• Inspiration,  Renee's Bridal

    Traveling Trunk Show

    As a lot of you  may know, we are starting off the new year by packing our store up and heading up to Albuquerque. This will be our second annual show and we could not be any more excited! So what can you expect at our show? We’ll give you a few details of the day.

    When and where? Isleta Resort and Casino 
    11000 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105

    Saturday, January 12th from 10AM-5:00PM

    Sunday, January 13th from 10AM-3PM

    Yes, we are literally packing up our store and taking it with us. We want to give our future bride-to-be’s the same experience they would get when coming to our shop. That means all the variety we can possibly offer at a traveling show. 

    There will be privacy. When you think of a trunk show you might think of it being out in the open. We will have a whole ballroom to ourselves equipped with dressing rooms. 

    We will have sales. Our sale gowns start at 35% off and go up to 80% off depending on the style. All stock pieces AND reorders will also be on sale.

    Great Prices. Overall, we can guarantee you will find the gown of your dreams at an unbeatable price. Uh, yeah. We are that confident.

    Personal experience:  We ask our brides to book appointments in advance to create the best personal shopping experience. You are more than welcome to bring friends and family as you would at our store. We are taking appointments through January 10th, but don’t wait too long. Spots are filling up quickly.

    Size variety is no problem. We pride ourselves on being the only boutique in our area specializing in plus size weddings gowns. So yes, we have a wide range leading up to sizes in the 30’s. You can shop comfortably knowing there WILL be something for you.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Call to book your appointment. (575)521-0872

  • Renee's Bridal

    Wedding Dress Shopping: Why Buying Local Matters

    So he popped the question, you have a million thoughts going through your mind and are wondering where to start? Best case scenario you live in a city that has a local bridal boutique to go for help, or live near one. Depending on the services they offer, most bridal boutiques will provide you with a wedding planning checklist so you have a clear idea of where to start. You can can start looking for a wedding gown as soon as you prefer, but the general rule of thumb is to start researching about a 12 months before the big day and then making the final purchase 8-10 months ahead of time. This gives you enough time to get a dress made if it needs to be re-ordered, alterations, and any other details that need to be made. With that being said, how important is knowing where you choose to buy your dress?  Considering your wedding day will be one of the greatest days of your life, we think it is {VERY} important. Your nail tech is local, your hairdresser is local, so when it comes to one of the most emotionally invested decisions of your life, why not choose a dependable source? We’ve gathered some advantages of shopping local from word of mouth experiences.

    1. The process of buying a wedding gown takes multiple visits. Wedding dress shopping is rarely a one time stop. Sometimes it takes more than one visit and several try-ons to make the final decision. It is nice to have the flexibility of popping in and out as you please. A lot of times we get brides that go out-of-town to shop for their dress and by the time they make their purchase, they have exceeded their budget from all the back and forth traveling they do.
    2. It is easier to build relationships with the bridal boutique consultants and their seamstress. When you choose to be one of our brides, you become part of our family. We know you by name, we know exactly where your gown is, and we are informed of all the details. If you’re looking for a more personal and comfortable experience, local is where it’s at.
    3. The experience of trying on dresses. One of the more special components of trying on gowns is having your loved ones with you. Most places have no specific limit to how big your entourage can be but we like to advice to pick those whose opinion you truly respect in order to make your experience that much more enjoyable. Some bridal parties want the movie “champagne experience.” Although most places cannot provide it because of liquor license regulations, some places are open to you bringing your own. Of course you should call ahead to find out and respect the rules the shop has regarding bringing celebratory drinks around their gowns. Nevertheless, there is something special about being able to see and feel the gowns when searching for “the one.”
    4. Local boutiques are more open to bundle discounts. We can’t speak for all places, but when you become a Renee’s Bride, your bridal party gets a discount on bridesmaid dresses (exclusion may apply).
    5. You can count on professional measurements. We cannot stress enough how important it is to be measured correctly. If you are spending $1,500 on a wedding gown, correct measurements are of the essence to ensure minimal alterations. Minimal alterations equal less money being spent. Too many times we’ve seen brides get measured incorrectly and will come to us with a dress that is a couple to sizes too big or too small and end up spending hundreds of dollars on a simple mistake that could have been avoided if they had been measured correctly.
    6. In-house seamstress. Local shops usually have their own personal seamstress. Let me tell you, that is IMPORTANT. Wedding alterations are completely different from anything else. It can range from only needing a shorter hem, taking in the sides, to completely rectifying previous alterations done elsewhere. In-house seamstresses are familiar with the designers that the boutique carries and know how to work with them.
    7. You’re helping strengthen local economy. When you support local shops, you are supporting family owned businesses that have been running for generations or you are helping an independent entrepreneur live out their dream. When you choose to shop local, you are referred to all of our trusted, local wedding vendors which include: photographers, venues, makeup/hair stylists, bakeries, calligraphers, floral… The list goes on.

    When it comes to choosing the wedding dress of your dreams, the last thing you might think of is where you’re buying your dress. If you have options around you, we encourage brides to check them all out. A lot of times brides assumes small boutiques are more pricey and later realize we can get a dress they liked elsewhere at a lower price. Local shops offer a personal experience and will treat you like family because your business truly matters to us. Most importantly they will be with you every step of the way to ensure you look fabulous on your special day.

     

    Photography: Brittany Miller Photography

     

     

  • Featured Weddings

    Prisma + Chris

    Becoming a Renee’s Bride means you become part of our family. Being able to coordinate a wedding from beginning to end is truly special to us. Last month we had the honor of working with Prisma and Chris- these two are the sweetest individuals! We always joke about how bittersweet it is to finish a wedding. It all starts with the first consultation, more meetings, dress fittings, invitations, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, and before you know it, the big day is here. Dive in to these amazing photos by Southwest Creative Company. As always, they have a magical way of telling a story through their photography.

    Prisma chose this modern yet glamorous Stella York backless gown. Featuring a high neckline and beaded side cut outs, this crepe sheath dress is made to flatter!

                                        

    How cute are these bridesmaids gifts!

    We were OBSESSED with the color scheme they chose!  Navy, sapphire, misty blue, and slate made for the perfect blue pallet.

           

            

    Nothing says you care more than customized gifts!

            

    As always Letters and Such did amazing with all the signs and calligraphy!

            

    I now pronounce you Mr. and Mrs. Harse!

       

          

    Southwest Creative Company couldn’t of captured New Mexico’s beauty any better!

    Thank you Prisma and Chris for letting us be a part of such a magical day!

     

     

    Vendors Details

    Photography: Southwest Creative Company

    Event Planning/Day of Coordination, Paper Goods, Styling: Elegant Events and Invitations

    Calligraphy: Letters and Such

    Floral: Desert Modern Floral

    Cake: Let Them Eat Cake

    Cookies: Sugar Wasted

    Makeup/Hair: Brenda Tarango

    Brides Hair: Colour Bar Hair and Studio

    Tuxedos: Jim’s Formal Wear (available at Renee’s Bridal)

    Venue: Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts

     

     

  • Renee's Bridal,  Vendor Spotlight

    Vendor Spotlight: Chris Baker Band

    Some of the best memories are made on the dance floor. Music sets the mood, it makes people connect, laugh, cry, and dance the night away. This month we are featuring singer/songwriter and recording artist, Chris Baker. Your very own, Las Cruces “local celebrity” has been performing for a decade as a solo artist, but also can be found playing with his four man band at a variety of shows and special events. You can listen to his latest album “How Lucky I Am” here.

    Below Chris answered a few questions giving us all a little more insight!
    How long have you been in business?
    I’ve been playing weddings and special events for about 10 years now and each one has been different than the last. I believe each particular wedding should and can be special and specific to the needs of the bride and groom.
    Are you willing to learn special songs for clients?
    Yes most definitely, I’m always happy to learn and play songs for the ceremony or special moments/dances. This can give a different and more intimate feel rather than simply playing the original track.
    What services do you offer?
    I can provide music for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and reception. This includes live music as well as DJ services. I provide my own sound system as well as microphones for the ceremony and/or speeches. I also can be the Emcee for the evening moving each important event throughout the evening.
    What got you started in the industry?
    I’ve been performing around the Southwest for over a decade. During college I would play as a hobby and came to realize how much passion I had for music and decided to pursue it as a full time career. As far as weddings, I began playing for friend’s weddings and realized that I have a knack for those and other similar types of events.
    What do you do in your free time when you are not working on your business?
    Honestly much of my free time is spent on other aspects of my business such as recording, booking, and that sort of thing. But I do love the outdoors and doing things like hiking, camping and traveling.
    What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
    The people most definitely. I love the amazing people that I get to meet on a weekly basis.
    To what do you attribute your success?
    I tell others in the industry all the time that having good people skills can matter more than talent. I try to make relationships with people everywhere that I go and I believe that is a huge contributor to where I’ve gotten in my career. Plus being reliable, prompt and professional no matter the setting.
    What sets you apart from others in your area of business?
    My ability to be somewhat of a chameleon. I can adapt to the needs of a multitude of types of events, venues, and settings. I’ve had so many experiences so I can adapt to the specific needs of just about any situation.
    Do you only work locally?
    No in fact this year alone I have played weddings in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. I have played as far West as San Francisco and as far east as Nashville. I’d be happy to travel just about anywhere that is needed.
    Any tips or advice you would give to a bride and groom when in search of live musicians?
    Find someone that is willing and able to provide exactly what you need. You don’t want to have to worry about a single detail on your big day and it’s important to know as the musician/DJ that your job is to keep things upbeat and moving. I like to have multiple conversations beforehand so that all of the music that will be played is pre-approved by the bride and groom. Some weddings want mostly country and some want none, for example. Make sure that the musician knows and is willing to make the playlist and the evening perfect for your specific desires.

    Aside from being an amazing musician, Chris is versatile, positive, charming, and genuinely cares about his clients. His years of experience in the industry can assure you that he will prioritize your special day and relieve the stress of entertainment, leaving you with priceless memories to share with your loved ones.

    Make sure to follow him on Instagram and for booking and inquiries you can contact him here:

    chrisbakerbooking@gmail.com