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Contents cover wedd i ng 10 Kerri & Calder

rea l wedd i ngs

116 Stormy & Dalton 120 Cassidy & Jack 124 Jaramie & Devin 128 C ourtney & Brayden 132 Anna & Jordan

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24 Lauren & Austin 26 Bailey & Casey 28 Bailey & Ryan

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16 The Beginning 18 Marriage License 20 Budget Basics

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22 Engagement 32 Invitations 34 Parties & Showers 36 Keepsakes & Gifts

beaut y & fa sh ion

40 Bridal Beauty 41 Grooms 42 Find Your Style

st yle i n spi rat ion 44 Western 52 Modern 60 Boho 68 Timeless 76 Glam

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136 Honeymoon 138 What’s Next

persona l i zed pla n ner

141 Vendor Directory 1 46 Timeline Checklist 149 Budget Development 152 Compare Venues 153 Payment Records 154 The Details 157 Photo Checklist 158 Wedding Day Checklist

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84 We Do 86 Including Family 88 Furry Friends 90 Florals 92 Details

t ra n spor t at ion 96 Arrive in Style

r e c e pt io n 98 100 104 106 110 112

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Let’s Celebrate Flow of Events Savory Eats Sweet Delights Let’s Party Fun & Games

Cover Photo by Katie Mary Photography. See page 10 for more details on this beautiful wedding at Terry Peak Chalets and Ski Resort.

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Be Inspired You’re getting married! This is the most exciting time of your life, so don’t worry about doing everything right away. Revel in the fact you and your partner have agreed on happily ever after together, and spend some time celebrating your love! When you’re ready to dive in, we’ll have your back every step of the way. We’ve been the trusted planning guide for Black Hills brides for years, and it’s pretty easy to see why. From expert tips to helpful vendor hints, Black Hills Bride is the most comprehensive guide in the region. It’s not only about the lovely magazine you hold in your hands, however. Come visit us online at blackhillsbride.com to read more planning advice, get insight from pros in the business, and get inspired by real couples from all over the Black Hills. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram where we share the latest and greatest information from the top vendors in the business, not to mention our favorite wedding photos that are sure to inspire you. No matter what you have planned for your big day, we’re excited to help you make it a reality. Congratulations, and happy planning!

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Publisher Rick DenHerder Client Strategists Dolsee Davenport, Felipe Griffith Creative Director John Edwards Senior Editor Ashley Johnson Senior Designer Chris Valencia Designer Sydnee Dormann Social Media Manager Jenna Johnson Communications Manager Meghan Rose Photographer Jesse Brown Nelson Distribution Richard Alley

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photographer Katie Mary Photography venue Terry Peak Chalets and Ski Resort dj Colt 45 dress designer Casablanca Bridal tuxedos Main Street Menswear catering JR’s BBQ floral Flowers by LeRoy videographer Nathaniel Wilson Videography desserts Elena of Bloomers Flowers & Cakes officiant Kent Dempsey

KERRI & CALDER The couple’s first date was fishing on a creek near Crawford, Nebraska. One snowy day, Calder took Kerri back to the same spot. When he asked Kerri to pick a fly out of his tackle box, he got on one knee and asked her to stay hooked on him forever. “Start planning early,” Kerri said, “it makes the entire planning process less stressful.” Starting early meant they had time to plan thoughtful details throughout the day. Kerri’s grandparents celebrated their 61st anniversary on the day of the wedding, so the couple had a special cake cutting to celebrate. It was the perfect way to share the love as they started their own happily ever after. BlackHillsBride.com

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Kerri’s favorite part of their wedding day was sharing their vows together during the ceremony. “I only remember being with him. I didn’t even notice anyone else around us,” she said.

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tip for brides Live in the moment and try to take it all in. You’re marrying the love of your life and nothing else matters. Also, hire a videographer! I get to relive my special day every time I watch our wedding video. 14

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PLANNING TAKES TIME. It’s also important to stay organized! You’re going to be visiting with a lot of vendors and have a lot of information to keep straight. Whether you like keeping lists on your phone or creating spreadsheets, keeping track of important details is key.

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consider hiring help

You may be super organized and creative, but when it comes time to walk down the aisle, all you want to feel is the love — not the stress.

exciting or stressful? Before hiring a wedding planner talk to them on the phone and meet them in person. You want to make sure your personalities are a good fit as you work together to plan your big day

Until you really get into the preparations for your big day, it’s impossible to imagine exactly how much work is actually involved. If you work long hours, have lots of hobbies, or have children, you don’t want to be completely drowning in to-do lists during your engagement. Planning a wedding can be a lot of work. Just remember that the more prep you do at the beginning, the more relaxed your entire wedding planning process will be.

Your wedding day will be much more enjoyable if you’re not stressing over every little detail along the way. You might think hiring a wedding consultant is out of your budget, but there are benefits to having one that are worth the expense. One of the biggest advantages of hiring a wedding coordinator is having someone with your best interests in mind. Full-service planners attend appointments with you and keep everything running smoothly, including on the big day. On the other hand, consulting and “day-of” services are an affordable option. They are less comprehensive, but are a great way to be able to relax on your big day without paying for a full-service wedding planner.

put together a plan Sit down and decide how much time and budget you have to spend, and consider how many reliable helpers you have to help you along the way. 16

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Licenses Cydney Craft-Macomber, Complete Weddings + Events

MAKE IT OFFICIAL.

You can apply for a license in any county in South Dakota; it doesn’t have to be the one you’re getting married in. Make it easy and apply at the Register of Deeds closest to where you live or work.

the marriage license

To apply for a license in South Dakota, both of you must be present and bring a form of identification and your social security number with you. These are acceptable forms of ID you can take: • Driver’s license • Military ID • Certified birth certificate • Passport You can apply at any County Register of Deeds office. They will tell you who needs to sign the license and where to return it. Have someone take care of this for you, like an officiant or family member, so it doesn’t get lost.

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fees and waiting periods

There is no waiting period for marriage licenses in South Dakota, and you do not have to be a resident in order to apply. You can use the license as early as the day you receive it, but it must be signed and returned no later than 90 days from the date of issue. The fee for a marriage license in South Dakota is $40. It’s best to take cash: most offices do not accept checks and may charge a fee for using a card. If you want to change your name, you will need a certified copy of the marriage license for your new driver’s license. Certified copies cost an additional $15 each. #BlackHillsBride


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Budget

CAN’T BUY MY LOVE.

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One of the easiest ways to blow your budget? Inviting too many guests. Each person that attends will increase your rentals, catering, beverages, and stationery, but can also require additional staff like bartenders or servers. While not required, it’s usually courteous to allow those who are contributing financially to have a say in the guest list. It’s a good idea to discuss who gets to add people to the guest list when you first sit down to discuss your budget.

break it down Nobody likes to talk about finances, but it’s the one thing that can derail your wedding planning and cause stress faster than anything else.

create a budget

If you’re unsure which vendors you will need and how much to spend, check out our planning tools online or the Budget Development sheet on page 149.

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Money will be a huge part of your celebration. To avoid racking up costs, know which professionals you need to make your wedding a success, and the limits of what you can spend on each. If you will be receiving any assistance from family members, sit down and communicate about who will be paying for what.

Allocate your funds accordingly and prioritize what is necessary for your celebration. These are common budget categories and percentages, but you can adjust based on your priorities: • Venue, catering, and rentals: 45% • Photography/videography: 18% • Hair, attire, and makeup: 8% • Reception decor and flowers: 12% • Entertainment: 4% • Stationery: 3% • Wedding bands: 3% • Transportation: 2%

stick to your numbers It might seem impossible to stick to a budget, but the last thing you want is to start your happily ever after in debt. Agree on numbers as a couple and make sure to revisit them before every vendor meeting to stay on track. #BlackHillsBride


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Engaged Laurel Danely, Complete Weddings + Events

THE START OF FOREVER.

You’re getting married — and you can’t wait share the news!

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When you’re ready, the first thing you’ll want to do is announce your engagement. You can do this online, on social media, or send cards. You know the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words? Engagement pictures are the perfect way to introduce yourselves as a couple, and they’re great for announcements. Engagement pictures are a great trial run with a photographer you’re thinking about using to make sure you’re comfortable working together.

don’t forget insurance

You will want to insure that beautiful piece of jewelry you just got. Jewelry policies are relatively inexpensive, and they protect you in case the worst should happen. Just be sure to ask questions and read the fine print about protection limitations and if you have any responsibilities getting your ring inspected or appraised.

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LAUREN & AUSTIN photos by Chutin Flicks Photography

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photo tip If your pictures are outdoors, pick outfits that complement nature around you. Pastels and neutrals are an easy win and go with almost any outdoor setting.

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BAILEY & CASEY photos by Elsie Fortune Photography

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photo tip Engagement photos introduce you as a couple, so showcase what’s unique about your love story!

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BAILEY & RYAN photos by Kinsey Whidby Photography

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photo tip The key to great outfits is to coordinate, not match. Pick one or two main colors and add neutral accents.

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Invitations SHARE THE LOVE. You’re getting ready to throw the biggest bash of your life, but no party is complete without guests! Invitations may seem easy, but don’t let them sneak up on you.

traditional or simple

When you’re deciding on the style of your invitation suite, a good rule of thumb is to follow the formality of your wedding ceremony and reception. Having a backyard barbecue? You can send out a simple postcard if you want. Opting for a black tie affair? Feel free to pull out all the stops on an impeccably designed invitation suite.

A good rule of thumb is to make sure your invites go in the mail no later than 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding date. If you’re sending save-the-dates, you’ll want to mail them 6 months prior, or up to a year before a destination wedding. Keep in mind many local print shops can take 2-3 weeks to print invitations, and longer during busy times of year. Online designers can take up to a month or even longer!

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When you’ve just started planning, sending out invitations can seem like something you can put off, but that’s not the case! Don’t underestimate the time it takes to pick an invitation, get them ordered, and then assemble, address, and mail them to your guests.

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bridal tip The theme you choose for your invitations can carry over to your wedding programs, menus, and place cards to create one cohesive look!

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Parties

G AT H E R W I T H F R I E N D S . showers

Showers get their name from the tradition of “showering” the bride and groom with gifts that will help them start their new life together.

What’s better than celebrating your new life together? Doing it more than once! While it’s up to you as a couple how many parties or showers you want to have, keep in mind they’re a great way to get both sides of the family together before the big day.

engagement parties

Of all the pre-wedding festivities, engagement parties are probably the most overlooked. They were once a formal presentation of a newly engaged couple and the first meeting of the two sides of the family. Today they’re usually a more casual affair. Many couples choose to simply host a barbecue or invite guests to participate in something they enjoy doing together. It’s also a great excuse to throw a fun soiree or treat friends to happy hour. It’s all about you as a couple, so get creative! 34

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Traditionally held for the bride, showers have also started to include grooms in recent years. Ask if your partner would like to be included when you’re planning, or if they would like to make an appearance to meet your guests before the festivities get under way.

bachelorette party

This is probably the event brides look forward to the most. It’s an excuse to get together with your best friends to say goodbye to being single and hello to your new life with your soulmate. Make sure you’re clear about your expectations for the event, such as who is invited and what activities you want to do. You don’t want guests to find out about expenses last minute. Also keep in mind that anyone who is invited to the bachelorette party should be invited to your wedding.

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Today, many couples use showers as a reason to get together with family and friends to share good wishes and advice for the future.

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bridal tip Gifts are never a requirement for showers and parties, but many guests will still want to give you something. Make sure to register for gifts in advance!

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Keepsakes

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S H O W I N G G R AT I T U D E .

Weddings are a celebration of starting a new life together, which means your guests will often want to give you something to help you get started as a married couple. A good rule of thumb is to register for at least two items per guest at a variety of price points.

registries

Gifts are never expected or required, but most guests will want to help celebrate you. A gift registry lets them know items you want to receive rather than having to guess. You also don’ t have to register for anything you don’t need, like fancy China or matching towels. Your registry should reflect you as a couple and the life you want to build together, so feel free to get creative.

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Many stores make it easy for couples to register. Some allow you to create a list online, and others use an app you can simply walk around the store and scan items with. The important part is for you both to have input on what gifts you register for.

think outside the box

If you already have a kitchen full of gadgets or prefer not to ask for material items, there are other less traditional options too: • Set up a honeymoon or bucket list experiences registry • Ask guests to donate to a charity in lieu of gifts • Create a house down payment or renovation registry #BlackHillsBride


say thank you

A lot of planning goes into a wedding, and there will surely be people you want to thank for their help. First, consider your bridal party and close family members. They’ve undoubtedly helped make your big day a success, and a small token of your appreciation is appropriate. These are often given at the rehearsal dinner or morning of the wedding.

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Your guests have come to celebrate you, and some may have spent a lot of time and money to do so. Consider buying favors for the reception as a simple way to thank them for coming. Finally, consider your soon-to-be spouse. Getting one another a small gift is a great way to memorialize this day forever. Items like a personalized watch or an embroidered pocket square are great gifts your spouse will treasure for years to come.

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It’s up to you if you include favors at your reception, but they’re a nice way to show your appreciation for your guests. They don’t have to be extravagant or expensive, just something personal or heart-felt.

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Beauty

F E E L I N G Y O U R B E S T. You want to look your best on the biggest day of your life, whether that means a little help with your hair or a professionally crafted look. Plan ahead to make sure your look stays flawless from putting on your dress to your grand exit.

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Having your hair done by a professional is important to ensure that your style will withstand countless hugs and unknowns throughout the day. When meeting with your stylist, bring photos of hairstyles you like, but remember to stay flexible. Schedule a trial run several weeks prior and bring along any accessories you plan to use.

Makeup for big events works a little differently than your everyday look. A professional makeup artist can help you choose a look that complements your skin tone and will last all day long. As with all beauty services, schedule a trial run prior to your wedding day. Bring photos and communicate the look you want, but be open to suggestions.

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Your hands will be on stage for the entire day – signing the license, showing off rings, and hugging family. Make sure to get a good manicure a day or two before your wedding to avoid chips or breaks on the big day.

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bridal tip Don’t forget about the groom! Make sure he’s comfortable in his attire , but also have some fun with it. Adding an accessory like a funky bow tie or chic cufflinks is a great way to up your groom’s style game.

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Be You F I N D Y O U R S T Y L E .

Your venue is also one of your biggest budget items. It’s smart to choose it first to know if you need to increase or decrease other areas before going any further in your planning.

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Another big step is finding the perfect wedding dress. You might know exactly what you want, or you could fall in love with a style you had no idea you’d like. But it’s safe to say that an intricate ball gown isn’t going to fit in a casual outdoor setting.

Not sure what your style is yet? We’ve gathered some of the hottest trends in the hills in the next section so you can get inspired by real Black Hills Brides!

Determining the style of your wedding may seem daunting, but one of the easiest ways is to look for inspiration. Flip through this magazine and mark photos you love, build a Pinterest board, or even look through photos from friends and family. You also need to discuss your priorities as a couple. Do you want a lot of florals? Do you care more about food than decor? Once you’ve agreed on what’s important you can start looking for vendors.

pick the place Probably the single most important style decision you’ll make is your venue. If you fall in love with a swanky ballroom, you’ll likely have a more elegant or formal wedding. If you absolutely adore a chic country barn, your wedding style will likely be more relaxed and natural. 42

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Before you go to any appointments, flip through this magazine and mark the dresses you like. Take them and your budget to local bridal salons and let the professionals help you find your dream dress. Unless you plan for a long engagement, start looking for your wedding dress early. The average wedding dress requires 6-9 months to arrive. Order early to avoid rush fees and to allow time for fittings.

add the details

If you’ve successfully navigated your venue and your dress, you can focus on details like flowers, decor pieces, and entertainment. If you plan to make any of your decor yourself, start early! It’s a great way to personalize your day, but it can also add stress if you wait until the very last minute. #BlackHillsBride


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Western

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WILD HEARTS

Nothing says romance quite like riding off into the sunset on horseback. Whether you love the country life or want to get married under the wide open sky, a western wedding is the perfect way to start a life full of all the love and laughter your hearts will allow.

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Venues

Get away from it all and say “I do” at a rustic chapel or historic ranch. There are incredible options in the Black Hills — and their pristine surroundings set the perfect stage for your happily ever after.

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Wrapping your flowers in a countryinspired material like leather is a great way to show off initials or a monogram.

Florals

Western bouquets are inspired by the prairie. Look for protea, statice, and wild roses with accents of hanging amaranthus or ferns. Colors are usually subdued and nature-inspired, but don’t be afraid to add a bright splash of color too!

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Dresses Cowgirls know how to steal the show without making a fuss. Look for dresses covered in lace with flowing skirts that offer a wow factor without being impractical. Don’t be afraid to add a little bling! Glittering belts and pearl hairpieces are a great choice. 48

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Rustic weddings are inspired by country charm. Think warm wood accents, delicate prairie flowers, and fun pops of turquoise.

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lace, leather, and love If you’re a country girl at heart, a westernstyled wedding will be right up your alley. This style gets its inspiration from the unexpected beauty of the prairie, but also the fun-loving spirit of the Wild West. While this style lends itself to more casual affairs, don’t be afraid to change it up. Spice up your decor with bold pops of turquoise or keep your reception lively by teaching guests a new line dance. No matter what, a western wedding is one your guests won’t forget! BlackHillsBride.com

bridal tip Need inspiration? Pack up the car and take a hike through the Badlands or pack a picnic out on the prairie. Country weddings are all about honoring family, traditions, and the simple pleasures in life.

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MAKE IT YOURS

You know your love story better than anyone — so tell it how you want! Modern brides follow current trends, but aren’t afraid to do their own thing. Fun, fresh, and funky all at the same time, modern brides know how to have a good time.

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Table Decor

Clean, sophisticated, but not without a touch of elegance, modern table decor is understated yet glamorous. Look for settings with contemporary designs and clean lines, and keep your linens minimal so your centerpieces can really shine.

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styling tip Modern decor tends to be minimalist, but that doesn’t mean boring! From artful centerpieces to unexpected details, your day is your own.

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effortlessly, uniquely, you

Your wedding day is a celebration of all the fun and unique aspects of your love story that make you, well, you! Modern weddings are a perfect balance between traditional and trendy, borrowing aspects from both. Modern brides are trendy and fashionable, but they most certainly bring their own sense of style to their wedding day. Think big flower arrangements with unexpected stems in them, and fun details like a floral tie for the groom and mismatched bridesmaid dresses. The most exciting part of planning a modern wedding? Finding unique ways to show your guests your personality while staying effortlessly chic.

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Rings

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Diamonds are forever, but that doesn’t mean they’re your only option. Stand out from the crowd by including non-traditional gemstones in your settings.

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The best part about modern weddings is the ability to be flexible. Want to pair a formal gown with a relaxed hairstyle? You do you, girl, and you’ll look radiant doing it.

Bridesmaids Dresses Think outside the dressing room and let your bridesmaids pick their dresses! Choose a color palette and basic style requirements like skirt length or straps, and then let them choose something they love. It’s a great way to add personality to your day while guaranteeing your bridesmaids will be comfortable all day long.

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The natural beauty of the Black Hills have inspired people for generations — why not your wedding? Boho brides take inspiration from the natural world all around us. This style is relaxed, comfortable, and wholly in tune with the wonderful outdoors.

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The perfect boho dress is ethereal: light, airy, and has plenty of delicate details. Lace isn’t a requirement, but the soft feel and texture of lace lends itself to this style. If you feel like you can go barefoot or wear a simple flat with your dress, you’re probably in the right place.

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Floral Detailing Flowers are a huge part of any wedding style, but when it comes to boho you get to play around with more unexpected elements. Consider bouquets made up mostly of greenery, or add in organic pieces like feathers and pine cones. Take a hike in the Black Hills for inspiration; you’ll be surprised at what you find.

This natureinspired style does well with mixing and matching. Pick a style and a soft material like velvet or chiffon, and let them choose a color that fits your theme.

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bridal tip When you’re choosing boho decor don’t shy away from handmade or mismatched pieces. Their imperfection adds a bit of charm that fits perfectly with this style.

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stay rooted in nature

Bohemians are unconventional, but also artistic and carefree. If you’re hoping for a laid-back atmosphere that invites guests to relax and share in the joy of your new journey, boho may be the way to go. This style takes its inspiration from nature: lush greens, soft fabrics, and wood accent pieces are staples. Light colors are popular in this style, but the occasional metallic accent or bold, deep hue is a great way to make it modern and lively. The best part of the boho style is the versatility of it. Choose a venue on the prairie, out in the woods, or in your back yard; you really can’t go wrong. BlackHillsBride.com

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Timeless

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LOVE IS FOREVER

Wedding trends come and go, but some styles are forever. Timeless brides love understated yet elegant decor paired with luxurious fabrics and full florals. Your wedding is a stage to showcase your love story; make it one that lasts forever.

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Choose bridesmaid dresses and accessories that are subtle with clean lines. Pastel and earth-inspired color palettes will balance your look better than bright or bold ones.

Fashion Timeless wedding dresses are the kind you remember forever: think iconic gowns worn by Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Kate Middleton. Look for luxurious fabrics, subtle details, and classic silhouettes that let your natural beauty steal the show. Matthew Eberle Photography

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Final Touches...

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When you’re planning your elegant wedding, don’t be afraid to look to the past. What’s old is new again, especially once you add your personality and make it your own.

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Elegant weddings are all about taking cues from the past and adding subtle modern touches. Pearls and diamonds are classic choices, but don’t be afraid to pick fashion-forward settings or a statement piece.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Traditions mean everything in classic, timeless weddings, but that doesn’t mean they’re stuck in the past. The key to a flawless elegant wedding is picking a few key elements and letting them tell the story. Subtle color palettes, impeccable floral arrangements, and classic gemstones are the timeless bride’s go-tos. The Black Hills are the perfect place to host a timeless wedding. From boutique hotels to quaint lodges, classic venues are all around us!

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Glam

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UP THE WOW

You’ve finally found your prince charming, and now it’s time to kick off your happily ever after. Glam brides love to make a statement: bold colors, large blooms, and of course, anything that sparkles.

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Table Decor

Guests should feel like they’re eating the nicest dinner of their life amidst a beautifully verdant garden. Look for flatware in bold metallics and place settings with whimsical details.

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a modern-day fairy tale Pulling off a glam wedding is finding the perfect balance between extravagance and tasteful details. This style is all about the wow factor: sprawling centerpieces, perfect place settings, and magnificent floral arrangements.

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When choosing colors, reds and pinks are classic choices, but jewel tones like amethyst and emerald are also a great way to go. Metallic highlights are a must, not to mention sparkling crystal and gemstone accents.

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Towering confections with delicately frosted details are certain to make an impression on your guests. Garlands and lace designs add the perfect amount of extravagance, but they can be labor intensive. Balance them out with a few floral stems or a fanciful cake topper with your monogram.

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Dresses

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Going glam doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wear a ball gown. Get the same effect by choosing a statement veil or a dress with a breathtaking train. If you feel like a princess in your dress, you’ll look like one too — and that’s what matters in the end.

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Invitations

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drama in the details Your stationery suite sets the tone for guests weeks before your wedding, and for a glam bride it’s your first chance to make an impression.

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bridal tip When it comes to glamorous florals, the bigger the better. Cascading bouquets of roses and lilies are popular, with plenty of greens to frame the arrangement. Worried about the price? You can use plenty of florals like baby’s breath to help fill out your bouquet without sacrificing style. BlackHillsBride.com

Your invitations should pay attention to every detail and splurge on decorative elements. Embossed lettering, laser-cut filigree, and hand-lettered calligraphy will take invitations to the next level. Stationery isn’t just your invitations; keep the same elements for wedding programs and place cards. Adding these personalized touches will make guests revel in the wonder of it all and feel like they’re part of your love story, too.

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T O H AV E & T O H O L D .

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Once you agree on what kind of ceremony you would like to have, meet with officiants. The perfect person to solemnize your wedding will make sure your personalities, values, and beliefs blend well together.

preparing for forever

Premarital counseling has proven to significantly reduce divorce rates and increase the intimacy of your marriage. Programs that cover communication skills, understanding barriers in your relationship, and conflict management help create a strong foundation for your new adventure together as a couple.

officiant or clergy

If you follow a particular faith, you and your partner may want to consider a religious ceremony in a house of worship, church, or temple. Make sure to ask early, as some faiths do have requirements you need to complete before your wedding day. You can also opt for a non-religious officiant, a civil ceremony, or even have a friend get licensed to solemnize your marriage. Many officiants will work with you to write your ceremony from start to finish, so you can be sure it’s as unique as you are.

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Although you may be hesitant at first, counseling is something you will be glad you chose to take part in. It can help you get through the stress of planning, too, which will make the entire process more fun.

vows that wow

Your vows are the most important promise you’ll ever make to each other, so they should reflect your feelings and beliefs. Traditional vows have been used in wedding celebrations for centuries and often include readings from scripture or classic literature. Using the same vows your parents or grandparents used is a great way to honor your roots as well.

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Your ceremony kicks off the biggest party of your life, but once you say “I do,” it also ignites a new adventure for you as a couple. Here are some details to think about while planning the perfect beginning.

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Family

WHEN TWO BECOME ONE. Weddings are the joining of two people as they start a new life together, but they also join two whole families together. Including your family in your big day can make it extra meaningful for everyone.

parents and siblings

Having your siblings in your bridal party is common, but there are plenty of other ways to include them too. Ask them to sing or do a reading during your ceremony, or help with reception decor. There are a lot of milestones in the planning process that are special for parents, such as helping you choose your dress. The same goes for the main event; ask if they’d like to do a first dance with you, share a toast, or be part of the receiving line after your ceremony.

One thing to keep in mind with kids is they won’t always do exactly what they’re told. They might walk halfway down the aisle and lose interest, or start crying and refuse to participate at all. Just go with the flow and be understanding if things don’t go precisely like you had planned. Plus, it can make for a great story to share down the road.

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Nothing adds charm and playfulness to your day like little kids. Great responsibilities for kids include carrying the wedding rings, spreading flowers on the aisle, holding a fun sign to announce the bride’s entry, or acting as an usher.

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bridal tip Not sure how to include someone? Just ask if there’s something specific they’d like to do. You might be surprised what talents people have that you never knew about.

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Furry Friends LOVE HAS 4 PAWS.

to be in. Be sure they’re okay with it — you never know if they’re scared of dogs or allergic to pet hair — and also see if they’re up for meeting your pet.

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Finally, be sure to let your guests know. There may be people attending who have serious allergies or may be afraid of animals. You don’t want your pet’s presence to unknowingly cause anyone stress on your big day.

be creative

It’s getting more popular to include a four-legged friend in your big day, and it can be a ton of fun. Before you sign fido up to be your ring bearer, there are a few things to think about. Does your pet like dressing up? You can get them a small tuxedo or bow in your wedding colors to make them look the part! You can also get them a special leash or decorate their collar for the day.

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get permission

When you look at venues, be sure you discuss whether you can have animals on site. Depending where you’re getting married, you may not be able to have your pet take part, and that’s not something you want to find out minutes before you intend to have them walk down the aisle. It’s also worth chatting with your photographer about your four-legged friend and what photos you’d like them

Once you have the green light for your pet to be included, you can decide what their job will be! These are some of our favorites: • Include them in your first look • Greet guests as they find seats • Act as a ring bearer • Include them in the bridal party • Carry a sign announcing the bride • Escort the bride down the aisle The most important thing is to make sure your expectations are realistic. If your pet is shy with new people or they get anxious around crowds, being in your wedding may not be fun for them. Even if they have to celebrate from afar, you can include your pets in your decor. Using a caricature of their face on your seating chart or have their likeness embroidered on the groom’s pocket square. The options are endless, and can be a meaningful way to include your fur-ever friend in your wedding day festivities. #BlackHillsBride


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If your venue will allow it, try and bring your pet on site before the wedding. This helps your pet be familiar with the space, which will help them be more relaxed on the big day.

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Florals

BLOOM FOREVER. Flowers are more than just your bouquet; they add personality and bring your celebration to the next level. Before you meet with a florist, there are a few things you should think about.

remember your budget

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Once you have your budget set and have an idea how many arrangements you need, it’s time to set up meetings with florists to create your style. A florist will guide you toward the types of flowers and designs that will suit your style and budget. When you meet with them, it’s helpful to bring pictures of flowers and designs that you like, but stay open minded to their suggestions or recommendations. Some flowers you like may be expensive or hard to get out of season, but florists will be able to suggest alternatives that achieve the same look.

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Make sure you account for bouquets and boutonnières for your bridal party and family members, plus table arrangements you will need for the reception.

Cydney Craft-Macomber, Complete Weddings + Events

A rule of thumb is to start out with 8-10% of your overall budget for flowers and reception decor. Discuss your wedding style as a couple, and determine the amount of flowers you want. Keep in mind that most flowers can be ordered all year, but ones that are in season will generally be less expensive.

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bridal tip If you’re planning to do a bouquet toss, ask your florist for a smaller version of yours. That way you can preserve the bouquet you carried down the aisle while still giving one away.

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Details SET THE STAGE.

beyond the decorations

Your rentals will also include items that aren’t decor. Depending on your venue and caterer, you may have to rent your table settings. This includes dinnerware, flatware, and glassware for both dinner and cocktail hour if you’re having one. You will also need linens like tablecloths and napkins.

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You can also rent fun items like a cotton candy or snow cone machine, or even bouncy castles if you have a lot of kids in attendance. For a more artsy vibe you can even rent classic cafe string lights to add to your reception. The options are endless, and there are plenty of great vendors around the Black Hills that can make your dream setup a reality!

Whether you’re a boho babe or a classic bride, the decor you choose sets the stage for your entire celebration. Pulling off a beautiful wedding takes a lot of planning — and a lot of decor.

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Most of your decor, however, will most likely need to be rented. This includes floral settings such as vases and aisle stands, tents, aisle runners, and specialty pieces like wine barrels, arbors, or creative centerpieces.

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Your dream wedding may take more decor than you realized. Luckily, you can rent everything you need fairly affordably.

You may want to design some of your decor yourself, such as personalized signs or monogrammed centerpieces. It’s a great way to add personality to your wedding while also saving money.

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read the fine print This goes for any wedding vendor contract, but it’s especially important for rentals. Make sure you know who is responsible for delivering, setting up, and returning your rentals. The last thing you want to do after your reception is unexpectedly have to stack chairs or tear down draping when you should be in a limo headed off into the sunset.

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Be sure to ask what is included at your ceremony and reception venues — they may have items on hand that will save you from having to rent additional pieces. Common items include tables, chairs, tents, and basic linens.

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Make sure someone rounds up rentals to be returned, and set aside those that belong to you. You don’t want to be charged for any misplaced or damaged rental items!

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ARRIVE IN STYLE.

Your wedding day is all about showing off your personality, and transportation is a fun way to do it. Want to add a bit of fun? Try showing up to the reception in golf carts!

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Transportation is an important aspect of wedding arrangements that you shouldn’t overlook. From getting your wedding party to the ceremony on time to shuttles for your guests – and, of course, your grand exit from the reception – transportation plays a big role in your wedding day.

Guests often provide their own transportation, but if you’re having your ceremony and reception at different sites, provide detailed directions from one place to another. If you have guests from out of town, consider renting a shuttle or setting up a ride share system to help them all arrive on time.

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get the word out

Most couples provide transportation for themselves and their wedding party, but what about everyone else?

Be sure your guests know the options that are available to them for your wedding transportation.

Typically, the best man and maid of honor are in charge of getting the wedding party to the ceremony site on time. After the ceremony, having everyone ride in one vehicle makes sure you arrive together.

If you are offering a shuttle, trolley or bus, give your guests the pick-up times and boarding information so they can get to your venue. Also add the details to your wedding website, or include a short memo with a map in your RSVPs.

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bridal tip Add a buffer between guest drop-off and the beginning of your ceremony. Guests should arrive in time to be seated 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

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Reception L E T’S C E L E B R AT E .

Where you host your reception is a huge decision, so make sure to do your research about size, cost, and location. It’s also important to review your budget before visiting venues so you don’t spend every penny and find out you can’t afford something else you love.

first things first

before you call Have a time frame in mind. A rule of thumb is to pick three dates that work for you as a couple and anyone involved in the wedding. Having more than one date to choose from lets be more flexible for venue availability. When you’ve found the perfect venue be sure to negotiate your contract. Ask what items are available, what you’ll need to rent, and if you’re required to use certain vendors or caterers. Make sure to get the price inclusive of all taxes, fees, and expected gratuity.

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You should also have an idea of how many guests you’re expecting to attend This doesn’t have to be set in stone, but venues have maximum capacities, and having an estimated number will help.

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Start by creating your style vision as a couple. Whether you want a rustic country wedding or a contemporary urban one, your style will narrow down your venue options.

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Timeline

FLOW OF EVENTS. if they are hosting. This is also a great place to include a pre-meal prayer or blessing if you’d like.

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Each table will move through the buffet line or will be served by wait staff. The bride and groom are usually served first as the guests of honor.

You’re married — now let the party begin! Before your big day, talk to your emcee (usually your DJ or bandleader) about your reception timeline. The wedding reception is a time to celebrate you as a couple, so make it your own! These are events many couples include, but you can do as many or as few as you want or even change up the order if you want to.

cocktail hour Let your guests mingle and enjoy a beverage or hors d’oeuvers before the reception starts. This is a great way to occupy time while you’re finishing up pictures or flipping a room from a ceremony setup to reception.

entrances The emcee introduces the bridal party as they enter the room. Be sure to leave a path between the tables for everyone to walk (or dance) through. The bride and groom are announced after the wedding party is seated.

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toasts The maid of honor and the best man present toasts to the newly married couple. You can include parents, siblings, or other close friends and family as well if you like.

first dance The couple’s first dance may be followed by father-daughter, motherson and other special dances. Then, the floor is opened for everyone.

cake cutting After your guests have had time to hit the dance floor, it’s time to cut the cake. You can also play this one by ear; cutting the cake is a great way to mix things up if dancing slows down.

bouquet and garter toss Gather all the single guests in attendance for the bride’s bouquet toss and groom’s garter throw.

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Savory Eats THE PERFECT MENU.

After you have secured a venue, one of the most expensive budget items you’ll have is your caterer. From serving options, here are a couple thing to think about as you plan a menu.

plated or buffet? Conventional wisdom says plated dinners are more expensive than buffets, but anymore it really depends on what you’re having. A buffet with a carving station will run you more than an elegantly prepared chicken breast, so don’t be afraid to explore all the options.

Setting special dietary needs aside, there really isn’t a reason you need to offer your guests more than one option for dinner. Offering only one entree can be a budget saver by decreasing time your caterer has to spend preparing dishes, and makes things simple for servers. If you’re having a hard time choosing a menu, think about your favorite meal or one that has significance to you as a couple. It’s a fun way to share a piece of your love story or honor your family’s favorite recipes. You can also work with your caterer to come up with something that’s all your own!

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pare it down

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Having hors d’oeuvres instead of a full meal may not be the cash saver you thought, either. Appetizers are labor intensive, which can come with a hefty price tag. If you go this route, stick to simple snacks or a fun fruit display.

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bridal tip Buffets can save money, but they’re also a great chance to get up and mingle. After you’ve eaten, hang out by the beginning of the line and chat with your guests while they wait.

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S O M E T H I N G S W E E T.

Want to save the top tier of your cake for your first anniversary? Make sure you take off all the decor and garnishes before freezing. Or, ask your baker if they’ll include a fresh one in the price of your cake.

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Weddings and cakes go hand-in-hand, but they can get expensive fast. Between flavor and icing choices, decorating, assembly, delivery, and serving costs, you can eat through your cake budget quickly. Before you head to your first cake tasting, here are a few things to think about.

keep it simple If you need to save, consider a smaller cake and add on a simple sheet cake to be served in addition to it. If you have your heart set on a multitiered cake, ask your baker if they can substitute a couple layers for foam. You’ll get the look you want without the hefty price tag.

The same goes for your cake design. The more trimmings and decorations you have, the more it will cost. Consider a minimalist look, or get creative with florals and decorations that match the rest of your reception.

try something new You don’t have to have a cake at all if you don’t want to, and anymore, many couples don’t! Serve sweet treats like cookies, donuts, or even a do-it-yourself s’mores station if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Have a favorite candy from a local bakery? This is the perfect time to share how incredible their treats are with your guests. #BlackHillsBride


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Let’s Party Cydney Craft-Macomber, Complete Weddings + Events

FILL THE FLOOR.

You’ll want to have an emcee throughout the night. From introducing you as a couple to announcing when dinner is served, having someone on the mic is important. Be sure to ask your DJ or band if they’re up to the task!

You spend months making sure every little detail is set, and now it’s time for a little fun. Music sets the tone for your wedding by elevating emotions, filling awkward silences and getting guests on the dance floor. Follow these tips and work closely with your musician or DJ to ensure an amazing celebration.

band or dj? When it comes to picking reception entertainment, a great first step is to find someone with your taste in music. Love country western? A live band will have your guests boot scootin’ boogieing into the night. Prefer the latest pop hits? A DJ might be the way to go.

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After the formalities of the ceremony, you and your guests are ready to get the party started! You’ll surely have favorite songs you want to hear throughout the night, so make sure to communicate your must-haves with your DJ or bandleader. Keep in mind that your guests will want to make requests too. There may be meaningful songs to them they want to share or a latest hit they’re excited to groove to. If there are any songs you’d rather not hear — not everyone loves the chicken dance, for example — make sure you let your musicians know in advance.

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an additional fee. It’s smart to have a list of all the props so you can make sure they’re all returned at the end of the night. It can be fun to come up with your own, too!

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Including games isn’t a must, but one or two can really add some fun to the reception, especially if you have a lot of kids in attendance.

Playing games or having a photo booth at your reception is a great way to switch things up and involve guests who might not like to dance. They also give guests a chance to take a break, refill their beverages, or grab a piece of cake. Ask if your photo booth vendor can add a personal monogram or logo to your guests’ photo strips; it’s an easy wedding favor they’ll love!

photo booths Capture the moments your guests enjoy at your wedding with a photo booth. Not only will you get to see all the fun your family and friends had on your big day, but this unique form of entertainment will add instant fun for guests both young and old. When you talk to photo booth vendors, make sure to ask whether their setup comes with props or if you’ll have to pay

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These are some popular games you might include: • Clinking glass: this tradition is popular yet simple. Every time guests clink their glasses, the newlyweds must kiss. You can also place small bells on tables to avoid breaking or damaging any glassware. • The shoe game: this is a reception ritual that has gained traction over the years. Sit in a chair back-toback, then remove your shoes and exchange one with your spouse. The host of the game (often the DJ) reads off questions like “who is cleaner?” or “who asked the other out first?” After the question, the couple must put up a shoe to indicate who they think it best describes. • Dance for a dollar: this tradition happens when everyone is dancing. Guests can dance with the bride or groom — for a price! With each dance, the guest must donate a dollar, which can be pinned on the newlyweds or thrown in the air around them. #BlackHillsBride


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LoveStories REAL WEDDINGS. No matter how many Pinterest boards you make or galleries you look at, nothing compares to seeing real weddings that have been right here in the Black Hills. Looking for the perfect outdoor venue but not sure where to start? Wondering where to find your dream dress right here in the hills? Well, look no further, because we’ve found some of the best weddings from the past year that will surely inspire your perfect Black Hills wedding.

meet the couples Every year we scour weddings from all over the Black Hills to inspire newly engaged couples planning their big day. It gets harder and harder to narrow it down to just six every year, but we think you’ll understand why. From fairy-tale weddings in Custer State Park to glamorous barn weddings and everything in between, this year’s real weddings pulled out all the stops. Congratulations to all of our featured couples, and to every wedding we have the pleasure of showcasing in our entire publication. We wish you all a wonderful lifetime of happiness, excitement, and love!

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C H A N T E L & R YA N photos by DA.SH.UR Photography

JORDAN & BRANDON photos by Laurel Danely, Complete Weddings + Events

SAGE & ZANE photos by Chutin Flicks

BRYCE & BRAXTYN photos by Elsie Fortune Photography

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photographer Elsie Fortune Photography reception venue The Lodge at Deadwood wedding coordinator Truly Yours Event Planning dj/videography 605 Media desserts The Rustic Nook Bakery hair Katie with Quintessence Salon dress Allure Bridal bridesmaid dresses Southern Alternative engagement ring Shankar Jewelry makeup Barefoot Pretty, Buffalo, WY groom and groomsmen attire Men’s Wearhouse

STORMY & D A LT O N When they met in 2009, Stormy and Dalton became fast friends. It wasn’t until a couple years after they had graduated college and gone separate ways that their love really took off. Dalton called Stormy one day out of the blue and took her out for dinner, and it was the spark that started a romance. The couple dated for 8 years before tying the knot, but Stormy says it was worth the wait. “I always thought we might be the couple that just dates forever and never makes it official, but then he proposed, and it was the most amazing, perfect moment,” she said. BlackHillsBride.com

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tip for brides Take your time and enjoy the day. Everyone told me it would go fast, but it went so much faster than I ever thought. Give yourself some room to breathe; when you’re in the moment and you forget to, you’ll wish you had.

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photographer Indigo Blue Photography venue Generations Weddings & Events catering JR’s BBQ makeup Abby Fenhaus MUA bridal salon Rhylan Lang Bridal dress designer Enzoani Blue tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse jewelry Kay’s Jewelry floral Kayly Shae Floral Design bridesmaid dresses Baltic Born and Azazie desserts Cathy Melendez of Rapid City dj Marek DJ Services

CASSIDY & JACK In 2019, Cassidy ran a local turkey trot race with family. As she crossed the finish line Jack was there to ask if they could start a new journey together as husband and wife. “It was 7 degrees out, I was freezing cold, but it was an amazing surprise,” Cassidy said. The couple took on planning as a team, which made their wedding even more special. Each of their personalities shone through and set the stage for a perfect happily ever after. BlackHillsBride.com

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tip for brides Be picky about the vendors you choose for your big day! Having a team of people who will go above and beyond to take great care of you is important. Our team made our day stress free and it was worth every penny!

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photographer Sundance Girl Photography venue The Barn at Aspen Acres catering Anything’s Possible Catering dj WOW Entertainment hair Brittini Snyder of Gypsy Roots Salon dress Little White Dress Shop, Denver, CO bridesmaid dresses David’s Bridal groom and groomsmen attire Men’s Wearhouse engagement ring Marshall Jewelry, Gillette bride’s wedding band Riddle’s Jewelry, Gillette groom’s wedding band Manly Bands floral Crazy Daisy Floral desserts SME’s Treats

JARAMIE & DEVIN When she moved back to the states from Australia, Jaramie found herself working in Wright, Wyoming. What she didn’t know is she would also find her soulmate, Devin. The couple have a fun sense of humor, so when Devin asked for her hand, Jaramie thought he might be joking. “We love to prank each other, so at first I thought he was kidding. Then I realized he wasn’t, and I said, ‘of course! Yes!’” Jaramie said. BlackHillsBride.com

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tip for brides What helped me the most was having all of my notes in one place! I had a binder full of checklists, contact info, color schemes, really everything. It was such a big help — including the Black Hills Bride planner pages!

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photographer Complete Weddings + Events venue Besler’s Cadillac Ranch dj/videography Complete Weddings + Events floral Flowers by LeRoy hair and makeup Quintessence Salon dress Audra’s Bridal Gallery tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse jewelry Olive + Piper catering Smokin’ Hot Catering desserts SME’s Treats

COURTNEY & B R AY D E N It’s the classic story of a nice guy making sure the new girl in town has a good time. Except every time Brayden tried to impress, Murphy’s Law had other ideas. Luckily, it all worked out; Courtney fell in love with his sense of humor. This military couple has been through a lot together, including two deployments. It’s made them stronger, and Courtney said, “I wouldn’t have dreamt of it happening any other way.” BlackHillsBride.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY • VIDEOGRAPHY LIGHTING • COORDINATION DJ • PHOTO BOOTH With multiple services under one roof, your wedding planning just got easier! Contact us to mix and match our services to meet your needs and budget. COMPLETERAPIDCITY.COM 605.348.8869 |

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photographer R.Becker Creative venue and catering Custer State Park Game Lodge dj Marek’s DJ Services hair Laura Myers of Sweet Clover Salon dress Marie and Marie Bridal, Sioux Falls tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse jewelry Riddle’s Jewelry officiant Your Joyful Wedding

ANNA & JORDAN Throughout their relationship, Anna and Jordan have enjoyed hiking, golfing, and exploring the great outdoors together. When Jordan got on one knee in the middle of a round of golf, Anna said yes to the perfect fore-ever. Custer State Park was an easy choice for their big day, but the bride’s heart was in the details: “I wrapped a piece of my mother’s dress and veil around my bouquet, which made it really special,” Anna said. BlackHillsBride.com

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tip for brides For things I was really worried about on the wedding day, I picked someone I knew I could trust and assigned them the task. That way I could relax knowing it was taken care of and everything would be perfect.

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Honeymoon T I C K E T T O PA R A D I S E .

Once you’ve made your lists, share them with each other and compare. Will your vacation be relaxing or active? Will it be on a resort or a ship? Planning your trip together will ensure that both your wishes are met.

prepare beforehand

Planning a wedding includes what happens after the big day, too. You’ve thrown the celebration of a lifetime; it’s time to treat yourselves with time to rest and revel in being newlyweds!

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Also do your research on any resorts or excursions you plan to book. Make sure you know exactly what’s included in an all-inclusive package; oftentimes things like meal and alcohol packages are extra. Double-check transfers, taxes, and gratuities, too.

Weddings can be expensive, and it might be tempting to short-change your honeymoon. Reconsider before you do! This is your opportunity to put a pause on life and celebrate the commitment you’ve just made, so it’s worth taking one if your budget allows.

use a pro

Start by writing independent wish lists for your trip. Include things like: • Where you want to go • What you want to see • What activities you want to do • How long it will take to get there • How much time you can take off

Travel agents know all the ins and outs of multiple destinations, and will have invaluable, local advice to make your honeymoon as safe and enjoyable as possible. They’re also able to get you discounts on lodging, airfare, and more so you can afford your dream trip.

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Make those dreams of romance and bliss a reality by hiring a certified travel agent. A professional is familiar with “everything travel,” which will save you time and money by avoiding hidden fees, poor service, or unpleasant surprises.

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You may know you need a passport, but what about medical needs and vaccinations? Some countries have requirements you’ll need to meet before traveling, and it’s better to be safe than sick during your honeymoon.

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bridal tip You will more than likely need extra cash to spend on your honeymoon for meals, outings, and souvenirs, so make room in your budget!

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What’s Next Kinsey Whidy Photography

WEDDING WRAP UP.

Changing your name can take time — even months! Don’t plan on using your married name on things like honeymoon travel or buying a home right after your wedding. Use your maiden name for now, and update as necessary later on.

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The wedding is over, but you need to take care of a few more things before turning your dream day into a memory. Here are a few things you won’t want to forget.

start your life together Make sure you write your thank you notes and get them in the mail no later than eight weeks after your wedding. Make sure you add a personal note to each guest about the gift you received and how much you appreciate them for coming to the wedding. If you’re changing your name, you’ll need a certified copy of your marriage license. Then you can go to your nearest social security office. After that you can usually

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create an album

After the wedding, you will need to take on the task of selecting your photos. Allow yourself some time – there will be hundreds to sort through! Pick your favorites and compare with your spouse to come up with a final list. Once you’ve chosen your photos, check your wedding photography package to see your album is included. Most photographers have a service they use or can recommend ones they trust. You’ll treasure this album forever, so it’s worth having it done professionally. #BlackHillsBride


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VendorDirectory after “i do”

catering

event planning

attire

Cheyenne Crossing pg. 109 21415 US Hwy 14A, Lead 605.584.3510

Justin Straw Designs 605.390.7977

Gene Hufford Agency Inc. American Family Insurance pg. 140 2127 Jackson Blvd., Rapid City 605.342.7757

Angel’s Catering pg. 103 605.721.9229 or 605.381.9229 angelscatering.biz

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beauty, hair, massage, nails & skin

Monument Health pg. 39 2805 5th St., Rapid City 605.755.6000 monumnet.health/plasticsurgery

Qdoba Mexican Eats pg. 102 741 Mountain View Rd., Rapid City 605.341.9900 1745 Eglin St., Ste. 550, Rapid City 605.791.1555

decorating & rental

Willow Salon pg. 50 5312 Sheridan Lake Rd, Ste. #109, Rapid City 605.718.3797 willowsalonbh.com

Black Hills Receptions & Rentals pg. 51 10400 West Hwy 44, Rapid City 605.342.8888 blackhillsreceptions.com

beverage services

Justin Straw Designs 605.390.7977

Belle Joli Winery pg. 3 594 Main St., Deadwood 3951 Vanocker Canyon Rd., Sturgis 605.347.9463 bellejoli.com

cake

Alpine Inn 133 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2749 Alpineinnhillcity.com

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Sweet Secrets Bakery pg. 107 2101 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Ste. #100, Rapid City 605.791.2253 sweetsecretsbakery.com BlackHillsBride.com

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Table 4 Décor pg. 94 3104 W. St. Louis, Rapid City 605.341.6705 table4decorpartyrental.com

dj, music & lighting

Complete Weddings + Events pg. 80 605.348.8869 completeweddingrapidcity.com The Music Man 605-431-7589

Audra’s Bridal Gallery pg. 43 601 St. Joseph St., Rapid City 605.348.8816 audrasbridalgallery.com pg. 50

flowers

Roots Wedding Florals pg. 82 6908 Eastridge Rd., Black Hawk 605.787.5050 or 605.484.4475

gowns & tuxedos

Audra’s Bridal Gallery pg. 43 601 St. Joseph St., Rapid City 605.348.8816 audrasbridalgallery.com Main Street Menswear pg. 39 Rushmore Mall, Rapid City 605.341.4446 mainstreetmenswear.com

invitations

Copy Country pg. 30 1026 Main St., Rapid City 605.342.0425 copycountryinc.com

jewelry & accessories

Riddle’s Jewelry 202 Disk Dr., Rapid City 605.341.2055 Rushmore Mall, Rapid City 605.342.8406 riddlesjewelry.com

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Mary Maisey-Ireland 605.484.8464 yourjoyfulwedding.com

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The Music Man 605-431-7589

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photography Chutin Flicks chutinflicks.com

Alpine Inn 605.574.2749 Alpineinnhillcity.com

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tuxedos

See gowns and tuxedos pg. 31

Complete Weddings + Events pg. 131 605.348.8869 completeweddingrapidcity.com Elsie Fortune Photography pg. 119 605.891.8066 elsiefortunephotography.com IndigoBlue Photography pg. 121 indigobluephoto.com Katie Mary Photography pg. 15 605.415.6367 katiemaryphotography.com R. Becker Creative 605.209.3207 Rbeckercreative.com

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venues

Angel’s Catering & Receptions pg. 67 12340 Jenter Rd, Summerset 605.721.9229 angelscatering.biz Belle Joli Winery pg. 3 594 Main St., Deadwood 3951 Vanocker Canyon Rd., Sturgis 605.347.9463 bellejoli.com Besler’s Cadillac Ranch pg. 21 19314 Helmer Rd., St. Onge 605.391.6791 beslerscadillacranch.com Black Hills Receptions & Rentals pg. 51 10400 West Hwy 44, Rapid City 605.342.8888 blackhillsreceptions.com

Sundance Girl Photography pg. 127 PO Box 271, Sundance, WY 307.231.0462 sundancegirlphotography.com

Courtyard by Marriott pg. 62 580 WaTiki Way, Box Elder 605.593.8971

photo booth rental

Custer State Park Resorts 605.255.4672 custerresorts.com

Complete Weddings + Events pg. 131 605.348.8869 completeweddingrapidcity.com

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Dahl Arts Center 713 7th St., Rapid City 605.394.4101 thedalh.org

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Elk Creek Resort pg. 83 8220 Elk Creek Rd., Piedmont 605.787.4884 800.846.2267 elkcreekresort.net Elkhorn Ridge Resort & Golf Course Exit 17, Spearfish 605.722.1800 elkhornridgeresort.com

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Generations Weddings & Events pg. 74 4536 Peaceful Pines Rd., Rapid City 605.390.0614 generationsweddingsandevents. com Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza 505 N. 5th St., Rapid City 605.399.7039

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Hotel Alex Johnson pg. BC 523 6th St., Rapid City 605.342.1210 alexjohnson.com/weddings K Bar S Lodge pg. IBC 434 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone 605.716.7971 kbarslodge.com Muley Hill Lodge pg. 101 20829 Mattson Lane, Sturgis 701.206.0198 Ranch A Beluah, WY 307.643.3101 rancha.com

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Spearfish Canyon Lodge pg. 59 10619 Roughlock Falls Rd., Lead 605.584.3435 spfcanyon.com #BlackHillsBride


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SpringHill Suites pg. 113 322 Main St., Deadwood 605.631.0141 deadwoodspringhill.com Spur Creek Saloon & Ranch pg. 17 17698 SD Hwy 79, Newell 605.391.8282 spurcreeksaloon.com The Farmhouse Barn 21305 Harp Rd., Sturgis 605.209.5161 thefarmhousebarn.com

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The Joy Center pg. IFC 1351 St. Joe St., Spearfish 605.642.6335 bhsu.edu/joycenterrental Woodlands Receptions and Rentals pg. 75 13121 Lincoln Tarken Lane, Piedmont 605.393.7340 woodlandsreceptions.com

videography

Complete Weddings + Events pg. 131 605.348.8869 completeweddingrapidcity.com R.Becker Creative 605.209.3207 rbeckercreative.com

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timeline 6 or more months ahead

n S ubmit engagement announcement on BlackHillsBride.com n T ake engagement photos n T hink about the style of wedding you want­–formal or informal, big or small–and the season it will take place n S et budget n H ire wedding coordinator, if desired n C ompile guest list and organize addresses n F inalize wedding date and time n C hoose color, theme and size of wedding n R eserve ceremony and reception sites n C hoose attendants n O rder dress and accessories, including veil and shoes

n Book officiant n Book caterer n Book florist n Book music for ceremony and reception n Book photographer and videographer n Meet with clergy or officiant for pre-marital counseling requirements and begin classes, if appropriate n Arrange transportation for the wedding day n Book honeymoon, apply for passport if needed n Send save-the-dates, if using n Set up honeymoon registry

n Register for gifts/honeymoon n Purchase wedding rings and arrange engraving, if needed n Purchase or reserve groom’s attire n Choose attendants’ attire n Help mothers choose their dresses n Book hair, nail and makeup appointments n Order wedding cake n Choose favors n Book a room for wedding night n Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests n Sign up for dance lessons

4 to 6 months ahead

n Reserve rental equipment, such as tables, chairs and tents n Order stationery, including invitations and thank-you notes

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2 to 4 months ahead

n S elect songs for ceremony, dinner and dances n Finalize details with florist, DJ, photographer, caterer n F inalize menu with caterer n Discuss service with officiant n C hoose readings for ceremony n T ry out makeup and hairstyle n S chedule a session with your videographer to film video for the rehearsal dinner/reception n M ail invitations n F inalize honeymoon details

1 to 2 months ahead

n B uy guest book, unity candle, toasting glasses, cake knife and server, flower girl/ring bearer accessories n Confirm ceremony details n P repare printed program for ceremony n S chedule rehearsal time and rehearsal dinner n I nvite wedding party and guests to rehearsal dinner n C omplete documents for change of legal name and address, if needed n O btain marriage license and request certified copies n P ick up rings and check engraving

n Confirm details with the florist, caterer, entertainers and officiant n Buy gifts for attendants, flower girl, ring bearer, fiancé(e), parents

2 weeks ahead

n Have final dress-fitting with shoes, accessories and lingerie n Have fittings for tuxedos and attendants’ dresses n Submit list of must-take shots to photographer and videographer n Follow up on missing RSVPs n Arrange seating chart and place cards n Create wedding-day schedule; share with wedding party and vendors n Notify caterer of final guest count n Find out where your guests will be staying if you plan to deliver welcome bags to their rooms

1 week ahead

n Pick up dress n Pick up rings n Write rehearsal dinner and wedding toasts n Finalize seating plan n Get manicure and pedicure n Pack for honeymoon n Write thank-you notes as you receive gifts n Verify transportation to and from ceremony

day before

n Deliver out-of-town guest gift baskets to hotel n Attend ceremony rehearsal n Hold rehearsal dinner and give gifts to wedding party n Prepare tip envelopes and arrange for someone to distribute them

wedding day

n Eat breakfast n Get hair and makeup done n Get dressed n Relax and enjoy the day n Give your vows to your Maid of Honor n Exchange a note/gift with your groom

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sharing the costs The most useful approach for a bride and groom to take with their families is to be communicative, realistic and courteous. Weddings are expensive and there are times when tradition should bow to practicality. Below is the customary division of expenses.

bride’s family

• Invitations, announcements and postage • Bride’s wedding attire and trousseau • Cost of the ceremony, including rental of sanctuary, chapel or other facility, organist, soloist and sexton fees, aisle carpets, flowers and any additional decorating costs • Bridesmaids’ bouquets • Cost of the reception, including food, wedding cake, beverages, flowers, decorations, music, rental equipment and gratuities for bartenders and waiters • Engagement and wedding photographs • Transportation • Wedding gift for the newlyweds • Wedding consultant • Any welcome parties for out-of-town guests

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bride

• Groom’s ring • Gift for the groom • Gifts for her attendants • Lodging for her out-of-town attendants (optional) • Bridesmaids’ luncheon • Gift for parents

groom’s family

• Their own wedding attire • Wedding gift for the newlyweds • Rehearsal dinner • Their travel expenses and hotel bills • Shipment of wedding gifts to the bridal couple’s new home

groom

• Bride’s engagement and wedding rings • Gift for the bride • Marriage license • Fee for officiant • Gifts for best man, groomsmen and ushers • Bridal bouquet and going-away corsage • Boutonnières for all men in wedding party • Mothers’ and grandmothers’ corsages • Lodging for his out-of-town attendants (optional) • Honeymoon • Bachelors’ dinner (optional) • Gift for parents

attendants & ushers • Their wedding attire selected by the bride • Travel expenses and lodging • Parties for the bride and groom • Wedding gift for the couple

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budget development Developing a realistic wedding budget is essential and should be one of the first things you do. Below are a few questions you may want to discuss before developing your final budget. Once your budget is set, stick to it by using our handy budget worksheets to keep you on task.

overall budget

How much do you want to spend? Are the necessary funds available? What is the size of the wedding party? How many guests will be invited?

ceremony, reception 45%

Where will you hold each? Indoors or outdoors? Church or other venue? Reception formal or casual? Ballroom or hall?

food, catering, & cake

(included in reception percentages) is the caterer independent of your venue? Sit-down service or buffet? Will appetizers be served during cocktail hour? Will there be alcohol? Full bar or limited to beer, champagne and wine? Do you want a custom-designed cake or something smaller with sheet cake service?

attire 8%

Do you want a designer gown or off-the-rack? Will you purchase or rent formal wear?

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photography, videography 18%

What style do you prefer, posed or photojournalistic? Do you want a leather-bound photo book or something less expensive? What style of videography do you want? How many copies of the video will be needed?

Are you preserving your bouquet? Will you need to rent tables, chairs, linens, etc.? Are you going to be purchasing tablescape materials and décor?

stationery 3%

Will you have an orchestra, band or musician at the ceremony? Band or DJ at the reception? What other entertainment is needed?

Are you looking for a certain color, paper type, font or ink? How much text would you like to include? Are you going to include a picture or graphic on your save-the-date card or announcement? Custom-designed or just customized stationery? Will you be mailing your invitations? How many guests will need invites? Will you be ordering programs, table placeholders, signs and thank-yous? Invitations: letterpress or printed? What inserts will be required with the invitations?

floral & décor 12%

honeymoon 8%

transportation 2%

How will you travel from your venues? Will you provide rented transportation for the entire wedding party? Does your venue require valet parking or shuttle service?

entertainment 4%

Are desired flowers in season? Which attendants and guests will have flowers? Will you use flowers for your cake and décor? How far in advance do you need your flowers?

Will you be leaving the country and need an updated passport? Have you received vaccinations? Are you going to have a professional create your travel itinerary? Would you prefer an adult-only resort?

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money management wedding rings Engagement ring __________________ Bride’s ring __________________ Groom’s ring __________________ subtotal __________________

photography Photographer’s fee __________________ Engagement portrait __________________ Wedding album __________________ Parents’ albums __________________ Additional prints __________________ subtotal __________________

attire Bride’s dress __________________ music Headpiece and veil __________________ Ceremony music __________________ Bride’s shoes __________________ Cocktail-hour music __________________ Lingerie, hosiery, garter __________________ Reception music (DJ) __________________ Jewelry and accessories __________________ subtotal __________________ Hair, makeup, manicure __________________ Dress preservation __________________ stationery Groom’s tuxedo or suit __________________ Save-the-date cards __________________ Groom’s shoes __________________ Invitations and envelopes __________________ Groom’s accessories __________________ Map inserts __________________ subtotal __________________ Announcements __________________ Response cards __________________ ceremony and reception Thank-you notes __________________ Ceremony location fee __________________ Ceremony programs __________________ Officiant fee __________________ Calligraphy/addressing __________________ Organist/musicians/soloist _ _________________ Postage __________________ Marriage license __________________ Place cards __________________ Aisle runner, decorations __________________ Printed napkins __________________ Candles, misc. __________________ subtotal __________________ Reception location fee __________________ Catering fee __________________ transportation Cake __________________ Limousine or carriage __________________ Bar __________________ Guest transportation __________________ Decorations __________________ subtotal __________________ Rentals __________________ Tips __________________ subtotal __________________

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flowers gifts, favors, and extras Ceremony __________________ Maid of honor’s gift __________________ Altar/church __________________ Bridesmaids’ gifts __________________ Bride’s bouquet __________________ Best man’s gift __________________ Bouquet preservation __________________ Groomsmen's gifts __________________ Attendants' bouquets __________________ Bride’s parents’ gifts __________________ Flower girl accessories __________________ Groom’s parents’ gifts __________________ Mothers’ corsages __________________ Flower girl __________________ Boutonnières __________________ Ring bearer __________________ subtotal __________________ Favors __________________ Ring pillow __________________ reception Guest book __________________ Cake table __________________ Cake knife/server __________________ Buffet table __________________ Toasting glasses __________________ Head table __________________ subtotal __________________ Centerpieces __________________ Decorating __________________ rehearsal dinner subtotal Site rental __________________ Caterer __________________ helpers (total): Taxes and gratuities __________________ Wedding coordinator __________________ Other __________________   Cake-cutting/ Bridesmaid’s luncheon __________________ gift-table attendant(s) __________________ subtotal __________________   Guest book attendant __________________   Officiant __________________ videography   Soloists/musicians __________________ Videographer fee __________________ subtotal __________________ Extra copies of video __________________ subtotal __________________ total __________________ honeymoon Transportation __________________ Accommodations __________________ Daily budget __________________ subtotal __________________

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compare venues Where to hold your reception is one of the most complex decisions to make. Use this comparison chart to help you decide what your priorities are, and how the costs will enter into your overall plan.

Amenities Available Formal/informal décor Decorating restrictions Distance from ceremony Disabled access Capacity Air-conditioned Dance floor/stage Sound system/piano Head table # of guest tables/chairs Guest book table Gift table Cake table Linens China, flatware Stemware/glassware Wedding coordinator Catering service Wait staff Bar/bartender Champagne cost Cork fee Cake-cutting charge Clean-up charge Adequate parking Other Head count deadline Hours available Early set-up availability Taxes and gratuity Deposit amount Deposit deadline Final payment deadline Est. Cost to Budget

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ceremony details Date____________________ Time___________________Location______________________________________________________________ Officiant___________________________________________________________________________________ Officiant fee______________ Address____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Rehearsal date_____________________________________________________________________________ Rehearsal time___________ Rehearsal dinner location_________________________________________________________________ Reservation time_________ Number of guests_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Site requirements_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Seating capacity_______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Site fee_____________________________________________________________________________________ Other fees________________ services Photographer______________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Videographer______________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Florist______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Decorator__________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Wedding coordinator_____________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Transportation____________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ music Soloist______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Soloist______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Musician___________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Musician___________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Processional Song_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Recessional Song______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 154

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reception details venue Location___________________________________________________________________________ Seating capacity__________________ Address___________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Manager________________________________________Rental cost______________________ Deposit____________________________ Final payment due date_______________________________________________________________________ Equipment rental fee

Date/time room is available for decorating__________________________________________________________________________ Tables and chairs provided

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Clean up requirements _______________________________________________________________________________________________ food Caterer____________________________________________________________________________ Phone _____________________________ Meal description______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Baker______________________________________________________________________________ Phone _____________________________ Cake description______________________________________________________________________________________________________ entertainment DJ/Band___________________________________________________________________________ Cost_______________________________ Contact person___________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Arrival time_______________________________________________________________________ Hours of music____________________

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attendants Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Name___________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________

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photography checklist bride’s photos n Full-length n B ack of dress n Bouquet n W ith both parents n W ith parents separately n W ith grandparents n With siblings n W ith maid/matron of honor n W ith all attendants n With groomsmen n With flower girl and ring bearer n Pre-Wedding n B ride getting ready n B ride putting on veil n C andid shots of bride preparing n G room getting ready n A ttendants getting ready n F ront of ceremony location n G uests arriving and being seated groom’s photos n F ull length n W ith both parents n W ith parents separately n W ith grandparents n With siblings n W ith best man n W ith all attendants n With bridesmaids

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bride and groom photos n Bride and groom together n With each set of parents n With entire wedding party n Close-up of hands displaying rings n Signing the marriage certificate ceremony n Musicians/Vocalists n Attendants waiting to enter n Parents being seated n Candids of parents n Attendants walking down aisle n Child attendants walking down aisle n Groom coming down the aisle n Clergy, groom and best man at altar n Bride and father walking down aisle n Father giving bride’s hand to groom n Vow exchange n Ring ceremony n Candids of bride’s/ groom’s faces n Unity candle ceremony n Groom kissing the bride

recessional n Guests throwing seeds, petals, etc. reception n Guests signing guest book n Place cards, favors n Centerpieces, place settings n Bride and groom listening to toasts n Candids throughout room n Bride and groom’s first dance n Bride-and-father dance n Groom-and-mother dance n Guests dancing n Cake, cake table n Cake cutting n Bouquet toss n Garter removal and toss n Departure vehicle n Newlyweds departing

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day of checklist bride attire n Gown (be sure it is steamed/pressed) n H eadpiece and veil n Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat) n H osiery and garter n Shoes n J ewelry and accessories n Wrap/jacket n Gloves groom attire n C oat, shirt, vest, trousers n Neckwear n Cufflinks n S ocks and shoes don’t forget n Rings n M arriage license n R ing bearer’s pillow n F lower girl’s basket n W edding programs n C ake knife and server n T oasting glasses n Favors n G uest book and pen n Unity candle n Payment for officiant and vendors n A ssign someone to collect and transport gifts

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wedding day emergency kit n Brush/comb n Bobby pins n Styling products n Cotton balls n Q-Tips n Tissues n Makeup kit n Makeup remover n Baby powder n Hand mirror n Hair dryer n Curling / flat irons n Ponytail holder n Clear nail polish n Deodorant n Toothbrush n Lotion n Dental floss n Breath mints n Tampons n Pain reliever medication n Band-Aids n Upset stomach remedy n Eye drops n Antacids n Tweezers n Nail File n Pen n Notebook n Safety pins n Crazy Glue n Extra button

n Mini sewing kit n Double-sided tape n Stain releaser pen n Static-cling spray n Scissors n Lint roller n Extra earring backs n Bottled water n Energy drinks n Music n Cellphone n Charger n Straws (so you don’t smudge your lipstick) n Snacks n Lighter n Flat shoes honeymoon n Airline tickets/app (note flight number and departure/arrival times) n Cruise tickets (note cabin number and departure/ arrival times) n Resort/Hotel (address, phone and confirmation numbers) n Passports/Visas n Digital camera n Credit cards/pre-paid cards n Medicines/prescriptions n Extra contacts or glasses n Toiletries n Electrical plug adapters

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