Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding Dallas is a night that engaged couples don’t want to miss. The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” get to hear the music, taste the cake, and smell the flowers. The Big Fake Wedding offers a night of great food, dancing and surprises, leaving brides-and-grooms-to-be saying “I want my wedding to be just like that!” 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 party — here’s a little preview of what you can expect from our incredible vendor team:
Whether a couple decides to push off their honeymoon for a few months due to post-wedding broken piggy banks or they’re just waiting until the weather is warmer, a “mini moon” can be a wonderful prequel/alternative to a honeymoon. By definition, a mini moon is a short trip taken by a newlywed couple, often in advance of a longer getaway to be taken on a later date. This styled shoot from the first Portland NotWedding took place at a cozy lodge in Maine and features some sweet newlywed activities such as breakfast in bed, a canoe ride, and a picnic. Page Photography captured the weekend excursion beautifully, as well as the love between the cute couple, Sarah and Alex. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy!
“We envisioned a ‘mini moon’ for the newlyweds; a quick weekend away at Migis Lodge in Casco, Maine, before their big honeymoon. We styled a little picnic and canoe ride for the couple, and drew inspiration from the surrounding colors, environment, and the ocean.”
“When the sun shines we’ll shine together Told you I’d be here forever Said I’ll always be a friend Took an oath I’ma stick it out ’til the end Now that it’s raining more than ever Know that we’ll still have each other You can stand under my umbrella…”
Rainy days are usually not ideal for your wedding day; however, at the third Nashville NotWedding, the gentle drizzle simply added to the ambience. The dense November mist brought with it a feeling of tranquility and romance that leisurely settled among us like a thin veil of fog. Ruby harbored everyone from the storm in their cozy space, surrounding us with warm brick, rustic wooden beams, and twinkling lights. The whole night felt like a wonderful dream that we never wanted to end — take a peek at the magic below.
People sometimes ask us how a vendor team so large and diverse can come together to create a unified event that doesn’t look like a jumbled hodgepodge. We aren’t completely sure how to answer that other than the fact that our vendors are rock stars. We watched in awe as these unique small businesses worked together to construct something so cohesive, you would have thought it was done by one company. Our talented Nashville vendor team was challenged to use traditional notions in avant-garde ways to take guests to another reality — whimsical, windswept, and passionate. Embracing the tension of romance and drama, our vendors used aspects of classic beauty to create an abstract, dreamlike atmosphere that gave us permanent goosebumps.
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,” complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow-renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception. 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. Callie created The Big Fake Wedding with the intention of working towards the very real goals of promoting small businesses, inspiring brides and grooms, and encouraging solid marriages. Today she tells us a little bit about the heart of The Big Fake Wedding — and why she decided to focus her business on these three things.
Promoting small businesses: When I talk to small business owners, I hear the same struggles over and over. Either they are struggling to get ANY work, or they are struggling to escape the mound of work they are under. Oftentimes, strangely enough, they experience both of these things in waves. These are struggles I’ve experienced (and still experience!) as a small business owner myself, and it is a huge desire of mine to promote and support small businesses in ways much bigger than just connecting them to client leads. We believe that resourcing vendors with relationships, exposure and resources will lead to a much stronger and wider foundation for their businesses!
Inspiring brides and grooms: My hope is that brides and grooms can be encouraged to make decisions in line with their style and what’s important to them, rather than feeling like there are traditions or standards that have to be met. I love the idea of sharing new ideas (from creative and unique vendor options to ideas on how to set up tables or even your ceremony) that can empower couples to make decisions in line with their personalities, styles and hearts.
Encouraging solid marriages: I’ve seen how damaging divorce can be and even how damaging stagnant marriages are, and we know that marriages require a lot of attention. We believe that weddings are definitely worth dreaming about and planning for, but after a wedding comes a marriage, and THAT is worth investing in as well. We hope to encourage our guests, vendors and all who come in contact with us to pursue a solid, committed and thriving marriage.
The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception. "Wedding guests" are brides-and-grooms-to-be who get to truly experience the wedding vendors in action.