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Keeping Warm at Cold Weather Weddings

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Blog

I love cold weather, and I love cold weather weddings. It can be a risky move, but there is something really special about a quick outdoor ceremony when it’s cold outside. I guess it’s kind of the ‘love will keep us warm’ sentiment that makes me think of them as particularly happy occasions. Not everyone loves cold weather like I do, but there are some tricks to satisfying everyone in the winter months.   Hot Drinks Beforehand   It’s hard to be grumpy about sitting outside when you can sip a cup of hot cocoa. Plus, serving something to your guests before the wedding starts really sets the tone that they are in for an evening of treats. The hot cocoa or hot cider or whatever warm drink you choose will automatically make your guests feel comfy and catered to. There is also something about drinking hot cocoa outside that makes me feel more festive. It’s not just for kids, people.   Give a Heads Up and A Throw Blanket As long as guests are prepared in advance that there will be activities outside they’ll overall be more comfortable. A simple note on your invitation or a blurb on your wedding website can do wonders. Simply inform them that the ceremony will be outside so please dress accordingly. That means bring a coat, don’t leave it in your hotel room. As a nice gesture you can also provide a basket of throws to anyone who forgets or who is particularly prone to being cold. That way you get a cute photo op of the basket and everyone stays warm and happy.   Opt for the Photos Outside Even I admit that you do really have to consider how much cold is too much. If the temperatures dip low or your ceremony is a lengthy one, the outdoors just might not be for you. After all, you don’t want your guests wishing that the actual wedding part of your wedding would just end. So if an outdoor ceremony isn’t feasible use the outdoors for your photos. You and your fiancé can take time before or after the wedding to pose...

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Finding a Dress for Mom

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Blog

Mother’s gowns are tough. They have always been tough. And let’s face it Moms have been tough too. You know it’s true Moms. You put off finding a dress. You delay. You dread. You wait until the last minute. All you beautiful Moms out there never seem to be aware of how beautiful you are. You try to hide or cover up and you think there just aren’t good options for you.   I understand completely, but you’re also totally wrong. First, I know it’s easy to put things off, but the sooner you start looking for the perfect gown the easier it will be. While we don’t have specific Mom gowns here, we do have bridesmaid gowns that work perfectly. They take 3 – 4 months to come in, so waiting only makes things more stressful.   As for covering up, I’m no fan of strapless gowns for myself, so I get it, but you don’t need to cover yourself in fabric in order to be confident either. A simple strap or cap sleeve can help make you feel more secure in your gown without overwhelming you. We don’t really have gowns that have a true sleeve, but you don’t need them.   I do agree that finding a dress can be tough, but I still maintain there are good options. Here are a few of my favorites that we carry.     This patterned sequin gown from WToo is an all around great dress for anyone, but it’s especially great for Moms. The high neck is both flattering and a little conservative, but the back is dramatic and daring. It makes for a nice balance. Also, the pattern is subtle enough that Mom feels special, but doesn’t sparkle her way to center stage.     This new gown from Hayley Paige is stunning from every angle. It’s fitted, so it’s meant to really hug your figure, and it’s also very well structured. In other words, you’re really held in this gown nicely. It’s going to wow guests and make sure that Mom is no shrinking violet. Also, even though it is a bridesmaid style, no one is...

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Feature Betsy Bride of the Week: Chelsea

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Blog

  This week’s feature Betsy Bride couple, Chelsea and Dave, first met through mutual friends. After a few Facebook messages back and forth, they arranged a first date. Two days later they were on a second date. Then on and on they went. They clearly know the right people, and they clearly know what they wanted in a wedding. Their inspiration all along was originality. In the wedding world originality means custom and that was the order of the day.     First of all when talking custom details we have to address Chelsea’s stunning Galia Lahav gown. There are almost no words for how perfect it looks on her. The plunging illusion front, the illusion sleeves with their lace details, and the daring illusion back with the applique running down the middle are sheer perfection. Get it? Truly though, all these elements are working magically together. We know though that it’s not just about the dress. It’s about the woman wearing it, and that’s where the magic comes to life. Chelsea radiates just like a bride should.   Then there’s the food. Because Chelsea and Dave are self-proclaimed foodies, the food was a big priority. The menu alone from Classic Catering is enough to wish you had been there. I sure do. There were appetizers of chicken and waffles, lobster rolls and beef brisket tacos. There were signature cocktails and mocktails. The main course was comprised of three stations serving New York strip, Stone Bass and Maryland crab cakes. Mouth watering for sure, but they really hit it out of the park with deep-fried Berger cookies served in personalized Chinese take-out boxes. I repeat, deep-fried Berger cookies. Bam. Done. That’s how you win weddings.       But Chelsea and Dave achieved more than just Berger cookie bliss. With the help of their planner, Stephanie Bradshaw, they turned the Baltimore Museum of Art into their own private up-scale nightclub. The exquisite marble space with its grand columns was brought to life with voluminous floral arrangements, drapery and lots of up-lighting. In addition they had personalized glow sticks, showers of confetti and a DJ who put on an electric...

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The Perfect Gifts for Your Bridesmaids

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Blog

Let’s face it, your bridesmaids have done a lot for you as you planned your wedding. They’ve sealed envelopes and planned showers. They’ve flown halfway across the country to don team bride shirts and keep the party going until the wee hours of the morning. They’ve greeted and mingled and spent a lot of money for your big day. All of this they did happily. They would do even more if you asked, which is why they deserve a little thank you. Bridal party gifts are a great way to show appreciation for all their hard work. To make sure you get them just right I’ve got a few tips on how to pick the perfect ones.   Make it Individual Giving everyone the same monogrammed tote bag is certainly a nice gesture. No one would turn it down, but all your bridesmaids are unique and wonderful individuals who are in your life for unique and wonderful reasons. Doesn’t that mean their gifts should be just as unique? I think so. Rather than finding a generic gift that everyone will find space for in the back of their closet, pick a different gift for each person. The gift could be based on their individual interests or favorite colors or maybe on what experiences you and that person shared together.       Get Sentimental You might not want to give everyone a monogrammed item, but you can still make your gift personal and sentimental. Etsy is a great place for this kind of thing. You can find thousands of artists and crafters who can custom make just about anything. From pendants engraved in your own handwriting to throw blankets embroidered with the coordinates of all the locations you have been together. The possibilities are endless., and the emotional pay off is deep.   Pick an Experience Over an Object Are you friends with people who already seem to have everything? Try gifting them an experience instead. A spa package, concert tickets, a gift card to their favorite restaurant are all great examples. A gift like this also helps put the focus on them. It says I know you have...

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What We are Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Blog

I know we are supposed to be thankful all year round, and I am, but I also take special pleasure in giving thanks at this time of year. I enjoy making lists of the myriad of things that make me grateful. There are the obvious ones, like friends and family and the less obvious ones like vacuum cleaners and reusable grocery bags. There is much to be thankful for, but I won’t bore you with the rest of my list. Instead, I will tell you what we here at Betsy’s are most thankful for.   It is of course, our brides. Naturally. In a year that has brought unexpected turmoil throughout the bridal world we are happy to have so many wonderful brides who trust us with their special day. We are grateful that mothers who purchased their gown with us years ago return with their daughters when it’s their turn. Our brides also share their experiences with friends and encourage them to come to us. We are grateful to be reviewed and recommended and requested.     In the simplest terms we could not exist without our brides. What better reason to be thankful for than that. But we are also thankful that we get to meet so many wonderful people and share in a small part of their momentous day. Everyday we get to put our bridal knowledge to good use. We get to help brides pick out their wedding gowns! Really, how cool is that? It’s not only a big responsibility, but it’s also a big honor. It’s one we take very seriously and are very grateful for. There are so many more ways to buy a bridal gown than there used to be. The competition is constant, but we are grateful that our brides see our true value.   It comes from our service. We are thankful that we get to be with brides the entire length of their journey. From the first consultation when they don’t know what they are looking for to the final fitting when everything is just right. Along the way we feel like we really get to know them. It’s...

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Throwing a Bridal Party Mixer

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Blog

Between planning events, showers and bachelor and bachelorette parties there are lots of opportunities for your bridal party to get to know one another. All this mingling, however, is done separately. Bridesmaids with bridesmaids and groomsmen with groomsmen. That means that most bridesmaids and groomsmen say hello for the first time at the rehearsal. They meet at the back of the church, shake hands and commence their practice walk. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it’s not as much fun that way. If you can avoid it, it’s so much better if they can get acquainted beforehand. That’s where the bridal party mixer comes in.     I know it sounds like another obligation to burden your bridal party with. I know they have already committed so much time, but there are ways to make it easier. If you are planning your bachelor and bachelorette parties for the same weekend in the same general area simply plan a pre-party meet up. Keep it simple. Everyone can meet up for a few happy hour drinks before hitting the town separately. They don’t have to make another trip or give up another evening. Wedding festivities can easily become extravagant, but this one can be laid back.   If that’s not an option try an event right before the wedding. If people are filtering into town a few days before the wedding then take an afternoon to grab a bite to eat with everyone. Trying planning a brunch the day of the rehearsal. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but everyone will be glad of a chance to meet before the big event if they haven’t had the chance. After all, one of the reasons they’re called the bridal party is because they are responsible for getting guests on the dance floor and making your wedding look like tremendous fun. It’s hard to do that if they’re still trying to remember each other’s names.  ...

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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.