Category Archives: wedding tips

an event metric of success or ROE

Recently I had an experience where I fired my client. We still provided rentals & custom decorating services but declined the day of planning services at the last minute, read more about it here.  And when we asked them how … Continue reading

Posted in dakota event, dakota weddings, wedding tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

what is an event designer?

What is an event designer? I mean, what do you actually do – specifically? The simple answer is that we take care of all the big stuff and the planner takes care of the detail stuff. But that isn’t really … Continue reading

Posted in dakota event, dakota weddings, wedding tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

paper lanterns: the greatest design element of all time?

Can you tell that we have a genuine love of paper lanterns? As a design element they can go so many ways – whimsical, classy, bright. They can be used as centerpieces, lighting, chandeliers and columns. The color flexibility allows … Continue reading

Posted in dakota event, dakota weddings, wedding tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

wedding seating : options in the black hills

Chairs are one of the most necessary yet least glamorous details of event planning. Most places you rent have chairs, be they good or bad, that you have a hard time not using. White wedding chairs or white wood folding … Continue reading

Posted in dakota event, dakota weddings, wedding tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

why to shy from DIY

weddings are big business nowadays. the national wedding budget average is quoted at between 25,000 and 32,000! understandably this can send a cold bead of sweat down any bride to be’s back. and there seem websites, television shows, blogs dedicated … Continue reading

Posted in dakota design::how to, dakota weddings, wedding tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

table4decor centerpiece gallery 2013

One of our favorite things to do for events is the tablescape. Tables dominate any event design space so making them work for you is key. Whether or not we work with you on the tabletop design or you simply … Continue reading

Posted in dakota design::how to, dakota weddings, real dakota weddings, wedding tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

the heat is on – or it better be for your reception!

when picking your outdoor reception location, don’t forget what happens when the sun goes down. and no, it’s not the shy single girl from your office that suddenly transforms into the slightly slutty life of the party.  or how your … Continue reading

Posted in dakota weddings, wedding tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

get the most bang for your wedding decor buck: rent

Last time we talked about how important it is to work your tabletop design for maximum impact on any budget. As the tables dominate most event spaces, great table top design will have high drama even if you don’t drape … Continue reading

Posted in dakota event, dakota weddings, wedding tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

get the most bang for your wedding decor buck: part 1

The wedding machine never ends. There are thousands of websites, hundreds of magazines and dozens of television shows dedicated to one upping the wedding of last season. As a bride or groom, the landscape is filled with wedding options too … Continue reading

Posted in dakota design::how to, dakota weddings, wedding tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

design case study: a centered dance floor

Actual Case Study: Centered Dance Floor: Blessed Sacrament Church This is a large space – 60×120′. The ceilings are over 25′ in the center and angles on each side (sort of like a barn ceiling). We are not allowed to … Continue reading

Posted in dakota event, dakota weddings, wedding tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment