Come One, Come All! Witness the Incredible 2017 Bride’s Select Award Winners!

Last night was a circus — literally! Thanks to all of you who took the time to vote, we had the amazing opportunity to show our appreciation and celebrate the accomplishments of our favorite wedding professionals in Albuquerque and Santa Fe for our annual Bride’s Select Awards at NOAH’s Event Venue.

More than 650 local brides, grooms and newlyweds voted in over 20 categories and the results are in! Covering everything from Best Beauty Expert and Best Floral Designer to Best Ceremony Venue and Best Photographer, we are pleased to present you with the best of the best!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to see the amazing, the talented 2017 Bride’s Select Award winners!

Best Unique Wedding Service: Frost Gelato

Best Photo Booth Rental: Cutmaster Music

Best Cinematographer: Southwest Wedding Films

Best Photographer: Matt Blasing Photography

Best Local Band: Entourage Jazz

Best Disc Jockey: Dream Factory Productions

Best Place to Order Invitations: Funky Olive Invitations + Stationery

Best Hotel for Guest Accommodations: Hotel Andaluz

Best Men’s Formal Wear Shop: Mr. Tux Formal Wear

Best Bridal Gown Shop: Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Best Floral Designer: Floriography

Best Rental Company: Simply Décor and Events

Best Event Decor: Black Swan Events

Best Wedding Officiant: Amor Ceremonies

Best Location to have a Ceremony: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Best Place to Have a Reception: Hotel Albuquerque

Best Place to Have a Rehearsal Dinner: El Pinto

Best Place to have a Bachelorette Party: Uptown Funk

Best Catering or Restaurant: Prairie Star

Best Place to Order Wedding Cake: Simply Sweet by Darci

Best Spa or Place to Relax: Bliss Salon & Spa

Best Bridal Beauty Expert: Genica Lee

Best Wedding Coordinator: Alena Swanson, LLC

Congratulations, 2017 Bride’s Select Award Winners!

Photos by Sacred Life Photography

And, of course, a special thanks to our AMAZING sponsors! You made our Bride’s Select Awards Circus a huge success!

Ringmaster Brad of King Mobile Music | NOAH’S Event Venue | Occasion Services & Events | Conchita’s Creations | Bombshell Fitness | Sacred Life Photography | Charlotte’s Flowers | High Noon Restaurant & Saloon | Wise Fool New Mexico

Every year, your local Perfect Wedding Guide reaches out to hundreds of New Mexico brides, grooms and newlyweds just like you to get your feedback on your favorite local wedding businesses.

Stay tuned for dates to cast your vote for our 2018 Bride’s Select Awards!

For more on everything Wedding + Wedding Planning, visit us at: PerfectWeddingGuide.com

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You’re Invited to Perfect Wedding Guide’s Annual Wedding Gallery!

Get in touch with your personal wedding style with the expertise of the best professionals in the business. Plan your perfect wedding in one amazing, colorful afternoon at Sandia Resort & Casino. Celebrate love with meaningful connections and memories with other brides and grooms just like you!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 | 1-4 PM

Sandia Resort & Casino | 30 Rainbow Rd NE

Planned with impeccable detail and handpicked wedding professionals, the Wedding Gallery is a curated event for the perceptive bride + groom.

General Admission | $15

VIP Runway Reservation + Swag Bag | $30

Due to the nature of this event, all ticket sales are final.

Join us this weekend to plan your wedding in a gorgeous setting while enjoying delicious food stations, couture fashions, endless wedding inspiration + giveaways.

Photos by Photographic Perspectives

Hope to see you there!

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Create and Cultivate: Speed Networking at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

It’s that time again and we couldn’t be more excited! Our annual business-to-business speed networking event is taking place, once again, at the lovely Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. If you have not had a chance to visit Los Poblanos, this is the perfect opportunity to see and experience this hidden gem in the heart of the city! Not only will you bask in the beautiful surroundings, but you will also cultivate vital relationships with other local wedding professionals to take your business to the next level.

WEDNESDAY,  JULY 12 | 6-8 PM

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm | 4803 RIO GRANDE BLVD NW

Seating is limited to 100 and we only have a handful of seats left! Don’t wait, registration is required to attend this one-of-a-kind event. Not to mention, cost includes a complimentary cocktail and gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

PWG Member Registration | $25

Non-Member Registration | $40

Remember, business opportunities come from a variety of sources and referrals are certainly one of them. To gain referrals, however, you need to make meaningful face-to-face connections. So do yourself a favor and give your business a boost at this speed networking event unlike any other. And make sure to bring a networking buddy or wedding colleague!

By attending, you will:

  • Generate social media buzz about your brand.
  • Give your business a stronger presence in the wedding community.
  • Properly position yourself to stand out from your competitors.

More importantly, you will cultivate long lasting business relationships to:

  • Maximize your time by meeting a host of professionals in one setting.
  • Do more than just pass a card — chat one-on-one!
  • Expand your connections and increase your circle of influence.
  • Exchange ideas, contacts and share your vision!

Once all participants are seated, the speed networking sessions will begin. During each fast-paced session, participants will network face-to-face. At the end of each session, participants will quickly alternate their seating arrangements for their next networking opportunity. In just a few minutes, participants will share business cards, bios, history and offer new contacts with valuable information about their business.

FOR EXAMPLE

  • Who do you know that might need their services?
  • Who has a similar client base and might refer engaged couples?
  • How might each company do business with one another?
  • Can you introduce them to anyone who can help them?

CREATE & CULTIVATE MENU

HORS D’OEUVRES

CHARCUTERIE | assorted imported & local cheeses | housemade crackers | grilled bread |roasted salted nuts | marinated olives | housemade pickles | seasonal fresh or dried fruit

BEET TARTAR | potato coin | crème fraîche | fresh herbs

SOUTHWEST CHICKEN SKEWERS | seasonal spicy aioli

DESSERT STATION

HOUSEMADE COOKIES |  lavender shortbread

S’MORES STICKS  |  homemade marshmallow dipped in decadent dark chocolate rolled in homemade graham cracker crumbs

We would like to thank Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm and Arielei Kinzer Photography for being so generous with your products and services and making last year’s speed networking event a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you and we are sure this year’s event is only going to be more fabulous!

— Perfect Wedding Guide Team

Photo by Arielei Kinzer Photography

Hope to see you there!

For more on everything Wedding + Wedding Planning, visit us at: PerfectWeddingGuide.com

It’s Finally Here! Bride’s Night Out 2017

One of our favorite events of the year is finally upon us! Ladies grab your BFF and head to Hotel Andaluz for Bride’s Night Out! — a boutique wedding show unlike any other. There will be lots of wedding professionals ready to show off their unique products and services to make your day one to remember.

This is going to be a fun-filled night with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Not to mention, the first 50 brides will receive a custom Bride’s Night Out tote filled with all kinds of goodies! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to meet the best, local wedding professionals.

Snag a free ticket with code “FBEvent” when you pre-register HERE. Purchase additional tickets for $5 online or $7 at the door. And don’t forget to take advantage of the complimentary valet parking on Copper, courtesy of Hotel Andaluz. We can’t wait for you to experience the best wedding show in town!

BRIDE’S NIGHT OUT 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6-8PM

Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd St NW

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Photos by Matt Blasing Photography

Check out this video from Bride’s Night Out 2016!

A special thanks to Matt Blasing Photography, Classic Event & Tent Rentals, Complete Weddings + Events, and 2U Films for being so generous with your products and services and making Bride’s Night Out 2016 a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you!

For more on everything Wedding + Wedding Planning, visit us at: PerfectWeddingGuide.com

Bridal Board + Vendor Mixer: Their Questions, Your Perspective!

We recently had our annual Bridal Board + Vendor Mixer and it was a huge success! While we enjoyed gourmet cuisine from Isleta Resort & Casino, local brides, grooms and newlyweds sat on our panel to answer some tough questions from local wedding professionals.

Whether you’re a wedding professional or planning your own wedding, however, we gathered lots of good info and we’d love to share it with you! As you plan your wedding, we thought you may want to get a perspective on the experience of other brides and grooms in town.

Take a look at the Q&A from the Bridal Board + Vendor Mixer!

  1. What is the most important thing you are looking for when hiring a wedding professional? Brides and grooms want to be able to trust the vendor and to feel important. We want you to make everything all about us. Show up to appointments on time and respond in a timely manner. We want you to take our ideas seriously and to know that you’re genuinely interested and care about us.
  2. What turns you off about wedding professionals you interview? Not replying to inquiries. Getting our name wrong. Errors on your website. If you don’t represent yourselves well and have no confidence in your work. We don’t like when you’re scripted. It comes across disingenuous. And we certainly don’t like receiving automated email after we’re already married, so make sure you know who you’re sending correspondence. We don’t like to be looked at like we’re too young or for you to force your own ideas on us. And it’s a big turn off when you bash the competition.
  3. What are things a wedding professional did or can do to exceed your expectations? Demonstrate a lot of examples of work, specifically, unique work. Offer affordable prices. Take time to find out our journey and what we want. Be available. The more you communicate the better. Pay attention and be personal. We want to set our expectations high. Doing the little things will stand out.
  4. What are your preferred methods of communication, i.e. offers, coupons, promotions, etc.? Email. We don’t like to receive a lot of calls. Text messages are fine. But make sure to ask what we prefer.
  5. How important is food and what price? Food is extremely important to today’s brides and grooms. We are foodies and love experiences with food. We like food trucks, variety and flexibility. Couples will eliminate entire venues or caterers if we don’t like the menu.
  6. Is there something a wedding professional did or can do to inspire you to go another direction? Styled photo shoots. They help us see the possibilities.
  7. What are price expectations for officiants? We think it’s strange that prices range from 150-500. Officiants should have a fair and consistent price.
  8. What do you use to find vendors? Word of mouth, bridal shows and Perfect Wedding Guide.  And no, we didn’t encourage them to say this (lol) – but of course, it made us giddy inside to hear them have great experiences with our wedding community.
  9. How much does social media influence your planning? A lot. It’s quick and easy. And we love Pinterest!

What’s your perspective on these topics? We would love to hear from you! Leave your comments be…

Photos by Nicole Bradshaw Photography

A special thanks to our sponsors for being so generous with your products and services, making our Bridal Board + Vendor Mixer a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Isleta Resort & Casino | De Novo Pastoral Services | Albuquerque Florist | Occasion Services & Events | Differently Designed | Nicole Bradshaw Photography | Ya Gotta Have Harp

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Bridal Board & Vendor Mixer

Join us next Thursday for our annual Bridal Board & Vendor Mixer! If you’re a local wedding professional, you don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to get firsthand insight into the mind of your customer. We will have a panel of recent brides and grooms to answer all your pressing questions.

Thursday, April 13th | 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Isleta Resort & Casino, 11000 Broadway Blvd SW

$25 PWG Members | $40 Non Members

PWG MEMBERS REGISTER HERE

 NON MEMBERS REGISTER HERE

Be sure to bring a networking buddy or wedding colleague. Seating is limited to 100, so don’t wait! You don’t want to miss it!

After you help yourself to some delicious food, participants will take a seat and the panel will begin. Our emcee will start by asking the couples a series of questions, encompassing everything from customer-vendor relations to their top wedding priorities.

Each question will include time for open and honest discussion. As we come to a close, professionals will have an opportunity to ask their most pressing questions. To conclude, we will re-locate to the Jar Spa for more treats, cocktails, pampering and networking!

Photos by Matt Blasing Photography

CALL FOR BRIDES AND GROOMS!

Are you engaged or recently wed? We are still looking for brides and grooms to join our panel and we would love to have you! Register HERE!

For more on everything Wedding + Wedding Planning, visit us at: PerfectWeddingGuide.com

Behind-the-Scenes: Diamond Dash Wedding Show

While most of us were still counting sheep the morning of the Diamond Dash Wedding Show (earlier this month), the Perfect Wedding Guide crew was busy with all the preparations by the time we rolled out of bed and shuffled our way to the kitchen for our morning java. Lucky for me, I had the great pleasure of joining my comrades later in the day for a behind-the-scenes look at our Diamond Dash Wedding Show. As you might imagine, setting up for a wedding show takes lots of hard work, but the PWG crew doesn’t mess around! To maintain the well-oiled machine of the Diamond Dash, it took countless cups of coffee to keep up with all its moving parts. By the end of the day, however, the caffeine hangover was definitely worth it!

It was such a pleasure to see and participate in all the action of the Diamond Dash. As the wedding show came underway, I got to mingle with happy brides-to-be and explore the various displays and vendors throughout the showroom. Among them were the gals from Pennysmiths Paper, who specialize in the most beautiful wedding stationery this side of the Mississippi! In addition, Charlotte’s Flowers was present with their elegant silk flower arrangements. At the same time, some lucky ladies were pampered by Bliss Salon & Spa. And who could forget the amazing fashion show by Bridal Elegance? Darlene’s dresses were absolutely breathtaking!

Pennysmiths Paper
Charlotte’s Flowers
Bliss Salon & Spa
Bridal Elegance by Darlene
Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Don’t miss out on our next wedding show, Bride’s Night Out, coming up this June at Hotel Andaluz!

For more on everything Wedding + Wedding Planning, visit us at: PerfectWeddingGuide.com