’Tis (almost) the holiday season, so now is the perfect time to do good—and save some cash on your gown. Moni’s Bridal Boutique (9255 Center St., Manassas) is collecting food donations for SERVE, a group that works to feed the homeless. Bring any five of the following items to the store and receive $50 off your wedding dress: stuffing; canned fruit and vegetables; gravy; coffee, tea, or cocoa; peanut butter and jelly; cranberry sauce; sweet and white potatoes; cornbread or muffin mix; pasta and sauces; cream soups; Bisquick or rice; boxed desserts; applesauce; sugar; canned pumpkin.
Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23
Hitched (1523 Wisconsin Ave., NW) is hosting an Anne Barge trunk show this weekend. Barge has described her gowns as 1950s and 1960s classic, and the dresses often include intricate embroidery and beadwork. Brides-to-be receive 10 percent off gowns purchased during the event. Call 202-333-6162 to make an appointment.
Simple, luxurious gowns are the standard for Rivini, whose 2011 designs are showcased at Carine’s Bridal Atelier (1726 Wisconsin Ave., NW) this weekend. Gowns purchased at the trunk show are discounted by 12 percent Friday and 10 percent Saturday. Call 202-965-4696 for an appointment.
Saturday, October 23
For a versatile rehearsal-dinner dress, check out the Aidah Collection Spring 2011 Runway Show at Waterfront Park (1-A Prince St., Alexandria) from 5 to 7. Click here for tickets ($20 to $50).
Sunday, October 24
Consult with wedding professionals from a variety of backgrounds at the Sunday Wedding Social, hosted by Charlie Shin Photography (8455-G Tyco Rd., Vienna). There’ll be food samples from Happy Eatery and MK Catering, music by DJ Ivan, and opportunities to meet with hair-and-makeup artist Carola Myers, invitation designer Camille Mele Purpura, and others. RSVP to email@example.com. 1 to 4. Free.
Simply Wonderful Caterers, which offers a wide variety of wedding menus, is hosting a tasting and open house at Cherry Hill Park (9800 Cherry Hill Rd., College Park). The venue has a banquet hall that can host up to 180 people. RSVP by calling 301-379-7993. 2 to 5. Free.
If you’re looking to plan a picturesque wine-country wedding, stop by the Blue Ridge Bridal Showcase at Rose Hill Manor (42140 Raspberry Plain La., Leesburg). Find out about local wedding venues, guest accommodations, and professionals to help you plan your vineyard vows. 1 to 4. Click here for free advance tickets, or pay $6 at the door.
Tuesday, October 26
Ameliorate bridal-planning blues with a romantic evening out at the Torbreck wine dinner at Cheff Geoff’s Tysons. Each of the meal’s five courses is paired with a different varietal from the Australian winery. Click here to register; $69 per person (plus tax and gratuity).