The Big Fake Wedding on June 9

Brides- and grooms-to-be are invited to attend Knoxville’s inaugural The Big Fake Wedding. This bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding takes place on Thursday, June 9, at 7:00 PM at The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. “Wedding guests” are brides- and grooms-to-be who enjoy an emotional vow renewal ceremony, a tasty cocktail-style dinner, and a dance-party reception while experiencing local wedding vendors in action. Tickets for this event are $25 and may be purchased at

Local married couple Katy and Casey Oliver will use the event to renew their wedding vows. Those attending will experience a perfectly planned “wedding” and have the opportunity to meet the vendors behind the scene. The evening will include an emotional “wedding” ceremony encouraging strong marriages, a delectable catered cocktail-style dinner by Bradford Catered Events, and a reception with Hall Napa Valley wine, dancing and dessert. The event will showcase local wedding vendors such as Event Rentals by Rothchild, Dale’s Fried Pies, Heather Faulkner Photography, Napping Cat Flower Farm, Whitney Evans Beauty, and Robinson Paper Co.

Credited for “changing the way future brides and grooms prepare to celebrate happily ever after” by The TODAY Show, The Big Fake Wedding has proved to be an innovative alternative to a trade-show style wedding expo. While The Big Fake Wedding is in the business of creating fake weddings, they continue to work towards their very real goals of promoting small businesses, inspiring brides and grooms, and encouraging solid marriages.

The Emporium Center is Knoxville’s first true arts center, which re-opened following renovations in 2004. The flexible use space houses multiple art galleries showcasing local and regional artists, the administrative offices of the Arts & Culture Alliance, and offices for seven other arts and cultural organizations. Additionally, the building houses rehearsal, classroom and meeting space. The Emporium is available to individuals, non-profits, and other organizations for dinners, receptions, fundraisers, wedding ceremonies, and more. The Emporium Center is located at 100 S. Gay Street on the corner of Gay Street & Jackson Avenue. For more information, visit or contact Suzanne Cada at 865-523-7543 or

Media is invited to attend and may contact Johna Griswell for first come-first serve complimentary media tickets at 404-310-6080 or The Big Fake Wedding (formerly known as The NotWedding) was launched in Atlanta, GA by photographer Callie Murray in 2008 and has since grown into various markets nationwide. For more information on The Big Fake Wedding, please visit


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