Finalize it! Attending a wedding show

Wedding Shows, Websites, and Wedding Guides, OH MY!  So much to research and so many decisions to make…

What are some things you should keep in mind when attending 0161a wedding show?

  1.  Leave plenty of time to browse.   In just a few hours, you have the opportunity to observe, gain insight, and establish relationships with the local experts that are going to be playing a huge part in such a memorable day.  Don’t rush it!  Take the time to visit each of the booths, stick around for possible prize giveaways, and save time by scheduling appointments at the show.
  2. Wear comfortable shoes and carry a big bag with handles.  There’s so much to see and grab so you’ll be doing a lot of walking and collecting.  Pick up business cards and promotional offers and take photos with your phone for future reference and inspiration.
  3. Bring pre-printed labels or a stamp with your name, wedding date, email address, and mailing address on it.  This is a great way to save time filling out door prize entry forms and to quickly give your favorite vendors your pertinent 0225 - Copyinformation.
  4. Bring a checkbook or credit card so you can take advantage of “show only” specials and to guarantee availability with your chosen experts.  Remember, most businesses can only accommodate one or two weddings on a prime 0291Saturday.  You’ll want to make sure you are able to solidify your wedding date with your businesses of choice.
  5. Bring a friend. You’ll find that it’s more fun if you share the experience.  Grab a cocktail, enjoy lunch together, and take some fun pics while you’re enjoying the afternoon!     0333 0345Photos: Kevin’s Photography

An AMAZING bridal show

Our Great Diamond Dash on October 23 was a great success. The free seminar that was offered before the bridal show was packed! We had to bring in more chairs to accommodate all of the eager brides and grooms.  The diamond dash was a crowd pleaser once again. Five brides dove into a wedding cake in search of a beautiful diamond necklace valued at over $1,500.  I will be posting pictures and video footage soon! Don’t miss our upcoming bridal show- February 19, 2012 Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show at Hotel Albuquerque.

Thank you to our following sponsors:

Bridal Elegance by Darlene– dresses for the fashion show

Mr.Tux– tuxes for the fashion show

Silpada with Petra– jewelry for fashion show

Bliss Salon & Spa– hair and makeup for fashion show

Black Swan Events– decor around the runway (umbrellas)

Peoples Flowers– bridal bouquets and centerpieces

A Cake Odyssey– cake for Diamond Dash

Classic Party Rentals– draping for fashion show and vendors as well as linens

Kevin’s Photography– day of event photography

Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa– venue and day of coordination

New Mexico Wedding Professionals– free wedding trends seminar before bridal show.

Below are some testimonials from vendors about the event.  Thank you for the wonderful feedback!

“As usual the show is well organized- from the great help we get unloading to the whole atmosphere of the show. The brides that I talked to said they were really enjoying the great show. I was very pleased with the number of brides too- there were a lot but I also had time to talk to them!” – Charlotte’s Flowers

“Great bride turnout. Nice layout of booths. I had a fabulous day!” – Avista Video Histories

“This was by far the best bridal show!” – Pennysmiths Paper

Upcoming Bridal Show- October 23rd

Photo by Kevin's Photography

We hope you are as excited as we are for our upcoming Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show that will take place on October 23rd from 1pm-4pm at the Albuquerque Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa.

Brides, you will have the chance to meet with vendors, schedule appointments, receive a savings package (program), free copy of our guide, be entered in a drawing to participate in the diamond dash and win several door prize giveaways as well as enjoy an ongoing fashion show.

Do not forget to attend the 2012 Wedding Trends Seminar – Insider Secrets to Maximize Your Budget that will take place from 11:30-12:30pm at the Albuquerque Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa. This is a free event with appetizers including Duck quesadillas, ahi tuna canapese, and fruit and cheese displays. White sangria will be butler passed and there will be fun games and giveaways. Seating is limited, please RSVP separately for the seminar. Click here to reserve your spot.

At our Bridal Show you will also have the chance to meet one on one with the Embassy Suites and visit their special VIP room where you can learn about what they can provide for your wedding – tasting of some of their menu items, located in the Agave Meeting Room, schedule an appointment while you’re there.

Diamond Dash- Photo by Kevin's Photography










Watch the video below to footage of our February Bridal Show.

Exciting upcoming bridal events

Feeling stress from planning your wedding? Come to these events and get most of your wedding planning done in a day. The below events will give you the opportunity to meet with local wedding businesses and see what they all have to offer in just a day.

Aug 28, 2011 Perfect Wedding Guide, Bridal Brunch

The Bridal Brunch will be held at Albuquerque Marriott Uptown on Sunday, August 28th from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Brides bring your groom to be, or anyone you would like, to enjoy an afternoon of wedding planning, eating a gourmet brunch and watching bridal gowns in a runway fashion show. Tickets are $15 per person. Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana Blvd. Albuquerque, NM. For more information visit or call 505-797-2749.

Enjoy a runway fashion show! Photo by Kevin's Photography

Oct 23, 2011 New Mexico Wedding Professionals, 2012 Wedding Trends Seminar

Come join New Mexico Wedding Professionals in this free seminar and learn some secrets to planning the perfect wedding from local wedding professionals!  This organization will also be sharing with you fun wedding trends for 2012. Pre-register online today to reserve your spot at Seating is limited. 11:30am-12:30pm at Embassy Suites Hotel, 1000 Woodward Place Albuquerque, NM. (taking place before the Diamond Dash Bridal Show)

Oct 23, 2011 Perfect Wedding Guide, Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show

Save the date!  Be one of five lucky ladies to get the chance to dive into a large wedding cake in search of diamond jewelry.  Meet local wedding professionals.  See the latest in bridal attire at the fashion show. Tickets are $5 online (advance purchase) or $10 at the door. This event is from 1pm-4pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1000 Woodward Place Albuquerque

For more information visit or call 505-797-2749.

Be one of 5 lucky ladies who get to dive into a wedding cake for jewelry! Photo by Kevin's Photography

For more information on upcoming wedding events, visit our website.

Bridal Show this Sunday!

Photo by Kevin's Photography

Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show brought to you by Perfect Wedding Guide
Sunday, October 24, 2010
1:00pm – 4:00pm (Insider Secrets to Your Wedding starts at 11:30am, see details below)
Marriott Pyramid North
5151 San Francisco Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM


The Perfect Wedding Guide will host the Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show on Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 1pm-4pm at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque. The show will feature fabulous exhibits from top wedding professionals offering the newest ideas in wedding planning.

Also, a spectacular fashion show will highlight the latest trends in bridal, formal wear and floral design.

At the Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show, you will be able to find the dress of your dreams, a tux for the groom and hotel accommodations for your guests. Additionally, you can order invitations and favors, see photographers’ work, sample wedding cake, book a limousine and reception site as well as plan your honeymoon all in one day!

Door prizes will be given out and in addition, five lucky brides will get the chance to dive into a large wedding cake in search of free diamonds!

Event Details:
Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show brought to you by Perfect Wedding Guide
Sunday, October 24, 2010
1:00pm – 4:00pm (Insider Secrets to Your Wedding starts at 11:30am, see details below)
Marriott Pyramid North
5151 San Francisco Rd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87110

Tickets: $5.00 in advance online at
$10.00 at Door

Avoid the lines, pre-register online now (and to receive the discounted ticket prices).

Photo by Kevin's Photography

Secrets to Wedding Planning:
This free one hour class brought to you by the New Mexico Wedding Professionals (NMWP) will help you get ready for the same-day Bridal Show on October 24, 2010 at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel. You will learn how to get the most of your bridal fair shopping experience. Come equipped with questions!

You will also have the opportunity to check in early for the bridal show so that way you can avoid the registration lines. Click here to register for the free class

Exciting Month Ahead

Congratulations to all the couples getting engaged over this past Christmas weekend!  And I’m sure there’s more engagements to come over New Years!  January and February can be very exciting when it comes to planning your wedding.  There are many bridal shows, Wedding Planning 101 classes, and resources to look through on our website.  Be prepared to answer some of the following questions:

When is your wedding date?

Where are you getting married? (i.e. City or Venue)

What is your budget? (For that particular service)

Don’t worry, don’t sweat!  It may be hard to answer these questions if you just got engaged.  It’s ok if you haven’t set your wedding date yet, but it will be difficult to book any vendors for your day because it all boils down to the wedding professional’s availability for that day.  The city or venue to where your wedding will take place will also determine what vendors are needed and if any extra costs are incurred (travel expenses).  And budget, that’s a hard one….only 60% of brides claim to have a wedding budget.  This may be your first time getting married and you may have no idea how much a wedding will cost, but it’s important to call around and do your research with the vendors you’re interested in.  Then sit down with your fiance, parents, grandparents, etc to see how much money will be put towards your wedding.  Book the area of the wedding that is most important to you (i.e. photographer, venue, dress, flowers, etc.) and then allocate the rest of the money where it’s needed.   Most vendors are also willing to set up a payment plan with you to help make your planning process less stressful.  Remember, you are only going to have one special day dedicated to celebrating with your husband, friends, and family! 

Congrats and Happy Planning!