Wedding inspiration you can taste and see
This is not your typical bridal show!
This is a bridal show alternative complete with a meaningful vow-renewal ceremony, light bites and a dance-party reception.
Yep, we host big, fake weddings to connect brides and grooms to the best local vendors.
At The Big Fake Wedding you will get wedding inspiration you can taste and see. Think of it as Pinterest in real life! Unlike your typical bridal show or wedding website, you will experience the vendor’s work in a wedding setting.
You will finally get answers to the questions floating around in the back of your mind, like:
- How does the food look and taste when served to a large crowd?
- Will the table decor turn out just like I envisioned?
- How does the photographer navigate all the moving parts of a live event?
- Will the cake look as good as the picture I was shown?
- Can this DJ get people on the dance floor?
- What will the photo booth look like in my reception space?
- What does a real wedding look like in this venue space?
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Experience local wedding vendors in action.
We hand select the very best vendors from your area and bring them together for a night of wedding planning bliss. The environment is fun, relaxed and gimmick-free. You will receive a vendor guide when you arrive so you can easily identify who did what at the event. Following the ceremony, you can make your way into the “Tunnel of Love” where you will meet the vendors who produced the event and get a feel for their personalities. You will also receive a swag bag so you can collect freebies and marketing info from our vendors.
Two ways to party in
Charleston, South Carolina on December 3, 2020
VIP In-person Experience: $32
Digital Access: Free!
Calm your wedding planning jitters with inspiration and reflection.
We remove the hustle and bustle of wedding planning by providing a space for you to be inspired for your big day and prepare for this beautiful thing called marriage! You will witness a vow renewal ceremony between a real, married couple. Every detail following is curated with you in mind. Whether you’re getting started in your planning process or just need to finalize some last minute touches, we ensure you will have an unforgettable night.
We turn wedding planning into a night of fun!
Take some time to tear up the dance floor after you enter the Tunnel of Love. We provide a cocktail-style dinner, a complimentary drink and a few surprises so you can sample several options for your big day. Come expecting a party, not a performance.
YOU'RE VIP BABY
Included with a VIP Ticket:
- Cocktail-style Dinner
- Complimentary Signature Drink
- The Big Fake Wedding Inspiration Board
- A VIP Swag Bag with over $500 in discounts and freebies!
- The opportunity to connect with over 20 of the most talented wedding vendors in your area.
- The chance to win one of our Bridal Bundles at the end of the night. These are baskets filled with goodies and gift cards from our vendors!
- Did someone say free honeymoon? You are automatically entered into our largest giveaway yet with the purchase of a ticket!
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What to Expect:
7:00 p.m: Doors Open to VIP Guests (Bar opens!)
7:20 p.m: Welcoming Remarks from Staff + Vow Renewal Ceremony (Streamed live!)
8:00 p.m: Tunnel of Love Opens to VIP Guests
8:45 p.m: Bridal Bundle Giveaway Winners are Announced
9:00 p.m: Staged Exit
The Big Fake Wedding is an amazing opportunity to see potential vendors in their element! I really enjoyed seeing the vendors display their talents as it made it way easier to know what you might actually get on your big day. Not to mention, it just felt like we were at a friend’s party! So you could speak to vendors if you wanted to, but it didn’t feel forced or salesy. Lastly, I love, love, love that the event supports local businesses and really catered to a more unique, but trendy aesthetic. I’d highly recommend The Big Fake Wedding to any bride! By far, the best bridal experience out there! | Samantha, San Diego bride
This was one of my favorite events of wedding planning so far! It was really cool to sample local vendors and talk to everyone without pressure. I’m amazed at the amount of awesome options I have as a bride and I have The Big Fake Wedding to thank for showing me that! | Caitlin, Atlanta bride
“…it gave me a chance to get new ideas for my big day.”
The Big Fake Wedding was a wonderful event and it was a great idea to have it in the Burgh! As an upcoming bride, it gave me a chance to get new ideas for my big day. The vendors were all very kind and had a wealth of information to share. I would definitely recommend this event to friends and family and I hope it returns in the future to the area. Thank you for a fun night! | Ashley, Pittsburgh bride
The Big Fake Wedding was so inspirational! I got so many ideas from the decor – the bridesmaid florals were amazing, the signage, the table settings and even the ribbon send off inspired me to incorporate things into my wedding that I hadn’t thought about before. It was awesome to see a real couple renew their vows for each other and made the experience so authentic. Loved the Big Fake Wedding! | Kelci, San Antonio bride
I loved The Big Fake Wedding. I was just beginning the planning process and I had no idea where to start. Brought my MOH with me and we had so much fun drinking champagne, eating yummy food and cake. The vendors were so sweet and gave me advice. I’ve already booked a bunch of them and it took such a load off. | Erin, Greenville bride
This was honestly the best wedding show I have ever been to (and I have been to many!). The main things we loved? For one, the vendors were so relatable. It didn’t feel like I was being sold to. It honestly felt like it was a big room of folks who were just regular people. Which we actually loved! We feel so comfortable knowing that our hard earned money is going directly to someone’s self-owned business. Not a big “name brand” business. Everyone was incredibly kind, as well. They were all just so excited to share what they could do to make our day perfect and special. This was SUCH a great experience and we’re so thankful! | Stacey, Atlanta bride
My fiancé and I loved The Big Fake Wedding! We’ve gone to 3 wedding shows/events and this blew the other two out of the water! It was much more intimate, and we didn’t feel attacked by vendors like other shows. It was nice to hear the story of the bride and groom who had their vow renewal, and the ambiance was great. Best of all… We met an amazing photographer at The Big Fake Wedding and ended up booking her for our wedding! We are SO happy we went and would recommend this event to any engaged couple! | Danielle, Baltimore bride
I had the privilege of being a part of the BFW Charlotte as one of the bridesmaids! Recently married, I wish I had known about the BFW prior to getting married only a few short months ago. It would have helped make my planning and decision making process 100x easier! Th BFW staff to vendors were all so helpful and amazing and you can’t help but gain something out of attending or being a part of one of these events. | Jennifer, Charlotte bridesmaid
I really enjoyed the experience of The Big Fake Wedding, it gave my fiancé and I a real and concrete idea of what the wedding day will look like for us. I think it is something that all brides and grooms should try at least once for the sake of seeing an example of the wedding day and to see some really nice vendors as well! | Ryan, Lexington bride
We really enjoyed attending the big fake wedding! It was awesome to see all the vendors in action and to be able to see what they’re capable of putting together. We definitely preferred this instead of an expo with booths. From food to drinks to desserts they had it all! Good thing we didn’t eat before we went! | Joseph, Boulder groom
IS THERE ASSIGNED SEATING?
There is not assigned seating and most events will consist of a mixture of limited ceremony seating, reception tables, cocktail tables, lounge furniture and standing room. If you want to be guaranteed a seat and/or seats together at the ceremony, be sure to arrive right when doors open thirty minutes prior to the ceremony.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
It’s a wedding for the hippest people you (don’t actually) know, so take this opportunity to dress up a little! If you need more specifics, shoot for cocktail attire.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
Bring your ticket (printed or on your phone) to the event and we’ll hand you your real ticket – a wedding invitation! You may also wish to bring a little cash to cover parking or drinks, but that depends on the city, as drinks and/or parking are sometimes included.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
You can expect a ceremony (that’s actually a vow renewal for an already-married couple!), food and a dance-party reception, along with a chance to meet the participating vendors. Watch the “Top Ten” video above to learn how to get the most out of your experience!
HOW CAN I BE THE ONE RENEWING MY VOWS?
We accept nominations from local friends, vendors and media partners to find couples that are fun, relatable, photogenic and willing to participate for the good of the others involved. The couple serves as walking billboards for the vendors and reminders of the joys of marriage to our guests.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHICH VENDOR DID WHAT?
We share our vendors’ names and contact info with you on the website under each city’s event page, and then at the event you’ll receive a detailed vendor guide outlining each vendor and their work. You will also have a chance to hunt down your favorites in our Tunnel of Love, which is a meet-and-greet area during the reception where vendors hand out business cards and freebies to our guests.
I’M A WEDDING PLANNER. CAN I ATTEND THE BIG FAKE WEDDING AS A GUEST?
We encourage wedding planners interested in attending as a guest to bring one of their brides or grooms with them as a guest! We also ask that any wedding vendors who attend as guests refrain from handing out marketing collateral of any kind out of respect for our participating vendors.
CAN THE BIG FAKE WEDDING COME TO MY CITY?
Before we choose to head to a new city, we need a great venue, media partner (magazine, blog, etc) and a few solid vendor leads. It also helps to have some great Brand Ambassadors in place. If you think we should come to your city, please encourage your vendor friends to apply here!
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE VENDORS?
We choose the vendors through word-of-mouth referrals and through the vendor applications we receive from interested wedding professionals. We like to offer our brides a wide range of styles and price points, and we try to find vendors with character and quality that we can believe in.
CAN MY FIANCÉ COME?
Bring someone (or a posse of someones) who will let you have fun and will allow you the time and freedom to take it all in, and if that’s your fiancé, then yes, bring him! If this doesn’t sound like your fiancé’s cup of tea, then bring a bridesmaid or your momma.
I WON’T BE ABLE TO ATTEND ANYMORE. DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS?
We don’t offer refunds for the tickets, but you are welcome to give away your ticket so that someone else may go in your place.
CAN I BRING MY CAMERA?
We do ask that you leave your cameras at home since we will have some incredible photographers on hand to capture every detail for you. Taking photos with your phone is totally fine, but we’d prefer you leave the heavy duty photography to our professionals! You can see the photographers’ work after the event on our blog!
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