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The No-Shows

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Blog

The world of weddings is no stranger to viral internet posts. Somewhere there will always be a groom performing a choreographed dance, or a bride wearing something outrageous or s host or guest making a breach of etiquette. That’s what happened last week when the internet spotlighted the story of a couple who was sent a bill for not attending a wedding they had RSVP’d yes to.   Much was made of this story. Magazines wrote articles about the best way to handle no-shows at your wedding. Etiquette experts weighted in, wedding planners shared their rules, and ordinary brides shared their stories. People were quick to come to the defense of both sides of the dilemma. Some argued that the major offense was the bill and others argued the main offense was the no-show.   While it’s important to understand how to address no-shows to your wedding, it’s really most important to acknowledge that they will exist. Get used to the idea right now that several of the guests who RSVP’d yes will not actually make it to your wedding.     And that’s OK. Of course you want them there and you will miss them and you paid money for them to be there, but force yourself to remember the big picture. You are no more in control of things on your wedding day than you are on any other day. You cannot control the availability of babysitters or the spread of the flu or the resiliency of rental car engines.   Give your would-be guests the benefit of the doubt and assume that they would be there if they could. That’s all the more thought you need to put into it. They would be there if they could. Give them this benefit even if you don’t think it’s true. Give them this benefit even if they don’t reach out to you. Give them this benefit because if you invited them to your wedding you must like them, and you should probably go on liking them anyway.  ...

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Debating the First Look

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Blog

As you plan your wedding you’ll be faced with a myriad of decisions to make. Some of them will be big and important and probably cause some stress and anxiety. Others will be small and insignificant and probably cause some stress and anxiety. Some decisions of course will seem small, but carry a lot of weight in the long run. Those are the trickiest, and the one I struggled with the most was whether or not to have a first look.   Initially when the question was posed to my now-husband and I the answer was short and simple. No. No we didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony. No we didn’t want a private first glimpse. We didn’t want to stage a first look for the sake of great photographs. We would rather forgo the perfectly photographed moment in favor of simply living in the real moment. Maybe the photographer would capture the expressions and emotions on our faces, or maybe all we would have was the memory of the feeling and the electricity in the room. No, we did not want a first look.   Or did we? I started to peruse first look pictures and began to think I want those pictures. Yes, I want a first look. I want a private moment alone with my fiancé as we are perched to be joined together forever. I want a moment out of the hubbub of the day to remember why we are doing this. I want a veritable flip-book of action as I walk up to him, tap him on his shoulder, and he cries the most beautiful tears of joy. Obviously.   Or maybe I don’t want that. I wavered back and forth, and I imagine other couples have done the same thing. There is some middle ground available. One of us could have been blindfolded as we said a few words to one another. We could have stood on opposites sides of a door with no peeking, but ultimately we decided to reveal ourselves in real-time as I walked down the aisle. I occasionally pine for first looks as I scroll through...

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Trending For Fall

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Blog

Unsurprisingly, as the temperatures drop and low rolling grey clouds seem perpetually moving overhead, the forecast, and the trendsetters, call for plaid. Autumn and plaid have always been best friends, but this year they are poised to take things to the next level; they’re in love, and it’s hard not to fall in love right along with them.     Plaids are warm, cozy, friendly and inviting, which makes this new fall trend perfect for fall weddings. You can incorporate everything from plaid place settings and escort cards to plaid ties on all the groomsmen. You can create a textured, rustic look by using several different plaids in the same color scheme. You can dress it up or dress it down; black tie or barnyard are both appropriate. If you’re taking outdoor photos you’ve simply go to get yourself a good plaid blanket to snuggle up for some adorable shots.   What I think is especially great about this plaid trend is that it allows you to evoke fall in a less overt way. I’m all for pumpkins and leaves as I’ve said before, but this is a nice autumn option for those who don’t want a pumpkin on every table. In this way plaid is more a feeling than a symbol. Plaids can help to set the autumn tone and lucky for you, you can find them everywhere this year.  ...

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Make Your Reception Tables Pop

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Blog

There is a new trend in wedding reception décor that has quietly been making everything from ballrooms to barns more personalized and more impressive: the table runner.     Most caterers or wedding venues will provide plain, usually white tablecloths for the reception, which are fine, but they have more substance than style. Of course to rent of buy your own tablecloths is a big expense and not exactly necessary. That is why the table runner is such a nice middle ground. You can show a little style without breaking the bank.   What is really exciting about them (because I am excited) is that there are a million ways you can make table runners. They can be made from fabric or paper or flowers or burlap or wood or you name it. You can head over to Pinterest and get really complicated or you can keep it simple. You can hand make everything or you can even buy table runners from Target or Ikea for a really nice price.   However you choose to do it you will instantly liven up your reception tables and your reception venue. They pull the room together, they add texture and variety to the table, and they are a great way to incorporate your wedding colors. They can also help when it comes to the centerpieces. They act as a backdrop or canvas that you can build on. This is especially true if you use flowers or garland as your runner. All you have to do is weave in a few votive candles and volia.   So if you are looking for a creative and cost effective way to amp up your reception then you should consider the trendy table runner.    ...

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Autumn Weddings

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Blog

  The temperatures are still fluctuating and the leaves remain unchanged, but it is almost officially fall and in rare moments throughout the day it has started to feel like it. The evenings and the early mornings have cooled down. The air smells different and the late afternoon sun has taken on an orangey glow. These signs of course all point to scarves and sweaters and nutmeg, but they also point to weddings. Fall weddings continue to rise in popularity giving the summer months a good run for their money. The milder weather, especially in hotter climates, is certainly a bonus of fall weddings, but here are some other things to look forward to as wedding season, round two, gets underway.   The Color Palette This doesn’t mean that your bridesmaids have to walk down the aisle looking like fallen leaves, but fall does allow you the opportunity to embrace a richer color palette. Jewel tones. Mustard yellow. Cranberry. Evergreen. These are sumptuous colors that while they can be used in any season, feel particularly poignant in autumn. They add a certain warmth to the slight chill in the air.   Pumpkins For once, I am not talking about pumpkin flavored things. I’m talking about the actual pumpkin. You can carve them. You can paint them. They don’t even have to be orange. You can use them as centerpieces. You can get tiny ones and use them as your escort cards. You can use pumpkins subtly or overtly, but either way they fit.   The Outdoors Summer outdoor weddings are beautiful and perhaps more predictable in terms of the weather, but an outdoor wedding with the fall foliage as a backdrop is pretty hard to beat. Even if you opt for the indoor ceremony you will still have the opportunity to crunch through he new fallen leaves and snap pics in the brilliant colors.   Keeping Warm Depending on when in the fall your wedding is the odds are it won’t be freezing cold, but as long as you plan ahead you can end up having even more fun even it is. Imagine a cute basket full of vintage...

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1848 Reisterstown Road
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Wed & Thurs 11am-8pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-4:30pm
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