2018 Diamond Dash Wedding Show Recap

Did you hear about the absolutely magical, high-energy, fun-filled, spectacular something that happened this past October? We hope you did, or even better, we hope you were one of the hundreds of local, engaged couples and wedding professionals who joined us for our 2018 Diamond Dash Wedding Show!

Every year, we have the opportunity to host what is essentially a giant party, here in Albuquerque, for all our local engaged couples who are in the throes of wedding planning. And yes, we host lots of parties and wedding shows, but this one is the Diamond Dash, which makes it inherently special. See, if you don’t already know, this particular wedding show gets its name from the culminating moment of the show.

After engaged couples spend the day in the Hyatt Regency Downtown‘s vast and beautifully curated ballroom, chatting with local wedding professionals, winning prizes and coupons off services, watching a couture bridal fashion show, and spending their $500 in PWG Bucks, then comes the actual dash for diamonds.

This year, we invited 5 brides-to-be from the crowd of hundreds to come and don the signature aprons and tiaras required to jump into the baked goodness. Kindly made by Cake Fetish, the glamorously towering black wedding cake had, of course, diamond jewelry (valued at over $1,000) along with four other prizes hidden inside.

With their cake-diving gear on and ready to go, and the rest of the crowd anxiously awaiting the victory, the five awesome ladies tore into the beautiful cake and one by one, pulled out their prizes. We love the competitive spirit that comes out when diamond jewelry is involved, so when this year’s festivities resulted in some harmless catfighting, we were thrilled.

Check out all the incredible details from every vendor through the lens of Photographic Perspectives below, and take a peek at the live action with the incredible recap video from Glory Ranch Films! To register for the next Diamond Dash Wedding Show, click here!

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Get $500 Off Your Wedding at the Diamond Dash!

Ah yes, our most popular event of the year has come around again. It’s the Diamond Dash! Famed for the apex of the event — the actual diamond dash, where a lucky few engaged couples get the chance to dive into a giant wedding cake to hunt around for diamond jewelry that’s baked inside — this year, it’s the very last wedding show of 2018, on October 28th.

Typically, the opportunity to win diamond jewelry, tons of other prizes + giveaways, all while enjoying cocktails and conversations with Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s local wedding experts is enough to draw in all of New Mexico’s gorgeous engaged couples. But, there’s one more hidden little perk to doing your wedding planning in person at a Perfect Wedding Guide wedding show, and it only happens at the Diamond Dash

PWG Bucks.

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What are PWG bucks exactly? They’re essentially free wedding service coupons, except they’re totally customizable. So the power is totally in your hands and you get to choose what service to use them on. All participating vendors have special packages or services available that you can take up to $500 off of!

The best part is the PWG Bucks come in increments of $100. Which means you can spend five on five different wedding services, three on one big package, two on two, etc., etc. Big decisions, we know!

This next part is an important one though — how do you get the most bang for your PWG Buck?

Our advice is to start planning out your PWG Bucks budget the moment you register for the event. That way, you can come to the show already knowing which types of wedding professionals you still need to connect with. Then, when you walk in the door of the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, you’ll already know which booths to spend your $500.

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Perusing through the myriad of wedding vendor booths with your $500 in hand, you can absorb some IRL (in real life) wedding inspiration, chat with local professionals, and even snag some snacks and freebies from all the experts. Each professional who is currently participating in the PWG Bucks deal will have an adorable little sign on there table that clearly indicates that they will accept your PWG Bucks as a form of payment. Some more advice: if you see the sign, don’t be shy!

Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s vendors are wonderfully talented, it’s true, but they’re actually not mind-readers, if you can believe it! If you’re connecting with a local professional and want to use some of your $500 of free money, just let them know and get the conversation started. They’ll be happy to direct you to the packages available to you and let you know how many hundreds of dollars you can save.

Essentially, the PWG Bucks are your icebreakers and your wallet-savers in one.

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Lastly, remember that PWG Bucks themselves expire at 4pm, when the wedding show finally begins winding down and reaching a close. Luckily, because the local wedding professionals are constantly so considerate, most of them will allow you to redeem them up to a week — or even a month! — after the show. It’s all about the communication, so if you feel a connection with a vendor, but maybe need to talk it over with your partner before you book, just let your vendor know!

Ready to get started? Grab your tickets and secure your $500 by registering for the event here.

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Bride’s Night Out: 2018

Wedding shows aren’t everyone’s jam. Sometimes, spending your Sunday in a bustling crowd, chatting with local vendors just isn’t in the cards, and that’s totally okay! Which is why our Perfect Wedding Guide team tries to shake it up a bit.

Bride’s Night Out {which is just around the corner!} isn’t your typical wedding show. As the name of the event might indicate, it’s more of a night-on-the-town. You can bring your bridesmaids, best friends, soon-to-be-spouse, or just cruise around solo at Hotel Andaluz from 6 – 8pm on May 17, 2018. With a shorter show and a more intimate setting, the Bride’s Night Out is swanky and fun, and personally, my favorite event.

Albuquerque + Santa Fe’s best and brightest vendors come together for this night to create an experience for you. Like Isleta Resort, whose team had free lip scrub samples from their spa, and mini lipstick demos that left every engaged couple sparkling. Or Nature Pointe, with their adorable cookies + treats for you to take home, and of course, Selfie Sensation‘s super fun photo booth.

Plus, the first 50 couples who enter in the magnificence of Hotel Andaluz are given swag bags that are bursting with coupons, goodies, and wedding planning tips, all from local vendors. It’s not hard to be early either! Ibiza, Hotel Andaluz‘s rooftop lounge + bar, is the perfect place to hang out before the show. {Not to mention, it’s the best photo op spot for you Instagrammers out there.}

Then there’s the games, giveaways, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and glamour. Basically, this event is a girl’s night out, but with wedding planning and tons of free stuff included, too. You can unwind, meet some incredible business owners, and win prizes in one of Albuquerque’s most beautiful, historic venues.

So there you have it! We’ll see you there, right? Right. Text your bridesmaids and tell them to clear their calendar for the evening of May 17, 2018, and grab your tickets below.

Get your tickets here!

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April 19th 2013, Santa Fe Bridal Show, Engaged in the City Wedding Soiree

Don’t forget to join us on April 19th in Santa Fe at our Engaged in the City Wedding Soiree. It is going to be an exciting evening in the “City”, visiting with top wedding professionals in New Mexico. View the latest designs in bridal attire and be a part of our bridal bouquet toss giveaway filled with thousands of dollars worth of prizes!

The Engaged in the City Wedding Soiree is themed around the show Sex in the City.The ballroom will be accented with pink and black accents to keep the theme of the fun and flirty feeling of Sex in the City.

Here is our inspiration board to give you a better idea of what we are going for.

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This will be an event like no other!

Hilton Santa Fe is offering discounted room rates to attendees. You can receive a beautiful room at the Hilton Santa Fe for $129 a night. This rate is good for April 19th and 20th. To book a room with this amazing rate, click on this link:http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/SFEHIHF-PWG-20130419/index.jhtml

Pre-register and you will be entered to a random drawing to win a FREE 2 night stay in a newly renovated deluxe room OR 1 night stay in a traditional 1 bedroom casita at Hilton Santa Fe! You will also receive a welcome bottle of Champagne (or non-alcoholic sparkling wine) and chocolate covered strawberries and breakfast in bed (Room Service for 2 people).

August coupons from local wedding professionals

Perfect Wedding Guide makes it easy for you to save money on your wedding with some of Albuquerque and Santa Fe’s most trusted wedding professionals by offering you coupons from local wedding vendors each month. This month find savings from VideoWorks Productions, Mary Kay – Laura Loghry, Parties by Patty, Nature Pointe, Jewelry by Josana & Avista Video Histories. There is over $800 in savings this month!

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June wedding coupons from local wedding professionals

Save big bucks on your upcoming wedding! Perfect Wedding Guide brings you exclusive savings every month. This month save on wedding essentials like reception venues, wedding jewelry, videography and even wedding planning.

Local wedding businesses that are offering savings this month include: VideoWorks Productions, Inn at Rio Rancho, Parties by Patty, Nature Pointe, Jewelry by Josana,  and Avista Video Histories.

Save big this May with over $1000 worth of local savings

Save big bucks on your upcoming wedding! Perfect Wedding Guide brings you exclusive savings every month. This month save on wedding essentials like reception venues, ceremony harp music, videography and even wedding planning.

Local wedding businesses that are offering savings this month include: VideoWorks Productions, Inn at Rio Rancho, Parties by Patty, Nature Pointe, Sandi Ludescher – Harpist, and Avista Video Histories.