Behind the Booth at Wedding Shows

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to attend one of Perfect Wedding Guide‘s several local wedding shows throughout the year, then you probably know they’re quite the production. Take our Diamond Dash show, for example, with it’s elaborate decor, fashion show, and signature cake-diving event. {Eep! The Diamond Dash on October 28th is right around the corner now, too!}

Our team can only take credit for a portion of the grandeur, because while it is a Perfect Wedding Guide event, the heart of the day comes from the local wedding professionals who fill up Hyatt Regency Albuquerque‘s ballroom with goodies, gifts, and great advice. Which isn’t always easy, and only comes to fruition with the hard work and dedication of these business owners. To make things a bit easier for our local wedding champions though, our team put together a few tips and tricks for local vendors to help their day run smoothly.

So hey there, wedding professionals, this one is for you! For our fellow wedding-lovers and engaged couples though, stick around and get a sneak peak into the love and determination from Albuquerque + Santa Fe wedding experts have cultivated in order to be there, for you, on your special day. {Plus you can check out some of our favorite booths from past shows too — it’s some serious, real-life wedding inspo!}

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Getting an edge on your next wedding show


 

  1. Arrive early.  Wedding shows are automatically one of the best places to rekindle old friendships, start new collaborations, grab breakfast together, and showcase your products/services to the active movers and shakers in the wedding community.  
  1. Stay late.  Some of the most serious brides/grooms will linger through to the end of the show (as well as stay after to chat it up with their fave connections).  Don’t pack up early! 
  1. Be the expert.  Don’t just showcase YOUR products and services but show that you’re well connected and knowledgeable by asking about the bride’s other chosen vendors, venue, and decisions about her wedding.  Comment, engage, and show your enthusiasm for her choices.

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  1. Have a strategy.  Not only do you want to have a follow up strategy for AFTER the show, but you want to have a good strategy for obtaining “hot” leads DURING the show.  Are you taking notes?  Are they filling out a short form with you? Instead of mass “it was nice to meet you” emails, try to personalize your follow up with special details you’ve noted about their wedding.  
  1. Share away.  Be sure to announce in the weeks leading up to the show that you’ll be there (via emails to your brides, announce it on your website, and share on your social platforms).  It’s a great way to encourage couples to stop by your booth…especially for any potential clients that haven’t solidified their contract with you. And, what a great way to show your potential and current clients that you specialize in weddings and are well-connected amongst the wedding community. 
  1. Be interested.  Ask questions, be engaging, and create memorable conversations. 
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  1. Set the stage.  Don’t sit down….stand and engage with clients at eye level.  Don’t put your table at the front of your booth…put it behind you to create a more inviting experience and less of a barrier for conversation. 
  1. Do contests.  Create fun social media tagging contests for all guests (not just the bride) to engage in with universal gifts as the reward for the winner (such as a Target gift card).  What a great way to elevate your social media experience and magnify your exposure to not just the bride’s friends, but to the bride’s guest’s friends too!   
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A Bride’s Best Friend: Pups in Weddings

Can you imagine a world where you could bring your dog everywhere with you? We can’t know for certain, but we’d willing to wager that crime rates would lower, there’d be triple the number of weddings every year, and everyone would have clear skin and a smile on their face at all times. {We can dream, right?}

Until this world exists though, we’re all just going to have to keep spending as much time with our furry companions as we can. So why not sneak your pup into your wedding, too?! Yes they might steal the show, if we’re being honest, but if you can get past that then the added cuteness factor to your wedding is totally unparalleled.

{Now, we’re not saying we are unique in our love for dogs of all shapes and sizes. We know that, universally, dogs are the most wonderful creatures. But when it comes to dogs in wedding parties, well… We’re truly their #1 biggest fans. Don’t challenge us on that one.}

The recent resurgence of this puppy-in-the-wedding-party trend has us feeling all of the feels, so we picked out our three favorite ways that local photographers and wedding planners have been incorporating their engaged couples’ dogs into their wedding celebration. So scroll on to check them out, and let your little fur-ball know it’s time to get out their Sunday best!

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Engagement photos! Your dog is an integral part of your family, we’re sure, so it’s only fair that they’re included in this glorious familial transition. As long as you have a photographer whose not afraid of a little fur, your best friend can be a part of one of the earliest steps of wedding planning. {Like Maura Jane Photography!}

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Save the dates! Want your save the dates to stand out from all the other weddings of 2019/2020? Or do you need to entice your long-distance relatives and friends to make the trek out to New Mexico for your wedding? Or are you nervous about having your photo taken? Bring your dog! Problem solved.

 

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Last but not least, the ceremony! Surely by now you’ve seen one of the many excruciatingly adorable photos and videos of dogs being teeny tiny ring bearers — we’ve definitely watched our fair share. But what if your pup isn’t exactly aisle-trained? Not a problem. It’s no longer necessary to have an assigned “role” for your dog, especially when there are florists like Charlotte’s Flowers to make a flower crown or lei. Then they match the color scheme of your wedding, and no one could possibly question their presence.

 

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PWG Elite Awards: Vote Now!

While it’s true that we, the Perfect Wedding Guide team, do have some authority when it comes to showcasing Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s local wedding professionals, we fully admit to not knowing everything. To stay humble, each year we reach out to hundreds of local engaged — or recently married couples — to get the full scoop on what it’s like to work with vendors like Matt Blasing Photography, Amor Ceremonies, or Prairie Star.

{Because, if we could get to see these professionals in action by having a wedding every weekend, we totally would. Unfortunately, half our team is already married.}

Then we take all this incredible info from real couples, and we bestow the Perfect Wedding Guide Elite Awards to the hardest working, kindest, and most deserving wedding vendors! And guess what?

Voting for 2018 is open NOW!

Here’s your chance to, with a few clicks, pass on all you learned while planning your own wedding, to other engaged couples! Your vote is essentially your recommendation to all the amazing love-birds of Albuquerque + Santa Fe. So if you really vibed with or were impressed by a wedding professional who worked to make your day special, here’s a super simple way to pass back some of the love they showed you!

{Not married yet? That’s alright too — feel free to vote for any vendors who have made your planning process a little more enjoyable, because that’s just as important too.}

You can vote for your favorite business owners HERE

Then, keep an eye peeled for the winners who will be announced later this year, and see if your fave team made the cut!

Oh yeah, and those amazing vendors we mentioned at the beginning of this post? {Matt Blasing Photography, Amor Ceremonies, and Prairie Star} They’re just a few of last year’s venerable winners. You can check out the rest of 2017’s PWG Elite Award Winners here, and follow the links included to book them for your wedding, too!

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Matt Blasing Photography

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Kelly Atkin, of Amor Ceremonies

 

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12 Months of Giveaways {Enter for your chance to win!}

As much as we love to make magic happen from behind our computer screens, the most fulfilling part of our Perfect Wedding Guide work is getting to make a real difference for one, lucky local couple. So… we do it 12 times a year!

{Which might seem indulgent, but it’s actually pretty easy when we have so many incredible business owners to help make it happen.}

If you haven’t heard of the 12 Months of Giveaways before, now is your chance to toss your name in the running. It’s a local-only, monthly wedding giveaway with prizes for you to choose from that are all valued at over $300!

{Out-of-state couples who are planning a wedding in New Mexico can apply too, of course, because we’re so happy to have you here in our gorgeous state.}

Okay, okay, on to the good part: the prizes from local vendors are listed below! You can register for your chance to win at the button below, or by clicking here. It’s as simple as that! You’ll receive a free copy of the Perfect Wedding Guide magazine, and have a chance to win every month of 2018.

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2018 Prize List

1.  Complimentary engagement session and 8×8 album book – valued at $395, courtesy of Tori Photography

2. A free bridal bouquet – valued at $325, courtesy of The Flower Co.

3. A personalized, and fully officiated wedding ceremony as well as preside over the rehearsal – valued at $250, courtesy of A Grand Beginning.

4. Complimentary filming of your love story (digital proposal story) – valued at $375, courtesy of Loving Image Videography.

5. A REVEAL boudoir experience gift card (The Bombshell Session) – valued at $325, courtesy of REVEAL.

6. Four hours of DJ and emcee services for a wedding reception – valued at $375, courtesy of Mixx The Beat Productions.

7. Gold photo booth package to include 4 hours of photo time, 2 full-time hosts, standard backdrop, unlimited color prints, prop box, and deluxe memory book – valued at $800, courtesy of Selfie Sensations by Wimberly Productions LLC.

8. Special edition keepsake photo album set includes three photo albums, one 12×12”, and two 6×8” albums – valued at $325, made by Peregrine Arts Bindery in Santa Fe.

9. 10 free centerpieces or 40 chair covers – valued at $400, courtesy of Simply Decor & Events, and $50 off the booking fee for The View Event Center.

10. Bride and Groom Bliss Spa Day package to include two 60 minute massages, two 60 minute facials and all day access to hot tub, sauna, and relaxation lounge – valued at $370, courtesy of The Remedy Day Spa.

11. One night complimentary stay in our bridal suite, including breakfast for two – valued at $300, courtesy of Hacienda Dona Andrea.

12. Bride To Be Package: includes an Essential Manicure; Pedicure; Signature Body Polish & Facial. 4 ½ hour of services – valued at $350 from Isleta Spa, courtesy of Isleta Resort and Casino.

 

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Wedding Balloons Done Right

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Forget everything you know about balloons. Well, not everything… They’re still the same helium-filled delights we all used to make silly voices, but they’ve matured. No longer are they reserved for high school reunions, quinceañeras, or the side of used car lots. Wedding decor professionals are bringing balloons into the current era of elegant, timeless wedding celebrations.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Vendors are proving to us time and again how you can avoid the nylon look and use balloons to add an element of fancy and fun to your big day. From backdrops to chair accessories, we’ve picked out our five favorite ways to incorporate balloons into your wedding decor — and as a bonus, we have Albuquerque + Santa Fe‘s own Urban Balloons by Dawn to make all your custom balloon dreams come true!

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First up is perhaps my personal favorite balloon design inspiration — alter framing.

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Does it get more whimsical than that?! {Spoiler alert: it does.} Sticking with one color ensures your balloons don’t steal the show, but instead frame you and your future partner with little bursts of happiness.

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Reception decor! A budget-friendly alternative to hundreds of mason jars filled with baby’s breath, and just as fairytale-esque.

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Pull in a few more colors to accent your wedding palette. By emulating clouds and pairing them with delicate greenery, you can add an element of the great outdoors to your indoor reception. {Plus, are you and your lover high school sweethearts? Rig up a balloon drop as a throwback to prom — it’s all the fun of being young without any of the teenage angst.}

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Nylon lettering — a little more oomph than your traditional wedding signage.

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Balloon letters aren’t reserved for your 21st birthday! Plugging in custom letters to your wedding ceremony or reception makes any desert table, photo op, or dance floor truly pop. And, by the end of the night, when you’re still riding the high of marrying the love of your life, you can pop those babies and use the helium to say your vows again. In sickness and in health, but in a Mickey Mouse voice.

{Not the helium type? No worries. These particular balloons are amazingly long-lasting, and can serve as home or party decor for months to come!}

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Modern twist on the timeless trend — balloon garland!

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If the size of balloons isn’t quite your style, and you’re looking for something a little daintier — look no further. These teensy balloons all wrapped together make the most unique and amusing garland details for your tablescapes. We can’t promise your wedding guests won’t eventually pop a couple, but we can promise they’ll be blown away by this innovative design hack. {Puns always intended}

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Last but most certainly not least: wedding photo shoots!

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I take back what I said before — this is my personal favorite way to utilize balloons in your wedding planning! From the creative geniuses over at Urban Balloons by Dawn comes balloon frames like this beauty here. There really isn’t a more perfect way to make your engagement, wedding, bridal shower, or reception photos stand out from the vast milieu of wedding shoots.

If these amazing balloon designs haven’t got you feeling inspired by now, try sucking in some helium and reading this post again but out loud this time. Did that work? Great.

To book a local balloon expert for your big day, you can contact the team at Urban Balloons by Dawn here!

 

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Trend Alert! Snow in Spring with Cutmaster Music

Happy spring equinox, you beautiful brides-to-be! This winter was pretty mild here in New Mexico, but we can still celebrate the warmer weather coming, right? Right. Unfortunately though, with such a pleasant holiday season behind us, our chances for seeing one of the most magnificent natural occurrences is behind us now.

{Snow!}

It’s true! Even if you’re not a fan of the cold, like me, you have to admit that snow, with all its delicate glistening glory, is unlike anything else. Nothing beats watching your whole city wake up softened and calmed by a blanket of powder, all from the haven of your toasty warm bed. Plus, if you’re living in the desert like we are, it’s rare presence is all the more special.

{Getting a little carried away here, can you tell we’ve been feeling very snow deprived?}

So thank goodness for Cutmaster Music! As if their team wasn’t already known for the unparalleled fun they bring to every wedding, party, and event, now they’re offering falling snow. Yes, you read that right — falling snow for your wedding!

No matter the time of year now, with the help of Cutmaster Music, you can beckon the ephemeral elegance of a gentle winter snow to celebrate your union of love. Does it get anymore romantic than that?

{But wait — is it messy? That was my first thought too. Well, second thought — my first was “That’s amazing, can I hire them to just make it snow outside my bedroom window?” But the answer is no — it’s not even a little messy! Instead of pieces of plastic, paper, or anything else that might leave a trace, this snow evaporates before it even hits the floor. No cleaning, just dreamy.}

Cutmaster Music team, thank you so much for this. The Albuquerque + Santa Fe wedding community had no idea we what we were missing.

Contact Cutmaster Music for your wedding or celebration here, and get a little taste of the snowflakes below! Videography by Emily Joanne.

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Venue: Nature Pointe Weddings

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