The Wedding Issue

by on Mar 23, 2016
 

Planning a wedding is tough, and even after getting all of the expert advice that you can, you might still need a little help. From photographers to cakes, we’ve highlighted everything you need to know about planning a wedding in Fargo-Moorhead. Read the whole issue at the bottom of the page.

Caterers

Caterers

Tips:

  • Buffets vary by caterer, but typically are less expensive than full-service plated meals.
  • Guests typically choose from two to three meal options prior to the wedding day for served meals.
  • Some caterers can set up stations, from meats to desserts, to allow guests more freedom to choose what they want.
  • Many caterers include a gratuity in their contract to be divided up among the workers, but be sure to ask.
  • If time is of no constraint, served meals provide more emphasis on the mealtime.

Ask The Experts

For the last 22 years, Gordy Richardson has been making weddings delicious. As the owner of the VIP Room in Downtown Fargo, Richardson estimates that he has catered more than 100 weddings. With so much experience under his belt, Richardson has plenty of knowledge when it comes to catering and we picked his brain.

Contact VIP Room

VIP Room
fargo-vip-room.com
701-292-1999
624 Main Ave., Fargo

HOW DO YOU RECOMMEND THE BRIDE AND GROOM GO ABOUT BUDGETING?

“The way we approach this is we’re, from the customer’s point of view, trying to get as much information. Deciding what they’re comfortable with is the main thing. You can pretty much find that out relatively fast. They’ll usually let you know right away that they want this to be elegant or they want this to be simple or they want it to be a casual affair or they want paper plates or they want full china with goblets and wine glasses.”

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PLATED MEAL VERSUS A BUFFET? IS THERE A DIFFERENCE PRICE- WISE?

“We tend to like to do buffet-style receptions unless it’s a smaller wedding. If it’s a wedding that is only going to be between 50 and a hundred people, then a plated meal can be a nice way to go. I like to encourage people that are having larger receptions to have buffet style. It makes things flow easily and it actually is going to reduce the cost of the final bill if they go buffet versus plated. The reason being that you don’t have to have as many servers to have a buffet.”

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS A COUPLE SHOULD BE PREPARED TO ANSWER WHEN THEY TALK TO THEIR CATERER?

“The most important question is always the date. The estimated number of people is a thing that we try to get right off the bat. Whether or not they are thinking of doing plated or buffet. Or, have they chosen the venue and, if so, where.”

WHAT ARE SOME OTHER THINGS YOU THINK A BRIDE AND GROOM SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?

“The main thing that I would want them to know about is to get as much information in advance about the total cost. See if there are any fees or charges that you may not be aware of because different places have different charges. They have delivery, they have set up charges, they have bartender charges, they have service charges and this and that. You’re not always going to be able to get 100 percent, especially if there’s liquor or wine and beer involved because you won’t know how much is consumed until after but at least you’ll have an idea about what the basic charges will be.”

Avalon Events Center Downtown

613 1st Ave. N, Fargo
701-232-1336
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Avalon Events Center West

2525 9th Ave. SW, Fargo
701-478-9600
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Blackbird Woodfire Catering

206 Broadway N, Fargo
701-478-1968
Website

Casey Jo’s Catering

7214 80th St. S, Sabin, Minn.
701-219-1353
Website

Catering By Concordia

901 8th St. S, Moorhead
218-299-4271
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Classic Cakes & Catering

411 2nd Ave. S, Moorhead
218-233-3008
Website

D & J Catering

701-799-2856
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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

3402 13th Ave. S, Fargo
866-227-2328
Website

Famous Dave’s

2581 45th St. SW, Fargo
701-282-8900
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Green Mill Catering

3340 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-298-8000
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Johnny Carino’s

4410 17th Ave. S, Fargo
1-877-PASTA-411
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Lush Lola’s

21134 Co. Hwy. 47, Osage, Minn.
218-234-2712
Website

Moe’s Southwest Grill

2511 Kirsten Lane, Fargo
701-356-6637
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Mosaic Foods

69 4th St. N, Fargo
701-373-7805
Website

NDSU Dining Catering

1415 14th St. N, Fargo
701-231-8122
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O’Kellys

3800 Main Ave., Fargo ND
701-277-1234
701-277-1880
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Olive Garden

4339 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-277-1241
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One-on-One Pro Catering

1421 7th Ave. N, Fargo
701-237-4666
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Panchero’s Mexican Grill

4761 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-478-8090
Website

Panchero’s Mexican Grill

803 Belsly Blvd., Moorhead
218-477-1990
Website

Private Events Catering

2621 Fairway Dr., Moorhead
218-287-9477
Website

Qdoba Mexican Grill

Several Locations
1-888-736-2224
Website

Quality Catering

1939 Co. Hwy. 35, Ada, Minn.
218-280-1801
Website

Santa Lucia Restaurant

1109 38th St. S, Fargo
701-281-8656
Website

Seasons at Rose Creek

1500 Rose Creek Pkwy. E, Fargo
701-235-5000
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Shotgun Sally’s

1515 42nd St. S, Fargo
701-241-4386
Website

Silver Dollar

221 Sheyenne St., West Fargo
701-281-0715
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Sodexo MSUM Catering

725 14th St. S, Moorhead
218-477-2852
Website

Speak Easy

1001 30th Ave. S, Moorhead
701-233-1326
Website

Toscana

202 Broadway N, Fargo
701-235-9100
Website

Usher’s House

700 1st Ave. N, Moorhead
218-287-0080
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VIP Room Creative Catering

624 Main Ave., Fargo
701-293-1999
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Zen’s Creative Catering

24026 Co. Hwy. 27, Fergus Falls, Minn.
218-998-2979
Website

Photographers

Chantell Lauren Photography

Tips:

  • Communicate with your photographer. Make sure to clarify exactly what style of photos you want and discuss what’s feasible.
  • Trends come and go. Don’t pick your photos off of trendiness. This ensure you’ll like them 30 years from now.
  • Make sure your photographer brings a second shooter to the wedding.
  • Establish a backup plan with your photographer in case they aren’t able to attend your wedding.
  • Communicate with your photographer. Make sure they know how early they should arrive, when they can leave and what you want photographed. This allows the photographer to capture every moment of your wedding — from the bride and groom getting ready to the last dance of the night.

Ask The Expert

Zach Davis is no stranger to being behind the lens at weddings. That’s why we asked him for a bit of advice when it comes to finding the right wedding photographer.

Contact Zach Davis

Zach Davis Photography
zachdavisphotography.com
701-690-7789
hello@zachdavisphotography.com

WHAT ARE SOME TRENDS THAT YOU’RE NOTICING IN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY LATELY?

“More than ever before, wedding photographers are finding new and creative ways to capture couples. Whether it’s using projectors, playing with light or shooting through objects, they’re being playful with the photographic process in a way that is pushing wedding photography forward creatively. At the same time, at its root, a wedding is two people celebrating their love with friends and family so I think it’s important to not get too caught up in trends.”

WHAT SHOULD SOMEONE LOOK FOR IN A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?

“Find someone that you connect with on a personal level. Naturally, it matters whether or not you love their photos, but weddings are incredibly intimate events so it’s important to find someone that you’ll want to share that with for a day.”

WHAT TECHNIQUES DO YOU THINK YOU SPECIALIZE IN THAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS?

“There are plenty of techniques that I use, but it’s much more about building a genuine relationship with people. I try really hard to get to know couples and their stories; what makes them unique and awesome. I constantly strive to create authentic photos that reflect that. Your wedding photos shouldn’t look exactly like someone else’s.”

WHAT SHOULD SOMEONE DISCUSS WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER DURING THE WEDDING PLANNING PROCESS?

“Make a smart schedule. I’ve learned how long you can expect everything to take, which doesn’t just include how long a portrait session will be, but also how much time it will take to drive between venues, eat dinner, round up family members, etc. A smart schedule directly translates into an enjoyable, more relaxed wedding day.”

ANY OTHER TIPS YOU’D LIKE TO ADD FOR SOMEONE BOOKING A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THEIR WEDDING?

“I’ve said it before, but get to know your photographer. Grab a beer with him or her. Hang out. Ask questions. The better you know each other, the better your photos will be.”

ab images photography

701-388-2687
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Admire Photography

701-212-9906
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All Event Photography

701-261-0713
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Autumn Wilson Photography

701-320-8111
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Blacktie Photobooth

1722 35th St. S, Fargo
701-306-3929
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Blush Photography

701-891-2017
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Britta the Photographer

1001 Center Ave., Ste. 1, Moorhead
701-446-8766
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Carlina Jane Captures

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Chantell Lauren Photography

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Complete Weddings + Events

2733 47th St. S, #117, Fargo
701-850-6604
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Countryside Photography

701-281-3031
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Dan Francis Photography

10 8th St. N, Ste. 200, Fargo
701-238-7185
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Elizabeth Eden Photography

11 8th St. S, Ste. 201, Fargo
701-566-0806
Website

Fate and Love Photography

701-690-7789
218-422-6107
Website

Gregory Photography

219 6th St., Hawley, Minn.
218-486-5600
Website

Haney’s Photography

1610 Main Ave., Moorhead
218-233-8778
Website

High Photography

824 20th St. N, Moorhead
701-205-7488
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Images Off Broadway

218-343-0347
218-443-3660
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J. Alan Paul Photography

701-566-0525
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J. Style Photography

701-219-5799
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Jenna Lenertz Photography

701-527-1293
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Katie Lewis Photography

701-893-5782
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Kaytlin Dargen Photography

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Kensie Wallner Photography

701-729-2245
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KTography

701-893-6383
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Laurel Sexton Photography

701-306-1800
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Legacy Photography

118 Broadway, Ste. L5, Fargo
218-304-1337
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Limelite Photography

218-329-5945
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Mataya Creations

320-491-3998
Website

Melissa Dale Photography

910 Main Ave. Ste. 102, Fargo
701-219-4802
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Memories Forever Photography

3940 10th St. N, Fargo
701-297-7594
Website

Milestones Photography

405 Main Ave. W, Ste. 4F, West Fargo
701-371-7363
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Mindy Craig Photography

701-369-0980
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mJoy Photography

701-730-0422
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Northern Stories

701-566-0280
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Paul Flessland Photo

320-583-8786
Website

Photography by Joelson

3133 9 1/2 St. N, Fargo
701-232-3149
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Repor Photography

Website

Rialee Photography

505 Broadway N, Ste. 205, Fargo
701-478-9659
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Samantha Meyer Photography

910 Main Ave., Ste. 201, Fargo
701-491-8435
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Scherling Photography

2801 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-237-3157
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Shawn Coulter Photography

701-491-0489
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Shawn Rode Photography

701-541-1560
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Studio 9 Photography

901 9th St. S, Fargo
701-850-5765
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Taylor Made Photography

10 8th St. N, Fargo
701-793-6790
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Two Birds Photography 

218-443-0070
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Two Pines Photography and Design

701-270-8863
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Yvonne Denault Photography

417 Main Ave., Ste. 200, Fargo
701-373-5770
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Zach Davis Photography

701-690-7789
Website

Flowers

Flowers

Tips:

  • From the table centerpieces to the wedding party, you’ll want your floral arrangements to be on point. Speak with some floral experts in the area to get the best advice when it comes to choosing your stems.
  • Look into having a flower attendant for the day of your wedding. They take proper care of the flowers and keep them looking fresh throughout the day.
  • Roses are still a hot classic for floral arrangements, and mason jars have become increasingly popular at weddings for a casual, yet elegant look.
  • Be sure to have floral arrangement ideas ready for your florist, but keep in mind what will be in season. This will help them find the perfect foliage for your special day.

Ask The Experts

Carrie Brusven, owner of Rustic Trunk Event Design & Rentals, and Kimberly Hess, owner of Prairie Petals, have merged their businesses together to form the ultimate design company for weddings, events and more. After working together for so many years, the pair has finally decided to team up to create an all-in-one design destination for their clients, so we asked them for a few tips.

Contact Prairie Petals

Prairie Petals Events and Design
rustictrunk.com
prairiepetalsfm.com
210 Broadway N, Fargo
Search “Prairie Petals Events and Design” on Facebook

WHAT ARE SOME TRENDS THAT YOU’RE NOTICING WITH FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS AND OVERALL WEDDING DESIGN LATELY?

“We see a trend toward looser, more organic flowers that are more representative of nature – less traditional and more organic. As far as wedding designs go, in general, we are seeing a greater movement toward incorporating personal touches that indicate what this person’s style is, as well as untraditional venues and untraditional styles of gatherings. People are feeling less boxed in by the ‘rules’ of what a wedding is ‘supposed’ to be.”

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A FLORIST PRESENT ON YOUR WEDDING DAY?

“Flowers are sometimes fragile and are something that need to be taken care of. If the florist is present throughout the day, the flowers would be properly cared for and maintained in their best possible condition. If for some reason the bride’s plans change, the florist would be there to help adapt to that.”

WHAT TYPES OF SERVICES DOES PRAIRIE PETALS OFFER FOR FLORAL AND RENTALS THAT’S UNIQUE TO THE AREA?

“We have created a unique interview process to help us fully understand what our bride’s style is and then create designs for her specific style. We spend roughly two hours with each bride in that first interview and they often leave saying that we were able to put into words and design exactly what they wanted but could not put into words themselves.

“The use of our entire selection of glassware is at no charge. We also offer the service of delivery, setup and pickup after the event. We will even bring your flowers back to the shop and keep them for you to pick them up on the Monday or Tuesday following the event, if you would like. Every bouquet arrangement and design is created for that bride specifically and individually based on the initial interview. We have no patterns that we follow, therefore, each arrangement is unique. We are able to accommodate the modern, the rustic, the vintage and the artful. Also, we were the first to bring a large inventory of unique, vintage and rustic rental items to the Fargo area, which, we are delighted to say, is expanding daily. We are continuing to grow and cultivate our collection to include décor to accommodate many different styles.”

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW WHEN PICKING OUT FLOWERS FOR A WEDDING?

“We would say the most important thing is to choose flowers that you know are going to make it through the day – flowers that have the best chance to be in great condition. You have the option to design with all kinds of things, so choose flowers that will have the highest quality when you’re going to use them, and have confidence in your florist to make the best alternate choice when they need to. Also, consider the fact that it is the picture of the bride and groom and her bouquet that will be the lasting memory of what her flowers were. Imagine what the photo will look like on your mantle. The years will come and go, so don’t pick according to what the fad is at the time, but according to what is representative of who you really are and what you really like.”

ANY OTHER TIPS FOR WEDDING PLANNING THAT YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?

“We encourage brides to include only what is meaningful and purposeful in their plans for their wedding day. Find a florist and designer who grasp who it is they really are and what their personal style is and is able to create something around that speficially, not according to their own style. Ask around and get recommendations from your friends. Do not think that a higher price tag is indicative of a professional’s quality or value.”

Baker Garden & Gift

2733 University Dr. S, Fargo
701-237-6255
Website

Cash Wise Flower Shoppe-Fargo

1401 33rd St. SW, Fargo
701-566-0955
Website

Cash Wise Flower Shoppe-Moorhead

3300 Hwy. 10 E, Moorhead
218-303-1611
Website

Classic Floral

29 Sheyenne St., West Fargo
701-281-0767
Website

Country Greenery

2901 13th Ave., Fargo
701-239-0000
Website

Country Greenery

17 5th St. S, Moorhead
218-236-0000
Website

Dalbol Flowers

1450 25th St. S, Fargo
701-235-5864
Website

Designs by Donna

P.O. Box 265, Mapleton, N.D.
701-238-9346
Website

Eloise Boutique and Flowers

14 8th St. S, Fargo
701-205-4190
Website

Floral Expressions

1002 Main Ave., Fargo
701-356-2221
Website

Hornbacher’s

Several Locations
701-281-2544
Website

Love Always Events + Floral

701-305-0282
Website

Prairie Petals Arrangements & Herbs

210 Broadway N, Ste. 104, Fargo
701-364-0151
Website

Shotwell Floral & Greenhouse

4000 40th St. S, Fargo
701-356-9377
Website

Swenson’s Floral

2307 19th St. S, Moorhead
218-233-5311
Website

Videographers

Videographers

Tips:

  • The average price for a videographer is $2,000.
  • Keep in mind that it takes around 20 hours to edit a wedding film.
  • Make sure to should contact the videographer a year in advance.
  • Hiring a professional videographer helps to preserve your memories on your wedding day.
  • Many packages include a highlight video and footage of the ceremony.

Ask The Expert

If a photo is worth 1,000 words, how many is a video worth? We asked Alissa Norland, owner and operator of Exposure Productions, about the important things to know when it comes to wedding videography.

Contact Exposure Productions

Exposure Productions
fmexposure.com
701-540-3236
fmexposure@gmail.com

WHEN SHOULD SOMEBODY START LOOKING FOR A VIDEOGRAPHER IN THE WEDDING PLANNING PROCESS?

“According to major wedding planners, couples should consider and begin researching videography companies and book between eight to 10 months before the wedding. However, we have booked weddings as late as two weeks before the wedding, as they had realized videography was, in fact, an essential part of capturing the day.”

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL VIDEOGRAPHER?

“To have a wedding, much will go into the process. This will include the venues, flowers, food, attire and other material things to make the day perfect. There are investments in services such as photography and videography that are provided to document the day to relive days and years later. Unlike photography, videography captures moments as it happened in motion but also adds the dimension of sound. Imagine being able to go back to your wedding day and hear the vows spoken and speeches given or watch a father give away his daughter and the emotion a groom has when he sees his bride for the first time in her wedding dress. After the excitement has settled, memories will be the only source besides pictures to help you remember. But to have moments that are captured in movement with sound will help you relive the day all over again.”

WHAT ARE SOME KEY THINGS SOMEONE SHOULD LOOK FOR IN A VIDEOGRAPHER?

“The budget, for any couple, is always the first to be considered. Unfortunately, many brides all too often look only at the money rather than the character or quality of the videographer. If your videographer is at the top or over your budget, consider it a lifelong investment, an invaluable service capturing memories that you can watch years down the road. Your wedding videographer or filmmaker should be able to show strong communication.

“As videographers, we get to know our couples because we find it important to know them so that we are able to produce a film completely unique in their lives together. Your videographer also should have experience in filming weddings. Ask if your videographer has any references or check online to read reviews from other brides and their experiences and check their samples of previous work. Lastly, your videographer should be able to have the adequate equipment to capture your wedding professionally. This includes stabilization, audio, cameras and filmmakers.”

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TRENDS IN WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY RIGHT NOW? ARE PEOPLE GOING MORE TOWARD HIGHLIGHT VIDEOS OR THE ENTIRE EVENT?

“There are definitely different styles and approaches. You may have a wedding videographer who documents or journalizes the wedding experience, while others like to get in real close and create cinematic pieces of work that may ignore some of the conventional strategies of capturing every moment of the wedding. There are pieces such as the documentary edits, which include events filmed in their entirety and feature film edits that highlight the entire day to create a unique story. Much like films you watch in the movies, we also produce trailers to feature films, a unique glimpse of the entire day composed of two to four minutes of music. So, the trends in today’s videography takes on a new cinematic approach far different than we saw even 10 years ago.”

Complete Weddings + Events

2733 47th St. S, #117, Fargo
701-850-6604
Website

Eclipse Multimedia & Video

P.O. Box 10355, Fargo
701-200-9552
Website

Exposure Productions

701-540-3236
Website

Fate and Love Photography

701-690-7789
218-422-6107
Website

Grassfire Studios

916 Main Ave., Fargo
701-658-9406
Website

Morningside Films LLC

P.O. Box 964, Moorhead
218-790-0929
Website

Northern Stories

701-566-0280
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Cakes

CakesTips:

  • Although there’s nothing wrong with a classic wedding cake, there are fun alternatives that can be even more unique. From ice cream to dessert shots, couples today are looking beyond the traditional sweets when it comes to their reception desserts.
  • Generally, a three-layer cake will serve 50 to 100 guests; you’ll likely need five layers for 200 guests or more.
  • Be sure to double check with your venue that it’s okay to bring in outside cakes and desserts. A few places will require you to go with their cakes as part of a package deal, or won’t let you have outside food.
  • Order early, most places take orders up to a year in advance.

Bake•ol•o•gy

408 Broadway N, Fargo
701-388-1130
Website

Cakes & Crafts

3012 22nd St. S, Fargo
701-298-0017
Website

Cash Wise Foods

1401 33rd St. S, Fargo
701-237-4120
Website

Cash Wise Foods

3300 Hwy. 10 E, Moorhead
218-236-4910
Website

Fantasies in Frosting

4501 15th Ave. SW, Ste. 110, Fargo
701-356-5540
Website

Gigi’s Cupcakes

1650 45th St. S, Ste. 103, Fargo
701-364-2253
Website

Hornbacher’s

Several Locations
701-281-2544
Website

Love in the Oven Bakery

701-388-1137
Website

Nichole’s Fine Pastry

13 8th St. S, Fargo
701-232-6430
Website

Jewelers

Jewelers

Tips:

  • Today, two of the biggest trends in rings are vintage-inspired and a halo — a center gem encircled by smaller diamonds.
  • It’s recommended you get your ring professionally cleaned three to four times a year.
  • Don’t feel rushed when picking out your rings.
  • Shop with your partner and/or send them ring ideas for inspiration.

A Cutting Edge

1700 32nd Ave. S, Fargo
701-356-7700
Website

Classic Jewelers

4302 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-282-0990
Website

The Crown Jewels

1450 25th St. S, Ste. 136, Fargo
701-237-6809
Website

Eide Jewelry

3222 Hwy. 10 E, Moorhead
218-287-1411
Website

Helzberg Diamonds

West Acres Mall
3902 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-282-6341
Website

Kay Jewelers

West Acres Mall
3902 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-282-3684
Website

Puffes Fine Jewelry

Moorhead Center Mall
510 Center Ave, Moorhead
218-233-3190
Website

Riddle’s Jewelry

4055 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-277-1494
Website

Royal Jewelers

73 Broadway, Fargo
701-232-2491
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Schmidt’s Gems & Fine Jewelry

3011 25th St. S, Fargo
701-237-9211
Website

Wimmer’s Diamonds

602 Main Ave., Fargo
701-232-2008
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Wimmer’s Diamonds

West Acres Mall
3902 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-282-2606
Website

Zales

West Acres Mall
3902 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-282-4533
Website

Venues

Venues

Tips:

  • Once you’ve settled on the number of guests, find out the max capacity of your prospective venue.
  • Determine if there are any vendor restrictions at your venue of choice. Some venues have strict policies on vendors and you may not be allowed to use the planner you wanted or the photographer you already booked.
  • Check if your venue has on-site catering and bar services or even complete setup and teardown of your space.
  • Look if your venue has special features that meet your needs — such as built-in screens, projectors or adequate parking.

A Friend’s House

10066 20th St. N, Moorhead
701-541-3747
Website

American Legion

505 3rd Ave. N, Fargo
701-237-4013
Website

AmericInn Hotel & Suites

4325 23rd Ave. S, Fargo
701-235-4699
Website

Avalon Events Center – Downtown

613 1st Ave. N, Fargo
701-232-1336
Website

Avalon Events Center – West Fargo

2525 9th Ave. SW, Fargo
701-478-9600
Website

The Barn at Dunvilla

48203 U.S. Hwy. 59, Pelican Rapids, Minn.
612-618-8134
Website

Baymont Inn and Suites

3333 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-235-3333
Website

Bluestem Center for the Arts

801 50th Ave. S, Moorhead
218-477-6500
Website

Bonanzaville

1351 Main Ave. W, West Fargo
701-282-2822
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The Bowler

2630 University Dr. S, Fargo
701-235-7588
Website

Cambria Hotel and Suites

825 E Beaton Dr., West Fargo
701-551-0120
Website

Carlos Creek Winery

6693 Co. Rd. 34 NW, Alexandria, Minn.
320-846-5443
Website

Clubhouse Hotel and Suites

1555 44th St. S, Fargo
701-566-9500
Website

Concordia College

901 8th St. S, Moorhead
218-299-3566
Website

Copper Ridge Event Center

21 18th St. S, Fargo
701-200-4768
Website

Country Inn & Suites

3316 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-234-0565
Website

Courtyard by Marriott Fargo-Moorhead

1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead
218-284-1000
Website

Coteau des Prairies Lodge

9953 141st Ave. SE, Havana, N.D.
701-680-1175
Website

Dakota Magic Casino

16849 102nd St. SE, Hankinson, N.D.
1-800-325-6825
Website

Days Inn

600 30th Ave. S, Moorhead
218-287-7100
Website

Detroit Mountain

29409 170th St, Detroit Lakes, Minn.
218-844-3537
Website

Eastgate Event Center

123 21st St. S, Moorhead
218-233-4888
Website

ecce Art + Yoga

216 Broadway, Fargo
701-298-3223
Website

El Zagal Shrine

1429 3rd St. N, Fargo
701-235-7521
Website

Elks Grand Lodge 

3435 Broadway N, Fargo
701-293-5151
Website

Fair Hills Resort

24270 Co. Hwy. 20, Detroit Lakes, Minn.
1-800-323-2849
218-847-7638
Website

Fargo Air Museum

1609 19th Ave. N, Fargo
701-293-8043
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Fargo Civic Center

207 4th St. N, Fargo
701-241-1480
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Fargo Country Club

509 26th Ave. S, Fargo
701-237-9122
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The Fireside

1462 E Shore Dr., Detroit Lakes, Minn.
218-847-8192
Website

Five Lakes Resort

34677 Camp Cherith Rd., Frazee, Minn.
1-800-323-2849
218-847-7638
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Four Points by Sheraton – Fargo

5064 23rd Ave. S, Fargo
701-364-0000
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Garden Pavilion

1421 7th Ave. N, Fargo
701-237-4666
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Hilton Garden Inn Fargo

4351 17th Ave. S, Fargo
701-499-6000
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Hjemkomst Center

202 1st Ave. N, Moorhead
218-299-5515
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Holiday Inn of Fargo

3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-282-2700
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Holiday Inn on the Lake

1155 Highway 10 E, Detroit Lakes, Minn.
218-847-2121
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Hotel Donaldson

101 Broadway N, Fargo
701-478-1000
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Howard Johnson

301 3rd Ave. N, Fargo
701-232-8850
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Island Park

302 7th St. S, Fargo
701-499-7788
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Legacy Acres Events

1643 240th Ave., Halstad, Minn.
507-626-0356
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The Lodge on Lake Detroit

1200 E Shore Dr., Detroit lakes, Minn.
218-847-8439
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Maplelag Resort

30501 Mapelag Rd., Callaway, Minn.
7218-375-4466
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The Meadows on Lind

11463 U.S. Hwy. 59, Detroit Lakes, Minn.
701-361-8319
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Moorhead Country Club

2101 River Dr. N, Moorhead
218-236-0100
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NDSU Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center

1241 University Dr. N, Fargo
701-231-6800
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O’Kelly’s

3800 Main Ave., Fargo
701-277-1234
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Oxbow Country Club

130 Oxbow Dr., Oxbow, N.D.
701-588-4666
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Pine Peaks Event Center

Swanburg Rd. S, Pine River, Minn.
612-986-6800
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Plains Art Museum

704 1st Ave. N, Fargo
701-551-6100
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Porter Creek Harwood Grill

1555 44th St. S, Fargo
701-369-3669
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Radisson

201 5th St. N, Fargo
701-232-7363
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Ramada Plaza & Suites

1635 42nd St. S, Fargo
701-277-9000
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Red Barn & Berry Farm

16305 57th St. SE, Kindred, N.D.
701-388-3589
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Red River Valley Fairgrounds

1805 Main Ave. E, West Fargo
701-282-2200
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Rendezvous Park

1055 32nd Ave. W, West Fargo
701-433-5360
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Rheault Farm

2902 25th St. S, Fargo
701-499-7788
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Romantic Moon Events Center

158 80th St. S, Glyndon, Minn.
218-233-3025
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Rustic Oaks

12155 3rd St. S, Moorhead
218-343-0347
Website

Sanctuary Events Center

670 4th Ave. N, Fargo
701-404-9006
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Santa Lucia

1109 38th St. S, Fargo
701-281-8656
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Seasons at Rose Creek

1500 Rose Creek Pkwy. E, Fargo
701-235-5000
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Shooting Star Casino

777 S Casino Rd., Mahnomen, Minn.
1-800-453-STAR
Website

Sons of Norway

722 2nd Ave. N, Fargo
701-232-9222
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Trollwood Park

3664 Elm St. N, Fargo
701-499-7788
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Usher’s House

700 1st Ave. N, Moorhead
218-287-0080
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The Vintage Garden

13571 130th St. S, Barnesville, Minn.
218-329-8108
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West Fargo VFW

308 Sheyenne St., West Fargo
701-282-4728
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Music

Music

Tips:

  • A band will be one of a kind, but a DJ can make a customized playlist.
  • Incorporate meaningful songs from your dating years into your reception playlist.
  • If you’re hiring a live band, make sure to listen to and meet the band ahead of time.
  • Bands are often more expensive, but are willing to work with the couple.
  • Once a band is booked, it’s booked, but DJ companies have more flexibility.

8th Hour

Bitzer Agency
2703 12th Ave. S, Moorhead
218-287-2037
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32 Below

Bitzer Agency
2703 12th Ave. S, Moorhead
218-287-2037
Website

ACL Sound

374 5th St. N, Fargo
701-491-9016
Website

All Access Mobile Music

1455 32nd St. S, Fargo
701-793-2463
Website

Boss DJ Services

701-238-9528
Website

By Request DJ

900 Highway 10 W, Dilworth, Minn.
218-443-8241
Website

Complete Weddings + Events

2733 47th St. S, #117, Fargo
701-850-6604
Website

Dan’s Mobile Jukebox

701-239-3028
Website

Dance Machine

3837 River Dr. S, Fargo
701-261-8686
Website

Digital Delight Professional DJ Service

3010 7 1/2 Ave. N, Ste. 2, Fargo
701-799-0685
Website

D&J Music and Karaoke

51 Broadway N, Fargo
701-639-3789
Website

Dude Walker’s Music on Wheels

4110 40th St. S, Ste. 104, Fargo
701-234-9492
Website

The Front Fenders

2521 Lilac Lane, Fargo
701-429-0730
Website

Harmon Danceworks & DJ

3425 1st St. E, West Fargo
701-541-7988
Website

Heart&Soul

630-640-8033
Website

Jim Rivers Productions

225 Maple Pointe Blvd., Mapleton, N.D.
701-371-7005
Website

Kick’n Entertainment

Thief River Falls, N.D.
218-207-8109
Website

K Hook

1802 35th St. S, Unit B, Fargo
701-290-6115
Website

MixVibes

6025 Bennett Ct. S, Fargo
701-367-8324
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Musicbox Entertainment

1408 72nd Ave. S, Fargo
414-460-6938
Website

Pirate Radio Productions

2111 Main Ave. E, Ste. 3, West Fargo
701-799-5672
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Platinum Plus DJ

415 Main Ave. W, West Fargo
701-361-7862
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Power Play DJ

3317 Fiechtner Dr. S, Fargo
701-235-3211
Website

October Road

Bitzer Agency
2703 12th Ave. S, Moorhead
218-287-2037
Website

The Shakers

Bitzer Agency
2703 12th Ave. S, Moorhead
218-287-2037
Website

Tripwire

Bitzer Agency
2703 12th Ave. S, Moorhead
218-287-2037
Website

The Roosters

Bitzer Agency
2703 12th Ave. S, Moorhead
218-863-1367
Website

Rhyme or Reason

Bitzer Agency
2703 12th Ave. S, Moorhead
218-287-2037
Website

Zims Entertainment

701-306-5701
Website

Attire

Attire

Tips:

  • You’ll need at least six to eight months to get your gown, and that’s if you go with a simple dress. Custom gowns take six to eight months to tailor on average, and heavily-embellished ones can take up to a year.
  • Once you’ve found your gown, give yourself at least eight weeks to make alterations.
  • When selecting bridesmaids’ dresses, make sure to put their figures into consideration. Not everyone will feel comfortable in a strapless.
  • If groomsmen are renting their tuxedos, make sure they try on every element — including cufflinks, bow ties, shoes, etc. — before leaving the shop to make sure the outfit is complete and everything fits.

AENDEE

5 8th St. S, Fargo
701-261-8816
Website

Affairs by Brittany

Washington Square Mall
808 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, Minn.
218-847-3788
Website

Alan Evans Bridal

Moorhead Center Mall
512 Center Ave., Moorhead
218-236-8543
Website

David’s Bridal

1500 13th Ave. E, West Fargo
701-281-4945
Website

Halberstadt’s On Broadway

102 Broadway, Fargo
701-364-9225
Website

Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers

West Acres Mall
3902 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-277-0745
Website

Kerri Lynn Designs

1506 Lakeside Dr., Alexandria, Minn.
920-203-3511
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Kristen’s Bridal & Tuxedo

2650 32nd Ave. S, Grand Forks, N.D.
701-775-0567
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LeeAnne’s Bridal

4340 13th Ave. SW, Fargo
701-232-7433
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Men’s Wearhouse

4302 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-282-4386
Website

Straus Clothing

3223 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-235-7593
Website

Tip Top Tux

West Acres Mall
3902 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-282-6248
Website

Wedding Elegance

2551 45th St. S, Ste. 125, Fargo
701-241-9128
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Your Day by Nicole

102 Broadway, Ste. 103, Fargo
701-478-1970
Website

Transportation

Transportation

Tips:

  • Book early, because some transportation companies take reservations up to a year and a half.
  • If you’re hosting a lot of out-of-towners, consider providing them with a ride from their hotel to the wedding and back.
  • Scope out the vehicles beforehand. Try to avoid vehicles with more than 100,000 miles.
  • Know the difference between drivers and chauffeurs. Chauffeurs clean the vehicle, stock the ice and will assist you in any way possible, and drivers only drive.
  • Make sure you plan some buffer room into your schedule. Figure out travel times and routes ahead of time. Then add 20 to 30 minutes of ‘padding’ for traffic and any other potential delays.

All Occasions Limousine

701-232-LIMO
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Dakota Carriage

701-347-4069
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Elegant Limousine

701-795-5620
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Excaliber Limousine

701-730-6023
Website

Fargo Party Ride

701-371-3615
Website

The Fun Bus

701-361-4456
Website

Platinum Limousine

701-471-5353
Website

Profile Limousine

701-741-6460
Website

VIP Limo

701-318-5070
Website

Wedding Planners, Design & Rental

Wedding Planner

Tips:

  • Do you have a lot to plan, but don’t know where to start or if you have the time? Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra for a wedding planner or coordinator.
  • Book a party-rental supplier two to three months before the wedding. That gives them enough time to secure the products you want.
  • If you’re particularly eco-conscious, ask your vendor if they can create a green package that includes recycled glassware, china and/or fabrics.
  • Pinterest and wedding magazines are for inspiration, not replication. Use them to get inspired and get the creative juices flowing, and not as a ‘catalog’ of what you want at your event.

Ask The Expert

We asked Christy Schauer, owner and operator of Love Always Events + Floral, for her advice when it comes to where to start with wedding planning, design and floral aspects.

Contact Christy Schauer

Love Always Events + Floral
lovealwaysfloral.com
lovealways.eventdesign@gmail.com

WHAT TYPES OF SERVICES DO YOU OFFER AT LOVE ALWAYS EVENTS + FLORAL THAT ARE UNIQUE TO THE AREA?

“Love Always Events + Floral is an artisan floral shop located in Fargo. It is our passion to create gorgeous wedding and event floral designa using the freshest blooms, unique vases and the utmost attention to detail. We have become obsessed with combining unexpected color pallets and organic textural elements that come together to create a one-of-a-kind floral piece, made specifically for your special occasion.”

WHAT’S THE BEST AND EASIEST WAY TO APPROACH A WEDDING PLANNER WITH YOUR IDEAS?

“If you have specific ideas in mind, bring them forward with your wedding planner right away. This will help the wedding planner get a feel of what’s most important to you. If most of your ideas include guest comfort, we know to focus on this area going forward and look for other options as well. Also, phone calls and pictures are always helpful. The more descriptive you can be, the better.”

WHAT ARE SOME COMMON TRENDS IN WEDDING DESIGN THAT YOU’RE SEEING LATELY?

“The latest wedding trends have been focused toward natural wooden textures, pastel colors and garden floral. The pastel color palette has been taking over the industry, including blush pinks, neutrals and lavenders. In 2016, get ready to see many bridal parties that are slightly mismatched to create a unique feel for each bridal party.”

CAN YOU GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF ADVICE WHEN IT COMES TO PICKING OUT THE RIGHT FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS?

“Follow your instinct. Your habits and how you live your life will tell you what type of floral options are the best fit. What colors are in your closet or in your house? What adjectives would you use to describe yourself? Follow these answers when deciding on what type of floral you like. Also, as you are looking for a florist, interview them, review their past work and see if they fit your style. Once they meet you and get to know you, I am confident each florist will stop at nothing to make sure you have stunning flowers to complement your wedding.”

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS OR TRICKS WHEN IT COMES TO STICKING TO A WEDDING BUDGET?

1. Comprehensive estimated budget: “This is my best advice. As you begin your engagement, develop a comprehensive budget itemized with estimates of each wedding cost. This way, if an unexpected cost occurs, you can review your budget and pull dollars from a different expense that might have come in under budget without having to stress about the added expense.”

2. Think non-traditional: “When you are planning your wedding, realize there are no rules. If there are traditions that are not important to you and your family, there are no laws saying you must do these. A couple ideas include save-the-dates, party favors or wedding programs.”

3. Design Focal Point: “Rather than trying to make the entire ballroom look like a dream, focus on two or three points where pictures will be taken to put your dollars toward. For example, instead of trying to make every guest table look fabulous, put more effort into your head table to make that look spectacular.”

Bliss Events and Weddings

701-261-4730
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Love Always Events + Floral

701-305-0282
Website

Mdesign

420 Center Ave., Ste. 19, Moorhead
218-512-0221
Website

PhotoPlay Events

701-474-1062
Website

Prairie Petals Events and Design

210 Broadway N, Fargo
701-412-3782
Website

Sharper Image Wedding Rentals

4302 13th Ave. S, Ste. 4, Fargo
218-850-9394
Website

The White House Co.

607 4th Ave. N, Fargo
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