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During wedding planning, my favorite magazine was always Washingtonian Bride & Groom. The editorial style allowed my imagination to dream up new ideas and concepts while the “Real Weddings” section helped me believe I could pull off the same class and elegance of my fellow DC brides. Of course, I can’t overlook the novelty that came with viewing all things wedding featured solely in the DC Metro area.

Naturally, I have to shamelessly plug the Washingtonian Bridge & Groom Unveiled wedding showcase on Sunday. The magazine’s unfaltering understanding of class, elegance and whimsy makes them the perfect choice to host an event for a bride-to-be.

Every wedding planning “event” promises a one stop shop for everything you need for your special day. However, very few deliver successfully. Most leave you for target practice, trudging past booth after booth, sales pitch after sales pitch, many from vendors who are not the top in their industry.

Washingtonian’s upcoming event is at the Mandarin Oriental, one of DC’s top hotel venues and hosts some of the DC area’s top vendors – no, really, they are the cream of the crop! My favorite highlight, a fashion show and appearance from designer Reem Acra – absolutely gorgeous! Here are the details:

Sunday, January 22nd from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

at the

Mandarin Oriental Hotel 1330 Maryland Avenue Southwest Washington DC, District of Columbia 20024 (202) 554 8588

Tickets are $65.00

Wedding Show Tip: Don’t overdo the bridal showcases and don’t steer away from one because of the price tag. I went to one that was just $10, which allowed me to cover the costs for my bridesmaids who were attending to provide me their support. I ended up just wasting $60 because the show was so low quality that I didn’t get any value out of it. I’d have been much better off forking over the money for my own ticket to a higher quality show and using it to find some key vendors.