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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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Easy Bridal Shower Themes with Minimal DIY

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Blog

Your bridal shower doesn’t have to have a theme, but having a focus can make planning it easier. Themes can be as simple as a color palette or a time of year. They can also be as complicated and fancy as you like. I’ve picked a few of my favorite themes that can all be done on a sliding scale depending on the resources available.   Brunch   Because brunch. Am I right? Brunch is pretty much the coolest thing there is these days. It creates the perfect backdrop for a relaxed shower. You can opt for a few tables at a restaurant for something small and intimate or you can host it at someone’s home relatively easily. Set up a make your own mimosa bar and a waffle station and everyone will be happy.   Tea Party   I love the idea of a tea party because you can make it really complicated or really simple depending on your budget and how much time and effort you can afford to spare. All you really need are a few tables decorated with fresh flowers, some mismatched teacups and kettles and tiny little foods served on tired trays. No matter how intricate or simple your displays are or how vintage or not your teacups are, guests will still feel fancy.   Pool Party   This one is a little trickier in that you obviously need a pool, but beyond that it doesn’t require anything but nice weather. Cute oversized pool rafts were the biggest accessory of the summer and now’s the time to collect them from clearance wracks and populate your pool with a little whimsy. Giant inflatable engagement ring anyone? Of course as long as you have good weather the best thing about a pool party shower is that guests can sit outside, enjoy a drink and keep things nice and...

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Feature Betsy Bride of the Week: Michele

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Blog

  This week’s Betsy Bride couple owes their love story to the water and the cosmic alignment of the stars. Michele and John grew up in the same place and shared mutual friends, but did not meet officially until he arrived by boat on the dock of an Annapolis restaurant. He caught Michele’s eye right away, and the grand entrance seemed fated to happen. In fact, Michele and John believe their loved ones in heaven helped guide them to each other. They spent years milling about near each other, but it wasn’t until that day on the dock that their paths finally crossed.   After that it was predictably smooth sailing for the couple and, Michele is full of nothing but the sweetest things to say about John and their love. John proposed on Christmas Eve at the water’s edge and their families were all waiting to celebrate with them at McGarvey’s in Annapolis.     They were married on October 21st 2017 at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, and everything went so wonderfully that their only regret is not being able to relive the day over and over again. It went by in such a blur that it was hard to remember and appreciate every moment. That’s a common problem for so many brides, but Michele has some amazing pictures by Amy Deputy Photography to help her reminisce about each moment.   Michele loved every bit of wedding planning and exclaimed in all caps that it was “FUN.” That kind of enthusiasm is infectious, and it’s a welcome reminder of what wedding planning should actually be. Sure, you have a lot of decisions to make and people to please, but the more you focus on what’s truly important, the more fun you will have. It should be a fun experience that culminates with an even more fun day.     Every detail of the wedding, from getting ready at her parent’s home in downtown Annapolis to her perfect Martina Liana gown helped to make the day special. Michele looked amazing from head to toe. The delicate lace straps, the low back, the buttons, and the contouring applique all made...

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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.