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If you just got engaged and happened to miss the Spring bridal shows – it’s not too late to attend some other great events happening in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  Visit Perfect Wedding Guide’s site for more information on events including pre-marital education classes, a winery bridal show, a gown salon open house, and a wedding planning bridal brunch.

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Check out the brand new video of Perfect Wedding Guide’s 1st Annual Santa Fe Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show this past February. See the action close up of brides diving into a real cake in search of diamond jewelry. Maybe you will spot someone you know! Thank you to all the brides who attended NMWP’s free Wedding Planning 101 class before the bridal show! Video produced by fellow NMWP member, Avista Video Histories.

Video Produced by Avista Video Histories

Weren’t able to make it the show or the Wedding Planning 101 class? Become a Fan on Facebook and stay in the know about upcoming bridal events and to receive exclusive discounts from members of the New Mexico Wedding Professionals.

Thank you to all the brides who came to NMWP’s Wedding Planning 101 class on January 17th, 2010! Join us at our next wedding planning seminar on February 21st in Santa Fe.

We held a successful pre-bridal show wedding planning class this past month at Perfect Wedding Guide’s Bridal Show at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Albuquerque and will be holding another seminar on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at Perfect Wedding Guide’s 1st Annual Santa Fe Bridal Show at the Santa Fe Hilton Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder. “Wedding Planning 101” will be held at 11:30am before the bridal show and will be held in the Buffalo Thunder’s Wedding Chapel.  It is free to attend for all brides, click here to register for Wedding Planning 101.

Here is what some of the brides who attended Wedding Planning 101 on January 17th had to say:

“Great Information! Thank you!”

“Thank you so much for all of this! All the information was useful and things that I didn’t know, now I know. Thank you!”

“Thank you for doing this. I would not have known where to start.”

“The budgeting information was the most helpful.”

“Helped us with the beginning stages of planning.”

“I thought the format was very well done and informative.”

“It helped me realize some questions I need to ask in regards to our wedding.”

Join us at NMWP’s free Wedding Planning 101 class at 11:30am to prepare you for the bridal show that will follow. 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. The bridal show will begin at 1:00pm and last until 4:00pm. At the Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show at the Santa Fe Hilton Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder, brides will be able to meet and talk to the  finest wedding professionals in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, see the latest in bridal attire at the fashion show, and get the chance to dive into a large wedding cake in search of FREE diamonds!

In addition, register to win a $25,000 wedding at the show! Bridal Show tickets are only $5.00 in advance, and $10.00 at the door. Click here to get your advance tickets.

See you on Sunday, February 21!

Come join us at the Art of the Table this Sunday at Albuquerque Marriott Hotel on Louisiana. Check out NMWP’s decorated table and other beautifully decorated all occasion tables. Also enjoy delightful refreshments provided by the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel.

This event, brought to you by the Association of Bridal Consultants, is $12.00 at the door. Advanced tickets only cost $10.00 and can be purchased at www.perfectweddingguide.com. Cash will only be accepted at the door.

Contributions will be made to the American Cancer Society, the ABC Miss Dorothy Scholarship Fund, and a local charity.

Don’t miss this great event!

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2009
Place: Albuquerque Marriott Hotel
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Price: $10.00 IN ADVANCE
Location: 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

We are also proud to sponsor the Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show on January 17, 2010 in Albuquerque, and on February 21, 2010 in Santa Fe.

Both bridal shows start at 1:00pm, however the NMWP is offering a free one hour class before both of the shows at 11:00am. This class is brought to you by the New Mexico Wedding Professionals (NMWP)  and will help you get prepared for the same-day Bridal Show. 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. To register for the free class and to find out more information, click here.

To keep up to date on all NMWP events, become a Facebook Fan.

It’s natural to be nervous about what to say during your groom’s speech. After all, men aren’t b371b68b-00c9-4601-9bde-22bdd3b7dbc3_thumbLargealways known for being the most sentimental creatures—especially when it comes to affairs of the heart. But taking the time to pen an honest and heartfelt “thank you” to your bride, friends and family is a worthwhile effort that those closest to you will treasure for years to come.

As you prepare to write your groom’s speech, make a list of all those you’d like to recognize. Your bride, of course, as well as your parents will certainly make the cut, but what about the other important folks who deserve a nod?Maybe your cousin who introduced you to your wife? Or perhaps the college buddy who went with you to pick out the engagement ring? Consider all those who helped make the day possible—without their advice, love and support you wouldn’t be there celebrating your wedding day—and find an endearing way to include them in your speech.

As a rule of thumb in wedding etiquette, the father of the bride is usually the first to receive acknowledgement. Let him know how much you respect him and thank him for giving his blessing to have his daughter’s hand in marriage. Next, thank the bride’s mother for her support and for her success in raising such a wonderful person—who happens to be the woman you love!

Next in line to thank are your parents. As you turn to your mom and dad, tell them how much you love and appreciate them for giving you guidance throughout your life. Let them know how happy you are that they’re present to share with you in this precious moment, and how you look forward to them being there to witness many milestones as you grow as a couple. After you’ve saluted both sets of parents, your groom’s speech should highlight the wedding party and other special guests. You can use this moment to recount funny stories, special memories and the sort. Remember, your families are present, so it might be a good idea to leave out any distasteful jokes or not reveal any moments that might embarrass you, or worse, your bride.

Next up is the best man. After all, he’s your best man for a reason; take this time to tell him why. Explain how much his friendship means to you and why you chose him to serve in that important role. You can tell a funny story here as well, but remember, be tactful, as to not make anyone feel uncomfortable at the mention of a tasteless remark.

Now, for the moment that everyone is waiting for; it’s time for you turn to your lovely bride and verbally express your love for her. One charming way to relay the sentiment is to weave together a story with a central theme. For example, let her know how you felt when you first met; how excited you were when you two went on your first date;or tell her she’s your first love. Let the theme of “firsts” become the focal point and finish by saying how you can’t wait until you share other “firsts” with her as well. By putting a little emotion into what you say to your bride during the groom’s speech, you can guarantee there won’t be a dry eye in the house!

And as the grand finale of your groom’s speech, raise your glass, pull your bride close to you and toast to your new lives together as husband and wife. 

Article by: Shauna Pointer, Publisher of Perfect Wedding Guide of New Mexico

Tips for Color Picking

Courtesy of Insight Photos

Courtesy of Insight Foto

When planning your wedding, nothing is more important than your personal touch.  Your guests will appreciate personal touches that exemplify your personalities.  One way of adding this personal touch is through a color scheme which can provide a focal point during the planning process and will show in the details on the day of your wedding (bridesmaids’ dresses, decorations, cake, favors, flowers, accessories, table linens and invitations). The colors you choose for your wedding day will help identify the style and set the tone for your entire event.  

Before selecting your wedding colors, consider the following:

  • What mood are you trying to create?  Vibrant colors add drama and flare, while soft colors evoke a more romantic atmosphere.
  • Where is your event taking place? Check the decorations, carpeting, and general atmosphere of your venue when choosing colors to complement.
  • In what season are you getting married? Choose colors that complement the season of the year, such as richer oranges and reds during the autumn, and lighter, gentler colors for a spring event.

There are several tools to help you with color selection. The first is a color wheel, which is composed of three primary colors: red, blue and yellow, plus a blend of in-between colors. Another helpful tool can be found at http://kuler.adobe.com/. This site contains hundreds of color palettes; you can also create and upload your own color schemes.

Tip: Try to limit your colors to two or three. Use subdued colors for an elegant look.

The bulk of your wedding budget will go toward the wedding reception. Wedding planning 101 tells us that the best way to cut cost is by managing the guest list. If you have a long wedding guest list and limited funds, look for ways to have a beautiful wedding that fits your budget.

Photo By: Orpheus and Aphrodite

Photo By: Orpheus and Aphrodite

Traditionally, the bride’s family sets the wedding guest list number. But with more couples paying for their own weddings and more grooms’ families helping out, your wedding guest list and its size affect everyone involved.

Often there’s an equal division—a third to your family, a third to your fiance’s family, and a third shared by you and your fiance. Traditionally, when the bride and groom come from the same town, both families are allocated an equal number of guests, with mutual friends shared among the three lists. If your groom comes from a distant location, consider allocating fewer guests for his family. Send announcements rather than invitations to those distant friends and acquaintances who are unlikely to attend. Read More…