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Can’t Miss Bridal Events in May

Just in time for spring’s bustling wedding season, the best trunk shows and sample sales in the area.

By Irina Grechko

Shop Kevan Hall gowns at the trunk show at Soliloquy Bridal Couture on May 3 through 5. Photograph courtesy of Soliloquy Bridal Couture.

May 1 through 31: Markdown Month at CurvyGirls Bridal

Score designer sample gowns at 30 to 50 percent off all month long at our favorite curve-conscious bridal salon. With dresses available in sizes 12 through 32, CurvyGirls Bridal will showcase designers like La Sposa, Pronovias, and Allure. To make an appointment, call 703-539-8777.

May 3 through 5: Kevan Hall White Label Trunk Show at Soliloquy Bridal Couture

Minimalist brides, rejoice: You can purchase Kevan Hall’s unfussy modern designs for 10 percent off at Soliloquy Bridal Couture. Kevan Hall—a former design and creative director of Halston whose dresses have been worn by stars such as Felicity Huffman, Debra Messing, and Renee Zellweger—is known for his impeccable tailoring and streamlined silhouettes. Spaces fill up fast; make your appointment online.

May 3 and 4: Modern Trousseau Trunk Show at Hitched Salon

Check out Modern Trousseau’s new bridal collection at Georgetown’s Hitched Salon. The two-day event showcases the brand’s elegant gowns, known for their modern silhouettes and interesting details, straight off last month’s runway show. Reserve your spot and learn more about Modern Trousseau’s signature customization services by calling 202-333-6162.

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Trunk Show Alert: Tacori at Mervis Diamond Importers

The two big jewelry names team up to bring their largest trunk show to DC this weekend.

By Irina Grechko Photo courtesy of Mervis Diamond Importers.

For brides on the hunt for the perfect wedding bands and jewelry, Tacori holds a can’t-miss event this weekend. Known for swoon-worthy sparklers, worn on various red carpets by the likes of Nikki Reed, Katy Perry, Katherine Heigl and Kate Beckinsale, Tacori takes over Mervis Diamond Importers on April 27 and 28 to host its biggest trunk show ever.

The event, held simultaneously at Mervis’s Rockville, DC, and Tysons Corner locations, will feature the largest selection of Tacori bridal and fashion pieces worldwide and showcase baubles from Precision Set, Verragio, Martin Flyer, JB Star, and Ritani. Overwhelmed by the idea of so many options? Tacori representatives and Mervis Diamond experts will assist and guide brides-to-be in finding their ideal wedding rings and accessories.

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Bridal Where and When: March 28 to April 30

Discounts, trunk shows, and sample sales to take advantage of this spring.

By Irina Grechko
Lela Rose is among the designers whose dresses will be available at the Hitched Salon sample sale on March 28. Photograph courtesy of Lela Rose.

March 28: Designer Gown Sample Sale at Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Shop designer gown samples at this chic boutique from 5 to 8 PM. Carine’s Bridal Atelier will feature couture gowns from designers such as Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, and Monique Lhuillier at up to 75 percent off. Prices range from $999 to $2,699, and Fluffy Thoughts Cakes will sweeten the deal with complimentary cupcakes.

March 28: Sample Sale at Hitched Salon

Georgetown fave Hitched Salon is saying goodbye to many of its favorite couture gowns and making room for new ones with this blowout sample sale. Score designer dresses from Anna Maier, Amsale, and Lela Rose at up to 85 percent off. Book a private appointment between noon and 4 by calling 202-333-6162, or stop by the store from 5 to 8 for the open house sale. With prices starting as low as $500, you know it’s going to get crazy. Preview the sample gowns online, and dash right for your favorite one when the doors open.

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Get Ready for Unveiled 2013

Tickets are on sale now to our big bridal event, which is just around the corner.

By Kate Bennett The runway from Unveiled 2012. Photograph by Holland Photo Arts.

While we know what’s on your brain right now is the holidays—and the fact that this could very well be the year you get a ring under the tree—we want to remind you that Unveiled 2013 is just weeks away. So go ahead and enjoy being engaged, but don’t forget that planning has to start at some point, and Unveiled is an amazing way to kick off the process. This year the showcase will take place on January 27 at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., from 11:30 to 3:30.

We will have dozens of the region’s very best (and Washingtonian Bride & Groom-approved!) wedding vendors—florists, planners, designers, hairstylists, cake bakers, and more—plus a runway show presented by Carine’s Bridal Atelier. On display will be the very latest gowns and styles from Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Angel Sanchez, and Marchesa, just to name a few. Unveiled is the perfect opportunity to see it all, meet the people who make weddings happen in our region, sip Champagne, and sample tastings—you don’t want to miss it. Buy your tickets now, and we’ll see you at Unveiled 2013!

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Where and When: August 17 to September 10

Fall is coming with a bang, and we've got the ins on what to see and where to shop.

By Stephanie Early Green
A gown from Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2012 bridal collection. Photograph courtesy of Monique Lhuillier.

Listen up, brides, grooms, and mothers of the bride: Now’s the time to take advantage of the great deals offered at wedding expos, trunk shows, and other events taking place all over the Washington area in the next several weeks. Check out the schedule and get a leg up on your big day.


August 17 through September: Chevy Chase Bridal Liquidation Sale

While it's not good news that the Mazza Gallerie bridal boutique Chevy Chase Bridal is closing its doors, on the bright side, this means savings and discounts galore for brides-to-be in search of gowns by designers such as Anne Bowen, Badgley Mischka, Justin Alexander, Legends by Romona Keveza, Two by Rosa Clara and more. Liquidation starts on August 17th, with the entire store 30-50% off. For more information, visit chevychasebridal.com

August 18 and 19: Bridal Blowout Sale at Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria

Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria, the high-end bridal consignment boutique, will be marking down its entire inventory by an additional 10 to 40 percent during its Bridal Blowout Sale. Brides can snag gowns from top designers at 30 to 80 percent off the original retail prices and can take an additional 10 percent off all accessories (including veils) and bridesmaids’ orders. The sale runs from 10 to 6 on Saturday and noon to 6 on Sunday. Check the Fabulous Frocks Facebook page for an updated inventory list.

August 19: Wedding Open House at Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

The Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center at the University of Maryland is hosting a free wedding open house from 11 to 2. Come to this event to get a feel for the venue, which is available for weddings and other events. RSVP to riggsinfo@ur.umd.edu and find more information through the website.

August 23: Styling Night at Hitched

Try on some of the many bridal baubles available at Hitched during Styling Night, held from 5 to 8. All accessories purchased during the event will be 10 percent off. RSVP to 202-333-6162 or e-mail appointments@hitchedsalon.com; please specify what time you’d like to attend.

August 23 through 25: Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show at Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Reserve your spot at the semiannual Monique Lhuillier trunk show at Carine’s Bridal Atelier in Georgetown. This event will feature luxurious, ultra-feminine dresses from the designer’s spring 2013 collection. Attendance is free, but appointments are required. You’ll want to make yours soon; this is one of the most popular events of the season. Please contact Carine’s Bridal at 202-965-4696 or info@carinesbridal.com to schedule.

August 24 through 26: Enzoani Trunk Show at Love Couture Bridal

Love Couture Bridal in Potomac will host a trunk show featuring gowns by the designer Enzoani, known for modern, elegant gowns, lots of pretty lace, beading, and waist-cinching corsets. Brides will receive 10 percent off gowns purchased at the trunk show. The event is free, but appointments are required. Contact Love Couture at 301-610-5683 or e-mail sandy@lovecouturebridal.com.

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Bridal Where and When: July 19 to August 5

Discounts, trunk shows and sneak peeks: What’s happening in the world of weddings in our area.

By Stephanie Early Green
A strapless gown by Amsale, just one of the designer labels on markdown during Hitched Salon's sample sale. Photo courtesy of Amsale.

July 19: Hitched Sample Sale

Join the ladies at Hitched Bridal Couture for a Sample Sale Soiree from 5 to 8 PM. The event will feature couture wedding gowns from designers including Anna Maier, Amsale, Judd Waddell, and Lela Rose marked down 40 to 80 percent. Although no appointment is necessary, interested brides should RSVP to info@hitchedsalon.com. Visit the Hitched website for a peek at the gowns available for purchase.

July 19: Carine’s Bridal Atelier Sample Sale

Head to Carine’s Bridal Atelier in Georgetown for the annual summer sample sale from 5 to 8 PM. The sale will feature couture gowns from designers including Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, and Monique Lhuillier at 50 to 75 percent off. No appointment is necessary to attend. Find more information on the Carine’s Facebook page, or call 202-965-4696.

July 20 and 21: The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel Sample Sale

Visit the luxurious Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase to take advantage of its summer sample sale, featuring gowns from top designers including Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra, and Peter Langner, originally priced from $690 to $13,890, marked down 30 to 75 percent. The sale runs on Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM. Appointments are recommended; call 301-652-2250.

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Where and When: Bridal Edition (June 1 to June 17)

Planning made easier with these insider events and deals.

By Stephanie Early Green
The "Laura" strapless gown from TWO by Rosa Clara. Photograph courtesy of Rosa Clara.

Friday, June 1, through Sunday, June 3

Gowns from the TWO by Rosa Clara collection, a more affordable line from the world-renowned dress designer, will be featured at a trunk show at Chevy Chase Bridal. Receive 10 percent off all trunk show purchases. Call 202-363-9301 for more information.

Friday June 1, and Saturday, June 2

Hitched Salon in Georgetown will host a trunk show featuring gowns from Judd Waddell. The designer will be in attendance to debut his newest collection and answer questions. Receive a 10 percent discount on any Judd Waddell gowns purchased at the trunk show. Call 202-333-6162 to make an appointment.

Sunday, June 3

Attend the Greater Virginia Bridal Show at the Science Museum of Virginia, in Richmond, from 1 to 5 PM, to experience displays from a wide number of vendors and local wedding professionals, a runway show by Alfred Angelo, door prizes, and food samples. Admission is $7. 

Sunday, June 3

Attend the Say I Do! LGBT Wedding Expo 2012, hosted by Pink Dot Concepts, at the Hotel Palomar in DC, from 1 to 4 PM. Registration is $7 for individuals and $10 for couples. Find more information here.

Sunday, June 3

Head to Bowie, Maryland, for Good Eats & Treats at the Cardinal Room at Boswell Hall from 2 to 5 PM. For $5, you'll gain access to an open house, tasting, and wedding vendor showcase. Buy tickets online.

Sunday, June 3, and Tuesday, June 5

Crate & Barrel is hosting Wedding Party gift registry events in Virginia (Arlington, McLean, and Richmond) and DC. These events feature food, drinks, and a chance to discuss registry options with Crate & Barrel consultants. RSVP here.

Thursday, June 7, through Saturday, June 9

Carine's Bridal Atelier in Georgetown will be hosting a Rivini trunk show, featuring luxurious gowns from the designer's spring 2013 collection. Call 202-965-4696 to schedule an appointment.

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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.

 

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Where & When: Bridal Edition (February 9 to February 21)

Try on dresses, taste cakes, visit venues, and meet vendors this month.

By Kim Forrest
Looking to add a pop of V-Day hue to your wedding ensemble? Try these ruby stunners from Tiny Jewel Box. Photograph courtesy of Tiny Jewel Box

Tonight through February 16
Soliloquy Bridal Couture in Herndon is hosting a fashion show and reception tonight at 7 PM. Wedding dresses from the likes of Sassi Holford (a British designer whose collection will be featured at the salon until the 16th), Heidi Elnora, Cocoe Voci, and Sarah Seven will be shown, and canapés from Purple Onion Catering will be provided. RSVP by e-mailing febshow@soliloquybridal.com, or make an appointment to try on a Sassi Holford gown by calling 571-449-2580.

Today through Saturday, February 11
Fashionistas, take note: The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel is hosting a trunk show of Oscar de la Renta wedding dresses (yes, the Oscar de la Renta who created wedding gowns for Jenna Bush, Katherine Heigl, and even Carrie Bradshaw). Call 301-652-2250 to schedule an appointment.

Today through Saturday, February 11
Monique Lhuillier’s wedding dresses (Reese Witherspoon wore one on her wedding day) will be featured at a trunk show at Carine’s Bridal Atelier in Georgetown. Call 202-965-4696 to schedule your appointment, and click here to view the new collection.

Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11
Amsale wedding dresses combine classic silhouettes and modern details to all-around gorgeous effect. Hitched in Georgetown is hosting a trunk show of the designer’s new collection at its salon. Call 202-333-6162 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11
Looking for a special bauble for your wedding day—or for Valentine’s Day? Tiny Jewel Box in DC is hosting a Valentine’s Day shopping event featuring exclusive designs from Penny Preville and new pieces from Fragments Design Lab, as well as Tag Heuer watches. To get into the V-Day spirit, sweet treats will be on offer, too! Visit Tiny Jewel Box’s website for more information.

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Where & When: Bridal Edition (February 2 to February 12)

The shortest month of the year is packing in lots of trunk shows around the area.

By Kim Forrest
Tara Keely's feminine wedding dresses will be featured at a Chevy Chase Bridal trunk show. Photograph courtesy of Tara Keely

Friday, February 3, through Saturday, February 4
The wedding gown collection by Modern Trousseau is a favorite among DC brides looking for a classic dress with a modern twist. The newest gowns will be featured at Hitched in Georgetown at a trunk show. Call 202-333-6162 to schedule your appointment.

Friday, February 3, through Saturday, February 4
Looking to glam up your wedding gown with a sparkly brooch, headpiece, or necklace? The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel is hosting a trunk show featuring the gorgeous jewelry of Siman Tu. Call 301-652-2250 to schedule an appointment.

Friday, February 3, through Sunday, February 5
Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection
in Baltimore is hosting a trunk show of James Clifford’s classic, elegant gowns. Call 410-484-4600 to schedule your appointment

Friday, February 3, through Sunday, February 5
Tara Keely wedding gowns are feminine and stylish; check them out at a trunk show at Chevy Chase Bridal. Call 202-363-9301 to schedule your appointment.

Saturday, February 4
R&R Catering is hosting an open house at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. You’ll be able to taste the caterer’s appetizers, entrées, and sides, and other wedding vendors will be present to answer your wedding planning questions. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Visit R&R Catering’s website to register.

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