Wedding planning resources and advice


Wedding Ceremony Checklist & Articles

Weddings are joyful and stressful. I’ll be there to help you expand the joy, bring in the beautiful and keep the overwhelm at arm’s length. You can get a jumpstart by downloading the ceremony checklist and articles below. Read them. Use them. 

Your Joyful Wedding Ceremony Overview
Use this checklist to track all the details of your wedding ceremony – before, during and after.

Creating Your Own Ceremony 
“... taking time to create a ceremony that reflects your love is deeply satisfying …”

Make Your Love Last
“... allow love to be the miracle that gently insists upon your growth …”

How to Have a Worry-Free Wedding Day
“... ideas to get you to your wedding day without giving into the temptation to chuck the whole thing and elope …”

We absolutely loved how you made our ceremony so personal and beautiful! We had tons of compliments on how unique it was! I couldn’t imagine having anyone else marry us!
— Hali & Brock Olson

General Bridal Resources

Audra’s Bridal Gallery
From gowns and tuxes to jewelry and other finery, you can count on Matty and her team for caring and professional assistance.

Black Hills Bride
Use the Black Hills Bride magazine and online resources to find everything you need to make your wedding planning easy.

Wedding Planners

Audra’s Bridal Gallery
(605) 348-8816
The wedding planners from Audra’s will finalize every detail or simply oversee and execute your plans on the Day Of. Either way, you and your most organized, reliable friends can relax.

Esteemed Events by KC Bunch
(605) 209-5622
Leave the details and emergencies to KC’s well-trained, qualified staff so you can focus on what’s truly important.

Wedding Musicians

Dace Price, Music with Meaning
(605) 209-5140
Dace, an accomplished vocalist, acoustic guitarist and all-round good guy, is available solo, as a duo and with a band.

Black Hills Symphony Orchestra
If classical musicians are more your style, the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra promotes a variety of small groups for hire.  

Nick Linn
(605) 209-8664
Nick has a lovely voice, an easy way of being and a wide-ranging repertoire, including his own compositions.

Wedding Photographers & Videographers

Legacy Photo and Design
(605) 791-2113
Amy and the Legacy team will capture the love, the light (literally!) and the special moments of your day.

Studio LB 
(701) 640-8727
Laura enjoys getting to know what makes couples perfect for each other, and this knowing shines through her photos.

Natural Escapes Photography
(605) 641-0498
Kelsey is passionate about many things – whales, the outdoors, her man and having her photos tell your story.

Weddings by Cadey Reisner
(605) 209-3261
Cadey loves weddings – the people about to be married and all of the little details and personal stories that make your wedding day yours.

Jessica Simons Photography
Jessica captures unembellished, authentic moments, helping couples create their first family heirloom with her photographs. 

Indigo Blue Photography
(605) 891-9575
Sandra photographs the emotions, the details and that special something that tells the story of you as a couple.

Riley Winter Photography
(605) 545-1369
Riley delights in photographing weddings – all the beautiful details, moments and, most especially, the people.  

Mist and Moonlight Photography
(605) 390-6454
Barb stops time by capturing your love for each other so that you remember the incredible moments in your life as if it were yesterday.

RBecker Creative
(605) 209-3207
Ryan is a photographer and a videographer. No matter how you choose to use his talents, he will convey the essence of your day.

Black Hills Video
(605) 515-0383
Grant specializes in wedding cinematography, creating a cinematic story of your special day that you will watch for years to come.

Wedding Florists

Jenny’s Floral
(605) 673-3549
Jenny and her team know how to “let their flowers do the talking,” translating your vision into gorgeous arrangements.

Roots Wedding Florals & Design
(605) 484-4475
Susan Norskov’s floral designs are breathtaking and made with love, plus she is a pleasure to work with.

Victoria’s Garden
(605) 348-2035
The designers at Victoria’s Garden do stunning work and would be honored to be part of your wedding day.

Entertainment & Sound

Marek’s DJ Services
(800) 895-6758
Marek is committed to making your wedding reception feel just like you. He’s detail oriented, energetic and delightful to work with.

Ken Petersen’s Milestone Event Entertainment Services
(605) 791-4232
Ken prides himself on bringing your vision to life. He takes care of everything sound-, music- and entertainment-related until the last guests leave. 

JD Productions
(605) 209-0248
Maximizing fun, entertainment and music are the focus of the team from JD Productions. They do a great job on ceremonies too.

Powerhouse DJ
(605) 415-1188
Jason and his crew go to great lengths to exceed everyone’s expectations – yours, your guests’, even the officiant’s (mine).

Décor & Rentals

But first, a word about DIY

Making special items for your wedding day can be incredibly meaningful, so create the ones that matter most to you. The hand-built box for your Unity Time Capsule will become an heirloom. The framed wedding photos of your parents and grandparents will likely grace your home for years.

Delegate the rest to people who do this incredibly well, all day, every day. Your team of volunteered (volun-told?) family and friends will thank you. Your soon-to-be spouse will thank you. And YOU will thank you.

Table 4 Décor
(605) 341-6705
Jenny and her team have the creativity, the expertise and the inventory to make your day a showstopper. From tables to glassware, barn doors, chandeliers and more, Jenny can help.

Timeless Wedding and Events
(605) 342-8966
Gigantic tents, dance floors, table linens and everything in between, Miranda and her team have everything you need for a gorgeous event.

Justin Straw Designs
(605) 390-7797
Imaginative and resourceful, Justin can take your ideas from concept to completion with beautiful details tailor-made for your special day.

Vintage Lease
(605) 515-0837
Sarah has a weakness for pretty things – antique sofas, farmhouse tables, vintage glassware and china, and the like. She also has a great eye for how to use them at weddings or even engagement photo sessions.

Still have questions?

Call me. (605) 484-8464

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