By Emily Jenkins

As many of our readers know, we are so excited for the opportunity to be partnered with The NotWedding for their upcoming show on Thursday, August 21st at The Classic Center, located in the heart of downtown Athens.

For those of you who may not be familiar with The NotWedding, it is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. The NotWedding team travels across the country to put on shows in cities such as Charleston, Cape Cod, Chicago and many more! At the event, you will expect to see dozens of well- known vendors that have made a wonderful name for themselves in the wedding industry, a real- life couple renewing their vows (the bride and groom), and guests (future brides and grooms) soaking in all the fun and unique experiences they couldn’t get anywhere else.

So, without further ado, here are the top 3 reasons why YOU should attend The NotWedding in just a few short weeks!

1. The spectacular vendors

Just like a marriage, it takes a team to make the dream! The lovely vendors that participate in The NotWedding have been working to prepare their product all year, in hopes to make everything perfect for this event. Without them, The NotWedding couldn’t survive! Here are just a few vendors that have caught our eye at Weddings in Athens:

Puddleduck Paper Co.
Elle Golden Photography
I Do I Do Bridal Boutique
Jesse Jordan Jewelry
Cat Cantrell Makeup Artistry
Sugar Kneads Cakery
Southern Weddings



These vendors serve a huge purpose at The NotWedding. They are there not only there for their own publicity, but also to provide information about their brand for the guests (future brides and grooms). Near the end of the event, guests are encouraged to visit each vendor and chat with the experts themselves! During this time, guests have the opportunity to get contact information, sample pieces, expert advice, and most importantly build personal relationships with the vendor. They are just as excited to share their product with you, as you are to see what they have created!

2. Inspiration for the guests

As you know, the guests at The NotWedding will primarily be future brides and grooms searching for a bit of inspiration for their own wedding. Although the event is not an actual real wedding, the bride and groom renewing their vows is most certainly a real, happily married couple. Because of this, the event will be genuine. This makes it easier for the guests to pay attention to the small details that go into planning a wedding such as traditional vows vs. personal vows, decorations, wedding cake vs. alternative dessert, etc.

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Kait Murphy Photography

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Kait Murphy Photography

It also gives the guests a good idea of what to expect on their wedding day. For example, the feelings the future bride will have when watching the bride walk down the isle at The NotWedding will be 10x more exciting and emotional when she is walking down the isle at her own wedding.

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From the Hip

The guests are sure to see many components of a wedding they will want in their own. However, there may be a few things they don’t want as well. And hey, that’s certainly alright because that’s the whole point of the event! The NotWedding aims to inspire the guests, and that’s exactly what they’ll do.

3. It’s just a darn good time!

Following the ceremony there will be a fun-filled dance party reception! During this reception the vendors will show off their product, and guests will have that special opportunity I mention earlier to talk with them. The guests will celebrate the bride and groom on their renewed vows by dancing the night away in The Classic City!

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From the Hip

There really is no better place for this event to take place! Athens is known for its downtown night- life and exceptionally tasty restaurants located right next to The Classic Center. Why not make the trip to The NotWedding an entire weekend? There are numerous hotels, shopping, restaurants, and infamous bars that are sure to keep the guests occupied for a few nights after the event. So, come and stay with us Athens folk a while making amazing memories that will last a lifetime, all thanks to The NotWedding!

Well, if we haven’t convinced you to grab your ticket for The NotWedding yet, we have one more detail that WILL change your mind. The NowWedding has just released their promo code to receive 50% off your ticket for the rest of 2014! All of us at Weddings in Athens just can’t contain our excitement for this event, and we also can’t wait to see all of you there!

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Visit to purchase tickets, download the vendor guide, browse photos from past NotWeddings and so much more. Also, don’t forget to keep up with our blog for future posts and exclusive background footage of the making of The NotWedding.

This blog was written by Emily Jenkins, a magazine journalism major at The University of Georgia. Emily enjoys long hikes up mountains, digging her toes in the South Carolina sand, and snuggling with her cat, Tiger. Her email is for further contact.

Our purpose at Weddings in Athens is to show the outstanding selection of wedding vendors and venues Athens, GA has to offer. Please contact Weddings in Athens if you would like to have your listing added.

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