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

{Pssstt… Want more tips? Subscribe to our blog here for part two of this post!}

 

 

Advertisements

Smallcakes: The Only Way to Celebrate Everything!

What better way to celebrate the holidays, or any occasion for that matter, than with delicious, mouthwatering cupcakes!? But not just any cupcakes, the one and only Smallcakes in all of Albuquerque!

As you may know, Smallcakes is a nationwide franchise with national recognition, including The View, Food Network and USA Today. Lucky for us, we have our very own Smallcakes right here in the Duke City.

With more than 120 flavors to choose from, the possibilities are endless! From Pink Chocolate and Lemon Drop to Peaches & Cream and Birthday Cake, you are sure to find the flavor of your cupcake dreams.

Aside from their amazing cupcakes, however, they also make the most beautiful wedding cakes. Check out this gorgeous cake the folks at Smallcakes made for a recent Earthy Autumn styled shoot.

Photos by Briana Nicole Photography

More deliciousness from Smallcakes…

Check out this brief history of our local Smallcakes

Can’t get enough of Smallcakes!? Stop by to get your fix today! 🙂

Dark & Moody Woodland Beauty: A Northern New Mexico Styled Shoot

Danessa Gonzales, of Black Bow Events, did what she does best for this stunning styled shoot. After her imagination took off and the planning and design stage started to take shape, Danessa recruited some of her favorite experts to bring her vision to life, including Jasper Kay Photography, Bridal Elegance by Darlene, The Flower Company and even Rebel Donut.

At the pleasure of Danessa’s parents, these lovelies set up in the back yard of the Gonzales family residence in the beautiful mountain town of Questa, New Mexico. Everything about the property and surrounding landscape was the perfect setting for the dark and moody color palette paired with dusty pink accents to compliment our legendary pastel sunsets.

As you can see, their hard work paid off and the finished product came together so naturally. Every contribution and design element added the perfect touch, including the place settings by Nambé and the unique jewelry by Lilly Barrack. With a little inspiration and collaboration, the team you hire can make your ideas a dream come true.

My vision for this styled shoot was to showcase the beautiful and opulent lands of northern New Mexico, while going bold with all of the designs. My goal as a planner and designer is to broaden the visions of engaged couples and remind them that nothing is impossible and every vision is worth creating — big or small.

At the heart of my design was the lacy black wedding dress, which perfectly complimented the woodland vibe. From the donut tower to the mountainous backdrop and intimate table setting, there was nothing mundane about this styled wedding shoot. Adorned with thousands of twinkle lights and candles, it was the perfect amount of glimmer and romance.

— Danessa R. Gonzales, Black Bow Events

Photos by Jasper Kay Photography

Meet the professionals who made this styled shoot possible:

Planning, Styling & Décor: Black Bow Events | Photographer: Jasper Kay Photography | Gown: Bridal Elegance by Darlene | Makeup: Edgar Campos | Hair: IG @hmiram + @finessebarberstudio | Jewelry: Lilly Barrack | Suit: Dillard’s | Floral Design: The Flower Company | Beverages: Nuevo Cerveza + Bloody Maria | Place Settings: Nambé | Dessert: Rebel Donut | Venue: Gonzales Residence, Questa, NM

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

Earthy Autumn Inspo at El Nido Farm

Nestled in the charming and agricultural landscape of the south valley, the old world architecture and natural elements of the Rio Grande fashioned the perfect setting for this earthy styled shoot at El Nido Farm. Captured by our very own Briana Nicole Photography, I can’t think of a better place to inspire true love than El Nido Farm — which literally means “the nest.”

Like an all-star cast, it is a treat to see these local wedding professionals merge with a kaleidoscope of creativity and talent to design this modern, yet romantic styled shoot to compliment our iconic New Mexico surroundings. This lovely group of ladies who collaborated on this one-of-a-kind shoot are among our faves here at Perfect Wedding Guide.

From the mouthwatering cake by Small Cakes to the antique-style stationery by Funky Olive, the moody color palette is so romantic and timely for this time of year. As we embrace the darker colors of fall, the stained walnut tones of the vintage decor by Darling Details, paired with fig and golden accents against a forest green backdrop creates the perfect mood for autumn inspo.

The inspiration for the cake was vintage romance. We chose a cream and rose gold color palette with a classic design to compliment the warm earth tones of El Nido Farm.

— Brigid, Small Cakes

Photos by Briana Nicole Photography

Meet the professionals who made this styled shoot possible:

Venue: El Nido Farm | Photographer: Briana Nicole Photography | Decor: Darling Details | Planner: Just Lovely Wedding & Event Planning | Floral: 21 Flowers | Cake: Small Cakes | Stationery: Funky Olive | Hair + Makeup: Gypsy Trail Makeup and Hair | Attire: Forever Yours

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

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:

A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS:

Hyatt Regency | Photographic Perspectives | Cake Fetish | New Mexico Wedding Professionals | King Mobile Music | Bliss Salon & Spa | Suits Unlimited |  | Bridal Elegance by Darlene | Simply Decor & Events

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

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

Pretty in Pink + White Wedding: Vanessa + Jaimé

Earlier this year, Vanessa and Jaimé tied the knot with a romantic ceremony and gorgeous reception at Isleta Resort & Casino on April 29, 2017, for a perfectly pastel spring wedding. Everything was simple, yet classy and oh so posh. Vanessa chose blush pink and white for her color pallet with a touch of lace and sparkles and a whole lotta glam!

The entire family was dressed to the nines with dusty pink dresses for the ladies and dashing grey suits for the gents from our favorite, Suits Unlimited. And did I mention the dress!? — oh my, the dress! The long, cascading train fanned out to create the most dramatic and stunning effect as Vanessa walked down the aisle.

The amazing photographer to capture this picture perfect wedding was Sandra Tafoya of Photographic Perspectives. As usual, Sandra did an incredible job of capturing and documenting Vanessa and Jaimé’s love story from start to finish. Shining through in every photo, their love for each other and their family is the perfect recipe for a happily ever after.

When we think of weddings, we typically picture a happy couple, which Vanessa and Jaime definitely are. But when I think of this special day, I can’t help but remember the joy on their daughters’ faces as their parents said I do! My favorite pics are of them dancing and the two of them on the golf course.

— Sandra, Photographic Perspectives

Photos by Photographic Perspectives

Congratulations, Vanessa and Jaimé!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Isleta Resort & Casino | Photographer: Photographic Perspectives | Men’s Attire: Suits Unlimited | Flowers: Bride

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