Things to Note
We're keeping it intimate.
Family is super important to both of us, and we have a whole lot of it. For our wedding, we've decided to keep things small with immediate family and close friends only.
That being said, we would love to include and celebrate with the rest of our family in other ways before and after our wedding weekend.
You should fly into El Paso.
The fastest way to get to White Sands, New Mexico is by flying into El Paso International Airport and driving North. White Sands and Cloudcroft are 1–2 hours from El Paso, and 3–4 hours from Albuquerque.
You'll want to plan on renting an SUV.
The drive to The Domes includes about 10 miles of unpaved, winding mountain road through Lincoln National Forest. The drive will likely be intimidating the first time up, but you shouldn't run into any issues with an SUV.
The wifi sucks pretty much everywhere.
Plan ahead for an amazing, mostly-unplugged weekend.
How do I RSVP?
You can RSVP online here.
Can I bring someone not listed on the invite?
We will only be able to accommodate those formally listed on your invitation.
What should I do if I can’t make it?
You'll be missed! If you can't make it to the wedding, please let us know as soon as possible and RSVP “no” so we can plan accordingly.
When is the RSVP deadline?
Please RSVP by August 23, 2020 at the latest.
Is there an entrance fee to the park?
Guests entering the park solely for the ceremony will not be charged entrance fees. If you wish to explore the dunes before or after the ceremony, you'll be expected to pay the $20 per vehicle entrance fee.
Will the ceremony be outdoors?
Yes! There isn't an official venue at White Sands National Park, just miles and miles of gorgeous white sand. The Group Use Area requires a reservation and is mostly secluded so there won't be a bunch of people wandering around us. We're just going to plant ourselves in the sand and go from there.
Is there parking available in the park?
The Group Use Area has it's own private parking lot, so parking should be easy.
Is there a dress code?
The dress code for our wedding is 'casual dress' attire. Ladies should take the wind into consideration if picking out a dress for the ceremony. Gentlemen can wear a suit and tie or khakis and a blazer. Shoes not required.
We'd like everyone to look fairly unified and ask that you stick to our earthy color palette of navy, blue, green, and/or neutral colors (tan/brown, black/gray, white).
What will the weather be like in October?
Based on the weather in October 2019, the temperature should be around 60-70 degrees in the evening the week of the wedding.
Wind and sand storms are unpredictable and always possible.
Why a destination wedding?
We love traveling together almost as much as we love each other. Summer 2016, we drove up to Ithaca, NY and Niagra Falls, which was our first big trip together. The following year, we traveled to Iceland and drove around the entire country. Since then, we’ve traveled to Colorado, Virginia, NYC, Oregon, Washington, Vancouver, and New Mexico. At our age, traveling is expensive, but we make it work.
We’ve known for a while we wanted to get married outdoors with a gorgeous, natural backdrop. Why pay for an expensive venue when we can go somewhere beautiful to exchange our vows for a fraction of the cost?
Why White Sands?
Shortly before our engagement in 2018, we took a trip to Colorado and visited our first National Park together – Great Sand Dunes. It was there we fell in love with the gorgeous juxtaposition of mountains and sand. We’ve all (probably) seen beach sand, but that doesn’t even begin to compare.
We spent a lot of time looking for locations and we kept coming back to White Sands National Park. It’s stunning, it’s conveniently located, it’s pet friendly, and it’s south enough to still have nice weather in October.
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