Destination Wedding
Cheat Sheet: Santa Fe

Wedding Style & Decor

Photos: Courtesy of hotels/vendors/designers; Steve Eichner (6); Vladamir Chaloupka (8), Robert Mitra (9); Elizabeth Messina (11)

Why get married in Santa Fe, New Mexico? Because the light, the history, the culture, and the cuisine will delight your guests and inspire you to craft the ultimate "southwestern chic" celebration. I visited the town recently, and submit the following recommendations to help get you started. —Amy Elliott

SEND custom invitations that embrace the city's unique mix of Old World Spanish, Native American, and Artsy-Southwestern aesthetics, complete with custom maps (1)
BOOK a block of rooms for your guests at Inn on the Alameda (3), a textbook "hidden gem" with handsome rooms, ornate tilework, and sun-drenched courtyards that's close to everything one wants to do; rooms from $125 (rate includes bountiful daily breakfasts that will be a standout memory—green chile croissants, anyone?—whenever guests recall their trip plus afternoon cocktails)
WEAR a vaguely Southwestern dress (7) by Project Runway 8 winner Gretchen Jones to a rehearsal dinner at Gabriel's; "Janis" (6) by Anne Bowen and turquoise jewelry (5) to the wedding
CELEBRATE beneath a tent on the Garden Terrace (10) at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, a luxurious boutique hotel that dazzles with paintings and sculptures by regional artists; weddings from $70 per person, plus facility fees that vary
DECORATE with festive shades of yellow, orange, dusty beige, and turquoise (8, 9, 11)
SERVE a menu prepared by La Posada Executive Chef Eric Hall that's full of regional specialties like Navajo fry bread with pumpkin seed cream and avocado salsa, cornmeal-crusted rainbow trout, elk tenderloin, and adobo grilled chicken breast with green chile and aged jack polenta
TOAST with sparkling wine from the Albuquerque-based Gruet Winery
GIVE ristras (4) (The hanging bundles of dried red chile peppers are a Santa Fe staple and are sold in numerous locations in and around Santa Fe Plaza--an enterprising vendor might even offer you a bulk-rate deal.)

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