The Big Fake Wedding

  • February 28, 2015

The concept of The Big Fake Wedding (formerly The NotWedding) was established in 2008 by founder and CEO, Callie Murray. The idea was to have a bridal show alternative in the form of “the ultimate wedding.” For brides and grooms, the event serves as a source of inspiration, a resource in finding trusted wedding vendors, and an emotional reminder to plan for what comes after the wedding: a marriage! For participating wedding vendors, the event exposes their business to new referral sources, while also exposing each vendor to a wealth of inspiration, resources and confidence to take their business to the next level. The Big Fake Wedding was created with the intention of working towards the very real goals of promoting small businesses, inspiring brides and grooms, and encouraging solid marriages.


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Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding is a night that engaged couples don’t want to miss.

To promote small businesses, The Big Fake Wedding curates a group of the best and the brightest wedding vendors in each city to put on the ultimate wedding. This hand-selected vendor team follows a unique inspiration board to ensure that each event is cohesive and that our guests feel a sense of unity. Apply to join the vendor team here.

To inspire brides and grooms, this rockstar vendor team showcases their creativity, products and services so that brides- and grooms-to-be can taste the cake, dance to the music and smell the flowers as they would on their real wedding day. Our guests are able to meet these talented vendors face-to-face and get ideas for their own special day. Buy your tickets here.

To encourage solid and committed marriages, each event has a featured couple who renews their vows at The Big Fake Wedding. The Big Fake Wedding begins with a sweet and emotional ceremony to remind our guests that planning your wedding leads to something much more special – spending the rest of your life with the person you love.

Guests will leave the event with a swag bag in hand, fun goodies from various vendors, and tons of inspiration for planning their own wedding. We invite you to join the fun – take a look at the rest of our 2015 schedule here!


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Event Highlight: The Big Fake Wedding Charlotte

  • February 26, 2015

Oh Queen City, how you shine. Our second event in Charlotte was nothing short of wonderful, thanks to our creative and talented vendors, precious couple, Jenn and Brian, and oh-so fun guests. We are delighted to share some highlights from The Big Fake Wedding Charlotte today – enjoy!


Preview | Sappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled



Our fantastic Charlotte vendor team was challenged with a “Candy Colored” inspiration board – whimsical, light, and dreamy. They were encouraged to contemplate defying gravity, hazy light, luminescent objects, and candy-colored skies before beginning their designs – and what they created was something we thought only existed in our imaginations.


Board Curator:
Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom):
Doughnut: Natalie E. | Sweet Peas: Floret Flower Farm | Gown: Leanne Marshall, Spring 2015 | Sky + Ocean: Griottes | Dress: Emilio Pucci, Resort 2015 | Glitter Balloons: Martha Stewart | Pastel Makeup: Allie Hine + Hayley Bidez


Venue: Levine Museum of the New South | Catering: Delectables by Holly | Catering: La tea da’s Catering & Events | Catering: Plate Perfect Catering by FS Food Group | Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Cocktail Hour Catering: Roots Farm Food | Photography: Bronwyn Duffield Photography | Photography: Alexa’s Photography | Photography: Emily Millay Photography | Day-Of Coordination: K Dream Effects (An Event Planning Company) | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop, Tables 1 + 4): Shay Brown Events : Floral + Event Design (Head Table with Pergola, Tables 3 + 6): Blossom Artistry | Floral + Event Design (Registration Table + Personal Flowers): Sophisticated Florals by Stephanie | Floral + Event Design (Lounge + Tables 2, 5, 7): River Kiss Weddings | Paper Goods: Invitations (Fuschia Floral) + Seed Packet Favors: Meg Michelle | Paper Goods: Invitations (Pink and Black Suite): Amanda Day Rose Paperie | Paper Goods: Invitations (Purple and Blue Suite): Ashley Bush Calligraphy & Lettering | Paper Goods: Menus + Catering Cards: MAD Design Studio | Groomsmen Attire: J.Hilburn Men’s Clothier | Wedding Dress: Classic Bride & Formals | Bridesmaid Dresses: Brideside | Jewelry: Chloe + Isabel by Karrie C | Hair + Makeup Viva La Glam Hair + Makeup Artistry | Hair Accessories (Flower Crowns): Maiden Flower Crowns | Health + Lifestyle: healthyou | Entertainment (Band: Charleston Groove Factory): OtherBrother Entertainment |  Ceremony Musician: Musically Yours | Photo Booth: Electric Photo Booth | Wedding Cake: Five Star Bakeshop | Dessert Bar: Candy Girl Confections | Cupcake Bar: Iced Cupcakes | Vintage Dishes + China: The Whimsical Rose | Wedding Vow Art Canvas: The Standard Canvas | Signage: Estudio Rojo | Registry: Belk, Inc. | Interactive Guestbook: Thirty Day Dash | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari | Media Partners: MyWeddingWeddings Unveiled Magazine, Southern Bride & Groom Magazine





















































If you have not been able to join us for an event yet, we invite you to scope out our event schedule and get in on the fun yourself. If you are a wedding vendor and wish to be involved in this fabulous adventure, apply now to join The Big Fake Wedding family.

Preview: The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta

  • February 26, 2015

The Event

The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta, Sponsored by Shane Co.
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 | W Atlanta – Midtown
Doors open at 4:30pm + the ceremony begins at 5:00pm.


What to Expect

Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta, Sponsored by Shane Co., will be a night that engaged couples don’t want to miss. This is actually our 10th(!) event in our home market, so it’s going to be one of the biggest and best ones yet. The Big Fake Wedding offers a night of great food, dancing and surprises – in fact, at the 8th Atlanta NotWedding, there was even a surprise proposal! Guests will leave the event with a swag bag in hand, fun goodies from various vendors, and tons of inspiration for planning their own wedding. We invite you to join the fun!


To inspire brides and grooms, wedding vendors from Atlanta will showcase their creativity, products and services so that brides- and grooms-to-be can taste the cake, dance to the music and smell the flowers as they would on their real wedding day.

A Cacao AffairAvie Designs Stationery | Ben & Jerry’sBowman & Clark | Brideside | Coco Red Events | DJ Josh Whitlock | Epperly Travel | Ferrari | For the Love of Juneau Photography | Grace & Grit | Harpist for the King | healthyou | JD3 PhotographyInternational Dance Studios | Kyle Sklenar | Liddabits | Linda Margarita | Love & RespectLove Gives WayMadison Ties | Martha McIntosh Creative ConsultingModern Luxury Brides Atlanta | MyWedding | OtherBrother EntertainmentPetal + Fold | Perfect Wedding GuidePetite Cakes | Raven J. Events | Renea Kantrell | Shane Co. | Shutterbooth | That Grace Restored | The Guest Connect | The Sweet TrendThirty Day Dash | Topgolf |W Atlanta Midtown | West Georgia Cornhole | Weddings UnveiledWritefullyHis | XoXo by Cortni Lifestyle Photography

Take a look at all the fun we had at our ninth Atlanta event to get excited, then scoop up a ticket of your own here!

The Experience

At our Atlanta events, the vendor team always kills it. Our guests are able to meet these talented vendors face-to-face, get ideas for their own special day, and end their night with an epic dance party. To take a peek into what our Atlanta events entail, watch one of our favorite Atlanta highlight videos below. We hope you’ll join us at The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta to make your own memories and see for yourself what the night has in store!

Photo Credit: Our Labor of Love, Kelley Raye Photography, Kaitie Bryant, Rustic White PhotographyMala Hyder Photography, Akins Photography, Kimberly Michelle Gibson Photography, The Long FarewellLytle Foto | Video Credit: Incer Studios


For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit the Atlanta event page.

Tuesday’s 10: Bouquets

  • February 24, 2015

At your wedding, there are two very important things you hold on to all day: your handsome groom, of course, and your bouquet. Since we most likely have the whole “groom” situation figured out, let’s talk bouquets. It might seem simple enough, but there are a few things you’ll need to consider. Will your bouquet be colorful or subtle? Classic or whimsical? Do you want specific flowers? If so, what will be in bloom around your wedding date? Although these questions will need to be answered eventually, the best (and most fun!) way to “pick” your bouquet – no pun intended – is to look through lots of beautiful pictures to get a feel for what you love. We’ve got your first ten covered here!



Bud and Bloom | The 3rd Athens NotWedding


Adorned European Floral Design | The 1st Birmingham NotWedding


Magnolia Floral Studio | The 2nd Wichita NotWedding


Primrose and Company | The 1st Philadelphia NotWedding


Blue Fern Designs | The 1st Portland NotWedding


Leaf it to Lexi Floral Design | The 3rd San Diego NotWedding


May Flowers | The 1st Chattanooga NotWedding


Statice Floral Couture | The 1st Charleston NotWedding


Blossom Artistry | The 3rd Charleston NotWedding


The Ruffly Rose | The 1st Denver NotWedding

Photo Credits:
Kaitie Bryant PhotographyMorgan Trinker Photography | Jennifer Miller Photography | Peach Plum Pear Photo | kivalo photography | Brooke Photography & Design | Bamber Photography | MorningWild Photography | Emily Millay PhotographyJackie Cooper Photo

 Need some inspiration to plan the rest of your wedding? You’ve come to the right place! Visit our event page to find out when The Big Fake Wedding is coming to your city – you’ll get a chance to see all your local wedding vendors in action, as well as get some ideas for your big day. See you there!