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In Honor of Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in Blog

There’s nothing to make you think about your mom quite like buying a bridal gown. Mothers play a big role in weddings and in bridal gown shopping. We keenly feel the presence of mothers, and we also feel their absence. Sometimes moms are only present in a pause, or a moment of reflection, and sometimes moms make their way here over text messages and through face-time.   Around here we see friends and aunts and future mothers-in-law that offer the love and support of a mother. We see proud faces, wide smiles, and lots and lots of happy tears. We see the village that it took to raise a bride, and we see their joy as she prepares for the big day.   Yes, moms play a big role around here, but they go by many names, and they show support in many ways. We celebrate these relationships all the time. Almost daily, we witness happy moms and daughters sharing this meaningful experience together.   But it isn’t just the moments in the salon we get to be a part of. We also get to see a lot of wedding photos. We see the tender moments captured in black and white before the bride walks down the aisle. All the little moments, like buttons being buttoned and lipstick getting touched up. We see the quick hug, and the squeeze of a hand. Photos capture all those knowing glances and those whispered I love you’s.   What we don’t see, and what can’t ever be truly captured is the work that it took to get to those moments. We don’t see the late nights, the years of advice, the weeknight dinners, or the birthdays. There aren’t photos of the Band-Aids, the car rides, the failures and the triumphs, and the report cards.   All we have is the sum total of those efforts. All we have are our beautiful brides and the strong and wonderful women who helped them to stand with such poise and confidence and say, “Yes.”   We are grateful to those wonderful women, and we wish them the happiest of Mother’s Days.  ...

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The Newest Trends in Bridesmaid Gowns

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Blog

Picking the right bridal gown can be tricky. It’s the most high-pressure, high-stakes wardrobe decision you’ll ever have to make, and you want to make sure you choose perfectly. You want to love it. Ideally, you’ll hear trumpets, and you want your friends and family to erupt in a round of happy tears. Your dress has to be as amazing as you are, and that makes picking it a momentous decision.   Oh, but when you choose your gown you can breathe a nice sigh of relief. You had to make the biggest clothing decision of your life, and you did it. You passed! Hooray! It’s smooth sailing from here on out.   That is, until you have to pick your bridesmaid dresses. If you thought choosing what you were going to wear was stressful, try choosing what other people are going to wear. You love your bridesmaids, and you want them to each feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful. You also have a wedding vision, and you want to stay on track.   Fortunately, we have all the latest trends in bridesmaid gowns, and we truly have something for everyone. Take a look at some of our newest bridesmaid gowns that fulfill all the hottest trends in bridal. They’ll make it easy to say yes to the dress, again.   High Necks There’s nothing quite like a good high-neck gown. A high-neck is flattering, sophisticated, and very chic. It provides coverage in just the right places, but still shows off great shoulders and delicate collar bones. It was once super difficult to find bridesmaid gowns that had any kind of a strap, so it’s nice to see that high-neck gowns have become so popular. Pair them with a great chandelier earring for the wedding and a simple stud for an evening out. That’s right, these are totally gowns you can wear to another event.     Crepe For a long time chiffon bridesmaid gowns have reigned supreme at the altar. It makes sense, right? Chiffon is flowy, forgiving, easy to wear, and it comes in a great array of colors from the vibrant to the subdued. It also tends...

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Three Reasons to Wear a Veil If You’re on the Fence

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Blog

Full disclosure, in case you didn’t know, we sell veils. We sell lots of veils. So it would make sense for us to tell you how important they are. We’re pretty smart cookies here at Betsy Robinson’s, but we’re also honest. And we’re here to help you. I hear brides question all the time if they should wear a veil, and when they do, I feel myself have practically a visceral reaction to the question. I want to shout from the rooftops, “YES!” Yes, you should wear a veil. But don’t do it for me. Don’t do it for us. Wear a veil because there are three really good reasons that you should.     1. When Else Will You Wear One? This might not be the most compelling argument in my bag of tricks, but it’s true. You might have other reasons to put on a big fancy gown. You might head to a big gala dressed to the nines. There may be other times, or even many other times in your life that you get yourself extra fancy for an event. But it’s pretty unlikely that any of those events will call for a veil.   Oh, but what if you’re not a very bridal-y bride? Well, the thing is, whether you’re a super bride-y kind of bride or not, you’re still a bride. It’s that whole words meaning things, thing. You are a bride. And you should feel like one. Which brings me to my next point.   2. You’ll Feel More Like a Bride This is true. The moment you put a veil on is like magic. In fact, no, it is actual magic. I’ve seen it in others, and I’ve felt it in myself. The veil is transformative. One minute you’re just an ordinary person about to embark on a great adventure, and the next minute you’re a goddess living on Earth powered by love and a really good pair of heels.   Wearing a veil can’t change your whole life, I don’t think, but it can make you feel like a bride. It makes your fairytale love feel real. It’s happening. Oh, yeah,...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Blog

Today is International Women’s Day, and here at Betsy Robinson’s we feel like we do a great job celebrating women everyday. From the brides who wear our gowns, to the seamstresses who work tirelessly to alter them, we spend a lot of time in the company of women. Those who work here, and those who shop here, represent a diverse group of women. Though their paths may be different, we are happy they all lead to Betsy’s.   It’s a privilege to come to work each day, and collaborate with such talented, smart, and stylish women like these. It’s also a privilege to work for Betsy Robinson herself. She’s a model of strength, independence, and business acumen. Plus, she’s got a killer wardrobe, and she knows the value of a good handbag, and a good cocktail.     She started this business nearly forty years ago, with little more than an idea, and a passion. She has built a brand that is well known far beyond the reaches of Baltimore, and she has influenced the bridal world immensely.   Betsy has guided her salon through many ups and downs, and even a few trends she’d like to forget. Puffed sleeves anyone? But through it all, she has remained a leader, and a trendsetter. Make no mistake, running a bridal shop is a difficult business, and it takes a strong woman to do it. Betsy is that kind of woman, and she demands as much of those who work for her.   Because our Betsy Robinson family is overwhelmingly, almost completely (Hi Brian!) made up of women, we have a unique environment. We are women serving women, and though we are not curing cancer, we think our work is important.   We get the opportunity to help brides plan their wedding day. We get to help them find gowns that make them feel beautiful. That kind of power should never be underestimated. After all, helping women feel good about themselves just brings them one step closer to running the world.   So to all the wonderful women who make Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection run, and to all the wonderful women...

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OMG Look Who Just Got Engaged Part 2

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in Blog

For those of you in the know, our very own bridal consultant Ashley Gray, got engaged this fall. We thought it would make the perfect opportunity to follow her journey all the way down the aisle, and get a little insight along the way. Planning a wedding is all about being overwhelmed. Sometimes you are overwhelmed by the daunting logistics. Sometimes you are overwhelmed by prices and opinions. But you also get to be overwhelmed by an outpouring of love and support.     We’ll stick with Ashley as she tackles all these predicaments. I’m already predicting she’ll be a steady hand and a cool cucumber who can offer some good tips to the rest of us. Here she is in her own words as she tackles the tough questions. When is the wedding?! Have you picked a date?! These are questions I hear  frequently. Very frequently. Now that Martin and I are engaged, it’s time to start planning. Even though I have been in this business for almost five years, I have struggled with the number one question on every recently engaged bride’s mind: where do I start? Martin joked, “I fully expected you to pick up the phone, call someone and say ‘it’s on’ and everything would be done and set and all we had to do was sign the checks.” If only it were that easy! The most important thing to me while beginning to plan our wedding was exactly that, it is our wedding. His input is just as important in the planning process as mine is. The day is about us and our love and commitment to each other. So we sat down and began to talk seasons. He prefers colder rather then warmer and I’ve always dreamed of a Christmas wedding. And just like that we made our first decision. A winter wedding in 2019. With a season and a year decided it was time to start thinking where. I started looking up hundreds of venues. New ones pop up all the time and the task seemed never-ending. I called and emailed. I asked about dates, prices, amenities. But then Martin pointed out...

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Three Reasons Why A Sample Sale Bridal Gown is Right for You

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Blog

Everyone knows that weddings can get really expensive really quickly. By the time you pick a venue, a caterer, and a photographer, it can feel like you’ve already cracked the budget wide open. It doesn’t help that the words wedding and bargain hardly ever go together unless you’re talking about getting married on a Tuesday afternoon in February.   But bridal sample sales are wonderful exceptions to these rules. You can find a beautiful designer gown, come in under budget, and walk right out the door with it. Sound like a sample sale might be right for you? Check out the top three reasons to consider buying from the sale rack.       1. They’re On Time Timing is everything, and wedding timing is unlike anything you’ve dealt with before. Most brides start planning their wedding at least a year in advance because of how long things take. Ordering a bridal gown, for example, takes anywhere from three to six months. There are rush options available and occasional exceptions based on designer and style, but in general, a bridal gown takes months.   That means that if you didn’t make your bridal gown vision board a year in advance you might be feeling a little stressed out. Don’t worry. Sample gowns don’t need to be ordered. You simply walk in, find your dream gown, and leave with it that day.   2. They’re On Budget For some brides, money is no object, but lots of other brides want to be pragmatic and practical. Having a hard time wrapping your head around spending so much money on a gown you’ll only wear once? Obviously I see the value in splurging on the most important thing you’ll ever wear, but I also love a good deal. We’ve got designer gowns in excellent condition in a wide variety of styles and sizes for roughly half off the original price. Style and thrift combined? That makes you one smart bride.   3. They’re On Trend We are constantly getting new bridal gowns in our stock inventory. Hardly a day goes by that we aren’t unboxing a new gown to put on the...

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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.