get hitched

One of this year’s Get Hitched Give Hope vendors is Timeless Weddings, who embroider classic, lovely veils, linens, handkerchiefs, and more.

Where: Downtown’s Four Seasons

What: Get Hitched, Give Hope is, at its heart, a wedding show — though really, considering the crew that throws it, a wedding party — in which great vendors gather in a gorgeous room and give couples the opportunity for face-to-face interaction and a real-world, real-time experience of their experience, their talents, their craft, and their specialties. For a list of the premier beauty, photography, floral, decor, planning, paperie, and more wedding professionals at your disposal at this year’s GHGH, slide over here to their vendors page.

But GHGH is not just about you, and it’s not just about the vendors. It’s about giving stage four breast cancer patients a chance to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience before their life on earth is over. Area vendors have agreed to donate their goods and services; you bid on them, via a series of silent and live auctions, and the money goes to the women who need it most. GHGH organizers are hoping to raise $50,000 this year; all of which will go to the Making Memories Foundation. It takes about $4k to make one dream come true — a first-ever family vacation to Hawaii, a wedding she wasn’t sure she’d get to have — and this year, the Seattle dreammakers who have pooled their resources to make this happen are hoping to make those things happen for twelve women.

By way of illustration: I just got a gorgeous Real Wedding submission from a photographer who donated her services at last year’s event. A lucky bride "bought" the photography package that night with a donation to the worthwhile charity (money she would spent anyway, hiring a shooter). The images are fantastic, due in no small part I’m sure to the underlying bond shared between the bride and her photographer; they knew that they were in it together all day long not just in pursuit of gorgeous photographic memories, but for a greater cause, as well. It’s really pretty amazing stuff.

Bottom line: Your dream happens in the most beautiful and meaningful way — and someone else’s dream comes to life in a truly special and singular way, also. And, you got to go to a really fun party.

So you’re saving the date, right? Be sure to check in on the GHGH blog, too; there are some pretty great run-up happenings before the big event — for example: an online jewelry trunk show from Stella & Dot; 25% of all purchases will be donated to GHGH.

When: October 28; tickets start at $35