Anyone who is married can tell you the planning process is not all roses and daisies. It’s making a thousand decisions and still having a dozen left to make. It’s skipping your lunch break so you can meet with the florist. It’s inviting your bridesmaid’s dress shopping and half can actually go. But what if you could continue planning but also have an awesome time with your sweetie? Like a date night but it totally counts as wedding planning. A place to gather real inspiration and see it in action! That is what The Big Fake Wedding is! An alternative to your generic wedding show of vendors booths all in a line. It’s a moment to remember why you are doing all this planning, so you can spend the rest of your life with the one person who gets you in every way.
Après Party had the pleasure of being part of The Big Fake Wedding Minneapolis event in June that took place at JX Event Venue, in Stillwater, MN. All great parties have a theme and the theme for this party was “The Golden Age”. Over a dozen vendors took that theme, interpreted it in their own way, and shared their visions on guest tables. Just like any wedding the evening began with the very real and very emotional vow renewal ceremony.
Photos By: Ali Leigh Photography
Everyone likes to be awarded a “Best of” by their peers and customers. It’s a mark of who is truly talented at their craft , excels in customer service, and offers quality product----right?
Many “Best Of” awards are simply given to the company that is able to garner the most clients, employees, friends and family members willing to to submit an on-line vote—as many times as possible. Because many of these sites have no limit as to how many times an individual can enter. Perhaps a better title would be “Best Use of Random Internet Time ”. While their “fans” are on-line, perhaps time would be better spent entering sweepstakes for free Caribbean Cruises, or signing the Bring Back Pudding Pops petition ….
Now, not all Best of Awards are this type of formula. Some are judged by a panel of experts. Others allow only one vote per email address (although this still remains a popularity contest often voted on by employees and family friends and not a true measure of the company’s quality.)
This blog is to serve as an eye-opener for those who believe that “Best Of” truly means just that. Our company has decided to distance ourselves from these types of on-line awards. Instead we encourage recognition given by industry experts , and also to rely on our customers’ thoughtful feedback and reviews. We strive to do better every day, and will no longer solicit our clients and friends in “Best Of” popularity contests.
Written by Shereé Bochenek, Creative Director