It all started 40 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!
Next came our first tuxedo store named Black Tie, which eventually turned into 14 stores. At that time, the only wedding shows around were in the shopping malls, and if you didn’t have a store in the mall, you couldn’t participate. Three little boys later, there was no room in the budget for mall stores - only the strip malls. SO, long story short, we decided to have our own show and the bridal shops that had been renting our tuxedos were there to support us.
Times have really changed, and planning a wedding has become just slightly more elaborate than what we had planned so many years ago. And because we know how much there is to do and how stressful it can be at times, we are committed to giving couples the chance to see only the "Best of the Best" at our two-day show.
We believe in quality, NOT quantity. We put on the best show we can ONCE a year, and we will continue to show you only the companies that can help you plan your big day, (not that we have anything against dentists or plastic surgeons), because that’s what our couples have requested to see when they come to the Seattle Wedding Show.