Where & When Bridal Edition

Free workouts, free dresses, and free music for the penny-pinching bride this weekend

Thursday, July 8
Looking to drop a few pounds for the big day? Rays the Fitness is offering a free session of Bridal Boot Camp for those looking to give the program a try. The class meets along the National Mall by the Smithsonian Metro. RSVP to to reserve your spot. 6 to 7.

Bella Bridesmaid’s Washington location celebrates its grand opening tonight with a party featuring Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and music. Enchanted Atelier’s new line of bridesmaid accessories will be on display and available for purchase. Register online here. Free. 7 to 10.

Friday, July 9
If you envision walking down the aisle to classical melodies, head to Gracenotes’ free wedding-music open house for its violin-and-guitar duo. Also learn about Gracenotes’ other groups, including a string quartet, flute-and-string trio, and trumpet with strings ensemble. E-mail or call 703-835-3916 for the studio address. 8:30 to 9:30.

Saturday, July 10
Today and tomorrow, Brides Across America is giving away free designer wedding gowns to Washington military brides at Chevy Chase Bridal. To qualify, you must be engaged military personnel or the fiancé of an active-duty serviceman—and bring proof in the form of ID and deployment papers. Chevy Chase Bridal is also offering 50 percent off its bridal-gown alterations. Schedule an appointment by calling 202-363-9301. Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday noon to 5.

Sunday, July 11
Check out the latest bridal fashions at the Elegance in Bridal show today at Richmond’s Holiday Inn Select (1021 Koger Center Blvd.; 804-379-3800). Get ideas from a wedding fashion show by Angelique’s Boutique, and visit with several of the area’s top wedding-service providers. Enjoy free bridal magazines, food samples, and the chance to win wedding-themed prizes, including a free honeymoon and a set of wedding bands valued at $600. Tickets ($10 at the door, $8 with online coupon) are available here. 1 to 4.

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