It’s Finally Here! Bride’s Night Out 2017

One of our favorite events of the year is finally upon us! Ladies grab your BFF and head to Hotel Andaluz for Bride’s Night Out! — a boutique wedding show unlike any other. There will be lots of wedding professionals ready to show off their unique products and services to make your day one to remember.

This is going to be a fun-filled night with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Not to mention, the first 50 brides will receive a custom Bride’s Night Out tote filled with all kinds of goodies! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to meet the best, local wedding professionals.

Snag a free ticket with code “FBEvent” when you pre-register HERE. Purchase additional tickets for $5 online or $7 at the door. And don’t forget to take advantage of the complimentary valet parking on Copper, courtesy of Hotel Andaluz. We can’t wait for you to experience the best wedding show in town!

BRIDE’S NIGHT OUT 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6-8PM

Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd St NW

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Matt Blasing Photography
Photos by Matt Blasing Photography

Check out this video from Bride’s Night Out 2016!

A special thanks to Matt Blasing Photography, Classic Event & Tent Rentals, Complete Weddings + Events, and 2U Films for being so generous with your products and services and making Bride’s Night Out 2016 a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Share the Love: Pennysmiths Paper

Recently, I had the pleasure of stopping by Pennysmiths Paper to do a brief interview with the manager, Crissi — who, by the way, is an absolute delight. With all the recent engagements and wedding plans quietly coming to life in the minds of brides across the city, we wanted to let you in on the hidden gem that is, Pennysmiths. The colorful papel picado hanging across the ceiling and the fancy stationeries placed intricately throughout the shop makes this sweet boutique a paper lover’s dream!

As a lifelong resident of the north valley, I have been a regular at Pennysmiths, which has been locally owned and operated for 38 years. Like my own family, Pennysmiths has been serving generations of families within the community and beyond. Crissi explained that it’s not unusual to have out of state guests drop by just to have their invitations and stationery created by Pennysmiths.

The moment you walk in, you will be greeted by the sweet team of fellow paper connoisseurs, eager to help you find the perfect gift for a loved one or start creating your invitations and wedding stationery from scratch. Specializing in creative invitations and fine stationery, including save the dates, place cards, programs, agendas and so much more!

For everyone looking to have custom invitations, Pennysmiths offers a free one hour consultation. Not only will you receive one-on-one attention, but you will have the freedom to choose quality paper from top paper companies along with in-house printing services. Whether you want five invitations or 500, they can deliver! Take a look at some of their amazing work:

Photos Via: Pennysmiths Paper

Before leaving, I made sure to ask Crissi if she had any advice for those of you in the market for wedding invitations. Of course, she had some awesome advice to share with us! Jot down these tips to get your plans started in the right direction:

  1. It is never too early to get started! Everything starts with the invitation. It sets the tone, so you want to create something that will reflect the event and give guests a glimpse into what they can expect.
  2. When planning your guest list, give a writing pad to both sets of parents to write down names of guests. As you compile your master list, you will be able to compare notes, ensuring you don’t forget ol’ aunt Betty!

At Perfect Wedding Guide, we love to build community one perfect wedding at a time! If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Pennysmiths Paper, stop by today and start planning yours.

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Trending in 2017: Modern Stationery

Now that you’ve set a date and your wedding plans are underway, you’re probably antsy to get your save-the-dates in the mail! But one thing remains, you still need to figure out the style you want for your wedding stationery so you can get your invitations off the press and in the hands of your guests.

Before you settle on any old invite, however, we want to let you in on the stationery trends of 2017 and save you from making the much dreaded mistake of outdated design — and whatever you do, don’t go rustic on us! These days, it’s best to think outside the box with textural, watercolor, geometric and informal stationery designs.

ROCK THE TEXTURE

When it comes to texture, don’t be afraid to rock the natural designs of agate, geodes and marble on your invitations. This new craze is everything but traditional and sending an invite like this is sure to leave an impression!

Photo By: Emily Katharine Photography
Photo By: Emily Katharine Photography

CRAZY ABOUT WATERCOLOR

Watercolors are the perfect choice if you want to set a softer tone with a modern edge. A watercolor style stationery is the perfect balance between modern and whimsical if you’re designing a wedding with nature in mind.

Photo By: Bright Room Studio
Photo By: Bright Room Studio

GEOMETRIC EYE CANDY

With the craze for all things modern, geometrical style invitations are the way to go! Geometrical designs demonstrate the innovation of the millennial generation and our modern age, without skimping on beauty.

Photo By: Dahlia Press
Photo By: Dahlia Press

FORMALLY INFORMAL

These days, millennials are more interested in spending their money on experiences than material possessions and their wedding is no exception! Not only do they want to have fun, but they want their guests to have fun as well! Informal invitations like these, definitely set the tone for a wedding that is sure to entertain.

Via: Minted.com, By: Geekink Design

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Tanoan Country Club’s Spring Wedding Show

Spring is in the air! Along with the flowers blooming and birds chirping also comes the Tanoan Country Club’s Spring Wedding Show. Tanoan Country Club is one of the premier wedding venues in Albuquerque and their Spring Wedding Show this Sunday is all about you!

You will have one-on-one attention with your favorite wedding professionals and enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres as well as wedding cake samples from Simply Sweet by Darci. And as you mingle with other engaged couples, enjoy your favorite wedding hits by Dream Factory Productions.

Come and celebrate your engagement and the warm weather with us and start planning your wedding with the top wedding vendors in the city!

Tanoan Country Club’s Spring Wedding Show

Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Rd NE

Tickets are complimentary for the bride/groom. 

All other guests are only $5 at the door!

Photos Via: TanoanCountryClub.com

Be sure to mark your calendars and join us this weekend!

You don’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity to meet local wedding vendors and get your wedding plans off the ground!

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Valentine’s Day Inspo for Your Bridal Shoot

Today we want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with inspiration from the experts in the business! Some very talented local wedding vendors got together to bring you this one-of-a-kind styled bridal shoot with a wild, urban vibe just in time for all you newly engaged ladies!

Each of these vendors put together a few tips and tricks to help brides think outside the box of traditional bridal. Styling this look around a tea colored gown with lace details by Free People — the epitome of modern bridal. It’s modern without sacrificing a bit of feminine and Arielei Kinzer Photography did an amazing job of capturing this look!

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JEWELRY

When selecting bridal jewelry, it’s important to pick something that expresses your personal style. We like the idea of being able to take the jewelry you wore on your wedding day and infusing it into your everyday style. Too often people select jewelry that doesn’t represent their personal taste and it ends up in a drawer never to be worn again.

In fact, the best wedding accessories are usually not considered “bridal.” So before you buy, talk to a designer about creating a custom piece. There are so many talented, non-traditional jewelry designers out there who love creating one-of-a-kind pieces. And the same goes for the groom when selecting tie clips, cuff links, or lapel pins. — Genuine and Ginger

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MAKEUP

For the nontraditional bride, embrace everything that makes you beautiful and unique. Don’t worry about trends or the advice of others. Focus on what makes you feel beautiful, confident and truly comfortable. — C. Johnson Makeup

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FLORAL

When creating a mood with flowers it’s best to provide your florist with a color pallet, pictures, textures and specific words describing the feeling you want to achieve. For instance, you might use descriptions like romantic, soft, lots of texture, wild and so on.

Also, if you give your florist freedom and allow them to choose the blooms that fit within your vision, it will be designed much easier than if you’re adamant about specific flower types. More importantly, find a florist whose style you love and trust them! — Stephanie Yardman

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Ultimately, bridal styling should be based on the bride and her personality. The idea that something is bridal or not bridal is all a myth. We want to encourage brides to rock whatever they love on their wedding day and embrace their adventurous, non-traditional side!

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Photography: Arielei Kinzer Photography, IG: @arieleikinzer | Hair and Makeup: C. Johnson Makeup, IG: @cjohnsonmakeup | Flowers: Stephanie Yardman Floral Design, IG: @stephanieyardman  | Jewelry Design and Styling: Genuine and Ginger, IG @genuineandginger  | Model: Sierra Champion, IG: @sierraemilie | Dress: Free PeopleIG: @freepeople

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Popular Locations for Engagement Photos in Albuquerque

Engagement photos are the perfect way to announce your engagement to your friends and family, while at the same time showing off your fiancé and, of course, your new ring! Aside from the obvious, however, it’s also a fitting way to provide a keepsake for your parents and a good source of photos for your wedding website.

However you decide to use your photos, you must start with the perfect location! With our picturesque sunsets and urban landscapes, Albuquerque is full of places with the perfect scenery for a photo shoot. From the cityscape of downtown to the canopy of cottonwoods hovering over the Rio Grande, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular places for engagement sessions in the 505!

HISTORIC OLD TOWN

With old adobe buildings and colorful southwest details, you can’t go wrong with the traditional New Mexico scenery of Old Town — the perfect setting for vibrant photos!

ABQ BIOPARK BOTANIC GARDEN

From the Desert Conservatory and Sasebo Japanese Garden to the Rio Grande Heritage Farm, the Botanic Garden is the perfect choice for an assortment of engagement photos. If you decide to go this route, make sure to get a press pass at the ticket booth!

RIO GRANDE VALLEY STATE PARK

Perhaps an organic landscape is what you prefer. With lush greenery in the spring and summer and yellow treetops at autumn, the Rio Grande bosque is a picturesque option for any time of year!

CASA RONDEÑA WINERY

A hidden gem in the north valley of Albuquerque is Casa Rondeña Winery. The rolling vineyard welcomes you to the castle-like building with massive stonewalls and barrel rooms full of their legendary wine.

DOWNTOWN

If you’re looking for an edgy, urban look, downtown Albuquerque is the obvious choice. Where modern architecture meets the industrial age, this adorable couple makes downtown look good!

The Best Outdoor Proposal Ideas in Albuquerque

If you’re getting ready to pop the question, Albuquerque isn’t just a great place to get married, it is also a great place for a dreamy outdoor proposal. To help you come up with some ideas for your proposal, the Perfect Wedding Guide team compiled a list of some of the best places to propose in Albuquerque.

Remember, the details of a proposal depend completely on the personality of the bride-to-be, so it’s up to you to decide what will work best! Your future bride might be a hopeless romantic, or maybe she’s adventurous and outgoing. Whatever the case may be, we got you covered with ideas throughout the Duke City.

Old Town

Photo Via: TrailerGypsies.com
Photo Via: TrailerGypsies.com

An obvious and classic choice is Old Town Plaza. The historic gazebo in the center of the plaza has seen many a wedding. And as the heart of the city, it is also the perfect place for a romantic proposal.

Botanic Garden

Photo Via: TrekEarth.com
Photo Via: TrekEarth.com

A good option for those of you who like to travel is the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. From the Rio Grande Heritage Farm to the Japanese Garden, the Botanic Garden is the perfect place to make you feel like your worlds away.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Photo Via: Britianie Tyler Photography
Photo Via: Britianie Tyler Photography

Suitable for adventurous, thrill seekers is the hot air balloon. What better place to propose than cloud nine? If your bride is scared of heights, however, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta might be a good alternative.

Bike Ride

Photo Via: Bicycling.com
Photo Via: Bicycling.com

Perhaps my favorite of all is a bike ride along the Rio Grande. There are many hidden spots that would be perfect for a proposal, especially in the spring or summer. It would also be the perfect opportunity for a photographer or videographer to hide out and capture the special moment.

If you are unfamiliar with Albuquerque’s bosque trails, Routes Bike Rentals can help you out with bicycles and set you up for a romantic bike tour.

Isotopes Game

Photo Via: StoryBoardWedding.com
Photo Via: StoryBoardWedding.com

For you brave, outgoing souls, the Albuquerque Isotopes would be a perfect place to pop the question. Some guys wait for the kiss cam and others go all out, proposing right on the field. Either way, this is an option that will be unforgettable!

Check out this adorable video of a proposal at an Albuquerque Isotopes game:

If you still need a ring, be sure to check out one of our recent posts, Pop the Question with the Perfect Ring.

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Bride’s Night Out 2017

If you just got engaged or didn’t have a chance to attend our 2016 Bride’s Night Out, we would love for you to join us this summer! Taking place at the beautiful Hotel Andaluz in downtown Albuquerque, Bride’s Night Out is a boutique wedding show unlike any other.

There will be wedding professionals ready to show you their unique products and services to make your day one to remember. This is going to be a fun-filled night with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Not to mention, the first 50 couples will receive a custom Bride’s Night Out tote filled with all kinds of goodies!

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to meet the best, local wedding professionals and mingle with other brides and grooms. Get your tickets here>

SAVE THE DATE: BRIDE’S NIGHT OUT 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6-8PM

Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd St NW

Matt Blasing Photography
Matt Blasing Photography

Matt Blasing Photography
Matt Blasing Photography

Matt Blasing Photography
Matt Blasing Photography

Matt Blasing Photography
Matt Blasing Photography

Matt Blasing Photography
Matt Blasing Photography

Matt Blasing Photography
Matt Blasing Photography

Matt Blasing Photography
Matt Blasing Photography

Matt Blasing Photography
Matt Blasing Photography

Watch this video from last year’s Bride’s Night Out to get an idea of what you have to look forward to!

A special thanks to Matt Blasing Photography, Classic Event & Tent Rentals, Complete Weddings + Events, and 2U Films for being so generous with your products and services and making Bride’s Night Out 2016 a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Pop the Question with the Perfect Ring

You received the much needed blessing and you have the most romantic proposal planned out… only one problem, you still have to pick out the perfect ring!

If you’ve ever been to a jewelry store, you know that there are countless options to choose from, and with so many choices, finding the right ring can be overwhelming.

With years of experience, our friends at Shelton Jewelers can help you find the ring to make your proposal extra special. To get you started, we have the skinny on three trends she will love!

The Solitaire

The solitaire is the simple and traditional option. You can’t go wrong with a solitaire, especially if your future fiancé has a style that is classy and elegant.

Photo Via: SKind.nyc
Photo Via: SKind.nyc

Photo Via: ModWedding.com, Sarah Mac Photography
Photo Via: ModWedding.com, Sarah Mac Photography

Rose Gold

Rose gold is a unique option that adds a soft, feminine touch and compliments any skin tone.

Photo Via: MiaDonnaDiamondBlog.com
Photo Via: MiaDonnaDiamondBlog.com

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Photo Via: HowHeAsked.com

The Halo Ring

Finally, the much-coveted halo ring is a sure winner! This style of ring has a vintage look fit for royalty, certain to make your bride-to-be feel like a princess!

Photo Via: TulleandChantilly.com
Photo Via: TulleandChantilly.com

Photo Via: ModWedding.com
Photo Via: ModWedding.com

Regardless of trends and the many styles to choose from, however, you know your bride better than anyone — when you find the ring that suits her personality, you’ll know it!

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Let’s Get Mehried: Shams + Sharmin

Shams Mehri and Sharmin Dharas didn’t just get married, they got “mehried” — and they pulled out all the stops for their late August, multicultural shindig! From the proposal to the Nikah (wedding ceremony), it is obvious Shams and Sharmin have great taste and rich culture.

With a combined multicultural heritage — including Arab, African, Indian, Persian and Spanish — it is no surprise that their theme would follow suit, making for an explosion of ancient traditions, vibrant colors and, of course, delicious food!

Lucky for us, we get to partake of the magical journey that was the Mehri and Dharas wedding! But first, check out this adorable video of Shams’ romantic proposal to Sharmin in White Sands, New Mexico:

In preparation for the big day, the bride and her entourage got together for the traditional, prewedding rituals, such as the Mendhi Celebration, where the ladies were decked out with intricate henna designs by Fatima Visram, to symbolize joy, beauty and spiritual awakening.

photo-6photo-1photo-15photo-5photo-3Now that you’ve seen the pre wedding pics, just wait until you see the wedding! Sharmin knew exactly what she wanted for her big day — five, to be exact. Every detail was carefully planned and executed for this five-culture fusion, but it took a team of fantastic wedding professionals to make her dream a reality.photo-4photo-10photo-9photo-11photo-8 Hanif Jaffer Photography, LLCphoto-12photo-13photo-14

Congratulations, Shams and Sharmin!

Meet the professionals who helped make their dream a reality:

Venue: Casa Villa Rosa and Hyatt Regency Albuquerque  | Tent, Chairs and Dance Floor: Classic Party Rentals | Décor & Floral: Black Swan Events | Tables & Skirting: Eventful | Photography and Videography: Hanif Jaffer Photography, LLC | Catering: Family, Namaste, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque | Cake and Macaroons: Biadora Bakery | Hair: San Marle Salon | Entertainment: 505 Kahns, Erik and Phrank, Belly Dancers: Dawn Stradford and Majah Dphrepaulezz, National Institute of Flamenco | Henna: Fatima Visram | Invitations: G-Land | Sound and Lighting: Albuquerque Productions

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