Dainty Obsessions

{Dainty Extra} Destination “I Do” Wedding Show

Tired of typical, crowded wedding shows? The Holiday Inn – Rushmore Plaza in Rapid City, SD is throwing their first-ever Destination “I Do” Wedding Show March 19 from 12-4 p.m. Styled tables will give inspiration, wedding vendors will give talks to give their expertise, ballroom dance demonstrations will take place, and the evening will end with a balloon drop with surprises (not to mention over $5,000 in prizes given throughout the show). We chatted with director of catering Emily Tobin Tupa to find out more!


(Table design by Table 4 Decor // Photo Cadey Reisner Weddings.)

Tell us about the Destination “I Do” Wedding Show.

We are so excited about this show! It’s free admission and open Saturday, March 19 from noon – 4 p.m., so it’s going to be fast, furious, and fun! The vendors are some of the region’s most talented and we think people will learn a lot!

What type of professional décor ideas can people expect to see?

We are partnering with Miranda Boenisch from Timeless Wedding and Event Rental in our mock-reception room. She is decorating several tables in gorgeous themes, and I think our guests will be floored and leave with so many ideas! Not to mention some other vendors in our gallery offer décor services and many of our DJs have sophisticated lighting packages that can transform your room.

What does a ‘wedding style show’ mean?

It’s a chance to see gowns and tuxes up close. We partnered with The Bridal Boutique in Spearfish and we love their quality and mission. They show models of all ages, shapes, and sizes and their gowns are gorgeous. If you’re a plus size gal, you’ll see gowns on plus size bodies, if you’re a mature bride, you’ll see women on stage that look like you. This is so important and empowering. There is no one ‘right’ bride! Powerhouse DJ is providing music and lights for the show and helping us end with a big grand finale!

Tell us about the ballroom instructors – that sounds like a hoot!

Rapid City has a remarkable local dance studio, Gotta Dance, owned by Marilyn Simon. She is bringing professional instructors as well as some of her former students. They will show a first dance, father and bride, and mother and groom dance, as well as a whole wedding party dance. We are extremely excited about this because it’s going to be fun to watch, and I know some couples are going to leave signed up for classes! The dancers will perform in our mock-reception room which also features some additional vendors, décor, and music from JD Productions.

What types of talks will industry experts be giving?

Ceremony officiant, Mary Maisey-Ireland, is talking about creating a ceremony that reflects your style and values. Travel agent, Vicke Vogel, is talking about planning a honeymoon and taking the best keepsake pictures while you’re there! And wedding planner KC from Esteemed Events by KC will talk about planning your day – whether you’re a DIY bride or someone who is considering hiring an event professional. These dynamic women are fun and full of knowledge!

What is the vendor gallery?

Our large ballroom is full with 36 booths – everything from DJs, photographers, bakeries, reception sites, limos and cookware! Everyone who comes to the show will get a booth map so they can see vendors at a glance and make sure they meet everyone they are looking for!

Tell us a couple of the amazing prizes that attendees can win!

The Holiday Inn is giving away a night stay in our remodeled Presidential Suite. Deborah Kates Fine Photography is giving a 20×30 mounted art print of someone’s favorite wedding photo ($525 value), Henry Roy Photography is offering a complimentary boudoir session with a USB of prints ($425 value), Vogel Travel is giving a $200 carry-on luggage set, and Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort is doing a $100 rose bouquet. There are just tons of amazing prizes, but you must be present to win and we are giving them out throughout the show!


hammons-vintage-7(Photography by Claussen Photography.)

How long have you been involved in the wedding industry and what is your favorite part about it?

It’s funny, I got into event planning seven years ago because I was a bride planning my own wedding and there was an empty desk in that hotel sales office. I joke that I came in to plan my party and never left! The woman who helped plan our reception was so fun. She made the process exciting rather than stressful and always invited us to think big and make the day our own. We had some great details at our wedding as a result and we felt like friends and not just another customer.

I love that part of my job. I love hearing what brought couples together. I love sitting in meetings and seeing the father of the bride smile at his future son-in-law and joke with him about what type of keg beer to order. I love when former brides send me their baby announcements and keep in touch. It sounds cliché but it’s an honor to share this day with them. I get to play a small part in starting a family. Someday I want those couples to tell their grandkids, ‘Oh, our wedding? We had a good time!’

What is a trend you’re loving right now with weddings?

I don’t know if it’s a ‘trend’ but I the uniqueness you see in wedding planning. Maybe it’s Pinterest or all the other great resources (like Dainty Obsessions!) but you see a lot of personality in weddings. In this industry we sometimes joke, ‘I can’t take any more burlap and mason jars!’ but weddings really are anything g but cookie-cutter. Anyone who truly knows their couple can recognize this.

It can be as small as naming tables after places the couple has travelled together or as epic as an acrobatic performance! True story – we had had a bride who was also an aerialist who surprised guests with a performance during the wedding dance. There were three girls hanging from our ballroom ceiling in silks and doing amazing flips and drops. It was beautiful and a great way to share something she loved with her family. We’ve also had our chef design menus to reflect the couple who met in Spain, or the couple who grew up on a ranch and want to do an elegant twist on a family BBQ. We are bringing in special desserts that are a nod to a bride’s Polish heritage. It’s those details that make the day.


(Photo by Henry Roy Photography.)

Did we hear there is a possible balloon drop?

The style show is ending with a huge balloon drop and there may even be some surprises mixed in with those balloons!

What are you most excited for with the show?

Honestly, just seeing people enjoy themselves. Between all these great vendors, ballroom dance demos, and the grand finale, I think this is going to be an exciting day for anyone planning a wedding!

How can people sign up in advance?

We have a Facebook event page and an Eventbrite page where brides and grooms can pre-register and avoid a wait in line. If anyone goes to our Facebook page and clicks our cover photo (A Destination ‘I Do’ logo pic) we have links to the Facebook event and Eventbrite in the caption!

Come see our Dainty Obsessions table where we will be giving out free copies! 


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