddle notebooks and chalk on their tables for guests to use while they enjoyed their delicious coffee or crepes. The manager was super friendly and accommodating to my preference in iced chai tea, although it was not on the menu. It was the perfect space to gather for any planning, hang outs or to work on some homework. I will definitely be back!
Imyraly

Breve has a welcoming and open environment full of creative spaces such as doodle pads open to anyone. I enjoyed a Thai Tea, something that was new to me. This was a wonderful blend of spices and sweetness that did not disappoint!
Bellah

Teddy (the manager) took great care of us with quickly capturing our orders without affecting the quality…and my Vietnamese Coffee (coffee made with sweetened condensed milk poured over with ice) was the best way to start the day!  It’s rich, cold, sweet goodness didn’t need any added cream or sugar….was perfect the way it was.

Shauna


Breve has been set up for distribution for a while and are always so accommodating, friendly and kind! They just switched to a wire rack for distribution because they are such a popular place to pick up a guide. When we went there for coffee, I had the white mocha with coconut milk and no whip and it was amazing!!

Jennifer

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 Trifecta Coffee

I got their hot version of the White Cin. It was warm and delicious with the perfect touch of sweetness from the cinnamon! I never knew I loved cinnamon in my coffee so much until I had this coffee!

Jenna


Trifecta coffee served a delicious “White Cin” coffee — sweet, but not too sweet. The space was decorated with super cool paintings of all of the countries where there coffee beans were from; it was a great unique touch! The baristas there were nothing but sweet and welcoming!

Bellah


From the moment I walked into the coffee shop, I was warmly greeted and immediately noticed the yummy array of baked goods. One of the employees noticed me eyeing the scones and told me that all their baked goods were baked fresh daily. Of course, I was sold once she mentioned that! I had the lemon cake which was super moist! The icing had a strong lemony zest to it. I also ordered The White Cin, which you can order hot or cold. I ordered mine cold. It contained two shots of espresso, white mocha, milk and is topped with cinnamon. If you love strong coffee, this is your place! I was also able to try, The Reload which is blended with ice and hot, provided by the local personal trainers, espresso, coconut milk, banana, cocoa powder, egg white protein and vanilla. I will definitely be back for that one! I love supporting local shops because they are always so happy to greet their customers!
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So pick up a copy of the guide, grab a White Cin or iced chai, and get to wedding planning! Breve + Trifecta Coffee will both welcome you with open arms.
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Hiring a Professional Officiant {Part Two}

Don’t get us wrong, we love a DIY wedding just as much as the next thrifty spender. But there is one space that we encourage engaged couples to always fill with a trained professional: your wedding officiant.

You might remember our post from a few months ago, Six Reasons You Should Hire a Professional Officiant, where we chatted with a few local officiants about the benefits of hiring a professional. ‘Cause unfortunately, the officiant is an integral piece of a perfect wedding day that often goes overlooked or undervalued.

So let’s rectify this! We’re adding to the conversation now with some much-needed points from one of Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s most loved officiants, Kelly Atkin of Amor Ceremonies. We’re not being redundant either, there actually are more than six reasons to go pro! There are even more that aren’t included on this list of tips and tricks too — these just scratch the surface.

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Professional officiants keep your ceremony starting on time and running smoothly.

{Something as simple as the timing can affect your entire wedding day, especially if your reception or ceremony venues are available during specific times.}

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A professional officiant lends an air of formality &  legality to your ceremony.  

{Your commitment to one another is serious, and aside from love, there should also be respect for the real, life-changing step being made.}

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You can count on a professional to not to veer off track by talking about their own life/relationship or by telling personal stories.

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A professional officiant won’t start giggling because they are nervous. Or cry should you start to cry.  

{We’re all human! Giggling and crying — and telling personal stories, too — are natural responses to having dozens of eyes trained on you. A professional officiant will preserve the respect of the ceremony by maintaining a proper stature and emotional state.}

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A Professional won’t forget the important elements of your ceremony, like exchanging rings, sharing your personal vows, or of course, the kiss.

{You definitely don’t want to be worrying about the structure of the ceremony when your job is to simply marry the love of your life!}

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Officiants who have been performing ceremonies for years have the knowledge and expertise to ‘go with the flow’ of the event.

{Should things go awry, you can trust your professional officiant to handle the situation. Whether it be taking a moment of silence when someone is crying uncontrollably, smooth the way so split families feel included and wanted, making sure the front rows get filled, or anything else. Your officiant is always on your team, working to make sure your day is as you imagined.}


 

There you have it! Now a total of 12 reasons why hiring a professional wedding officiant will be one of the best decisions you make for your wedding — right behind deciding who to marry, and what to wear, of course.

Special thanks to Kelly Atkin of Amor Ceremonies for sharing her expansive knowledge of all things weddings here, to our local community. To book Kelly and ensure your special day is all love and no stress, click here.

Funky Olive: Bespoke Pieces for Trendy Couples

Modern | Bespoke | Custom

If you live in New Mexico — or really anywhere in the Southwest for that matter — and haven’t heard of Funky Olive Design: Invitations + Stationery, you’ve been missing out. But that’s okay! Because that means we, Perfect Wedding Guide, get to introduce you to one of Albuquerque’s most talented wedding professionals. {Which is our favorite thing to do, if you haven’t noticed.}
For years now, Funky Olive Design has been gracing the local community with the trendiest, most on-point wedding stationery — specifically for the trendiest, most on-point engaged couples. Their team of 3 incredible ladies hand-crafts custom designs with each duo’s personal style at the forefront. Collaborating with their team is like working with your best friend — that is, if your best friend is a creative genius who’s perpetually on top of current trends, and can transmute them into a one of a kind design for you and no one else.
One thing unifies every unique design, though: they’re all mind-blowing. From the table signs, to the invitations, menus, engagement announcements, and supplemental signage, no detail goes unnoticed by Funky Olive Design.
Don’t believe it? We know, it sounds too good to be true. If you need some evidence, you can scroll — try not to drool when you do — through photos of the previous designs they cultivated from local couple‘s wildest dreams. Or even better, book a consultation with their team to get the ball rolling, and they’ll share their design portfolio with you. {It’s a dream, but you’ll just have to see for yourself.}
So yes, if you’re modern, hip, and ready to tie the knot, Funk Olive Design: Invitations + Stationery is the place for you. Get ready for bewildering bespoke-ness, you bold bride-to-be.
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PWG Elite Awards: Vote Now!

While it’s true that we, the Perfect Wedding Guide team, do have some authority when it comes to showcasing Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s local wedding professionals, we fully admit to not knowing everything. To stay humble, each year we reach out to hundreds of local engaged — or recently married couples — to get the full scoop on what it’s like to work with vendors like Matt Blasing Photography, Amor Ceremonies, or Prairie Star.

{Because, if we could get to see these professionals in action by having a wedding every weekend, we totally would. Unfortunately, half our team is already married.}

Then we take all this incredible info from real couples, and we bestow the Perfect Wedding Guide Elite Awards to the hardest working, kindest, and most deserving wedding vendors! And guess what?

Voting for 2018 is open NOW!

Here’s your chance to, with a few clicks, pass on all you learned while planning your own wedding, to other engaged couples! Your vote is essentially your recommendation to all the amazing love-birds of Albuquerque + Santa Fe. So if you really vibed with or were impressed by a wedding professional who worked to make your day special, here’s a super simple way to pass back some of the love they showed you!

{Not married yet? That’s alright too — feel free to vote for any vendors who have made your planning process a little more enjoyable, because that’s just as important too.}

You can vote for your favorite business owners HERE

Then, keep an eye peeled for the winners who will be announced later this year, and see if your fave team made the cut!

Oh yeah, and those amazing vendors we mentioned at the beginning of this post? {Matt Blasing Photography, Amor Ceremonies, and Prairie Star} They’re just a few of last year’s venerable winners. You can check out the rest of 2017’s PWG Elite Award Winners here, and follow the links included to book them for your wedding, too!

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Kelly Atkin, of Amor Ceremonies

 

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Bride’s Night Out: 2018

Wedding shows aren’t everyone’s jam. Sometimes, spending your Sunday in a bustling crowd, chatting with local vendors just isn’t in the cards, and that’s totally okay! Which is why our Perfect Wedding Guide team tries to shake it up a bit.

Bride’s Night Out {which is just around the corner!} isn’t your typical wedding show. As the name of the event might indicate, it’s more of a night-on-the-town. You can bring your bridesmaids, best friends, soon-to-be-spouse, or just cruise around solo at Hotel Andaluz from 6 – 8pm on May 17, 2018. With a shorter show and a more intimate setting, the Bride’s Night Out is swanky and fun, and personally, my favorite event.

Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s best and brightest vendors come together for this night to create an experience for you. Like Isleta Resort, whose team had free lip scrub samples from their spa, and mini lipstick demos that left every engaged couple sparkling. Or Nature Pointe, with their adorable cookies + treats for you to take home, and of course, Selfie Sensation‘s super fun photo booth.

Plus, the first 50 couples who enter in the magnificence of Hotel Andaluz are given swag bags that are bursting with coupons, goodies, and wedding planning tips, all from local vendors. It’s not hard to be early either! Ibiza, Hotel Andaluz‘s rooftop lounge + bar, is the perfect place to hang out before the show. {Not to mention, it’s the best photo op spot for you Instagrammers out there.}

Then there’s the games, giveaways, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and glamour. Basically, this event is a girl’s night out, but with wedding planning and tons of free stuff included, too. You can unwind, meet some incredible business owners, and win prizes in one of Albuquerque’s most beautiful, historic venues.

So there you have it! We’ll see you there, right? Right. Text your bridesmaids and tell them to clear their calendar for the evening of May 17, 2018, and grab your tickets below.

Get your tickets here!

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Less Stress, More Fun with NJR Event Planning

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We do what we can to ease the stress of planning your wedding. With Perfect Wedding Guide’s online budget calculator, wedding checklists, and inspiration boards on your side, you’re pretty much set… as long as you have loads of free time dedicated to planning.

But, for most engaged couples, spending every day researching local vendors isn’t possible — no matter how fun it sounds! Your life, job, family, and friends have to come first, we know. Which is why there are dedicated people like Naomi J. Romero, of NJR Event Planning, whose expansive knowledge of weddings is here to do the hard work for you.

Naomi is an incredible combination of creative & critical! She comes up with imaginative themes & works to make sure that every detail is in place. Besides that Naomi is upbeat & such a positive person to be around. She’s fun!

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For the lucky few who are able to manage every detail of a giant celebration, the internet is your best friend. For the rest of us, we have Naomi.

With 30 years of experience, NJR Event Planning has been evolving to meet the needs of brides for decades. Though wedding trends may come and go, Naomi’s eye for design remains timeless and classic. The locally operated business also offers event decor for their couples, from altar and arch arrangements, to barware, chair covers, chocolate fountains, glassware, furniture, linens and china. Oh my!

Having a expert on your team who knows the ins and outs of the industry from start to finish means you can feel completely confident releasing some creative control to NJR Event Planning. Which, let’s be honest, you deserve to do! Giving yourself space to breathe and live while planning your wedding only means the big day will be that much sweeter and stress-free.

To ensure your day of love — no matter how big or small — is as seamless and beautiful as you dream, you can book NJR Event Planning for your wedding here.

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12 Months of Giveaways {Enter for your chance to win!}

As much as we love to make magic happen from behind our computer screens, the most fulfilling part of our Perfect Wedding Guide work is getting to make a real difference for one, lucky local couple. So… we do it 12 times a year!

{Which might seem indulgent, but it’s actually pretty easy when we have so many incredible business owners to help make it happen.}

If you haven’t heard of the 12 Months of Giveaways before, now is your chance to toss your name in the running. It’s a local-only, monthly wedding giveaway with prizes for you to choose from that are all valued at over $300!

{Out-of-state couples who are planning a wedding in New Mexico can apply too, of course, because we’re so happy to have you here in our gorgeous state.}

Okay, okay, on to the good part: the prizes from local vendors are listed below! You can register for your chance to win at the button below, or by clicking here. It’s as simple as that! You’ll receive a free copy of the Perfect Wedding Guide magazine, and have a chance to win every month of 2018.

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2018 Prize List

1.  Complimentary engagement session and 8×8 album book – valued at $395, courtesy of Tori Photography

2. A free bridal bouquet – valued at $325, courtesy of The Flower Co.

3. A personalized, and fully officiated wedding ceremony as well as preside over the rehearsal – valued at $250, courtesy of A Grand Beginning.

4. Complimentary filming of your love story (digital proposal story) – valued at $375, courtesy of Loving Image Videography.

5. A REVEAL boudoir experience gift card (The Bombshell Session) – valued at $325, courtesy of REVEAL.

6. Four hours of DJ and emcee services for a wedding reception – valued at $375, courtesy of Mixx The Beat Productions.

7. Gold photo booth package to include 4 hours of photo time, 2 full-time hosts, standard backdrop, unlimited color prints, prop box, and deluxe memory book – valued at $800, courtesy of Selfie Sensations by Wimberly Productions LLC.

8. Special edition keepsake photo album set includes three photo albums, one 12×12”, and two 6×8” albums – valued at $325, made by Peregrine Arts Bindery in Santa Fe.

9. 10 free centerpieces or 40 chair covers – valued at $400, courtesy of Simply Decor & Events, and $50 off the booking fee for The View Event Center.

10. Bride and Groom Bliss Spa Day package to include two 60 minute massages, two 60 minute facials and all day access to hot tub, sauna, and relaxation lounge – valued at $370, courtesy of The Remedy Day Spa.

11. One night complimentary stay in our bridal suite, including breakfast for two – valued at $300, courtesy of Hacienda Dona Andrea.

12. Bride To Be Package: includes an Essential Manicure; Pedicure; Signature Body Polish & Facial. 4 ½ hour of services – valued at $350 from Isleta Spa, courtesy of Isleta Resort and Casino.

 

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