Inside Scoop on PWG Buck {$500!}

If you’ve had the opportunity to attend one of our PWG Wedding Shows, then you’ve probably heard the term PWG Bucks tossed around a few times. Sometimes we do little giveaways on our Snapchat {pwgnm} or Instagram too, but typically the $500 is reserved for the beautiful engaged couples who attend our Diamond Dash shows.

But wait… What are PWG Bucks exactly?

They’re basically like free wedding service coupons except — get this — you choose what service to use them on. Each participating vendor will have a special package or service available to you that you can take up to $500 off!

But how do you make sure you’re getting the most out of your $500 in PWG Bucks?

Our first tip is to start thinking about PWG Bucks when you register for the event. Come to the show already knowing which vendors you still need to connect with. That way, when you one of our lovely team members checks off your name with a smile and hands over your $500 in PWG Bucks, you’ll know where you’re going to use them.

The Bucks come in $100 increments, which means you can spend 5 on 5 different vendors, or 3 on 1 vendor, etc., etc. Big decisions, we know. After you’re all checked in for the event though, you’re ready to jump into the ballroom that’s packed full of local photographers, officiants, invitation companies, and everything else you need to plan a wedding. {Not to mention, snacks, champagne, a couture fashion show, and door prizes given away ever 30 minutes but, we’re getting ahead of ourselves.}


With your $500 in hand, you can peruse the incredible display booths, chat with vendors, and fill up on little freebies from the local wedding professionals. Each vendor who is participating in the PWG Bucks program will have a little sign on their booth clearly indicating that they will accept the Bucks as a form of payment. So here’s our next tip: if you see the sign, don’t be shy! 

Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s vendors are incredible, it’s true, but unfortunately they’re not mind-readers. If you think you might like to spend a few of your PWG Bucks on one of their services, let them know! They’ll direct you to whichever packages are available to you, how much you can save with the PWG Bucks, and really, it’s just a great way to get the conversation going. Essentially, the PWG Bucks are your icebreakers and your wallet-savers in one.

Lastly, don’t forget to ask when they expire. PWG Bucks themselves expire at 4pm, when the wedding show comes to a close. But luckily, because the local wedding professionals are ever so kind, most of them will allow you to redeem them up to a week — or even 6 weeks! — after the show. If you feel a connection with a vendor, but maybe need to talk it over with your partner before you book, just let your vendor know! It’s all about communication.


So there you have it, the briefest of rundowns on how to get the most out of your $500 in PWG Bucks. Because not ever budget is limitless, and not every bride is going to splurge or save on the same services. Use this cash however you’d like, so long as it’s going toward creating the wedding day of your dreams.


Questions? Leave your comment below!

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Spilling the Beans {Part Two!}

You might remember our post Spilling the Beans: Wedding Vendors’ Best Kept Secrets from last month — super sneaky budgeting tricks ring a bell? Or never-before-heard pro-tips? Well, we’re back with more! In a never-ending quest to make dreams come true for New Mexico’s wedding professionals and local engaged couples, we decided throw even more wedding planning advice at you.

Coming straight from the mouths of Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s top wedding vendors, the following tips are money-saving, stress-reducing, fun-inducing guaranteed. But don’t take our word for it, scroll on, then call up your local vendors and put them to use!

Maura Jane Photography
Maura Jane Photography

Your Photos

When choosing a photographer first look at the different styles that each photographer offers and narrow it down to ones that really vibe with your taste and personality. A lot of photographers offer beautiful trendy photos with lots of filters and moodiness which is something we do not do. While our shooting style is natural and romantic, our editing style is clean and classic, so when you look at your photos 10 years from now you still love them just as much as the first day you saw them.

Maura Jane Photography


Pennysmiths Paper

On Paper

We can do as little or a much as you need for your wedding invitations. You can buy the paper from us and print them yourself. You can even bring in your own design that we would be more than happy to print.  You can have us design, print, assemble, address and even go to the post office for you!

Pennysmith’s Paper



The Experience

One of our biggest secrets is centered around your event experience. We always strive to give more value than contracted. Sometimes it includes additional gear for sound or lighting, or maybe it’s a custom monogram or our 360 media guru footage. It’s always something that enhances your event experience beyond the original scope. Going the extra mile isn’t extra, it’s who we are.

Cutmaster Music



Last, but certainly not least!

For big weddings, an open air photo booth is a must. Whether you’re taking a quick snap with your bestie or capturing your entire wedding party, it’s the versatility you will depend on. On the other hand, a traditional, enclosed booth may be more fitting for an intimate celebration. Never be afraid to ask for references from either your venue or your photographer and be sure to follow up with an interview! Book early because typically dates fill up fast.  And give your guests a challenge + have fun with it! Have your guests do things like tell a story in three pictures, get a picture with the mother of the bride or the loudest person at the wedding. It gets the guests to laugh more and branch out to mingle!

Selfie Sensations


Check out our first set of tips + tricks for more advice on your big day here!


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Bride’s Night Out 2018

Well folks, engagement season is finally wrapping up! It’s been such a wonderful time to watch adorable local couples take the next step in their relationship. From snowy mountaintop engagements pictures, to the most fantastically festive holiday proposals, it truly has been one of the best seasons yet.

So what’s the next step for freshly bloomed brides-to-be? Wedding shows of course! And we totally have you covered. The Diamond Dash is right around the corner, on March 4th from 12-4pm, but if you can’t break away from your busy schedule during the day, there’s always the famed Bride’s Night Out.

This year, on May 18th, your favorite local vendors are bringing their A-game for the BNO. It’s hard to pick favorites when every wedding show leaves our team feeling so inspired by our community, but Bride’s Night Out is definitely one of my personal faves. Boutique vibes, delicious cocktails + treat, all in one of Albuquerque’s most uniquely stunning venues: Hotel Andaluz. How could you not love it?!

{PLUS! The first 50 brides get a swag bag totally free, that’s totally jam-packed with goodies from local vendors. Right?!}

So come join us! For now you can live vicariously through these stunning photos from last year, courtesy of Matt Blasing Photography. Tickets to this event fly off the shelves pretty fast though, so lock yours down here!






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Can’t wait to see you there!

Grab your tickets here.

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A Grand Beginning: Where Happily Ever After Begins

Meeting and building relationships with Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s local vendors is, by far, one of the most wonderful parts of being on the Perfect Wedding Guide team. Not only does it mean that I get to drink a lot of coffee with really inspiring business owners, but means that I get to meet and support people like Lynn Grand, with A Grand Beginning.

When I first met Lynn, her warmth and vitality were the first things I noticed. Next, was her amazing organization skills, of which I’m still extremely jealous. As an officiant, her ceremonies, which she tailors to fit the needs of each individual couple, are already written in a sample format (and packaged up in the most darling, color-coordinated binder). This makes it super easy + super seamless for engaged couples to pick and choose each line of their ceremony.

“You can tell that this is more than just a job for Lynn,” one of her brides, Jennifer, says. And it’s true — Lynn is big on customization because she herself had a slightly-less-than-traditional wedding ceremony. Her and her hubby, Warren, were married in their home by a local officiant on New Years Eve, surrounded by their family and children. Incorporated into their ceremony too, was the Unity “Family” Candle ceremony that their children all participated in, to represent the divine union of two people into one family.

She recognizes that each couple values different aspects of the customary ceremony format, and that some want to pull in puzzle pieces from their cultures or traditions, and that some want something completely new. The malleability of her ceremonies is matched too, but only by her unwavering support and dedication to crafting the perfect combination of words to symbolize a union of love.


Lynn was just amazing. I couldn’t have walked down the aisle if it wasn’t for her. She not only delivered an incredibly beautiful ceremony but she treated my husband and I, and our entire family, with love and respect. Our guests couldn’t stop talking about her and the ceremony she gave us.

-Liz, recently married




[Lynn] really made the process a breeze and the end result was extremely beautiful. We received so many compliments on how unique and personalized the ceremony was. I would highly recommend Lynn to anyone looking for an officiant. She is the perfect combination of warmth and professionalism and she’s affordable, too!

-Jennifer, recently married

To chat with Lynn about dates and availability, you can reach her here.


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Diamond Dash 2017: Recap

A lot of beautiful and wonderful things have happened at Perfect Wedding Guide this year. We got to publish dozens of local engagement announcements, host and be apart of tons of wedding shows, not to mention all the magical styled shoots + real weddings we got to share with you all. Really though, our favorite part of the year was our Diamond Dash Show.

Yes, we know, we always say, “This was the best show yet!” But seriously, this was our best show yet. 

The stunning and very accommodating Hyatt Regency Albuquerque was packed nearly to the brim with excited engaged couples and vendors. Between the free samples, goodies, and IRL (in real life) wedding inspiration, it’s no wonder everyone stuck around. We have our incredible local vendors to thank for that — from King Mobile Music‘s games and giveaways, to Cake Fetish‘s teeny tiny {but very delicious} cupcakes, to Charlotte’s Flower‘s touchable arrangements, each business reminded brides — and us! — just why New Mexico’s vendors are the absolute best.

Check out more photos from our Diamond Dash here. Thank you Photographic Perspectives!

{Psst… there are free tickets hidden below!}


Want in on the fun? Come hang out with local wedding professionals, get some Inso from the bridal couture fashion show, and $500 in PWG bucks! Who knows, maybe you’ll be chosen to jump into a giant wedding cake to dig around for diamond jewelry. Grab your tickets for the next show, coming March 2018, before they’re gone! Use the code blog when you register online for BOGO tickets.


Don’t forget to grab your tickets! 

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Spilling the Beans: Wedding Vendors’ Best Kept Secrets

One of the most fabulous parts of working with incredible, local wedding vendors is having the inside scoop on all things wedding planning. The downside? No one on our team is currently engaged (yet!), so what can we do with all these amazing tips and tricks?

Well, share them with you, of course! Whether it’s local deals and promotions, wedding budget calculators, or upcoming wedding shows, we always try to pass on these goodies to all the lovely brides in our sphere and around the world.

{Some say we’re terrible at keeping secrets, but really we’re just wedding enthusiasts.}

This time around, we asked some of our favorite local vendors to divulge their best kept secrets of the industry. So read on, bride-to-be! Check out these four ways to make the most of your wedding day.


Photo + Gown: Maggie Sottero

Remember to keep an open mind in terms of designer and style. A dress always looks different on the body than it does on the rack! Choose your consultation party wisely. When deciding who to bring, limit it to those whose opinions matter the most. Make sure to start looking for and order a dress early on! It can take can up to 3-9 months, especially for big designers, for a dress customized to your specifications to come in. If you’re a bride on a budget, don’t hesitate to ask your dress shop for discontinued dresses. You will almost always receive a bargain on those kinds of gowns.

– Darlene, with Bridal Elegance by Darlene





One of the thriftiest wedding cake hacks out there and one that can give you the biggest bang for your buck is here!  Instead of creating one extravagant cake that can feed all of your guests, have your baker create a small cake, which is meant for the cake-cutting, pictures, & feeding a few guests. Then, have a simpler, easy to cut sheet cake that can be hidden in the kitchen and cut up afterwards for all your wedding guests to enjoy. You can also utilize a dummy tier out of foam. Many bakeries can help achieve the look of a multi-tiered wedding cake for less by substituting decorated foam tiers in between real tiers of cake. This will be a huge blessing to your bank account… trust us!”

Birdie, with The Cake Boutique


…the general advice you will get is to think about the basics:  the price and thecapacity. However, the process of selecting a venue can really make or break your planning experience. Once you have selected one, it should be a place that leaves you feeling completely confident about your big day, not frustrated or depleted. Once all of the planning is done, everything will come together and it will center around the venue,  so ask the tough questions and make sure that you trust the venue to execute your vision.

Lauren, The Event Center at Sandra Golf Club





Remember, this is the time in your life that you will be the most photographed.  Why not make the most of it and be camera ready at all times? When booking your wedding trial run with your hair and makeup artist, book your engagement pictures after. Or perhaps plan it to be done on the morning of your bridal shower, that way you can be camera ready for the shower.

Ric Kent, Hair and Makeup Artist

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Plan Your Dream Wedding at Hacienda Vargas

Britianie Tyler Photography

Located along the Rio Grande Valley between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Hacienda Vargas has been the only bed and breakfast on the Camino Real since the 17th century. With thick adobe walls, genuine saltillo tile floors, authentic folk art by local artisans and breathtaking natural surroundings, you won’t be disappointed with Hacienda Vargas. Whether you’re a traveler passing through, newlyweds looking for a romantic honeymoon stay or an engaged couple planning a wedding, look no further!

From elopements to full scale weddings, Hacienda Vargas has all you need for an authentic New Mexico wedding in their historic facilities. They can do everything from small weddings for up to 15 guests in their gorgeous chapel to large weddings for up to 150 guests. If you’re planning to elope, however, their elopement package starts as low as $575 and includes an intimate ceremony in their historic chapel or location of your choice, a wedding officiant and witnesses, a honeymoon suite and gourmet breakfast.

For convenient and cozy lodging for your wedding party, friends and family, or even out-of-town guests, Hacienda Vargas has seven unique rooms to accommodate up to 20 guests a night. Each room at Hacienda Vargas is fully decorated with original southwestern furniture and comfy bedding to make you and your guests feel right at home. Plan your wedding at Hacienda Vargas and welcome your guests to an unforgettable experience immersed in New Mexico’s rich history, vibrant culture and unique cuisine.Britianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler PhotographyBritianie Tyler Photography

Britianie Tyler Photography
Photos by Britianie Tyler Photography

As you can see, Hacienda Vargas is an obvious choice for a New Mexico wedding. To see more photos of this gorgeous wedding at Hacienda Vargas take a look at Ted and Dena’s Old Adobe Wedding on our local Perfect Wedding Guide Blog.