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Should You Unplug Your Wedding?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Blog

  Creating a custom hashtag for your wedding is the latest bridal craze. It’s a hipper version of the disposable camera on every table and it allows you to one, create a super cute and clever hashtag, and two, instantly share and connect all your wedding photos. It allows you to get all sorts of pictures that you might otherwise miss and it creates a fast and easy way for those not present to feel as though they were there.   All of that sounds great, right? You want your own unique and sweet hashtag, right? You want to involve your guests. You want to capture every moment of your perfect day. You also want to include people who couldn’t make it, and you want the chance to get dozens of likes and comments on your photos. I hear you. Plus, your guests are going to take pictures anyway, why not ensure that you get to see them? Why not have them all collected neatly via hyperlinks online?   But anytime there are trends there are those who choose to go against them, and in this case there are some fair points to consider for doing so. To being with, do you really want to be indiscriminately tagged in every photo a guest of your takes? Because there are going to be bad photos. Well intentioned photos, yes, but bad ones with poor lighting where you are inevitably making a weird face. The difference between the quality of photos that professional photographers take and the ones guests take are vast and noticeable and you might not notice it until you’ve been tagged in one of those bad photos for everyone to see.   Perhaps that’s a vain argument, but I’m going to say that at least on your wedding day you have the right to be a little vain and to want to project a certain image. However, let’s say that you could care less about whether or not you get tagged in bad photos. That’s fair, too, but do you care if people are holding up their phones and snapping pics during your ceremony? Do you care if...

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Essense of Australia & Martina Liana Trunk Show

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog

  This weekend brings us an especially special Essense of Australia Trunk Show. We are already excited simply because we love Essense, but this time they are sending new 2016 gowns and brides this weekend will be some of the first to get to try them on. As if that weren’t exciting enough they are also sending exclusive gowns that are only available at trunk shows. They are so exclusive that I can’t even show you pictures of them, which is a total shame because they are gorgeous.   Curious yet? Of course you should be. New gowns. Top-secret gowns. Brides, this is your weekend. This is the chance to find your dress. Essense has such a wide variety of gowns that there is truly something for everyone. They have a great mix of traditional and modern, sexy and simple. Looking for a blush dress? Check. How about a low back? Absolutely. Two-piece? Sure thing. Looking for sleeves? Perfect.     They certainly have the upper hand on trends, but they also understand what is classic and what makes a gown not just a gown, but a wedding gown. It’s not just the color or the cut; it’s the feeling. It’s the way brides light up when they put them on. Join us this weekend to get the Essense experience. By Appointment: 410.484.4600.  ...

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Adding Heirlooms to Your Gown

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Blog

I’ve been on a bit of an heirloom kick, which is probably because I was just bequeathed a box various vintage dishware that once belonged to my great great grandparents, but it’s also because weddings and heirlooms and tradition go so seamlessly in hand. Perhaps the most common way that we see heirlooms in and around the salon is through fabric; brides quite often have a piece of their mother’s gown or veil or a piece of their grandmother’s gown or veil sewn into theirs. It’s a nice way to incorporate something old or something borrowed into the big day, and it’s also a great way to keep the important people close to you.     But let’s say that you don’t have a piece of your grandmother’s gown to sew into yours, what are some other ways that you could incorporate precious items into your gown?   Raid Your Closet Traditions have to start somewhere, so why not use an item that is close to you personally? Maybe you have a favorite t-shirt from when you were in elementary school that you managed to fit in all through high school and college and now it’s practically in shreds? You might not call it an heirloom per say, but it certainly has significance for your and probably those who know you. Why not cut a piece of it into a heart and sew it into your gown? Maybe you still have your prom dress, you know, from the prom you went to with your now almost spouse? Pretty sure that is worthy of sewing into your wedding gown. All these things are nice reminders of your own personal journey from little kid to bride and those things are worth thinking about. Those items and those memories are worth carrying with you as you walk down the aisle.   Raid Your Parents’ Closet Ask permission of course for such a raid and always maintain the integrity of the piece you are borrowing from, but from there take inspiration from all your memories tied to what your parents wear and use. Take a spare button from one of your dad’s favorite...

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Wedding Find of the Week

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Blog

Maybe it’s because weddings are so steeped in tradition that when you start planning one you wind up thinking a lot about posterity. What decorations will you save? What will you do with your gown, with your shoes, with your veil? What will happen with the countless cards filled with heartfelt words from all your guests? I thought about all these things.   I thought about what items might be passed down to someone else sometime in the future. In general I found this feeling made me more willing to spend money in the hopes of creating heirlooms. While some of that can be attributed to the wedding planning daze in which everything makes you feel like you need to spend more, do more, provide more for your celebration, I do think there is a little wisdom buried there.   Which is why this week’s wedding find is not about finding something on the cheap, its about finding something worthy. Worthy of being handed down. Worthy of sitting on your mantle. Worthy of sparking conversations years and years after your big day.   The item could be a whole host of things, but I love these champagne coupes. You could really spend a bundle and get crystal ones if you want, but I tend to go for style over substance. The colors are wonderful and vintage and they beg to be photographed. Plus, they’ll make any bride look that much daintier and any groom that much more debonair just by holding them. They’ll make the champagne look better. They’ll make the toasts sound better. But more importantly they’ll make you and your wedding a part of history. It’s a lofty goal, but it’s a nice one, too. It’s nice to think that the same glasses you and your spouse used to toast your wedding day might be used by someone else in your family to do that same thing. What if in a hundred years they are still using them?   Careful little champagne coupes, you’ve got to survive. For posterity.  ...

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Isabelle Armstrong is Here

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Blog

Again I find myself so pleased to welcome another designer to our growing collection of talented wedding gown designers. This time it is Isabelle Armstrong, a company that prides itself on making every bride feel exceptional as she walks down the aisle. That’s certainly a perfect word for these gowns; they make you stop and look and take exception to them. In fact, some of them can just about take your breath away.     This sample gown is our first piece from Isabelle Armstrong and not only does it appear exceptional, it’s also exquisite. The fabric, the embroidery and beading, and the fit all give off an air of luxury. Don’t you just want to put it on and hear it rustle around you as you walk? I sure do. It makes for a nice reminder of just how much design and hard work and craftsmanship go into a wedding gown. It takes a lot of work to make something look so effortless, so perfect and natural.   We will continue to get more of these gowns in store over the coming weeks and we also will be hosting a trunk show with them in September, so stay tuned for updates. In the meantime you can always peruse Isabelle Armstrong’s website and see what gowns take your breath away.   Visit the Site.  ...

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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.