The Big Fake Wedding NYC

Brittny Drye Founder + Editor-in-Chief of Love Inc. Magazine | On-Air Wedding Expert | LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in the Wedding Industry

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.”


Vendors 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:

We love the geode-driven design Juli Vaughn Designs created for this table complete with a gorgeous watercolor centerpiece. Photos 1, 2: Elvira Kalviste Photography; Photo 3: Karen Kristian Photography

One ongoing trend we spotted? Creative chair decor! In lieu of the traditional Mr. and Mrs., Mr. and Mr. or Mrs. and Mrs. chair signage, this pretty floral ring, whimsical ribbon and mirrored garland make a creative statement for the head chairs. Photo 1: Design by All Who Wander Event Design, photography by Ann Blake Photography; Photo 2: Design by Sparkle Motion Decor, photography by Ann Blake Photography; Photo 3: Design by All Who Wander Event Design, photography by Karen Kristian Photography

Sparkle Motion Decor proved that you can add the Midas touch to pretty much anything — flatware, plates, even wine glasses! Photos by Ann Blake Photography

Our Instagram followers went absolutely crazy over this marble table runner (not that we can blame them!). Design by Juli Vaughn Designs, photography by Elvira Kalviste Photography

For the full list of participating vendors click here. What's your favorite inspiration from this event?


Brittny Drye is the founder and editor-in-chief of Love Inc. magazine. A fierce cheerleader for marriage equality, she launched in 2013 as a way to to celebrate both straight and same-sex love, equally. She lives in New York City with her fiancĆ© and their cat, Scout.

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