Where & When: Bridal Edition

Lots of designer trunk shows coming up—Anne Barge, Reem Acra, and more

Now Through Sunday, September 18

Bridal Images in Rockville is having a huge sample sale, featuring gowns by Pronovias, San Patrick, Justin Alexander, Allure, and Mikaella. Wedding dresses will be 30 to 75 percent off, and pricing will start at just $295. Call 301-738-9080 to schedule your appointment.

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 and Ulla-Maija’s specialities. 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 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 cake designer Creative Cakes’s monthly open house from 12 to 3 PM. You can sample a variety of cake flavors and view many different designs. Visit Creative Cakes’s 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 Bridals and Formals 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

Thursday, September 22, to Sunday, October 2

Hannelore’s in Alexandria is hosting an Anne Barge trunk show. Barge’s elegant, feminine designs are popular with DC brides, so her new collection is definitely worth checking out. And if you’re looking for bridesmaid or MOB dresses, Hannelore’s will also be featuring the Noir by Lazaro evening collection September 22 to 25. Call 703-549-0387 to schedule an appointment.

Friday, September 23, to Sunday, September 25

Reem Acra is known for her classic-with-a-twist wedding gowns. Her new collection will be featured at a trunk show at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection. This is bound to be a popular event (her new collection, inspired by the royal wedding, was stunning), so call 410-484-4600 for an appointment.

Friday, September 23, to Sunday, September 25

Searching for an ultraromantic wedding gown? Visit the Alvina Valenta trunk show at Rizik’s. Call 202-223-4050 to set up an appointment.

Sunday, September 25

Are you stressing over etiquette drama? Check out this Wedding Etiquette Tea featuring Anna Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and author of Wedding Etiquette: The Definitive Guide to Your Wedding Experience. Hosted by the Dandelion Patch, the tea will be held from 2 to 4 PM at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner. It’s open to brides, bridesmaids, and mothers-of-the-bride and -groom, and costs $65 per person. To register e-mail

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