Where & When: Bridal Edition (January 5 through 15)

Kick off 2012 with discounted wedding gowns. Lots of sample sales coming up, along with trunk shows, registry events, bridal expos, and more.

By: Kim Forrest

Gowns by Lazaro will be featured at Love Couture Bridal next weekend. Photograph courtesy of Lazaro

Through Sunday, January 8

Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in Baltimore is hosting its biggest sample sale ever, featuring gowns by Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Watters, Amsale, and more. Gowns will be 40 to 80 percent off, and select shoes will be available for $25. Appointments are recommended so call 410-484-4600 to schedule yours.

Friday, January 6, through Sunday, January 8

Romona Keveza’s Legends collection is the designer’s whimsical and romantic diffusion line. Chevy Chase Bridal is hosting a sample sale of the newest gowns; call 202-363-9301 to schedule your appointment.

Saturday, January 7

Planning a bayside wedding? The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville is hosting a bridal show from noon to 5 PM. You’ll be able to meet lots of area vendors and sample the Beach Club’s cuisine. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit the Chesapeake Beach Club’s Web site for more information and to buy tickets.

Sunday, January 8

The Winchester Bridal Expo will be held at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal from 11:30 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free, and you’ll be entered to win door prizes. Visit the Winchester Bridal Expo’s Web site for more information.

Tuesday, January 10, and Wednesday, January 11

Macy’s is hosting a “Sip & Scan” event for newly engaged couples, where you can enjoy mocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music while you register for all your wedding gifts. On Tuesday, January 10, at 7 PM, the event will be held at Macy’s Pentagon City store; on Wednesday the 11th, you can join the fun at Macy’s in Tysons Corner Center. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Wednesday, January 11, through Friday, January 13

Carine’s Bridal Atelier is hosting a sample sale at its Georgetown salon, featuring gowns by Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, and Kenneth Pool. The sale is by appointment only; call 202-965-4696 to schedule yours.

Thursday, January 12

Hitched’s Sample Sale Soiree will take place from 5 to 8 PM. Gowns by Amsale, Judd Waddell, Ulla-Maija, and more will be marked down up to 60 percent. And—bonus—once you buy a gown, you’ll be able to take it home with you that night. While appointments aren't necessary, email info@hitchedsalon.com to RSVP, and check out Hitched’s Web site to preview some of the gowns.

Thursday, January 12, through Sunday, January 15

Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in Baltimore is hosting a trunk show of bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses by Watters and Wtoo, and accessories by Thomas Knoell Jewelry. Call 410-484-4600 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, January 13, through Sunday, January 15

Looking for a glam wedding gown? There will be a Simone Carvalli trunk show at Chevy Chase Bridal, and at Jeanette’s Bride ‘N Tux in Manassas. Call 202-363-9301 to schedule your appointment at Chevy Chase Bridal, or call 703-369-1998 to visit Jeanette’s.

Friday, January 13, through Sunday, January 15

Lazaro’s newest bridal collection will be featured at a trunk show at Love Couture Bridal in Potomac. You’ll save 10 percent on all Lazaro gowns purchased during the show. Call 301-601-5683 to schedule your appointment.

Saturday, January 14

Designer Bryan K. Osburn will be making a personal appearance at Soliloquy Bridal Couture in Herndon—and you can save 10 percent on his wedding gowns. Call 571-449-2580 to schedule an appointment.

Sunday, January 15

If you’re getting married on the Eastern Shore, check out the Eastern Shore Bridal Extravaganza at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, from 1 to 5 PM. You’ll meet with lots of area vendors and have the chance to win prizes. Visit the Eastern Shore Bridal Extravaganza’s Web site for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sunday, January 15

The Washington Bridal Showcase will be held at the Washington Convention Center from 11 AM to 5 PM. There will be fashion shows, music, tastings, and demonstrations. Visit the event’s Web site for more information and to buy tickets.

And don’t forget about our big Unveiled event! It’s on January 22 at the Mandarin Oriental in DC, and it’s shaping up to be the wedding event of the year. Visit our Web site to buy tickets.

Do you have an event you’d like us to include in our calendar? E-mail kforrest@washingtonian.com.