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Entrepreneur, Design, Watercolor, WeddingJennifer WhisenhuntComment
Paper by JLee: Big Fake Wedding NYC

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative where a group of hand-selected vendors get together and throw a big fake wedding. Brides attend as wedding guests so that they can experience firsthand what the vendors can do – taste the cake, hear the band, smell the flowers. The event is complete with a vow renewal ceremony (a real couple renews their vows), light bites and a dance-party reception.

I was contacted via Etsy in January 2015 and invited to participate as a vendor in the 2015 NYC Big Fake Wedding and provide the thank you cards for the event. I jumped at the opportunity to get involved and had a great time. One of the best reasons to participate in the Big Fake Wedding is to meet other small business owners in your area. I learned so much from other, more experienced vendors and will be forever grateful for the experience. I was also able meet NYC brides while showcasing my products. See a list of all the vendors for the wedding here.

Each wedding event has an inspiration board that provides the theme, color palate and overall mood for that specific wedding. The theme for this wedding was "Smoke and Mirrors," which you can see below. I had a little over one month to design and print my stationery as well as create material for the vendor table I would use to display my products to the brides. 

Soon, it was showtime! The wedding day started with a cab ride to the venue at 26 Bridge in Brooklyn, packed full with my stationery and materials. The building is an old metal factory and has been converted into an event space. The industrial space provided the perfect background for the wedding. I set up my vendor table, met the other vendors and artists before grabbing lunch and waited for the fun to begin.   

Fun side note: Each wedding features a real, married couple who renews their vows during the ceremony. The couple for this event were actually from Texas and the groom and I even went to architecture school together at Texas A&M University (whoop!). Small world! 

Take a look at the inspiration board for the event and my stationery below! 

Once I saw the inspiration board above I started designing a thank you card that would showcase my floral watercolors and fit into the theme of the wedding. Take a look at the final design below and purchase a set for yourself here!

Three fabulous photographers documented the event and graciously shared their images with all the vendors. Elvira Kalviste, Ann Blake, and Karen Kristian all took wonderful photos that I am happy to share with you today. More photos of my stationery and vendor table are below. 

The cake, dresses, flowers and EVERYTHING was gorgeous. A big thanks to The Big Fake Wedding for inviting me to be part of it! See more photos from the event below. The wedding was also featured on the Today Show and the Ruffled Blog

Need stationery for your own upcoming wedding? Email me at to get a custom order started!

Read more about the wedding on the Ruffled Blog
Watch a video of the event on the Today Show.
Learn more about all the vendors here
See more Big Fake Wedding NYC event highlights here

Purchase a set of the Big Fake Wedding thank you cards here

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