With the holidays out of the way, we're suddenly plunged into wedding planning season. First out of the gates is the Art of Weddings a bride-stravaganza taking place this Thursday. While there are those events more enjoyable for the casual admirer (see the 4th annual A Novel Romance English Dept. show coming up on February 1, where even those not headed to the altar can get an eyeful of occasion-dress ideas, thanks to the store's breakdown of rigid definitions of what wedding/bridesmaid/etc dresses can be) but this is one evnt best suited for those in the midst of intent planning. There will be a fashion show, with pieces from exciting locals like Elizabeth Dye, Lille Boutique, Kate Towers, Duchess Clothier (also showing suits for men), Amai Unmei, and Garnish, as well as samples and booths for everything from wine and chocolate to photography to makeup to flowers—tickets are $20-25, and will be held at the LUXE Autohaus (410 NE 17th). It seems like a must for smart local brides-to-be, but this single gal's going to sit this one out.

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Elizabeth Dye's "Ghost Dress" is one of about 12 she plans to show on Thursday.