Top 5 Wedding Trends

  • August 31, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce our featured day-of coordinator for The Big Fake Wedding Phoenix, Michelle of Simply Refined Events! Michelle is a superstar planner, so asking her to contribute to our coordinator series was a no-brainer. Today, Michelle is telling us about 5 wedding trends that you absolutely must know. Enjoy!

Michelle has been in the Food & Beverage industry for over 20 years. She has worked at several of Scottsdale’s most exclusive private country clubs, holding positions such as Banquet Manager, Catering sales manager, Director of Catering and Assistant F&B Director. Planning and coordinating hundreds of weddings, corporate events, private functions and charity fundraisers, Michelle’s experience is widespread not only from the planning perspective, but also from the operational side. Michelle caters to your specifications and helps create something that fits your planning needs and style, along with budget. She will go through a list of items that pertain to planning a wedding and managing your wedding day. Her passion comes from taking your vision and making it a reality and not having you worry about “What’s next?”


Top 5 Wedding Trends

1. Smaller, Intimate Weddings
Couples are narrowing down their guest list in order to focus more on the elements of creating a more personalized wedding experience. Budget dollars are spent on creative menu concepts, décor, entertainment and overall guest interaction.


2. Destination Weddings
A smaller guest count gives couples the option of choosing a place out of the ordinary to share in their “I Do’s”. Arizona is a hotspot for couples to bring their family and friends to experience the beauty of the desert while celebrating their nuptials.

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3. Unique Venues
Many couples are looking for non-resort weddings, and instead seeking out private homes, yachts, museums, and private country clubs. Couples choose these alternative options so as not to share their day of celebration with someone else. Brides especially like to think they are the only ones getting married that day, and rightfully so, who would want to cross paths with another bride on such a special occasion?


4. DIY
Sorry to burst your bubble, but DIY is on its way OUT! Pinterest is an amazing site to gather ideas and color schemes, however many of today’s brides simply do not have the time to duplicate those “quick and easy” projects. Many of the posts on Pinterest for such projects are posted by professionals. Ladies, keep gathering all the wonderful information found on Pinterest, but when push comes to shove, hire someone to duplicate those ideas. You will be so happy with the end result!


5. Color
Out with the blush, burlap, and mint green color schemes! Instead, choose bright and vibrant colors to express who you are as a couple. This is, after all, a cheerful celebration. Show some pizazz and wow your guests by mixing it up with bold choices. Check out 50 Shades of Color which is featured monthly on my blog!

Photo Credits:

Harrison Hurwitz (1 + 3) | Rachel Solomon Photography (2) | Cyndi Hardy Photography (4)


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Vendor Highlight: Abby Artistry

  • August 28, 2015

“My job can tend to be shallow because it deals with the outward appearance. But when I have a bride that truly enjoys her wedding day, chats and laughs with her girls, and doesn’t worry about all of the tiny details going on around her – those are the brides that truly glow!” As a hair and makeup artist, Abby of Abby Artistry obviously values beauty. However, it’s the inner beauty that she really cherishes – and that is why we love her. Abby does such a wonderful job making brides look and feel their best on their big day, and we absolutely loved getting the chance to see this in action at The Big Fake Wedding Nashville. Learn more about Abby below!

“Abby is the sweetest! She works hard and is as kind as they come. Her work is just lovely and we were thrilled to have her style our ladies for The Big Fake Wedding Nashville.”
The Big Fake Wedding Nashville Team


Tell us a little bit about Abby Artistry.
My name is Abby Norvell and I started “Abby Artistry” in January of 2015. I went to cosmetology school in 2005 and began my career working in a full service salon. I worked in an Aveda salon for seven years and I absolutely loved my coworkers and guests but I couldn’t wait for Saturdays because that meant I was going to be booked with wedding hair and makeup. My husband and I relocated to the Nashville area two years ago and it was here in Nashville that I decided to pursue my true passion of making women look and feel gorgeous on their wedding day!


Who’s your biggest fan and why?
My biggest fan is absolutely my husband. He has been such an incredible support and cheerleader! Starting my own business was a bit scary and there were so many “what ifs” but he has always encouraged me to make my dreams a reality!


Describe the ultimate bride to work with.
The ultimate bride to work with is a woman who esteems inner beauty higher than outward beauty. My job can tend to be shallow because it deals with the outward appearance. But when I have a bride that truly enjoys her wedding day, chats and laughs with her girls, and doesn’t worry about all of the tiny details going on around her – those are the brides that truly glow! Every single bride looks stunning on their special day, but the bride that is humble, kind, grateful and is wearing a smile, she’s the ultimate bride!


What is the best part of your job?
I truly love so many things about my job! I love that I get to work with so many different people, I love getting to see the different venues, decorations, dresses, hair accessories/veils! It’s all so exciting and such an incredible day to be apart of! I am truly so blessed that women let me make them look and feel beautiful on one of the biggest days of their life, it is such an honor!


What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
I thoroughly enjoyed The Big Fake Wedding. I absolutely loved getting to know so many wonderful vendors and meeting so many guests/potential brides & grooms! It was such a fun and different approach to networking! I’m so grateful I was able to be a part of it!

Photo Credits:
Laura Kay Photography (1, 3 + 4) | Casto Photography & Cinema


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Event Highlight: The Big Fake Wedding Denver

  • August 27, 2015

Oh, Denver. You always manage to take our breath away… and we don’t think it’s the altitude change. We immediately fell in love with our vendors, venue and guests, and the only thing sweeter than the delicious cotton candy was our sweet couple, Caroline and Justin. Enjoy some highlights from The Big Fake Wedding Denver below – we hope you enjoy!


Preview | Sappy Love Story | As Seen in Ruffled



Simultaneously marvelous and simple, The Big Fake Wedding Denver took cues from the Italians with our “Roma Red” inspiration board. Things made to last were given intricate attention to details (paper, jewelry, clothes) while the perishable were kept fresh and unfussy (food, flowers). That’s amore!


Bartending: With a Twist Bartending | Cake Stands: Postscripts | Catering + S’mores Bar: Serendipity Catering | Cotton Candy: Colorado Cotton Candy Co. | Custom Koozies + Menu: Rook Design Co. | Day-Of Coordination: Blue Lace Events Colorado | DJ + Emcee: DJ Maestro | Event Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals | Floral + Event Design (Bouquets, Boutonnieres + Tables 2, 7): MJM Designs, LLC | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 1, 6, 11): ENLY Event Design | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 3, 9): The Olive & Poppy | Floral + Event Design (Registration Table + Tables 4, 10): MOD Events by Jessie Lynn | Floral + Event Design (Tables 5, 8): We Tie The Knots | Hair + Makeup: Hair & Makeup in Motion LLC | Hair Accessories: Nerida Mason Australia | Invitations (Illustrated, Hand-Lettered Suite): Sugar Ink Design | Jewelry: Chloe + Isabel | Paper Accents + Signage (Hand-Lettered Bunting, Chalkboard Signs, Watercolor Art + More): DWC Creative | Peanut Butter Cup Favors: Justin’s | Photo Booth: Center Stage Photo Booth | Photography: Green Blossom Photography | Photography: Meigan Canfield Photography | Photography: Rachel Gomez Photography | Slow Motion Video: The Slow Motion Booth | Venue: NOAH’s Event Venue | Videography: Infinity Productions | Wedding Cake: Handcraft Bakery | Wedding Dress: Brilliant Bridal | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari Sparkling Wine | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge | Media Partners: MyWeddingRocky Mountain BrideDenver Life WeddingsCOUTUREcoloradoPerfect Wedding GuideWedding Sites and ServicesBlack Sheep BrideHandmade Loves


















































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.

Tuesday’s 10: Bands

  • August 25, 2015

When we describe The Big Fake Wedding, we tell folks that each event is “complete with light bites and drinks, an emotional vow-renewal ceremony, and a dance-party reception.” Well, that dance-party reception would be nothing without our fabulous bands. Take a look at a few of our entertainment vendors below that really got our guests movin’ and groovin’ – enjoy!



Southern Lovin’ Band | The 2nd Athens NotWedding


Kari & Billy LLC | The 3rd Nashville NotWedding


EastCoast Entertainment | The Big Fake Wedding Philadelphia


ReFried ConFuzion and The Frenchmen Street Horns | The Big Fake Wedding New Orleans


The New Royals | The 3rd Athens NotWedding


Superlative Staff Events – M Entertainment | The 3rd NYC NotWedding


OtherBrother Entertainment – Charleston Groove Factory | The Big Fake Wedding Charlotte


Rachel Rogers & The Real Good Feel Goods | The Big Fake Wedding Nashville


Sam Hill Entertainment – Mo Sol | The 6th Atlanta NotWedding


OtherBrother Entertainment | The 3rd Charleston NotWedding


The FreeThe 9th Atlanta NotWedding

Photo Credits:
Signs and Wonders Photography | Photography Anthology | Sharyn Frenkel Photography | Tasha Rae Photography | Kaitie Bryant | Modern Wedding Photography | Bronwyn Duffield Photography | Casto Photography & Cinema | O’Studios Photography |Becky Williamson Photography | Jason Hales Photography


 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!