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.

Mark Your Calendars for the Diamond Dash Wedding Show!

We hope you are planning to join us at the last EPIC
ABQ Wedding Show of the year!

Diamond Dash Wedding Show

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 330 Tijeras NW

VIP Pre-Party, Chapel | 11:30-12:30

Wedding Show, Main Ballroom | 1-4

The Wedding Show as well as the VIP Pre-Party are each $5 online, but prices will go up to $10 at the door!

Make sure to get your tickets here>

This is your chance to see the hottest trends in bridal and men’s formalwear, score giveaways galore and possibly get picked to be one of the 5 lucky ladies to dive into a wedding cake for FREE diamond jewelry from our local Shelton Jewelers, all while planning your wedding with the best — the VERY best!

Here are 5 reasons you don’t want to miss out on the Diamond Dash!

  1. VIP Insider Secrets Pre-Party is happening from 11:30-12:30 in the brand new, beyond amazing, Hyatt Regency ABQ Chapel.
  2. The first 200 engaged couples to check into the show will receive $500 in PWG Bucks to spend toward your dream wedding.
  3. An elite assortment of the most preferred wedding professionals in Albuquerque, all ready to meet you under one roof!
  4. Breathtaking displays sure to inspire and help you envision the perfect celebration for your big day.
  5. Wedding swag and phenomenal specials that can help you maximize your budget and book today’s top wedding professionals.

Click here for tips to get the most out of the Diamond Dash!

Check out our spring Diamond Dash video by Photographic Perspectives:

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Mountainside Elopements: Nature’s Sanctuary

One of the many things I love about New Mexico are the varying landscapes within its borders. As you travel along the highway, you can pass through everything from deserts, farmland and open meadows of the Valles Caldera to majestic mountain peaks of the Sandias and Sangre de Cristos, all within a matter of hours. With such beautiful scenery across our diverse state, there is ample opportunity for romantic elopements.

If you’re planning a wedding on a tight budget (or not) and would rather bypass all the stress of a large wedding anyway, a whimsical outdoor elopement is perfect for you! Mountainside elopements are one of the hottest trends on the wedding scene — and for good reason. Not only are they naturally beautiful and fun, they are completely budget friendly. And with a wide variety of climates and landscapes to choose from in our gorgeous state, you don’t have to be limited to mountainsides.

First off, you still get to plan all the fun stuff like a wedding dress, bridal bouquet, photographer and wedding cake to complete your epic celebration. Lucky for you, New Mexico is home to amazing photographers and officiants who live for adventurous moments like this. Secondly, you get to save a ton of money on decorations because nature provides the best and most beautiful decor (no setup necessary). More importantly, your venue will cost so much as a day pass, if anything at all!

Another cool thing is that you get to share this special occasion with your closest family and friends — if, that is, you decide to include others. With a mountainside elopement, the pressure is off and you are free to plan and execute your wedding however you see fit! Check out this amazing mountainside elopement captured by Matt & Tish Photography at the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Photos by Matt & Tish Photography

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The Minimoon: A Local Honeymoon Staycation

Want to go on a luxurious, romantic honeymoon, but don’t want to break the bank? Minimoons, or local honeymoons, are the perfect solution. Rather than spending thousands of dollars to fly across the country (or the world) to stay a short time together in a foreign land with jet lag, invest in your future and go on local honeymoon instead — it’s just as fun and romantic without all the stress of traveling. Plus, you get to relax from all the wedding festivities!

Once you find the perfect minimoon spot, you can still do all the fancy things you would normally do on a conventional honeymoon far far away. You can still have a beautiful candlelight dinner, get a his and her massage or go sightseeing and discover new things about each other and your city on bike, horseback or trolley. Best of all, you don’t have to spend the first few nights as a married couple in crowded airports and rental cars!

Lucky for you, we have some of the most beautiful and relaxing honeymoon spots right here in New Mexico! Some of our favorites include Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Sandia Resort & Casino, Hotel Andaluz, Girliebird & Co, La Fonda on the Plaza and Isleta Resort & Casino. And many of these gorgeous locations offer all the amenities you would want on a romantic honeymoon getaway and then some.

For instance, Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm offers a beautiful farm-to-table breakfast and dinner. Not to mention, they can make arrangements for a couples massage or local bike tour. If you would like a more intimate setting, Girliebird & Co is the perfect option. Like a home away from home, they offer a cozy honeymoon cottage and delicious homemade breakfast. It is so charming you won’t want to leave.

What about a romantic weekend at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe? Explore the historic sites of Santa Fe by day and relax with a rooftop dinner overlooking the city by night. Whether you’re staying in a friends cabin, a family vacation home or one of our honeymoon favorites, you don’t have to go in debt to have a romantic minimoon staycation. Besides, just being together is what a honeymoon is all about! ♥

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, Photo by Kevin & Amanda
Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, Photo by Mike Crane Photography
Girliebird & Co
Girliebird & Co
La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe
La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe

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Make History at the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel

As you and so many other college students get ready for back-to-school, you may be trying to figure out how you’re going to manage your homework and plan your wedding all at the same time. In case you didn’t know, the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel is a charming wedding ceremony venue for any student, staff member or alumni of the University of New Mexico.

Adorned with traditional retablos and rustic iron candelabras, the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel will take your guests back in time as you exchange vows. With such a rich history, the UNM Chapel is not only beautiful, but it is also affordable. It’s true ladies and gents, you can have the traditional New Mexico ceremony you’ve always dreamed of, without breaking the bank!

Several years ago, I had the great honor of standing in a friend’s wedding that took place at the chapel and it was absolutely gorgeous. Another wedding that truly captured the old-world charm of the UNM Chapel was that of Paige and Nathan, last winter. Captured by Maura Jane Photography, these photos are truly an inspiration for anyone planning a wedding at the chapel.

From the quaint dressing room decorated with elegant, antique furniture to the carved altar pieces and wooden pews, every detail of the UNM Chapel is the perfect backdrop for any wedding ceremony. Not to mention, the outdoor areas surrounding the chapel are just as gorgeous for memorable photos. At the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel, your wedding will be a part of history.

Built in 1962 as a memorial to alumni killed in the nation’s wars, the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel has served the campus community in joyful and trying times… Thousands of weddings and numerous memorials have taken place within its walls.

— UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel (Website)

Photos by Maura Jane Photography

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Basic Invite: Your Colors, Your Style, Instantly

At Perfect Wedding Guide, we are all about local. We love to promote our local professionals and hook them up with brides and grooms to-be. Every once in a while, however, we come across a hidden gem that we can’t help but share with all of you! Located in Saint George, Utah, we are so excited to show some love to our Four Corners neighbors at Basic Invite.

Basic Invite offers a wide range of invitation and stationery options, unlike any other online invitation or stationery store. Basic Invite is truly a professional, high-quality and, of course, trendy online stationery boutique. And best of all, you can have custom invitations delivered right to your door!

Seriously! I perused through their wedding stationery and they offer everything from cool save the dates, invites and programs to menus and table place cards — you name it, they have it! And if your maid of honor is planning your bridal shower, they also carry cheap bridal shower invitations.

Not to mention, they also carry Pinterest worthy invitation styles including gold, rose gold and silver foil, real wood (yes, I said real wood) and their newest addition, clear! With countless customization options, you can be certain your invitation will truly be as unique as you! Take a look at some of their darling designs and custom options.

Almost Unlimited Colors

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card with over 180 mix and match color options. You can make sure your card is exactly how you want it — down to the smallest detail.

Instant Preview & Custom Samples

Basic Invite also allows customers the ability to instantly preview and order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how their unique design will look before they ever place their order. Once you receive your sample, you can make any changes to order exactly what you want.

Modern + Fine Script Fonts

Basic Invite has developed new technology to preview complex script fonts with all of the swirls and swashes you love. They offer high-quality fonts like those we see all over Pinterest (for a fraction of the price). And you can preview the text on your invite in any font instantly.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes

Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors so that they can make their invites stand out before they are ever opened. All envelopes are peel and seal so your envelopes can be quickly and easily secured.

Over 200 Wedding Invitation Sets

For your convenience, each of their wedding invitations are part of a set. You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards! You can easily design a cohesive look throughout your entire wedding stationery.

Free Address Collection Service

What’s worse than ordering beautiful invitations, only to have the presentation ruined by placing your recipients names and addresses on the envelopes with ugly labels or sloppy handwriting? Thankfully, Basic Invite offers free address collection service with just three simple steps: share a link, collect addresses and get free envelope printing!

Keepsake Guest Books

Perfectly personalized wedding guest books are the perfect addition to your wedding day stationery. Don’t settle for a mass-produced guest book from your local craft store. With a sophisticated cover and well-designed pages, it’s the perfect opportunity for your guests to leave sweet words and well-wishes with style in a custom wedding guest book.

Start designing your custom wedding invitations at Basic Invite today. You can quickly and easily create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind invitation at your convenience and from the comfort of your own home.

Did I mention? Basic Invite also has lots of freebies! Under printables, you can find gift tags, place cards and so much more. All for FREE!

For all your wedding stationery needs, be sure to visit Basic Invite!

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