Where & When: Bridal Edition

From Monique Lhuillier to Venus Bridal, August has bridal trunk shows galore

New Amsale gowns will be showcased at Betsy Robinson’s next weekend. Photograph courtesy of Amsale

Now until August 31
All month long, you can save on wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, mother-of-the-bride outfits, veils, accessories, and shoes at Chevy Chase Bridal’s semi-annual sample sale. Some items are discounted up to 80 percent, and if you bring in a printed copy of this blog post, you’ll get an additional 15 percent off. Call 202-363-9301 to make an appointment.

August 12 to August 14
Whether you’re looking for a sleek and sexy mermaid silhouette or a grand, classic ballgown, Venus Bridal has got you covered. Bridal Images in Rockville is hosting a trunk show of these affordable gowns; call 301-738-9080 to set up your appointment.

August 13
Whether you’re searching for bridesmaid gifts, honeymoon gear, rehearsal dinner ensembles, or wedding-day shoes or jewelry, check out the Alexandria Sidewalk Sale from 10 AM to 6 PM. Visit the sale’s Web site for more details.

August 18
If you’re struggling to find the right headpiece or sash, head over to Styling Night at Hitched Bridal Salon. Check out our blog post on the event here.

August 19 to August 21
Check out the newest collection from Amsale at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in Baltimore. These gowns combine classic silhouettes with modern details (for an example, check out the neckline detail on the ballgown at right). Call 410-484-4600 to make an appointment.

August 21
Two big bridal shows take place in Maryland­: the T Rose International Bridal Show at the Greenbelt Marriott, and the Elaborate Weddings and Events Expo at the Cherry Hill Conference Center in College Park. Both will feature lots of vendors in one place to help you kick start your wedding planning process.

August 25 to August 27
Monique Lhuillier has dressed celebrity brides such as Carrie Underwood and Reese Witherspoon, and she’ll be showcasing her new Spring 2012 collection at Carine’s Bridal Atelier. This trunk show is available by appointment only (and we have a feeling it will book up fast), so give Carine’s call at 202-965-4696 to set yours up.