The Big Fake Wedding New England 2017

Happy Friday everyone! I am delighted to share my recent experience participating in this super fun and innovative bridal show.

Unfamiliar with the Big Fake Wedding? Though it's technically considered a bridal show, it's much better described as an experience. "Wedding guests" (aka bridal show attendees) are actually attending a real couple's vow renewal ceremony and reception. In between all of the action, attendees have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the lo cal wedding vendors who helped put everything together. So unlike other bridal shows where you see samples and photos, you get to experience vendor's work in action! 

I had heard about the BFW through some of my girlfriends and friendors and always thought it was such a fun and cool concept. I was beyond excited when I was asked to join the New England event! Once I was signed on, I received all of the necessary information to start prepping. The New England Event took place at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas in Salem, MA and would celebrate the sweetest (and cutest) couple - Maureen + Heavenstone.


The moodboard called for romantic, richly-hued tones. For the invitation suite, I created played up the romance factor with soft calligraphy and deckled edges. The couple's names were emphasized with watercolor in a deep magenta shade. I completed the suite with sapphire envelopes and a subtle, smokey gray envelope liner. 

 Above images by  B  lueFlash Photography

Above images by BlueFlash Photography

My fellow vendors ROCKED this event. Everything looked amazing - the decor, the food, the flowers, the attire, the makeup...oh my goodness. So many talented people under one roof! The attention to detail and elegance was just breathtaking. The day flew by and before I knew it - it was showtime!

 Above imageby  B  lueFlash Photography

Above imageby BlueFlash Photography

 Above imageby  B  lueFlash Photography

Above imageby BlueFlash Photography

   After a heartfelt ceremony, guests had some time to chat with the vendors at their tables in the "Tunnel of Love". I chose to display some of my favorite invitations, programs, and menus via a vintage frame and held a contest for a discounted wedding invitation suite. Meeting so many brides and grooms-to-be was just wonderful! I really enjoyed hearing about their wedding plans, venues and ideas.

It was also so nice to be present for the setup and the actual ceremony. Since I design paper goods, my work is done long before the event takes place. Being there to see everything come together and how different vendors prepare for an event was such a neat experience. 

  Once the band started playing, guests and vendors boogied down on the dance floor to close out the night right! I had so much fun meeting new people and seeing everyone work together to create such an incredible evening. I will be forever thankful that I was able to be part of this fun and unique event!




Stacie Restaino