Newly re-wed

Hannah Laning and Nicholas Laning celebrate renewing their vows Thursday night during The Big Fake Wedding at Monroe Pearson in Denton. The ceremony is part of an event that features wedding vendors showing what they have to offer.

At The Big Fake Wedding Dallas, held Thursday in Denton at Monroe Pearson, attendees took part in wedding festivities in celebration of an already-married couple renewing their vows.

Founded in Atlanta in 2008 and formerly known as The NotWedding, The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative in which a married couple renews their wedding vows in a ceremony. The event is held in cities across America, with a total of 29 big fake weddings planned for 2019. Thursday’s event was the ninth for the Dallas area and the first time it was held in Denton.

“It’s really just not like all the other bridal shows out there,” Big Fake Wedding marketing director Johna Castro said. “It will feel just like a real wedding.”

Each event is an opportunity for dozens of vendors, most of which pay to attend, to promote their products and services to an audience thinking of their own weddings.

Glasshouse Collection

Glasshouse Collection owner Kelsey Glass, right, talks with guests Thursday night during The Big Fake Wedding at Monroe Pearson in Denton. The event is a bridal show alternative, where a fake ceremony is performed with different vendors in attendance to show guests what they have to offer for weddings.

“Approximately 60% of our guests are engaged,” Castro said. “We try to go beyond just the traditional vendors and open brides’ minds up to what’s possible.”

In addition to companies in the business of wedding staples like gowns, tuxes and cakes, Thursday’s event featured vendors specializing in coffee, marshmallows and floral preservation.

Kendall Myers, owner and photographer of Kendall Nicole Studios, said she felt the event was an effective way of promoting her Denton-based photography company.

“It’s a little bit more relaxed than a normal wedding,” Myers said. “That I get to show people what I do has been fun.”

Another Denton-based business, event equipment rental company 5 Star Rental, also attended.

“The cool thing is it’s the whole entire wedding experience from start to finish,” 5 Star Rental general manager Cristi Carothers said. “It’s been a great experience.”

Vendors

Guests visit with vendors Thursday night during The Big Fake Wedding at Monroe Pearson in downtown Denton. The event, which includes a mock ceremony, features wedding vendors showing what they have to offer.

As for the “bride and groom” of the night, Nicholas Laning said he and his wife, Hannah, were approached by The Big Fake Wedding to participate in the event’s vow renewal ceremony and “figured it would be a fun time.”

“The funny thing is we’re actually wedding photographers,” Laning said. “Part of the fun was doing stuff with other photographers.”

Big Fake Wedding production manager Ashleymae Elmore said the night was a success from her perspective.

“Today was so smooth, and that’s not always the case,” Elmore said.

Starting in September, The Big Fake Wedding will also host “Swaddle + Swoon” baby shows in addition to its big fake weddings.

JUSTIN GRASS can be reached via Twitter at @JustinGrass10.

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