Last week, we spilled the beans on how local engaged couples and newlyweds can honor the small businesses who made their wedding dreams come true. 

We detailed all the steps for nominating and voting in the best of the best businesses for an Elite Award — and all the ways that small act can elevate the wedding scene here in New Mexico. But for the other half of our social circle, our vendor friends, there might still be some lingering questions. 

Like, “How do I get my couples to vote?,” or, “Wait…What was that end-of-summer party you mentioned?” 

Fret not, business buddies! If you haven’t heard of our annual Vendor Appreciation Night, you’re in for a treat. Keep scrolling to get a peek at this year’s theme and the low-down on how you can get on the list. 

(And to see pics from last year’s shindig captured by the supremely talented Taylor Rayne Photography!)

Every year, we step away from our busy days of coordinating wedding shows, launching industry education events, connecting engaged couples with professionals, and designing magazines and free wedding resources, to do something special.

That special thing? Showing our gratitude to the wedding professionals of New Mexico who make our busy days so bright and full of love… 

We do so in the form of a vendor-only, themed soiree complete with drinks, delectable eats, and dazzling conversation. 

2023 Vendor Appreciation Night 


This year’s celebration will be held in the vibrant, industrial-chic art space in downtown Albuquerque known as Canvas Artistry. 

From 6-8pm, wedding professionals from across the state will come dressed in their monochromatic best, ready to mingle, munch, and make some unforgettable memories. All while painting the night away!

And the culminating event is, of course, the unveiling of New Mexico’s Elite Award winners. Each category, from photographer extraordinaire to unique wedding services, will have just one winner announced at the Vendor Appreciation Party — you really can’t miss it. 

So how do you get on the list? 

It’s pretty easy. You see, while the engaged couples of our desert state can vote for their most beloved vendors, we don’t play favorites. Any and all wedding professionals are welcome to come paint and party with other love-obsessed creatives!

Doors are open but don’t forget to RSVP for yourself, your business partner(s), your friends, or your fans — whoever wants to join you in this evening of colorful celebration. 

So snag your spots here before September 15th! Vote for your favorite business buddies, explore photos from last year’s event, and send us your monochromatic outfit ideas while you’re at it.

A very special thank you to the creatives and small businesses who are helping us make this special night possible!

Canvas Artistry
King Mobile Music
AA Tents & Events
Maiden Wells Floral Walls
Funky Olive Invitations + Stationery
Taylor Rayne Photography

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