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Everything You Need for A Reception Coffee Bar

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Blog

I’m all for bars at weddings. I love cocktail bars and wine bars. I like main bars and satellite bars. I like candy bars and dessert bars anytime of year and I like s’mores bars in the summer and hot cocoa bars in the winter. All of these little extras can make a big statement at a wedding and can make guests feel extra special.   Which is why I propose the coffee bar. A cursory internet search will tell you that some couples have already adopted this for their weddings, but I’ll walk you through exactly what you need to pull it off perfectly.     Really Good Coffee That sounds pretty straight forward, but trust me, at most weddings coffee is an afterthought. This is understandable given the amount of money you have to shell out for cocktails, but consider quality over quantity when it comes to coffee. You don’t need to provide a vat of it because most guests will pass. What you’re really doing is saying hey, all you people who don’t want to drink a lot or who have to drive home or who want something besides a beer with the cake, I care about you, too. It will likely be a small number, so you can spring for a bag or two of really nice coffee with a big bold flavor. To really wow guests, choose something from a local shop that they can’t find anywhere else.   Personalized Mugs I love a good chance for a couple to show off their personality, and a coffee bar with personalized mugs is a perfect way to do that. You can buy actually personalized mugs with words or images of your choosing, or you can opt for a particular color or style that goes with your theme. For the quirky couple, a trip to Goodwill and an assortment of World’s Best Grandpa or the Grand Canyon is really Grand mugs is definitely in order.   Cream Not the little plastic tubs of creamer, but actual carafes of half and half and whole milk and soy milk to make sure all your bases are covered. Again...

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Wedding Trend: Banquet Tables

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Blog

If you flip through enough bridal magazines or spend enough time clicking your way through inspiration galleries on the Knot, you’ve probably noticed that these days the tables are a changing. Overwhelmingly the images of beautiful table settings feature long banquet tables weaving their way across a ballroom floor or through a dewy garden with hanging vines and tea lights. Inside or outside the charm of the long banquet tables is hard to ignore.     There is something about the way they look in a photograph that is really captivating. They manage to somehow look regal, majestic and formal but also cozy and communal. The long banquet tables evoke a royal air of long long ago and a familial air of backyard weddings from not so long ago. Regardless of the size of your reception, guests will feel as if they are part of the family.   Not to mention the endless decorating options the long tables provide. Quite often you’ll see them with a green leafy garland draped from end to end and punctuated by flowers or candles. The centerpieces can be stunning, but they can also still be simple. Simple centerpieces capitalize on the grandeur of the table itself to do a lot of the work.   As beautiful as they are you’ll still have to make tough decisions about the seating chart. You might even want to consider assigned seats over simply assigned tables so that guests don’t feel set adrift. More than likely, depending on the size of your reception venue and your guest list you’ll probably have to have more than one banquet table. In that case you want to make sure that guests don’t feel packed in like a cafeteria lunch.   You’ll also have to consider the tone of your wedding and the personalities of you guests. You want to make sure that you are considering more than just the pictures when you opt for long tables.  ...

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Unexpected Centerpiece Ideas

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Blog

Last week I spent some time going over alternatives to fresh flowers, and this week I am going to take things a step farther. In case you missed it, I highlighted the ways you can use paper or fabric or brooches to created bridal bouquets or floral displays for the reception, but this week I’m going even bolder. In keeping with current and emerging bridal trends I’m proposing you can have alternatives to fresh flowers that aren’t any kind of flower.   How you ask? Well, by using the close cousins fruits and vegetables. It might sound radical, but lots of weddings are starting to incorporate fruits and vegetables into their décor. They tend to show up primarily as centerpieces or escort cards, but the effects are quite transformative.   That’s because many fruits and vegetables are just as visually stunning as a flower and they also have the benefit of being unexpected. My favorite example of this is the pineapple. Pineapples are strange looking and beautiful and convey anything from an informal backyard vibe to an intimate rustic affair. Or what about broccoli? Or cauliflower? You probably aren’t going to see anybody walk down the aisle with a bouquet of broccoli, but a well-groomed bunch with a beautiful ribbon just might have a stunning effect on the table.   It’s also of course ok to use a combination of flowers and fruits and vegetables to create a diverse and layered look on the table. Never underestimate the effect a simple green leaf garland accented with fruit and flowers can have. It’s romantic and classic and I like that it makes these items seem precious, which they are. The fact that you have an abundance of fruits and vegetables to adorn your table with is in itself kind of joyful and celebratory.   More from Studio DIY Not to mention food on a dinner table does make sense, and the idea of food as decoration goes all the way back to the cornucopia. Of course with any wedding décor you have to consider the venue and you have to consider the personality of the couple, but it makes for...

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Come See Us at Baltimore Bride Aisle Style Wedding Event

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Blog

  This coming Thursday, March 24th, join us for Baltimore Bride Magazine’s annual Aisle Style wedding event from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Four Seasons. We’ll be there showcasing some of our gowns at the fashion show, and it makes for a great opportunity to see what wedding vendors in the Baltimore area have to offer.   You get to hang out the Four Seasons, sip champagne, sample wedding cakes and meet everyone you need to make your wedding day wonderful. You’ll meet caterers, photographers, wedding planners an peruse a long list of wedding venues. Plus, this year there is a fashion show to watch and great prizes to win.   I’ve included the link for tickets below, and we hope to see you there! Aisle Style...

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Alternative Bouquet Ideas

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Blog

It’s starting to feel a little like spring around here and although I don’t want to jinx anything, I thought it might be nice on this lovely sunny day to talk about wedding flowers. Weddings and flowers go hand in hand and it’s amazing the effect that a few vases full of flowers, arranged with care, can have on a hall or church or ballroom. It’s also amazing the different materials you can use to make your own floral décor or bouquets. For those who don’t have the budget for real flowers there are lots of easy ways to make your own. From fabric to paper to old brooches there are lots of ways to trim some money from your flower budget and say, oh, I don’t know, add a little to your gown budget. If you’re so inclined.     The Brooch Bouquet This bouquet really works hard for you and your special day. It looks beautiful and unique, it makes a great keepsake for after the wedding, and it covers your something old, new, borrowed and blue if you play your cards right. You can make these bouquets using brooches you collect from thrift stores and what not, but you can also collect brooches from the important women in your life. That way you carry a little memento of them with you down the aisle.     Paper Flowers I have made a million paper flowers, and I can tell you firsthand that they are a lot of bang for your buck. They are easy to make, even if you aren’t big into DIY, all you need to buy is paper, and they look stunning when you group them all together. Pinterest is peppered with hundreds of ways to make flowers and there are at least a dozen books and videos on the subject, so you won’t be alone if you choose this path.     Fabric Flowers My own bouquet and my bridesmaids’ bouquets were all made of knit flowers. I didn’t have the budget for real flowers, but I also liked the idea of having something that could last. As with paper flowers there are...

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The Ins and Outs of Sample Sales

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Blog

This weekend is our big sample sale here at Betsy Robinson’s, and I thought it might be helpful to shed a little light on what exactly that means. First of all, a sample sale is not a running of the brides. No one is going to have to fight over dresses on a rack and no one needs a whistle or teammates to snag the perfect deal. In fact, this weekend will be very similar to any weekend here. Appointments are required and you’ll be assigned one of our lovely bridal consultants when you come in. You’ll chat with your consultant and she will help you pull dresses that suit your style and your budget. During a sample sale we put more dresses on sale, so that there is a wider selection of sample gowns to choose from. A sample gown is a gown that you purchase off-the-rack, as-is. It’s an opportunity for us to make room for new inventory, and it’s a chance for you to get a really good deal. Our samples are in great shape, and come in a range of sizes and even colors.     I’ve been watching as they’ve marked down inventory, and I have to say, there are some steals here for sure. I find myself staring at some of the gowns and thinking, sure, I don’t really need another wedding gown (married three years today, thank you) but what the heck, I’m sure I can find some use for it.   It’s also worth noting that sample sales are great places to find a second gown if you really want to make a show-stopping wardrobe change between the ceremony and the reception. Maybe you never thought of it as an option, but think about it now. You can come and find a very reasonably priced, stylish second dress and give your guests and your spouse a fun little surprise that they’ll never see coming.   Either way, if it’s for a first dress, or a second dress or in my case, an I’m-already-married-but-maybe case, it’s worth making an appointment for this weekend.   {Lindsey}    ...

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Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection
1848 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
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