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Allison is a creator, designer, stylist, and former DIY Bride living in Pittsburgh, PA with her Husband.  



Design Planning – The Big Fake Wedding

Design Planning

October 3, 2017

Big Fake Wedding Event in Raleigh, NC

The Big Fake Wedding event is less than a week away! I am so excited! If you are a bride to be this is definitely not an event you will want to miss. There will be several vendors participating and I feel so honored to be selected as one of them. I will be participating as one of the florist vendors. Each florist vendor was assigned two tables and then got to pick a focal item, I chose the bouquets and boutineers for the bridal party as my focal item. I have already had such a fun time researching ideas and coming up with the design for the areas I have been assigned. So I can’t wait for the flowers to arrive this week so I can get started creating the ideas I have spent weeks researching and imagining in my mind.

The Big Fake Wedding event is a unique concept for a bridal show that allows brides and grooms to see local vendors in a typical wedding setting.



Overall Inspiration

The Big Fake Wedding is done in multiple states across the country but each event has a different inspiration and mood board that is provided to all the vendors. For the Raleigh event this year the mood board was inspired after a “Potters Wheel.”  The colors that they chose for this event consisted of shades of blush, greys, greens and gold.

The venue for this year’s event is The Stockroom at 230 which will compliment the mood board perfectly as well as offer a unique setting for all the vendors to showcase their talent. 

Big Fake Wedding Event Inspiration Board



Flower Choices

The mood board for the event described the bride as “chic and elegant”, the venue as “clean and bright” and the party as “refined and tasteful” so I immediately knew what flower’s I wanted to pick to compliment those styles.


Flower types picked for Big Fake Wedding Event in Raleigh, NC, blush roses, garden roses, carnation, Italian ruscus, spray roses, eucalyptus

The flowers that I chose include (from left to right): Garden Rose in a peach tone, Rose in blush, Spray rose in blush, ranunculus in peach, an apple tea carnation, rose in cream, white astrantia, white lisianthus, italian ruscus, eucalyptus, and camellia leaf.   



Bouquet Inspiration

For the bride’s bouquet I wanted to try and create something that was different then just a traditional round bouquet so I am going to try and create more of a horizontal shape bouquet. Then for the bridesmaid bouquets I will do a smaller more round hand tied bouquet.

I got a lot of inspiration from the images below for the brides bouquet.

Hand tied garden inspired bouquet inspiration for Big Fake Wedding event

Image on the left is by Tenth and Grace Photography and the florals are by Everly Alaine Florals and was featured on Style Me Pretty. Image on the right is by Jose Villa Photography and the florals are by Sarah Winward.



Boutonniere Inspiration

For the groom’s boutonniere I plan on using one of the peach tone Ranunculus mixed with some of the different types of greenery that I have ordered. (Like the image on the left) Then for the groomsmen boutonnieres I plan on using the blush spray rose, mixed with the astrantia and some eucalyptus (like the image on the right).  

Spray rose boutonniere inspiration for Big Fake Wedding Event in Raleigh, NC

Image on the left is by Christine Pienaar Photography and was featured on Style Me Pretty. The image on the right is by Eric Sofet Photography; the florals are by Flower Shack Blooms; the styling is by Touch of Whimsy and was featured on Wedding Chicks.



Table Inspiration

Since each florist was assigned two tables I wanted to have one table be a little bit more over the top as far as design and then one table be very simple to show brides that you can do either option and it can still look amazing. Since the tables will be long farmhouse tables I wanted to find inspiration pictures of centerpieces on farmhouse tables so I could draw ideas from those.

For one table I found this styled shoot on Style Me Pretty that I fell in love with.

Reception table inspiration and design for Big Fake Wedding event in Raleigh, NC, blush roses, garden roses

The image is by Rhythm Photography; the florals are by Mum’s Garden; the styling is by Rainbow Chan Wedding and Events; the rentals for the silverware, plates, glassware is by Plate Occasion; and the table rental is by Marvelle Events and you can view the feature on Style Me Pretty.

I loved that it incorporated elements like the vases that looked ceramic and like they were just taken off the potters wheel since that was the main source of inspiration for the design of the event. I was able to find the same vases, then got gold candlesticks, off white taper candles, and fabric that is a nude tone and a neat texture for the table runner. For the place settings I found simple ceramic blush plates, glasses that have a pretty cut pattern on them and ivory napkins that have a delicate lace scallop around the edges.

For the second table I also found a very simple table arrangement I could draw inspiration from.   


Bud vase table inspiration for farmhouse table for Big Fake Wedding event Raleigh, NC

The picture is by Austin Gros Photography; styling by Big Events Wedding and feature on Ruffled Blog.

Using bud vases in centerpieces can be a very good way to create a simple look that is also budget friendly. For several long farmhouse tables you normally see a garland that goes down the center of each table so I wanted to showcase another option to a long garland because those often tend to be pricey even though they don’t contain any flowers. They do still require a lot of material and are timely to construct. The great thing about substituting the bud vases for the garland is that they can still give off the same feeling if you are looking for a simple yet elegant arrangement. For this table I wanted to be able to also incorporate gold touches into the table so I found clear bud vases and gold votive holders that have a scalloped edge to add a little character.     

To complete each look I have collaborated with Raleigh Calligraphy on creating some table numbers and place settings that coordinate with each table design.     







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