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Where & When: Bridal Edition (February 23 to March 8)

Shift your planning into high gear with one of these events.

By Kim Forrest Published
Gowns by Monique Lhuillier will be featured at a trunk show at Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection next weekend. Photograph courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

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 design that’s totally you. Call 703-753-8303 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, February 24, through Sunday, February 26
If you’re 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.

Saturday, February 25
Want to try your hand at doing your own wedding makeup? Check out the Modern Bridal Studio makeup workshop at the Aveda Institute in DC from noon to 4. It’s $100 for the workshop, and registration is required. For more information, visit Modern Bridal Studio’s website.

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 the 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. 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 to 5:30. 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, Virginia, from noon to 4:30. Wedding pros will be available to chat about your event; there will also 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 website for more information or to register.

Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3
Carolina Herrera’s wedding gowns have been worn by celebrities, and most recently, Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan donned one of her creations in Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Check out Herrera’s newest wedding dresses at Carine’s Bridal Atelier in Georgetown. Call 202-965-4696 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3
If you want to get your groom an, ahem, special wedding gift, Love Life Images, and Amie Decker Beauty are offering 40-minute Mad Men–themed boudoir sessions, where they’ll do your hair and makeup, shoot some sultry (but completely tasteful) shots, and create a book of images. Visit Amie Decker Beauty’s website for more information.

Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3
Judd Waddell’s wedding dresses are totally classic with a twist. See his wedding dresses in person at Hitched in Georgetown. Call 202-333-6162 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3
Allure Couture creates stylish, affordable gowns. Try on the brand’s newest looks at Distinctive Designs Bridal in Rockville. Call 301-948-1833 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, March 2, through Sunday, March 4
If you’re a fan of Monique Lhuillier’s feminine and romantic wedding dresses, check out the newest collection at a trunk show at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in Baltimore. Call 410-484-4600 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, March 2, through Sunday, March 4
Rosa Clara, and the diffusion line Two by Rosa Clara will be featured at a trunk show at Chevy Chase Bridal. Call 202-363-9301 to schedule your appointment.

Saturday, March 3, through Monday, March 5
Check out Jenny Yoo’s collection at Love Couture Bridal in Potomac—and save 10 percent on any Jenny Yoo dress purchased during the trunk show. Call 301-610-5683 to schedule your appointment.

Sunday, March 4
The Heritage Hunt Bridal Show will take place at the Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club in Gainesville from 11 AM to 3 PM. You’ll be able to explore the grounds and wedding facilities and sample the club’s cuisine. Visit the Heritage Hunt website for more information.

Wednesday, March 7
The Montgomery Parks Association's "We're Engaged, Now What?" seminar at Rockwood Manor will focus on wedding planning tips and tricks. It's free for those who are getting married at one of the Montgomery Parks' venues, and $10 for everyone else. Visit the Montgomery Parks' website for more information.

Thursday, March 8
If you’re looking for a band for your wedding, check out a showcase of Entertainment Exchange’s ’Round Midnight band at the company’s theater in Silver Spring. Visit Entertainment Exchange’s website to RSVP.

Thursday, March 29
Designer Matthew Christopher will be making a personal appearance at Nordstrom Tysons Corner Center from 6 to 9 PM. Visit Nordstrom’s website for more information or to RSVP.

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

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