3 Things to Know About Attending an Autumn Wedding in New Mexico

Couples choose to get married in New Mexico in the fall for a reason; it is absolutely lovely. Here are a few things you should know before traveling here to see your best friend or favorite cousin get married!

1. Even though almost every day is filled with sunny skies, it’s accompanied by a cool breeze and greeted by a slightly chilly evening. Ladies, you know what this means – bring clothing options!

Chile is New Mexico's state vegetable.

Chile is prevalent in New Mexican cuisine

2. Be prepared: there will be chile! Yet another glorious attribute of fall in New Mexico. With hundreds of pounds of fresh chile being harvested and roasted all around New Mexico, you are bound to run into your fair share of spicy dishes. That being said, almost all of my clients make sure to incorporate some type of chile into the meal served at their wedding. Our Executive Chef, Gilbert Aragon, suggests turning an otherwise ordinary chicken breast into a chicken relleno and stuffing it with fire roasted green chile or serving a red chile infused demi-glace atop a filet. In any case, make sure to get your fill. You won’t regret it.

3. Attending a wedding in New Mexico is a great excuse to extend your stay and go for a small vacation of your own! For this I have two suggestions.

First, plan to spend a day or two in Santa Fe. It’s only about 45 minutes north of Albuquerque and has incredible shopping, dining, art and more. Its easy to hop on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express and enjoy a stay.

The city was recently named the best U.S. City for Shopping due its mix of brand stores, boutique shops and artisans.

When it comes to dining, Santa Fe restaurants, such as AGAVE Lounge and Old House Restaurant at Eldorado Hotel & Spa and Secreto Lounge at Hotel St. Francis, offer delicious cuisine and cocktails that put a modern and elegant twist on classic flavors.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Museum Hill and the galleries along Canyon Road are just three spots to see awe-inspiring art.

I myself have been known to take a day or two with the hubs to just mellow out up there. It’s the epitome of tranquil.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta draws global attendance each October

Second, I must preface this: When you live in certain part of Southern California, the locals have a saying; “If you’re lucky enough to live there, you’re lucky enough.” Well, if you are lucky enough to attend a wedding during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, then you are lucky enough! It is hands down the best time to be in Albuquerque. Pair the most photographed event of someone’s life with the most photographed event in the world and you have Instagram and Facebook gold! To that end, I say make sure you plan to arrive a day early or stay a day late to attend the fiesta. Or, if the nuptials are later in the day during the weekend, wake up and go the morning of! Yet another thing you won’t regret or, for that matter, ever forget.

We hope to see you this fall!


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Corporate Special Events Manager, Liz Robinson

Our Corporate Special Events Manager, Liz Robinson shares her expert tips, tricks and Pin-spirations to make your big day great.

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