Have you ever attended a bridal show before? Do you usually walk away not only feeling completely uninspired, but overwhelmed with ideas that you could never incoroporate in your own wedding? Well, do I have a solution for you. I am so
excited to finally tell you about an amazing event happening in Atlanta at the Opera on November 16, The Not Wedding. Unlike a traditional bridal show, you will attend this wedding as
guests of a “Not Wedding” to see 5 brides(yes, I said 5) marry their
beloved in a mock wedding. 5 different brides with 5
completely different styles, so you will now there will be loads of inspiration and ideas for every type of wedding(modern, ecletic, rustic, etc).

I was fortunate enough to meet Callie of Achor and Eden, Abany of Brown Linen Goods, and Joy Thigpen(the amazing talent responsible behind this lovely event) for breakfast last week and cannot tell you how thrilled I am about The Not Wedding and the surprises they have in store for all of us. To learn more about this celebration, check out their adorable website or follow them on their newly launched blog.

The ladies behind The Not Wedding were generous enough to offer 5 VIP
tickets to Once Wed readers who live in the Atlanta area or are willing
to drive in for the event on November 16, 2008.  Joy Thigpen, the amazing stylist behind this affair, created 5 different
inspiration boards to reflect the styles of their 5 different brides(The Not Bride,
The Bluebird, The Dove, The Raven, and The Swan) in conjunction with invitations created by
Chelsea of Oh My Deer.The first 5 readers who leave a comment below with their favorite board/bird and why will receive VIP tickets to The Not Wedding on November 16, 2008 at 4:00 PM.

I will be attending too, so I look forward to meeting some of you there…


The Not Bride


The Bluebird


The Dove


The Raven


The Swan


[Inspiration boards created by Joy Thigpen and Invitations created by Chelsea of Oh My Deer]


Comments (11)

Michelle | Reply

My favorite is the Swan – so elegant!

Manders | Reply

I love Love LOVE The Dove board. That’s exactly the style I’m going for with my wedding, like a vintage garden party. Lots of white and natural elements. Makes me want to get married tomorrow! (I’m also trying to convince my fiance to buy me that candelabra… I’ve been eyeing it for months now!

LK | Reply

I love The Bluebird. All the colors just pop! It looks so summer fresh.

Liz | Reply

I love the Dove too! It’s got such a relaxed vibe to it. I’m having a hard time deciding which element is my favorite – the sage leaves on the cake or the candelabra. Or the birch bark vases. Or the weather-beaten chair. So many choices…

KT | Reply

I love the Bluebird board. Some of those images are from a Martha Stewart magazine and I am using them as inspiration for my own wedding! I am so excited to attend this event.

I Jessica | Reply

I swoon when seeing elegant simplicity…the Dove board radiates all things lovely, fresh, and romantic. Not overdone, or understated, this would be a wedding in which guests experience rich, yet serene, decor. And the pairing invitation compliments the serenity shown in the beautiful board.

joy thigpen | Reply

awww, thanks, emily and friends for the sweet comments! i’m really looking forward to this event…and seeing you all there!

sweetfrenchtoast | Reply

I adore the country charm and prettiness of the Bluebird. I especially love the invite…it looks like a concert poster! The Not Wedding looks very cool…I’m going to round up some of my bridesmaids to go!

Courtney | Reply

I’m an Atlanta Bride who absolutely LOVES the Raven board. Funny, that was my favorite poem when I was in middle school, too!

JLS | Reply

My fav is The Swan. By far. :-) They’re all pretty of course. But my goodness. The Swan is just so elegant.

London Bride | Reply

Wow, wow, wow. How beautiful are all of these. How I wish I hadn’t already made decisions for my wedding!

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