Two new businesses are helping couples across the Sioux Empire make their big day their own with specialty options to impress guests and keep all eyes on the bride.
Marie & Marie Bridal sits in downtown Sioux Falls. Designer dresses highlight the massive window front and a bold floral wall with two M’s branding the back of the store. This boutique is the dream of owners Erin Rallis and Kayla Thompson.
Now they’re hoping to share dream dresses with women in the area and beyond.
“We felt the area needed a bridal place that focused on the whole experience of dress shopping since women are going out of state to bigger cities for more of a selection,”
“We’ve had brides come from Colorado and California, and we’re also keeping people in state so they don’t feel they have to leave for the true experience.”
The bridal store opened this spring, and Rallis and Thompson, who are also sisters, say they’ve received numerous compliments from clients and those passing by.
“One of the first things we picked out in the store was the wallpaper. We found it and needed to have it. It’s so pretty, fun and feminine, so we based our whole look around the wallpaper,” said Thompson.
The store features private party sections, and designer dresses ranging from $1,000-$6,000. Plus, the dresses are unwrapped and free-hanging which the sisters say gives a modern, clean, and sleek look.
“When the brides come in, they can look at the dresses and they’re spread out and not scrunched together. The dresses are also not in clear plastic bags, so that’s how our design affected our business process and how we serve the brides,” said Rallis.
Finding the perfect dress isn’t the only to-do on the wedding planning list. From picking the wedding colors to budgeting and finding the reception hall, the list can seem endless.
MARIE & MARIE BRIDAL MUST KNOWS
- Open since April 2018
- Owners are sisters
- 6 designers
- 75+ dresses
- $1,000-$6,000 gowns
- 3 private bridal suites
- “Marie” means married in French
Katie Murphy and her team at Jane Rae Events have been looking to ease the stresses of wedding planning since January of 2017. The shop is located at South Minnesota Avenue.
“We want the brides to be relieved and more excited of their vision coming to life for their big day. A lot of clients know what they want but can’t bring it to life,” said Murphy.
Her styling and rental company offers a variety of wedding planning packages. They shoot for a timeless and classic look with a dash of popular trends mixed in with the couple’s style.
“With events, things are always changing from year to year, so with our look and style we want to keep something that’s timeless, but also have the trendy aspects,” said Murphy. “It’s not cookie cutter, and every [couple] is different.”
“The gold and neutrals show we want to stay timeless and classic, but dusty blues show the trendy side.”
Jane Rae Events says there are a couple things that make them unique.
“We have all floral, design, and event rentals under one roof, which is crucial,” said Murphy. “People can come in and explain their vision and we go in and pick out the pieces right here.”
If you’ve envisioned it for a wedding, Murphy says they more than likely have it. The rental shop ranges from modern gold and clear elements to vintage and sequins and satin and rustic wood.
“People know what they want, and what their vision is, but it’s pulling the pieces together and making their vision come to life,” said Murphy.
JANE RAE EVENTS ONE STOP SHOP
- Floral, design, and rentals all under one roof
- Staying on top of trends with blush, burgundy, golds, navy, dusty blue, rustic wood, and mixed green designs
- Team picks out items to match couple’s requests