5 of Albuquerque’s Best Wedding Venues

Here at Wedding Collective, we know that planning a wedding can be a daunting task. It is especially difficult when there are so many incredible vendors to choose from here in the Land of Enchantment. It is our mission to take some of the weight off those gorgeous shoulders of yours and connect you with your ideal vendor, so we’re going to do just that!

It’s no secret that finding your venue is one of the most anticipated parts of the wedding planning process. Let’s be honest, though, you’ve probably already had a few places in mind even before you got engaged. We know because we’ve been there and done that!

You might have been driving down Rio Grande and admired the gorgeous architectural features of the Hotel Albuquerque, or maybe you were exploring the foothills and found yourself entranced by the scenery of The View Event Center. No matter what, you’re ready to book that ideal spot for you and your guests to enjoy your unforgettable day.

It can be a challenge, especially during these unique times, to plan a wedding that requires you to travel. Although we love destination weddings, we also love staying close to home. There are so many fantastic venues scattered all around the state, but we want to focus solely on the city of Albuquerque and all of the hidden gems that are just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Here are just a handful of Albuquerque’s best wedding venues (in no particular order + all loved just as equally):

1. Embassy Suites Albuquerque

You’ve dreamed of your wedding day: your loved ones, the food and most importantly the memories. Cue the happy tears! Our staff is well equipped and ready to guide you through every step, providing you with the ability to have a stress-free event. Our hotel is in a prime location, just minutes away from historic Old Town and centrally located between Albuquerque Convention Center and the University of New Mexico. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque is a one-stop wedding venue that can accommodate several different events.

You can see why this venue is considered a local wedding hotspot for romance + comfort by reading all about Adrian + Pablo’s wedding here: Simply Glowing: A Real Wedding at Embassy Suites Albuquerque

2. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

With 24,000 square feet of rental space, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is more than a museum, we’re a full-service event venue rooted in culture and tradition, with the experience and abundance of unique options to make your dream wedding a reality. We’re in a convenient location just minutes from Old Town, Downtown Albuquerque, and the Albuquerque International Sunport.

3. The Canyon Club at Four Hills

You are assured beautiful views of the lush golf course, mature trees, and surrounding area—whether for a meeting, luncheon, reception, dinner, wedding or another occasion. Our Rio Grande Ballroom accommodates up to 200 guests, including a dance floor. For cocktail style events we can also overflow into our pre-function space. The Sandia Ballroom accommodates as many as 100 guests and has the addition of a beautiful balcony outside of the room and a Grand Piano. The Club’s Poolside Pavilion is yet another option from May through October and is available for up to 200 guests. And…most recently we are now featuring our “Range” weddings with a capacity of up to 200 on our driving range.

You can see why this venue is considered a local wedding hotspot for charm + elegance by reading all about this styled wedding here: Simply Sweet Summer Styled Shoot

4. Hyatt Regency ABQ

Design your dream wedding at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. With breathtaking views of the beautiful Sandia mountains, the Hyatt is located in the heart of downtown across from Civic Plaza. We are located only minutes away from the Albuquerque International Sunport, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. Our convenient location gives your guests the best entertainment options in Albuquerque during your entire wedding weekend. Our brand new wedding ceremony space is simplistic, modern, and elegant – a perfect canvas for you to put your unique touch on in this beautiful venue.

You can see why this venue is considered a local wedding hotspot for fun + beauty by reading all about this styled wedding here: Dennis + Michelle’s Real Wedding

5. Albuquerque Sheraton Uptown

If you’re after the wedding of your dreams, it’s a pretty simple choice. Come and host your celebration here, in our Grand Ballroom! With nearly 8,000 sq ft. of pure elegance, the wonderfully dramatic space is the perfect setting for a wedding of any size. Modern, memorable, and marvelous, the Grand Ballroom can comfortably accommodate up to 420 of your guests and loved ones. Our Roxy and Baldwin Ballrooms have less space for more intimate celebrations, but are nevertheless just as magnificent and elegant! 

If you like what you see but want even more venue inspiration, you can see more venues here!

Shumakolowa Gifts, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

This Southwestern Gift Is a Meaningful Symbol of Love

Shumakolowa Gifts, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

File this under wedding gifts you haven’t thought of! Here in the Southwest we’re surrounded by nature’s gifts and get to experience the art of many cultures every day. The Pueblo Indian people have been making pottery by hand for hundreds of years, and one of their most meaningful and popular forms is the wedding vase. The vases were traditionally used in Pueblo wedding ceremonies, but today they’ve become a moving symbol of love and celebration of marriage. They are also a wedding gift favorite in New Mexico!

1_Marcella Yepa Wedding VaseMarcella Yepa (Jemez Pueblo), Shumakolowa.com

In Pueblo wedding ceremonies, the groom’s parents provide the wedding vase, and on the day of the wedding, the vase is filled with holy water and given to the bride. She drinks from one side and the groom drinks from the other. It’s not so different from the exchanging of rings ceremony.

The two spouts represent the separate spirits of the bride and groom and the handle represents their union. We love the symbolism!

2_Michelle Shields Wedding VaseMichelle Shields (Acoma Pueblo), Shumakolowa.com

We’ve learned there’s a wedding vase for every style. For the traditionalist, choose a vase in the traditional style of Santa Clara Pueblo, like this one handmade by legendary artist Mida Tafoya.

3_Mida Tafoya Wedding VaseShumakolowa.com

For the nature lover, choose something whimsical and colorful like this contemporary vase made by Carolyn Concho of Acoma Pueblo.

4_Carolyn Concho Wedding VaseShumakolowa.com

These inspiring, symbolic works of art make a beautiful and valuable gift that will absolutely stand out from the crowd!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and at Shumakolowa Gifts we’re offering a special gift to celebrate the season of love. With any jewelry purchase of $200 or more at Shumakolowa Gifts now through February 14th, 2015 you will receive a complimentary wedding vase handcrafted by one of the great Acoma Pueblo artists, Judy Lewis.

Here’s to love, art and gifts that truly last forever!

Shumakolowa Gifts is located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th Street, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104). 505-724-3506.

To view special gift features online, please visit: www.shumakolowa.com (please note: complimentary wedding vase with jewelry purchase available in-store only)

Author: Dyannah Byington of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

{Wedding Veteran} Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

(505) 724-3509

2401 12 Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

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