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A Royal Wedding Review

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Blog

I set somewhere between 5 and 10 alarms on Saturday morning to make sure that I was up in time to catch every minute of the royal wedding coverage. I hit the snooze a few times, so I did miss the entrances of some of the most famous guests. Luckily, I still had enough time to make scones from scratch as I listened to the commentators hypothesize on what tiara Meghan would be wearing.     I never considered myself much of a royal enthusiast. I didn’t, after all, throw a party, or bake a cake. I didn’t endlessly speculate on what the wedding gown would like look. And yet, when I heard the broadcasters announce that the Rolls Royce was on the move from the hotel to the church, I raced from the kitchen into my living room to catch the first glimpse of the beautiful bride.   And then I burst into tears.   I’m not ashamed. Weddings are emotional, and Meghan simply looked so beautiful that I’m sure she drove a great many people to tears. As I watched the Rolls wind through the lush British countryside from the comfort of my rain-soaked apartment, I realized they could not have bought a better day with the entire royal fortune.     The royal wedding was as extravagant and full of fanfare as anyone was expecting. The gown the now Duchess of Sussex wore was demure, elegant, and utterly majestic.     And that veil! The way it cascaded down the steps of the church, that’s what a veil should look like, and that’s why you wear one. It almost stole the show, and I could hardly take my eyes off of it.   The hats were big, and the fascinators fascinating. The Queen’s bright chartreuse ensemble was a defiant reminder that she will literally outlive us all. Camilla’s hat was wonderfully absurd, and I want to find out how to get a pair of Elton John’s pink tinted glasses.   The choir performance was emotional and stirring, and all signs point to a new way of doing things in the royal family with Meghan and Harry...

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In Honor of Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in Blog

There’s nothing to make you think about your mom quite like buying a bridal gown. Mothers play a big role in weddings and in bridal gown shopping. We keenly feel the presence of mothers, and we also feel their absence. Sometimes moms are only present in a pause, or a moment of reflection, and sometimes moms make their way here over text messages and through face-time.   Around here we see friends and aunts and future mothers-in-law that offer the love and support of a mother. We see proud faces, wide smiles, and lots and lots of happy tears. We see the village that it took to raise a bride, and we see their joy as she prepares for the big day.   Yes, moms play a big role around here, but they go by many names, and they show support in many ways. We celebrate these relationships all the time. Almost daily, we witness happy moms and daughters sharing this meaningful experience together.   But it isn’t just the moments in the salon we get to be a part of. We also get to see a lot of wedding photos. We see the tender moments captured in black and white before the bride walks down the aisle. All the little moments, like buttons being buttoned and lipstick getting touched up. We see the quick hug, and the squeeze of a hand. Photos capture all those knowing glances and those whispered I love you’s.   What we don’t see, and what can’t ever be truly captured is the work that it took to get to those moments. We don’t see the late nights, the years of advice, the weeknight dinners, or the birthdays. There aren’t photos of the Band-Aids, the car rides, the failures and the triumphs, and the report cards.   All we have is the sum total of those efforts. All we have are our beautiful brides and the strong and wonderful women who helped them to stand with such poise and confidence and say, “Yes.”   We are grateful to those wonderful women, and we wish them the happiest of Mother’s Days.  ...

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The Newest Trends in Bridesmaid Gowns

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Blog

Picking the right bridal gown can be tricky. It’s the most high-pressure, high-stakes wardrobe decision you’ll ever have to make, and you want to make sure you choose perfectly. You want to love it. Ideally, you’ll hear trumpets, and you want your friends and family to erupt in a round of happy tears. Your dress has to be as amazing as you are, and that makes picking it a momentous decision.   Oh, but when you choose your gown you can breathe a nice sigh of relief. You had to make the biggest clothing decision of your life, and you did it. You passed! Hooray! It’s smooth sailing from here on out.   That is, until you have to pick your bridesmaid dresses. If you thought choosing what you were going to wear was stressful, try choosing what other people are going to wear. You love your bridesmaids, and you want them to each feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful. You also have a wedding vision, and you want to stay on track.   Fortunately, we have all the latest trends in bridesmaid gowns, and we truly have something for everyone. Take a look at some of our newest bridesmaid gowns that fulfill all the hottest trends in bridal. They’ll make it easy to say yes to the dress, again.   High Necks There’s nothing quite like a good high-neck gown. A high-neck is flattering, sophisticated, and very chic. It provides coverage in just the right places, but still shows off great shoulders and delicate collar bones. It was once super difficult to find bridesmaid gowns that had any kind of a strap, so it’s nice to see that high-neck gowns have become so popular. Pair them with a great chandelier earring for the wedding and a simple stud for an evening out. That’s right, these are totally gowns you can wear to another event.     Crepe For a long time chiffon bridesmaid gowns have reigned supreme at the altar. It makes sense, right? Chiffon is flowy, forgiving, easy to wear, and it comes in a great array of colors from the vibrant to the subdued. It also tends...

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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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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