Friday, June 11
Betsy Robinson’s Bridal (1848 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore; 410-484-4600) hosts a trunk show featuring dresses by James Clifford today through June 13. Clifford will make a special appearance on Friday and Saturday afternoons to discuss his classic designs with silk, satin, and lace flourishes. 9 to 5.
Blush Bridal Boutique holds a dress sale today through June 13. All off-the-rack bridesmaid dress go for $59 each, and sample wedding gowns are 25 to 75 percent off. Cocktail dress are also $59 each, $99 for two. Walk-ins welcome, but appointments recommended. Call 703-753-8303 to schedule. Store hours are Friday and Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday noon to 4.
Chevy Chase Bridal (Mazza Gallerie, 300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW; 202-363-9301) has a busy weekend: Today through June 13, the shop hosts a Simone Carvalli trunk show. On Sunday, it holds a vendor event featuring hair and makeup professionals from Bridal Hair by Remona and Made Up Art, who will provide consultations. Enjoy complimentary Champagne and cake samples from Fancy Cakes by Leslie. Attendees will also receive a goodie bag from the Four Seasons Hotel. Free; 1 to 4.
Saturday, June 12
Licensed marriage and family therapist Erin Morey leads “Prepare for a Lifetime,” a class to help nearly and newly wed couples learn the importance of good communication skills, balancing priorities, and financial goals. The class takes place at Morey’s office (1313 Vincent Pl., McLean; 240-565-5264)]. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. $200 per couple. Register online here.
Sunday, June 13
Head to a free bridal showcase at the Marriott Suites Washington Dulles to consult with area wedding experts and vendors. Enjoy cake tastings, a bridal fashion show, and a raffle with prizes including a weekend massage getaway for two and a set of crystal Champagne flutes from Tiffany. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a spot. Free; 3 to 6.
The newly opened Continental Event Center holds a complimentary bridal open house featuring dishes by Helga’s Caterers. Take a tour of the 11,000-square-foot facility, sample cakes from Cakes by Happy Eatery, and consult with two photographers and a videographer. The venue is offering $1,000 off a grand-ballroom rental made in the next 30 days for an event of 160 guests or more. Those with smaller events can still save: Get $500 off events with 150 guests or fewer. To RSVP, e-mail email@example.com or call 571-208-1208.
In the market for a different sort of wedding cake? Check out the free tasting at the CheeseCake Garden. Arrange your private tasting to enjoy up to three flavors, including raspberry swirl, orange creamsicle, and Key lime. Call 703-994-2422.
For anyone who’s still hungry, Custom Cake Designs holds a tasting in its wedding-cake showroom, which includes more than 70 cake displays. A videographer, photographer, florist, wedding planner, and makeup artist will be on hand to offer consultations. Noon to 4.