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Guide to Mixing and Matching Bridesmaid Gowns at Betsy Robinson’s

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Blog

One of the trickiest parts about planning a wedding can be picking what the bridesmaids are going to wear. It doesn’t sound tricky at first, but the more you think about it (and you will think about it a lot) the harder it becomes. It sort of makes sense though because you are responsible for picking what other people, people that you love and care about, are going to have to wear. For most of us it’s hard enough to pick our own clothes, but to decide what someone else should wear and still feel good is a lot of pressure.   The aim of picking gowns that makes your girls feel good is perhaps what makes bridesmaid dress shopping so rife with obstacle; you want to pick gowns that make your girls feel good because you love them, but you also still want things the way you want them. You want to find the perfect balance between their choices and your control. The contemporary solution to achieve this goal has been to allow bridesmaids to choose their own dress and create a bridal party that is less uniform.   I love that idea. Mixing styles and colors and materials can have a really lovely effect. I love building a party around a range of colors or a theme or a pattern. I love creating a look that is unique to each bride and each wedding. I love it, but it can be hard to do. It’s not uncommon for a bride to come in with a particular vision for her party and wind up getting frustrated with the conceptualization. To avoid having a bridal party meltdown, follow some of these tips for mixing and matching our gowns.     If You Want Different Colors If you want different dresses that are all different colors, be it shades or tones or totally different colors, then you can choose from any of our designers. For example, one dress can be a Bill Levkoff in victorian lilac, and another dress can be a Sorella Vita in aubergine, and a third can be a Watters in lavender. Since you don’t have to...

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New From Thomas Knoell Jewelry Designs and Enaura Bridal

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Blog

In case you missed it, we’ve been having some pretty exciting trunk shows around here, and this coming weekend is no exception. The newest gowns from Enaura bridal will be here along with the newest jewelry from Thomas Knoell Jewelry Designs. If you’re planning a wedding, these are two names that you need know, and I’d be happy to tell you why.       Thomas Knoell Jewelry Designs is a nationally known custom jewelry brand that has decked out some pretty famous brides. They use a mix of pearls, metals and Swarovski crystals to create stunning pieces that shine from any angle. They specialize in custom orders, and are happy to make changes to their pieces just to suit every bride’s vision. We always have a healthy stock of Thomas Knoell pieces in store to peruse, but coming on a trunk show weekend offers brides the chance to meet with one of the designers. This weekend, the lovely Raquel Knoell will be here with her knowledge, her style and some good advice about how to complete your wedding day look.   The recurring theme here, with both Thomas Knoell Jewelry and Enaura Bridal is customization. If you find a comb that you love, but want the stones in another color, no problem. If you want to change the neckline of an Enaura gown or add sleeves or straps or change the beading then again, you are in luck. Both a stylist and the designer will be here all weekend to help you do just that. Enaura gowns are hand-beaded works of art that fit like a glove, sparkle with every twirl and make you feel like royalty. Top if off with a custom headpiece and all in all not a bad way to spend a weekend.  ...

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So You Just Got Engaged Now What? Part 3

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Blog

  The final major piece to consider as you plan your wedding is of course your bridal gown. I say that it’s the third thing to do because it is so much easier to pick your gown if you already have a date and a venue. It’s not impossible to pick a gown without a date or a venue, but consider how much those two factors may influence your gown choice. The gown you might choose for a rustic barn wedding in June is probably not the same one you would choose for a grand ballroom wedding in December. So let’s just say for convenience sake, that you have your date and your venue and you are ready to find your gown. Here are some tips for making your bridal gown shopping trip fun and efficient.   Do Your Research But not too much research. Bridal magazines and websites are helpful when it comes to finding gowns you like, but they can also be overwhelming. You can literally spend days looking at dress after dress and be just as confused as when you started. These same outlets also have a way of creating unattainable expectations because the gowns pictured are either hard to find or way over budget. Still, it is helpful to come in with pictures of a few gowns you really love because chances are even if a salon doesn’t have those exact gowns, they have something very similar.   Be Open, But Not Too Open Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what you are looking for in a bridal gown because most brides have never worn anything like a bridal gown before. Because of this it is good to come with an open mind and be willing to try on different styles, but it’s also helpful to have a few rules in place. For example, you might not know what you are looking for in a silhouette, which is totally fine, but you might know that you don’t want any lace. Or you might have no opinion on the fabric, but really care about having a low back or a deep V-neckline or some kind of...

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So You Just Got Engaged Now What? Part 2

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Blog

Last week I started talking about the first steps you should take in planning your wedding, and that list continues this week with step number two. After you pick your date, the most logical and helpful thing to do is to pick your venue. Some venues may not be an option for your date, but unless it’s your absolute dream location, don’t let it throw you for a loop. In fact, you want some places to be unavailable so that you can automatically cross them off your list and move along. As for picking the right venue I can’t tell you where to get married, but I can give you a few things to keep in mind when you are deciding.   Size You don’t have to already have your guest list inked out, but you should have a general idea of how many people you will be inviting before you go venue shopping. Aside from price, the biggest factor that will determine whether or not a site will work, is whether or not it can accommodate and also not overwhelm your crowd. This means when you’re scrolling through the internet looking for places, be sure to check capacity first.     Parking Baltimore and D.C. have some amazing places to get married, but they don’t always have amazing parking lots. Some venues require you to hire a valet service, some suggest street parking, and others recommend a shuttle from the hotel to the ceremony and so on. Valet and shuttle services are a great option as long as you have the budget for it, and street parking is fine if the majority of your guests are familiar with the area and comfortable parallel parking. There are always solutions to parking problems, and a lack of parking should never completely rule out a venue, but it should definitely be on the top of the pros and cons list.   Restrictions Most places that are set up to do weddings will have a detailed and somewhat lengthy list of what is and isn’t allowed. It’s pretty standard and pretty common sense, but it can be a big factor in whether...

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So You Just Got Engaged Now What? Part 1

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Blog

Wow, first of all, Happy New Year to everyone! And second of all congratulations to all of those who are newly engaged! December is by far the most popular month for engagement proposals, so I suspect there are a few new fiancés out there. I’m equally sure that the past few days or weeks have been a blur of champagne bubbles and warm wishes. But after the first round of cheers comes the questions. Have you set a date? Where are you getting married? Who is your Maid of Honor? Things can go from overjoyed to overwhelmed pretty fast, but luckily there’s help. I’ll cover the first crucial steps in the next few blogs, so we will start with number one on the list.     After the champagne bubbles die down the easiest and most sensible thing to do is to pick a date. Many of the decisions you make, from your color palette to what venues are available, all stem from what day you are getting married. You probably already have a time of year in mind, so zero in on that, grab a calendar and get to work. Do you want to get married on a Saturday? A Sunday? Would you consider saving some money and getting married on a Friday? Once those decisions are made, picking the date gets easier.   If you aren’t set on a particular time of year think about what other factors might affect your day. Do you mind if the weather is warm? Do you see yourself getting married outside? Do you live in an area prone to hurricanes or blizzards? Those might be times of year to stay away from if possible. It’s also worth considering what kind of work you and your fiancé do. Is there a particularly busy or stressful season in what either of you do? Is there a time of year that it’s easier to leave work? Considering those things will again narrow down your days.   The last wild card to consider is the other important players. The day is yours to pick, but as a courtesy and a hassle-saver it’s worth reaching out...

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Our Favorite Things about 2016

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Blog

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to take a few minutes to reflect on some of the things that happened during it. It’s pretty popular on the internet these days to speak in hyperbole about what a terrible year 2016 has been. Yes, in popular culture we have suffered many losses, and the world seems in constant turmoil and upheaval, and often turning on the news requires a strong stomach. Yes, there have been bad things, but there will always be things. This is a place where we talk about happy things. This is a place where we talk about weddings, which are only possible because so many people are in love. So many people in the world are in love, and that is the best thing there is. So to close out our year at Betsy Robinson’s I thought I would share for you some of my favorite photographs and moments.     The Double Rainbow This photograph, by Ashley Michelle Photography is certainly one of my favorite photographs of the year if not of all time. Capturing one beautiful arching rainbow over a couple of kissing newlyweds would be a feat in itself, but a double rainbow just seems like a sign. How amazing is it that these things even exist? How amazing is it that we get to look up and see them and sometimes even capture them?     Our English Garden Party This photo shoot was for an entry in a bridal contest. We didn’t win it, but come on, it’s clear that we should have. We had such a great time putting this together, and everyone in the salon helped to contribute to it. We brought in fresh flowers and tablecloths and teacups and even a pair of vintage gloves worn by my grandmother. I think this is one of our best moments from 2016 because we worked together, we got creative, and we had a lot of fun. That’s a perfect recipe for happiness even if not always for winning.     Perfect Fit This year we were fortunate enough to have on extended loan a collection of gowns from...

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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.