Your wedding guests will be excited to be off to Rapid City, South Dakota, for your wedding. They will have a great time in this vibrant city, with your wedding day being the main highlight of their trip.
I've been working as a wedding videographer in Rapid City and the surrounding areas for many years and can see why couples choose to get married there. With so much to experience, all the modern comforts imaginable, and great dining (yes, I'm a foodie like many of my clients), Rapid City makes perfect sense.
Here are some of my favorite sights and scenes which you can share with your wedding guests. Of course, you can guess we will start with the food and drink. Tell your friends and family to save these locations where you might meet up to mingle before or after the wedding day.
A festive gathering at a Mexican restaurant is the ideal way to kick off the celebrations, and Que Pasa Cantina is the place. The rooftop offers scenic city views to enjoy authentic spicy dishes but beware of the tequila bar with 52 different kinds of tequila.
Murphy's Pub and Grill is another fantastic downtown meeting place with a laid-back atmosphere and great food. Does American buffalo stew, herb-roasted chicken and Teddy's bison chili tempt your tastebuds?
Colonial House is in an old firehouse, and they've kept fight fighter garb as part of the decor, which is upbeat and fun. There is live music on the patio in summer and all the craft beer and cocktails to celebrate in style.
There are endless wonderful accommodation options in Rapid City. Aim to provide your guests recommendations for accommodation in a range of budgets and near your wedding venue. For inspiration, these places are clean, comfortable and give outstanding service.
Courtyard by Marriott Rapid City
Best Western Ramkota Hotel Rapid City
Big Sky Lodge
Comfort Inn and Suites
The bright city lights will draw you in with bars, martini lounges, pubs, clubs and late-night shopping to keep you entertained. Toby's Casino is too much fun. By all means, warm up the party with some celebrating before the big day. Just stay home the night before the wedding, no matter how tempting it is to go out.
In the daytime, there is lots to do with the president's sculpture at Mount Rushmore, the South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Dinosaur Park, Black Hills National Forest, and Canyon Lake Park to explore. The street art on Art Alley is cool, and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf is also a fun place to get competitive with family and friends for a few hours. When it comes to shopping, you have malls, boutiques and specialty stores to shop (but save some energy for the dance floor on the wedding day).
The wedding is going to be great and your guests will have a wonderful time. I can't wait to shoot your wedding video in Rapid City, South Dakota. Any time you need info, let me know, and if I can offer recommendations or help, I will gladly do so.