Where & When: Bridal Edition

Sample sales, designer trunk shows, cake tastings, and more

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, to Sunday, September 11
Hollywood stars like Lea Michele and Jennifer Love Hewitt have worn Romona Keveza on the red carpet, and you can wear her designs down the aisle (see the photo at right for an example). Rizik’s in downtown DC is having a Romona Keveza trunk show this weekend featuring both her bridal and evening (great for moms!) line. Call 202-223-4050 to schedule an appointment.

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 in Baltimore. Call 410-484-4600 for an appointment.

Saturday, September 10
Distinctive Designs Bridal in Rockville is having a one-day sale. You’ll have the opportunity to take an extra 10 percent of all bridal gown samples, and dresses will be marked down 20 to 50 percent off, with prices starting at just $399. Call 301-948-1833 to make 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.

Wednesday, September 14
If you’re getting ready to register, Macy’s at Tysons Corner Center is holding a “Sip & Scan” event that combines registering for gifts with date night. You’ll be able to sample cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while using the ever-so-popular scan gun to register for your favorite gifts. To sign up for this event, email or call 703-893-4900 X5150.

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.

Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17
Kenneth Pool’s gowns are a favorite among brides looking for pure modern glamour. Love Couture Bridal in Potomac is hosting a trunk show of the newest Kenneth Pool designs. Schedule an appointment by calling 301-610-5683.

Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17
Gorgeous draping and modern silhouettes are Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija’s speciality. Check out their newest collection of gowns at Hitched‘s trunk show, featuring designer Charles Bunstine. Bunstine will be offering complimentary muslin fittings to brides who purchase their gowns during this event. Call 202-333-6162 to make an appointment.

Friday, September 16, to Sunday, September 18
Chevy Chase Bridal’s latest trunk show features showstopping gowns by Simone Carvalli. Make an appointment at the Mazza Gallerie salon by calling 202-363-9301.

Friday, September 16, to Sunday, September 18
Jaw-dropping gowns will be on display at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection’s LaRichi trunk show—we’re talking gowns with an ample amount of sparkle. Call 410-484-4600 for an appointment.

Friday, September 16, to Sunday, September 18
Distinctive Designs Bridal in Rockville is hosting a La Sposa by Pronovias trunk show. Call 301-948-1833 to schedule an appointment.

Sunday, September 18
Got a sweet tooth? Check out Silver Spring cake designer Creative Cakes’ monthly open house from 12 to 3 PM. You can sample a variety of cake flavors and view many different designs. Visit Creative Cakes’ Web site to register.

Sunday, September 18
Another big bridal expo—the Washington Bridal Showcase will be at the Patriot Center at George Mason University, in Fairfax. You’ll find lots of vendors, fashion shows, tastings, and more. And—bonus!—many vendors in attendance will be giving discounts to brides who book them through the show. Advance tickets are $10 each, visit the Washington Bridal Showcase’s Web site to purchase tickets and for more information.

Thursday, September 22
P. Lawrence Bridal Salon and event planner and designer DIYva Designs will be hosting an ice cream social event at Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg 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

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