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This past Sunday our annual wedding fair, Wedding Crashers, returned to 501 Union and The Green Building in Gowanus for a stellar show. The fair has always brought together the city’s best wedding vendors along with free-flowing food and drink, and this year we had even more delicious treats to sample and eye candy to ogle, from flower walls to rainbow-hued branded macaroons. We want to thank our sponsors, Baltic, whose sales office is around the corner from the venues; AllSeated, the free tool that makes your seating arrangements a breeze to create; and Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, which makes a tasty libation for toasting.

If you missed the show, or want to find out who came to this year’s fair, visit brooklynweddingfair.com to see links for all of our vendors. For more photos from the fair, check out our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram for wedding inspiration throughout the year.

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Dutton + James are giving away a photo package at Wedding Crashers valued at over $5500. Photo: Dutton + James

Dutton + James are giving away a photo package at Wedding Crashers valued at over $5500. Photo: Dutton + James

Dutton + James are a husband and wife photography team operating out of Brooklyn and the Catskills. They love natural light, the mountains, the city, and telling stories. Telling the story of your wedding is an honor that they treat as such, and they take huge pride in creating happiness through their images.

They are offering an incredible photo package for one lucky winner at Wedding Crashers, which includes the following*:
-1 hr engagement session
-10 hrs of continuous wedding coverage
-Digital copy of images

Be sure to say hello at their booth at Wedding Crashers!

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Belly up to the Bulleit bourbon bar on Sunday at Wedding Crashers, and take the edge off wedding planning. Photo: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey

Belly up to the Bulleit bourbon bar on Sunday at Wedding Crashers, and take the edge off of wedding planning. Photo: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey

If you’re planning a wedding this year, join us on Sunday for an event that will inspire you more than any Pinterest board: Wedding Crashers. Our annual wedding show returns to The Green Building and 501 Union on March 13 with so many excellent vendors it will be hard to decide where to begin. Should you stop first at the Bulleit bar, for a quick cocktail?  Or see the best independent gown designers from Schone Bride? You’ll definitely need a treat from one of our 14—that’s right 14!—caterers, food trucks and cake studios to perk you up, so that you can find a photographer you’ll click with (which should be no problem because we have 8 for you to meet).

Our best advice for making the most of the fair? Set your clocks forward the night before (it’s daylight savings!), skip brunch in the morning because there is more than enough food for you, and take your time touring both venues, which are each filled with the best wedding pros in Brooklyn and beyond.

And when you’re deciding on which type of ticket to get, here’s why you should spring for a VIP pass or pack of raffle entries—both give you a shot at winning one of 14 fantastic prizes, from a wedding day and engagement photo package from Dutton + James to a $400 gift card from Snowe.

Get your tickets to the biggest Wedding Crashers yet and get ready for an excellent day of wedding planning!

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A happy bride and groom who booked MIXTAPE: A cover band for hipsters for their wedding. Photo: Chellise Michael Photography

A couple who booked MIXTAPE: A cover band for hipsters for their wedding. Looks like the right choice. Photo: Chellise Michael Photography

If you’re booking live music for your wedding, the last thing you want is a cheesy, Adam Sandler-sounding wedding band. But unless you can afford the $100,000 and up price tags of your favorite singers, you need to do a little digging to find musicians to gush about.

We get that. So much so, that along with our annual wedding fair, we also showcase what’s known as “anti-wedding bands," filled with musicians who have rocked more than just receptions and who can play everything from Beyoncé to AC/DC to David Bowie. The four bands you'll see at Wedding Crashers LIVE this Monday, Feb. 22, at The Bell House–45 Riots, MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters, The Affections and the Dexter Lake Club Band–include members who have performed with Bruce Springsteen, the Cars, David Byrne and Björk; who play holiday parties for the likes of Macy's; and attract the attention of glossies like Vogue. This is who you want to get Aunt Diane and your best friends on the dance floor. 

If it’s a master of the decks you’re after, we’ve got two great DJs as well—Colleen Crumbcake of Sugartown Industries, whose clients include Madewell and the Renegade Craft Fair, and Phonograph DJ Mac, whose two turntables are vintage gramophones. (You may have also heard him on WFMU.)

You’ll also meet original vendors who will set your event apart, from a GIF photobooth from The Booth, to live poets the Haiku Guys and Gals to tarot reader Naomi Rosenblatt. She may not be able to predict how your marriage will work out, but we can help you throw an unforgettable celebration of it. Tickets are $10 in advance, and doors are at 6:30pm.

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Image: Clay Farm

Image: Clay Farm

Tomorrow, instead of sitting out the cold in your PJs, come to The Landing at Industry City from 1-3pm, Saturday, Feb. 13 for free small bites and chocolate, and to hear the Prohibition-era classics of street jazz band, Baby Soda Jazz Band, plus the award-winning sounds of pop-rock string quartet, Tribute String Quartet.

Baby Soda is on the forefront of a new movement loosely known as street jazz, with an eclectic set of influences ranging from 30’s era swing & New Orleans jazz, to southern gospel.

Tribute String Quartet has found praise from none other than pop legends A-ha for their cover of “Take On Me,” and its musicians have recently performed in the bands of D’Angelo and Björk, as well as Carnegie Hall’s Tribute to Bill Withers.

The Winter Flea and Smorgasburg will be happening right across the courtyard from The Bootlegger’s Tea Party. The showcase is one of the many we’re producing with Lucy Music as part of Wedding Crashers, to make it easy to find the best band to soundtrack your wedding. But you don’t have to be engaged to enjoy the show–everyone is invited. So build a break into your shopping for live jazz, swing and instrumental pop at the brand-new Landing at Industry City, run by the team behind The Bell House and Union Hall. There will be free light bites and complimentary BarkTHINS for snacking. You just need to RSVP here for free admission.

Below is the music schedule.

1pm – Tribute String Quartet

1:30 – Baby Soda Jazz Band

2pm – Tribute String Quartet

2:30 – Baby Soda Jazz Band

A Bootlegger’s Tea Party, Saturday, Feb. 13, 1-3pm, Free with RSVP, The Landing at Industry City (right across the courtyard from the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg), 220 36th Street, up one flight of stairs and to your right, Brooklyn, NY, 11232.

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In the midst of wedding planning, the average couple will spend over 1,000 hours on Pinterest. We just made that stat up, but it’s probably close! Those pretty pictures won’t help you put the pieces of your celebration together, though. You need to meet the vendors who will bring your day to life, and our wedding fairs, Wedding Crashers and Wedding Crashers Live, will turn you on to the most talented, original wedding pros in Brooklyn and beyond.

Monday, Feb. 22 at The Bell House, Wedding Crashers LIVE brings together the city’s best live wedding talent in one venue. Over the course of the night, you’ll hear from The Affections, The Dexter Lake Club Band, 45 Riots and MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters. These bands are not just great at playing weddings–these are kick-ass bands, period, filled with musicians who have performed with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Willie Nelson, David Byrne, Lauryn Hill, and more. In between, you’ll hear sets by DJ Colleen Crumbcake of Sugartown Industries, whose clients include J. Crew, Madewell and the Renegade Craft Fair, and meet creative performers and vendors that will make a lasting impression on your guests, from Antique Phonograph DJ Mac to live poets The Haiku Guys and Gals to tarot reader Naomi Rosenblatt to The Booth’s GIF photobooth. Doors open at 6:30pm, and tickets are $10 in advance.

Then on March 13, the 8th annual Wedding Crashers returns to 501 Union and The Green Building, with over 50 fabulous vendors. Tickets are on sale now—get one of our limited VIP tickets to reserve yourself a goody-filled tote and an entry in our grand prize raffle. Considering the vendors you’ll meet and all the food you’ll get to sample, it’s a win no matter what.

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The seventh edition of our spring wedding fair, Wedding Crashers, was our biggest yet. This was the first year we held the fair at both The Green Building and 501 Union, and both spaces looked incredible. And thanks to a Honeybook-sponsored happy hour afterward, our vendors left as happy as the guests.

Check out our slideshow for inspiring shots from the fair, all taken by Alison Brockhouse, and these photos by Kristy May Photography. See you next spring (and let us know if you’d like to join us)!

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Photo: Charlie Juliet

Photo: Charlie Juliet

1. Rock the Wedding Bells, Wednesday, March 25: Your wedding will be most meaningful event you throw together, so your soundtrack better be stellar. As Love Inc. put it, “Some of your most memorable photos of the night will stem from songs, whether it’s walking down the aisle to a dramatic ballad or grandma getting her groove on on the dance floor.” You want to hear songs that will move you, too, so to guarantee that you find the most kick-ass band for your big day, we’ve lined up eight of the city’s best wedding bands to play live at The Bell House next Wednesday, while Red Table Catering serves small bites. None of these bands are cheesy, Wedding Singer material–they’re great bands, period, filled with gigging musicians who’ve performed with Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, David Byrne, Norah Jones and more. Check out the lineup and see videos of the bands here to time your night right (if you know you want a string ensemble, arrive early, if it’s a dance band you’re after, show up a little later) and then get a ticket! It’s $10 in advance but use this discount link to get them half off. 

2. Open Venues BK, Sunday, March 22 – Sunday, March 29: If you are searching for the perfect place to get married, Open Venues BK can help. Over the course of the week you can take an in-person look at roughly 50 Brooklyn venues that can host your wedding (or conference or Bar Mitzvah or holiday party—any gathering really) by visiting the site and RSVPing for a free tour.

Photo: Charlie Juliet

Photo: Charlie Juliet

3. Wedding Crashers, Sunday, March 22: If you are engaged, you have a lot of decisions to make, and we can help you make them all this Sunday at our annual wedding fair, Wedding Crashers, held at both 501 Union and across the street at The Green Building this year. We’ve never had as much room for as many caterers, photographers, bridal gown and bridesmaid dress designers, and all the creative wedding pros you need for your big day. In both venues, you’ll find 60 of the city’s best vendors who will help you bring your vision to life, while also catering to the particular people on your guest list. Just be sure to get tickets in advance—general admission is more at the door and a VIP ticket ensures early entrance at 11:30, a goody bag, and an invite to our happy hour from 3-4pm with vendors.

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maura_frontIn 2012, Kellee Khalil completely changed the wedding planning game, with the launch of Lover.ly. The website became the go-to, all-in-one resource dedicated for discerning brides to research and collect ideas (think Pinterest for weddings). Now, Khalil’s once again filling a void in the wedding market, with a line of dresses based on the searches of Lover.ly’s customer base. They’ve taken all of the data collected from search terms on the site, and literally given the customer what they wanted, with affordable wedding wear for the un-traditional bride, including fashion forward looks like the “little white dress” or the bridal jumpsuit (pictured, right). To take on this enormous task, she brought on designer Eva Franco, known for her gorgeous indie looks for Anthropologie, as well as her successful eponymous label. With mismatched bridesmaids dresses (that will actually be worn again) to perfect navy blue rehearsal dinner duds, all averaging around $200, it’s clear this collection will sell out quick. We spoke to Kellee Khalil and Eva Franco about the collection–which you can find at Wedding Crashers on March 22!–e-commerce, and the latest bridal trends (blavy, anyone?).

BB: Can you give me the back story on the collection?

Kellee Khalil: From day one, our mission at Lover.ly has been to make wedding planning easier and more fun – and fashion is such a great part of the process. We’ve been looking to build the Lover.ly repertoire for some time, and in the last year, we’ve blown out our editorial content and continued to be a place that brides can come to for curated imagery and content–so e-commerce was a good next step. Why not have our own Lover.ly collection? (more…)

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This was the second year we hosted a fall wedding fair, and the first time we brought Wedding Crashers out of Gowanus and into Williamsburg, to the gorgeous Wythe Hotel last Thursday. Its various spaces, from the outdoor garden area to the Main Hall to the speakeasy bar downstairs, where Brooklyn Brewery poured glasses of Local 1, were a ton of fun to play with. Having Tribute String Quartet play in the Private Dining Room, and Baby Soda Jazz Band in the speakeasy was an extra treat. And of course the food, from ReynardBetty BrooklynDelaney BarbecueLuke’s Lobster and Naturally Delicious, was amazing. You can check out all our vendors links here.

We had a lot of help giving the venue the Wedding Crashers makeover. Patina Rentals used their amazing Color Conditions, shimmery streamers that cascaded down from the ceilings and the outside gates. Universal Light and Sound strung lights in the tent and main hall. Sprout Home provided striking centerpieces like their sculptural, air plant “candelabras” atop the hotel’s bar. Lilli of Mimosa Floral Design Studio did our chalkboard art, and the following people and vendors provided great wedding planning tips in the screening room downstairs: Mark O’Connell, Rose Red & LavenderNaturally DeliciousLion in the Sun / PostScript Brooklynkerry Quade.5 West StudiosAmber Gress PhotographyPhotomuseReadyluckStylish & Hip Weddings, followed by a fashion show by Rebecca Schoneveld Bridal Design featuring Brooklyn brides who wore the dresses she designed for them, with hair and makeup by Glamsquad.

Take a peek at the photos, by Rebecca Hales. And save the date: our spring fair is coming up Sunday, March 22, followed by our wedding band showcase on March 25.