Where & When: Bridal Edition

Discounted dresses, last-minute gifts, and a race for wedding prizes

By: Mollie Reilly

Friday, October 8
For the bride on a budget, Hannelore’s of Old Town (106 N. Lee St., Alexandria) is hosting a Bridal Blowout Sale. The store is showcasing work by more than 20 designers, and some gowns are discounted by almost $4,000. Make an appointment by e-mailing info@hannelores.com. 10 to 5.

Friday, October 8, through Sunday, October 10
Chevy Chase Bridal is hosting a Stephen Yearick trunk show. The store is offering a 10-percent discount on all purchases of the designer’s ultra-glamorous gowns during the event. Call 202-363-9301 for an appointment.

Saturday, October 9, through Sunday, October 17
If you’re in need of a last-minute but thoughtful wedding gift, try any of the shops participating in Alexandria Boutique Week. Pick up specialty wines and organic chocolate for 20 percent off at Grape + Bean (118 S. Royal St.), receive a free gift with purchase of $100 or more at Red Barn Mercantile, or check out any of the other participating retailers  that are offering discounts.

Sunday, October 10
If you watch The Amazing Race every week and wish it was you and your fiancé running around the country, look no further than the Amazing Bridal Hunt at Exquisite Gems Events (1430 New Jersey Ave., NW). As you venture through the city collecting items, taking photos, and completing other tasks, you’ll compete with other couples to win prizes such as full-service wedding planning, a honeymoon, and a down payment toward your wedding gown. Wedding vendors will also be on hand to give advice and help you complete your tasks. Click here to register ($30 per couple). Noon to 6.

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