Where & When: Bridal Edition

Whether you’re looking for red carpet glamour or something more romantic, you’re sure to find a gown at one of these upcoming trunk shows.

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.

Saturday, September 24

The Hillwood Museum in Northwest DC is hosting a “Nuit de la Mode” from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., which will feature a fashion show of three up-and-coming designers, including local bridal designer Elizabeth St. John. You’ll also be able to tour the current “Wedding Belles” exhibit, which features the four wedding gowns of Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post and her family members from the late 19th and early 20th-centuries. Tickets are $20 for non-members, and are available by visiting the museum’s Web site or calling 202-686-5807.

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

Thursday, September 29, to Sunday, October 2

Jenny Packham is one of Kate Middleton’s favorite designers, and for good reason—her vintage-inspired gowns are totally unique and gorgeous. Packham’s bridal collection will be featured at a trunk show at Rizik’s—only new gowns that will only be available at this time will be shown. Call 202-223-4050 to schedule an appointment.

Friday, September 30, to Saturday, October 1

Christos’s romantic and feminine creations are always among our bridal fashion week favorites. Their newest collection will be featured at Hitched—we have a feeling this will be an in-demand trunk show, so call 202-333-6162 to make an appointment.

Friday, September 30, to Sunday, October 2

Want to look red-carpet glam as you walk down the aisle? Check out Badgley Mischka’s newest bridal collection at Chevy Chase Bridal. Call 202-363-9301 to schedule an appointment.

Friday, September 30, to Sunday, October 2

The Blue by Enzoani collection is Enzoani’s diffusion line, with more budget-friendly prices and very on-trend details. The new collection will be featured in a trunk show at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in Baltimore, call 410-484-4600 to book an appointment.

Friday, September 30, to Sunday, October 2

Matthew Christopher is known for his glamorous yet whimsical designs. Love Couture Bridal, in Potomac, will host a trunk show for this exciting designer, and you’ll be able to save 10 percent on his collection. Call 301-610-5683 to set up an appointment.

Saturday, October 1

Letterpress fans, get psyched! Stationery designer Suann Song of Simplesong Design and the new stationery boutique Fifteen Eleven is offering a letterpress class at her Alexandria studio from 10:30 a.m. to noon. You’ll learn the basics of letterpress printing, and get some hands-on experience—printing 20 notecards! The class costs $100 per person, and as of this morning there were just three spots left, so head over to Simplesong’s Web site to grab your place in this in-demand class!

Sunday, October 2

Getting ready to register? Crate & Barrel is hosting a Wedding Parties event from 9 to 11 AM at their Spring Valley, Bethesda, Arlington, and Tysons Corner stores, where you and your significant other can enjoy food and entertainment while getting expert advice on registering. The store will be open only to registering couples during these hours, but you’ll have to RSVP to get in the doors. Find contact information for a store near you by visit Crate & Barrel’s Web site.

Sunday, October 2

The South Asian Bridal Soiree will take place from 12 PM to 6 PM at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner. You’ll have the opportunity to meet lots of local vendors and there will be some exciting giveaways. Visit the soiree’s Web site for more information and to register.

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