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How to Buy A Bridal Gown in the Digital Age

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Blog

These days, we buy everything online. Our shoes, our clothing, even our laundry detergent can all get delivered to our door in record time and with free shipping. It’s affordable and convenient in an age where multi-tasking isn’t considered remarkable, it’s considered necessary. It’s a great market place for everyday goods, but for something as remarkable as a wedding gown, it can come with pitfalls.   The Internet is a great place to do research. You can spend hours perusing wedding sites, pinterest boards, and designer pages to gather information. This background research can help steer you in the right direction. You can scope out specific styles or general silhouettes, and you can find which stores carry what you are looking for. Ideally you will collect all this information and use it to make the most of your bridal appointment.   Does it make sense, in the course of all this online research, to just purchase a bridal gown online? For obvious reasons I would argue no, but the truth is buying a bridal gown is an experience. It’s not just a thing you get done on your lunch break while you eat yogurt at your desk. Saying yes to the dress is something to look forward to. It’s a way of involving a few of the important people in your life. It’s a once in a lifetime purchase not like a purse or a pair of jeans. In short, it should be special.     Part of that experience is sentimental, but part of it is practical. Even with a lot of research it is surprisingly hard to know what you are looking for in a bridal gown until you actually put some on. You also get the benefit of a knowledgeable consultant who can help you navigate the process. But the biggest benefit is that you know what you are getting. We’ve heard too many stories of brides buying their dream gown online only to be sent something that in no way lives up to it. In those cases there is not always a lot of recourse and no one to turn to. It can turn a...

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Feature Betsy Bride of the Week: Kathleen

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Blog

  An inquiry about the ‘cute intern’ eventually led to this week’s Betsy Bride wedding of Kathleen and Mike. The couple first met when Kathleen was interning at a Boston investment bank in college and Mike was working there full-time. Mike asked through the grapevine if she was single and lucky for Mike, she was.  A work cocktail party would get them to talking, and three dates later they were official. It didn’t take Kathleen long to realize he was something special. They continued to date after she went back to school in the fall. They would also spend three years dating long distance as jobs kept her in Boston and him in Baltimore. Kathleen would eventually join Mike in Charm City where they bought their first home together. They got engaged on a family boat in the middle of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. It was just the two of them out on the open water and the perfect place to savor their happy news before sharing it with everyone. Their mid-July wedding was held in Boston at The Misselwood Estate at Endicott College.     Both Kathleen and Mike are from Boston and so a Boston wedding was a ‘no brainer.’ Kathleen enjoyed every bit of wedding planning and could not have been happier with how the day turned out. According to her it was ‘the most magical day ever.  The weather was gorgeous, not a cloud in the sky with a great breeze off of the water.’ Her pictures by Mark Davidson Photography tell exactly that story. The ceremony could not have had a more beautiful backdrop. The sky is the perfect shade of blue and Kathleen looks amazing in her Maggie Sottero gown. It was the perfect canvas for accessories. She leveraged the clean simple gown with a stunning belt, and custom Thomas Knoell earrings and comb. To complete the look she added a dramatic cathedral length veil from Toni Federici. And voila, a true bride was made.     All the elements came together for a perfect summer day, and we could not be happier to have been a part of it. If you...

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Feature Betsy Bride of the Week: Jessica

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Blog

  This week’s Betsy Bride, Jessica, is just bursting with joy over her recent wedding to husband and fellow teacher Tyler at the Stable at Bluemont Vineyard. In fact, she relayed the details of her wedding day with such warmth and excitement that I thought it might be nice for everyone to hear about it in her own words. She and Tyler met in 2015 when he was a senior working towards his teaching license and she was a Sophomore doing the same. Jessica was immediately smitten with his quick wit and sense of humor and was gushing about him to her mother within a week. It’s pretty clear how perfect these two are for each other from their pictures alone, but it’s even more apparent from Jessica’s lovely descriptions.     Our wedding day was the best day imaginable. When we think back to it, there wasn’t a thing we would change- it felt perfect. We got married at the Stable at Bluemont Vineyard.  The day was hot, but the skies were unbelievably blue!! Our bridesmaids and groomsmen looked amazing in their dresses and suits. Tyler and I decided last minute to do a first look, and I am so glad that we did. Putting on my dress for the first time was emotional but so exciting. Shortly after the first look with my Dad, I went downstairs to do a first look with Tyler. I think I was trembling with excitement and nerves! I tapped on his shoulder and he turned around to see me. We were both overwhelmed gushing over the other one, Tyler in his suit and me in my dress. We hugged, kissed, and talked for a few minutes together before we were separated before the ceremony! Seeing Tyler before walking down the aisle was exactly what I needed. It was the best moment to just relish in the reality of the day going on around us. After that, when I walked down the aisle with my Dad, I could see Tyler standing at the end and I felt like I couldn’t wait to get to him. He was so handsome. The ceremony was...

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To Those Affected by Recent Industry Changes

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Blog

For many very soon brides-to-be today has been a day of upheaval and uncertainty due to sudden changes at other retailers in the bridal industry. We are aware of these changes and know that some brides have been deeply affected by them. We want people to know that we are here and we can help.     Betsy Robinson’s has been in business for more than forty years, and in that time we have forged great relationships with some of the industry’s top designers. We can put those great relationships to work for you. If you find yourself in need of a bridal gown at the last minute due to these changes, we can help. Various designers have already flooded our inbox with reassuring messages wanting to help any brides in need. They have gowns in stock and can work on a quick turn around time.   Our consultants are also at your disposal. Please feel free to call and speak with one of them if you need advice or guidance. They would be happy to research designs and check on gown availability. We have already fielded calls to help brides in this situation, and we are happy to continue to offer our services.   The bridal world, just like everything else is a rapidly changing and evolving environment. It’s hard to always know who to trust with one of the most important days of your life, but we have years of experience, a knowledgeable staff and a reputation that almost always precedes us. It’s no simple coincidence that generations of brides have come to us for their big day and it is no coincidence that they will continue to do so.   {Lindsey}  ...

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Perfect Signature Cocktail for Your Summer Wedding

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Blog

Among many other wonderful things about weddings is the chance to get your favorite people together over good food and good drinks. Between sips of champagne and slices of cake, guests are sure to have a good time sampling all the goodies. It’s especially fun if you create a signature cocktail for your guests to try. Whether you’re having a full bar or a more limited one, the signature cocktail is overwhelmingly a guest favorite. Surprisingly, creating one can be easier and cheaper than you think. Even on a more limited bar you can do a little negotiating with your caterer and swing the fixings for something fun.   Now you or your fiancé probably have a favorite cocktail that you’d like to serve your guests, but in case you don’t, I thought I would share a wedding twist on a favorite of mine. In the heat of the summer I find I can always relax on a porch or patio somewhere with a minty and refreshing mojito. The mix of cool mint and citrus is perfect for a hot day. Even more perfect for a wedding cocktail is a recipe I found for a Champagne mojito. I also happen to be very fond of champagne, and I find that when you add that touch of bubbles to a drink it becomes infinitely better. It’s also a great way to use all the champagne left over from the toast. Delicious and practical? Cheers.   Champagne Mojito photo and recipe from Foodie Crush. Serves: 6 servings Ingredients ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish ¼ cup thai basil leaves 3 tablespoons super fine sugar 2 limes, cut into wedges 1 cup rum 1 bottle cold champagne Instructions Put the mint, thai basil, sugar and lime wedges into a small glass and muddle, in batches if needed. Pour the rum into a pitcher and add the mint mixture and lots of ice. Top with the Champagne and pour into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with fresh mint or thai...

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Shop the Capsule Collection from Watters at our Trunk Show this Weekend

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Blog

  That’s right. It’s time for Watters Weekend, and we can’t wait. It’s time for three solid days packed full of the newest and most gorgeous gowns that Watters and WToo have to offer. We are pulling out all the stops as usual as we get ready to showcase gowns that aren’t even available in stores yet. There is always something for everyone at a Watters Trunk Show, and this weekend is no exception. From brides to bridesmaids from vintage vibes to modern twists to boho flow we’ve got it all and more. When it comes to fulfilling the varied needs of today’s brides and bridesmaids, no one does it better than Watters.     They have also recently stepped up their game and their exclusivity through what is called their Capsule Collection. The collection is comprised of six gowns that are made from the finest materials and available only at select locations. In fact, unlike with ordinary Watters gowns, if a salon does not carry gowns from the Capsule Collection they cannot order them. That means we are the place to find them, and I can tell you first hand how beautiful they are. The gowns feature materials like French lace, Indian hand beading and even ostrich feathers. All of these special fabrics are engineered for a supremely special day and fashioned into stunning pieces.     What you’ll notice most about these exclusive gowns is how they are able to look both timeless and modern. That’s because of Watters’ ability to mix classic silhouettes with modern fabrics. It’s because of their ability to use vintage lace for a modern neckline. It’s all about making a bride a part of the grand tradition of brides while remaining uniquely herself. So shop our Trunk Show this weekend and find the gown that connects you to a history of brides and lets you leave your own mark too.   Trunk Show July 14th – 16th. By appointment. 410.484.4600....

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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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Store Hours

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.