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Alterations 101

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Blog

There is a lot of emphasis in the bridal world on finding the perfect gown. Brides spend weeks pouring over magazines circling favorites, tearing out pages, highlighting retailers. They search the internet like explorers of the new world in search of ancient treasure. They make lists upon lists and bring in back-up once they are ready to make the final choice. But the work is not done once the dress is purchased. Bridal alterations are as important as choosing the gown and they deserve just as much attention. Just like buying a bridal gown, alterations are something that most people are not very familiar with. How does this stuff work? It’s a learn as you go, fly by the seat of your pants kind of thing, but it doesn’t have to be. You should be armed with information. Planning a wedding is primarily about making a budget and so when you are considering what gown to buy, you should also budget for the alterations. Ask the consultants you work with what alterations typically cost. Some dresses are more costly to alter than others. Ask Is there a difference for this dress? Or how about If I want to add sleeves, what kind of cost would that add to the dress? Customizing your dress is lots of fun, but keep in mind that it increases the price of alterations. A hem alone, which most dresses need, can cost from $200 and up depending on where you have it done. You can save yourself a lot of stress in the end if you prepare yourself for the cost in the beginning. The other often difficult aspect of alterations is fitting in appointments. Alterations are typically started two months before the wedding, which is of course the same time that all the details are coming together and brides are at their most stressed. Especially if you are getting married during the busy summertime you may need to be prepared to take some time off from work in order to fit in your appointments. If you show some flexibility in your schedule than seamstresses will likely return the favor. Now you are informed, you are...

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Blog

The small room at the back of the historic hall is full of people. Five bridesmaids in lace dresses sit on the couch or lean against the chest of drawers, their knit bouquets of flowers in their laps or dangling at their sides. The bride is perched on a high back chair smiling as the photographer snaps pictures. Look up. Look down. Smile. Laugh. The bride’s mother looks on from the couch laughing with the girls as they try to elicit laughter from the bride. A knock at the door and the father of the bride pokes his head in. He had not expected the bride to be there. He was told he was needed at the back of the hall. He steps inside the room quickly. His face blushes, his eyes well with tears. He smiles through them. “You can’t surprise me like that,” he says. The bride is up out of her chair. Her veil cascading around her shoulders. Her hair pinned up. A long lace train behind her. She does not know what her father sees of her now. Maybe the pig tails and overalls of a lifetime ago. Maybe the adult poised to make a family of her own. But it is easy to see what she sees from this man. The one who taught her to ride a bike, to drive a car, to keep her shoulders back and her head up. The one who carried the weight of the world on his shoulder. The one who carried her on his shoulders. Happy Father’s Day to all the men who have been so important in our...

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A Spin on Bridal Shower Themes

A Spin on Bridal Shower Themes

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Blog

So let’s say that the wedding planning is underway, the venue has been selected, the photographer hired, the cake tasted, and the emails from the caterer down to just one a day. It’s the home stretch. The big details are done, but the little ones are starting to pop up everywhere. This is when brides get a little stressed.   Fortunately, in this same scenario it’s a month or two before the wedding and it’s time for the bridal shower, the one thing that bride doesn’t have to plan. And to make sure she doesn’t have to plan anything, we have generated some bridal shower themes to assist the rest of the bridal party in making the day special and most of all, relaxing.   A Tea Party: Mismatched china tea cups, biscuits, everyone in big hats and white gloves, and lots of milk and sugar in the earl grey.   A Midsummer Night’s Garden Dream: Think twinkling lights, hanging vines and plenty of white wrought-iron tables. Not to mention Shakespeare love sonnets and rose petals cast about everywhere. A Downton Dinner: Volunteer groomsmen in tails serving food from silver trays. Guests dripping with strings of pearls. Ragtime music wafting out of the speakers.   Willy Wonka Wonderland: Ok, no purple top hat, but how about golden ticket invitations, a chocolate water fountain, and for favors “everlasting love” gob stoppers. Soda Shop: Colorfully stripped straws, old fashioned milk shake glasses, and a sundae bar with something for everyone. Get really fancy and invite guests to try a little coffee or chocolate stout in their vanilla shake. Brunch is Back: Heart-shaped waffles, strawberries in the mimosas, and linen tables decked out in pictures of the happy couple....

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Blog

May is National Strawberry Month and all across the country towns are paying tribute to the delicious and versatile fruit with festivals, contests, and lots of strawberry shortcake. You can pay tribute too by looking to the strawberry for wedding inspiration. Whether you want a down-to-earth casual barn feel or an elevated black tie ball, the strawberry is there to help you set the mood. Just think of it: bridesmaids dressed in shades of pink and red, groomsmen in red textured ties against crisp white shirts, guests sipping on strawberry cocktails and tables adorned with little jars of homemade jams. Or maybe on the more sophisticated side a white buttercream cake with a cascade of strawberries spiraling down, martini glasses with a slice of strawberry on the side, and red roses in crystal vases at the center of every table. Strawberries are infused with romance and love and are primed to compliment any wedding celebration, so as you and your fiancé hash out your wedding theme, consider the strawberry. Or if not, at least enjoy a few with a dollop of whipped cream. And for a cute favor idea and a way to save a little cash check out this recipe for homemade strawberry jam brought to us by the barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten Ingredients 3 pints fresh strawberries 3 cups superfine sugar 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier) 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and small-diced 1/2 cup fresh blueberries   Directions Place the strawberries in a colander and rinse them under cold running water. Drain and hull the strawberries. Cut the larger berries in half or quarters and leave the small berries whole. Place the strawberries in a deep, heavy-bottomed pot such as heavy Dutch oven and toss them with the sugar and orange-flavored liqueur. Bring the berry mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Add the apple and blueberries and continue to keep the mixture at a rolling boil, stirring occasionally, until the jam reaches 220 degrees on a candy thermometer. This should take 25 to 35 minutes. Skim and discard any foam that rises to the top. Allow the mixture to cool...

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New York Bridal Market

New York Bridal Market

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Blog

Next week is New York Market when Betsy and some of the staff will be off to the big apple to check out the upcoming fall collections from all the top bridal designers. As they prepare for their trip and get ready to see the next big thing in bridal we would like to know the kinds of gowns that you are all looking for. What are the new trends you are interested in seeing examples of? Have you been searching for some element in a dress that you just can’t find? Are you trying to capture a particular mood that just doesn’t seem to be out there? Tell us what you want to see from the designers, and we will send Betsy and the staff in search of it. Send in your ideas all this week and we will post the updates from New York....

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Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection
1848 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
Phone 410-484-4600
Fax 410-484-6035
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Mon & Fri 11am-6pm
Wed & Thurs 11am-8pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-4:30pm
Closed Tuesdays. Receptionist is available to make appointments and handle customer service questions.