With her eyes fixated on his, the bride met her lover at the alter to solidify eternity. Onlookers gazed intently while the couple proclaimed emotional vows. The romantic moment played like a scene of a movie, which made sense… considering it wasn’t real. On March 19th various couples, bridesmaids and event planners gathered together for the “The Big Fake Wedding ” event, which took place at the 440 Seaton venue in Los Angeles.
Created in 2008 by Callie Murray “The Big Fake Wedding ” creatively presented a bridal show in the form of a fake wedding. People are able to walk seamlessly around to different vendors ranging from personalized songs to wedding sweets without searching hours and hours on the Internet. During the three-hour event starting at 7 PM, the guests got to enjoy a vow-renewal ceremony, gain information from local wedding vendors, enjoy delicious foods and beverages, and dance to live music!
Selecting a vendor for your wedding can be a pretty big decision. It’s like buying your wedding dress…you’ll just know it when you see it! The vendors attending The Big Fake Wedding ranged from special caterings to wedding ceremony decorations. There were several different kind of food vendors with lots of sweet tooth options such as Cup My Cakez”, a gluten free and vegan dessert bar serving cakes, cupcakes, and cookies (we were obsessed with them) and Popsicle Culture, a gourmet popsicle company taking it to the next level by incorporating ingredients from kitchens all around the globe! There special flavors they included strawberry mint, Vietnamese coffee, coconut, and LA style spicy pineapple (Are you salivating yet?). Another amazing vendor providing sweets was the Dripp, a coffee bar serving several kinds of lattes and teas plus personalized ice cream sandwiches. The standout star of the evening was Pappas Artisanal, serving sustainably raised, hormone and antibiotic free meats and small treats with several options such as chicken, garlic roasted cauliflower, pork, and octopus.
What’s a wedding reception without the bubbly? Two of our favorite vendors were Honeybook that sponsored a delicious cocktail hour and Night and Day productions, which served a glass of champagne at the entrance. The entertainment for the evening was provided by West Coast Flawless DJs, playing jazzy electronic music, classics, hip-hop, and top 40 music during the celebratory part of the evening.
Outside of the essential reception items, there were vendors that specialized in every bride’s secret obsession…décor! The venue displayed four tables all decorated in different themes, which was a perfect way for goers to expand their idea on the simple wedding table. The decorations were impressively chosen down to the last napkin. Each table had a unique theme and a good balance of floral.
CMC party rentals created beautiful customized table settings with a variety of china, flatware, glassware, and chairs providing settings for any kind of vision. What else keeps brides up at night? Flowers! Laceroots Floral and Flowers by Lady Buggs created beautiful floral designs with a whimsical touch and extreme attention to detail. The event lighting was romantic and set the perfect atmosphere for the excited lovers, which was done by Pacific Event Lighting & Av.
Trend alert! Photo booths are no longer reserved for carnivals and malls, photo booths are popping up at weddings all across the country, which allow guest to capture their timeless moments in various styles of photos (Photo booth provided by Petite Pix). We totally fell in love with some of the small vendors providing DIY projects, paper goods for wedding invitations, and other original wedding ideas that will make weddings more unique and fun! A few that stood out were Typecast Lettering, providing address stamps and invitations with beautiful signage and Something Turquoise, DIY decorations and objects for weddings such as centerpieces, mason jars cocktail gifts, pain ted guest books, and glitter glassware all made by hand. Custom designed mahogany wood, 3 piece laser cut Astrolabe inspired invitation by Jasmin Michelle Designs http://www.jasminmichelledesigns.com.
Guest were also introduced to unique bridal fashion with Friar Tux Shop a vendor that provides suits and tuxedos for weddings, and Bride, a boutique that features vintage and eco-conscious bridal wear. The dresses they showcased included vintage gowns spanning through the twentieth century! There were also eco-friendly dresses made from recycled fabrics and organic cottons, and dresses made by independent designers who only handcraft custom dresses.
Getting to meet wedding vendors is a great way to get a glimpse of what to expect for your own wedding. With local vendors providing organic foods, recycled wedding dresses, recycled paper for wedding invitations, and local florists arranging centerpieces with organic flowers, the eco-friendly and green movement is still a trend for weddings in 2015.
For brides and grooms to be it is a great experience to get unique ideas for their future weddings from all these vendors incorporated into one event. Instead of eyeing those Pinterest boards, experience it! This event allows you to feel, smell, touch and enjoy the wedding atmosphere without an ounce of stress.
Written by: The Dia Diaries Staff
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