Kym and Joseph's Wedding

Our wedding was a great celebration and family/friend gathering! Getting married in El Paso in August was not too bad and it was actually cooler than usual. Prices were reasonable and most things could be negotiated. Having welcome bags for out of town guests with maps and local goodies is a good idea but you have to find out from those where they will be staying. Write their names on the bags and Registration should give them to them upon arrival. A wedding web site and Wedding Mapper were great resources to share with our guests and to be able to refer to when they asked about accommodations, things to do and registry info. We'd highly recommend using it but you have to really encourage folks to use it if they are not the first to go to the computer for information.

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Vendors & Venues Reviews

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Zin Valle Vineyards
Canutillo, TX
Bartenders & Beverages

Great wines and they can work on pricing with you or your venue. Very nice to have a local winery be part of the mix, not mention it is the most 'green' way to contribute to the local economy, production and good business.


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Lewis Woodyard
El Paso, TX
Photographers

Stellar and well regarded. He may have an assistant or two to make sure he gets it all. He also has videographers he can recommend.


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Manny Flores Band
El Paso, TX
Bands/Live Entertainment

great 5-7 piece Bossanova band that can play a variety of Latin jazz and other music. Very reasonable and accomodating.


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Trio Brioso
El Paso, TX
Bands/Live Entertainment

A family of 3 musicians, supposed accomplished symphony musicians but they seemed disorganized and not as on point as I would have liked. They entry music was delayed and choppy, which the balcony setting could have attributed to but they should be professional enough to be able to improvise and make it work. Not impressed.


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Elite Events on Mesa
El Paso, TX
Cakes/Candies

Very moist, scrumptous cakes. Go in advance for a tasting. We loved the champagne-pear and orange-cranberry. We ate some the next day and it was just as delicious. They also have very creative designs for toppers and have a very high quality standard and clientele.


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Executive Flowers
El Paso, TX
Florists

Very creative and eager to work with you on color palette and scheme--beautiful job! Discuss budget before hand and you do not have to pay for vases if you do not wish and they can make the arrangements so that they can be removed easily by guests. In addition the venue can be sure that guests leave the vases behind. It can be costly and even more so dangerous to be carrying large glass items across the floor or parking area.


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Sonny's Cakes for biscochos
El Paso, TX
Cakes/Candies

Great variety of Mexican wedding cookies, good price and delicious!!


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Costco Liquor Store
El Paso, TX
Bartenders & Beverages

Great prices on liquor and can order additional items upon request.


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Cattleman's Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch http://www.cattlemanssteakhouse.com/
Fabens, TX
Restaurants
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Camino Real Hotel
El Paso, TX
Hotels/Accommodations
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Rehearsal dinner: Plaza Theater of El Paso
El Paso, TX
Reception Sites

Lovely venue but a terrible headache dealing with the City bureaucracy and contracting. Would not want to go through the hassle of having an event there. Have someone especially designated to deal with them and catering.


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El Paso Museum of Art http://www.elpasoartmuseum.org/
El Paso, TX
Attractions/Entertainment
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Cafe Central - Six-time Wine Spectator Award Winner
El Paso, TX
Attractions/Entertainment
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El Paso Convention & Tourism www.visitelpaso.com
El Paso, TX
Attractions/Entertainment
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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
El Paso, TX
Ceremony Sites

Lovely historic setting, oldest in El Paso, after the Missions. Church is without full-time priest so administrative tasks and planning can be burdensome. Also there is no bride's room for changing but can use the office which sufficed.


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Doubletree Hotel (opened March '09)
El Paso, TX
Hotels/Accommodations
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Chamizal National Memorial http://www.nps.gov/cham/
El Paso, TX
Attractions/Entertainment
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University of Texas-El Paso
El Paso, TX
Attractions/Entertainment
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G & R Mexican Restaurant
El Paso, TX
Restaurants
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O 2 Lounge & other bars
El Paso, TX
Bars/Nightife
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Scenic Drive overlook - Rim Road
El Paso, TX
Attractions/Entertainment
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Ardovino's Desert Crossing
Sunland Park, NM
Restaurants
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Sunland Park Race Track - Home of '09 Kentucky Derby Winner http://www.sunland-park.com/
Sunland Park, NM
Bars/Nightife
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Fort Bliss Military Base
, TX
Attractions/Entertainment
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State Line BBQ Restaurant
El Paso, TX
Restaurants
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Sunland Park Mall
El Paso, Texas
Shopping
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McKelligon Canyon hiking
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Parks/Recreation
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Avila's Mexican Food Restaurants
El Paso, TX
Restaurants
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Comfort Suites West (opened Dec. '08)
El Paso, TX
Hotels/Accommodations
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La Placita Marketplace & Magic Pan Restaurant
El Paso, TX
Shopping
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Aceitunas
El Paso, TX
Bars/Nightife
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Hueco Tanks State Park 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No 1
El Paso, TX
Parks/Recreation
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Hampton Inn-West (to open Spring '09)
El Paso, TX
Hotels/Accommodations

more pricey than most Hampton Inns


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Grace Gardens
El Paso, TX
Reception Sites

Absolutely beautiful natural setting on El Paso's westside in the upper valley. There is both an indoor ballroom or tent which is quite large. We preferred the outdoor setting as it had a more natural feel to it those mosquitos in the summer can be a bear. They are very accommodating and willing to work with you though wine purchased from them is almost double the cost which needs some negotiating. Zin Valle wines just up the road have some great wines and should be used more often there--our favorite was the Man's Best Friend Merlot which proceeds go to the Animal Rescue.


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Zin Valle Vineyards http://www.zinvalle.com/
Anthony, TX
Wineries
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Historic Old Mesilla & La Posta Restaurant www.oldmesilla.org
Las Cruces, NM
Attractions/Entertainment
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Organ Mountains hiking
Las Cruces, NM
Parks/Recreation
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White Sands National Monument www.nps.gov/whsa
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Parks/Recreation

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