Spilling the Beans: Wedding Vendors’ Best Kept Secrets

One of the most fabulous parts of working with incredible, local wedding vendors is having the inside scoop on all things wedding planning. The downside? No one on our team is currently engaged (yet!), so what can we do with all these amazing tips and tricks?

Well, share them with you, of course! Whether it’s local deals and promotions, wedding budget calculators, or upcoming wedding shows, we always try to pass on these goodies to all the lovely brides in our sphere and around the world.

{Some say we’re terrible at keeping secrets, but really we’re just wedding enthusiasts.}

This time around, we asked some of our favorite local vendors to divulge their best kept secrets of the industry. So read on, bride-to-be! Check out these four ways to make the most of your wedding day.


Photo + Gown: Maggie Sottero

Remember to keep an open mind in terms of designer and style. A dress always looks different on the body than it does on the rack! Choose your consultation party wisely. When deciding who to bring, limit it to those whose opinions matter the most. Make sure to start looking for and order a dress early on! It can take can up to 3-9 months, especially for big designers, for a dress customized to your specifications to come in. If you’re a bride on a budget, don’t hesitate to ask your dress shop for discontinued dresses. You will almost always receive a bargain on those kinds of gowns.

– Darlene, with Bridal Elegance by Darlene





One of the thriftiest wedding cake hacks out there and one that can give you the biggest bang for your buck is here!  Instead of creating one extravagant cake that can feed all of your guests, have your baker create a small cake, which is meant for the cake-cutting, pictures, & feeding a few guests. Then, have a simpler, easy to cut sheet cake that can be hidden in the kitchen and cut up afterwards for all your wedding guests to enjoy. You can also utilize a dummy tier out of foam. Many bakeries can help achieve the look of a multi-tiered wedding cake for less by substituting decorated foam tiers in between real tiers of cake. This will be a huge blessing to your bank account… trust us!”

Birdie, with The Cake Boutique


…the general advice you will get is to think about the basics:  the price and thecapacity. However, the process of selecting a venue can really make or break your planning experience. Once you have selected one, it should be a place that leaves you feeling completely confident about your big day, not frustrated or depleted. Once all of the planning is done, everything will come together and it will center around the venue,  so ask the tough questions and make sure that you trust the venue to execute your vision.

Lauren, The Event Center at Sandra Golf Club





Remember, this is the time in your life that you will be the most photographed.  Why not make the most of it and be camera ready at all times? When booking your wedding trial run with your hair and makeup artist, book your engagement pictures after. Or perhaps plan it to be done on the morning of your bridal shower, that way you can be camera ready for the shower.

Ric Kent, Hair and Makeup Artist

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Red: A Storybook Styled Shoot

The first time we saw these photos from magic-maker, Maura Jane Photography, our jaws quite literally dropped. That’s because when we hear the words “winter wedding styled shoot,” we think muted hues, cozy cups of hot chocolate, and maybe a faux fur shawl or two. We were totally unprepared for this striking, fairytale-esque shoot straight from wedding heaven!

(Although, we shouldn’t have been surprised that Maura Jane gave life to such a remarkable concept. She has a way of enchanting everything she photographs.)

From the perfect plum lip to the balanced-yet-wild bouquet, Maura and her dream team of local vendors truly brought their A-game to this sophisticated and invigorating shoot. We’re expecting to see this deep contrast and bold color scheme popping up in winter weddings everywhere this 2018 because, well, how could you not be inspired to do the same?!




Inspired by the beautiful winter weather and the moodiness of the red riding hood fairy tale we decided to put together a winter bridal portrait session with a little bit of a fairy tale twist. Using the deep color of Marsala as opposed to bright red, we wanted to add more mood to the shoot as well as inspire brides getting married in colder months. Protea and berries were added to the bouquet complete with long feathers for something unique.

-Maura Jane, Owner of Maura Jane Photography 





Meet the vendors who made this fairytale possible:

Concept + Photography: Maura Jane Photography | Hair + Makeup: Genica Lee

Gown: Bridal Elegance by Darlene | Floral: The Flower Company 

Model: Jaiden Mazon

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Say Yes to the Brides by Demetrios Dress!

Brides, you deserve to walk down the aisle in your dream dress.  A dress that  fits you like a glove, that makes you feel proud, radiant and beautiful and finding this dress could be in your near future!  Make fantasies a reality by visiting the Cosmobella 2014 collection preview at the Brides by Demetrios trunk show.

The event starts on May 31 and ends on June 2 and they are offering 15% off all trunk show inventory!

Consider these 5 things before visiting the trunk show:

1)  Decide on the style of your dress depending on the location of your wedding.

2) Set a budget and stick to it!

3) Bring back up- your mom, sisters, best friends, MOH or all of the above.

4) Have an idea of the gown style you are seeking but also keep an open mind.  Do you want off the shoulder, fit and flair, silk, lace, a sweetheart neckline, bead work?  Oh the possibilities!

 5) Start early and most of all, have fun!

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Nicole’s Boutique to Host Bridal Trunk Show May 9th-May 11th

Finding the perfect wedding gown has to one of the most important things to check of your checklist while wedding planning. Well brides, you’re in luck , Nicole’s boutique is hosting a trunk show featuring gorgeous Anjolique wedding gowns, Andrew Adela and Ambiance dresses.

Join them on May 9th, 10th and 11th from the hours of 10:00am-6:00pm.

If your purchase your gown during the sale you will be sure to receive a great discount! Stop by with your whole bridal party, check out some beautiful dresses, and have some refreshments!

In addition to the trunk show, they  have discounted several dresses to sell off the rack to make room for their new inventory.  All jewelry and head pieces are also 25% off this weekend!


May 9- May 11th

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Nicole’s Boutique
8001 Wyoming Ave. NE Suite C-5, Albuquerque, NM 87113
(505) 797-2442
Tickets: FREE
  Check out a couple of the stunning gowns you can expect to see at the show.
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trunk show
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Fabulous Bridal Fashion Friday! Featuring Laura Sheppherd


 Gown shopping has to be one of the most stressful things about wedding planning. Make it a little easier by first getting an idea of what your looking for.  My advice is to go browse Laura Shepperd’s online collection of wedding gowns. It is comprised of gorgeous dresses from Pronovias and Laura Sheppherd herself-  and they are fabulous!

Laura Shepperd is currently taking orders for 2013 Pronovias and 2013 Laura Sheppherd. They also have a great selection of previous collections from both designers that are on sale for 30% to 50% off.

If you are looking for something unique,original and elegant then there is definitely something waiting for you at

Laura Sheppherd.

{Pronovias Diango}
Pronovias Ugena
{Pronovias Ugena}
Pronovias Urda
{Pronovias Urda}
That last dress reminds me of Grandmother’s gown. I love it!
What kind of dress do you see yourself in on your special day ? Comment below, we love feedback!

Wedding Guests: What Not to Wear

Our very own Susan Southerland, National Expert for Perfect Wedding Guide was interviewed by Huffpost Weddings about what wedding guests should not wear. Below is the complete article

Weddings are a great place to people watch. Observing family dynamics (both the sweet moments and the crazy drama) is more entertainment than much of what you see on television.

I also really enjoy watching guests’ fashion decisions. You can learn a lot about what’s hot for different body types, and even more interestingly — you can see what is an absolute fashion faux pas for everyone. Here are some tips to help you avoid being thegauche guest the next time you attend a wedding.

1. Avoid wearing white: Unless you are invited to a white-themed wedding, don’t take attention away from the bride by showing up in a white gown. Trust me, people will talk!

2. Don’t wear anything too short or too low-cut: Even worse, don’t wear something that is both too short and too low-cut. I have spent hours watching guests tugging their dresses down and then adjusting them back up only to have to repeat that over and over again. Other guests will notice. It looks hilarious, but I’m sure it’s quite uncomfortable.

3. Ladies, wear appropriate undergarments: In other words, please wear underwear, or Spanx, or something under your dress. This is especially important if you decide to wear something short. (see item number two above) I have witnessed many female wedding guests on the dance floor who show off more than I think they intended.

4. Take cues from the wedding invitation about the formality of the event: Is the invitation itself formal or casual? Does the wedding take place after six o’clock or during the day? Is the ceremony in a house of worship or an outdoor setting? These are all indicators of how you should dress. Formal invitation equals formal attire. After six usually means to dress more formally than during the day. Churches, synagogues and even hotel ballrooms tend to be more formal than a park, garden or a beach. If you absolutely cannot figure out how to dress by looking at the invitation, don’t be shy. It’s better to ask the bride, groom or their families than show up in something that sticks out like a sore thumb.

5. Wear clothing appropriate for going to a house of worship: This means no sneakers, jeans, t-shirts or tank tops. Many churches and synagogues also require that women’s shoulders be covered, so if you want to wear something a little sexy for the reception, make sure to bring along a sweater or jacket so that you can cover up for the ceremony.

6. Don’t wear casual clothes to a formal wedding: It is so awkward to be dressed for a sporting event while everyone else is dressed in cocktail attire. During my duties as a wedding planner, I have nearly had security toss out guests who are dressed in jeans and t-shirts, not because I am a self-appointed fashion police officer, but because I have mistaken them for wedding crashers!

7. Don’t wear formal clothes to a casual wedding: Being overdressed for a wedding is just as uncomfortable as being underdressed. You may also inadvertently detract from the wedding party if you are dressier than they are.

8. Wear appropriate shoes: I have worked on many beach and garden weddings where ladies show up in stiletto-heeled shoes. Walking through the sand or sinking into the lawn is horribly uncomfortable. If you want to wear those stylish heels, bring an extra pair of flats to make sure that you can glide through the grass.

When it comes to dressing for a wedding, don’t be afraid to show your personal style, just be mindful that in addition to the wedding being a party, it is a significant ceremony and right of passage. Keep the simple tips above in mind, and you will have no problem dressing to impress!

NY Bridal Market: Runway Photos and Emerging trends

Once a bride-to-be says yes to a proposal, she simply cannot wait to pick out that beautiful wedding dress, but as brides start to look, it can be extremely overwhelming, according to The Huffington Post. However, the bride will find the gown she always wanted.

“You’ll find the right, dream dress,” designer Romona Keveza told the news source. “When you know, you know. And it’s in your heart, not your head. Just like when you found the right guy.”

Many brides-to-be look to the catwalk to see what the latest trends will be, and after the New York Bridal market this past weekend, a number of trends emerged for spring 2013. According to the New York Daily News, there was a wide range of styles walking down the runway. Everything from classic gowns to vintage Hollywood appeared, including short hemlines with long trains to layers of tulle and French lace.

The basic colors of ivory, champagne and bright white ruled the runway, but designer Vera Wang added a few different hues. The famous wedding dress designer, who last year showed off a series of black gowns, presented dresses in scarlet and crimson. Designers Keveza and Oscar de la Renta also featured red gowns.  Below are images taken at the New York Bridal Market by Perfect Wedding Guide.

Ines di Santo
Ines di Santo
Anne Barge
Peplum skirts at Amsale
Kelly Faetanini
Sarah Jassir
Alfred Angelo
Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld cocktail presentation