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SUNDAY

Obsessed brides are a staple of a certain type of humor column—and the bane of their friends’ existence. I personally have gone down that long preparatory aisle, choosing programs, music, wedding gowns, bridesmaids’ gowns, mothers’ gowns, menus, flowers, registry items, you name it—and I’ve never even been so much as engaged. Many modern women have had the same experience. Repeatedly. To the point where cherished childhood companions have become threats—reasons to pony up for caller ID. If and when I get hitched myself, however, I don’t want to be denied a single moment of the limelight—I just don’t want to lose my bosom buddies to caregiver fatigue. The solution? Perhaps I’ll invest in an extremely cost-effective, friendship-saving program such as the one today at the Hay-Adams Hotel. This all-in-one combo of wedding showcase, fashion show, and afternoon tea will allow participants to engage their fantasies, if not their actual checkbooks, when viewing goods from such prestige purveyors as Buccellati, Herend, and Lalique. (Yessiree, I could set a fine table with those.) Did I mention that Nicole Miller makes mother’s dresses? If you know someone who’s planning a wedding, point her downtown. The preening starts at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Hay-Adams Hotel, 1 Lafayette Square NW. $25. For reservations call (202) 638-6600. (Caroline Schweiter)