We were proud to be the host venue for the 3rd annual Big Fake Wedding. We were in such good company including working with Puff n’ Stuff catering, Porch Therapy floral, Sweeter Than the Rest cakes, and White Rose Entertainment.
The Big Fake Wedding is an alternative bridal show that includes an emotional ceremony, a delicious dinner, and a dance-party reception. “Wedding guests” are brides-and-grooms-to-be who get to truly experience the wedding vendors in action.
It was a beautiful day and each of the decorators were able to decorate a table on our outdoor Terrace. We loved all of the special themes that the decorators created by combining gold textures, embracing the stars and globes, and bringing in lush floral arrangements.
There were three great photographers that participated in this event including Earthmuse photography, Amanda Lenhardt photography, and Love Asha photography, whose photos we included in this blog post. You can see a list of all of the vendors listed here.
Until next time,
Manager of Meetings and Events
In the wedding industry, we all know that Pinterest can be a greatly inspiring (and terribly discouraging) resource for when brides and grooms decide to plan their wedding day. It’s a great way to find easy DIY crafts that could add a personal touch to a wedding, but Pinterest also houses photos of weddings that are not attainable by the average bride and groom planning their wedding. Thousands of dollars spent on floral alone aren’t at the top of everyone’s budget.
Among all of the overdone wedding photos are also meaningful quotes that will inspire you to keep your chin up, inspire your vows, or even inspire your officiant’s speech. Within all of the photos that could bring you down, there are inspirational quotes on love and marriage that will get you through any stress of wedding planning.
Here’s some of our favorite lovable quotes that are as gorgeous as their words.
Until next time,
Manager of Meetings and Events
Even though all of our events all take place within one venue, Orlando Science Center, each one is unique from the other. We’ve compiled a list to make your event as special as ours!
- Event flow is crucial to making guests feel like there are experiencing new things without overwhelming them. With OSC in particular, we have as many as three different spaces on one level, so guests can enjoy cocktails in one, dinner in another, and dessert in the last. Guests will enjoy exploring different spaces, so with a solid flow and structure to the evening, guests can have a great time.
- Great food and delicious drinks never fail. It’s the one thing that every guest can participate in and enjoy. It’s also something guests will remember whether it is good or bad, so make sure you give them a good reason to remember the food and drinks!
- Atmosphere, whether this means a throwback playlist from your DJ for a night of dancing or a live band at a wedding, music sets the tone. DJs these days can accept nearly any request and cover bands can get crowds up on their feet.
- A thoughtful guest-list. Know your guests well enough to give them comfort. If your guests will wear heels, make sure there is plenty of seating for the end of the evening. If your guests are older, perhaps make sure an outdoor event space will not be too cold that evening. Even something as simple as offering plus-ones for guests who are more introverted could make guests more comfortable, in turn they’ll have more fun.
- Personal touches can be as simple as a personalized menu at an intimate dinner party, customized bookmarks for attendees that enjoy reading, or something humorous like a “hangover cure kit” given out at the end of a wedding. It’s the personal things that will be remembered by your guests.
Until next time,
Manager of Meetings and Events
Here at the Orlando Science Center we host on average 80 weddings a year! We encounter many unique themes and wedding details that express what our couples love. Recently we have been noticing that some of our couples have been including many “Disney Details” into their wedding ceremonies and receptions. I work for “The Mouse” as well and these details do not go unnoticed by this Disney girl at heart! These Disney Details paired with the whimsy of our venue create a one of a kind wedding!
Elements from the movie UP! have been showcased in several of our weddings; some as subtle as the famous Grape Soda Button! One of our brides on April 27th placed hers in her bouquet as well as created one for each of her guests to take home as their favor.
The story of UP! portrays a love between a couple and the adventure that is out there for them to explore together. Our bride and groom chose the classic Disney script for their dino sign that was placed in our T-Rex’s mouth for guests to encounter immediately when they walked into the reception area in Dino Digs, a location that screams adventure!
The same couple created a card box resembling the mail box that Carl and Ellie make together in the movie. You can even see the Disney theme post cards that guests were able to write well wishes on and place in the mailbox.
Escort cards can even showcase Disney and these couples definitely got creative. At another one of our weddings on April 21st, guests found their very own FastPass that took them to their corresponding table that was titled based off of the couple’s favorite Disney attractions,while another couple used the famous Disney script to direct their guests to their seats.
Many of the elements we have seen showcase the couple’s favorite characters, such as this adorable cake topper with the groom wearing a storm trooper helmet and the bride sporting classic Mickey Ears. Groomsmen even donned their favorite Marvel characters to create a unique version of a boutonniere.
Hidden Mickey’s were added on this bride and grooms cake, giving it a little hint of the Mouse. While the UP! inspired cake displays an iconic scene from the Pixar Movie.
Many of our couples are Central Florida locals and have grown up around Walt Disney World or have even worked there. Others enjoy the stories and what they embody and compare their own love stories to the beloved characters. Whatever the connection is with the theme parks, characters, or movies we love to see the details portrayed throughout our couples special day!
Over and Out,
On August 23rd of this year, the Orlando Science Center proudly hosted the 10th Annual Philips Phile Poker Tournament put on by Real Radio 104.1. In its sixth consecutive year here at the center, we saw features that continued to keep guests entertained throughout the night! Located in our Dino Digs event space, attendees were invited to play on any of the 19 poker tables supplied by Fun Planners. Feel like poker isn’t for you? Real Radio had just the solution, offering guests to participate on any of its other playing tables, including roulette and various casino games. Other features included a photo opportunity by 12THIRTY4 photography, a glowing table for the final players, and my personal favorite, a slot machine placed before the entrance if you just couldn’t wait to get started!
Not only did I really enjoy working this event, but it’s safe to say the attendees did as well! Furthermore, all of the raised money went to the local Mustard Seed of Central Florida. This event welcomed a variety of vendors to the Science Center. Porkies BBQ catered food throughout the tournament while Cut the Cake supplied a tasty array of sweets! Subsequently, Ember expertly handled the bar services for the duration of night alongside JVR Productions who set up a rum sampling booth. 12THIRTY4 Photography was there to capture each moment of the event and CORT brought in luxurious furniture to place around the room!
The Orlando Science Center looks forward to the future of this event and all the fun that comes with it! We thank all of the participants who made the night such a success. Until next year!
Your daily dose of dinos,
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After a weekend of proms and formals we are excited to announce our newest vendor for The NotWedding! Big City Catering! Big City Catering has been to the Orlando Science Center numerous times for events. One of our favorite events Big City Catering was a part of was Bob’s 50th birthday. Here’s a video that showcases Big City Catering’s one of a kind work.
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The NotWedding is approaching fast – we are one month out! For those who don’t know what The NotWedding is, it’s a big fake wedding. The wedding guest are all brides to be! The event will start off with an emotional ceremony of a couple renewing their vows. Then the guests will go into a reception where they will get to enjoy a tasty dinner provided by Big City Catering. Following dinner they will get to dance the night away! A true experience of vendors in action. Mark your calendars now for May 14, 2014. Save this date not only to see Big City Catering in action, but taste their unforgettable food. Who knows maybe they will be your caterer for your big day! If you would like to attend this event, you can find out more information and tickets at TheNotWedding.com Peace, love, and dinos,
Our staff is gearing up for an exciting event this year, the NotWedding! This annual event, taking place on May 14th at Orlando Science Center is an interesting alternative to the usual bridal show. The entire event is designed to mimic the feel of an actual wedding. This fake, elaborate wedding allows “wedding guests”, the brides-to-be, a chance to see some of our local Orlando vendors in action complete with a mock ceremony, reception, and dance party.
The NotWedding has handpicked some of the best vendors in the Central Florida area for this over the top event. This long list of vendors also includes two of our preferred vendors here at the Orlando Science Center!
Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals is a great option for all of your rentals needs including Chiavari chair rentals, an assortment of table rentals, linen rentals, classy tent rentals, LED up-lighting rentals, photo booth rentals, and much more. In addition to their wide variety of rentals, they have an incredible staff that we always enjoy working with.
When it comes to DJ and specialty lighting services, Junction 88 is the one to call! DJ and owner, MJ Farb, and his staff are always full of energy and eager to make your event all the more special. Not to mention, they have the most amazing lighting that will transform any space beyond your imagination!
If you would like to attend this event, you can find out more information and tickets at TheNotWedding.com
If you were wondering how our staff transforms the Orlando Science Center into the wedding of your dreams, here are some of my favorite photos!