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

12 months of giveaways

Hi guys! Are you interested in receiving amazing prizes from local wedding specialists? Well, if you are (and you should be), Perfect Wedding Guide has an amazing opportunity for you called our “12 Months of Giveaways.” This is a chance for us to pamper our brides and grooms and show our appreciation for all that you do. Here’s how you can win:

12 lucky brides and grooms will be chosen over the course of the next year to pick from an amazing selection of gifts from local vendors. Everything from free photo sessions and videography to a day at the spa and an exclusive hotel getaway are up for grabs.

All you need to do is register online at nm.pwg.com for your chance to win!

Giveaways have already begun so act quickly!

For more wedding inspiration and planning tips, visit us at perfectweddingguide.com. We love all of our couples and hope that your special day is perfect!

A Gift for PWG Brides from Bryan’s Photography {15% off 2015 Weddings}

Hey PWG Brides + Grooms… great news!  Bryan’s Photography just announced that they have decided to offer 15% off any of their wedding photography collections for couples with 2015 wedding dates. Amazing right?!

How it works:  Simply mention this post {make sure your date is available on their calendar} and then celebrate because you can finally cross finding your ideal wedding photographer off of your mile long wedding planning to do list!

Also, and this has to be one of the best ideas ever, Bryan’s Photography offers a FREE wedding registry where couples like you can register for dollar amounts towards your photography balance or register for albums, canvases, or prints.  Check out the below link for more information on getting your registry up and running!  Bryan’s Photography Registry Information 

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And if you need more convincing… check out some more wedding day photography gold captured by Bryan’s Photography below. With consistent quality and creativity.. you truly can’t go wrong with booking their team.
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Get in touch with Bryan’s Photography today, here’s how:

Phone: (505) 890-0179
Email: info@bryansphotography.com

Office Location:
1515 Golf Course Rd. SE
Suite 102
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Don’t forget to mention that PWG sent you their way and  for more on everything wedding and wedding planning,  visit PerfectWeddingGuide.com 

Alicia Lucia Photography Postcard Special Offer

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Have you started researching photographers for your Albuquerque area wedding? You’re in luck! Alicia Lucia Photography is offering a special photography offer if you mention the above postcard!

The postcard reads:

“Congratulations on your engagement! At Alicia Lucia Photography we are passionate about wedding photography and pride ourselves on the life long friendships built because of it. We take delight in seeing photos of your dress, hearing all about your ombre cake and diy center pieces! My name is Alicia, a wedding photographer of the loveliest couples and a sucker for the small details and first looks. Professionally, I will artfully photograph every detail of your gorgeous wedding day while laughing & crying (mostly laughing) with you!”

To view more of Alicia Lucia’s wedding photography, please visit Alicia Lucia Photography.

Alicia Lucia Photography

(505) 459-7791

Rio Rancho, NM

For wedding inspiration photos, to view more photographers in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area, and for everything else you need to plan your wedding, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

September wedding coupons from local wedding professionals

Save big bucks on your upcoming wedding! Perfect Wedding Guide brings you exclusive savings every month. This September save on wedding essentials like reception venues, wedding jewelry, videography and even wedding planning.

Local wedding businesses that are offering savings this month include: VideoWorks Productions, Inn at Rio Rancho, Parties by Patty, Nature Pointe, Jewelry by Josana, Mary Kay-Laura Loghry and Avista Video Histories.

Take Advantage of Local Savings for Your Wedding

This month find savings from VideoWorks Productions, Mary Kay – Laura Loghry, Parties by Patty, Nature Pointe, Jewelry by Josana & Avista Video Histories. There is over $800 in savings this month! Check out the deals below:

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July Albuquerque/Santa Fe Wedding Coupons are Here – Over $800 in Savings!

Perfect Wedding Guide makes it easy for you to save money on your wedding with some of Albuquerque and Santa Fe’s most trusted wedding professionals by offering you coupons from local wedding vendors each month. This month find savings from VideoWorks Productions, Mary Kay – Laura Loghry, Parties by Patty, Nature Pointe, Jewelry by Josana & Avista Video Histories. There is over $800 in savings this month!

Wedding coupons for the month of July:

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