Tuesday’s 10: Hairstyles

  • May 26, 2015

Time for a big decision: your wedding hair. What hairstyle do you dream of when you envision yourself walking down the aisle? Is it an updo? A down-do (is that a thing)? Or something in between? The options are endless, but we’re here to help get you started with ten heavenly hairstyle ideas for your big day. Happy Tuesday’s 10!

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Shine Hair ParlorThe 7th Atlanta NotWedding

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Salon Nfuse | The 2nd Nashville NotWedding

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Bei Capelli | The 1st Portland NotWedding

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Warren Tricomi | The Big Fake Wedding NYC

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Hollibeauty | The Big Fake Wedding Chicago

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Brie & Brie | The 2nd Orlando NotWedding

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Collette Eubanks Hair and Makeup Artist | The 8th Atlanta NotWedding

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Bridal Party DIY | The 1st Birmingham NotWedding

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Bride Style Beauty | The 1st Chicago NotWedding

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Styles On B | The 3rd NYC NotWedding

Photo Credits:
Kimberly Michelle Gibson Photography | Maile Lani Photography | Page Photography | Ann Blake Photography | Ed & Aileen Photography | E. Gilbert Photography | Kelley Raye Photography | Spindle Photography | John Dart Photography | Laura Marie Creative Photography

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 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!

5 Easy Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

  • May 26, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce our featured day-of coordinator for The Big Fake Wedding Nashville, Takkia of Bella Bleu Weddings and Events! Takkia is a wedding planning rockstar, so asking her to contribute to our day-of coordinator blog series was a no-brainer. Today, Takkia is sharing with us a few easy ways to personalize your wedding – enjoy!

After enjoying planning her own destination wedding in 2009, owner Takkia Easley decided to start her own event planning business. Two years later, Bella Bleu Weddings and Events opened their doors and began providing event planning and coordination services to Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas. Takkia is not only passionate about weddings, but also plans various special events such as baby/ bridal showers, birthday parties, social dinners, and more. Takkia and the Bella Bleu Team really pride themselves on creating memorable events for their clients. Tailoring the event to their client’s need, Bella Bleu’s mission is to make each event unique and exceed their client’s expectation.

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5 Easy Ways To Personalize Your Wedding

Most guests can agree that the best weddings are those that add their own personal touch. So think outside the box and add your own flair to your special day!

Here are a few easy ways to get you started:

1. “Gone But Never Forgotten” Table
Light a candle and leave a favorite article of clothing such as a scarf or pocket watch and photo on a table of a loved one who is gone but not forgotten.

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2. Incorporating Mother-In-Law’s Favorite Flower
If your soon to be Mother-In-Law is a gardener at heart, why not incorporate her favorite flower in the wedding? It can be as simple as adding the flower to your bouquet or reception centerpiece. It’s such a thoughtful way to honor her and become the best Daughter-In-Law!

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3. Display Old Family Wedding Photos
Gather old wedding photos of loved ones who have been married for years. Display these in a frame along with other family mementos as your centerpiece. Another idea is to display candid childhood snapshots of you and your fiancé around the guest book or by a photo booth. Both are great conversation starters!

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4. Make Grandma’s Recipe Your Wedding Favor
Thinking about giving a wedding favor but can’t decide what to give? Find a baker to make your favorite mini pies.  Attach your Grandma’s recipe and you’ve got a wedding favor to remember!

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5. Entertainment For All Ages
Whether your reception will have a live band or DJ, make sure to play music that all your guests can enjoy. Even if you’re not a fan of the oldies, playing “The Way You Look Tonight” by Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, will bring a smile to everyone’s face.

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Photo Credits:
Etsy | Kate Headley | Offbeat Bride | Christopher Baker Photography | IMDB

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Vendor Highlight: Paper Fox LA

  • May 22, 2015

“I get to surround myself with wonderful people who inspire me to work harder and be better. There is no better feeling than going to bed exhausted because you kicked ass that day.” Jessica of Paper Fox LA, on the best part of her job. We could not agree more, sister. Paper Fox LA, which specializes in handmade party and home decor, started as the result of a “when one door closes, another opens” kind of situation, and we are SO glad that it did! It was so much fun working with Paper Fox LA at The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles, and we can’t wait to work with them again.

“Jessica is fantastic. She is incredibly creative, sweet, and such a blast to work with. The Paper Fox LA products are too cool – I want every single thing on their website!”
The Big Fake Wedding LA Team

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Tell us a little bit about the inception of Paper Fox LA.
Paper Fox LA was started because I really hated my job at the time. I knew I wanted to do something creative but I was daunted by the idea of starting a business. Then one day, the company I worked at downsized dramatically and I was suddenly out of a job! I knew I had to act fast and I definitely didn’t want to go back to a working at a corporate black hole. My friend Lauren and I decided to go all in and turn a little hobby into a full fledged, rent-paying business. I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished in such a short amount of time!

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Who or what inspires you?
Paper Fox is inspired by the wonderful city of Los Angeles! We love LA and all it has to offer. We meet inspiring women and entrepreneurs every day and get to work on amazing projects with incredible creative people. There is no doubt that that living in Los Angeles has been a major contributor to our success and growth.

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What is the best part of your job?
I get to be creative every day! And I get to surround myself with wonderful people who inspire me to work harder and be better. There is no better feeling than going to bed exhausted because you kicked ass that day. 

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What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the Big Picture. While it is important to look ahead and plan for the future, sometimes you just need to take it one step at a time. I often find myself getting stressed out when I look at a crazy packed schedule for the next few weeks and I wonder how I am going to get through it all. But when I just focus on today, on one hour at a time, I find myself getting so much more done and feeling more confident in myself.

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What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
I loved getting to know and work with so many amazing vendors. They inspired me to go above and beyond what I thought we were capable of.

Photo Credits:
Personal (1-4) | Andrew Abajian (5)

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Tuesday’s 10: Centerpieces

  • May 19, 2015

Who needs something pretty to look at on this Tuesday afternoon? As always, we sure do! For this week’s Tuesday’s 10, we’re featuring ten unique centerpieces from our past events – we hope you enjoy it!

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River Kiss Weddings | The Big Fake Wedding Charlotte

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Anchor Me Away | The 1st Chattanooga NotWedding

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The Treasury Event Rental Studio | The Big Fake Wedding Orlando

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Love Is Sweet Events | The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles

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The Little Flower Cottage | The 1st Boston NotWedding

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AUGUST – Floral & Event Design | The Big Fake Wedding Savannah

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Hothouse Design Studio | The 1st Birmingham NotWedding Styled Shoot

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Statice Couture Florals + Event DesignThe 1st Charleston NotWedding

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Vision of Elegance Events | The Big Fake Wedding Chicago

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Starling on BondThe 3rd NYC NotWedding

Photo Credits:
Bronwyn Duffield Photography | Photos By Heart | Earthmuse Photography | Andie Freeman Photography | Lara Kimmerer Photographer | Carrie Friesen Photography | Spindle Photography | MorningWild PhotographyEd & Aileen Photography | Cassidy Parker Smith

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 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!