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Where & When: Bridal Edition

Secure your wedding location with a bevy of open houses, or break from the stresses of planning with film and cooking classes

By Mollie Reilly Published
Friday, October 15
White Wedding, a film directed by Jann Turner, opens at Landmark E Street Cinema tonight. The South African movie follows the story of a young engaged man who must beat the clock to make it to his wedding on time. Showing at 7:40 and 9:50. Click here for tickets ($10) or purchase them at the door.

After years of fending for yourself, cooking for two can be a challenge. Resist the urge to order takeout and try the “Feast From the Sea” couples cooking course at CulinAerie. Learn to make mussels with a cilantro pesto, lemon-and-garlic shrimp, and salmon en papilotte with quinoa pilaf. Click here to register ($175 per couple). 7 PM.

Saturday, October 16
For a one-of-a-kind spin on wedding couture, check out A Day of Glamour at M29 Lifestyle (2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW). Coco Blaisdell of Cocotay vintage jewelry will be on hand to help you pick the perfect pieces for your big day. Champagne, sparkling cider, and sweet snacks are included. 1 to 7. Free.

Sunday, October 17
Bristow Manor (11507 Valley View Dr., Bristow, Va.) is hosting an open house and tasting. Tour the historic home and reception hall, meet with wedding professionals, and sample the venue’s menu offerings. Call 703-368-6453 to RSVP. Noon to 3. Free.

The fall bridal event at Kentlands Mansion (320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg) includes caterers, photographers, musicians, hair and makeup artists, hotel representatives, and other wedding professionals who will answer questions. Call 301-258-6425 for more information. Noon to 4. $5.

Starting your reception from scratch? Check out the Wedding Open House at Hotel Palomar in Arlington. You’ll find everything you need to plan your day, including florists, photographers, bakers, DJs, and professional planners. You can also tour the hotel’s event spaces, guest rooms, and bridal suite. 1 to 5. Free.

Tune into HBO this afternoon to watch Monica & David, a moving documentary that follows two adults with Down Syndrome as they experience their first year as husband and wife. The film, which won best documentary at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, airs at 3:45 on HBO East.

Tuesday, October 19
If you’re in need of a romantic night out to take the edge off wedding planning, Paolo’s is hosting its first-ever wine-pairing dinner. Each course—pistachio soup, lobster ravioli, roasted branzino, and hazelnut tart—is matched with a complementary wine. 7 PM. $50 per guest; click here to purchase tickets

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