The Big Fake Wedding NYC


Twice a year, I look forward to The Big Fake Wedding in New York City. Not only does it provide an evening full of eye candy, but it allows me to meet the latest in New York wedding vendor talent (and keep you guys updated on the Who’s Who in the wedding scene!) and this year did not disappoint.

A little background info: The Big Fake Wedding is precisely what it sounds like — a wedding show in the form of a fake wedding. Ceremony, reception, even wedding cake! Couples are able to witness a team of hand-selected vendors in day-of action while also meeting them in-person at traditional booths in the “Tunnel of Love.”

smokeandmirrorsVendors are given an inspiration board (seen above) and from there, each one designs a table or area of the event. We spotted oodles of inspo in this year’s “Smoke and Mirrors” theme, held at 26 Bridge Event Space. Here are some of our favorites:

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Cache Stores Closing–Swoop in for Major Discounts!

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The women’s retail chain Cache is going out of business and while it’s always a little sad to see a longstanding brand shut its doors, it’s incredibly good news for those who want to score a sweet deal.

Their 150 stores nationwide currently have 30-60 percent discounts and the prices will only drop as their doomsday nears (which is March 30 for the majority of locations). Their Facebook page is doing a pretty swell job at keeping shoppers updated with the latest savings.

And before you dismiss the deals based on your childhood memories of the store (trust me, I almost did — 80s fashion was bad for everyone), you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that their racks are stocked with some really cute dresses that are perfect for wedding guests and pre-wedding events. You might even be able to spot some bridesmaid-worthy or bridal options!

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This watercolor print chiffon gown is the spitting image of a certain designer option but at a fraction of the cost.  (more…)

Sean and Bernhard’s Multicultural Barn Wedding

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On Sean and Bernhard’s special day, the pouring rain did not wash out the festivities — it actually made their wedding the incredible event that it was! At the private residence of their close friends in Litchfield County, Conn., the glow of the candlelit barn paled in comparison to the glow surrounding this couple, beautifully caught on film by Lovebird Studios. Incorporating the culturally diverse wedding traditions of their guests, Sean and Bernhard performed a slew of wedding customs from breaking glass to sawing logs to doing money dances with foreign currency. Sean and Bernhard’s wedding day reinforces a valuable lesson: regardless of how you celebrate it, love is love.

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Nab Inspiration and Ideas from My Bridesmaid Brunch!


bridesmaid-brunchI don’t know about you, but my side of the wedding party comes from multiple areas of my life: high school, college, New York, work …

In an effort for several members of the party to meet each other and hopefully bond, I hosted a brunch in my apartment (and since my Chicago-based bridesman wasn’t able to attend, I can technically call it a bridesmaid brunch). I also wanted to take the opportunity to showcase some decor ideas for pre-wedding events — or even the wedding itself! — that are budget-friendly.

And I’m so grateful that the talented photographer Amber Gress was there to capture it, not just for all of the fun bridesmaid brunch details but so I can always look back on these special moments, long after my wedding festivities have come to a close. It was such a fun day and I hope you can draw inspiration or ideas for your own brunches, showers and more, such as my DIY flower wallfruit-filled tablescape or floral ice bucket. See the full feature after the jump.

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Erin and Virgil’s Intimate Restaurant Wedding at Locanda Verde

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Erin and Virgil just seem like the kind of couple we’d want to be friends with. Their vision for their intimate restaurant wedding seems to scream “good food, good company and good times” which, in our eyes, doesn’t get any better than that. Elvira Kalviste Photography snapped the New York City couple’s ceremony and reception, both held at the Tribeca hotspot Locanda Verde, where wine and good conversation flowed in celebration.

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