Friday, May 7
Starting today and running all weekend, Crystal Bridal Gallery (8496-B Tyco Rd., Vienna) hosts a trunk show featuring gowns by in-house designer Claire Mansir. Looking for a deal? You can get 10 percent off special orders. By appointment only; call 703-288-3066 to set up a time. 10 to 6.
Couture designer Matthew Christopher brings his trunk show to Ann’s Boutique (5709 Burke Centre Pkwy., Burke) through May 16. Expect lots of satin, beads, and dresses seen in the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings. Schedule an appointment by calling 703-250-3100. Monday through Friday 10 to 7, Saturday 10 to 6.
Saturday, May 8
Be sure to take advantage of free bridal open houses this weekend. Gorgeous Virginia venues are available for viewing Saturday and Sunday, including Rose Hill Manor (42140 Raspberry Plain Ln., Leesburg; 703-771-9177) and Foxchase Manor, both open from 11 to 4.
Sunday, May 9
Artistic brides looking for a different way to document their honeymoon can get some help from the creative workshops at the Hive at 1511 (1511 King St., Alexandria; 703-548-0018), which is holding Holga Honeymoon: An Intro to the Holga Camera. Hive’s experts will teach you how to use the plastic Holga point-and-shoot film camera to create simple, yet elegant images. The class is $125; 1 PM.