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Father’s Day

Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Blog

The small room at the back of the historic hall is full of people. Five bridesmaids in lace dresses sit on the couch or lean against the chest of drawers, their knit bouquets of flowers in their laps or dangling at their sides. The bride is perched on a high back chair smiling as the photographer snaps pictures. Look up. Look down. Smile. Laugh. The bride’s mother looks on from the couch laughing with the girls as they try to elicit laughter from the bride. A knock at the door and the father of the bride pokes his head in. He had not expected the bride to be there. He was told he was needed at the back of the hall. He steps inside the room quickly. His face blushes, his eyes well with tears. He smiles through them. “You can’t surprise me like that,” he says. The bride is up out of her chair. Her veil cascading around her shoulders. Her hair pinned up. A long lace train behind her. She does not know what her father sees of her now. Maybe the pig tails and overalls of a lifetime ago. Maybe the adult poised to make a family of her own. But it is easy to see what she sees from this man. The one who taught her to ride a bike, to drive a car, to keep her shoulders back and her head up. The one who carried the weight of the world on his shoulder. The one who carried her on his shoulders. Happy Father’s Day to all the men who have been so important in our...

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A Spin on Bridal Shower Themes

A Spin on Bridal Shower Themes

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Blog

So let’s say that the wedding planning is underway, the venue has been selected, the photographer hired, the cake tasted, and the emails from the caterer down to just one a day. It’s the home stretch. The big details are done, but the little ones are starting to pop up everywhere. This is when brides get a little stressed.   Fortunately, in this same scenario it’s a month or two before the wedding and it’s time for the bridal shower, the one thing that bride doesn’t have to plan. And to make sure she doesn’t have to plan anything, we have generated some bridal shower themes to assist the rest of the bridal party in making the day special and most of all, relaxing.   A Tea Party: Mismatched china tea cups, biscuits, everyone in big hats and white gloves, and lots of milk and sugar in the earl grey.   A Midsummer Night’s Garden Dream: Think twinkling lights, hanging vines and plenty of white wrought-iron tables. Not to mention Shakespeare love sonnets and rose petals cast about everywhere. A Downton Dinner: Volunteer groomsmen in tails serving food from silver trays. Guests dripping with strings of pearls. Ragtime music wafting out of the speakers.   Willy Wonka Wonderland: Ok, no purple top hat, but how about golden ticket invitations, a chocolate water fountain, and for favors “everlasting love” gob stoppers. Soda Shop: Colorfully stripped straws, old fashioned milk shake glasses, and a sundae bar with something for everyone. Get really fancy and invite guests to try a little coffee or chocolate stout in their vanilla shake. Brunch is Back: Heart-shaped waffles, strawberries in the mimosas, and linen tables decked out in pictures of the happy couple....

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Blog

May is National Strawberry Month and all across the country towns are paying tribute to the delicious and versatile fruit with festivals, contests, and lots of strawberry shortcake. You can pay tribute too by looking to the strawberry for wedding inspiration. Whether you want a down-to-earth casual barn feel or an elevated black tie ball, the strawberry is there to help you set the mood. Just think of it: bridesmaids dressed in shades of pink and red, groomsmen in red textured ties against crisp white shirts, guests sipping on strawberry cocktails and tables adorned with little jars of homemade jams. Or maybe on the more sophisticated side a white buttercream cake with a cascade of strawberries spiraling down, martini glasses with a slice of strawberry on the side, and red roses in crystal vases at the center of every table. Strawberries are infused with romance and love and are primed to compliment any wedding celebration, so as you and your fiancé hash out your wedding theme, consider the strawberry. Or if not, at least enjoy a few with a dollop of whipped cream. And for a cute favor idea and a way to save a little cash check out this recipe for homemade strawberry jam brought to us by the barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten Ingredients 3 pints fresh strawberries 3 cups superfine sugar 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier) 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and small-diced 1/2 cup fresh blueberries   Directions Place the strawberries in a colander and rinse them under cold running water. Drain and hull the strawberries. Cut the larger berries in half or quarters and leave the small berries whole. Place the strawberries in a deep, heavy-bottomed pot such as heavy Dutch oven and toss them with the sugar and orange-flavored liqueur. Bring the berry mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Add the apple and blueberries and continue to keep the mixture at a rolling boil, stirring occasionally, until the jam reaches 220 degrees on a candy thermometer. This should take 25 to 35 minutes. Skim and discard any foam that rises to the top. Allow the mixture to cool...

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New York Bridal Market

New York Bridal Market

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Blog

Next week is New York Market when Betsy and some of the staff will be off to the big apple to check out the upcoming fall collections from all the top bridal designers. As they prepare for their trip and get ready to see the next big thing in bridal we would like to know the kinds of gowns that you are all looking for. What are the new trends you are interested in seeing examples of? Have you been searching for some element in a dress that you just can’t find? Are you trying to capture a particular mood that just doesn’t seem to be out there? Tell us what you want to see from the designers, and we will send Betsy and the staff in search of it. Send in your ideas all this week and we will post the updates from New York....

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5 Steps to Great Wedding Music

5 Steps to Great Wedding Music

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Blog

Weddings are a time for many things. They are a time to join a happy couple, to create a family, to get dressed up and look amazing. They are a time for visiting with friends, for eating good food, for telling old stories. In short they are a time to celebrate and that means a time to dance. Brides and grooms want their guests to have fun. They want them up and out of their seats and dancing until the music stops. It is a reasonable goal, but often more difficult to achieve than people expect. We’ve all been to weddings where no one danced, which means we have all been to weddings where the music was bad. So much of the tone of the wedding depends on music and yet for a lot of couples the music is an after-thought. It is a task left solely to the band or dj, but it can actually be a great chance for the bride and groom to bond and make choices together. Music Categories & Favorite Songs Start with categories. Do you have a favorite genre of music that maybe not all of your guests know and enjoy? Are you country fans among city folk? Are you classic rockers at heart underneath your button up shirts? Then make a list filled with your favorite songs. Then make a list of songs everyone loves. This list is essential. You can throw in five or six songs that you might be the only one dancing to as long as you make sure there are enough favorites for your guests. This is where classics like Shout and Land of 1,000 Dances and the Locomotion come in handy. Everyone knows them and they just can’t help but dance. Don’t be afraid to play songs that are well loved even if they are a little cheesy. Then you need to make a list of slow songs. Keep this one short because the slow songs drive guests off the floor and break up the momentum, but every wedding needs a few good ones. Dancing Music After you have made your categories and filled out your lists...

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Robinson’s Brides Part II

Robinson’s Brides Part II

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Blog

As we continue to showcase the weddings of our Betsy staff we bring you the elegant union of Stephanie Faudale and Sean Connor which took place on Saturday March 23 in the presence of a large crowd of adoring friends and family members at the Hotel at Arundel Mills Preserve. Almost the entire Betsy staff was there to witness the happy union and dance the night away. The weather again took a fortunate turn and the sun shone brightly all day. Spring and love were surely in the air. The bride looked absolutely stunning in a chic Reem Acra gown with a cathedral veil trailing gracefully behind her. The bride and groom met at an altar draped with soft pale fabric illuminated by twinkling candles and said their vows flanked by groomsmen in classic tuxes and bridesmaids in floor length chiffon charcoal Monique L’Huillier gowns. After the ceremony guests mingled in a large lobby with an overlook of beautiful glass sculptures hanging from the ceiling. They sipped and snacked and took plenty of photographs as a string quartet played and the brand new newlyweds posed for pictures and stopped for hugs. Back inside the ballroom guests dined at tables adorned with bunches of fresh flowers in whites and pale pinks as tea candles floated in glass votives. Fabric draped the walls in billowing swags and the tables left plenty of room for a large dance floor. The wedding cake was adorned with a cascade of flowers, the food was delicious and the music kept the floor packed until the very last dance. From there the bride and groom were sent on their merry married way blowing kisses as the stretch limo pulled away.  Photographs from Wendy Hickok photography.  ...

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