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Tips for the Seating Chart

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Blog

At some point you’re just going to have to do it. You have to do it. Making the seating chart for your reception is an onerous task, and it’s only made worse by the fact that you usually can’t finalize it until the very last moment and even then it’s subject to change. The seating chart is difficult because it involves both logistics and relationships.   For example: You might have only invited a small group of work friends to your wedding and you’d like them to be able to stick together, but there are nine of them and eight seats. Ok, we’ll split them up, five and four. Easy right? Oh, but then who comprises the other seats at those two tables. Do you know other people who might get along with them? Of course you do, that’s easy. It would be easy except that the other people you know are all couples. How are you going to get that odd number of three people? Let’s start over.   And on it goes. So yes, it’s difficult, but there are ways to make it easier.   Group People by Who they Know Sure, you want your guests to mix and mingle and get to know new people, but save that for the dance floor. People want to sit next to people they know, so use that as a starting place. Once you group together all the people who have to sit together then look at your free agents. Who are they similar too? Whose company might they enjoy? It also helps to have a list of odd and even numbers of people who need to sit together. Remember those work friends up there? You could pair four of them with two couples who already know each other, and you could pull from your odd number list to fill in the gaps at the table of five.   Opt for the Sweetheart Table This is becoming more popular at weddings than a head table, and it’s easy to see why. For one thing it allows you and your brand new spouse a teeny tiny bit of time together on...

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Look Who’s Here

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Blog

Today I feel like I am writing more of a public service announcement than a blog post about what is new in stock. I feel this way because I am introducing you to a gown that you need to know about; this is for your own good. I know all too well what it’s like to be scouring the internet and magazines and stores looking for the perfect dress. It’s exhausting. It’s a tough job, and if you aren’t in the bridal world it can be hard to get all the information about what really exists.     That’s where I come in, and that’s where this dress, by Willowby (a division of Watters) comes in. I know so many of you are searching for this kind of look. You want something delicate and pretty and hopelessly romantic. Maybe you’re looking for an ethereal rustic vibe. Maybe you desperately don’t want to go strapless, but sleeves aren’t your thing either. You want a gown that feels on trend and modern, but one that still makes you feel like a bride. Most importantly you’re looking to get carried away by a feeling you can’t even describe.     And here is the gown to carry you away. It’s got everything. The soft tulle skirt is lovely and feminine and the layers add depth and dimension. The floral appliques on top seem to grow organically out of the bodice up to the illusion neckline in a way that is charming and whimsical. You can dress this gown up with a beaded belt and big crystal earrings or you can adorn it with a flower crown. It works on all ends of the spectrum. This is the breath-of-fresh-air dress. This is the rustling-of-leaves-on-the-forest-floor dress. This is the handwritten-note-on-the-kitchen-counter-signed-xo dress.   And it could be your dress, so say hello.  ...

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The Sweet Stuff

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Blog

You might not know it, but today is national candy day. It’s an entire day devoted to the sweet, sugary, colorful side of life. Between you and me I think everyday is candy day, but I will still take this opportunity to discuss some of the ways that the sweet stuff can make your big day even sweeter.   Photo Courtesy of the Knot   Let’s Get Personal If you want to get creative with your candy it makes a great way to help personalize your wedding. You can get candy wrapped in your wedding colors to sprinkle on tables. You can spring for the personalized M&M’s with your faces on it, or for a more reasonable price you can buy bags of M&M’s in your wedding colors, too. If you have a signature candy, or if some part of your love story involves a candy you can incorporate that into your dessert table. If you are a famously fun, silly kind of couple you can also take advantage of the numerous candy puns at your disposal.   Add Local Color Candy also is a great way to give your out-of-town guests a taste of your town. For example, tons of brides along the Eastern shore must certainly take advantage of the salt-water taffy and have bowls full of it around their reception hall. If you can’t think of signature candy from your town you can also visit local mom and pop stores and purchase handmade chocolates. The candy itself may not be specific to your area, but buying local is always fun and appreciated.   Do Me a Favor I’m usually not big on favors, but making favors that are edible is certainly the best way to go. Here’s all you have to do: you buy tiny little paper bags in one of your wedding colors, you get a thank you stamp to print on each bag, you set out jars of candy and invite guests to fill a bag before they go. Guests will love it because one, candy, and two it’s interactive. They get that candy shop experience that we can never get enough of no...

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When You Don’t Need Gifts

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Blog

  We’ve entered November, which means the holiday season is almost upon us. As that magical time of year rolls around we tend to think a lot about giving and receiving and making and baking and buying, but it’s also a great time to think about donating.   Which is why I bring up the idea of charitable donations in place of wedding gifts. Many couples, particularly those who are already living together, or who have well-established living spaces, find they don’t need a lot from a wedding registry. They don’t want to ask for things they don’t need, but they also want to give their guests the opportunity to contribute. They might already have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer and more cutting boards than they know what to do with, and so they turn to the charitable donation. They’ll feel good, their guests will feel good, and a good deed will have been done for someone or something that needs it.   But maybe you don’t have your dream Kitchen Aid mixer in Tiffany Blue. Maybe you are just starting out and could really use a cutting board. That’s fine, too. There is still a way to add an element of charity to your wedding. Instead of asking your guests to donate in lieu of gift for you, you can donate in lieu of a gift for them. Take whatever money you would have spent on monogrammed wine glasses or personalized candles and donate it to charity. No one will miss the wine glasses or the other favors. They might pause a moment to read the card that states a donation was made in honor of each guest. They might give a thoughtful smile as they ponder the reasons you chose that charity. They might feel proud and glad. Then again your guests might care for the donation as much as they would for the wine glasses, but at least you’ll know the money was better spent.   You can set up a donation site through your wedding website really easily and you can even give your guests a few options of places to donate. That way they...

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First Dance Fridays

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Blog

In honor of Halloween, this week’s First Dance Friday is appropriately bewitching. Frank Sinatra’s Witchcraft is the perfect first dance song for a Halloween-themed wedding. It’s got that tongue-and-cheek nod to the holiday, but it’s much less gimmicky than say choreographing a dance to Thriller. It’s got all the class and style that only Frank can bring to the floor, and it will make you a better dancer. You and your spouse will float across the floor light as a feather. Guests will ask if you took professional lessons even if you didn’t.   And when that band kicks in? Forget about it. It’s infectious. It’s a kind of magical witchcraft of its own because guests will have to sway and move and shimmy in their seats. Their eyes will be glued to you as you twirl across the floor with a grand flourish, and their applause will be uproarious. Choose this song as your first dance and you’ll cast a winning spell.    ...

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Wedding Find of the Week

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Blog

This week’s wedding find is not necessarily a bargain and definitely not a necessity. In fact, its just a plain old splurge, but worth it all the same. These over-sized Mr. and Mrs. balloons from Kate Spade are just the bit of whimsy your wedding needs. By need, of course, I mean want. You don’t need these balloons. You don’t need to spend $48 on them (that’s a lot, I know), but just look at them! They’re so big. The size makes them whimsical, but the black script also makes them classic and versatile. There are other similar giant balloons available in gold and silver mylar that are not so pricey, but these look a little more grown up. As much as a giant balloon can, anyway.   I can see it now. The two of you are standing in a golden wheat field. The light sun is an a deep orange glow set against a bright blue sky. White clouds billow overhead as if painted with a brush.  Your tulle ball gown fills the frame. The balloons hover buoyantly above you. In one shot the two of you look deep in to each others eyes as the balloons bob happily above. In the next shot you each look hopefully up at the balloons. Your future looms large above you, and it is positively beautiful. That is worth every penny.   I do believe they’ve made an error by only offering a Mr. and Mrs. balloon in each package, but to be fair they are operating under the assumption that you’re going to buy enough of these balloons to fill a room. Um, no, two should do the trick quite nicely.  ...

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