The royal wedding has arrived, and there’s no shortage of ways to channel your inner Kate Middleton this weekend. Hitched is kicking things off with its English Garden Cocktail Party. You’ll have the chance to meet with Shira Savada of Martha Stewart Weddings as well as representatives from local wedding vendors such as Maggie Austin Cake and Ritzy Bee Events. Save a place for you and a friend by e-mailing RSVP@HitchedSalon.com. 6 to 8. Free.
Thursday, April 28, and Saturday, April 30
Monique Lhullier’s latest bridal line is in a trunk show at Carine’s Bridal Atelier. Reese Witherspoon wore one of the designer’s creations for her recent nuptials. Call 202-965-4696 to make an appointment. Note: The store is closed Friday, April 29.
Friday, April 29
The always-epic Running of the Brides is at Filene’s Basement in Mazza Gallerie this Friday. Not for the faint of heart, the annual event features extreme discounts (think thousands of dollars) on name-brand gowns. If you’re up for the challenge, check out the store’s tips for making the most of the sale. Doors open at 8 AM.
Save on stylish honeymoon wear at Urban Chic’s Trina Turk trunk show, which is at the Bethesda location. There’ll be refreshments, stylists to offer fashion tips, and 15-percent savings on the designer’s spring and summer collections. 10 to 8.
Crystal Bridal Gallery is hosting a Royal Wedding Celebration today, featuring 10-to-20-percent discounts on gowns from Claire Mansir, Allure, and Blue by Benzoani. Bridesmaids-to-be can also save on dresses designed by Dessy, After Six, Alexia, and Alfred Snug. Call 703-288-3066 to make an appointment.
There’s a bridal fashion show at Moni’s Bridal Boutique Friday night, when the shop will unveil its latest bridal lines. After the show, you’ll be able to mingle with other brides at a cocktail reception. Call 571-229-5193 to RSVP. 7 to 10. Free.
Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30
Check out Modern Trousseau’s bridal collection at Hitched, where the latest gowns are in a trunk show. Designer Callie Tein will be on hand to meet with brides and discuss alterations. Call 202-333-6162 to make an appointment.
Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1
Chevy Chase Bridal hosts a Stephen Yearick trunk show this weekend, where all of the designer's gowns are 10 percent off. To celebrate Kate and Will, the store will screen the wedding and provide crumpets and scones. Call 202-363-9301 to make an appointment.