How to Look & Feel Your Best on Your Wedding Day

How to Look & Feel Your Best on Your Wedding Day

Here at Perfect Wedding Guide, we totally understand that every bride wants to look her very best on the big day– and it’s important because not only are you the center of attention, but also the VIP guest who deserves to feel healthy, happy, and stress free. Looking good & feeling good are two very different things, but they don’t have to be mutually exclusive! We are here to tell you that you have nothing to worry about when it comes to showing off your shine, inside and out. All of our amazing beauty experts have your back, we promise.

We’ve gathered some of our personal favorite beauty tips that we’ve been so kindly given by our wedding experts to share with you, because let’s face it, sometimes we need a little help from our friends when wedding stress levels are at an all time high.

Tip #1 – Start Early

• Search online (and in the Perfect Wedding Guide magazine) to find a beauty expert that fits with your vibe!

• Book an early consultation with a beauty expert so that they can guide you in the right direction.

• Start a healthy skincare routine & focus on eating clean so you feel your best when the day arrives.

Tip #2 – Try on, sample, and explore

• Make sure to try out all of your beauty products ahead of time. We cannot stress this enough since you don’t want to have a bad reaction to a product or hate your hair accessories on the day of.

• Order free samples and book consultations to make sure that you make the best choices on products and styles.

• Explore new trends by looking online and talking to local wedding vendors to expand your horizons!

Tip #3 – Treat yo self

• Treat yourself to a yoga session, massage, wax, facial, and/or spa day before the day of the wedding.

• Take the pressure off your hands by letting a beauty expert guide you. Give yourself a mental break because a healthy mind is a healthy bride.

• Do what makes you feel happy, even if it means eating all of those delicious donuts.

Need some suggestions on who to reach out to? Let’s start with these faves: Paixão Nail and Beauty Bar, Waxing the City, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Skinny Secrets, Rodan and Fields, K and C Naturals, and Blo Blow Dry Bar. You can see more of our talented beauty vendors here.

So, that is our take on bride-to-be self-care, but sometimes it is nice to hear directly from the beauty gurus themselves! Here are some BONUS tips from the lovely ladies at Blo Blow Dry Bar:

BONUS TIPS FROM BLO BLOW DRY BAR

Patricia “Bar Boss”

Favorite hairstyle: “Red Carpet”

Favorite product: “Second day” | Texturizer paste that gives a very soft look

Janessa “Style Boss”

Favorite hairstyle: “Pillow Talk”

Favorite product: “Texturize It” | Volumizer to make hair feel lush and soft

The big day is approaching! Here are some tips:

  • Brides should come in 6 weeks before the day of the wedding
  • Bring all of the hair accessories you plan to wear (veil, clips, flowers, etc.)
  • Get your hair done on the day of your dress fitting

The big day is here! Here are some (more) tips:

  • Come in with clean and dry hair, no products should be in the hair
  • Be 5 minutes early
  • Relax & breathe

Blo Blow Dry Bar has the most exciting bridal hair + makeup menu yet filled with unique options for every bride or bridesmaid. We absolutely ADORE the way that Blo created their own booklet with charming illustrations of the hairstyles they have to offer. You can learn more about them here!

Header photo via Paixão Nail and Beauty Bar

5 New Mexico Vendors for a Fabulously Unique Wedding

5 New Mexico Vendors for a Fabulously Unique Wedding

Here at Perfect Wedding Guide, we have copious amounts of wedding vendors that offer so many different services to our local brides and grooms– it’s pretty awesome. Between perusing through lists of popular wedding “musts” like florists and photographers and trying to mentally prepare for the event, vendors that offer unique services might seem like they’re nowhere to be found. We’re here to tell you that there are actually plenty of these little gems, and they’re not hiding at all!

In fact, they’re pretty much all over our state and they are ready to work with locals like you who want to make a lasting impression for your friends and family. Let’s not forget how important it is to find vendors that want to make your wedding uniquely yours so that it stands out against all of the other weddings out there, and these vendors are sure to make your experience one for the books!

Whether you are looking for an artist to create hand-made invitations or an exciting way to entertain your wedding party that also incorporates the sights and sounds of your city, we’ve got just the vendor for you. After some dedicated social media account stalking and conversations with these wedding professionals, we think that they are some of the most innovative and creative in the state!

Here are 5 super unique wedding services here in New Mexico:

1. Darling Clementine

Just Smile Photography

We could come up with a thousand words to describe anything and everything wedding related, but my goodness! These handcrafted announcements from Darling Clementine leave us speechless. Owner and artist, Bella Robles, specializes in custom watercolor illustrations, handwritten + calligraphy signage, as well as books and stationary sets that have an adorable personal touch. We can’t think of a better way to bring your personality to life on paper through the eyes of a local artist. You can learn more about these lovable little treasures here.

2. My Beloved Vintage Rentals

Brittney Mundy Photography
Lavel Marie Photography

We know that every couple is looking for a very particular style and taste when it comes to décor, and we also know that every couple wants to make sure that their guests feel comfortable and at home during their wedding day. Why not combine style and comfort by choosing a vendor who is basically an expert in both? My Beloved Vintage Rentals offers the most incredible vintage furniture and décor that is completely unique and curated to fit your wedding. To learn more about them, you can visit the site here.

3. Bombshell Fitness

Alan Osterholtz

We love the idea of a good party, and we like to think we know how to throw some pretty awesome ones for our vendors and local wedding community– but when it comes to showers & wedding parties, we’ll leave that to the experts. What is more fun than your classic bachelorette party? A bachelorette party where you get to be sassy and put on costumes and performances! Get together your gal pals, or your guy pals, and plan a party with Bombshell Fitness filled with special pole dance training, dance routines, and games that will leave everyone talking about the fun for years to come. You can get in contact with them here.

4. Urban Balloons by Dawn

Bryan’s Photography
via Urban Balloons by Dawn

As New Mexican’s, we know a lot about balloons. You know, the ones that start popping up in the sky during crisp October mornings. When it comes to party balloons, that is a whole other story. Luckily, we have Urban Balloons by Dawn to provide expertise and awe-inspiring balloon arrangements for our local wedding community. With options for every kind of event and any style, you’re sure to find something that has YOU written all over it! If you’re looking to add some extra fun to your wedding, or maybe even to replace floral arrangements with something unique, you can reach out to Urban Balloons here.

5. Tour ABQ

We love our state, and we also love our basecamp in the city of Albuquerque. There is so much to see and explore, especially in the heart of downtown. If you love to explore Albuquerque as much as we do, then you will love what Tour ABQ has to offer! Enjoy your friends and family on a trolley that can fit up to 34 guests, or make it more intimate and take a ride on the Duke City Pedaler. Everyone will have an awesome time and will get to experience the city in their own way! So what are you waiting for? Check them out here.

Header photo: Just Smile Photography

Perfect Wedding Guide wedding planning design inspiration budget floral bouquet arrangement New Mexico Albuquerque greenery Santa Fe flowers natural organic local

Bombshell Fitness: Where Your Bachelorette Party Needs To Be

Bombshell Fitness: Where Your Bachelorette Party Needs To Be

Ain’t no party like a Bombshell Fitness party, ’cause a Bombshell Fitness party…accepts all bodies and bridal parties as beautiful and bountiful! And it doesn’t stop, either. (Not as catchy as the original phrase, sure, but it’s totally true, and that’s what matters.)

This past week, our amazing Social Media Maven, Keara, sat down with Jamie from Bombshell Fitness here in Albuquerque, New Mexico to chat bachelorette parties with the experts of fun and dancing. As with most local wedding professionals who serve bridal parties for their actual parties, Bombshell Fitness is high energy, maximum entertainment, and catered to YOU. (Proverbial you being our local engaged couples + brides-to-be, of course.)

In reality though, Bombshell Fitness is so much more than just being a killer spot for your bachelorette party. Which, we could have guessed, based on our many interactions with their perpetually kind team, but Jamie brought a whole new level of self-love and importance to the table.


Keara: The time before a wedding can be really hard on brides and their self esteem, do you think Bombshell can help brides with their confidence? 

Jamie: Absolutely! Bombshell Fitness is totally a judgement-free zone. We encourage all shapes, all sizes, all genders, all ages of women to come — and men too, of course. It helps everybody tap into that confidence deep down inside of you that’s just waiting for someone to help open it up, and allow for it to be acceptable.

Especially when we’re told we’re not meant to be sexy or desired — we’re trying to stay lowkey and stay away from the limelight. But this is what pole dancing is all about: putting yourself out there, being vulnerable, and accepting who you truly are.

cr=w-1600,h-1000,a-cc

Keara: So, Bombshell Fitness won our 2018 PWG Elite Award for Best Unique Service — what is it that makes Bombshell unique? 

Jamie: So I think definitely our environment is what makes Bombshell a unique spot for brides, you know? We allow for bridal parties to explore a fun, sexy side; they get to learn new skills that they can use here or possibly take home for further use.

And then that gets them more excited to learn about body movement! Which means learning to be engaged with yourself, and loving yourself for whatever you have. Whether it’s a stretch mark, a roll, or something you’re not comfortable with, it’s about learning to be comfortable with what you have and understanding that people love you for what you have.

rs=w-2272,h-1136,cg-true

Keara: What’s your favorite part about working with bridal parties in particular, then? 

Jamie: So, the thing that I really enjoy about our bridal parties is that we get a lot of excited people, right? From the moment they walk in the door, they’re ready and already in party-mode. They’re always giving the bride lots of love and attention, making sure anything she needs is taken care of.

I think that is super exciting to see how friends really come together to make sure the bride feels special. It’s hard for people sometimes! To really take the attention off of themselves and make it all about one person. So that’s really what I enjoy to see, is when friends can not be all about themselves, and just be all about the bride.

Untitled design

You can contact Jamie with Bombshell Fitness for your super-fun, super-accepting, all-about-self-love, confidence-boosting bachelorette party here.

 

Perfect Wedding Guide wedding planning design inspiration budget floral bouquet arrangement New Mexico Albuquerque greenery Santa Fe flowers natural organic local

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

Motivational Monday with Daniel + Jolie Rocha of RocBody Fitness

Hello Ladies + Gents, Happy Monday!

Are you ready to come out of winter hibernation and enjoy this beautiful weather to the fullest?  I know that I personally have a little work to do before bikini season and I feel like a lot of us are in the same boat as far as looking as good as we feel on the inside… especially so when you are planning a wedding. I think in this day and age, with how fast paced everything is, how busy we are and how little healthy options are made available to us in the rise of fast food nation, it can truly feel like an uphill battle. Well I feel you girl and you are NOT alone. One of the best things I have done was to subscribe to Daniel + Jolie’s email list and every Monday,  I swear they are reading my mind, because something beyond inspirational will come through- like the below gem in regards to carbs and what to consider. This last week I have been drastically cutting carbs from my diet as a last ditch effort to shed some pounds before my approaching beach vaca {which you may or may not be doing in preparation for your big day} but this email helped me put everything back into perspective.

While I think for me a low carb diet is what works well, after reading this short article,  I am going to work on taking a good look at the types of carbs I was eating,  introducing good carbs back into my diet and increasing my physical activity. Thank goodness for the RocBody Fitness Team!

Are carbs making you fat? By Daniel + Jolie Rocha of RocBody Fitness

Scones_9188

While we all have different tolerances to carbohydrates, you must apply context to a diet when deciding if it’s going to help you lose fat or not. Things like:

. Total calorie intake throughout the day and week

. Quality of food you’re eating

. Training volume/frequency/intensity

. Composition of diet i.e. protein, fats, carbs and fiber

These are some of the key points to consider when looking at your diet in relation to losing fat.

The reality is carbs in isolation cannot be blamed for you gaining body fat or failing to lose fat. They are one of several variables which all contribute towards your progress. If you’re over eating carbs then yes, you’ll gain fat and develop a level of insulin resistance over time. However, that’s a combination of things rather than carbs alone. If you use carbohydrates correctly you should accelerate your fat loss and preserve your long term ability to burn fat.

How do carbs aid in fat loss?

With a structured diet, carbohydrates will help keep your metabolism firing and help avoid you hitting plateaus which ultimately lead to stubborn fat loss. This is because carbohydrates influence your thyroid activity, which governs your metabolic rate. Therefore by removing them, your metabolism is more likely to slow down much quicker, which is not good for fat loss!!

Carbohydrates also help protect your lean muscle tissue which again has a direct correlation to your metabolic rate. The more muscle you can protect whilst in a calorie deficit (which you need to be in to lose fat) the higher your metabolic rate will be.

This is why it’s crucial that you acknowledge nutrition needs context and you cannot blame one thing. Carbs are often unfairly blamed for people’s weight gain, as where in reality they are often not to blame.

Please also check out Daniel’s book. The information contained in its  pages will guide you on how to properly set up low carb, higher fat diet without any problems. Purchase your copy here.

Spring is quickly approaching! Get a jump start on your fitness goals! We’re offering 35% OFF on in-gym training! Get started on your program today on our website at www.drocbodyprograms.com.

Sincerely, Daniel and Jolie Rocha
RocBodyFitness, LLC
505-350-5496ROC_BODY

Please, if you are on a journey to weight loss in preparation for your wedding or just want an overall healthier lifestyle in general, subscribe to their mailing list here or give them a call. You will not be sorry,  this team is seriously so inspiring. For more on everything wedding + wedding planning visit us at PerfectWeddingGuide.com 

Diet and exercise tips for brides

It is safe to say that a groom-to-be loves his bride-to-be just the way she is, since he proposed an everlasting commitment to her. However, many brides start a full-blown diet and exercise regimen in anticipation of their big day. According to TLC Weddings, there are many safe diet and exercise plans brides can take advantage of that will allow them to shed a few unwanted pounds before they tie the knot.

Wedding planning is stressful enough, but by adding fad diets or unsafe pills to the mix, a bride can really be making some unhealthy choices. So, it is important to be realistic first and foremost. Find a weight loss number that is not too lofty or impossible, and make sure to take into account how much time before the nuptials. If you have two weeks, 20 pounds will not be lost.

Also, when the bride is starting off this plan, it is imperative to find a good way to measure progress – for example, measuring waist, thighs and arms or simply weighing in each week. When it comes to snacking and staying away from junk food, it is advisable to carry a few healthy snacks, so brides do not succumb to any unwanted food.

I hope this advice helps, and remember you are beautiful no matter what!

Get Moving. Get Motivated. Get into Your Dress.

Do you want a fun and effective way to stay focused and motivated on your wedding day fitness goals? Bridal fitness expert and nationally certified trainer, Doug Rice is sharing a new series of fitness, nutrition and motivational video tips with Perfect Wedding Guide brides to help you look your best on your big day!  Watch now!