This and That : great upcoming events, giveaways + site launches

Food Tasting and Meet & Greet with Food Matters and Wedding Vendors
Tuesday March 22nd, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Prince George Ballroom, New York, NY
A perfect opportunity for Brides & Grooms who are looking for catering services to taste the cuisine and meet the team behind Food Matters and Bridal vendors all in one evening! Purchase your tickets here

Alina Pizzano Couture Bridal Trunk Show
Saturday March 19th from 10-4
Sparkling lemonade will be served along with a 25% discount on any Collection gown purchased on Saturday only. Located at: 235 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101

Shopbop.com has launched a Wedding Boutique
Shopbop’s Wedding Boutique is geared toward the woman who is fashion conscious and wants a dress that perfectly suits her style, personality and wedding, and maybe even the possibility to wear her special dress again. The Wedding Boutique will also carry lingerie and gift sets, as well as accessories from Giuseppe Zanotti, Lauren Merkin and Loeffler Randall to compliment each and every gown. Retail prices will range from $195-5,000K for dresses.

Ziva Jewels is giving one lucky couple their dream proposal
The winner will receive free personalized proposal planning services from Simply U Proposals and 50% off a Ziva engagement ring.

BRIDES 3rd annual Operation Dream Dress contest is underway
Editors at Brides have chosen the top 24 sketches out of hundreds of submissions, and asked the semifinalists to create the gowns and post pictures online. Now they're asking the public to pick a favorite by  casting a vote. The contest is open now through March 21. The winning dress will be featured on the July cover and the winner will receive $10,000.