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The Seattle Wedding Show took place January 10 and 11 in downtown Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center. (Image: Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

What we learned at the Seattle Wedding Show

It's always eye-opening to visit the Seattle Wedding Show and see how many components of a wedding there really are. Unless you're doing it yourself (or visiting a wedding expo) it's easy to show up at a wedding and not think about the hours that went into choosing the flowers, venue, invitations, menu, trellis, and a dozen other things.

All of that is hard to escape at the Wedding Show, with over 700 booths in almost 30 categories vying for the business of brides and grooms.

Two parts of weddings we were especially interested in, that seem to change year by year more than anything else: dress style, and music.

Wedding Dresses
Just like any other item of clothing, wedding dress styles can change from year to year, and of course from bride to bride.

"This weekend we're seeing a lot of interest in lace," said Krista York, owner of Charlotte's Weddings and More. "With the keyhole back and sheath, a lot of detail."

York says the ballgown style (think poofy skirt) is also very popular right now.

After the solemn and tearjerking vows of love and commitment, it's time to get down! On the dance floor that is. Flower girls and grandparents alike come out to move and groove at the reception, and it's the DJs job to keep it family-friendly but also bumping. We talked with Magnolia Rhapsody on the three most popular songs they played at weddings in 2014:

  1. Fancy - Iggy Azalea
  2. Happy - Pharrell Williams
  3. Turn Down For What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon