Where & When: Bridal Edition

Whether you’re looking for a discount on a designer wedding gown or some vendors, we’ve got you covered

Gowns like this one will be discounted at the Priscilla of Boston sample sale. Photograph courtesy of Priscilla of Boston

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.

Now Until September 1
Gather your bridesmaids and take a break from wedding planning at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. They’re showing the hilarious flick Bridesmaids. Visit Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse’s Web site for more information.

Thursday, August 25, to Saturday, 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.

Friday, August 26, to Sunday, August 28
Find your gown—and some glitzy accessories to amp it up! Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in Baltimore is hosting two trunk shows this weekend—bridal gowns from Augusta Jones (known for classic silhouettes paired with on-trend details) and bridal jewelry and headpieces from Thomas Knoell Designs. Call 410-484-4600 to schedule an appointment.

Friday, August 26, to Monday, August 29
With their traditional-with-a-twist style, gowns from the Priscilla of Boston group—Melissa Sweet, Vineyard Collection, Platinum, Jewel, and Priscilla of Boston—are always a highlight of the bridal fashion shows in New York. This weekend, they’re hosting a sample sale at their Tysons Corner salon where you can take an additional 40 percent off already marked-down styles. Accessories and bridesmaid dresses will be included in this sale. No appointment is necessary; visit Priscilla of Boston’s Web site for more details.

Friday, August 26, to Friday, September 2
Looking for bridesmaids dresses? Visit Ann’s Boutique in Burke to view the brand-new ‘maids collection from Alvina Valenta. And don’t forget to bring Mom with you­—some of the gowns (like the style pictured at right) could certainly work as youthful, yet formal MOB dresses. Call 703-250-3100 to make an appointment.

Sunday, August 28
University of Virginia couples, take note. The Elegance in Bridal Show in Charlottesville will be held from 1 to 4 PM at the Omni Hotel on West Main Street. You’ll meet lots of wedding vendors, sample food, and have the opportunity to win prizes. Tickets are $10 at the door, $7 if you register in advance. Visit the show’s Web site for more details.

Sunday, August 28
Things Remembered’s Fair Oaks Mall store is hosting a bridal show. Meet vendors from Amphora Bakery, Papyrus, Godiva, Sephora, Men’s Wearhouse, Key Jewelers and Jos. A. Banks, and learn about creating a free wedding logo. Call 703-591-6443 for more details.

Friday, September 2, to Sunday, September 4
Designer wedding dresses for up to 70 percent off? We’re sold. Visit Love Couture Bridal’s sample sale, where gowns by Pronovias, Lazaro, Enzoani, and more will be sold at 30 to 70 percent off, with dresses starting at just $699 at the Potomac salon. The sale is by appointment only so call 301-610-5683 to get in the door.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.