The NotWedding NYC

On April 10th, we participated in a super cool event called the NotWedding at the Wythe Hotel (which is so incredibly chic and perfect) in Brooklyn. As a wedding planner, I have attended many bridal shows but this was something special. The concept behind the NotWedding is an alternative to the traditional bridal show in that it has actual couples “getting married” complete with a ceremony, reception, bridal party, dinner and drinks! It is a lot of fun for brides-to-be as they mingle with wedding professionals, get inspired and have fun!

On top of all of that, it was a creative experience. As a wedding designer, I was given the task of designing three of the dinner tables based on an amazing inspiration board created by their creative director, Ashley Buzzy McHugh. For each NotWedding, Ashley creates an inspiration board filled with a color palette, photos, tastes, music and fashion. For me, this was absolutely the most fun! I stared and stared at this board trying to curate my looks for my tables. I pinned it to my wall, carried it in my bag and dreamt about it until it finally came to me. Here is a look at the inspiration board for the 2nd NYC NotWedding.

opulent marble_NYC (Wythe Hotel)

Now, here is my interpretation. I was assigned tables one, six and the head table and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. Each one is distinct and even with three other wedding designers, the room came together beautifully.




Can you believe that hand-embroidered constellation runner? I knew I had to have it and I was lucky enough to find Ashley Burk to bring it to life! It was definitely a show stopper and a big hit! Ashley will have the runners available in her Etsy store soon. Start following her now at Steady Hand Lettering.


The icing on the cake of this whole experience was that I was able to meet and connect with so many talented and sweet wedding professionals that I can’t wait to work together and be inspired in the future! You should totally check out the list of incredible vendors from the 2nd NYC Not Wedding here.

A special thanks to the awesome photographers, Jessica Oh Photography, Martina Micko Photo, and Tami Melissa Photography!

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