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If you haven’t heard about , you need to prepare yourself for the coolest bridal show event that will not only inspire you for your wedding, but also helps support local small businesses. Their nationwide events let you experience a creative wedding to spark ideas for your own. You get to meet and see local vendors in action as they bring their A game, and it’s one of the funnest wedding planning experiences that you absolutely cannot miss.

IMG_8018Photo by Love Ya Jess from The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta 2015

SBishop_BFW_Unwatermarked-68Photo by Shannon Bishop Photography from The Big Fake Wedding Baltimore 2015

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. “Wedding guests” are brides- and grooms-to-be who enjoy an emotional vow renewal ceremony made by a real couple, light bites, sips, and a dance-party reception all while getting to see participant wedding vendors in action You will get to eat, dance and truly get a sense of what it would be like to have these vendors help put on your wedding.

Photo by Sharyn Frenkel Photography from The Big Fake Wedding Philadelphia 2015

Photo by Photos By Heart from The Big Fake Wedding Chattanooga 2014

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. Seven years later in 2015, 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 31 events in 25 cities. They aim to inspire brides and grooms, to support small businesses, and to encourage solid and committed marriage.

Photo by Vanessa Velez Photography from The Big Fake Wedding Savannah 2015

For vendors, we are excited to say that that The Big Fake Wedding is now accepting for all 2016 events! Engaged? are on sale now! Interested in wedding inspiration, giveaways and more? We invite you to keep up with The Big Fake Wedding by following us on Instagram @thebigfakewedding and you can learn more by visiting today!

Below is a list of event locations for 2016, mark your calendars for the closest Big Fake Wedding in your area:

Los Angeles, CA: January 14
Atlanta, GA: January 24
Portland, OR: February TBD
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN: February TBD
Fort Lauderdale, FL: February TBD
Memphis, TN: March 3
Virginia Beach, VA: March 10
Dallas, TX: March 17
NYC, NY: April TBD
Charlotte, NC: April 14
Chicago, IL: May 4
Boulder, CO: May 12
Long Island, NY: June TBD
Knoxville, TN: June 9
Austin, TX: June 16
Lexington, KY: July 14
Baltimore, MD/DC Metro: July TBD
San Francisco, CA: July 28
St. Louis, MO: August 4
Atlanta, GA: August 14
Dallas, TX: September 15
New England (MA): September 22
Charleston, SC: September 29
Newport, RI: October TBD
NYC, NY: October TBD
Seattle, WA: October TBD
Birmingham, AL: November 3
Raleigh, NC: November 10
Houston, TX: December 8
San Diego, CA: December 1

We got too many event recaps to share individually, see all featured events here and be sure to apply here.