Engaged + Quarantined: Planning Your Wedding From Home

Engaged + Quarantined: Planning Your Wedding From Home

You’ve picked up some new skills like gardening, yoga, watercoloring, and breaking the record for “most trips to the refrigerator in one day”, or maybe that’s just us. But nonetheless, you’ve used this downtime to do all of the things you never had time to do, because let’s face it, normal every day life gets busy. Here at Wedding Collective, we’re thankful that we get this extra time to find new and exciting ways to inspire you + the entire local wedding community.

In fact, we’ve pulled together something special for you today – the first vendors you should reach out to as you plan your New Mexico wedding from home during quarantine! We even made you a downloadable PDF guide that you can use as you embark on your planning journey – yay, free stuff! Now that businesses are slowly starting to re-open, it’s the perfect time to think about your wedding and all of the incredible vendors that will make it happen. Despite some storefronts being closed, vendors are still working hard to plan local weddings and they want to hear from inspired engaged couples like you.

We’re shining the light on the top 5 vendors to reach out to right now as you begin to plan your wedding. Download the PDF guide, follow along, and let’s get planning!

1. Find a Ceremony Venue

Since it’s springtime, and we’re absolutely LOVING the gorgeous outdoors, we are featuring Casa Perea Art Space, LLC as one of your many stunning ceremony venue options. With elegant garden vibes and stunning lush greens, this romantic spot will create memories that last forever.

Maura Jane Photography

This venue is a treasure both in its beauty and historical value to this community. From the office gals to the grounds keeper, the care and service over our wedding event was impeccable, professional and most importantly, personal. Their flexibility is a blessing during sometimes stressful decisions. 

– Lisa B.

2. Find a Reception Venue

After a breathtaking ceremony, it’s time to have some fun! We’re highlighting The Venue at The Salt Yard WEST as your go-to reception option. This venue is brand new filled with all of the fun and games you could ever ask for – including the only soccer pool table in New Mexico!

The Venue at Salt Yard WEST is the most unique event space in Albuquerque. The airy, industrial-chic indoor/outdoor space takes advantage of natural light through roll-up garage doors and large patio. It features a full game room with the only Soccer Pool tables in NM, cushy lounge, private bar, oversized dance floor, and dual large-screen projection system for all A/V needs.

3. Reach Out to a Wedding Planner

You might think you can do it all on your own, but it’s always a good idea to consult a wedding planner in the beginning stages to relieve some of that stress. One of our newest additions to the wedding planning family is All You Girl! LLC– an extraordinarily talented planner to help you bring your ideal wedding to life.

All YOU Girl’s mission is to do all we possibly can to help your day be everything you have ever dreamed of! There are countless little details that go into making your wedding day stress-free and extra special. I am passionate about providing services to couples to make their day as enjoyable, fun and stress free as possible.

4. Find a Photographer

The photographer is going to freeze your beautiful moments in time, so it’s important that you find the one that speaks to your heart. We’re obsessing over one of our newest members, DBK Photography, and her jaw-dropping work.

For the couple who intends to laugh their faces off together all day, every day.

5. Find a Cinematographer

And last, but not least, it’s time to find the filmmaker that will capture your day so that it can be viewed by generations to come! We welcome Jar and Crys Films as a new member and talented duo! This dynamic pair knows how to bring your love story to life as if it were on the big screen.

Jar and Crys Films

I can’t say enough how incredible they are! They captured every moment from our engagement to our wedding day! Jar & Crys invest themselves not only with their talent but with their heart. We were so blessed to have them not only capture these precious moments for us but it was also such a joy to share it with them as well! We highly highly recommend reaching out and connecting with Jar & Crys Films!

– Micaela G.

Lovebirds, you’ve got this. Your wedding planning journey starts now, and we’re here to help.

DIY Catering with Gourmet Table Catering

DIY Catering with Gourmet Table Catering

We love food and we love our catering vendors. There are so many different options, from full course meals to tasty hors d’oeuvres. We are all about the traditional menu options, but have you ever thought of choosing a more creative option when it comes to catering? For example, something more interactive and fun that will have all of your guests creating unforgettable memories together?

Gourmet Table Catering offers the most unique experience ever: DIY meals at your very own table. They’re taking “do-it-yourself” to a whole new level by providing guests with their own mini stove tops, pans, and supplies to cook a meal at the comfort of their seat–and what’s the best part? You can cook the food to your liking! Not only is this loads of fun, but the menu is delicious, too! Want to take a peak at the menu? Check it out here.

Jamie + Matt founded Gourmet Table Catering, and their story is a special one for sure because the business came to life on the day of their own wedding. Jamie wanted to find a way to combine the table-top DIY meal experiences she had as a child with unique and affordable catering, thus this incredible business was born. If we could describe GTC in three words, it would be: creative, unique, and affordable.

Their home base is in Las Cruces, but that doesn’t mean they are limited to that area. They offer a wide range of services to local couples all around New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. That’s one little perk when it comes to prepping your own meal at the location of your wedding–the food can travel longer distances than traditional catering!

If you’re looking for catering for your wedding and want to have an unforgettable meal experience, look no further than Gourmet Table Catering. With years of experience and plenty of praise, you can’t go wrong. To learn more and get in contact, you can check them out here.

Our Favorite 2020 Wedding Trends

Our Favorite 2020 Wedding Trends

Here at Perfect Wedding Guide, the end of the year means planning, preparing, and jumping for joy because we get to learn about all of the upcoming trends for next year! We would by lying if we told you that we aren’t a little sad to see 2019 go, though. This year was definitely one for the books, filled with the most beautiful weddings and exciting wedding shows & events. We loved hearing all of your perfect wedding stories and having the honor of sharing them with other brides and grooms that are looking for some inspiration.

As our pinky promise to you, we will continue to provide you with the most current and trendy tips and inspiration each and every year because we think you’re the best. We are so eager to share what is in store for next year that we are going to give you some insider knowledge right now that the Perfect Wedding Guide team picked up at this year’s Wedding MBA Conference in Las Vegas. Yesterday we hosted our annual Wedding MBA Recap Breakfast at The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club and got to hear some notable takeaways from our fellow local wedding professionals that also attended the conference.

We thought that we would have a little fun with this one and look back at some of the decade’s biggest wedding trends while introducing the future forecast for wedding trends in 2020.

First, the oldies, but goodies.

2019 | Private ceremony + elopement locations

Coryn Kiefer Photography

2019 | Animals in weddings

Coryn Kiefer Photography

2019 | White weddings

Briana Nicole Photography

2019 | Pastels, pinks, and blushes

Briana Nicole Photography

2019 | Pear-shaped rings

Maura Jane Photography

2019 | Romantic lighting rentals

Briana Nicole Photography

2019 | Unique venues

Lauren Cherie Photography

2019 | Specialty cakes

Maura Jane Photography

And now for the upcoming trends for 2020!

2020 | The “Roaring 20s” (of course)

Via todaysbride.com

2020 | Bright & bold pops of color

Al Gawlik Photography

2020 | Ceiling installations

Anna Jones Photography

2020 | Textures

Via HiMissPuff.com

2020 | Greens + grasses

Via Happywedd.com

2020 | Mirrored floors

Darin Images

2020 | Cake backdrops

Buffy Dekmar

2020 | Texture, minimalism, capes, and beyond

2020 | Donuts, mini cakes, & tall cakes

2020 | Sustainability

Via thegoodbeginning.com

So there you have it, a decade of trends and some new ones to welcome to the table. We’re ready for you, 2020!

New Mexico History & Culture: Celina’s Biscochitos

New Mexico History & Culture: Celina’s Biscochitos

Beloved New Mexico, you never cease to amaze us with your abundance of talented people who have a strong connection to their culture. We are so fortunate to work with a quite a few of these individuals who let their passions and love of their history guide them through their work. We would be silly if we didn’t share these local wedding vendors with the world, so without further ado, we would like to introduce you to Celina’s Biscochitos!

Celina’s Biscochitos started when Celina decided to carry a family tradition by reimagining what she could do with her grandmother’s recipe for biscochitos. Like many of our other driven vendors, Celina was able to create a successful business from the ground up with her love of “sweetness” guiding the way. What makes Celina’s Biscochitos unique, though, is that she did it all in just about 6 years and was able to put her own spin on a classic tradition.

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Here at Perfect Wedding Guide, we love to take risks and try new things. This is why we admire Celina’s Biscochitos so much, because her company takes it to the next level and they aren’t afraid to be different. In fact, they completely embrace it! Have you ever heard of a green chile pecan biscochito? What about a pumpkin pie biscochito bar? Yep, it was a first for us too! These are just a couple of the delicious flavors that they offer alongside the traditional biscochito that we New Mexicans love so much. We can’t forget to mention the special shapes cookies that they have to offer as well!

Pumpkin Pie Biscochito bars and Pecan Pie Biscochito bars via @celinasbiscochitos

Classic. Authentic. Delicious. This is how we would describe Celina’s Biscochitos. Even though the company prides itself on innovation and uniqueness, Celina still believes that the classic ingredients of a biscochito and the family traditions behind the recipe build the foundation of a great cookie. And we love that.

via @celinasbiscochitos

We’re getting hungry just thinking about all of these sweets—we wish we could get cookies delivered straight to Perfect Wedding Guide‘s door. Actually, come to think of it, we can! Celina’s Biscochitos ships goodies Monday through Friday to almost everywhere in the United States (some restrictions do apply). If you’re a local or just visiting Albuquerque, make sure to stop by their shop at 404 Osuna Rd. NW, Ste A, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM  87107.

Elōisa Catering: Santa Fe’s Finest

Elōisa Catering: Santa Fe’s Finest

It’s no secret that hiring wedding vendors can be tricky business. While Albuquerque + Santa Fe have a wealth of incredible business owners who are dedicated to making your wedding special as can be, finding the right vendors who understand your vision isn’t always the easiest step. Which is why we’re here! Bridging the gap between local engaged couples, and the vendors — or friendors, as we like to call them — is the lifeblood of Perfect Wedding Guide.

So when our team first connected with Elōisa Catering, we were over the moon. Not only is their food delectable and their team delightfully devoted to their craft, but the flexibility and professionalism that exudes from Elōisa Catering is absolutely unparalleled. It’s no wonder they were nominated for James Beard’s Best New Restaurant in 2016 and are overflowing with happy reviews from local couples and foodies alike.

Elōisa Catering earned its name from Chef John Rivera Sedlar’s extremely talented grandmother, Elōisa Rivera. Elōisa was the first person who taught him to cook, and we’re so grateful she did! By passing on her traditional knowledge and culinary expertise, she paved the way for engaged couples to enjoy her recipes years later.

Paying homage to her, and New Mexico’s heritage, Chef Sedlar creates and cultivates each dish with a deep respect for the women who came before him and refined these incredible recipes. Sedlar describes his approach, and New Mexican cooking in general, as elemental. “Fiery chiles. Earthy beans. Ethereal corn. Celestial water from the acequias that irrigate the rancho.”

Simply put, we adore the Elōisa Catering team, and just know you will too. Stop in the restaurant for a special Mother’s Day meal, or even just to treat yourself after a long work week — you won’t regret it.

To book Elōisa Catering + ensure your wedding day lives on in delicious memory, contact their team here.

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To book Elōisa Catering for your wedding, you can contact their team here.

 

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Delight the Senses with Table Occasions

Like so many other success stories with humble beginnings, the gals at Table Occasions got their start with a small batch of tablecloths and the rest is history. Table Occasions soon blossomed into a successful event planning and design business with convenient locations in three major cities throughout the southwest including Santa Fe, Las Cruces and El Paso.

The thing that sets Chia and Claudia apart from the rest, however, is their remarkable eye for design and their custom made décor. Unlike the competition, this dynamic duo designs and manufactures their linens from sketch to event. Creating their own unique linens not only frees them from the ordinary styles of conventional designs, but it also sets Table Occasions above the rest as a chic and luxurious design brand.

Whether you’re planning a wedding, birthday, anniversary, corporate event or thanksgiving dinner, leave it to Table Occasions to transform your special day into a stunning soiree to delight the senses. From event planning, design and management services to fine furniture and décor rentals, you can be sure your event will be exquisite, inspiring and unforgettable.

The best get together should be as fun to prepare as they are to attend. At Table Occasions, our goal is to incite your creative spirit and to translate your color and vision into a one-of-a-kind event — fit for a Gatsby Party and Royal enough for a King or Queen.

— Chia and Claudia, Table Occasions

Photos by Table Occasions

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Plan Your Dream Menu with High Noon Restaurant & Saloon

Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s historic Old Town district, High Noon Restaurant & Saloon is the perfect venue to host a rehearsal dinner or wedding reception with the authentic rustic charm of the surrounding area. And if you’re planning on having guests from out of town, High Noon Restaurant & Saloon is centrally located with guest accommodations including hotels and tourist attractions, all within walking distance.

With three beautiful rooms to choose from, they can accommodate anywhere from 28 guests to 150 guests. For instance, if you prefer an intimate setting with the capacity for up to 28 guests, the Santos Room is just for you. If you’re planning on something a little bigger, The Gallery can accommodate up to 45 guests. Approximately double in size, The Kiva Room has the capacity for up to 80 guests. Or you can rent the entire restaurant for 100-150 guests.

Aside from the various options, versatility and the beautiful historic settings, it’s really all about the food. Their traditional and delicious menu is what brings people back to High Noon time and time again. If you already have a wedding reception venue picked out for your big day, you can still hire High Noon Restaurant & Saloon for all your catering needs. Their large and customizable menu gives you the freedom to plan your perfect spread.

The distinctive difference of High Noon Restaurant & Saloon Catering is our dedication to executing our clients’ ideas no matter how conceptually complicated. Whether a signature cocktail, stunning hors d’oeuvres, a contemporary buffet or a five-star gourmet plated event, you can be sure our mission is to provide exceptional food and exceptional service.

— The Villa Family, High Noon Restaurant & Saloon

Join the growing list of satisfied couples who have booked High Noon Restaurant & Saloon for their big day by visiting their website or contacting the team today!

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