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Three Ways to Make the Holidays Special Now that You’re Engaged

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Blog

The goal around here is to get brides prepared for their wedding day. Everything we do is by wedding date. We think about our brides’ wedding dates all the time. We run timelines over in our heads as we fall asleep instead of counting sheep.   Has she ordered her bridesmaid’s dresses yet? What’s the current ship date from Toni Federici veils? When’s the last day for her to order her Thomas Knoell earrings and still get them on time?   It’s pretty easy to get caught up in zeroing in on that one day. It’s our job here, but if you’re engaged this holiday season, take a moment to step back. Even wedding planning, with its clearly defined destination, is still a journey.   So is being engaged. It’s an important step, not just a means to an end. Being engaged also informs other aspects of your life. It makes them better, right? So if you’re celebrating this holiday season engaged, go all out, savor the moment, and make it extra special. Here’s how.   Send Holiday Cards This might seem like just another wedding chore, but it can actually be fun. For starters, sending out holiday cards is a great way to get extra mileage out of your engagement photos. You’ll probably use some on your save-the-date and on our wedding website, but by this time next year you’ll be using wedding photos for everything.   So why not send out a holiday card using one of your favorite shots? A joint card will make you feel like a couple, and it will also help get everyone excited about your wedding. Plus, writing and sending them is a great way for the two of you to get to know each other’s extended families and distant relatives. You can tell lots of stories as you address the envelopes, and you can definitely spike your hot chocolate with something too.   Go Ice Skating I’m a firm believer that everyone should go ice skating this winter, but it’s even more imperative if you’re engaged. You get to get bundled up in your cute winter clothes, you get to hold...

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What to Love about Winter Weddings!

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018 in Blog

I love winter weddings! That’s probably because I love winter. There’s the smell of snow in the air. I love twinkling lights, and cups of hot cocoa, and I love having different warm coats for different occasions.     I also love weddings that have a built-in theme. Generally, I don’t think that there are rules in weddings or that you should let a season or place dictate what you do, but winter weddings give you an easy backdrop. You can capitalize on both the cold and the good cheer, and you can have a lot of fun doing it.   So while May through October may be deemed the Wedding Season, let’s take a look at some of the things that make winter weddings special.   Velvet It’s hard to get away with velvet any other time of year, so I love to see winter weddings that embrace this lush fabric. I love velvet bows hanging from the banister of a grand hall. It looks lovely wrapped around the floral arrangements. I love guests arriving in velvet gowns or jackets with velvet collars. There’s something warm and welcoming about the fabric. A few velvet accents will instantly make your guests feel bright and cheery.   Metallic Accents Many winter weddings are holiday themed for sure, but simple metallic accents can help you say it in a subtle way. You don’t have to go all out red and green just because you’re getting married in December. Instead, pull your inspiration from trees with white lights. Now think of centerpieces with shades of gold, silver, bronze, and copper.   The monochromatic metallic scheme is elegant, refined, and wintry without giving you Santa vibes.   Warm Drinks Wine and beer are great at weddings. Signature cocktails that show off your personality are even better, but there’s something extra decadent about a warm drink at a wedding. What’s also great is that there are so many options to choose from and so many ways that everyone can enjoy.   You can opt for a peppermint hot chocolate with a little Schnapps for the adults. You can have spiced cider both spiked and...

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Trending Now: Evergreen Bridesmaid Dresses

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Blog

Working in the bridesmaid department has given me a lot of insight into bridal trends. I get to see how they start, how they grow, and how they get replaced by something new. I also get to witness how brides and designers are not always in sync. Sometimes designers have to react quickly to keep up with the changing tastes of brides, and sometimes brides have to adapt to what designers create.   The most recent example of this is the color evergreen. It’s a nice lush, deep green that looks good on any bridesmaid and in any season, and it’s a color that we’ve been waiting a while for.   Almost a year ago I noticed an increase in brides looking for a good, deep green. They called it emerald, hunter, and pine, but a rose by any other name. None of our bridesmaid designers had it. There was a wealth of pastel sage shades to choose from, but nothing with the richness and depth these brides wanted.   In our feedback to designers we mentioned that a nice evergreen would be a great addition to their swatches. Brides kept asking for it, and we kept recommending it, but the new dresses and colors came out, and they were just as neutral and pastel as before.   But finally, this fall, evergreen and all its dark green variations arrived in a big way. In fact, deep colors like evergreen are already trending for 2019 weddings. We’ve seen so much blush pastel lately that the change is very welcome. Finally, brides who are looking for a deep shade of green actually have options. They can choose from several different hues, designers, and even price points to find exactly what they are looking for.   I’m currently in love with Amsale’s hunter green especially in their new crepe gowns. The crepe is luxurious, but light, and the richness of the fabric really gives depth to the green.   Sorella Vita also has a gorgeous forest that’s available in tons of chiffon and satin styles. It’s a little brighter shade than the hunter, but it’s elegant and not overpowering like some...

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The Time to Order Bridal and Bridesmaids Dresses is Now!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Blog

It’s hard to believe that it’s already November. Fall is flying by, and before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us.   And everyone knows that after the holiday season, comes the wedding season.   That’s why if you’re planning a spring or summer wedding, the time to act is now. If you’ve just started to think about what your bridesmaids are going to wear for your May wedding, you need to buckle down and make some decisions.   Whether it’s your wedding dress, your bridesmaid dresses, or even your accessories, ordering now can be a huge help in the long run. For one thing, all of these items can take a long time to come in, and the holidays can make that ordering time even longer. Factories often shut down and production can sometimes stop for weeks at a time. That means there can be a huge difference between, say a bridesmaid dress ordered at the beginning of December, and one ordered at the end.   The same goes for bridal gowns. Not all months are created equal, and you’ll find that the ones at the beginning of the year fly by the fastest. In fact, around here, we think it’s just about May. That’s why we love brides who act early. Time is your friend, but having little of it just causes stress. Stress and brides is not a combination anyone wants.   Of course ordering before the holidays is also just plain fiscally responsible. It makes things easier on everyone’s budget. You know that feeling, right? When you start the year off practically broke from buying presents, going to parties and being festive? Wouldn’t it be nice to have already made your big wedding purchases before then?     Your bridal party feels the same way! So pick the dress and give your girls a hard pre-holiday deadline. That will ensure that no one is scrambling to get the funds together when the New Year rolls around.   Around here we spend a lot of time focused on the future, and it’s our job to keep every bride and bridal party on track....

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Feature Betsy Bride of the Week: Laura & Her Romantic Baltimore Wedding

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Blog

  I send out a lot of bridal questionnaires to Betsy Brides who want to be featured on our blog, and quite often it takes some time to get a response back. That’s pretty understandable. It’s partly because everyone is busy, but it’s also because brides want to take time to put their feelings and their wonderful wedding into words.   That’s a hard thing to do. Trust me.   This week’s feature Betsy Bride, Laura, is a perfect example. It took her a little while to fill out her answers, and when she emailed me back, my work was pretty much done. She painted not only a great picture of her wedding day, but also a perfect portrait of her and her husband Brian.   They met on a dating app called Coffee Meets Bagel. Now I might not know much about dating apps, but doesn’t that sound like the cutest thing ever? On day one of using the app, Brian’s “Bagel” wound up to be Laura. The Lobsters of old are the Bagels of new.   The two communicated back and forth for a bit and by the time they went on an actual date, they already felt at ease in each other’s company. They bonded over golf, tennis, travel, and sharing their families with one another. Laura describes their relationship as comfortable and easy. Again, total relationship goals.     That easygoing attitude clearly carried over into the planning of their Baltimore wedding. Laura and Brian actually had fun planning their wedding! I love reporting when that happens because that’s how it should happen. They had help from some wonderful vendors like Elizabeth Bailey Weddings, and Photography by Ellen, and their decisions were mostly easy ones.     Of course it’s not hard to have fun when you’re planning such a gorgeous wedding. They got married in a beautiful ceremony at the Four Seasons Baltimore filled with candles, florals, soft pinks, and touches of metallic.     Laura wore an incredible Enaura bridal gown covered in beaded and embroidered flowers with just a touch of blush to it. She wanted a timeless and romantic gown, and...

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Feature Betsy Bride of the Week Jordana

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Blog

  We are excited to feature this week’s Betsy Bride Jordana because her story highlights the way we are able to make custom changes to suit every bride. Jordana was married in an Orthodox ceremony and needed a gown that could conform to traditional standards.   This is not always easy to do.   Whether it’s for religious, or personal reasons, it can simply be hard to find a more modest gown in a sea of sheer and low-cut ones. Gowns with sleeves are more popular than they used to be (shout out to Kate and her gorgeous sleeved number), but often the sleeve options are still sheer. Sometimes finding the right gown means compromising.   Jordana’s story illustrates that doesn’t have to be the case. All you have to do is get a little creative without giving up on what you want.     Jordana needed a gown with sleeves, but she fell in love with a sleeveless gown. Her consultant’s solution was a beautiful lace bolero that she had custom lined by her own seamstress. She didn’t have to sacrifice modesty for style, and she looked absolutely gorgeous on her wedding day.   In fact, looking at her gown, you would never imagine that it was designed any other way. The sleeves compliment the full skirt so well. The scalloped lace around the high-neck is a beautiful little detail that mirrors the scalloped hem.     It’s a perfect reminder that when you are looking for your gown, you need to use a little imagination. While we can’t completely redesign a dress, there are often small changes that can be made that can make a big difference. Adding a bolero is one of those small changes that can completely transform a gown. Boleros can be lined or unlined and come in all sorts of styles. Adding one can help create a one of a kind bridal gown.   It’s also the kind of thing are consultants love to do. They love to problem solve. If the right gown for you doesn’t already exist out in the world, then let’s try to find a way to make it....

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Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection
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