The Price Is White
Getting hitched costs a mint these days, particularly in spendy D.C. But wedding belles can score big-day dresses on little budgets at Loehmann’s Grab the Gown event next Friday at the discount giant’s Chevy Chase branch (5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-362-4733). Starting at 7 a.m., more than 600 designer gowns — think names like Casa Mia and Demetrios — will be on sale for $1,000 or less. Many carry original price tags as high as $12,500, which adds up to a lot of potential savings for a honeymoon/NoMa condo.

Slick Wick
Design nerds and artsy types will have the hots for Austrian Atelier’s geometric candles in bright colors and shapes like triangles and rectangles ($25, National Gallery of Art Shop, Fourth and Constitution Ave. NW; 202-737-4215). The unscented, drip-resistant beauties seem ideal for illuminating a romantic dinner with a Cubist painter or lovelorn mathematician.

Design Finds
Planters, peelers and toilet plungers can all be, if not beautiful, attractive. That’s the idea behind “The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century” exhibit, just open at Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-875-1100). The show’s pop-up gift shop sells items similar to the stuff on view. Think Josh Owen’s chic WC accessories (shown, $40-$55), FoldnFold’s collapsible coffee cup ($10) and the Campana Brothers’ floor cushions made of recycled bike tires.

Getting Carded
So many local watering holes serve hand-crafted, artisanal highballs now, you could call this the District of Cocktalia. Victoria Vergason, owner of vintage barware shop the Hour (1015 King St., Alexandria, Va.; 703-224-4687), has captured 62 such concoctions in her “Capitol Cocktails” ($20, her shop) recipe deck. We’re craving the Chambord-infused Dragon Tit (top) from Wisdom or SEI’s Japanese Whiskey Sour.

Rubber Sole
After 20 years of proving polka dots make everything better, Kate Spade New York has partnered with Keds for a new line of anniversary lace-ups ($75-$85, Eight styles include an orange zigzag, solid pink, nautical stripes and paint-dipped toes. They’re a comfy homage to the cheeky (now sneaky?) design house.