2019 Diamond Dash Wedding Show: The Recap

The time has finally come! The photos from our November Diamond Dash Wedding Show at the Hyatt Regency are in and we just can’t wait to share them with all of you. This year we were so fortunate to have so many bright and beautiful faces at the show. The decor was dazzling, the laughter echoed throughout the ballroom, and the energy was incredible! We love a good wedding show, and this year’s Diamond Dash was one for the books.

If you don’t know what Diamond Dash is and want to know more about it, keep on reading because you’re in for a treat. This recap is going to go into a little bit more detail on what the event is all about, how the whole day plays out, and how the show can benefit a soon-to-be-married bride and/or groom like you!

What is Diamond Dash?

Well, the name comes from the cake dive for diamond jewelry that happens later during the wedding show–but we will cover that bit later. The show itself is put on by yours truly, the local Perfect Wedding Guide team. This show is an opportunity for local couples to get out and have some fun with wedding planning. When the couples arrive, our team will give you a bag of goodies and $500 of PWG Bucks to spend on participating vendors inside the ballroom. Get there early and enjoy the VIP Pre-Party, which we will tell you more about right now.

VIP Pre-Party

The VIP Pre-Party is an exclusive gathering that happens just before the wedding show begins. Join other couples while sipping mimosa’s and getting pampered by local wedding professionals. This year, we had an amazing DJ, Dream Factory Productions, and a top-notch expert wedding panel. Bridal Elegance by Darlene provided a veil try-on station, Blo Blow Dry Bar provided a braid bar, Photo Booth Rentals of New Mexico provided a photo booth, Charlotte’s Flowers brought some gorgeous flower stems, and The Cake Boutique set up a DIY dessert station. How fun is that?! Make sure to get your ticket as an add-on to the main show for next year’s Diamond Dash if you want to be part of the excitement!

Fashion Show + Giveaways

Another unique and truly entertaining aspect of the Diamond Dash Wedding Show is the fashion show that, literally, takes center stage for the majority of the event. The latest trends and styles are modeled by local models of every gender and age for you to find inspiration. And guess what? This year, all of the styling was done locally by Bridal Elegance by Darlene, Suits Unlimited, and Blo Blow Dry Bar! Throughout the show, our fave wedding show MC, Brad King of King Mobile Music, announces the winners of our unique door prizes provided by local wedding vendors.

Vendors

This is really what the show is all about–providing you with all of the best resources to plan your perfect wedding. We invite the best of the best local wedding vendors to set up a booth and meet with prospective brides and grooms. This provides you with a wide variety of wedding photographers, stylists, cake shops, venues, and beyond! We would be lying if we said it will be easy to pick out a vendor, so come with an open heart and be ready to note your best conversations and options.

The Diamond Dash Cake Dive

And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for–the reason for the name! Toward the end of every Diamond Dash Wedding Show, all of the guests and vendors gather around the stage to watch as 5 lucky brides/grooms are chosen to put on a cute apron, tie back their hair, and prepare to get a little messy. These lucky folks have been selected to dig into a cake all at once for the chance to find the box with diamond jewelry inside. Everyone will win a prize, but only 1 of the 5 will walk away with brand new diamond jewelry! This year’s stunning cake was hand-crafted by Honey & Salt Cake Co. and we were absolutely in love with it–even after it was smashed into pieces by eager brides.

This past Diamond Dash was one of our favorites, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and talent of our sponsors. The Perfect Wedding Guide gals are so grateful for those who participated and came out to enjoy all of the vendors and the fun! We want to give a special thank you to our videographers, Journey Home Media, and our photographers that provided all of the amazing photos in this recap, Photographic Perspectives!

Photographic Perspectives
Journey Home Media

EVENT SPONSORS | Blo Blow Dry Bar, Bridal Elegance by Darlene, Charlotte’s Flowers, Enchanted Events, Honey & Salt Cake Co., Hyatt Regency, King Mobile Music, NMWP, Photographic Perspectives, Skinny Secrets, and Suits Unlimited

New Mexico’s Most Loved Bridal Gown Shop

From my first visit, Darlene and her team have been absolutely amazing when it came to helping my find the perfect wedding dress. Not only are they incredibly professional, but they genuinely care about helping you find your dream dress. This has been an amazing experience and I recommend everyone come here, you won’t be disappointed! 

Britney, local bride

Now, despite the fact we, the Perfect Wedding Guide team here in New Mexico, have been working with local engaged couples and the wedding professionals in our state for a long time now, it’s still quite the assumptive leap for us to claim one bridal gown shop as New Mexico’s most loved. Or at least it would be, if we weren’t talking about Bridal Elegance by Darlene. See, with over 30 years of experience, Darlene and her team have the miles of positive reviews, community love, and name recognition needed to qualify as New Mexico’s most loved. It’s really no wonder that they do, either.

Rather than it being a fluke, or stroke of luck, or popularity contest, Bridal Elegance by Darlene has won over the hearts of brides and bridesmaids alike by being exceedingly kind and qualified, and having impeccable gowns. It really is that simple! Because, despite what the fairytales and Hollywood movies might have whispered in your prepubescent ears, choosing a wedding gown isn’t the easiest thing in the world. There’s sizing charts, measurements, fingers getting caught in zippers, giant mirrors for meticulous examinations, sequins in — ahem — interesting places, and more we don’t need to mention because you get the picture, right?

With all that confusion, the kind of people you want by your side teaching you how to bustle and tying up your corset back are the kind of people who really get it. And at Bridal Elegance, they get it. They know the wedding industry, they know their gowns, and they know the process of making this big decision can be overwhelming. With attention and care, the team at Bridal Elegance by Darlene act from this place of knowing, and create an environment for their brides that is so calm and conducive, you do actually get a bit of that fairytale magic. Especially when you find the one.

So yes, these masters of tulle, taffeta, and human kindness have made so many brides, so many bridesmaids, and so many flower girls feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin that they have been granted the title of New Mexico’s most loved. To commemorate this and the fact we’ve been working with Bridal Elegance by Darlene for over 15 years now — holy moly! — we’ve recapped some of our favorite styled shoots and weddings featuring their gowns below.

Once you’ve been swept up in this local wedding magic, you’ll have no trouble loving Bridal Elegance by Darlene as much as we, and all these local photographers, wedding planners, and decor specialists, do too. You can contact the Bridal Elegance team here to get started on finding your perfect gown.

Picante Passion: A {Super Local} Styled Shoot

Tiffany Burke Events + Tori Photography

Sweet Summer Wedding with Kayla Kitts Photography

Kayla Kitts Photography

Bridal elegance by Darlene is by far the best place to find your dreams dress. They’re super professional, they listen to what you’re looking for and find you the most beautiful dress that you can imagine. Every single member of this shop is Extremely knowledgeable and just make it happen for you.

Guadalupe, local bride


Romantic Desert Wedding Inspiration

Briana Nicole Photography

A Styled Spring Shoot

Maura Jane Photography

Darlene at Bridal Elegance is the best person to see if you want to look and feel your best in your wedding gown. She gives you that personal touch that you won’t get at a chain store. With something for every budget. She listens to what you are imagining for your big day and makes it come to life. Plus, she’s locally owned which is amazing!

Racheal, local bride


Red: A Storybook Styled Shoot

Maura Jane Photography

Dramatic New Mexican Skies with Local Wedding Professionals

Photographic Perspectives
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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 www.perfectweddingguide.com
$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

New Mexico Wedding Professionals June 2010 Meeting -Video Recap

New Mexico Wedding Professionals (NMWP) held their June meeting at Dry Heat Photography and Chef Michael Cakes. Check out our video recap of the meeting and the humor behind the members. What a fun group of professionals! This video was brought to you by the Perfect Wedding Guide, a proud member of NMWP.

Free Bridal Show Preparation Class Before this Sunday’s Bridal Show

Getting Prepared for a Bridal Fair

A free one hour class before the Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show.

Sunday, October 18, 2009
11:30am – 12:30pm
Price: FREE
Hyatt Regency Downtown
330 Tijeras NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

This free one hour class brought to you by the New Mexico Wedding Professionals (NMWP) will help you get prepared for the same-day Bridal Show on October 18, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. You will learn how to get the most of your bridal fair shopping experience. Come equipped with questions! Snacks will be provided by the Hyatt.

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.

 

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