Thursday, September 30, through Saturday, October 2
Carine’s Bridal (1726 Wisconsin Ave., NW) is hosting a Carolina Herrera trunk show. The designer’s famously elegant gowns will be discounted by 12 percent on Thursday and Friday and by 10 percent on Saturday. Call 202-965-4696 for an appointment.
Friday, October 1, and Saturday, October 2
Come to Hitched (1523 Wisconsin Ave., NW) for an Amsale Aberra bridal-gown trunk show this weekend. The Ethiopian designer’s gowns are known for their clean, contemporary style, and one appeared in a Grey’s Anatomy episode. Receive a 10 percent discount on any gown you purchase at the show. Call 202-333-6162 for an appointment.
Sunday, October 3
Crate & Barrel stores in the Washington area are hosting The Wedding Party, a free seminar for brides- and grooms-to-be. Sponsored by Martha Stewart Weddings, this crash course offers you and your fiancé the opportunity to get advice from design and registry experts, meet other couples, and sample food and drinks. 9 to 11 AM. Click here to RSVP and view participating locations.
Check out fashion shows, giveaways, cake tastings, reception ideas, and more at A Bridal Affair, a wedding showcase hosted by All About You Events. At Tysons Corner Marriott (8028 Leesburg Pike, Vienna) from 1 to 4. Click here to purchase tickets ($5 in advance, $10 at the door).
To get some expert advice on planning the big day, try Tips and Tea for the Bride to Be at the Hilton Garden Inn (3950 Fair Ridge Dr., Fairfax). A panel of wedding professionals will share trade secrets and answer questions. Vendors include Annalee’s Formals, Colesce Fashions, and The Knot. As a bonus, all attendees receive a goodie bag from Bed Bath & Beyond. 1 to 5. Click here to reserve a ticket ($10 in advance, $12 at the door).
Monday, October 4, through Saturday, October 9
For the perfect rehearsal-dinner ensemble, try any of the shops participating in Bethesda Row Boutique Week. This year’s theme is “shop, sip, and click,” and each night a different boutique will host an event with a local fashion blogger, complete with complimentary appetizers and cocktails. On Monday, Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada, launches her new novel, Last Night at Chateau Marmont, at Ginger. On Tuesday, J. McLaughlin (4851 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda) hosts a Kenneth Jay Lane and Lauren G. Adams jewelry-and-accessories trunk show. On Wednesday, Urban Chic has a Shoshanna trunk show, offering 15 percent off the designer’s items. Click here for specific times. Free.