Why You Should Have Your Wedding at a Country Club

Every bride and groom wants to find a wedding venue that is both practical and perfect. As you’ve been searching, possibly very overwhelmed by all of the options available to you, there may have been moments where you felt that finding the practical and perfect option was impossible. We are here to reassure you that, first of all, anything is possible, and secondly, we have your back.

When deciding on a wedding venue, there are always quite a few things to keep in mind, such as the time of year, capacity, catering options, services, etc. The best thing to do right before you start your search, or halfway through when you’ve given up hope, is to pick up that notebook dedicated just to your wedding, and make a list of your wedding venue NEEDS, WANTS, and NOPES. This will help you narrow down your search and give you a clear path toward the perfect and practical venue.

There is a special kind of venue that we, your Perfect Wedding Guide team, absolutely love because of it’s well-roundedness–country clubs! Rain or shine, big or small, country clubs are the ideal place for weddings. Not super familiar with the benefits of choosing country clubs? Here are some reasons why they are great:

1. They’re unique, exclusive, and classy

Since country clubs are local, the event venue is unique and centered around the views of the city! Country clubs are often perceived as being unattainable because they are typically member-based, but this doesn’t always apply to weddings. Most clubs are willing to host guests who are not members, you just have to ask. Country clubs are always clean, well-maintained, and classy! Just take a look at this beautiful indoor set-up at Tanoan Country Club here in Albuquerque.

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2. They’re Accommodating

Aside from all of the beauty of country clubs, their accommodations are incredible. Whether you’re having a small or large wedding, there are plenty of options indoor and outdoor. Most country clubs offer multiple ballrooms for ceremonies and receptions, depending on the size of your party. The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club has the most wonderful set-up, a large ballroom with Lanai Doors that lead to a heated/cooled patio and out to an outdoor gazebo. This is the perfect all-in-one experience!

The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club by K. Mari Photography

3. They’re All-Inclusive

Since country clubs host many events all year, they are often fully inclusive when it comes to providing food, drinks, tables, chairs, etc. Many country clubs don’t allow outside food and drinks because of their full service kitchens and cleanly grounds. The Canyon Club at Four Hills is one of the venues that can provide just about everything you need for your wedding, from food and bar services to elegantly arranged seating in the ballroom.

Canyon Club at Four Hills Catering by Chef John Apodaca

We hope you’re sold by now on our favorite country clubs–and if you’re not, don’t fret. Just like everything in life, they’re not for everyone. There are more options for you! Simply check out our local venues here.

Our Favorite 2020 Wedding Trends

Here at Perfect Wedding Guide, the end of the year means planning, preparing, and jumping for joy because we get to learn about all of the upcoming trends for next year! We would by lying if we told you that we aren’t a little sad to see 2019 go, though. This year was definitely one for the books, filled with the most beautiful weddings and exciting wedding shows & events. We loved hearing all of your perfect wedding stories and having the honor of sharing them with other brides and grooms that are looking for some inspiration.

As our pinky promise to you, we will continue to provide you with the most current and trendy tips and inspiration each and every year because we think you’re the best. We are so eager to share what is in store for next year that we are going to give you some insider knowledge right now that the Perfect Wedding Guide team picked up at this year’s Wedding MBA Conference in Las Vegas. Yesterday we hosted our annual Wedding MBA Recap Breakfast at The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club and got to hear some notable takeaways from our fellow local wedding professionals that also attended the conference.

We thought that we would have a little fun with this one and look back at some of the decade’s biggest wedding trends while introducing the future forecast for wedding trends in 2020.

First, the oldies, but goodies.

2019 | Private ceremony + elopement locations

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2019 | Animals in weddings

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2019 | White weddings

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2019 | Pastels, pinks, and blushes

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2019 | Pear-shaped rings

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2019 | Romantic lighting rentals

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2019 | Unique venues

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2019 | Specialty cakes

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And now for the upcoming trends for 2020!

2020 | The “Roaring 20s” (of course)

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2020 | Bright & bold pops of color

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2020 | Ceiling installations

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2020 | Textures

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2020 | Greens + grasses

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2020 | Mirrored floors

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2020 | Cake backdrops

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2020 | Texture, minimalism, capes, and beyond

2020 | Donuts, mini cakes, & tall cakes

2020 | Sustainability

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So there you have it, a decade of trends and some new ones to welcome to the table. We’re ready for you, 2020!

Winter Magic: A Real Wedding at The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

Sydney and Christian had a romantic December wedding that was pure winter magic! Relying on the backdrop of the Sandia Mountains and the views of the golf course, the couple was able to keep the décor simple and elegant with subtle winter and holiday vibes.

– Lauren Landavazo, Director of Catering at The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

The holiday season is upon us and the hot New Mexico weather is finally starting to cool off. We are thrilled to start seeing all of the winter weddings rolling in–so let the festivities begin! New Mexico is the quintessential place for a winter wedding, not only because the weather stays nice until late November, but because of the abundance of versatile wedding ceremony and reception venues.

There are so many possibilities, from rustic farms with holiday lights strung up, to fairytale-like ballrooms, our wedding vendors can do it all. The Perfect Wedding Guide team is no stranger to helping our local brides and grooms find their ideal “Winter Wonderland”, because after all, who wouldn’t love to get married during the coziest season of them all? We’ve learned over the years that many brides already have a pretty good idea of what kind of wedding they want, they just need a little help getting there.

For Sydney & Christian, a December wedding was a must because it was their dating anniversary month (cue happy tears). A December wedding + reception absolutely meant hints of Christmas in their color scheme and menu–and with the help of The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club, they rocked it. Another must for the couple, and we couldn’t agree more, was to incorporate the breathtaking views of the Sandia Mountains. Luckily for this beautiful couple, their reception venue was able to do just that and more.

“Our wedding was everything we had hoped for, with the help of all of our amazing vendors. I cannot speak highly enough about each and every person involved, who allowed all of our dreams to come to true. We are so blessed.”

– Sydney, Bride
Featured Venue: Event Center at Sandia Golf Club
Photography: Matt Blasing Photography
Videography: Southwest Wedding Films
Invitations: Funky Olive Invitations + Stationery
Florals: Albuquerque Florist
Cake: Simply Sweet by Darci
Hair & Makeup: Alt Salon
Musician: The Real Matt Jones
DJ: Party Time DJ
Decor: Occasions Services + Events
Menswear: Suits Unlimited

Ashley + Kris: Real Wedding at Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

The goal for us on our wedding day was to make sure everything was very personal and that our guests had a fun and memorable time.

-Ashley, bride

Luckily for our darling local newlywed, Ashley, she and her now-husband, Kris, are not alone in that desire. With thousands of weddings happening in New Mexico alone every year, it becomes less and less about brands, colors, antiquated traditions, and more about love, community, and celebration. For the next few years, this trend is expected to continue, as engaged couples shoot less for the fairytale and more for the unforgettable experience that their guests can enjoy for every moment of the day.

With so much magic possible here in Albuquerque, too, it’s no small wonder that more couples are opting for staying in our home state as well. Our local wedding professionals prove again and again that they’re on parr with coastal trends and styles through their innovative work and collaborative approach to the wedding community. (Don’t believe us? Check out our last blog post — we rounded up a few of our favorite styled shoots and real weddings from the last year!)

Because we’re here, in the Land of Mañana, too, our wedding professionals have a certain special quality to them that you can’t find anywhere else: flexibility. For them — like Lauren with The Event Center at Sandia Golf — love really is at the center of all that they do. So it becomes imperative to work around the usual roadblocks, think outside the box, and do what they can to manifest that love in a way that truly reflects the people it belongs too: the couple!

For Ashley + Kris’s big day, they were able to do exactly that. The Event Center‘s sweeping views framed the all-night dancing of the couple and their guests, and the grandness of the day was complemented by refined details so unique to their love story, it couldn’t have been anyone else’s day but their own.

Finding a venue that offered both indoor and outdoor space, where our guests could play corn hole on the event lawn, visit the photo booth on the patio and enjoy dancing all night in the ballroom ticked every box for us; and the jaw-dropping views for our wedding photos didn’t hurt either. The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club is truly a hidden gem in Albuquerque!”
-Ashley, bride
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Upon meeting with Ashley and Kris, our team knew that if they picked the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club it would be the perfect fit. They were such a fun couple and you could immediately see how much they loved each other and that more than anything they wanted to make sure their wedding was one their guests would remember. They had so many personal touches that really showed who they were as a couple, especially how much they loved their pets and how much they loved the Aggies or Lobos depending on who you asked. Ashley and Kris found several ways to make sure their beloved pets presence was felt at the wedding.
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Venue: Event Center at Sandia Golf Club |  Photography: Play on Light Photography | Cake: Simply Sweet by Darci | Dress: M&J Bridal Boutique | Photo Booth: Snapshot Selfies | Photo Booth Videographer: Avista Video | Centerpieces: A Day to Remember  | DJ: DJ Halcyon
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Wedding Venue Hotspots in New Mexico {Part One!}

When you stop and consider the New Mexico landscape for a moment, it really comes as no surprise that visual industries are on the rise in our home state. Film, design, fine art, architecture — every medium has an inspiration because, well, we have everything! Mountains and mesas, high and low desert, urban cityscapes, lush forests, and small towns are all in abundance, which makes for varied and personal experiences with the state for all who visit or reside.

Finding a wedding venue, then, is at once the easiest and most difficult decision you’ll have to make while planning your wedding in New Mexico. Easier than ever before because, as wide a range of landscapes to choose from, is the type of venue within those places. From traditional New Mexican adobe and Spanish-inspired cathedrals, to crisp modern art spaces and whimsical woodland cabins, there’s a venue for pretty much every vibe. So whatever dream wedding fantasy you’ve got tucked away on your Pinterest or even just your subconscious, New Mexico has you covered.

With such an incredible variety to choose from though, and every option is gorgeous in its own exceptional way, the decision-making can become a bit overwhelming. So we, from our unique vantage point between engaged couples and local wedding businesses, compiled 18 of New Mexico’s hottest spots for ceremonies and receptions. Starting with the just the first three in the series, these venues have been vetted and are certified beautiful, with incredible teams of dedicated wedding pros behind the curtains. Keep an eye out for the rest of our absolute favorite venues as part of the hotspots feature!

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1. Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Eldorado Hotel & Spa offers unique and elegant venue spaces for the perfect Santa Fe wedding. La Capilla de Oro, the stunning non-denominational chapel, features natural and customizable lighting with an artisan-crafted gold leaf alter as the backdrop.

The rooftop presidential suite has gorgeous views of the city as well as the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Historic Casa España, the stylish and antique filled club, is available for unforgettable receptions as well as the 7,000sq. ft. Eldorado Grand Ballroom (the largest in Santa Fe).

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2. El Monte Sagrado Spa and Resort

With unparalleled amenities, mountain views, lush landscapes, and 7,000 square feet of event space, El Monte Sagrado Spa and Resort is the perfect destination for an unforgettable Taos wedding. Couples can say “I do” in the Sacred Circle, an intimate outdoor space encircled by mature willows and cottonwoods. 

Ceremonies and receptions in the elegant Rio Grande Ballroom can accommodate up to 400 guests. There is a wide variety of rooms and settings from which to choose, from the intimacy of the Library to the Grand Bohemian Gallery overlooking aspen trees and waterfalls.

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3. Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

From jaw-dropping views to high-end finishes, the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club provides a one-of-a-kind venue to say “I Do.” With expansive glass windows bringing in gorgeous natural-light, views of the pristine golf course and dramatic views of the Sandia Mountains, you won’t have much need for additional décor!

The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club is the perfect spot for an intimate, casual wedding, but if high-end is your dream, pulling off a sophisticated soiree is easily done! For a unique, gorgeous place like no other in New Mexico, we promise you won’t be able to get enough of this gorgeous venue!

 

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Real Wedding at The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

The venue had everything we were hoping for: gorgeous scenery (the best we saw and we looked at more than seven venues), a diverse menu to choose from, the perfect amount of privacy for our intimate evening, and the staff was untouchable when it came to accommodations and service. While searching for our venue we didn’t have any “must haves,” but the second we stepped foot inside The Event Center we both knew “this was the place!!” One of the most memorable parts of the evening was when the doors opened for me to walk down the aisle, seeing my soon-to-be husband’s face light up against the most breathtaking backdrop of the Sandia Mountains. It was a moment I had always dreamt of. Words cannot describe the feeling I had.

-Shelbi, Bride

We, as Perfect Wedding Guide, have a unique position in the wedding community here in Albuquerque + Santa Fe. Forging the bridge between local engaged couples and the small businesses who diligently serve them, we truly have the best of both worlds. We get to see the elbow grease and unparalleled passion of the wedding professionals, and the perpetually inspiring love stories from couples — how could we ask for anymore?!

So it’s easy to stay inspired in what we do, but hearing such happy, happy words from Shelbi, a New Mexican bride, truly makes our hearts soar. Because, well, we know The Event Center at Sandia Club is one of the best venues in our gorgeous states, but seeing its breathtaking landscape become the backdrop for a real, local couple’s love story? It doesn’t get much better than that.

Not to mention, this wedding in particular was perfectly paired with the couple’s venue choice. Punctuated by deep maroons, the delightfully rich vibes of Shelbi + Michael’s special day mirrored the mountainous view, with its red-tinted glow from which the Sandias are named. Plus, the happy couple’s faces are so aglow, they shine through the photos and rival the shimmering gold details of their decor.

Scroll on to get lost in their love story, just as we did, and read what Lauren, The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club‘s Director of Catering, had to say about Shelbi + Michael’s fun-filled, spectacular wedding day.

{Or get a free copy of our printed magazine to see the love in three dimensions!}

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It’s always such an honor to share in a couple’s wedding day and we were especially grateful when Shelbi and Michael selected The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club for their big day! When describing Shelbi and Michael’s wedding, the first word that comes to mind is fun! Shelbi and Michael are such a fun couple and you could see that in everything they were planning. If nothing else, they wanted to ensure their guests had a blast! Not only did they have all the typical elements to make for a fun wedding, but they added their own touch of an ice luge for shots, photo booth and yard games to really make it a unique and fun experience for their guests! There are definitely a lot of favorite moments from their wedding, but I have to say my favorite was seeing their love come full circle on that day with their sweet little boy standing by their side.

-Lauren, Director of Catering at The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

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Venue| The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

Photographer| Taken by Tamara

Officiant| Geoff Romero

Cake| Simply Sweet by Darci

Decor| Occasion Services and Events

Makeup| Katlin Green

Real, Regal Wedding at the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

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There’s a distinctly magical quality about the Sandia Mountains here in New Mexico. Not fairytale-Disneyland type of magic, per se, but something like no other. If you live here, or have ever traveled through, you probably know what we’re talking about. {They don’t call it the Land of Enchantment for no reason!}

So it’s never really a surprise when an engaged couple, filled to the brim with love and excitement, wants to incorporate some of New Mexico’s scenery into their day of celebration. What better way to solidify your vows, than with the ever-regal, perpetually devoted Sandia Mountains as your backdrop?

And unless you want to hike up to the crest, the best place to get that scenic view is at the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club. {Which, let’s be real, mountain-top weddings are gorgeous, but how is your great Aunt Betty going to make that hike?!}

When Alyssa and Porfirio decided to take the leap, to spend the rest of their time on earth together, it was the easiest decision of their lives. Right behind that though, the second easiest choice was their venue — the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club.

It was clear to us why we would choose the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club as our reception venue. The view of the Sandia mountains and the view of the NM sunset is breathtaking. A lover of sunsets, I knew this venue was a “must-have.”

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A lover of sunsets and a lover of love — the local vendors Alyssa and Porfirio chose to work with for their wedding day made sure that the only thing on their minds was sunsets, love, and each other.

We put our trust into the experts and they transformed our vision into a reality. From the candles and candelabras to the orchids and chiavari chairs, from the up-lighting and selfie mirror photobooth to the iridescent cake and bride/groom M&M’s, from the significance of the memory table to the significance of the ring-bearers pillow, it’s apparent that we not only incorporated meaningful symbolism within the smallest of details but ensured that the details also reflected “us.”

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Their marriage began as anyone would hope, surrounded by beauty, family, friends, and dedicated local businesses, working behind the scenes. It never ceases to amaze us at how these intensely collaborative, uniquely special days come together so flawlessly — but we’re constantly grateful for weddings like these, to remind us why we do what we do.

Special thank you to the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club for providing a space for love to bloom, and for every magnificent vendor {listed below!} who helped manifest Alyssa and Porfirio’s dreams.

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Reception Venue: Event Center at Sandia Golf Club

{Coordination by Lauren Danielle Landavazo | IG: @sandia_golf_club}

Photography: Talitha Tarro Photography | IG: @talithatarro

DJ: Cutmaster Music | IG: @cutmastermusic

Decor: Occasion Services & Events | IG: @ose_events

Florist: Diamante Floral and Gifts

Cake: Simply Sweet By Darci

Video: Southwest Wedding Films | IG: @southwestweddingfilms

Wedding Party Formalwear: Forever Yours Bridal | IG: @foreveryoursbridalnm

Bride’s Dress: Ann Matthews Bridal | IG: @annmatthewsbridal

Ceremony: Church of the Incarnation, Rio Rancho, New Mexico