By Amanda Zurita
It isn't as boutique-y as First Look, nor as festive as Get Hitched Give Hope, but the Seattle Wedding Show is, hand's down, the city's largest and most inclusive industry event—and it's coming up soon.
On Saturday and Sunday January 10 and 11, the downtown Seattle Convention Center will fill with a who's who of local wedding pros, from florists to bakers to jewelers, calligraphers, planners ... seriously, you name it. You could theoretically wrap up your entire vendor list in one weekend.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="550"] We're working with Kaleb Norman James and channeling rustic châteaux for our floral-filled Wedding Show booth.
Image of Chateau de Varennes by photographer Alexandra Meurant[/caption]
We might be biased, but you'll find the best booth (ours) at #1710. Seattle Met Bride and Groom teamed up this year with the phenomenal styling talent that is Kaleb Norman James to create a romantic, French-style salon with a rustic cottage vibe.
We hope you'll stop by. One, because you'll be able to pick up a hot-off-the-press, brand-new copy of Seattle Met Bride and Groom's winter/spring 2015 issue. And two, because our cozy double-wide booth is the perfect place to grab a seat for a quick break from the vast convention.
As for our other tips, tricks, and things to think about:
- Make it a two-day affair. Often couples delegate a day-one scout and return together on Sunday to do more digging on a pared-down list of interesting vendors from Saturday. Lucky for you, tickets ($17, on sale now) are good for the full weekend. Just be sure to get your hand stamped on the way out the first day.
- Bring a tote bag and a notebook. With all the handouts, brochures, and business cards you'll want to keep your hands free to pick up cake and appetizer samples
- Local wedding fashions hit the runway five different times, but the show is always the same so don't feel the need to rush over for an encore. See it Saturday at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30; Sunday at 12:30 and 3:30.
- Dress like you're planning your wedding. Former SMBG editor Laura Cassidy suggested a few year's back that "if you dress in workout wear, it'll feel like a workout." We know you're planning a soiree that's as stylish as you are, so why not bring that same put-together mentality to the wedding show?
I'll be captaining our booth for the full weekend, alongside advertising director Dixie Duncan, our events manager Libby Kindle, and a rotating cast of the Seattle Met and Seattle Met Bride and Groom crew. We're truly excited to see you and chat about your impending big day. Please bring us your questions, concerns, and one of those cupcake samples.