On the sunny morning of August 5th this past year, our Perfect Wedding Guide team arrived bright and early at Sandia Resort to watch the magic unfold in one of their most grand ballrooms. And let us tell you, folks, it really did. We got to watch — and lend a helping hand, of course — as dozens of vendors filled the room, bringing their best decor, goodies, flyers, and free stuff to one space for you, our local couples.
The theme of this year’s Wedding Gallery show was jeweled elegance, and my gosh, was it rich. Bright golds and silvers complimented the deep maroons and greens, blues and mustards throughout the ballroom. Every vendor carefully coordinated their corner of the space to showcase and showoff all the enchanting things they can make possible, and it came together in the most cohesive, jewel-toned wonderland you can imagine.
After the mingling and connecting of local vendors to the hundreds of engaged couples who graced us with their presence, then came the fashion show. With styles from Suits Unlimited for the fellas, and Bridal Elegance by Darlene for the ladies, every couple got a New York worthy dose of in-real-life wedding fashion inspiration, that was also tied in with our overall theme for the event. Velvet, vintage couches headed the runway, and Brad with King Mobile Music lit the stage to perfectly illuminate the fine details on the gowns and tuxes.
Lastly, there were, of course, tons and tons of giveaways and prizes. With free goodies from venues, florists, officiants, and more, so many couples walked a way with a spring in their step after winning some serious discounts and freebies.
We couldn’t have done it without our incredible sponsors, or the amazing couples whose love stories are what make the whole day worthwhile. So, from the bottoms of our hearts, thank you!
(Especially to Sandra + her team at Photographic Perspectives, for capturing the glamour with her magical photography powers!)
Like all our favorite things — wine, cheese, Golden Girls reruns — the Perfect Wedding Guide Diamond Dash just continues to get better with age. Which, if you happened to catch any of our stories or posts from Sunday on social media, you’ll know it was one for the books! The energy and liveliness of the wedding show paralleled no other, and left us feeling inspired, reinvigorated, and so grateful to be a part of the local wedding community here in Albuquerque + Santa Fe.
With another round of wedding shows down for the entire year as well, we can’t help but to reflect on what made 2018 so spectacular. For us, it was undoubtedly the wedding professionals, like the ones who brought their A-game to the Diamond Dash, who we have the chance to support and be supported by. Being members of the New Mexico Wedding Professionals, or NMWP for short, is just one of the ways we get to do so, by working with and for the small businesses owners who make up the group of experts.
And when we say experts, we mean it. Florists, officiants, venues, photographers — if you can name it, there’s a dedicated member of NMWP who can do it. So when this styled shoot came to fruition from their wedding-obsessed minds, we were absolutely swooning.
We had a wonderful time capturing the essence of a wedding day at this beautiful venue! The eclectic decor was a perfect setting for the elegant styles of the bridal outfits and flowers, each working together for a unique photo shoot every bride dreams of. The dramatic New Mexico skies presented a perfect background for this couple from the wrap around balcony overlooking the picturesque city of Albuquerque! Appreciation to all who participated in sharing their time and talents.
In 2016 weddings are ALL about making the celebration completely custom and personalizing the aesthetic down to the very last detail…and now I am BEYOND excited to announce that it continues… with completely custom wedding tuxedos, wedding suits, dinner jackets and dress shirts. Yes ladies + gents…. it’s time from the Groom to get in on the shine and take advantage of some much needed TLC! This one goes out to all our handsome men out there and is brought to you by one of New Mexico’s industry leaders in men’s fashion and formal wear, Ashley Kerns of Suits Unlimited: Here’s what she had to say about this sweet new trend.
Suits Unlimited is known for our menswear and especially our formal wear. We have helped hundreds of weddings achieve their menswear style for their big day.Whether it’s classic tuxedos, or suits for the wedding party to purchase, we have always tried to make the best options available for our clients.This leads us to happily announce a new service for brides and grooms: custom suits, tuxedos, and dress shirts.
We have found an incredible vendor to work with to help clients achieve their dream menswear.This service comes with a higher price tag but it’s clothing that is made to your every measurement, styled to your request, and can be built on a virtual mannequin on our iPads for your approval. We can even send the looks you have chosen if you are undecided via email.Styles are kept conveniently in your inbox for when you’re ready.
Our clothing professionals can measure you to a “T” for your specific body type. There are hundreds of swatches of colors and patterns to choose from in jackets, pants, entire suits, and dress shirts.Detailed options include everything from picking your own buttons, color of thread for each button hole or lining of the jacket, down to the type of cuff and collar on a dress shirt.
A big hang up in ordering custom wear was waiting to find out if certain fabrics were still available.In most cases it would take a few days to find out if the fabric you chose was on the chopping block. Now, we have real time inventory where we can tell you immediately if a swatch or style is available.
Custom used to also take a while to be completed, but what used to take a few months now takes just under 4 weeks to create a custom suit.The service is even faster for dress shirts.After custom garments are complete and ship in, we do a final fitting to make sure everything fits perfectly.If something still needs a little adjusting, our tailoring department is on site so we can quickly to ensure the best fit.
We hope brides and grooms can look at this as an option for their wedding day.Again, it’s a higher price tag for bespoke clothing but if it’s viewed as an investment piece and something they will cherish for years to come, it can be well worth it.Every wedding is different, shouldn’t the clothing be too?
Well you heard it here first folks… now let’s just sit back and watch all of our dapper grooms light up our INSTA feeds with their amazing, completely custom suits! I went searching for some of my fave Bespoke looks… check them out below:
OH! And be sure to go visit our friends at Suits Unlimited and tell them the PWG crew sent you. We recommend their team and services.every.single.time.
Get in touch with the Suits Unlimited Team!
(505) 883-1060 | 5406 Menaul NE Albuquerque, NM 87110
This week’s Weekend Wedding Inspiration is for the romantics out there. Wedding coordinator and magic maker Alena Swanson helped make Leah & Jared’s vision of a shabby chic blush pink and gray wedding come to life at the beautiful Hotel Albuquerque earlier this year.
Photos are in for our 5th Annual Madly In Love Bridal Brunch that we hosted at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque on August 17th! Thank you to all of our fabulous vendors that participated, and to all of our madly in love brides and grooms that came to meet everyone and enjoy the show!
We hope that a few of our readers attended The Perfect Wedding Guide’s “What to Expect at a Bridal Show” Google Hangout this afternoon! Susan Southerland had some great tips for brides new to navigating bridal shows.
In addition to Susan’s tips, Ashley Kerns has provided us with her Bridal Fair Tips from a local bride point of view. Ashley Kerns is the Marketing Manager of Suits Unlimited as well as a newlywed herself. Here are her words of wisdom when it comes to preparing to attend your first bridal show:
Are you Ready to Attend a Bridal Fair?
If you’re like many brides you are scheduled to head to a few different expos or shows this season. These shows are created to help brides find the right fit to make their big day absolutely amazing. However, going to these shows can seem overwhelming. Make sure you’re prepared to take in all of what the vendors want to present to you.
Here are some handy tips in making your bridal show experience less chaotic:
Create a Wedding Email:
This one is free! With the bazillion free emails accounts out there, create one just for the wedding. For example: if Jane is getting married to John Smith then make the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once they get your info, wedding vendors email you…..sometimes a lot. Don’t let this fill up your personal inbox with emails from vendors you just saw once at a bridal show. Start an email account just for wedding stuff.
When a vendor wants to send you an invoice or logistic info about the big day, it’s better to go here than to get mixed up with your regular mail.
You can even have guests use this email to RSVP for your wedding, if you want to do it that way.
Cost is about $10 or less depending on what stickers you use at your local office supply store. Instead of bending over and filling out your info over and over again at every single booth you’re interested in, stick a label with your basic info on it and move on. You won’t be spending forever at one booth trying to juggle a cake sample and pen in one hand and 10 brochures in another. Basic info to put on your labels: Bride’s First and Last Name
Groom’s First Name and Last Name
Address, if you so wish
Best phone number, if you so wish
I say “if you so wish” because you don’t have to put all this info, but vendors do need a way to contact you. Whether you only want email communication, phone, snail mail, or all three
Take a Decent Sized Tote Bag:
(I prefer over the shoulder) Cost is a few bucks or free if you have one hiding in your closet or the trunk of your car.
You are going to get a ton of info and freebies when you go to a bridal show. In many cases they will give you a bag at the door, but if it’s too small, or you don’t get one at all, you will be happy you grabbed this hands free option.
Bring some Company
Put your Maid of Honor to work! Bring her along, if you get tied up talking to a vendor, she can go around and at least enter you for contests or grab you and herself some yummy samples. Also, you guys will have fun winning some stuff!
Moms are great company too! Plus, salons and spas usually have great give-a-ways or packages just for the Mother of the Bride. You will be happy you both shared this experience together.
Take the groom (if you can drag him with you). Sometimes it’s worth their while because there are giveaways just for him! If he gets bored, many wedding shows have a grooms room or area where he can grab a beer and watch a game on TV.
Bring a Camera
This one should be easy; most cameras double as our cell phones!
Vendors bring some of their very best displays to a bridal show, if you like something – take a picture.
Take pictures at the fashion shows. Wedding gown and tuxedo vendors will be showcasing their hottest trends and you may want to document some looks.
Hopefully this helps going to a bridal fair a much more enjoyable experience. Sifting through information will be easier and ideas can be captured and not forgotten. Congratulations on your engagement, and happy wedding planning!
Guest Post written by Ashley Kerns, Marketing Manger of Suits Unlimited.Suits Unlimited is a family owned men’s wear store that has been in business in Albuquerque for 43 years. Suits Unlimited provides suit and tuxedo rentals and unparalleled customer service for weddings and any other special occasion.
The Perfect Wedding Guide recently sat down with Suits Unlimited’s Marketing Manager Ashley Kerns to get the scoop on wedding tuxedo and suit trends for 2014. Ashley also had some great words of wisdom for our brides and grooms who are just starting to think about what the guys are going to be wearing during the wedding.
Perfect Wedding Guide: What are the big tuxedo and suit trends for 2014 going to be?
Suits Unlimited:The biggest suit trend we have seen is the navy or slate blue tuxedo. Grey suits and tuxedos have made a huge comeback and are still at the top of grooms fashions. However, for brides looking breaking away from the grey now have this new blue tuxedo option to love on their grooms. Also, camo is actually making a splash in wedding trends. We have the perfect camouflage tuxedo and a few camo vest and tie options for the more outdoorsy couple. A black tuxedo will always be the classic choice and there are so many styles to choose from.
PWG: Why would you suggest renting or buying tuxes and suits from a local store as opposed to a national chain?
Suits Unlimited:The service would have to be the number one reason to not shop at a national chain. At Suits Unlimited, we are with a bride and groom every step of the rental process, from the time they book with us to the time they pick up their rentals a few days before their event. We can also guarantee a perfect fit before they wear their garments on the wedding day. We have tailors on staff that change a hem quickly or sew a button in a few moments. We try to go above and beyond when making sure a couple is satisfied with their garments.
PWG: How many years has Suits Unlimited been in business?
Suits Unlimited:Suits Unlimited has been in business for 43 years. We were first and formally known as Mr. Casual since 1971, but changed our name to Suits Unlimited in late 1990’s because our product mix in our menswear started to move more toward suits and tuxedos versus casual menswear.
PWG: What services do you provide to grooms that really sets Suits Unlimited apart?
Suits Unlimited:We have great offers for them to utilize at our store. If they have 6 or more people renting full ensembles for their wedding, the groom’s rental is free and also we send him a gift certificate for a free suit after the wedding!
We also offer services like custom menswear. If a groom is looking for an absolutely custom look he can use our custom clothing services. He can pick everything from the fabric, fit, type of buttons, and even silkscreen whatever image he’d like into the lining of the jacket.
We also sell suits and menswear so if he would like to just purchase his wedding day garments we can tailor and make sure he has that perfect fit, even in as little as a day.
Last but not least, we have our own shoe shine services. If a groom wants to shine his shoes before the big day he can visit our shoe shine stand Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm or use our drop off services in the off hours.
PWG: What are some words of wisdom or tips that you have for brides and grooms just starting to think about their tuxes and suits?
The groom and his groomsmen aren’t the only ones renting tuxes these days, so are the fathers, the ushers, ring bearers and more. Don’t forget to think about all who will actually need a tux for your wedding and jot down a list.
Tuxedos are not what they used to be in the 80’s and beyond, there are no ruffled shirts, and you have plenty more options than tuxes with tails. Most tuxedos today are somewhat similar to suits. The only difference is they have satin covered buttons and satin on the lapel and pockets. In most cases the tux pant will also have a satin stripe down the side, where as regular dress slacks do not.
Since bridesmaid dresses tend to take more time to order, it’s best to decide on colors and dresses first before coming into a formalwear store. It helps to come in with a swatch of the dress color to best match or compliment it with the guy’s attire. There are so many colors of vests and ties, it hard not to find a color that doesn’t work with your wedding.
Consider if you would like to be more formal or more casual. Get on sites like Pinterest.com or TheKnot.com and look at wedding photos of different couples and their wedding parties. These are some great tools that can help you decide what you think looks best for your big day. When you have an idea in mind, go to your tux or menswear shop and the associates can help steer you in the right direction.
Brides and Grooms, if you are starting your search for the perfect tuxedos or suits for your wedding party, stop by Suits Unlimited first. Their decades of wedding attire experience and quality customer service are unparalleled in Albuquerque.