Where & When: Bridal Edition

Bridal expos, designer wedding gowns—and ice cream

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.

Tuesday, September 6, to Monday, September 12
If your mom is looking for a gown that’s both flattering and glamorous, she should visit Carine’s Bridal Atelier for their ML Evening by Monique Lhuillier and Theia trunk show. Learn more about the trunk show here.

Thursday, September 8
Want to win a free wedding at Sequoia? You still have until tomorrow at noon to enter the “Get Hitched in Georgetown” contest. The first 50 eligible applicants will be able to participate in three rounds of competition at Fashion’s Night Out in Georgetown. Read all about it here.

Thursday, September 8
P. Lawrence Bridal Salon and event planner and designer DIYva Designs will be hosting an ice cream social event at the Gaithersburg salon from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. There will be a fashion show, custom stationery, and lots of wedding planning advice. Register via e-mail at
Editor’s Note: This event will now be held on Thursday, September 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg.

Friday, September 9, to Saturday, September 10
Modern Trousseau gowns feature classic silhouettes with whimsical, modern details—totally perfect for DC brides. Hitched in Georgetown is hosting a trunk show for their new collection, and best of all, Modern Trousseau’s designer Callie Tein will be on hand to answer your questions and help customize your gown. You’ll also get 10 percent off any Modern Trousseau gown purchased during this event. Call 202-333-6162 to make an appointment.

Friday, September 9, to Sunday, September 11
Lazaro’s wedding gowns are super dramatic, glamorous, and totally on-trend. Check out Lazaro’s new collection at their trunk show at Love Couture Bridal in Potomac. Call 301-610-5683 to schedule an appointment.

Friday, September 9, to Sunday, September 11
The Bridal Boutique in Columbia is hosting a Maggie Sottero trunk show where you’ll receive 10 to 20 percent off wedding gowns purchased at this event. Make an appointment by calling 410-290-5666.

Friday, September 9, to Sunday, September 11
For gowns with glitz, check out the Essense of Australia trunk show at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection. Call 410-484-4600 for an appointment.

Sunday, September 11
Two huge bridal expos in DC and Virginia: the Washington Bridal Showcase at the Washington Convention Center, and the Great Bridal Expo at the Hilton Alexandria at Mark Center. You’ll be able to meet hundreds of the area’s vendors, from florists to photographers, DJs to caterers—it’s pretty much a one-stop-shop if you want to plan your wedding in one day! There will also be the opportunity to win prizes, view the latest in bridal fashion, and get lots of wedding inspiration.

Thursday, September 15
If you’re looking for a venue for a rustic wedding celebration, check out the open house at ThorpeWood, a mountain retreat in Thurmont, Maryland. The event will take place between 1 and 8 PM; call 301-271-2823 or visit ThorpeWood’s Web site for more details.

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