Where & When: Bridal Edition (February 16 to February 26)

Planning your wedding should be a snap with all the helpful events coming up.

By: Kim Forrest

Gowns like this one by Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture will be featured at Hitched next week. Photograph courtesy of Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture

Today through Saturday, February 18

If you like Monique Lhuillier wedding gowns, you’ll love her lower-priced diffusion line, Bliss by Monique Lhuillier. The newest gowns from the Bliss collection will be featured in a trunk show at Carine’s Bridal Atelier in Georgetown. Call 202-965-4696 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, February 17, and Saturday, February 18

Is your style more contemporary than cupcake? Check out the new Jorge Manuel collection at Hitched in Georgetown. The designer himself will be on hand to help you choose a dress, and you’ll get 10 percent off any Jorge Manuel gown purchased during the trunk show. Call 202-333-6162 to set up your appointment.

Friday, February 17, through Sunday, February 19

Matthew Christopher’s wedding dresses are pure Hollywood glam. Check out the newest collection at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in Baltimore. Call 410-484-4600 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, February 17, through Sunday, February 19

Have a fun girls’ outing at the Jenny Yoo trunk show at Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria. You’ll find the designer’s newest collection of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. And on Saturday, Purple Onion Catering will be providing Prosecco and hors d’oeuvres to really make this event a party! Call 703-683-2306 to schedule your appointment.

Saturday, February 18

The Brides Rock & Sparkle wedding expo will be held at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, Maryland. There will be lots of local vendors on hand, as well as a fashion show and pampering spa services such as mini facials, massages, and makeup applications. Visit the event website for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

Sunday, February 19

Getting married in Fredericksburg? The Fredericksburg Big Day Bridal & Event Expo will be held at the Fredericksburg Expo Center from 11 to 5. There will be lots of vendors, a fashion show, a sketch artist, and tons of prizes. Visit the expo’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sunday, February 19

Calling all sweet tooths: Visit the free Creative Cakes open house in Silver Spring from noon to 3, where you can sample the baker’s cake flavors and view the latest and greatest wedding cake designs. RSVP by visiting Creative Cakes’ website.

Tuesday, February 21

Check out another showcase from Entertainment Exchange—this time featuring the band Nightsong. The showcase is free, and will be held at Entertainment Exchange’s new showcase theater in Silver Spring from 9 to 9:30 PM. RSVP by visiting the website.

Wednesday, February 22

Even after you’ve selected your dream wedding gown, there’s more shopping to be done—for accessories! Glam up your gown at Hitched in Georgetown, which is hosting a Styling Night featuring jewelry and sashes by Desla Couture. Call 202-333-6162 to RSVP; these events fill up fast!

Thursday, February 23, through Monday, February 26

Are you a fan of Romona Keveza’s fresh and feminine wedding dresses? Check out her trunk show at Rizik’s in DC, where you can receive 10 percent off her gowns. Call 202-223-4050 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25

Whether you’re scouting for your dream engagement ring or looking for wedding bands for you and your groom, you’ll want to stop by the Ultimate Ring Event at I. Gorman Jewelers in DC, where the creations of 12 world-renowned jewelry designers, including Todd Reed, Etienne Perret, and Alishan, will be featured. You’ll also be able to check out I. Gorman’s selection of loose diamonds to pick out your perfect stone. Visit I. Gorman’s website for more information.

Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25

Stylish and elegant wedding dresses by Alfred Angelo will be featured at a trunk show at I Do I Do Wedding Gowns in Gaithersburg. Call 240-243-0050 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25

The Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture collection is known for impeccable fit and draping. Try on one (or more!) of these wedding gowns at the Hitched trunk show. Call 202-333-6162 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, February 24, through Sunday, February 26

We’re fans of Victoria Nicole’s flattering wedding gowns. Her collection will be featured at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in Baltimore. Call 410-484-4600 to schedule an appointment.

Friday, February 24, through Sunday, February 26

Blush Bridal Boutique in Gainesville will be hosting a trunk show of Carrafina Curvy Couture wedding dresses. The gowns range in size from 18 to 28, and custom changes can be made to create a gown that’s totally you. Call 703-753-8303 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, February 24, through Sunday, February 26

Looking for a dramatic gown that will really stand out? Check out the Stephen Yearick trunk show at Chevy Chase Bridal. Call 202-363-9301 to schedule your appointment.

Sunday, February 26

The Westin Tysons Corner is hosting a bridal showcase from 11 to 3. You’ll be able to tour the venue’s ballrooms and sample cuisine from their recently re-created wedding menus. Plus there will be lots of raffle prizes. For more information, visit the Westin Tysons Corner’s website, and RSVP by calling 703-394-2113.

Sunday, February 26

The Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia, will be hosting a bridal open house from 2 to 6 PM. Meet lots of wedding vendors while enjoying food, drink, and a fashion show from Soliloquy Bridal Couture. RSVP by e-mailing cporter@tollbrothersinc.com.

Sunday, February 26

The South Asian Bridal Exhibit will be held at the Hyatt Dulles from 11 AM to 5:30 PM. A variety of vendors catering to South Asian brides—caterers, deejays, photographers, invitation designers, and more—will be on hand. Visit the South Asian Bridal Exhibit’s website for more information and to register.

Sunday, February 26

The Colony South Hotel & Conference Center in Clinton, Maryland, will be hosting its Annual Bridal Extravaganza Showcase from noon to 5. Lots of vendors, from deejays to photographers to bakers, will attend, and there will be fashion shows from CurvyGirls Bridal and David’s Bridal. Visit the Colony South’s website for more information.

Sunday, February 26

Getting married in the Shenandoah Valley? The Winter Bridal Marketplace will take place at the Millwood Station Special Event Center in Winchester, VA from noon to 4:30. Wedding pros will be available to chat about your event, plus there will be a $1,000 giveaway, a fashion show, and cooking demonstrations, and you’ll have the chance to win a Mon Cheri wedding gown. Visit the Winter Bridal Marketplace’s website for more information or to register.

Do you know about an upcoming wedding event you’d like us to share on our calendar? E-mail realweddings@washingtonian.com.