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The Big Fake Wedding | DC

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

$25

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding

“Wedding guests” are brides- + grooms-to-be who enjoy an emotional vow renewal ceremony, a tasty cocktail-style dinner, and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action

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THE EVENT

Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow-renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding (formerly known as The NotWedding) has become a killer alternative to a bridal show.

The Big Fake Wedding was the first event of its kind when it was founded in 2008, creating an experiential opportunity for wedding vendors to showcase their products and services to shopping brides and grooms just as they would at a real wedding. Ten years later in 2018, 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 Expo, Zhou B Arts Center, August 2018, Elizabeth Greve Photography

The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” get to hear the music, taste the cakes, and smell the flowers… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises, leaving brides-and-grooms-to-be saying “I want my wedding to be just like that!”

For brides and grooms, the event serves as a source of inspiration, a resource in finding trusted wedding vendors and an emotional reminder to plan for what comes after the wedding: a marriage! For participating wedding vendors, the event exposes their business to new referral sources, while also exposing each vendor to a wealth of inspiration, resources and confidence to take their business to the next level.

Tickets include light bites, a signature drink, and a swag bag

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THE HISTORY

In 2008, aspiring wedding photographer Callie Murray was looking for a way to effectively build her new business. With the goals of promoting small businesses, inspiring brides and grooms, and encouraging solid marriages, she rallied her wedding industry friends together to create the ultimate wedding experience: a perfectly planned “wedding” where brides- and grooms-to-be could actually see vendors in action.The inaugural event was a hit, and it became an annual event in Atlanta. Callie has since been joined by an amazing team of people who have helped bring The Big Fake Wedding to cities across the country.



FAQ

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 applicationswe 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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Venue

Stone Tower Winery
19925 Hogback Mountain Road
Leesburg, VA 20175 United States
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Phone:
(703) 777-2797
Website:
https://www.stonetowerwinery.com
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