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Simple and Modern Weddings

At the region’s premier wedding event, coming up on Sunday, July 19th, 2015. Brides & their entourage will travel in style, in limousines provided by Stellar Limousine, to see firsthand what their wedding and reception might look like at each of the featured venues. Enjoy different foods and drinks, see the exquisite table designs, beautiful wedding stationery, listen to the music, feel the gorgeous gowns and much more.

The Sparkle Bridal Tour | The Event Company

Meet other wedding professional such as photographers, jewelers, wedding planners, fashion & beauty experts, bakers, florists, DJs and others.

During The Sparkle Bridal Tour, guests will be spending 40 minutes at each of the featured venues below:

– Hilton Garden Inn Downtown

– Icon Event Hall + Lounge

– Sioux Falls Convention Center

– Callaway’s

Tickets are sold in as a couple meant for the bride/groom plus one guest or they may also be purchased individually. Each ticket includes access to the bridal tour as well as beverages, sweets and appetizers and a swag bag. NOTE: swag bags are for the brides/grooms only and one per couple.

The tour will be hosted from:

12:30PM – 1:00PM – Guest Registration

1:00PM – 5:00PM – Opening Ceremony & Bridal Tour

5:00PM – 5:30PM – Closing & Gift Opening

This is YOUR time to SPARKLE. Do it in STYLE.

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Reserve Your Tickets by Clicking Here today!


Wedding Planning Guide | Simply Devine Wedding and Events

Rebecca Steele from Simply Devine Wedding and Events breaks down and gives you a guide to who pays for what for the wedding.

You’ve heard the tradition of the bride’s parents footing the entire wedding bill, right? While there are still families that stick closely to the old fashioned rules, times have definitely changed. No longer do parents have to “bribe” a man to take a daughter off their hands (which is nice). These days, figuring out who pays for what at a wedding is literally the thousand dollar question. Nailing down the answer is a major key to planning the big day, especially if all parties involved discuss budget limits from the beginning.
So how do you do that? I recommend three ways.

Pony up. If you and your honey are established in your careers and/or in a position to pay for the wedding, by all means set a budget and do so. Especially if your parents are NOT in a position to do it, and even more especially if this is not your first wedding.

Meet in the middle. If you aren’t exactly swimming in extra cash, figure out how much you and your fiancé can afford. Then, sit down with all the parents and talk about what you’re able to contribute and find out if they’re willing to help. Put all these figures together and you’ve got yourself a wedding budget (bring it to me and I’ll show you the best way to spend it).
Ask mom and dad. This route is designed for the young, the broke and especially for the young AND the broke. If you truly can’t afford a wedding, you either take out a bank loan or you ask your family for help. When both sets of parents are involved in paying for the wedding, there are some etiquette rules you can follow…however, these are not hard and fast rules. You can bend them, stretch them or break them to fit your day. Here goes:

The bride’s family pays for:
– Reception costs, including food, music, decorations, rental fees and entertainment
– Ceremony costs including rental fees, decorations
– Flowers for ceremony and reception
– The bride’s wedding dress and accessories
– Invitations, announcements, programs and stamps
– Favors
– Photography
– Transportation
– Their own attire and travel expenses

The groom’s family pays for:
– The rehearsal dinner, including food, invitations, decorations and entertainment
– Their own attire and travel expenses
– A wedding present
The bride pays for:
– The groom’s wedding ring
– Her hair, makeup, beauty treatments
– Gifts for her attendants
– Sometimes accommodations for any out-of-town bridesmaids

The groom pays for:
– The marriage license
– The bride’s engagement ring and wedding ring
– The honeymoon
– Gifts for his attendants
– Corsages for the mothers and grandmothers
– Boutonnieres for men in the wedding party
– Sometimes accommodation for any out-of-town groomsmen
– Fee for the Officiant

Wedding Planning Guide | Simply Devine Wedding and Events

Yes, I know the list of wedding costs is worthy of a stroke. Which is why it’s so very important to have the whole Who Pays For What conversation right away. Assume nothing. Demand nothing. Ask a lot of questions. Write down the answers and do some math. And if you really want to make the most of your wedding budget, do yourself a favor and ask for my help. I know the short-cuts, I have money-saving secrets and I’ve done this about a zillion times. Plus, I’m kind of fun to have around.

Contact Rebecca from Simply Devine at 605-461-8873 for all your wedding planning today!


At your reception, you’d ideally be dancing the night away barefoot to celebrate your new marriage. But what happens if your guests are snoozing or boozing too much? Let’s think back to our college days when we would go out on a Friday night. We’d have a great time with old friends, meet some new friends, dance our shoes off and then what? Go to the nearest McDonald’s or the neighborhood’s best pizza place for a late night snack! After you’ve scarfed down your Big Mac in 30 seconds, you feel like you have the energy to take on the world or at least make it to your bed.

So what does this flashback have to do with your wedding reception? You don’t want your guests sleeping before the night is over so why not opt to have late night snacks served at your reception? Whether you prefer salty, sweet, or some childhood favorites the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown can satisfy those cravings!

Wedding Popcorn | Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Sioux Falls

For the salt-lovers, a popcorn bar would be a must. Popcorn can come in many different flavors from butter to dill with everything in between. You can order customized popcorn bags to serve the popcorn in as a party favor to your guests. Everyone loves popcorn and a popcorn bar would never disappoint.

Wedding Smores Bar | Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Sioux Falls

Not feeling so salty? You can also go with a sweet option like a S’more Station! Who doesn’t love a childhood favorite? Set up a station for guests to roast their own ‘mallows, construct their S’mores, and don’t forget the napkins. S’mores are delicious but can get messy. Not only will you please your guests with a sweet tooth, but cleaning marshmallow off of your loved ones face can always make for some fun memories.

Wedding Sliders | Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Sioux Falls

Maybe you just want to go all-out on the late night snacks and make a junk food feast! You can include mini-sliders, French fries and cheese balls. If you can dream it, we can do it. Offer your guests a Tailgate-esque late night snack and their stomachs will thank you dearly.

Whether you have a sweet tooth, crave those salty snacks, or live for junk food, late night snacks are the perfect choice at your reception! Not only will your guests thank you, but your stomach will too!

Contact Allison Parsons at the Downtown Hilton Garden Inn, Sioux Falls, SD at 605-444-4703 for your personal tour today!

Sioux Falls Wedding Caterer | Riviera Events and Catering

Not all caterers are the same, just as no two weddings are the same. Riviera Events and Catering set themselves apart from the rest with their above-and-beyond customer service as well as their fabulous food. From a custom tailored menu to an individual taste testing, they want your menu to be what YOU are looking for in a dinner and within YOUR budget. They do realize that this is a special day for you and they aim for perfection in every detail.

Sioux Falls Wedding Caterer | Riviera Events and Catering

Their event venue overlooks the Big Sioux River which provides an excellent backdrop for pictures and an awesome view for your guests to enjoy. Your rental of Riviera Events and Catering includes their 300 seat banquet room, outdoor patio with sunset view, tables and chairs, white, ivory or black table linens, black cloth napkins, floor plan design and table set up prior to your arrival, china and flatware and media equipment​.

Sioux Falls Wedding Caterer | Riviera Events and Catering

It’s your reception, so why not have the food and drink you want! They don’t require any food or beverage minimums so the menu price depends on your dinner choices.  They offer complimentary water service and a cash bar (no minimum) with a complimentary bartender. They have done everything from an Indian theme menu to hot dogs and hamburgers! So if you don’t see something on their menu that you want, just ask them. They would be more than happy to design your dinner within your taste and budget.

Already have a venue? They do off-site catering as well and will travel within a 100 mile radius. No matter where your event is, their passion remains the same, to make your wedding reception a fabulous party for you and your guests to enjoy! Riviera Event Coordinator’s will personally meet with you, listen to your vision and collaborate with you to make your wedding reception absolutely phenomenal! For more information and get in touch with their event coordinators, Click Here today!


Sioux Falls Wedding Planning | Hilton Garden Inn Downtown

Pre-Wedding Awkwardness

Whom a bride and groom choose to be with them as they say “I do” is an important task. The bridesmaids and groomsmen not only plan your bachelor/bachelorette parties but they also help keep the party alive. In making this difficult decision, you usually end up with a variety of people. Brides and grooms choose elementary school friends, college friends, brothers, sisters, and even long lost cousins to be closest to them on their big day. However, 90 percent of the time these people have no clue whom their fellow bridesmaids/groomsmen are. Unwanted awkwardness on your wedding day is a result from this exact unfamiliarity.

From the bridesmaid/groomsman perspective this awkwardness can be an issue.  If you’re single, you feel pressured to end up in a relationship with the person you walk down the aisle with. If you’re married or in a relationship, you just want to get away from this person to spend time with your loved one. So, how do you combat this awkwardness to make your wedding day one of the best days of your life? Engage in some pre-wedding bonding activities!

Start off by booking hotel rooms the night before the wedding! That way there is no worry of people trying to get home if they’ve had a little too much to drink. Once the rooms are booked, try out one or many of these activities!

Sioux Falls Wedding Planning | Hilton Garden Inn Downtown

Pre-Wedding Field Day

Enjoy the beautiful riverfront at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Sioux Falls and plan a field day. You can divide the teams into men versus women or randomly put them together. Plan games like potato sack races, egg tosses, three-legged races, or even a water balloon fight with permission from the hotel of course! This will engage your bridal party in some competitive yet lighthearted fun that will help make memories. If you want to amp up the fun, include some delicious seasonal drinks for hydration!

Sioux Falls Wedding Planning | Hilton Garden Inn Downtown

Picnic at Falls Park

The Falls are one of the many beautiful attractions of Sioux Falls. Why not enjoy them? After your pre-wedding field day, walk from the Hilton to Falls Park on the bike trails for a picnic. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen can splash around in the water, throw a Frisbee, and enjoy some cheese and crackers in the nice afternoon sun. The water is not only relaxing, but will cool you off after working so hard to win those field games!

Sioux Falls Wedding Planning | Hilton Garden Inn Downtown | Elements Bar

A Night on the Town!

Downtown Sioux Falls is the perfect place for a night on the town. Get ready in one of our luxurious suites and hit the ground running! From Irish pubs, to pool halls, Downtown has it. And the best part about staying at the Hilton Garden Inn? You can end your night at our in-hotel bar, Elements on 8th. A drink to end the night and you can ride the elevator up to your room, no questions asked. Going out as a bridal party allows you to make memories that will last forever.

So if you’re looking to avoid the awkwardness of bridesmaids/groomsmen that are strangers, try out these easy steps at the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown Sioux Falls to make your day one to remember!

Contact Allison Parsons at the Downtown Hilton Garden Inn, Sioux Falls, SD at 605-444-4703 for your personal tour today!

Sioux Falls Wedding Caterer | Riviera Events and Catering Sioux Falls Wedding Caterer | Riviera Events and Catering  Sioux Empire Wedding Network would like to welcome our newest wedding professional, Sioux Falls wedding reception venue and caterer, Riviera Events and Catering!

Their passion is to make your wedding reception a fabulous party for you and your guests to enjoy! They focus on creating an excellent customized menu to fit your theme and budget. Their expert staff will work with you throughout your entire engagement to make your vision come to life. And best of all, this magic happens in their beautiful banquet hall complete with a sunset view. Their team would be absolutely honored to host your special event at Riviera Events and Catering venue.

Your rental of Riviera Events and Catering includes 300 seat banquet capacity, outdoor patio with sunset view, tables and chairs, white,ivory or black table linens, black cloth napkins, floor plan design and table set up prior to your arrival, complimentary water service, cash bar (no minimum requirement), in-house full service caterer with on-site kitchen (no minimum requirement), China, Glassware, Flatware, and Media Equipment.

Contact Riviera Events and Catering today for more information by Visiting Here!


Sioux Falls Bridal Show | Convention Center

Sioux Falls and Surrounding area Brides to be!  Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 is the LAST Big Bridal Show of until the Fall!  The Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase from noon to 3pm at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.  We would LOVE to have you!  So many new engagements all over the Sioux Empire! Come reserve some of the BEST wedding professionals and your first choice before they are reserved by someone else for their big day!  

The Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase is a South Dakota Premier one of a kind bridal event that provides a unique opportunity for brides and grooms to meet some of the premier Wedding Professionals in the Sioux Empire for your wedding day!  

Want a $1,000 for your wedding day towards your wedding vendors?

The first 100 brides at the Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on November 9th, 2014 from 12 to 3pm will have a chance at pulling the lucky bags from Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers! Inside one of the bags, one lucky bride to be will win a thousand dollars towards her wedding vendors! There will also be thousands in gift certificates and prizes dispersed randomly throughout the bags!

Sign up today by CLICKING HERE to Pre-Register and for a second chance at winning one of the many prizes!

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Pre-register early! This was taken at our last wedding showcase!

Sioux Falls Bridal Show | Convention Center

Sponsored by: Travel Leaders of Sioux FallsEnergy Event GroupReistroffer DesignThe Flower Mill, Sioux Falls Convention Center, Celebrity China, Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothier, Accents Event Planning & Wedding Rentals and Bridal Gallery .

  Wedding Cakes | Sioux Falls Convention Center