Fab Freebie: The (Not) Wedding Week

***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries – see who won below!***

Thanks to random.org’s very arbitrary matchmaking skills, our winner is… Lawren (whose favorite wedding moment was when her cousin’s pocketed dress stored tissues to hand the groom when he teared up during the vows). Congrats!

Hope everyone’s having an awesome Fourth of July. We’re enjoying some family time but wanted to drop in with this week’s giveaway, so here ya go. Thursday marks our 4th wedding anniversary, which typically would make this “Wedding Week” around here. But since there’s not much left of that dead horse to beat (we’ve already shared every last detail about our wedding, honeymoon, traditions, how we met, how we got engaged, and our favorite meaningful momentos), we’re gonna go light on the theme this time around. Don’t get me wrong, the last year has been awesome and we’re planning something sweet to celebrate the beginning of year five (nothing big, but we’ll share whatever we end up doing). Feel free to take a trip down memory lane by checking out a recap of our $4,000 DIY backyard ceremony or browsing old Wedding Week posts from the last three years if you’re feeling sentimental though.

And since this turned into sort of a “Not” Wedding Week, we figured it was the perfect time to do a giveaway with The Not Wedding. They’re a self-described “killer alternative to a bridal show” where you attend a mock ceremony, sit down dinner, and dance-filled reception all in the name of having fun and checking out vendors. Basically you get to experience music, food, cake (mmmm cake) and other wedding must haves in a real-ish wedding setting. This year’s “big day” is on July 21st and two tickets (which include dinner, drinks, and dessert) are up for grabs this week.

But knowing that not everyone can get to Georgia on two weeks notice, The Not Wedding is also hooking the winner up with a $150 gift card to their registry sponsor Bloomingdale’s. Plus, you’ll win a pearl bridal bracelet and hair flower fascinator (in white or ivory) from their accessory sponsor (Fine & Fleurie). Which adds up to over $300 of wedding-tastic swag. Or should I say not wedding-tastic swag? Hmm. Either way… score.

  • PRIZE: Two tickets to The Not Wedding, a $150 Bloomingdales gift card, plus a bracelet & hair flower from Fine & Fleurie
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “NOT ME!” and…
  • BONUS QUESTION: … tell us your favorite part about a wedding that was NOT yours. Did a particular family member have an especially touching ceremony? Did your best friend cry or laugh at your killer toast? Maybe your college friend simultaneously had you drooling over her location, dress, and decor? Or – be honest – is it just the time your work friend had an awesome open bar?
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, July 6th at 8pm EST
  • PRIZE SHIPS: Anywhere in the world!
  • USUAL STUFF: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Thursday as an update to this post. That’s right, come right back here on Thursday for the announcement of our winners. Good luck…

Note: We weren’t paid or perked to host this giveaway, we just like rewarding our lovely readers. See our Giveaway FAQs page for more info. Pics from The Not Wedding, Bloomingdales and Fine & Fleurie.


  1. rachael says

    Not me!
    My favorite part of a wedding was at the reception, the groom had his own skulls and crossbone cake done in grey and black icing. Its all in the details!

  2. Courtney D. says

    Over-budget, disagreeing moms, huge wedding cake, NOT ME! Las Vegas wedding for my husband and me!

    My favorite part of someone else’s wedding would have to be location. We have a close friend who married at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus and it was gorgeous.

  3. Jade Rodeheaver says

    NOT ME!

    My favorite wedding memory was definitely at my step-sister’s wedding last October. The best man was great friends with both my step-sister and her husband, so he had great stories about both of them. He started off his speech talking about how Rachel (the bride) was his first love and that she was “the one that got away.” After giving more details about how the wedding was bittersweet for him (and after all of us who didn’t know this guy were verrry confused), he revealed that he and Rachel were in a high school play together – and those were the roles that they played. Too cute! The whole place was cracking up the entire speech.

  4. Tracy Bryan says

    “NOT ME” The sweetest part of a wedding I attended was when my sister got married. Her now husband surprised her and sang to her during the ceremony. It was so sweet and romantic.

  5. Alex says

    NOT ME

    fav wedding memory was fighting my brother for the garter that was thrown at my uncle’s wedding, ages 6 and 7, flower girl vs. ring bearer. He won.

  6. Caralyn says

    NOT ME!

    I’d say the best wedding event that was not mine would have to be the GIANT chocolate fountain at the reception, surrounded with fresh fruit. Hmmm. Sadly, that was the best part of the dinner but boy oh boy did that ever make up for a crappy food selection!

  7. Laura lea says

    Not me! My favorite wedding was in meadow outside of Yosemite Valley, reception was at a historical house with no running water=outhouse! It was so beautiful!

    Btw, I’m getting married in my backyard in September. Thanks for sharing your awesome wedding and helping to inspire me with great DIY ideas!

  8. Jamie says

    NOT ME!

    The best wedding reception I went to was right out of college where the couple served beer from kegs in solo cups! Felt like college all over again!

  9. Annie says

    NOT ME!

    A friend got married under a gorgeous white tent filled with white tables, white flowers, twinkling lights and glowing lanterns. But the tent was put up INSIDE a barn! What a surprise everyone got when they opened up the big barn doors and saw the breath taking wedding setting. It was stunning!

  10. Claire H. says

    Not me! At my husband’s best friend’s wedding, he gave the BEST best man’s toast I had ever heard. It was touching, personal to the couple, funny, and sentimental. I was blown away!

  11. michelle says

    When I shoot a wedding I love the look a husband gives the bride as she walks down to meet with him~priceless!!! I can’t keep my camera off him! :)

  12. Bonnie Bischoff says

    NOT ME! Best not-my-wedding moment for me was when my Aunt surprised everyone at my grandparents 65th wedding anniversary party by bringing a JP and honouring them by getting married too!

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