About
The Event
Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow-renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding (formerly known as The NotWedding) has become a killer alternative to a bridal show.
The Big Fake Wedding was the first event of its kind when it was founded in 2008, creating an experiential opportunity for wedding vendors to showcase their products and services to shopping brides and grooms just as they would at a real wedding. Ten years later in 2018, The Big Fake Wedding is still the most uniquely curated and most far-reaching bridal show alternative in the nation, attracting over 6,000 attendees and 1,000 vendors annually across 30+ events in 25 cities. 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 cakes, and smell the flowers… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises, leaving brides-and-grooms-to-be saying “I want my wedding to be just like that!” 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 History
In 2008, aspiring wedding photographer Callie Murray was looking for a way to effectively build her new business. With the goals of promoting small businesses, inspiring brides and grooms, and encouraging solid marriages, she rallied her wedding industry friends together to create the ultimate wedding experience: a perfectly planned “wedding” where brides- and grooms-to-be could actually see vendors in action. The inaugural event was a hit, and it became an annual event in Atlanta. Callie has since been joined by an amazing team of people who have helped bring The Big Fake Wedding to cities across the country.
The Team
Interested in joining our gang? Click here to see a list of our current job openings.
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Before Jennifer was our CEO, she was our first ever surprise real wedding! Since then, she and her husband have become the owners and stewards of The Big Fake Wedding. With their experience in growing and expanding business internationally, they make the perfect team to carry out our vision and mission. 

Jennifer Ammons

CEO

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Austin is in charge of bringing on stellar vendors in a number of our cities, as well as managing our incredible sales team. She is also overseeing our first ever baby show, Swaddle + Swoon. Austin and her husband live in Columbia, SC with their four little ones!

Austin Hubbard

VP of Sales

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Johna manages all things marketing + design here at The Big Fake Wedding. She’s basically a walking billboard for our company, since that is where she and her husband met! As a new mom herself, Johna has also recently started managing the brand of our sister event, Swaddle + Swoon!

Johna Castro

Marketing Director

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Landrum scores super-high as an extrovert and synergist on personality tests, so it’s no coincidence that she is energized by people and conversations. She acts as team captain of our Production Managers while also overseeing our National Vendor relationships. 

Landrum Sitten

Director of Production

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Say hello to Ashleymae – you can take the girl out of California but you can’t take the California out of the girl. If her love for escape rooms gives you any indication, she’s always up for an adventure. One of Ashley’s main strengths is woo (winning others over), so she makes the perfect Production Manager. 

Ashleymae Elmore

Production Manager

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Say hello to Kara! Prior to joining our family, she was a photographer and videographer in Atlanta. Kara loves hiking, watching documentaries, and traveling. She’s a natural born connector and fantastic at making people feel at ease.

Kara Finlayson

Production Manager

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Meet Katie, the girl bringing 90s fashion back! This girl is an activator. Be warned, if you’re sitting on the sidelines during a party she’ll have you leading a conga line and romping around on the dance floor in record time. Her confident and energetic spirit coupled with her love for people make her an easy addition to our family.

Katie Maxham

Account Executive

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Whitney lives in Greenville, SC and is a graduate of Clemson University. She loves to travel, as she has been to over 15 different countries! Being the natural leader and negotiator that she is, we think she was made for this role. If asked what she would be in the next life, she’d likely tell you broadway star! 

Whitney Moore

Account Executive

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Morgan is part of our growing South Carolina team! When she’s not planning fake weddings, she loves reading and hanging out with friends on the lake. Little known fact about Morgan: she was a professional cheerleader at Clemson!

Madison Morgan

Account Executive

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Jamie started on our team back in The NotWedding days and eventually worked to bring our event to the northeast, specifically Cape Cod. Jamie owns a wedding planning business, Cape Cod Celebrations, but loves being a part of The Big Fake Wedding team where she gets the chance to produce events all over the country.

Jamie Bohlin

Production Manager

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Say hi to Amanda! This girl started as our Home Office intern and after only a few weeks, we knew we had to have her on the team for good! Now the Operations Manager, she manages the day-to-day details that make The Big Fake Wedding go-round, anything from our travel to our website. If you reach out to us, chances are she will be the first person you speak to.

Amanda McDaniel

Operations Manager

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Callie started The Big Fake Wedding (then called The NotWedding) in 2008. After eight years of growing both the business and her family (they’ve welcomed three little girls in that time!), she has moved from her title as Owner to Founder. Callie is now the Director of Growth for Lasting : an app that makes marriage counseling accessible to all!

Callie Murray

Founder

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