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Betsy Bride Spotlight

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Blog

On July 20, 2013, Betsy Bride Allison Milgram married Chris Reymann at a beautiful ceremony held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. It was elegant. It was romantic. And it was oh so much fun. An amazing honeymoon to Aruba followed, and now she is back to give us all the details. How did you and your fiancé meet? We met 8 years ago at the beginning of our junior year of high school. We sat next to each other in English class and had several other classes together that year. Chris asked me to our homecoming dance and we began dating shortly after that, in November 2005. We both went to separate colleges (I was at the University of Maryland and Chris went to Catholic University of America). They were close in location and we continued dating all through college and into our careers. Chris is an Engineer and I am a Teacher. About a year after landing our dream jobs we decided to get a dog together. Little did I know, when we went to pick up the dog from the breeder, our white English lab puppy was wearing a collar that said, “Marry Me”. No sooner did I read the dog tag, I saw Chris on one knee holding our puppy in one hand and a beautiful ring in the other. Of course, I said, “YES!!” What made you choose your dress? I first saw my dress on a bridal website and absolutely loved it. I called Betsy Robinson to make sure they had it at the store before making an appointment. The dress was actually over my budget, and although I hesitated, I just had to try it on. After trying on several more dresses, all I could think about was that first dress. I kept comparing every other dress to that first one that I had fallen in love with. I tried the dress on one last time and I knew immediately that it was my wedding dress. I am still shocked that I saw it online and felt that this was my dress before even putting it on, but it was just meant...

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Something Old, Something New . . .

Something Old, Something New . . .

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Blog

Even for the bride who wants to be a little non-traditional this simple rhyme of the essentials needed for a wedding day is too tender and endearing to want to do without. In other words it’s a tradition that just can’t be skipped. That’s because it isn’t just a tradition; it’s a ritual. It’s sacred. It is a chance for the bride to carry more than just herself down the aisle. She walks with history in her bouquet and sisterhood draped over her shoulders. She carries her family and her fiancé’s family and she joins them together. Asking to borrow an item from the future mother-in-law or future sister-in-law is a great way to achieve this symbolic union. Just as wearing something old that once belonged to a mother or grandmother or the childhood friend ties the present to the past. Not everyone needs to know what the artifacts are, and not everyone needs to see them: a piece of cloth cut from the underskirt of her mother’s wedding dress that is pinned to the inside of hers; the future mother in law’s broach tucked into the bouquet; the blue shoes hidden under layers of tulle. Because these items can be tucked away, and because they do not need to be shown or explained brides should take the opportunity to think about what is really special and important to them. Lockets, photographs, rings, phrases painted on the bottom of her shoes. So as wedding tasks pile up and the days go by faster and faster, brides should all take a minute – it won’t take long – to remember these special items....

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Let’s Talk About Socks

Let’s Talk About Socks

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Blog

Everyone wants wedding pictures that look classy and classic. In fifty years they want to look back and think timeless instead of dated, but don’t they also want to be current and trendy now? It’s a fine line to walk especially for grooms. Those blue tuxes with ruffled shirts loom heavy on our psyche. Grooms need a way to show a little personality, stay current and look dashing, too. That’s why we are loving the personalization we see from grooms with socks. It’s a perfect opportunity for them to have fun, be silly, and be trendy! Wear stripes, polka dots, animals, dinosaurs, and school mascots and still look back in fifty years with a smile. It’s also a great way to get adorable photos like the one below; grooms just hitch up their pants, show off their fun socks next to the brides sassy shoes and voila they have themselves a perfect holiday greeting card. Then smooth the trousers back down and no one is the wiser. It’s the best of both worlds.   Photo by Greenwood...

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Oh, Baby

Oh, Baby

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Blog

Here at Betsy Robinson’s we don’t mind admitting that we are more than a little obsessed with the royal family. Kate Middleton is gorgeous. We want her entire wardrobe. But only if when we wear it we look just like her. We have a cardboard cutout of the handsome newlyweds that adorns our back office, and many of our staff gathered together two years ago to watch their wedding live. Some of us were dressed in satin pajamas wearing Kate inspired sapphire rings as we sipped wine and watched the processional at four in the morning. We might have cried a little, and we definitely lamented Diana’s absence as if we knew her. So it is no surprise that we were on pins and needles waiting for news of the royal baby. We feverishly searched the internet for an app that would announce the birth, and we might have checked a live feed or two of Buckingham Palace just to stay in the loop. We were hoping for a text or two from William, but we’ll assume he just had too much going on. Don’t worry William, we’ll catch you later. But what the royal family has really highlighted for us is that we are not only obsessed with weddings and everything that goes along with them, but also with everything that follows them. Our brides are all important to us and we love to follow the progression of their stories just as much as the royals. And so Betsy brides out there we ask you to stay in touch, to send us pictures and stories and birth announcements of your own....

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4 Approaches to Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Blog

Of all the decisions that a bride is faced with over the course of the wedding planning process, picking colors seems like one of the easier ones. Pick three colors. Sure. No problem. Make it a challenge. Why not make it four colors? It seems easy because color and inspiration are everyone and because every bride and groom have favorite colors. The infinite and limitless possibilities are also what can make the process difficult, especially for the indecisive bride, but here are a few tips. 1. Concentrate on Shades, Not Colors Instead of picking say, blue, white and pink. Try blues, pinks, and accents of white and ivory. This way you don’t have to drive yourself crazy trying to match attendant dresses to ties to tablecloths. Shades represent a color theme in the same way that a specific color does, but without all the hassle. 2. Ombre Ole This one is super easy. It has the ease of the shades idea, but instead of multiple colors, all you have to pick is one. Just head over to the paint department of any home improvement store, peruse the paint chip samples and before you know it you’ll have your color palette. What makes it especially bride-friendly is that it allows for main colors and accent colors that are built in. Maybe bright orange is too harsh for the dresses, but when it fades into a pale sort of peach, it will be perfect for those long chiffon gowns and the orange can be incorporated somewhere else. 3. Think more abstract, less literal This is where you can look to your relationship for inspiration or draw colors from some of your most meaningful possessions; the sweater he gave you for Christmas; the cover of your favorite book, the painting you were standing in front of the first time you met; your vintage engagement ring. The list is endless. This gives you a little more freedom from the notion “do these colors go together” because you can always refer back to the original inspiration in some way. If you choose the painting you met in front of, then display the painting at...

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Alterations 101

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Blog

There is a lot of emphasis in the bridal world on finding the perfect gown. Brides spend weeks pouring over magazines circling favorites, tearing out pages, highlighting retailers. They search the internet like explorers of the new world in search of ancient treasure. They make lists upon lists and bring in back-up once they are ready to make the final choice. But the work is not done once the dress is purchased. Bridal alterations are as important as choosing the gown and they deserve just as much attention. Just like buying a bridal gown, alterations are something that most people are not very familiar with. How does this stuff work? It’s a learn as you go, fly by the seat of your pants kind of thing, but it doesn’t have to be. You should be armed with information. Planning a wedding is primarily about making a budget and so when you are considering what gown to buy, you should also budget for the alterations. Ask the consultants you work with what alterations typically cost. Some dresses are more costly to alter than others. Ask Is there a difference for this dress? Or how about If I want to add sleeves, what kind of cost would that add to the dress? Customizing your dress is lots of fun, but keep in mind that it increases the price of alterations. A hem alone, which most dresses need, can cost from $200 and up depending on where you have it done. You can save yourself a lot of stress in the end if you prepare yourself for the cost in the beginning. The other often difficult aspect of alterations is fitting in appointments. Alterations are typically started two months before the wedding, which is of course the same time that all the details are coming together and brides are at their most stressed. Especially if you are getting married during the busy summertime you may need to be prepared to take some time off from work in order to fit in your appointments. If you show some flexibility in your schedule than seamstresses will likely return the favor. Now you are informed, you are...

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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.