5 Venue Shopping Tips From a Venue {Guest Post}

There’s always so much talk of venues in the wedding world, including here with Perfect Wedding Guide. But when it comes to your celebration of love, your venue really is one of the most important items on your planning list — without one, there’s no wedding! Which is why we have Courtney, with Nature Pointe, here to make your venue shopping experience as smooth as can be with some time-tested tips.


5 Venue Shopping Tips

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Hi guys! I hope that you’re day so far has been wonderful. If we haven’t had the pleasure, my name is Courtney Brooks, and I’m the Venue Director at Nature Pointe Weddings and Events. It’s my job to make sure that your wedding planning process is as stress free as possible. 

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In my opinion, there’s nothing better at combating stress than knowledge. As a Venue Director, I’m here today to share my experiences with you and instill a sense of calm. Here are my 5 venue shopping tips:

1. Wedding Sales Representatives are Not Used Car Salesmen

Please do not let the sales portion of our title scare you. Every Wedding Sales Representative that I’ve worked with in New Mexico has the same goal, and guess what, that goal is not making a sale! Our goal is to make sure that you book the venue that best suits your vision and budget.

What does this mean for you? Be honest with us, talk about your budget, and ask questions even if you think they are silly. Yes, of course we’d love to work with you, but if we aren’t the venue for you, we’ll be honest too.

 

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2. Bring a Camera

Most likely you’ll be touring many different wedding venues over several days or even weeks. After all is said and done, it can be hard to recall which venue featured what services. Bringing along a camera will be a tremendous help in recalling the finer details.

 

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3. If Possible, Ask to Walk Around the Venue On Your Own

The first time you walk through a venue it will often be a guided tour. During this time, certain features will be pointed out and you’ll be encouraged to see the building in a particular light. Walking around again gives you the chance to see it for yourself. Ask yourself, “is this where I see myself getting married?”

 

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4. Bring Along Your Inspiration

If you have a Pinterest page, saved Google images, or cutouts in bridal magazines bring them along for the tour. Many venues, like Nature Pointe Weddings and Events, can provide or rent centerpieces and décor. Having your inspiration there allows you to ask the representative if they have similar décor on hand and if you can see it.

 

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5. Follow Up

This is true of any wedding vendor that you contact. Follow up with them and let them know where you are in the decision making process. We hate to be annoying, but truly don’t know if you are receiving our correspondences and so we reach out several times out of necessity.

 

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Thanks for lending your ear (or in this case your eye) to me for a moment. Keep these tips in mind while shopping around and save yourself some stress!

 

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Wedding Venue Hot Spots in New Mexico {Part Three!}

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If you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting for part three, then please, feel free to sit back and relax because it’s here! We started out spring with a feature on New Mexico’s favorite wedding venues, simply because our whole reason for being is to reinvigorate our state, and show local engaged couples the magic that is possible here in the Land of Enchantment. Because we’re not biased either, we’re covering everything from crisp spaces with modern cityscape backdrops, to rolling green hills with luxurious greenery to frame the ceremony.

The one thing all these venues, in their varied vibes and values, have in common is their respective teams. All included local wedding venues have dedicated staff members who have gone above and beyond to prove to us, Perfect Wedding Guide, and our local community that they’re committed to their couples and weddings. So, without further adieu, let’s jump right back in to our running list of New Mexico’s best wedding venues!

(Pssst… You can check out Part One here, and Part Two here!)


Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort + Spa

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Nestled between the Sandia Mountains and the legendary Rio Grande River on the sacred lands of the Santa Ana Pueblo, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa is an extraordinary southwest jewel steep in centuries of rich history and culture. Stunning outdoor venues feature breathtaking mountain, sunset, and mesa views. At Tamaya you can arrive at your ceremony in a horse drawn carriage from our on-site stables. And your guests will find relaxation and entertainment at our spa, championship golf course, and one-of-a-kind cultural activities. 

Inn + Spa at Loretto

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Located next door to the historic Loretto Chapel, the landmark Inn and Spa at Loretto is the ideal location for a wedding reception. For a truly extraordinary event, The Grand Zuni Ballroom can host up to 200 guests while the more intimateTesuque Ballroom includes a fireplace, stage and canaccommodate receptions of up to 150 guests. The Sculpture Garden, with its curated collection of Santa Fe artists, can be reserved for ceremonies and receptions. The Penthouse Suite,offering five terraces with outstanding views, is the premierlocation for a truly memorable and intimate event of 10 to 75 guests. The Inn and Spa at Loretto is well known for hosting unforgettable Santa Fe weddings.

Isleta Resort + Casino

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Isleta Resort & Casino now features more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space, designed to accommodate groups of all sizes. The resort features 201 hotel rooms, including a posh Governor’s suite to celebrate the most romantic of wedding nights. Pamper your bridal party at The Spa at Isleta, indulging in the outdoor rain waterfall and luxurious pre and post wedding day treatments. Isleta Resort & Casino features a variety of entertainment for out of town guests, including a country western bar,
fine dining, a 27 hole golf course, three natural lakes for fishing, and muchmore. Award winning sales and banquet partners help customize every detail of your day, as part of our unwavering dedication to turn your dream into a reality.

La Fonda on the Plaza

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A wedding at La Fonda on the Plaza is steeped in tradition and timeless, romantic ambiance, marrying the elegance and style of yesteryear with contemporary luxury and the convenience of today. Our elegant architecture, authentic, hand-crafted interiors and original artwork will create an air of romance that will make your dream wedding a heartfelt occasion. With over 95+ years of experience hosting weddings, you can relax and enjoy your day, knowing that our wedding planners will guide and assist inevery detail to ensure a flawless day from start to finish. And withmultiple event rooms, we can host weddings of all sizes, each offering your guests a unique Southwestern experience.

La Mesita Ranch Estate

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An exclusive estate located just 17 minutes north of downtown Santa Fe, sitting amidst 140 acres of Native land, La Mesita can accommodate up to 22 guests in its five sophisticated, and beautifully appointed homes and host weddings of up to 500 guests. This gracious estate was recently featured on KOB news as “The Hidden Gem of New Mexico” for places to be married in New Mexico! Centered around a European fountain, a world class Equestrian center provides the backdrop for a wedding experience unparalleled by any other New Mexico location. If it’s magic you are looking for, call Deborah Newman to chat about “Everything La Mesita”!

 

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Grandeur + Magic: A Refined Real Wedding

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Seems like we’ve been feeling particularly affectionate towards Santa Fe this week, but how could we not? Not only is spring finally reaching it’s delicate tendrils up to our Northern counterpart, but locals and visitors are slowly realizing how perfect the city is for weddings. From our last feature’s vibrant vibes, to the stunningly tranquil and exquisite celebration below, both remind us just why we love Santa Fe so!

Grace + Jack were married at La Fonda on the Plaza on September of this past year, and we still aren’t over how gorgeous and welcoming the couple + their special day was. Captured by the ever-talented Blue Rose Photography, Grace’s delicate lace gown, muted bouquet, and Jack’s sky-blue accents completely encapsulate the couple’s favorite things about Santa Fe. As the bride says,

There is something healing, therapeutic and uniquely romantic about the city and we wanted all of our closest friends and family members to witness it’s grandeur and magic as well.

Though they aren’t New Mexico natives, Grace + Jack are very familiar with the state, and we love hearing that their affinity for the historic city parallels our own. Hailing from Memphis originally, both parts of the duo visited Santa Fe frequently as children and Grace even toured the entire state as a singer songwriter!

The coolest part about that? Grace wrote a song for Jack and serenaded her new hubby with an electric guitar borrowed from the live band at the bar their party ended up at. In her wedding dress. To the entire bar.

And the coolest couple award for 2017 goes to….. Just kidding! We love all weddings too dang much to pick favorites. But you can, if you’d like. Scope out these gorgeous photographs from Blue Rose Photography and tell us: On a scale from 10 to 10, how much do you love this wedding?

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Featured Venue: La Fonda on the Plaza | IG: @lafondasantafe

Photographer: Blue Rose Photography | IG: @bluerosestudiosnm

Cake: Chocolate Maven | IG: @chocolatemaven

Floral: Margaret Bost Floral

Officiant: Naomi Fiske

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Kathleen + Jason {Gorgeous Winter White Wedding}

Kathleen Easter0087We are so thankful for Alena Swanson Wedding & Event Planning. Alena always keeps us stocked up on amazing wedding celebrations that she has worked her magic on, to share with our readers.  You are in for a real treat with this next wedding and with summer coming just around the corner,  it is the perfect time to reminisce on all the memories and joy winter brought this year.

Kathleen and Jason decided to take advantage of the cold and themed their wedding around the winter season. Here is a look at their traditional Jewish ceremony and some of the warm moments their love brought them in the chilly weather.

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From the planner, Alena Swanson Wedding & Event Planning: “Kathleen & Jason got married at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum this past December. Their Winter Wedding was highlighted with Navy Blue, Winter White, and pops of Mint Green. It was filled with rich details, personal touches, & traditions that honored their Jewish roots.”

Here are some more wedding professionals that had their hand in pulling together this perfect day:

Location: Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
Photographer:
Blue Rose Photography  
Makeup:
C Johnson Makeup
Florist:
Shannon Loves Flowers
Cake:
The Cake Boutique
Cinematography:
Emily Joanne
Ceremony Music:
Sandi Ludescher, Ya Gottta Have Harp
DJ:
Dream Factory Productions
Transportation:
Follow the Sun Tours

Kathleen Easter0086Such a great way to spend the winter months. Wishing all the happiness in the world to Kathleen and Jason! And always sending brides, grooms, and our readers s’more love! For more on wedding and wedding plan visit PerfectWeddingGuide.com!

{Bold and Beautiful Real Wedding} Albuquerque Marriott

Andrea and Peter Konidas held their wedding reception with the Albuquerque Marriott on September 27, 2014 and Kyla was able to share her experience working with this adorable couple.   Andrea Dountas0032  Andrea Dountas0807

“The bride, Andrea, and her mother, Helen Dountas, were an absolute PLEASURE to work with! I love my job, but when you have a bride and family members that are pleasant, and fun in this case to work with, it makes the experience for both you and them so much more wonderful!” – Kyla Montano, Albuquerque MarriottAndrea Dountas0085Along with the hotel, they also paired up with Maria Socha of Sealed with a Kiss as their wedding planner, Nancy Enns from Albuquerque Florist for their flowers, and Blue Rose Photography to make this an unforgettable wedding.  Andrea Dountas0629

{Weekend Wedding Inspiration} Courtney and Basil’s Magical Harry Potter Themed Wedding

Real Albuquerque wedding couple Courtney and Basil were married at Hotel Andaluz, a historic downtown boutique hotel. Their gorgeous wedding had a unexpectedly elegant and fun literary theme, Harry Potter!

Photography by: Blue Rose Photography

Cake by: A Cake Odyssey

Venue: Hotel Andaluz

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Blue Rose Photography Studio

(505) 266-5291

201 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

A Cake Odyssey

(505) 268-2998

6920 4th Street, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107

Hotel Andaluz

(505) 923-9019

125 Second Street, Albuquerque, NM 87102

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