As a college student, I probably shouldn’t be planning my wedding, but after attending Nashville’s first-ever NotWedding, I may or may not have already found my dress, cake, and florist.
Held at The Cannery Ballroom, the NotWedding felt exactly like a regular wedding, except shorter and more educational. Upon arrival, the guests were ushered upstairs to the venue space, which had been transformed into a rustic, floral wonderland. Every inch was covered in details that helped to capture the theme of the NotWedding, from vintage tableware to beautiful bouquets.
Because the couple getting “married” at the NotWedding were celebrating five years of marriage, the ceremony didn’t feel even a touch fake. The groom looked just as happy to see his bride walking down the aisle as I imagine he did on his actual wedding day – and how could he not? She could not have been more gorgeous in a fitted lace gown from The Bride Room. Though the ceremony was over quickly, it still felt meaningful and I’m sure it was even more so for the brides-to-be in the audience, many accompanied by their fiancés.
The guests were then encouraged to either get some food or check out the “Tunnel of Love” set up in the adjoining room, which in normal situations would be used for cocktail hour. The Tunnel of Love was essentially a line of vendors, all of whom had contributed to the NotWedding, giving out small prizes as well as information about their businesses. Though I felt a tad awkward going through the line without an engagement ring on my finger, it was an awesome way for brides-to-be to figure out how exactly they could create their perfect wedding.
Though the venue was packed to standing room only during the ceremony, my friend and I were able to find a seat for dinner. The food wasn’t spectacular for my vegetarian palate, but they had a decent selection featuring fresh, seasonal flavors. The shining star of the reception was definitely the cake which featured both a vanilla layer with cinnamon buttercream and peach filling as well as a classic red velvet layer. I had both and they were fantastic. Creative Crumbs should definitely be on your vendor list when you’re planning your own wedding.
One great thing about the NotWedding was that the reception actually felt like a party. Though I’m typically a fan of live music for weddings, the DJ was awesome and actually made people want to get up and dance with each other. The photo booth, supplied by the NotWedding’s married couple, was a ton of fun for guests as well. Two hours absolutely flew by!
I predicted that the NotWedding would be my “Wedding of My Dreams” Pinterest board come to life, and I could not have been more accurate. Before the NotWedding, I really didn’t even think that weddings so beautiful could actually exist. However, after meeting all of the vendors, creating my dream wedding has never seemed so simple! Now, all I have to do is get a ring on my finger so I can go back as soon as possible!