Once you’ve got the rocking band down, it’s time to polish up your dancing shoes and your skills at DanceWorks Date Night (500 W. Patrick St., Second Floor, Frederick; 301-228-2591). For $15 per person, the studio will offer a rumba lesson at 7:30 and ballroom dancing from 8 to 10. You’ll be ready for the reception dance floor in no time.
Saturday, January 16
With peak wedding season just a few months away, the planning events really get rolling this weekend. The Great Bridal Expo at the Hilton Alexandria at Mark Center (5000 Seminary Rd., Alexandria) features fashion shows, honeymoon showcases, bridal exhibits and vendors, and thousands of dollars in prizes. The expo is $7 in advance or $9 at the door. Noon to 4.
Try your cake and eat it too when Mrs. Oliver shows off her edible creations at Mrs. Oliver’s Cakes (5020 Nicholson Ct., Bethesda) open house. The free one-day event goes from 10 to noon.
Once a year, the Gauntlet Golf Club (18 Fairway Dr., Fredericksburg) gets into the bridal spirit with a wedding showcase. This year’s event includes vendors representing a variety of wedding services, samples from the club’s menu, and raffle prizes. To RSVP, call 540-752-0963 or click here. $5.
Sunday, January 17
The Washington Bridal Showcase, the largest of its kind in Prince George’s County, kicks off with a runway show, advice from area wedding professionals, tastings, samples, and more. Advance tickets are $8 online or $10 at the door (Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Dr., Greenbelt).
Brides can say yes to the dress for less at one of the area’s best-known bridal shops. Carine’s Bridal Atelier (1726 Wisconsin Ave., Second Floor, NW; 202-965-4696) hosts its New Year designer sample sale from noon to 3. Gowns start at $999. No appointment required. Ladies, get ready—battling fellow brides over beautiful dresses at a discount could get ugly.