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Brittany Swanson (from left) of Duluth and her grandmother Darlene Swanson of Aitkin look at a wedding dress worn by Jenny Barnes of Esko at the booth for the Princess Bride store during the Duluth Bridal Show at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Saturday in Duluth. The dress is a Maggie Sottero design that sells for $1,649. (Clint Austin /

Some Northland couples ramp up wedding spending as economy improves

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If the nation's economy is improving, one measure might be the difference between a violin solo and a string quartet at a wedding.

In recent years engaged couples "were hiring solo violin instead of quartet, or duo instead of quartet," musician Michelle Gribbon said. "Now almost every booking is quartet again."


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