These Tips Will Help You Set Realistic Expectations from Your Bridesmaids

 Bridesmaids' expectations

Bridesmaids' expectations

With all the stress and the anxiety of planning a New Mexico wedding, things can easily get out of hands – and you can very easily slip into a mental breakdown that could affect your relationships with the people around you.

As some of your closest friends, your bridesmaids are most likely of becoming the target of your Bridezilla moments.

Sure, they will take it and they will understand you and the situation you’re in – but how can you avoid these moments from even happening?

·       They are there to help you. They really are. They will lick the stamps, they will help you choose the dress, and they will nicely attend their own fitting sessions too. They will help you pick the perfect color palette and bombard you with wedding ideas when you have just gotten engaged. They will support even the ideas they don’t particularly like because they understand this is YOUR wedding day and you’re allowed to plan it exactly as you want. However, please understand your bridesmaids have lives of their own, so they might not be able to dedicate all of their free time to your wedding tasks – set a realistic expectation there.

·       They are there to make you happy on the Big Day. They will dance with you, they will make sure you eat something, they will help you dress up, and they will join you in the ladies’ room. They will carry around your SOS kit and help you when Uncle Johnny gets a tad too tipsy for a classy event. They will absolutely LOVE you to the end of the world and back, not just on your wedding day, but every other day before that and after that – and you can surely expect them to be there for you when you need a shoulder to lean on.

·       They are there to cover some expenses too. Your bridesmaids will pay for some of the expenses – and not just for their dresses. They might chip in for you to have a really fun bachelorette party and a touchy, beautiful bridal shower too. However, do set realistic expectations when it comes to this as well: your bridesmaids may not have a fortune to spend on your wedding, so make sure to not burden them too much.

DON’T Do These Things on Social Media When You Get Engaged

 Social media etiquette for your wedding

Social media etiquette for your wedding

Getting engaged is bound to make you feel really excited – so it’s easy to forget there are some rules you still have to follow (and even more, there are etiquette rules that have taken shape precisely because of our very modern, connected lives).

For example, do you know what are the things you should NOT do on social media when you get engaged and planning your dream wedding in New Mexico? We have some tips for you – read on and find out more.

·       You should NOT share engagement pictures before announcing your parents and your closest friends. This is pretty much common sense, especially given that you don’t want your former classmate you didn’t get along with to find out before your own mom does. Furthermore, waiting for a bit longer will give you the opportunity to shoot really pretty pictures you’ll be even prouder to share online.

·       You should NOT share wedding registry information on social media. This is considered to be tacky, so it’s best to stay away from the practice. The only place acceptable to share your wedding registry is your wedding website (or going the old-school path and letting your closest friends and family members spread out the news).

·       You should NOT complain about wedding planning on social media. Just don’t, even if it might feel the easiest thing in the world. Nobody wants to see a bridezilla when they log into Facebook – you wouldn’t like it either. So why not sit down, calm yourself, and talk to someone in your entourage about the things that are stressing you out, rather than lashing out to strangers?

You should NOT forget about the wedding hashtag. It’s not a true MUST of modern wedding etiquette, but it’s such a nice addition! Not only will it add personality and uniqueness to your wedding day, but it will also allow guests to share photos under the same hashtag – and consequently, it will allow you to collect these pictures much easier than otherwise (all you have to do is search up your wedding hashtag the day after the wedding).

Considering a black & white wedding?

 black and white weddings

black and white weddings

Considering a Black and White Wedding? Hear These Tips Out, Then!

Many people believe black and white can easily become boring, especially when used for the décor of a wedding. However, that is not entirely true.

At the end of the day, pulling off a black and white wedding in New Mexico can make a huge statement and it can be just the kind of event that will always be timeless.

How do you do it, though? What are some of the black and white elements you could play around with when creating your wedding? We have some tips for you – read on if you want to find out more.

·       You don’t have to go full-black with the accessories. A black wedding belt or bow may feel slightly outdated, but a pair of black crystal earrings or a clutch purse with black and white Swarovski crystals encrusted in it will look timelessly classy. In fact, this kind of black and white accessories are bound to make you feel like a Hollywood diva in the 40s.

·       You really don’t have to ruin white flowers and paint them black either. You can just have a simple white flower-based bouquet and wrap it in something black (we’d stay away from satin, as that can feel outdated as well). Or, if you want that pop of darkness in your actual bouquet as well, choose white anemones for it. They have a darker center that is very close to black – and they are bound to look absolutely elegant as part of your black and white wedding too.

·       If you cannot wear a lot of black (although you totally can, because even designers are coming up with GORGEOUS black wedding dresses), your bridesmaids surely can. In fact, they will be happy to wear black – and from a number of points of view. Not only is black universally flattering, but your super-ladies will definitely find it easy to wear a black dress to any other event as well. Plus, black dresses come in all fabrics, styles, and lengths imaginable, so you can definitely find something that coordinates them, so that your bridesmaids look great in the pictures.

Tips for the Most Fun Wedding Reception Ever

 Wedding Reception tips to make it fun in NM

Wedding Reception tips to make it fun in NM

Your wedding ceremony is bound to be a river of emotions – but your wedding reception should be nothing less than absolutely FUN. It should be a big party you throw to celebrate your love story – and it should help guests create the kind of memories they will never forget.

What are the best tips to help you make your wedding reception feel incredibly entertaining and memorable? We have some tips for you – continue reading and find out more.

·       Make sure your wedding speeches and toasts aren’t too long. The shorter they are, the sweeter they are. It’s not that your guests don’t want to hear out these candid words, it’s just that too much of this moment and extending it for far too long into the reception will most likely bore out a lot of people – and that’s the last way you want your wedding reception to start.

·       Mix up your wedding First Dance. This is an ultra-romantic moment – but it doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to “break it” into a fun, entertaining moment for your guests to enjoy. Mix up different songs you and your loved one like and make this a mini-story – people will absolutely enjoy it!

·       Mix up your wedding music too. Speaking of mixes, it is very important to make sure your wedding DJ and/or band can play different songs and different genres at your wedding. This is crucial because your guests are very different, so they are more than likely triggered to dance by different types of music. Including as many genres and musical decades is, thus, something you absolutely must make sure of!

·       Bring in a little extra too. Have you considered hiring someone else, other than your DJ and/or band? There’s a ton of options out there! A caricaturist, a chef to live-cook food in front of your guests, a food truck to delight them with a late night snack, a fire acrobat, a magician (for the little ones) – there’s really something for every couple’s tastes. Bring in an extra-entertainer and you will not regret it!

The Ultimate Wedding Dress Trends of 2019

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wedding dress trends

OK, 2019 may feel very far away, as we haven’t even reached mid-2018. However, for a bride who just got engaged in New Mexico and who wants to make sure she has enough time to plan ahead her Big Day, finding the right wedding dress will soon start to be a priority.

What are the wedding dress trends of 2019, though? We have some ideas for you – so read on and find out more.

·       A lot of shine. It’s not the satin shine of the 2000s, but a shine given by sparkles in all shapes and colors, industrial amounts of glitter, pearl embellishments, and everything in between. If you want to go grand in 2019, the best way to do it is by choosing a design that dares to shine and be more glamorous than anything ever before.

·       Special sleeves. OK, we know you might be thinking of those oversized puffy sleeves of the 80s, but it’s not the case here. There are various interpretations of those sleeves that get a far more modern touch today, and there are other types of “special sleeves” too (e.g. the detachable ones, which seem to continue the off-the-shoulder wedding dress trend, bringing it to a whole new level).

·       Royal touches. It’s pretty much expected that the royal wedding on the 19th of May will influence the wedding world for at least one year from now on (and even more, if you think a lot of brides are still in love with Kate Middleton’s dress!). Therefore, prepare yourself to see a lot of trends that include tiaras, over-the-top wedding trains, and real opulence in all things wedding dress-related. Plus, expect to see Meghan Markle’s wedding dress re-interpreted for many months from now on.

·       Ultimate minimalism. If you’re not one to fall for the over-the-top dress trend, you will definitely love going towards the more minimalist extreme. Simple cuts, simple fabrics, simple designs – they have their own special type of elegance that looks marvelous, especially in an urban setting – so why not embrace the trend as well?

Check out Uptown Bride  in Albuquerque for the latest in fashions and selections. 

When You Should Give Your Parents Their Wedding Gifts

 Gifts for your parents

Gifts for your parents

Your parents are absolutely amazing. They not only raised you to be a wonderful adult, but ever since you got engaged, they’ve been nothing but supporting, caring, and loving with you and the person who will enter their family as your life partner. Of course, you want to show your parents how much they mean to you – and offering them a pretty wedding gift is one of the best ways to do this.

When is the right time to give your parents their wedding gifts? We have some ideas for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Most couples do it during the rehearsal dinner. And that’s perfectly fine. The rehearsal dinner is official, it’s close to the wedding itself, and it just feels a little less chaotic than the wedding day – so take a few minutes to privately talk to your parents and thank them for all that they’ve done. They will definitely tear up!

·       The morning of the wedding is just as good a time as well. You will most likely have a getting ready session and your mom will be invited. Even more, you might even want to have a First Look photo session with your father. The morning of the wedding is quieter than the reception and it’s filled with the emotions and nervousness of the event ahead of you – so it’s a really wonderful time to offer your parents the amazing gifts you’ve picked up for them.

·       The morning after the wedding is really great too. Want to make sure you really have the time to make this the wonderful moment it deserves to be? Push the wedding gift giving to the morning after the wedding – but only if you know your parents will be spending the night at your wedding location. Make this a mini event – organize a small brunch for you parents and closest friends, and offer their gifts then. It’s a really nice way to wrap up the most unforgettable event of your life!

 

Are You Making These Wedding Etiquette Mistakes?

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Wedding etiquette

Wedding etiquette can be a downright awful affair if you don’t know where to start, or better said, which of the etiquette rules are still standing, even today, in 2018. Of course, things have changed a lot since your mom got married, but some of the rules are still as strong as they were a couple of decades ago.

What are the mistakes you might be tempted to make, but which should be definitely avoided? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Not being very clear, with absolutely everyone, on who is invited and who is not invited. It’s perfectly fine to not invite plus-ones (unless they’re married or in very serious relationships). And yes, it’s OK to not want to invite kids as well. These are personal choices and your guests will definitely want to respect that. However, if you want to do this, you want to make sure you are very clear about it from the RSVPs. Simply wording the RSVPs in a way that makes it clear who’s invited and who’s not will make the world of a difference and will avoid very awkward situations on both sides!

·       Not specifying the location of the wedding on your Save the Dates. It may feel there’s a very long way to go between now and the wedding, but the reason you’re sending out Save the Dates is because you want to make sure everyone can attend. That means some people will have to take a day or two off work, they have to make travel arrangements, as well as financial plans – and to do that, they need not only the date of the wedding, but also the location. Make sure you include it!

·       Using pre-printed Thank You cards. Your guests took the time to actually attend your wedding, bring a gift, and celebrate your love story. Each of them deserves a hand-written Thank You card from you and there’s absolutely no negotiation on this! Yes, it may take a bit of time to actually write down your thank you notes (especially if you have a lot of guests), but it’s the right thing to do!

Plan a Superb Backyard Wedding

 Backyard weddings

Backyard weddings

Summer is almost here – and together with it, we’re all looking forward to see a lot of outdoor weddings happening. Of course, many types of New Mexico wedding venues offer outdoor options – but what if you want an intimate backyard wedding?

Well, they’re very popular these days – and you have all the reasons to settle on the idea too. Following, we have gathered some of the best backyard wedding planning ideas – so read on and find out more.

·       Location does not need to dictate your style. So, if you live in New Mexico, but want a wedding that’s more inspired by the bigger cities in the North, you can totally do it. The key here lies in making sure you bring together elements of both worlds: the heat and exotic touches of New Mexico, combined with the minimalist and timeless touches of the Northern cities.

·       Likewise, if you don’t have a house large enough to host a wedding (or if you live in an apartment), you still have options. If you choose the right wedding venue, you can actually create that backyard vibe even if you’re not actually at home. A long rectangular table (or a bunch of smaller, round ones arranged closely to each other), a wedding tent, cozy and comforting foods served family-style – these elements will make your wedding venue feel a lot more familiar and comfortable for everyone invited. Remember though, if you want a small wedding, you should make sure the venue is not too large – otherwise, you might end up with a space that is obviously empty (which tends to make the event feel less “backyard-esque”).

·       There are also cases when brides don’t necessarily want a backyard wedding, but a themed one – but their own backyard makes a lot more sense from a financial point of view. Again, it can be all done with the right décor. For instance, if you want a rustic barn-like wedding in your own backyard, opt for dark rental furniture, use simple table linens and runners, and bring in a lot of greenery.

Creating Your Wedding Website? Here Are the Top Tips to Keep in Mind!

 Websites for your wedding

Websites for your wedding

Having a wedding website is so advantageous, and from so many points of view! It’s an easy way of communicating important details with your guests, an even easier way of centralizing information from them, and a truly great way of showing off your entire New Mexico wedding planning process. Plus, building a wedding website can be actually inexpensive (and even free) - so you really have all the reasons to love the idea.

What are some of the elements your wedding website should absolutely include? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Include an RSVP section. Gathering all of your RSVPs online, on your website, is a lot easier than gathering them on paper. Not only is it actually easier to centralize and count them, but it is actually a lot easier for guests to send them in as well – so you really have all the reasons to do it.

·       Include a registry. Including registry information on the invitation is a major faux-pas. However, this does NOT stand true for the wedding website too. In fact, it is completely recommended to include this on your website – especially if you have online stores you have registered to as well. It will make it so much easier for wedding guests to purchase and send the gift they have picked for you – and, of course, it will make it easier for them to make sure you will actually like the gift too.

·       Include maps and GPS coordinates. Making sure your guests can actually reach your wedding location is crucial – so remember to include a section to provide them with maps and GPS coordinates. If they’re on their smartphones, they will be easily able to just tap the coordinates and follow the instructions to find your wedding venue.

·       Make it personal. Same as everything wedding-related, your wedding website should feel personal and unique. Coordinate its design with that of your wedding invitations to make it look part of a “grander plan”. Also, remember to add a section with engagement photos, wedding sneak-peaks, and so on – it will make guests feel invested in your wedding and excited about the upcoming event.

 

Have you booked all of your wedding vendors for your Big Day in New Mexico? If you’re still searching for the right ones, remember to contact New Mexico Wedding Expos & Guide and come visit our show – you won’t regret it!

Here’s What You Can Do with the Bouquet after the Wedding

 Bridal bouquets and what to do with them after the wedding

Bridal bouquets and what to do with them after the wedding

Your bridal bouquet is more than just an accessory – it’s part of your wedding look and, in the end, it’s part of what is supposed to be the most beautiful day of your life. Your wedding bouquet will bring together dreams, hopes, love, laughter, tears of emotion and a lot of meaningfulness.

What can you do with the bouquet once the wedding is over? We have some ideas for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Dry it. Hanging your bouquet upside down and drying it is one of the easiest things you can do to preserve this beauty. Be careful, though – this method does not necessarily guarantee your bouquet will live forever if you don’t handle it very carefully when it’s all dried out.

·       Press it. This is something you may have done with many other flowers, and it’s a method that’s been around for quite some time. If you want to make sure your pressed bouquet will survive the sands of time, have it framed and covered with glass once it’s pressed. This would make for a wonderful home décor item – so sentimental and beautiful!

·       Preserve it using wax. This method is a bit tricky, so it’s recommended that you test it out with other, less meaningful flowers first. To preserve the bouquet using wax, you should melt some paraffin in a saucepan, dip the flowers in it, and then rapidly pull them out. Again, this is a very tricky method, so you should definitely practice with other flowers first.

·       Have it professionally preserved. There are services that will preserve your bouquet, and there are different methods to do this. Some preserve their bouquets using silica gel, others preserve their bouquet in globes – which, same as the framed version described above, would make for an amazing piece of home décor. These are among the most expensive bridal bouquet preservation methods, but, as you will see, every penny will be worth it – your bouquet will stay frozen in time, intact, just as pretty as it was on the day you walked down the aisle holding it.

How to Have a Really Fun Wedding Reception

 Ideas for fun wedding receptions

Ideas for fun wedding receptions

There’s nothing like a fun wedding – with love in the air and good vibes hitting everyone, a good wedding will stick to people’s memory just like their favorite stories do.

Yet, how do you actually plan a genuinely fun wedding reception? We’ve gathered some tips to help you make the most of your Big Day – so read on if you’re searching for inspiration.

·       Include a small lounge area. While a lot of guests will want to dance all night long on great music, there will be some who will just want to chit-chat and connect with other people. That’s perfectly fine, as long as they’re feeling great – and to help them do that, you should definitely include a small lounge area somewhere farther away from the noise. Don’t forget to include nice décor here as well!

·       Don’t forget about the young guests – and by “young”, we mean very young. There’s a whole lot of fun activities you can plan for the children invited at your wedding. You could give them disposable cameras and ask them to take pictures. You could organize an entire table just for them, with fun games and coloring pages. You could even hire an entertainer just for the little ones. Put a smile on their faces and you’ll make their parents feel much better too!

·       Plan great food. Really. People love good food and it’s an absolute basic at any wedding. Don’t forget though: you can really go beyond the traditional wedding foods and include fun comfort foods everyone loves. Even more, including a DIY food station is an excellent idea – people will just line up to customize their own doughnuts, ice cream, wraps, or mashed potatoes.

·       Forget about the long toasts. Keep them short, sweet, and funny – and make sure anyone who speaks at your wedding is well aware of your timing as well. Everyone loves hearing nice words about the bride and groom – but long speeches tend to bore, and that’s the last thing you want at the very beginning of your wedding reception.

Still searching for the right wedding specialists in New Mexico? We’re here to help you have a fantastic wedding day – and the vendors included in our bridal show are bound to amaze you with their talent, skill and dedication. Come see for yourself!

How to Plan a Beautiful Birds and Butterflies-Themed Wedding

 Creating your themed wedding

Creating your themed wedding

With spring here, it was only natural that a lot of wedding designers got inspired by the gorgeous weather outside and the way Mother Nature herself has “designed” her own big event: the rejuvenation of everything.

Thus, the Birds and Butterflies wedding theme was born. Sweet and romantic, feminine and playful at the same time, this theme has already won the hearts of brides everywhere – and if you’re tempted by it too, you will definitely want to know how to pull it off the best way.

We have some tips to help you with this – read on and find out more.

·       Choose the right location. For this kind of wedding, location is key. You need an outdoor space with plenty of natural beauties, such as a flower garden, a meadow, or simply an outdoor wedding venue you can decorate with your own blooms (we would advise on finding something that already has plenty of flowers in the décor, so that you minimize the costs of your own wedding flowers).

·       Add the details. This kind of wedding theme is simple, low-key and really pretty, so you should definitely let your creativity run wild. Butterfly-shaped seating cards and “Bride” and “Groom” signs, a small butterfly accessory in your hair, a butterfly-themed bouquet wrap – these are the things that will bring your wedding theme to life.

·       As for the wedding party’s attires, you can always settle on simple colors that are coordinated with the wedding color scheme, and add accessories to suit the theme. For example, your bridesmaids could wear clutch purses with bird prints, and the groomsmen could incorporate a beautiful bird-shaped piece into their boutonnieres. How cute would that be, right?

What Are the Most Important Rules of a Wedding Ceremony?

 Wedding etiquette

Wedding etiquette

Wedding ceremonies are magical. They are filled with romance, emotion, and hope, and they make for memories neither the couple, nor the guests will ever forget.

What are some of the most important etiquette rules of a wedding ceremony? We have gathered them right below – so read on and find out more.

·       If you have decided not to receive anyone (aside from your mother and the bridal party) to your bridal suite, then make it happen. This is your right and people should respect it – after all, how would you be able to get ready if people would constantly come in and out of the suite? Put a sign on the door (“Mother of the Bride and Wedding Party only”), or ask a bridesmaid to “guard” the door and tell everyone you will be very happy to greet them after the ceremony. Also, do NOT make any exceptions if you have decided for this rule.

·       The ring bearer shouldn’t be older than 7, maximum 10 years old. So, if your future husband has a cousin who’s younger than everyone at the wedding, but older than a ring bearer, include him with the groomsmen (or as a “junior groomsman”).

·       If your father passed away, you can choose anyone else to “give you away” during the ceremony – or you can just walk down the aisle on your own, as being “given away” is not necessary these days. Also, you can definitely include a moment dedicated especially to your father – such as asking the officiant to say a few words or light a candle.

Best Tips for Budget-Friendly Wedding Flowers

 Budget wedding flowers

Budget wedding flowers

Your wedding flowers? Obviously, really important for a feminine, sweet, and romantic ambience at your wedding. However, spending a lot of money on your wedding flowers may not be an option for you – so what do you do then?

We have gathered some of the best tips for budget-friendly wedding flowers that look absolutely stunning – so read on and find out more.

·       Keep it simple. The simpler your wedding flower combinations are, the more likely it is that they won’t cost a fortune. For instance, you could create your bouquet with one or two types of flowers, and the boutonnieres and bridesmaids’ bouquets with just one of these blooms.

·       Add greenery. Lots of it. Really, greenery makes flower arrangements look absolutely stunning: refreshing, stylish, and more than well-suited for a spring or summer wedding. Not only is greenery less expensive than actual flowers, but it’s a huge trend as well, so you can really find a lot of inspirational sources on this!

·       Use candles. Same as greenery, candles will help you complement your flowers and create wedding centerpieces that look ultra-romantic and beautiful. Even the simplest white candles will add a lot of style and grace to your arrangements, so don’t be afraid to use it!

·       Use your space. Planning an outdoor wedding, backyard wedding, rustic wedding, vineyard wedding, or any other type of wedding that’s set in a location already very generous landscape-wise? Use less flowers in the areas that are naturally beautiful – as always, less really is more!

Pick a Wedding Veil That's Truly Suitable for You

 Veil shopping

Veil shopping

Your wedding style should reflect your personality and it should speak about who you are. Of course, your wedding gown is very, very important – but that doesn’t mean it’s the ONLY thing that’s important when creating a flawless wedding look. For instance, your wedding veil is very important too!

What are some of the trendiest wedding veil styles in 2018? We have some tips for you, so continue reading to find out more.

·       Vintage bride? If you want to create a wedding look that’s inspired by the most sophisticated of all decades (the 1920s, of course!), or if you simply want to add a vintage touch to your otherwise modern wedding, look for birdcage and cloche wedding veils. They look absolutely stunning, and they come in a very generous variety, so you have all the reasons to love them!

·       Minimalist bride? Some of you may be attracted by the elegance of simplicity and minimalist designs – and if that is the case, you should know there are a lot of options for you too. For instance, you could wear an elbow-length wedding veil made from a high quality tulle, and you will definitely look stunning!

·       Romantic bride? Of course you have options too! Flower appliques are very popular on wedding veils in 2018 – they come scattered in a lovely way, or brought together in intricate designs, on long and short veils alike. And if appliques are not your thing, lace inserts and embroidery are also very popular – so you can definitely create the most stunning romantic wedding look ever!

Best Flower Trends for the Year

 Flower trends for 2018

Flower trends for 2018

Flowers are a true staple in the wedding world. Fragile and beautiful, each with its own meaning, and an infinite combinations to make, wedding flowers are an important step in the wedding décor process.

What are some of the most fantastic flower trends for 2018 weddings? We have some tips for you – so read on if you need inspiration.

·       Moss. You may not think of moss as wedding-worthy, but designers have shown us that in 2018 even moss can become an elegant statement! Regardless of whether you choose to incorporate it in your wedding ceremony décor or create a monogram with it for the wedding cake table, moss will add that natural touch that looks so amazing when combined with elegant pieces. We love this idea!

·       Apricot peach and butter yellow-colored blooms. If you are looking for a pastel color that feels energizing and youthful at the same time, apricot peach is for you. If you want a lively, happiness-inducing color, try butter yellow. In both cases, you have plenty of flower options to fall in these color categories – ranging from chrysanthemums to peonies, Icelandic poppies, and Juliet roses. Fabulous!

·       Flower mandalas. Perfect for a summer wedding, flower mandalas have taken over the 2018 wedding trends – and oh, how pretty they look? Inspired by Indian mandalas, these flower arrangements are meaningful, beautiful, and really easy to pull off – you can use them for a beach wedding ceremony décor, or even for the wedding cake table at the reception. Plus, you can use whatever flowers you like, in whichever colors suit your wedding color scheme best!

3 Tips to Help You Plan an Unforgettable Engagement Party

 engagement parties!

engagement parties!

Congratulations on your engagement! You must be really excited about it – and that’s totally understandable, given the stunning ring and, more importantly, the huge declaration of love you have just received!

How to plan the perfect engagement party? What are some etiquette tips to really keep in mind when doing this? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Take your time. Your families will probably meet each other no more than one week after the engagement. However, that doesn’t mean you should rush the engagement party – in fact, you shouldn’t even throw it in the first month of your engagement. This will give you enough time to think through all of the details and plan something that’s congruent with your wedding style too.

·       DO register for gifts. Sure, registering for gifts is something you mainly do for the wedding itself. Still, there will be guests who might want to bring an engagement gift as well – and offering them a wedding registry to choose from is a really great idea if you want to make it easier for them.

·       Create a wise engagement party guest list. Etiquette says you should always invite your engagement party guests to the wedding too – so make sure you invite only people you are 100% certain will be invited at the wedding too. Also, try to make this less intimidating for your families by balancing out “his side” with “your side”.

Looking for the best wedding specialists in New Mexico already? Come and see the amazing vendors present at our Wedding Expos! Come visit our bridal show and start working with the very best wedding pros in the entire area – we promise

Don't Forget These Tips of Advice When Visiting a Bridal Show

 wedding show advice

wedding show advice

Visiting bridal shows is an amazing way to find wedding specialists that will truly satisfy you in helping you make your dream wedding come true. What are some of the most important tips to know when visiting a bridal show, though?

We have gathered some tips to help you make the most of your visit to the bridal show – so read on if you want to find out more.

·       Don’t leave home unprepared. Ideally, you should know what type of vendors you are looking for, what type of wedding you want, your wedding date, your guest head count, and your budget. We know sometimes this is not possible, but try to think of something broad at least – it will help you spot the best vendors for your particular situation.

·       Don’t rush. With so many stands to visit at a big bridal show, you might feel overwhelmed and rush through the entire process. However, that is not the best choice. Take your time both during the visit (to see and talk to all wedding specialists of interest to you) and after the bridal show (to organize all the information you have collected during the visit).

·       Make honest and realistic comparisons. Bridal shows offer brides a variety of options in every section, so it’s really important to be realistic with your comparisons. For instance, you shouldn’t compare a high-end, luxury wedding planner with one that is more focused on budget-friendly weddings because they simply do not pertain to the same category in terms of style.

Top 3 Tips for an Unforgettable Honeymoon

 Tips for your honeymoon

Tips for your honeymoon

As a newlywed couple, you want your honeymoon to be nothing short of incredible memories. After all, you really don’t go on a honeymoon every day, and this is a trip to celebrate the beginning of your marriage – so yes, it makes total sense to genuinely enjoy yourselves.

How to make sure that happens and that you can truly carpe diem your entire honeymoon? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       Taking (and sharing) tons of pictures. Some couples choose to do this and that’s perfectly fine. But if you don’t want to have your GoPro, camera, or smartphone stuck to your hands every single second of the honeymoon, that’s totally fine too. Take pictures when you feel like it and share those you really like on the social media (or share none, it’s entirely up to you).

·       Weather. You worried enough about bad weather on your wedding day – do you really want to go through this with your honeymoon too? There will always be a chance of bad weather regardless of the season and location, so be prepared to embrace it…with a lot of romantic moments spent indoors with your SO. What could you ask for more?

·       Post-wedding tasks. The Thank You notes, the financial aftermath, making sure all your presents are safely at home – leave these for when you come back from your honeymoon. For now, just enjoy yourself and live every single second to the max. These are the best days of your life!

What Is the Very Best Time for You to Purchase Your Wedding Gown?

 buying your wedding gown

buying your wedding gown

As the bride, you want to look simply beautiful at your wedding. Of course, your beauty will come from within – from all the happiness, joy, and excitement you’ll feel on the wedding day. However, buying a pretty wedding dress is probably important for you as well.

What is the very best time for this? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

·       The short answer: the beginning of the year. The first couple of months of the year are a truly great time for you to get down to wedding dress shopping, and there are many reasons for this – one of them being that it’s a new year and you’re probably energized with the hopes and plans you have for the months ahead of you.

·       Furthermore, January is actually crucial for summer brides. Because it usually takes up to four months for a dress to be completely ready, buying it at the beginning of the year is crucial – so that you have enough time to make any alterations needed and buy all the accessories that will make the dress pop with elegance and grace.

·       Last, but definitely not least, the beginning of the year is frequently a sample sale season for many bridal boutiques. This is an excellent way to save a lot of money, but keep in mind that the dresses available on these sales will only cover a limited sizing range (usually, 8-12). Moreover, there may not be a changing room for you to try on the dress.