Thursday, October 2 through Saturday, October 4: Trunk Show
Rizik’s (1100 Connecticut Ave., NW, DC; 202-223-4050) doesn’t normally carry dresses by designer Liancarlo, but brides have an opportunity to view the collection at a special trunk show at the boutique Thursday through Saturday. Browse Liancarlo’s elegant French- and Italian-inspired gowns and get 10 percent off—a nice bonus given the high cost of designer bridal wear—if you order during the trunk show. Free, but appointments are recommended.
Friday, October 3, through Sunday, October 5: Another Trunk Show!
Didn’t find what you were looking for at the Rizik’s? Head to Hannelore’s (106 N. Lee St., Alexandria; 703-549-0387) and try your luck at another trunk show. This one features bridal designer Rivini. Browse more than 60 eye-catching dresses from the spring and summer 2009 collection, and get 10 percent off if you purchase during the show. Free, but by appointment only.
Saturday, October 4: Cake Tasting
Cotton’s Gourmet Gifts & Creations (7744 Emerson Rd., Hyattsville; 301-306-5420) holds this event every two months for couples and wedding coordinators. Sample Cotton Gourmet’s traditional chocolate or vanilla three-tier cakes jazzed up with tangy raspberry or sweet caramel. Or try out a Cotton Gourmet signature creation—a sweet-potato pound cake dusted with cinnamon and finished with glazed pecans. Appointments are required; RSVP here. Free; 2 to 4.
Sunday, October 5: Crazed Card Making
Add personal flare to your wedding invites or bridal-shower announcements by making your own. Head to Paper Source (118 King St., Alexandria; 703-299-9950) on Sunday for a crash course in the art of card making and release your inner Picasso. Don’t own any rubber stamps or embossing pads? No problem—all necessary tools and materials are included. RSVP here. $35; 10 to noon.
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