The Big Fake Wedding is a traveling alternative bridal show that operates differently than the typical show. Instead of having multiple vendors from each service category lining a room, BFW simplifies the process by hand-selecting one vendor from each category to perform their services as they would if they were running an actual wedding. Special shoutout to my lovely assistant, Marie, who was a huge help in coordinating!
This way brides and other invitees can see the vendors in action and get a feel for what their wedding day would look like with them on the vendor team.
This year's BFW Charlotte was held at Aria at Founders Hall in Uptown.
The couple chosen to be "married" is actually already married and are renewing their vows.
The wedding also serves as inspiration for brides and grooms when it comes to decor, food, cake, music and florals- among other aspects of the wedding.
The company was originally founded in 2008. Eight years later in 2016, 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. (Big Fake Wedding, About)
The Big Fake Wedding team is based out of Atlanta and travels to cities all over the country each year to run the weddings.
The BFW team was an absolute breeze to work with. They give every detail vendors need to know months in advance, are quick to communicate, thorough in their explanations and extremely professional.
Be sure to check out the full video of the day by Bugg Photographers!
PHOTOGRAPHY + VIDEOGRAPHY: BUGG PHOTOGRAPHER
FLORAL + EVENT DESIGN, CEREMONY BACKDROP + TABLES 2, 5, 8: LOVE + HONEY
FLORAL + EVENT DESIGN, BOUQUETS, BOUTONNIERES, + TABLES 3, 6, 9: SPRINGVINE DESIGN
FLORAL + EVENT DESIGN, HEAD TABLE, + TABLES 1, 4, 7: STUNNING + BRILLIANT EVENTS
CATERING + VENUE: ARIA AT FOUNDERS HALL
WEDDING DRESS: J. MAJOR'S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE
JEWELRY: FOX AND BEAUX
BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: RAGGA WEDDING
MAKEUP: LOVELY BY PATRICE
SPRAY TANNING: BRONZEDBERRY BY CHRISTINA
HOTEL: OMNI CHARLOTTE
WEDDING CAKE: SWEET IT IS!
CAKE PRESERVATION: TAKE THE CAKE
DESSERT BAR: AMÉLIE'S FRENCH BAKERY + CAFE
ALCOHOL: HOT BEER SUCKS, INC.
BAND: EMERALD EMPIRE BAND
CEREMONY MUSICIAN: JESSICA BORGNIS MUSIC
DJ + EMCEE: ATG ENTERTAINMENT
DAY-OF-COORDINATION: KELLY RENEE WEDDINGS
VINTAGE CHINA: THE WHIMSICAL ROSE
VINTAGE RENTALS: A BUSHEL AND A PECK VINTAGE RENTALS
LINENS: I DO LINENS
MARQUEE LIGHTS: MARQUEE MARKET
WEDDING VOW ART: THE STANDARD CANVAS
FAVORS: MOKO + COMPANY
INVITATIONS: ESTUDIO ROJO
TRAVEL: TRAVEL PLANNERS HONEYMOONS
PHOTO BOOTH: EPIC MOMENTS PHOTO BOOTH
NATIONAL SPARKLING WINE SPONSOR: FERRARI SPARKLING WINE