Where & When: Bridal Edition

Score a Reem Acra or Badgley Mishka gown, then check out a waterfront venue

Through January 23
Don’t forget to reserve your spot at the third annual Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled wedding showcase. Featuring portfolios from the area’s top wedding vendors, a Vera Wang bridal fashion show, and refreshments, the event is at the Park Hyatt Washington DC January 23. Buy tickets ($55) on Cvent. 11 to 3.

Friday, January 7, through Sunday, January 9
The globally renowned designer Reem Acra’s gowns are in a trunk show at Betsy Robinson Bridal this weekend. The Fall 2011 line features detailed beading and embroidery on classic silhouettes. Call 410-484-4600 to make an appointment.

Friday, January 7, through Thursday, January 13
Save up to 80 percent on gowns by designers such as Rosa Clara, Stephen Yearick, and Badgley Mischka at Chevy Chase Bridal’s sample sale.

Sunday, January 9
The Greater Virginia Bridal Show, hosted by Virginia Bride magazine, is at the Hospitality House Hotel. Speak with caterers, cake designers, florists, planners, and other wedding professionals, and see a fashion show featuring Alfred Angelo’s bridal line. Buy tickets ($7) from Virginia Bride magazine. 1 to 4.

Cakes by Design is hosting a free open house at Polka Dot Divas (416 Mill St., second floor, Occoquan), where you can taste cakes and look at design options. RSVP to with your name, date of your wedding, and the number of people who will be joining you at the tasting. 10 to 2.

Head to Shenandoah Valley Golf Club (134 Golf Club Cir., Front Royal) Sunday for the Winchester Bridal Expo. Wedding vendors will be on hand to answer questions, and there’ll be two fashion shows featuring designs for everyone in your bridal party. 11:30 to 4. Free.

If you’re envisioning a seaside ceremony, try the Waterfront Bridal Show at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. You can take a tour of the bayside property, look at “roomscapes” to get decor ideas, watch a bridal fashion show, listen to live music, and meet with other wedding vendors. There’ll also be gourmet food samples and complimentary Champagne. Buy tickets ($15) on Acteva. Tickets are also available at the door for $20. Noon to 4.

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