Black Hills Bride 2023

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10 Ashton & Austin real


42 Callie & Kevin 44 Twila & Parker 46 Kenadee & Justin 48 Rachel & Jack 50 Anna & Brandon 52 Chloe & Ryan 54 Shayla & Bo 56 Amber & Ryley 58 Hailey & David 60 Whitney & Josh 62 Felicia & Daniel 64 Rachel & Chase 66 Devon & Bryce


The Beginning

Budget Basics

We Do 20 Marriage Licenses 24 Invitations engaged 26 Parties & Showers 30 Real Engagements


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36 Bridal Beauty 38 Walk in Style 40 The Groom


70 Time to Celebrate 76 Set the Stage 78 Flowers 80 Timeline of Events 84 Weather What-ifs 86 Menu Myths 88 Savory Eats 90 Something Sweet 96 Let’s Party 98 Fun & Games


‘I do’ 102 Honeymoon 104 Staycation personalized planner 108 Vendor Directory 114 Timeline Checklist 117 Budget Development 120 Compare Venues 121 Payment Records 122 The Details 125 Photo Checklist 126 Wedding Day Checklist

Cover Photo by Kinsey Whidby. See page 10 for more details on this beautiful wedding at the Farmhouse Barn.

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happily ever after BEGINS HERE

Welcome to Custer State Park, where you can create the beginning of your life story at an extraordinary destination resort.


Weddings are about family, and we know families . Count on us to provide all of the essentials for your family experience: your ceremony space, reception space, full-service catering, and resort accommodations.


One rate includes it all. Our per-person package pricing lessens decision-fatigue while still offering you choices.


We got this. Sit back, roam with the wildlife, and delight in the unexpected. Our experienced team of Catering Managers will keep you informed with checklists, vendor recommendations, visuals, and custom event orders throughout your planning process.

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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 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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Production Coordinator Dolsee Davenport

VP of Sales and Growth Ruth Rossbach

Senior Editor Stephen Simpson

Senior Designer Mike Mazzarella

Digital Media Director Billie Becker

Photographer Jesse Brown Nelson

Distribution Richard Alley

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tip for brides

Make sure you’re taking time during your wedding to enjoy your new spouse. It’s fun to see relatives and friends, but carve out a few special moments during the big day to enjoy your new husband or wife.

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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.

consider hiring help

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 planner or coordinator is out of your budget, but there are benefits to having one that are worth the expense.

Before hiring a wedding planner or coordinator, 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

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?

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.

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.

One of the biggest advantages of hiring a professional 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 “dayof” 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.

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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 117.

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

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.

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.

One of the easiest ways to blow your budget? Inviting too many guests. Each person who 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

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%

• Transportation: 2%

• Honeymoon: 8%

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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.

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.

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.

Once you agree on what kind of ceremony you would like to have, meet with officiants. The perfect person to

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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must complete the bottom portion of the license (also signed by the couple and two witnesses), and then return it to the Register of Deeds within 10 days of the wedding. The license remains on file permanently in the issuing registrar’s office.

where to apply

With the excitement of your engagement, don’t forget to add getting your marriage license to the to-dos!

“Keep in mind that the Pennington County Register of Deeds office is only open Monday through Thursday (and not on government holidays) from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Do yourselves and those who work there a favor and arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. to give everyone time to complete the necessary paperwork,” says Mary Maisey-Ireland, Your Joyful Wedding Officiant

the marriage license

An engaged couple must appear together at any South Dakota County Register of Deeds office with photo identification (driver’s license, state ID, military ID, Tribal photo ID or a certified copy of your birth certificates) to apply. Allow yourselves at least 30 minutes for the complete application process.

licensing fees

The license fee is $40. If you change your name after you are married, you will need a certified copy of the marriage license for your new South Dakota driver’s license.

A fee of $15 for a certified copy applies.

waiting period and use

No waiting period or blood test is required; license can be used immediately and must be solemnized within 90 days from issue date or the license becomes void.

what to do with the license

Deliver the license to the person who solemnizes the marriage. The officiant

butte county Register of Deeds Office 839 5th Avenue, Belle Fourche (605) 892-2912 custer county Register of Deeds Office 420 Mt. Rushmore Road, Custer (605) 673-8171

fall river & oglala lakota counties Register of Deeds Office 906 N. River Street, Hot Springs (605) 745-5139 lawrence county Register of Deeds Office 90 Sherman Street, Deadwood (605) 578-3930 meade county Register of Deeds Office 1300 Sherman Street, Suite 138, Sturgis (605) 347-2356

pennington county Register of Deeds Office 130 Kansas City Street, Rapid City (605) 394-2177

please note

State and county marriage license requirements can change. The application information provided is for guidance only and should not be taken as legal advice.

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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, it’s a good idea to design your invitations with the same level of 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.


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.

A good rule of thumb is to make sure your invites go in the mail no later than six to eight weeks prior to your

wedding date. If you’re sending savethe-dates, you’ll want to mail them six months prior, or up to a year before a destination wedding.

Keep in mind many local print shops can take two to three weeks to print invitations or longer during busy times of year. Online designers can take up to a month or even longer. Complete Weddings

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The theme you choose for your invitations can carry over to your wedding programs, menus, and place cards to create one cohesive look! planning 25
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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!


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

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

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 also be invited to your wedding.

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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! engaged 27
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Want an easy place to announce your engagement? Come see us online! You can upload picture galleries, tell your story, and have a link to easily share with family and friends!

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


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.

The engagement photo session will give you and your future spouse a chance to get to know your photographer and observe how he or she works.

And your photographer will be able to get to know the two of you during your engagment shoot, as well. They’ll be able to assess certain things like if you blink your eyes a lot or which angles best suit your faces.

get inspired

Ready to set up your engagement photo shoot? The following pages highlight five real Black Hills couples’ engagement photos taken by local Black Hills photographers!

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pasque. Sarah and backup shooter Ian work seamlessly together to create photos that are buzzing with energy and intrigue.

Unique to the area, Pasque and Pine includes a custom painting of you and your loved one, inspired by a photo from the special day, painted by Black Hills artist Shalayne Mowry. Each painting holds energetic marks, thoughtful use of color, and captures your love and connection perfectly.

Sarah’s attention to detail creates wedding photos that transport the viewer back to the moment. She compares her wedding pictures with her other photographic endeavor, adventure photography. When she takes photos of mountain climbing scenes, she makes you feel like you’re right there, dangling off a Black Hills cliff. “I’m trying to capture a feeling. There’s specific moments that hold a lot of energy,” she says. “That translates really well into wedding photography.” Between this energy and the intimate details of fleeting moments, Pasque and Pine is able to capture the raw emotions and deep connections during the best day of your life.

Photography captures a moment in time. And the best photographs have a magic way of taking us back to certain places and memories. Sarah Ponwith is the owner of Pasque and Pine Photography, and she brings a passion for capturing authenticity on camera. The name Pasque and Pine offers a clue into Sarah’s philosophy of photography. “The name is inspired by the area,” she explains — think of the ponderosa pines of the Black Hills and the delicate state flower of South Dakota, the

Color, energy, emotion. Let Sarah preserve the biggest day of your life on camera.




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.

wedding-day hairstyle

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.

the perfect look

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.

manicured nails

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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your wedding style will likely be more relaxed and natural.

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.

find the dress

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,

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 six to nine 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.

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Be sure to check in with your groomsmen periodically to ensure that everyone is on schedule with alterations.

The groom, like the bride, has the option of purchasing, renting , or having weddingday attire tailor-made. Purchasing a tux or a suit is a good investment and can be worn over and over again — especially for your career. Rented formal wear usually includes a jacket, vest, shirt, neckwear, cufflinks, pants, and shoes.

Remember to recognize the importance of the day and know there are options to fit your style.

Feel free to have some fun with your attire. You can set yourself apart with a different vest and tie color, brightly colored socks, or shoes that show off your personality.

Yes, the spotlight of the day will no doubt be on the lovely bride, but the groom should look good, too. Whatever the degree of formality the wedding theme may carry, these tips will help when ordering attire.

First, it’s beneficial to know that formal wear can be separated into four styles: black tie, formal, semiformal and casual. The time of your ceremony will strongly influence the level of formality, in turn influencing the attire. Other considerations such as color and theme will also play a part in the selection.

You will want to give yourself plenty of time to order your attire. Formal wear should be reserved or purchased at least six months in advance and all measurements taken at least three months prior to the wedding to allow plenty of time for alterations. If your groomsmen live in different parts of the country, have them measured by a local tailor and the details forwarded to your store.

groom’s checklist

n Choose your best man, groomsmen, and ushers n Shop for wedding bands n Select tuxes or suits for groomsmen n Arrange for wedding-day transportation

n Buy your bride a memorable gift n Double-check tuxedo orders and sizes n Make sure all groomsmen know when final fittings are and where they’ll be n Pick out groomsmen gifts n Pick up your wedding rings and doublecheck engravings n Plan your honeymoon

n Go over final details with your fiancé n Pick up the tux or suit, try it on, and check yourself out n Make sure everyone has wedding attire n Have your hair cut n Practice your vows n Share the wedding-day game plan with your groomsmen n Give your rings to the person of your choice for safekeeping

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42 real weddings CALLIE & KEVIN #BlackHillsBride photography Pasque and Pine • venue Sylvan Lake , Custer State Park • dj Marek’s DJ Services • cupcakes Star Spangled Batter • flowers Jenny’s Floral • makeup and hair Krysta Klinzmann

tip for brides

Choose your vendors carefully. You’re picking a team of people who will help make your wedding special and stress free. Do your research and be willing to consider multiple options.

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#BlackHillsBride 44 real weddings TWILA & PARKER photography Sundance Girl Photography • venue Ranch A • dj Colt 45 Entertainment • dress Audra’s Bridal • bridesmaid’s dresses David’s Bridal • bride’s ring RMS Jewelers • groom’s attire Boot Barn

tip for brides

Think outside the box. There are countless traditions and trends to draw inspiration from, but your wedding should reflect the personality of you and your future spouse.

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#BlackHillsBride 46 real weddings KENADEE & JUSTIN photography Brokken Images Photography • venue High Country Guest Ranch • dress Essence of Australia • hair Brittanie Larson • rings CR Jewelers, Gillette, WY • flowers Crazy Daisy, Gillette, WY • decor Bride and Kaitie Shaw Company, Little Details Big Moments, Gillette, WY: Kaitie • dj Complete Weddings + Events: Ellanyn • invitations Etsy

tip for brides

If your venue will allow it, think about incorporating your pets into your wedding. Your furry friend could be included in photos, act as the ring bearer, or greet guests as they find their seats.

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#BlackHillsBride 48 real weddings RACHEL & JACK photography CJ Yushta Photography • venue The Joy Center • dj, photo booth, and videography 605 Media & Entertainment • catering Lynn’s Dakotamart • chairs and linens Something Borrowed

tip for brides

Consider a hairstyle that’s more natural. You’ll be wearing your hair like this all day, so make sure your style is something you’re comfortable with and shows off your best features.

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#BlackHillsBride 50 real weddings ANNA & BRANDON photography, videography, dj, and photo booth Complete Weddings + Events • venue and catering Spearfish Canyon Lodge

tip for brides

If you have little ones helping to make your big day special, just go with the flow. If your ring bearer gets bored half way down the aisle or starts crying, just smile and laugh; it’ll make a great story down the road.

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#BlackHillsBride 52 real weddings CHLOE & RYAN photography R. Becker Creative • venue K Bar S Lodge • flowers Roots Wedding Florals • dj Marek’s DJ Services • cake & cupcakes Sweet Secrets Bakery • wedding promos (koozies, ice cubes, napkins, fans) S&S Promotional Group, Fargo, ND • dress Bridal Gallery • decor Table 4 Decor • hair and makeup Zach Crouch

tip for brides

Your wedding will be one of the biggest days of your life. There’ll be moments of ecstacy and nervousness. One thing’s for sure, it’ll all go by in a flash. Make sure to take mental snapshots of special moments of your big day.

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#BlackHillsBride 54 real weddings SHAYLA & BO photography Kinsey Whidby • venue Black Hills Receptions & Rentals • flowers Jenny’s Floral • dress Bridal Gallery, Sioux Falls • groom’s attire Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers, Sioux Falls • dj PowerHouse Dance DJ & Sound Productions • hair and makeup Pampered Peacock

tip for brides

Not sure how to include a family member or friend? Just ask if there’s something specific they’d like to do. You might be surprised at what talents people have that you never knew about.

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#BlackHillsBride 56 real weddings AMBER & RYLEY photography R. Becker Creative • venue Black Hills Receptions & Rentals • catering Anything’s Possible Catering • dj PowerHouse DJ & Sound Productions • dress and jewelry Something New, Colorado Spring, CO • flowers Bliss Fleurs • groom’s attire Main Street Menswear

tip for brides

A wedding planner might seem like a luxury, but these professionals are more affordable than what you might think. Emotions can run high during things like set up and tear down, but all that stress can be eliminated by enlisting the help of planner.

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#BlackHillsBride 58 real weddings HAILEY & DAVID photography Lavender Bouquet Photography • hair and makeup AJ’s Wicked Salon & Spa • catering Rushmore Plaza Hotel • cake Sweet Secrets Bakery • flowers Victoria’s Garden • dj Complete Wedding + Events: Ellanyn • dress Bridal N More, Bismarck, ND • groom’s attire Lone Tree Mercantile, Arnegard, ND • venue Chapel in the Hills • reception venue Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn

tip for brides

Your wedding should be as unique as you. Let traditions and trends guide you, but don’t let them dictate the look and feel of your special day.

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#BlackHillsBride 60 real weddings WHITNEY & JOSH photography Henry Roy Photography • venue Black Hills Receptions & Rentals • catering Anything’s Possible Catering • flowers Roots Wedding Florals • cake Sweet Secrets Bakery • officiant Mary Maisey-Ireland • dj Marek’s DJ Services • videography Nathaniel Wilson Video

tip for brides

A good officiant can reduce a lot of stress on the big day. Find someone you’re comfortable with and let them be a resource to you. From crafting your perfect ceremony to advice after your wedding, your officiant can be a big part of your special day if you want them to be.

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Your big day will be jam-packed with activities and things to do. It’ll be a very physically demanding day. Make sure to take care of yourself; don’t skip meals and stay hydrated.

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Think about the timeline of your cermony and reception. Be efficient, but don’t rush. Think about your needs and the needs of your guests. Make sure everyone is well-fed, including yourself.

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tip for brides

Something’s going to go wrong on your wedding day. That’s OK. Don’t sweat it. Enjoy your party, and remember, in five years, no one is going to remember that your reception started 10 minutes late.

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Salon and Spa. The willow moniker points to a connection with nature. “All of the products we use are made with all natural and plant based ingredients,” she says. “We only use the best and healthiest products on our clients.”

Kat adores letting her client’s hair look its best, and there’s one setting where she loves to do that the most. “Weddings have always been my favorite part of doing hair,” she says. With passion and experience, Kat and her team are ready to serve brides in the Black Hills.

Imagine the elegance of satin or the warmth of wool. Kat Muller starts with this picture in mind when passing on the art of hair styling. “I always teach our new stylists to think of hair like a fabric — every material you touch has a different feel to it,” she explains. For her, bringing out the best in each person’s appearance is an act of carefully considering the unique properties of each client’s hair.

Kat has been creating these kinds of personalized works of art with hair for 15 years. She owns Willow

We take a lot of pride in the fact that we can really help brides. We can handle really large parties. And we can travel all over the hills. A bride can tell us what she needs, and we can take it from there. Help is truly what we do.



Where to hold your wedding reception is a big decision. Not only does the venue make up a large portion of your budget, but also it sets the scene for your celebration of a lifetime. To help narrow down options, it’s best to have a plan.

first things first

Start by creating your vision. Whether it’s from all the pins you’ve gathered or photos you’ve seen in magazines, you will start to see a theme emerge. From rustic settings with old-time charm to large event spaces that have a contemporary feel, your options for venue styles have limitless opportunity.

Next, it’s time to talk about the other “m” word—money. As hard as this may be, it is important to allocate your funds before starting your wedding arrangements. Although it is a large portion of your budget, you won’t want to spend every penny on your venue to find out that you can’t afford your ideal DJ. Review our budget basics in the back of this book to get started.

before you call

Have an idea of your guest-list numbers. No, this doesn’t have to be the final, set-in-stone list — but it does give you a good idea of how many people you will need to fit into your venue. Sites have maximum capacities; having an estimate of the number of guests will allow you to narrow down your list right off the bat.

You’ll also want to have a timeframe in mind, as well. The best suggestion is to start with a season of the year, and

then pick three dates that work for you, your fiancé and close family and friends involved in the wedding. By having more than one date to choose from, you will be more flexible for venue availability and work schedules.

last but not least

When you are ready to sign on the dotted line, be sure to negotiate your contract. When discussing costs, especially for food and beverages, make sure to get the price inclusive of tax and gratuity. All details of your reception should be written in a contract signed by you and the venue representative.

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Saturday nights and summer holiday weekends are popular for wedding dates and fill up fast. If you’re interested in these times for your celebration, book your venue immediately.

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what to ask:

• What is included in the price? Are there overtime charges?

• What are the gratuity and sales tax to be added to these fees?

• When are the deposit and payment due?

• What is the cancellation policy?

• Are there reduced rates for offseason, off-hours or off-days?

• Are we able to hold the ceremony at the venue? Is there a fee?

• Does the facility provide security and additional staff, if needed?

• What are the fees to decorate the reception site?

• Can we decorate the venue ourselves? If so, when are we allowed to set up?

What is the tear-down deadline?

• Where can our guests park? Are there extra fees? Is there valet parking?

• Is there a list of approved vendors? Do you allow outside catering?

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Maybe it’s the fact that Besler’s Cadillac Ranch has preserved many of the original features from the 1882 homestead it sits on. Maybe it’s the serene sound of the river that runs through the working ranch. Maybe it’s the horse and cattle braying and lowing off in a distant meadow. Time just seems to slow down at this magic place.

Alison Besler is the Venue Director at Besler’s Cadillac Ranch. She says that the peaceful ambience of the locale does wonders for what could be a stressful time for a lot of brides and grooms.

Beyond the unspoiled beauty of the ranch, the extensive amenities of the wedding and event venue allow couples to enjoy their special day without the frantic need to go from one location to the next. “We can offer the whole package,” Alison

explains. “You can stay on site for your whole wedding. We’re a one stop shop.” From the ceremony to the reception, to the day before and day after, brides and grooms can enjoy the tranquility of Besler’s without rushing. Enter the property, leave stress behind, and enjoy the happiest day of your life — without interruption.

Alison says that the Black Hills has so many beautiful venues and wonderful vendors to work with. Do your shopping, enjoy the planning process and pick the professionals you want to work with.

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setting your sites discover your theme

The various types of venues are endless, ranging from a hotel ballroom with stunning interior design to rusticchic vineyards.

form a search strategy

Browse through this magazine and use our website to find local venues for your vision.

have a phone interview

Ask a few basic questions about your date, prices, and guest list. If a venue fits your initial criteria, then book a tour of the site. If you are using a wedding consultant, then tour the venue together.

inspect the venue

You will want to meet the staff and spend ample time touring the entire facility to ensure that the site’s ambiance will complement the style you have envisioned for your big day. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

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Owner Alicia Edsen’s family has been creating outstanding experiences for Black Hills visitors for decades. It’s their hospitality that fueled Alicia’s dreams of creating an event venue near Three Forks. Alicia has always had a passion for entertaining and ensuring every detail is thoughtfully planned. She serendipitously met her Venue Director, Maja Marsh, who was married at the Diamond Spur Lodge in 2020.

Maja is no stranger to facilitating great experiences. Her parents coordinated many weddings, and a younger Maja could be seen helping them with these special days. From banquet halls to events at Main Street Square, Maja’s career has always centered on helping people have great experiences.

Diamond Spur Events Center is the culmination of a dream and passion for experiences. Maja explains that the new facility will be nearly 7,000

square feet and host up to 300 guests in the main hall. The venue also features two suites for couples to prepare in, as well as a large fire pit, and creekside ceremony site. The Diamond Spur team is describing the area’s newest venue as an elevated Black Hills experience. From the ground up, this picturesque venue has been designed to be the quintessential setting for the most beautiful and unique wedding in the Black Hills.

Our memories are what we take with us from these special moments. With that in mind, the DSE team is committed to providing couples with premium experiences for their celebration.




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.

pick your style

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.

Most of your decor, however, will 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.

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.

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!

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For 25 years, Black Hills Receptions and Rentals has been a destination for couples to begin their happily ever after. Nestled in the ponderosa pines of the Black Hills, this picturesque location brings on an instant calm whenever you step foot on the grounds. “It’s just kind of zen,” says Andy Pfister. “There’s a calm and peace here.” He and his wife, Jen, bought Black Hills Receptions and Rentals last year.

Jen is a wedding photographer who has always dreamed of owning a venue. Andy brings years of business experience and had always dreamed of going into business for himself. So, this established Black Hills business seemed like the perfect fit for the entrepreneurial couple. The Pfisters are excited for the future and look to the past for inspiration. “I think Joanne, the previous owner, was amazing,” says Jen. “She built this beautiful venue over the

years. We just want to keep that momentum going and carry on her legacy.”

Andy and Jen have big plans for Black Hills Receptions and Rentals. Both of us have been serving our customers our whole lives. We’re good at making sure that people are happy,” Andy shares. The Pfisters want to serve brides and grooms by adding new and updated amenities to the property.

Jen reminds brides to let people take care of them. It’s their day, afterall. Andy says not to forget about the grooms, too.





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

Start out with eight to ten percent of your overall budget for flowers and reception decor. Discuss your wedding style as a couple, and pinpoint how much of your decor you’d like to be flowers. Keep in mind that most flowers can be ordered all year, but ones that are in season will generally be less expensive.

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

find your florist

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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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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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.

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.


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.


This is an opportunity to welcome your guests as a couple, or for your parents to if they are hosting. This is also a great place to include a pre-meal prayer or blessing if you’d like.


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


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, mother-son 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.

grand finale

Announce your last dance, and any grand exit plans like a sparkler arch or confetti. It’s a great photo op so make sure your photographer is ready.

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Your wedding reception is a time to celebrate you as a couple, so make it your own! The events listed here are just a guide. You can include as many or as few as you want — or even invent your own.

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Take a practice walk to see if your shoes are going to stick into the ground or slip and slide. Consider purchasing umbrellas for each of your guests to use, or send out a message asking your guests to come prepared for the possibility of wet weather.


Have your bridesmaids wear a wrap, shrug, or cape to keep the shivers under control during the ceremony. You can also look into renting space heaters for the reception.


If you are using candles at your ceremony, try placing glass covers over the flames to keep them burning strong. Tack down any flowy curtains or other loose materials to prevent them from blowing away. Don’t forget to secure your hair with setting spray and pins to ensure flawless hair in the breeze.


You want your guests’ hearts to melt, not the frosting on your cake. If your wedding day is projected to be a scorcher, talk to your baker in advance. You can also provide your guests with paper fans to keep cool during the ceremony.

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There are so many options when it comes to the type of catering and the choice of food you decide to serve. Likewise, there are misconceptions to go with each. Here are a few common, budget-friendly reception menu myths debunked by local culinary experts.

finger foods are cheaper

Creating perfectly designed hors d’oeuvres or cutting up enough fruit and cheese to serve a crowd can be more time-consuming for a caterer than putting together a simple meal. Even in large quantities, most dinner components can be prepared in a single batch, whereas those adorable little crudités require someone to carefully stack and arrange them, one at a time.

beef will cut into your budget

It’s commonly recommended to skip the beef and opt for “more affordable” chicken. However, many caterers can work wonders with different cuts of beef, making it a great alternative. You may have to forego the filet mignon, but a skirt steak cooked to perfection and served with a mouthwatering reduction sauce can be equally as impressive.

plated dinners are expensive

People have been trying to figure out the cost difference between buffetstyle meals and plated options for years. It truly will depend on your guest list and the vendor you choose. Buffets provide an array of options to guests, while plated meals control portion sizes.

cheers to you

Most people associate weddings with champagne toasts, but there are other drinks to consider for your big day, too. wines

Both reds and whites are great culinary complements. beer

Providing beer on tap for your guests is a great alternative to an open bar. This can be a perfect compromise for both your guests and your wallet. Add locally-brewed favorites for an additional twist. cocktails

A unique way to include a special memory is to create a signature cocktail to feature at your reception.

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


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!

let’s taco about it

Like your attire and decor, your wedding menu should reflect your style. Don’t let preconceived notions dictate your menu choices. If there’s a taco place that you and your darling adore, talk to the manager about catering. If your families are carnivores, maybe ask a local barbecue pit master if they’d cater your reception.

steak your claim

Your wedding is yours. If you and your future spouse decide that serving your friends and family a feast for the ages is a priority, budget for it and do it! Prime rib, sea food, New York strip — the sky’s the limit. The Black Hills has so many different offerings for caterers; you’ll be sure to find your perfect menu.

and remember

Just like the other items on your wedding to-do list, give yourself plenty of time to plan and decide.

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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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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.

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.

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bridal tip

Your wedding day will go by in a blur if you don’t slow down for a few moments. One way to breathe and take it all in is enjoying a slice of your cake!

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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.

playlist variety

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 that 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 or dj know in advance.

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bridal tip

Pick a couple of your favorite songs and tell your DJ or bandleader to play them any time the dancing slows down. Your excitement will get guests right back on their feet!

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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!


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.

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.

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!

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.

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

The shoe game

This is a reception ritual that has gained traction over the years. Sit in a chair back-to-back, 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.

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bridal tip

One of the duties of your bridal party is to help you host and make sure guests have fun. Have them invite people onto the dance floor or be enthusiastic about games so others will follow suit.

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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!


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.

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

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

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.

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.

use a pro

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.

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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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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Visit blackhillsvisitor. com or pick up a physical copy to plan your perfect Black Hills getaway with your new spouse. From romantic cabins to secluded hikes, you’ll be sure to book a fun, budget friendly honeymoon right in your own backyard.

What if your budget puts a kibosh to that weeks-long trek across Europe? It may be easy to put off a honeymoon if money or your schedules are a limiting factor, but it’s still important to celebrate being newly married. These escapes celebrate some of the most crucial aspects of marriage: fun, intimacy, and time to focus on just each other.

The nice thing about living in the Black Hills is you’re already in a vacationer’s paradise. Even if your honeymoon budget is just a few hundred dollars and you have a long weekend to work with, you can still plan a great Black Hills getaway.

playing tourist

Grab a local travel guide like Black

Hills Visitor, and start designing your perfect Black Hills Honeymoon. The Hills are home to several beautiful bed and breakfasts and iconic hotels. There are also countless unique and fun things to do here and a plethora of delicious restaurants to try.

Depending on the time of year of your honeymoon, you and your love could plan to have a blast at some of the tourist attractions like Hill City’s 1880 Train or Keystone’s Rush Mountain Adventure Park.

Sneak away with your sweetheart into the Black Hills National Forest or Custer State Park for a romantic hike and enjoy the views of the Hills — and your new spouse.

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Gene Hu ord Agency, Inc. 2127 Jackson Blvd, Rapid City Bus: (605) 342-7757 genehu

Gene Hufford Agency, Inc. 2127 Jackson Blvd, Rapid City Bus: (605)342-7757

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Family Mutual Insurance Company, S.I. & Its Operating Companies,
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Family Life Insurance Company, 6000 American Parkway, Madison, WI 53783 ©2019 015967 – 2/19 – 11477143
American Family Mutual Insurance Company, S.I. & Its Operating Companies, American Family Insurance Company, Life insurance products underwritten by American Family Life Insurance Company, 6000 American Parkway, Madison, WI 53783 ©2019 015967 – 2/19 – 11477143
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Custer State Park Resorts pg. 6 605.255.4672

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K Bar S Lodge pg. IBC 434 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone 605.716.7971

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Pine Haven pg. 83 13514 S. Hwy 16, Rapid City

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Spearfish Canyon Lodge pg. 82 10619 Roughlock Falls Rd., Lead 605.584.3435

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wedding planner

bride groom wedding


6 or more months ahead

n Submit engagement announcement on

n Take engagement photos

n Think about the style of wedding you want–formal or informal, big or small–and the season it will take place

n Set budget

n Hire wedding coordinator, if desired

n Compile guest list and organize addresses

n Finalize wedding date and time n Choose color, theme and size of wedding n Reserve ceremony and reception sites

n Choose attendants

n Order 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

4 to 6 months ahead

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

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


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2 to 4 months ahead

n Select songs for ceremony, dinner and dances

n Finalize details with florist, DJ, photographer, caterer

n Finalize menu with caterer

n Discuss service with officiant

n Choose readings for ceremony n Try out makeup and hairstyle

n Schedule a session with your videographer to film video for the rehearsal dinner/reception

n Mail invitations

n Finalize honeymoon details

1 to 2 months ahead

n Buy guest book, unity candle, toasting glasses, cake knife and server, flower girl/ring bearer accessories

n Confirm ceremony details

n Prepare printed program for ceremony

n Schedule rehearsal time and rehearsal dinner

n Invite wedding party and guests to rehearsal dinner

n Complete documents for change of legal name and address, if needed

n Obtain marriage license and request certified copies

n Pick 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 planning 115


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



• 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


• 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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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?

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?

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%

Will you have an orchestra, band or musician at the ceremony?

Band or DJ at the reception? What other entertainment is needed?

floral & décor 12%

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?

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%

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?

honeymoon 8%

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?

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wedding rings

Engagement ring

Bride’s ring Groom’s ring subtotal


Bride’s dress Headpiece and veil Bride’s shoes

Lingerie, hosiery, garter Jewelry and accessories Hair, makeup, manicure Dress preservation Groom’s tuxedo or suit __________________ Groom’s shoes Groom’s accessories subtotal

ceremony and reception Ceremony location fee Officiant fee


Marriage license

Aisle runner, decorations Candles, misc.

Reception location fee Catering fee Cake Bar


Rentals Tips subtotal


Photographer’s fee Engagement portrait Wedding album Parents’ albums Additional prints subtotal music Ceremony music Cocktail-hour music Reception music (DJ) __________________ subtotal


Save-the-date cards Invitations and envelopes Map inserts Announcements Response cards Thank-you notes Ceremony programs Calligraphy/addressing Postage Place cards Printed napkins subtotal


Limousine or carriage Guest transportation subtotal

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gifts, favors, and extras

Maid of honor’s gift Bridesmaids’ gifts Best man’s gift Groomsmen's gifts Bride’s parents’ gifts Groom’s parents’ gifts Flower girl Ring bearer Favors

Ring pillow Guest book Cake knife/server Toasting glasses subtotal

rehearsal dinner Site rental Caterer Taxes and gratuities __________________ Other Bridesmaid’s luncheon subtotal

videography Videographer fee Extra copies of video __________________ subtotal

honeymoon Transportation Accommodations Daily budget subtotal


flowers Ceremony Altar/church Bride’s bouquet Bouquet preservation Attendants' bouquets Flower girl accessories Mothers’ corsages Boutonnières subtotal

reception Cake table Buffet table Head table Centerpieces Decorating subtotal helpers (total): Wedding coordinator Cake-cutting/ gift-table attendant(s) __________________ Guest book attendant Officiant __________________ Soloists/musicians subtotal total planning 119


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 1: 2: 3:

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


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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RECORDS Date Payment Made To Amount Method/Check # Balance Due Date Due


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


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

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RECEPTION planning 123
Location Seating capacity
Rental cost Deposit
payment due date Equipment rental fee
is available for decorating
up requirements food
description entertainment DJ/Band Cost
time Hours of music
Date/time room
Tables and chairs provided n Yes n No Quantity needed Linens provided n Yes n No Quantity needed Clean
Caterer Phone Meal
Baker Phone Cake
Contact person Phone Arrival


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

wedding day 6:00 am 7:00 am 8:00 am 9:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am Noon 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 8:00 pm 9:00 pm 10:00 pm 11:00 pm Midnight

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bride’s photos

n Full-length n Back of dress n Bouquet n With both parents n With parents separately n With grandparents n With siblings n With maid/matron of honor n With all attendants n With groomsmen n With flower girl and ring bearer n Pre-Wedding n Bride getting ready n Bride putting on veil n Candid shots of bride preparing n Groom getting ready n Attendants getting ready n Front of ceremony location n Guests arriving and being seated

groom’s photos n Full length n With both parents n With parents separately n With grandparents n With siblings n With best man n With all attendants n With bridesmaids

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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bride attire n Gown (be sure it is steamed/pressed) n Headpiece and veil n Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat) n Hosiery and garter n Shoes n Jewelry and accessories n Wrap/jacket n Gloves

groom attire n Coat, shirt, vest, trousers n Neckwear n Cufflinks n Socks and shoes

don’t forget n Rings n Marriage license n Ring bearer’s pillow n Flower girl’s basket n Wedding programs n Cake knife and server n Toasting glasses n Favors n Guest book and pen n Unity candle n Payment for officiant and vendors n Assign someone to collect and transport gifts

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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