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Winter Wonderland

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Blog

It’s officially winter and even though it doesn’t quite feel like it, why not celebrate the season? Winter offers so many wonderful opportunities for love and romance and beautiful weddings. Here are four great things about winter weddings. 1. Flannel I think any excuse to wear or use plaid and flannel is a good one, but especially as a nice touch at a winter wedding. Picture the couple wrapped up in a flannel blanket for their outdoor pictures. Cozy and romantic. Or picture the bride with a flannel scarf wrapped around her shoulders. The mix of the rugged flannel with the delicate gown. What could be better? 2. Pine The smell of it. The look of it draped in sweeping garlands over balconies and across doorways. It’s warm and inviting and homey. It makes decorating the hall or venue so simple and it gives that perfect understated elegance effect. 3. Rich Colors Winter weddings lend themselves so well to deep shades and heavier fabrics. A nice velvet or brocade. A deep hunter green accented with white blossoms. Dark mahogany tables. Bowls of red cherries. It doesn’t have to be holiday festive to fit right in. 4. Hot Chocolate Or even better: alcoholic hot chocolate. Oh, and handmade marshmallows. What about a hot chocolate bar? Fresh sticks of cinnamon. Peppermint sticks. I feel warmer already.  ...

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DIY Winter Favor

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Blog

The cold and snowy day here had my surfing the internet for perfect winter wedding details. Here’s a good one for all of you. Looking for a cute addition to your welcome bag or wedding favors? Getting married in the winter or cooler months? Then I’ve got you covered: homemade marshmallows plus instant hot cocoa packets plus a nice ribbon equals voila. Edible favors are already the best kind of favors, and homemade marshmallows are amazing, simple, and cheap. You can even make different flavors and colors and wrap them as simply or elaborately as you’d like. The recipe below is courtesy of the Food Network’s Ina Garten because the Barefoot Contessa knows how to throw a party. Ingredients 3 packages unflavored gelatin 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting Directions Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup. Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly. With a sieve, generously dust an 8 by 12-inch nonmetal baking dish with confectioners’ sugar. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan, smooth the top, and dust with more confectioners’ sugar. Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out. Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them in squares. Dust them with more confectioners’...

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Baltimore Wedding Venues

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Blog

Off the Beaten Path Baltimore and the surrounding metro area is rife with dozens of wonderful and charming places to get married. Whether you are looking for a hotel ballroom or something a little less traditional there are truly lots of options. The hard part is knowing about them, and so here are a few Baltimore spots you might not have considered.   MICA The outside scenery is stunning. The marble staircase in the Main Building creates one of the most dramatic ceremony backgrounds around and there are several spaces available for the reception. Visit their website.   Maryland Zoo Baltimore You get to have animals at your reception and you get to pose with animals for your photographs. If that isn’t amazing enough, the Mansion House is beautiful and so are the surrounding grounds. Visit their website.   Corradetti Glass Blowing Studio It’s got the perfect cool artistic warehouse vibe, and it’s right in Clipper Mill. It is a smaller capacity wedding venue, but it’s got loads of charm and is very reasonably priced. Visit their...

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In Case of Inclement Weather

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Blog

Today is a kind of cold and dreary day here, and because I love cold and dreary days, it is making me think a lot about weather. Weather and weddings, as with weather and all events, are sometimes unpleasantly chained together. Oh, if only we could plan without thinking of weather at all, but of course we must. And when we think of winter weather and weddings the thoughts are not always predictable or pleasant. Make no mistake though; I think winter weddings are wonderful. I think January and February weddings help liven up a kind of dreary time of year. I think cold weddings allow more room to accessorize. I think photos of brides in flannel scarfs are amazing. I think bridesmaids carrying umbrellas is sweet.   And more than all of that I think and know bad weather can happen anytime of year. There have been freak snowstorms in mid October. Hurricanes in August. Hurricanes in practically November. Heat waves in December. Weather is unpredictable. Duh. It does what it wants. Three days before my own March wedding the forecasts were calling for blizzards. Nine inches of snow and ice. My parents were flying halfway across the country along with lots of other guests. It was hard to stay calm, especially as reports ranged from a dusting to an avalanche of snow.   Long story short everything worked out fine, and I can honestly say there was never a brighter, sunnier, pleasantly warmer day in early March in the whole history of Marchs. But I had been warned for months and months that I was asking for trouble with a March wedding. It could be very cold. People own coats. It could be terribly rainy. Well, we will be inside. There could be snow. Yeah, but then there wasn’t. You make a backup plan in case the weather is bad. You buy everyone cute galoshes and umbrellas. You get a white sweater with pretty rosettes on it. You plan and plan just in case of inclement weather. If it snows will the venue make sure the parking lot is clear? Are the really important people local or...

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Mix and Match Maids

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Blog

By now you have seen the trend of mixing and matching bridesmaid dresses everywhere. Everywhere. Sometimes it yields stunning results and sometimes it gets a little unwieldy. I’m not gonna let that happen. All you need is a theme. Themes aren’t just those annoying things you had to map out in tenth grade lit classes. Themes are actually useful; they provide a sense of unity and purpose. So here are a few helpful guidelines. Stick to them or don’t sick to them, but do it well either way.   They don’t have to “Go” together, but they have to “Go” together I love mixing patterns, fabrics and textures. I mean I really love it. But even I know there is a limit to how much variety you can cram into one party before you lose cohesion. So again, if you want everyone in a different pattern or color or fabric then find some common ground among them. Want different patterns? Then keep them in the same shades and so on.   It’s Not All About Ombre Mixing and matching isn’t all about creating an ombre of one shade. You don’t have to do seven shades of blue. Look for inspiration around you. Steal ides from other weddings. Read weddings blogs. Read graphic design blogs. Look for colors that exist together in nature. Think beyond “wedding colors” in the traditional sense and think more about a theme. This will help everything be less matchy matchy.   You Decide A major force behind this trend is the desire for brides to give their maids autonomy and a voice in what they wear. Sure, we all want our friends and sisters and cousins to feel comfortable and beautiful, but it doesn’t mean we need to turn it into a free-for-all. You need to be the one to come up with the rules, and you need to make them strict. You also need to help find the dresses. This makes it fair for all concerned. Yes, your girls want choices, but they also want you to be happy and they certainly don’t won’t to make a decision you won’t like. They also don’t...

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Feature Bride

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Blog

  The pictures are in and it is finally time to reveal all the details from the wedding of our October feature bride Haley who got married in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 4th. For Haley the wedding was really defined not by the celebration, but by the spirituality, intimacy and importance of the ceremony. The ceremony took place at their church and was lead by their pastor who asked both Haley and Danny to write out the reasons they love one another. The pastor then read them aloud during the ceremony. I love her because she is my best friend. I would come to her with anything, and I know she would do the same. Not a dry eye in the house.     The importance and involvement of family really defined the day from the very beginning. Haley’s older brother, an event and wedding coordinator, Drew Vanlandingham was for Haley a lifesaver. He kept the couple on track, he made things run smoothly and efficiently and he even insisted the ceremony start late because important guests were missing from the audience. Family was such a big part of the day we just couldn’t start without them.     The décor was beautiful, vintage and elegant and incorporated the wedding dresses of both mothers as well as a reception ceiling draped with fresh flowers. The bridesmaids looked stunning in their Jim Hjelm dresses, but of course no one shone brighter than Haley in her lace Augusta Jones gown. She customized the back and neckline of the gown to suit her tastes, and she wore bright pink pumps to add a little fun.     It’s no surprise after having the help of her event coordinator and brother, Drew, that Haley’s advice to future brides is to hire a coordinator no matter what the cost, but it does highlight the importance of staying on schedule and keeping track of timelines whether you have professional help or not. Organization is the key, and once you have that, well of course, it’s time to celebrate. Congratulations again Haley and Danny!   Special thanks to Jeff Woods at RedWoods Photography  ...

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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.