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The Real Rules

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Blog

  It is pretty common to see brides in the salon who are concerned about doing what’s right and proper. They want to follow all the wedding rules, and they often seek our advice in doing so. This happens especially concerning the bridal party. They have so many questions about what should be done because most of them have never been married before and because they genuinely want to follow the rules. Do the mother of the groom and the mother of the bride have to match? Should they match? Should they not match? What about the flower girl? Should her dress match the bride’s dress? Should it match the bridesmaids? Can you wear black in June? Is it allowed?   You might hate the answer, but of course the answer is there is no answer. There are no rules. At least not rules about color and dresses. The truth is the bride can and should do what she and her fiancé want. It is an opportunity to show their personality both as individuals and as a couple, but that should not mean getting bogged down in minor details that have no precedent only preference.   The other truth is that yes, there are rules, but they have nothing to do with aesthetics and everything to do with manners.   1. Keep People in the Loop Yes, the marriage is about the couple, but the wedding is about joining two families. This means diplomacy. It means involving the most important players in at least a few of the big decisions. It means asking each set of parents if a certain date is acceptable. You do this as a courtesy. You also allow them to invite guests of their own. No, they can’t invite all their friends, but remember they are as excited to share this moment with their friends as you are with yours. You don’t have to wear your future mother-in-law’s dress just because she asked you to, but you can always bend on a few points.   2. Treat Your Friends Like Friends This is a friendly reminder that the people in your bridal party are actually...

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Introducing Ellis Bridal

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog

It’s time again to introduce you to another designer new to our salon. Today I give you Ellis Bridal from all the way across the pond in London. We are so pleased and proud to carry them in our store, and I am happy to show them off. Their gowns are clean, modern, sleek, and classically bridal. We are also the only salon in Maryland who carries them.   The three gowns pictured are ones that are currently in stock at our salon, and they help represent the range of style that Ellis offers. Do you want traditional lace and a little sleeve, but you still want to look young and fresh? They accomplish that so well here with the scalloped off-the-shoulder neckline and the thin satin band at the waist. These elements balance the lace and the sleeves perfectly to create a look that is traditional yet chic.     Or perhaps you want something fashion-forward that still looks and feels like a bridal gown. The layers on this gown with the horsehair trim are modern and sophisticated. The layers create a couture-like silhouette and give the gown enough volume to hold the attention of a ballroom full of people.  The floral belt and the ruched bodice counterbalance that volume and edge with a softness that can stand the test of time.     This last gown offers a great shape, clean lines, and even harder to find these days, a non-strapless option that isn’t lace. The neckline and ruching are completely figure flattering and I totally agree with the editorial choice not to wear a necklace; the collarbone does all the work and gets all the attention....

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Don’t be a ‘Heel’

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Blog

Often as I scroll through wedding albums online I am faced with the pretty pictures of the bride’s shoes arranged in delicate and interesting ways; they rest on the bed next to the bouquet of flowers, they sit empty in a doorway waiting expectantly to be filled, they are tipped forward showing off a secret message on the bottom.   No matter the photographic aesthetic involved the shoes are almost always inevitably heels. It makes sense; we have been taught since childhood, since we slipped our feet into our mother’s pumps that heels equal dressy, fancy, and feminine. We are made to believe that high heels are just what you wear on your wedding day. This matter isn’t made much better by asserting that the only way to step out of heels is to go to the other end of the spectrum and wear a pair of converse all stars or cowboy boots. Not that there is anything wrong with those options – I love them, but I believe brides should have some middle ground, too.   Maybe you are a tall bride like I was and you just don’t want to be too tall on the big day. Maybe you never learned quite how to handle heels and you’d rather not trip down the aisle. Maybe heels hurt your feet. Of course they do. But whatever the reason you deserve fashionable and fabulous shoes. Here are a few of my latest favorites.   1. For the Bride who loves bling, beads & jewels. Find them here.   2. For the ballerina in every bride. Find them here.   3. For the vintage win. Find them here.   4. For the fabulously whimsical.   Find them here.   5. For the watercolor wedding. Find them here.   6. For the wedding that is mint to be. Find them here....

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President’s Day

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Blog

Mondays are always difficult days especially in the dead of winter with snowstorms always impending, but thank goodness today is a holiday and we have something to celebrate. Happy President’s Day! Of course we should be celebrating the former leaders of our country, but why not also celebrate the often trendsetting fashion forward ladies by their side? If you have ever been to the Smithsonian museum’s exhibit on the First Ladies of the United States then you know what an important part fashion has played in their position throughout history.   No First Lady makes this clearer than Jackie Kennedy. Her smart little suits, her pillbox hats, her matching gloves, all helped make her into the kind of style icon that endures today.     Just look at her on her wedding day to John F. Kennedy. Long before she was a First Lady she was still the pinnacle of style and grace in her ivory tissue silk gown rumored to require fifty yards of fabric. The off-the-shoulder neckline is striking not just because it shows off her collarbone and her delicate string of pearls, but because it is reminiscent of its time period and at the same time very timeless. Women still covet that perfect off-the- shoulder look. It is at once both carefree and demure.   She seems perched on that fine line between a pretty socialite waiting to have this dance and a woman ready to carry the mantle of marriage. Perhaps that is why this look endures so well; it captures just exactly what it feels like to be a bride and for one day be in that strange and happy place between single girl and wife.  ...

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Think Pink

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Blog

Yes, as you know, it is almost Valentine’s Day, which means that shades of pink and red can be found just about everywhere you look. Practicably ever aisle in the grocery store is strewn with pink hearts and crepe paper. Love is in the air, or at least in the décor. So in the spirit of all those romantic shades I bring you pink wedding gowns.     Pink and blush wedding gowns have become increasingly popular over the last several years as brides search for less traditional wedding gowns. I have seen black wedding gowns and pale blue wedding gowns and even a green one pass through our salon doors, but pink seems to have the most staying power. Perhaps it’s because the pale pinks and blushes are on the daring side, but they are still soft, subtle and romantic. It means you can be different, but you still get to feel like a bride and not an actress on the red carpet. All of these gowns have equal parts grace elegance and flair. They float and flutter and they are alive with spirit and joie de vivre. White and ivory will probably long reign as the colors of choice for wedding gowns, but it is nice to know that there are options for brides and still a chance to show some individuality....

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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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Store Hours

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.