Trending: Bars Beyond Cocktails

We’ve all seen them. You know what I’m talking about… the plethora of this, that and the other “bar” on Pinterest. They’re everywhere screaming at you to have one at your wedding. And, well, you should! Bars beyond cocktails are one of the things your guest will love the most. They go beyond the traditional, yet delicious wedding cake (which you still need to have by the way). That is, unless you want to start a riot!

Not to worry, bars have come such a long way since the days of boxed wine and Shirley Temples. In fact, the skies the limit when it comes to bars and the more creative the better! I recently had the pleasure of attending a friend’s wedding and she had a mouthwatering popcorn bar with all kinds of different flavors I never knew existed, even green chile cheese! And to be quite honest, I don’t think I enjoyed popcorn more than I did that day.

Aside from popcorn, however, there are so many options when it comes to bars. Like I said the skies the limit, so be creative! They’re just so much fun and certainly leave a lasting impression. Here’s a list of popular bar ideas to get your bar juices flowing: s’mores, popcorn, candy, coffee, ice-cream, fruit, pie, donuts, bake-off (bar meets contest). Just remember to put your own spin on your bar and you’ll be golden!

Photo by Lauren Rae Photography
Photo by Novel Hill Studio
Photo by Novel Hill Studio
Photo by Lauren Kirkbride Photography
Photo by This Love of Yours Photography

For some reason treats taste so much better from a “bar.” Having the freedom to choose the flavors you want and going back for seconds and thirds without any judgement is what makes bars so amazing. After all they’re pretty much the fancy equivalent to an all-you-can-eat buffet!

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Isleta Resort & Casino Wedding {Garrett + Jeri Ann}

Planning a wedding has never been easier, thanks to Isleta Resort & Casino. With all inclusive packages, they literally take care of every detail of your wedding with ease and all you have to do is enjoy the happiest day of your life. In fact, Garrett and Jeri Ann Weisensel can attest to the amazing job the team at Isleta did on their gorgeous wedding last fall.

Starting with Jeri Ann’s bridal shower, which took place at the Isleta Golf Club, the team went above and beyond to make sure the bride and her guests felt at home. On the wedding day, they had everything ready to go long before the bride and groom returned for their reception. After posing for some beautiful photos at the Jar Spa, they proceeded to the reception hall, where their guests were awaiting their grand entrance.

With over 400 guests to accommodate for their reception, the Grand Ballroom was just perfect. Their reception included a cocktail hour along with dinner and dancing. They chose the “Honeymoon in Italy” dinner package and their wedding cake was made by Isleta’s in-house assistant Pastry Chef, Casey Trent — who makes all of Isleta’s custom wedding cakes.

Isleta Resort & Casino is really something special! From my bridal shower to my wedding day the service, staff, food and atmosphere was astounding! I could not be happier with the quality and professionalism of the services provided by the event staff, banquet staff, reservation staff, bell/valet service, and staff at the golf course, where my bridal shower took place. Cindy and all the staff who assisted her did a job well done to make sure our day was special. On our wedding day and my bridal shower we had full confidence that they would ensure that each moment was most memorable.

I remember taking a peek at the ballroom the night before, it was 7:30 in the evening, and the banquet staff were still working hard to prepare for our wedding the next day. The staff was very attentive and asked if I was happy with the setup and if there were any changes that needed to be made. I had no changes, but I was just speechless because it looked so beautiful. The wait staff were very nice and attentive to all of our guests, which I appreciate! The bell service the day after the wedding to assist with loading our vehicles with gifts were amazing. They handled our goods with care and took their time when loading. We truly appreciated their patience and helpfulness.

Cindy, herself, was very responsive when I had questions or needed opinions. A bride and groom should not be overwhelmed with decisions on their wedding day, which Isleta made sure not to do because everything they needed from us and final touches were taken care of well in advance! I am so happy with Isleta Resort & Casino as our reception venue, I cannot thank them enough for the exceptional service.

— Jeri Ann, Bride

Photos by Alicia Lucia Photography

Congratulations, Garrett and Jeri Ann!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Venue: Isleta Resort & Casino | Caterer: Isleta Resort & Casino | Cake: Isleta Resort & Casino | Décor: Occasion Services & Events | Photographer: Alicia Lucia Photography

If you are planning a wedding anytime soon, look no further! Now through June 30th, Isleta Resort & Casino is running a sweet deal on their Tres Vintage Glamour package. Click here for details!

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Roaring Rooftop Wedding {Stuart + Morgan}

Overlooking the city on the rooftop of the luxurious Banque Lofts, Stuart and Morgan said “I do” at their stunning Gatsby inspired wedding. As a successful and experienced wedding planner, you can’t expect nothing less than the best from Morgan Burman, who planned her recent Albuquerque wedding all the way from the mountainous cityscape of Portland, Oregon.

Starting out in the boho-chic lobby of Hotel Andaluz, Stuart and Morgan had their first introduction as Mr. and Mrs. Burman to-be, which Morgan explains was one of her favorite moments of the day. After their intimate first look, they retired to the streets of downtown Albuquerque where they proceeded with glamorous photos captured by Maura Jane Photography.

At their rooftop ceremony, their love warmed their souls and the bright New Mexico sun warmed their bones that cool October afternoon as they made their declaration to each other with the Sandia Mountains as their witness. Celebrating with friends and family at their roaring reception and sharing a piece of their dreamy cake, truly made October 22 the sweetest day.

My wedding day was more than I could have ever asked for. I’m a wedding coordinator in Portland, Oregon so I know how important it is to have an amazing team of vendors and friends working with you on your big day. My team was the A team! From my bridesmaids and mom and all of the work they put in to keep me sane and set up, my husband’s family for throwing a gorgeous rehearsal dinner, to my photographer and DJ who kept things moving and documented the day beautifully, everyone did their part! I am eternally grateful for their support. I felt like a queen the entire day and was able to celebrate with my family and friends without worrying.

My favorite parts of the day were seeing my husband for the first time at our first look, hearing his vows at our ceremony and our first dance. My husband doesn’t typically wear suits so he looked amazing and doesn’t usually like to dance, but got out there and spun me around like a natural. We were the only two people in the world during those moments and I will remember them forever.

Thank you to everyone who was a part of our wedding. I am so full of love thinking about it, even now. — Morgan, Bride

When Morgan and Stu met at a barbecue, sparks weren’t just flying on the grill that evening. The couple began to date casually and were forced into long distance when Stu moved across the world to New Zealand. They kept in touch with writing love letters and skyping and when he returned they had already figured out it was meant to be.

Morgan, a wedding planner in Portland, sure knows how to throw a party. With a 1920’s Gatsby theme, guests were dressed to the nines as they attended the rooftop ceremony with a stunning view of the Sandia mountains and the city of Albuquerque. The evening commenced with a glamorous warehouse reception, full of twinkle lights, champagne and laughter.  It was an evening to be remembered and we wish Morgan and Stuart nothing but the best. — Maura, Maura Jane Photography

There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Photos By: Maura Jane Photography

Congratulations, Stuart and Morgan!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Photographer: Maura Jane Photography | Venue: The Banque Lofts | Planner: M H Events | Hair + Makeup: Genica Lee | Caterer + Cake: Savory Fare | DJ: Dream Factory Productions | Florist: Anthony’s at the Delta | Dress: Charlotte’s Weddings & More | Accommodations: Hotel Andaluz

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Fan Fare: The Sassy Apron

With so many amazing caterers in Albuquerque to choose from, it can be a difficult task to find the perfect one for your next event. But I suppose that is a good problem to have. And to help you narrow your search, we want to shine a spotlight on one of the most popular caterers in town!

Not only do they have a unique catering menu, but The Sassy Apron also has a wide variety of packages and options to suit your budget and culinary needs. From their Small Bites and Social Catering options to their Corporate and Special Event options, the possibilities are endless!

To be a leading caterer in the Duke City doesn’t happen by chance! The owners of The Sassy Apron have fifteen years of experience and they have worked hard to create unique and inspiring menus for your special event. And with hundreds of satisfied customers, they are sure to leave your guests coming back for more!

As I’ve stated in previous posts, the food is one of the most important parts of your wedding. Unfortunately, if the food is no good, your guests won’t remember anything else. Make sure to woo your guests with The Sassy Apron. Once you get a look at this mouthwatering fan fare, you’ll be hooked!

Photos by Ell Photography

Put your catering in the hands of The Sassy Apron and get your wedding plans off to the right start!

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Industrial Chic Wedding {Chris + Teresa}

On a cool October morning (typical weather for the balloon fiesta), Chris had a surprise up his sleeve to turn the page on the next chapter of his life. Aboard the gondola of a hot air balloon, October 7, 2014, Chris popped the question to his beautiful bride-to-be. As they floated above the city, Chris and Teresa were on cloud nine as they anticipated the adventure of their new life together waiting just beyond the horizon.
Taking place at The Yards, downtown Albuquerque, one of the coolest venues our city has to offer, Chris and Teresa became Mr. and Mrs. Chartrand on the anniversary of their romantic gondola engagement. As the warm New Mexico sunshine pierced through the stained-glass windows of the historic rail yards gone modern chapel, Chris and Teresa made it official at their industrial chic wedding, October 7, 2016.
Captured by Alicia Lucia Photography, everything from the invitations and twinkle lights to the favors and games were completely C + T. And before the night came to a close, they made sure to treat their guests to a perfect pairing of street tacos and local brew for a late night snack. With all the amazing details, words can’t express the industrial wedding of Chris and Theresa last fall. You will just have to get a taste of the Chartrand wedding for yourself!
Chris and Teresa’s wedding was the perfect combination of cozy meets industrial chic. Brides will totally jive with this wedding from the rail yard as their venue, to their rad music selections (including 500 Miles by Sleeping at Last, Una Palabra by Carlos Varela), the cozy details of all the different lounge areas, a late night taco truck and holy cow their cake! My goodness, that in itself was a work of art. So many exquisite yet personal details that had their personality and quirkiness written all over it! Over 90% of their guests flew in from all over the country to celebrate with them, and it couldn’t have been at a more spectacular time for them to experience the unique beauty our state has to offer! — Alicia Lucia Photography

Photos by Alicia Lucia Photography
Rugged Glam: it’s a little less sequins, a little more industrial scintillations. It’s new love dancing under an aged roof. It’s cozy meets quirky meets exquisite — and it’s never been done so well.
Congratulations, Chris and Teresa!
Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:
Photographer: Alicia Lucia Photography | Wedding Planner: Alena Swanson | Video: Avista Video | Venue: The Yards | Makeup: Betty Rose by Alanna | Hair: Genica Lee | Catering: Black Iron Catoring Company | Favors and Baked Goods: Chocolate Dude | Veil: Forever Yours | Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Tux | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Dress store: Trudy’s Boutique | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal | Officiant: Roy Ricci | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Flowers: Signature Sweets & Flowers | Cake: The Cake Boutique | Rentals: AA Events & Tents and Classic Party Rentals | Setup: ABQ Event Support
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2016 Bride’s Night Out {Re-living the Fun}

This year’s Bride’s Night Out was definitely an event to remember. When it comes to wedding planning, you want the best people on the job, so we connected you to local vendors who care. We loved hosting this event and seeing all of our brides and grooms having a crazy, fun time planning their perfect wedding. We couldn’t have made this event happen with out our vendors, sponsors, and our soon-to-be-married couples. We adore working with all of you and cannot wait to hang out with all of you again for next year’s Bride’s Night Out!

Much thanks to Hotel Andaluz and their staff for letting us use their gorgeous space! It is perfect for all things wedding!
Much thanks to Hotel Andaluz and their staff for letting us use their gorgeous space! It is perfect for all things wedding! (Via: Matt Blasing)
Gorgeous table décor by Sandia Casino & Resort
Gorgeous table décor by Isleta Resort and Casino
Gorgeous hairpiece by Bridal Elegance by Darlene!
Gorgeous hairpiece by Bridal Elegance by Darlene
Gorgeous Jewelry by Silpada Jewelry by Lisa Lipke...
Gorgeous Jewelry by Silpada Jewelry by Lisa Lipke…
Adorable wedding-themed berries at the Nature Pointe booth!
Adorable wedding-themed berries at the Nature Pointe booth!
Gorgeous flowers by Estella Floral Design
Gorgeous flowers by Estella Floral Design
Totally adoring this display by Dinner 4 Two
Totally adoring this display by Dinner 4 Two (Via: Matt Blasing)
Fantastic décor at the Strawberries and More booth
Charming setting by Classic Party Rentals
Charming setting by Classic Party Rentals

We loved this event so much. The relaxed vibes helped everyone unwind and enjoy each other, and we couldn’t have accomplished any of it without these vendors and sponsors:

Venue: Hotel Andaluz

Photography: Matt Blasing Photography

Videography: 2U Films

Linens: Classic Party Event + Tent Rentals

MC/DJ: Complete Weddings and Events 

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Cake, Aliens, and More Cake!

At Perfect Wedding Guide, we always like to stay involved with fun stuff in the wedding world, and what could be more fun than cake?! Take a look at the answers we got from the owner of The Chocolate Maven when we went looking for some crazy cake fun…

PWG: Can you share with us a unique wedding experience you’ve had?

Dharm: “We’re in Santa Fe- every wedding is a unique and special experience. Each couple brings their own style to the collaboration. We delight in celebrating love. We’ve been in business since the 80’s. We strive to be environmentally conscious, using natural food colors, unbleached flour, local resources. The joy of the experience drives our passion daily. We believe wedding cakes should not only look beautiful, they should taste good too! Food by happy bakers tastes better!”

PWG: What’s a non-traditional wedding theme that you’ve seen recently that stood out to you?

Dharm: “We once did an Alien Abduction Cake. It was a huge Mayan Pyramid with the bride & groom on top. There was a rig set up with a UFO that floated over the pyramid and lifted up the bride & groom cake topper.”

We didn’t get a picture of the alien cake, that delicious creation was abducted by all the wedding guests before anyone could snap a picture! But here is a beautiful photo, taken by Tony Gambino Photography,  of Micaela & Raffinee cutting their magnificent wedding cake, designed and made by The Chocolate Maven!


Thank you Aviva Baumann, Wedding Cake Coordinator over at The Chocolate Maven, for filling us in on some answers to our little questionnaire.

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