Earlier this month Shaun and I attended a unique twist on a bridal show- The Big Fake Wedding. The concept behind this event is instead of walking around talking to vendors at their booths to experience wedding vendors at a fake wedding. This was a fun bridal event and offered the best swag; I mean that’s not why I attend these things but check out the loot I left with:
The Memphis event was held at a Thursday night at The Prop Cellar. We actually considered this location so were a little worried attending a “wedding” there was going to give us major venue regret but luckily we still love our venue. Don’t get me wrong, it was a really cool space to attend someone else’s wedding at but a little too quirky for us. We’re just traditional people.
Upon entered I was given a canvas bag to hold swag in and a program for the event. There were a few rows of seats up front like would traditionally be set out for a ceremony but most seating was at tables set-up around the space. Each table was decorated by a different florist or event planner, which was pretty cool. My one gripe on this set-up would be that each table was very overdone, it would be too much at a real wedding – for example, our florist had three centerpieces grouped together on one table; at our wedding there will be one centerpiece per table (I mean come on, they’re already expensive enough)
The table we sat at:
Once all the “guests” were seated the processional began – yep there was a complete bridal party. The bride and groom were the already married event organizers who renewed their vows. The minister was even real – I forgot his name but he’s the single’s minister at High Point Church, which is where we just completed our marriage class.
After the ceremony the DJ played some music and guests were invited to mingle and grab some bites. Food was offered in three stations – a general appetizer area with southern style food, a biscuit bar complete with everything you could possibly want to put on a biscuit, which I thought was a really fun idea and an ice cream station – this was really cool, they had too cold blocks they were making mini ice cream sandwiches and ice cream “lollypops” on – yum! The food was delicious and provided by Sweet Potato Baby - whose chef was on The Food Network, and the ice cream station was provided by Simply Delicious. After entertaining our taste buds we walked around to check out all the tables. They were all so pretty but all I saw was $$$$$.
In the entrance area vendors had small “booths” so brides could stop by and chat with them. Because this was an evening event and had more of a party feel I expected a lot more guys in attendance, but even at this event Shaun was a rare groom participant. This event had a smaller amount of vendors than prior bridal shows but a nice variety of rentals, Florists, photographers, planners, stationary, attire , lighting and fun stuff. Here’s some of the favorite vendors we saw:
Flowers from one of the tables designed by Kacie Cooper:
Amy Hartelust, she does bouquet paintings. I LOVE her work and am seriously considering this; I initially wanted to have my bouquet preserved, until I found out it would be over $500 – getting a painting done is seeming like a real beautiful alternative.
Poplar Prints, very beautiful invitations and stationary
Xedo, Tux rentals for the guys
The Green Bridal Boutique, awesome decorated sunglasses for the bridal party. I’m very seriously considering these
St Jude – what a great idea to make your wedding favors support a charity!
Also, here’s some info that was in the tote bag I’m passing along:
Overall, it was a fun event and gave us some ideas for our own upcoming REAL wedding. I’d absolutely recommend this event to other brides.