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Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Blog

It is part of my job to be in the loop about the latest wedding trends. I follow other wedding vendors and bridal designers to keep on top of what everyone else in the industry is doing. The world of weddings is constantly evolving and become more complex and it takes time to sift through what trends are worthy and what trends are a bit excessive. It’s always good to have eyes on the future, but weddings are also steeped in centuries of tradition and sometimes ignoring trends in favor of tradition can offer a big reward.   One such tradition that brides often ditch, but shouldn’t is the receiving line. Receiving lines are a bit old fashioned. Couples nowadays would probably prefer gliding around the banquet hall stopping off here and there to talk to people over the more regimented line of greetings. The first option is much more organic and informal, but it never accomplishes exactly what it should. You simply never get to everyone that way. You will start out with the best of intentions. You’ll wait until the dancing starts and you’ll make your rounds. You’ll pop over to a few tables and make your way around each one. You’ll thank your guests and make necessary introductions. It’ll be great and you’ll be right on track until one of you gets pulled away or until your favorite song comes on or until it’s time to cut the cake.     The more formal receiving line gives you the opportunity to great and speak with each and every guest. When and how you do your reeving line is up to you, but it’s easiest to do as guests file out of your church or ceremony site. It will be slow going, and you’ll want to allow time for it, but most of your guests will really appreciate it.   You know who else will appreciate it? Your parents. A receiving line ensures that everyone also gets to meet and thank your parents. People want to meet your parents, and your parents want to meet them, too. A receiving line is in effect a great way of...

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Snow Day

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Blog

In case you haven’t noticed the Mid-Atlantic is supposed to be hit with a pretty big snowstorm starting sometime today. More than one meteorologist has forecast that we are going to get “walloped” by snow. In the face of all this bad weather we will be closing early (2pm) today and remaining closed on Saturday and Sunday. It pains us to turn away so many brides, but this blizzard business is nothing to mess around with.   Instead, this is the weekend for staying home and for hunkering down, but it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your bridal fix. I’ve got a list of some great wedding movies that you can binge watch as the snow falls.     Father of the Bride (1991) I think this movie had a profound effect on my ideas of what a wedding should and shouldn’t be and it definitely made me think blenders make terrible gifts. It also made me love the song “My Girl” as if that’s hard, and it never fails to entertain.   My Best Friend’s Wedding The moment I wake up before I put on my make up. This movie is worth watching just to get up off your couch during that scene and sing along.   The Philadelphia Story Katherine Hepburn is amazing to watch in this screwball comedy. If you’ve never seen it, it’s an absolute must. Charming, witty, funny, silly and packed full of banter. There’s a wedding in there somewhere too, but just who is the groom?   Mamma Mia You have to love ABBA and you have to love musicals, but as long as you do this movie is so much fun. It’s great to have on in the background as you putter around your house getting stuff done, too.   Only You This overlooked mid-nineties classic starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. follows a young woman about to get married who just may have met the man she was truly destined to be with. In turn she hops on a plane, follows a stranger halfway around the world and I won’t spoil the end for you.   The...

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Considering a Reception Lounge

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Blog

Lists of how to make your wedding awesome and amazing and wonderful are often filled with a few really good tips and a whole lot of nonsense. The expectations of magazines and bloggers of what should be present at your wedding have gotten steadily, wildly out of control. It’s a little hard for us all to live up to, so to be helpful I have read such a list and pulled out a valuable thread for all of you.   So how can you make your wedding even more wonderful than it’s already going to be? Provide a lounge area for your guests. On the surface this sounds a little farfetched and costly, but don’t let the depiction of this idea in magazines scare you. You don’t have to provide vintage couches, Pottery Barn pillows, an armchair, two Tiffany lamps, a private bar and the mantle from an old farmstead complete with crackling fire. In this case it’s not about creating a look, but creating comfort.     Not all of your guests will want to dance the night away, but that doesn’t mean they want to spend the whole time sitting at their table either. A lounge area, even a modest one composed of a few chairs and a coffee table, will give some of your guests a break.   I like this idea a lot because it can easily be modified to fit your budget and your space. If your reception area is already full you might consider setting up something outside. It could be as simple as some brightly colored lawn furniture or as extravagant as rented vintage couches, either way you create a different sort of space for your guests. A lounge area separate from the reception also gives people a chance to escape the noise of the party if they need to. Lounge areas also make for great photo ops of your guests in which they aren’t doing the YMCA or sitting with a plate of chicken in front of them.  ...

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Spotlight on Thomas Knoell

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Blog

Jewelry designer Thomas Knoell frequents our shop on a pretty regular basis to showcase his beautiful handmade designs, and next weekend (January 15th) is one of those occasions. He will be here in person with his latest jewelry designs, and I wanted to take a moment to tell you more about why you should stop in.   I’m not one to spend a lot of money on jewelry. In all honesty most of my collection comes from Target. On clearance. But your wedding say is different. What you wear should be special and meaningful. That doesn’t have to mean spending a ton of money, but is does mean choosing pieces that are handcrafted and made just for you. That’s what Thomas Knoell offers. He offers jewelry that is customized to your taste, your theme and made for you and your big day.   We always have Thomas pieces in our store, but what’s nice about coming when Thomas is here is that he can help with custom changes and offer expert advice. Are you wearing your hair up or down? What does the neckline of your dress look like? Are you wearing a veil? Asking these questions will help him determine what pieces will work best for you. Necklaces don’t work with every gown and some gowns call for a big earring while others are better suited to a little stud. He’ll dish out his honest opinion backed up by years of experience, and he’ll make sure that you get exactly the look you want.   The customization possibilities are perhaps the biggest bonus of coming in to meet with Thomas. The options to make changes are always there, but meeting with the actual designer gives you a lot of power and freedom. You get to actually help design your jewelry. Think about that. When have you ever been able to do that? You might decide you want more pearls or less pearls. You might want to change the color of the crystal. You might want to add one more teardrop to your chandelier earrings. These are things that are possible and things that Thomas can help you do....

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Bridal Blog In Review

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Blog

The last few lingering days of 2015 make for a perfect time to reflect on the year and all the things that took place during it. I’ve already recounted the best things in bridal, and now I turn my attention to this very blog. I think over the course of this year I have posted a few insightful or helpful bits of information and now I’d like to hit you with the highlights. So here they are, totally subjectively, the best of the bridal blog 2015.   From “Bridal Party Mixer” October 23, 2015 There is usually a desire for the bridesmaids to get acquainted with one another and for the groomsmen to do the same, but quite often no one thinks about the other side. I certainly didn’t, but in hindsight, it might have been nice if the men and women who had to walk down the aisle together had met before they had to walk down the aisle together.   Of course it could be that everyone is already super close. In which case, why wouldn’t you want to have a party together? It’s a win either way, and if you plan all the parties for the same weekend then you really aren’t asking anything extra of anyone. A little mixer will help everyone to feel more at ease and in the end it will make the wedding more fun.   From “How to Fit the Bar in Your Budget” September 10,2015 Working in a bridal shop I find myself, as all of us do, called upon to give bridal advice from time to time. Can I do this? Should I do that? Am I allowed to wear the same color as so and so? During these occasions I find it best not to speak in absolutes because there really is no answer. I don’t like to say things like “never” or “shouldn’t” with one crucial exception. You should never have a cash bar at your wedding. Never. Ever. Never. Never. Never.       From “Look Who’s Here” June 11, 2015 The latest craze in bridesmaids is definitely the sequined evening gown. It turns out beading,...

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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.