The Fake Wedding was a bridal show alternative I put together with some of the very best wedding professionals in the Wilmington, NC area! The Alice in Wonderland inspired event was held at The RiverRoom on Sunday, June 1st from 2pm-6pm. Newly engaged couples were invited to attend a full-on wedding reception with a chance to meet local vendors and see them work in action with a bridal party doing it all from introductions, first dance, dinner, toasts, cake cutting, bouquet toss, and dancing to a bubble send off for our Alice and the Mad Hatter Groom! Guests had such a great time getting to see what their wedding day could be like, especially at such a beautiful waterfront venue in Wilmington like The RiverRoom!
The deck was set up with garden games and an example ceremony set up to give couples one way of many to get married at The RiverRoom. One of the event favorites is always the newlywed game. Each couple in attendance stands back-to-back and must answer a question regarding their relationship with a lip or mustache prop. They're asked things like, "Who is a better drive?" and "Who has the better in-laws?" If they answer differently, they're out. The last couple standing wins a prize! That wasn't the only opportunity to win a prize. There was a huge prize raffle to benefit needy families in the local NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. We raised over $500 and then the owners of The RiverRoom, Brian and Tina McArtan, matched it! Not only did we raise a lot of money but couples won lots of amazing prizes like free bridal trials, rental discounts, a free hotel suite for the couple and more! Many local partners and vendors donated the prizes - THANK YOU!!
A big, big thank you goes out to each and every vendor that participated and helped make this event possible. There were many visions and ideas I had for this event and I can happily say that I wouldn't change a thing. Everything was perfect and I think you might agree. Check it out!!....
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Venue: The RiverRoom
Photography: Dana Laymon Photography
Videography: Brick Street Cinema
DJ + Photo Booth: DJ Professionals + Video
Lighting: The Audio Visual People
Coordination + Design: Knot Too Shabby Events
Styling + Flowers: A Boxed Event
Rentals: Etc. Party Rentals
Cake + Dessert: Creative Cakes by Tammy Hodge
Bamboo Arbor: Sweetwater Bamboo Beach Wedding Events
Caterer: Bon Appetit
Marquee Letters + Various Vintage Decor: Pebbles + Arrows
Calligraphy, Signs, Graphics + Paper Goods: Southern Bee Designs
Wedding Dress: Camille's of Wilmington
Bride + Bridesmaid Hats: Camille's of Wilmington
Drinks: Wilmington Wine
Hair: Tyler Kent Salon
Makeup: Mascarah Beauty
Boutonnieres: Steam Mechanix
Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Tarrymore + The Wilmingtonian
Men's Suits: Camille's of Wilmington
Vases, Chalkboards, Streamers, Place Settings, + Teapots: Cath's Chair Covers
Plant Rentals: Shallotte Lawn & Garden Center
Wedding Party: Kimberly Grice, Dorothy Adkins, Chelsea King, Brandon Cagle, Mackie King, Alexander Willis