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Hundreds of vendors presented their goods and services at the 2014 Seattle Wedding Expo. Thousands preparing for their owning wedding found potential dresses, florists, caterers, DJs and more. (Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

Calling all brides and bridal parties

The Seattle Wedding Show is this weekend, meaning hundreds of brides, bridal parties and probably a couple fiancés will be swarming the Washington State Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday to find everything from cakes to dresses to bouquets.

Barb and Don Berger are the driving forces behind the wedding show, which draws hundreds of vendors to downtown Seattle each year."It all started 42 years ago, with a 19 and a 20 year-old who were WAY too young to get married (we told our sons to never even consider doing something so crazy). We had a $1000.00 budget and not a clue about how to put on a wedding. The big day took 3 months to plan, which included a dress and veil costing $125.00, wedding rings which totaled $150.00, and the neighborhood church, complete with school gym for the reception. We put the basketball hoops up so as not to interfere with the elaborate décor of a sheet cake on a plain white tablecloth, and had one white flower arrangement made up of mostly carnations. We toasted each other with punch (probably Hawaiian straight from the can), and never did we think, that many years later, we would be helping couples plan their big day!"
- Barb BergerThe Wedding Show will operate out of the 4th Floor of the Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $17 and can be bought online or at the door.