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Resources for Brides Affected by COVID-19 and a Word from Betsy

Posted by on Mar 17, 2020 in Blog

It’s hard not to be disheartened by the news lately. The news, social media, it’s all depressing. It’s hard to know how to react, especially for me, since I love to overreact. I feel like I’m showing some real restraint in not buying extra toilet paper. I’m also buoyed by people who are showing some real resilience. And those people are our brides and bridal community. These are uncertain times for everyone. For those who have had a wedding postponed, they are all the more stressful. I can’t imagine having to rescheduled my wedding, and my heart, all our hearts, go out to those who have. Of course the silver lining is the solidarity the bridal world has shown. Vendors, venues, planers and designers are all working their hardest to help brides. We want to do our part too. Here are a few words from Betsy as well as some helpful resources. A Word from Betsy “Your inbox is by now full of updates about COVID-19 and the measured that your favorite brands and stores are taking to ensure everyone’s safety. We are no different. Our concerns are the same as everyone else’s: we want our customers and staff to stay safe and healthy. We have taken steps to ensure this by cleaning and sanitizing fitting rooms and common areas at increased rates. Anyone not feeling well is encouraged to stay home, but we remain dedicated to serving our brides and their friends and family. We also want to reassure everyone that we are keeping a close eye on delivery dates. If you have not purchased your wedding dress or bridesmaid dresses yet, you can expect delays, but that’s why we’re here. We are here to help dress you for your wonderful wedding. We have connections to designers, and a store full of gorgeous dresses, and we will make your wedding dreams come true. If Your Wedding is Postponed At a time when COVID-19 has affected so many in our bridal community we would like to offer sources of information for those in need. There are so many weddings that need to be postponed and rescheduled, and we understand...

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How to Know if Crepe Dresses are Right for Your Bridesmaids

Posted by on Mar 13, 2020 in Blog

We have about 700 bridesmaid dresses in our salon and for the longest time they were almost all chiffon. Crinkle chiffon. Lux chiffon. Silk chiffon. Would you like some chiffon with your chiffon? Sure thing! But chiffon isn’t for everyone and our bridesmaid designers have started introducing more variety of fabrics into their collections. Satin is making a bit of a comeback and velvet is also sashaying its way onto the dance floor. Brides have even more choices than before to make sure that their squad looks amazing. One option that’s really gaining a lot of popularity, both with brides and designers. Is crepe. Yep, it’s a material that’s spelled just like the dessert, and it’s just as luscious and luxurious as its pancake-y partner. Of course, crepe is a big jump from the flowy chiffon gowns that come in a million colors, and you might not know if its right for your bridal party. Here are some things to consider if you’re thinking of hopping on the crepe train. You Want a Little Va Va Voom Crepe dresses have some stretch and as a result you’ll find them in primarily form-fitting styles. These are dresses that hug the hips. They drip off the shoulders and plunge down the neckline. Crepe dresses are sexy. They look a little less bridesmaid and a little more evening gown. We carry crepe gowns from Watters, Amsale and Bill Levkoff, and each designer features styles that are as fashion-forward as they are timeless. I love all the clean lines and asymmetrical cuts. And when it comes to va va voom, you can’t beat showing off a little leg. Just about every crepe dress we carry has a slit that’s perfect for when it’s time to strike a pose. You Fancy Chiffon and satin and silk are all great fabrics and there’s no rule about what materials make a black tie wedding black tie, but crepe just has a little elegant oomph to it. It has weight to it without being heavy and it has just a little bit of luster that catches the light. It looks more expensive than it is, and it...

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For Brian, with Love

Posted by on Feb 21, 2020 in Blog

In the bridal business we spend an awful lot of time focused on love. It’s the reason we’re all here. We have jobs, I have a job, because people are in love. It’s a pretty cool reason to have a job, and it’s especially nice because most of the time that love is happy. Most of the time we get to focus on happy couples who get to stand up in front of the people they love and proclaim it loud and clear. Sometimes the love is the sad kind. Sometimes we have to take time in our appointments to acknowledge a person whose presence is keenly felt by their absence. Sometimes love is very hard. This is one of those times, and if you’ve been through our store and passed our front desk, then you may know why. Earlier this week we lost our Front Desk Manager, Brian Young. All of the words in that sentence are wrong. First, to call him simply a Front Desk Manager does not begin to describe his role here. He was the light of this whole operation. He greeted every bride and every family with a magnetic smile and a heavy dose of Southern, Arkansas charm. He helped out in every aspect of the store, and he was the definition of a team player. He could breeze through difficult situations and befriend anyone. He could put stressed out brides at ease with a flash of his smile and a legitimate wink of his eye. He loved to laugh, and he had a real skill for making all of us laugh. Like any true Southerner, Brian loved to cook, and we were all the happy beneficiaries of that. I can personally say that I have never and will never taste better mac and cheese as long as I live. He was interested in everyone, and I don’t just mean the staff here. Countless times I would catch him deep in conversation with a group at the front desk and later ask, “Brian, do you know them?” No, he could just strike up a conversation that easily. When he came to work here nearly...

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How to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Boho Vibes

Posted by on Jan 9, 2020 in Blog

Your search starts right here, and it’s pretty easy, all thanks to a new line from Essense of Australia. Boho in bridal is big. And it’s here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. A few years ago Boho seemed like a fad. In fact, it seemed like the kind of wedding trend that was just manufactured by the Internet, but one that didn’t really live out in the real world. Boho editorials were everywhere, and it was hard to open up a magazine without seeing a styled shoot of a bride in a broad-brimmed hat carrying a dream catcher down the aisle. The elements have changed a bit in those few years, but the sentiment remains the same; the spirit of the Boho bride lives on. Only now, Boho brides are after a little more sophistication. These are brides that want to push boundaries and push back against princess gowns while still embracing romance and delicate details. Introducing All Who Wander For these brides, we have just the thing. We are so happy to carry the newest line from the Essense of Australia team, All Who Wander. It’s a line designed for the Boho bride, for the adventurer, for the darer and the daring. These gowns have a free-spirited vibe for sure, but these are also dresses for brides who want choices and options. These are dresses for brides who don’t think that a bride is any one thing or that a wedding dress is any one thing. Getting married isn’t about following a bunch of rules. It’s about tailoring a day around your love and what’s important to you. The same should be said of your gown, right? It should feel like you and move like you. You want a gown that fits your personality and not just a magazine editorial. So you can put down your dream catcher, or you can pick it up if that’s your thing, and then you can make your appointment to find the Boho gown you’ve been waiting for. Finally, designers have caught up to your vision, and your gown is here!...

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How to Save Big on Your Wedding Dress

Posted by on Dec 2, 2019 in Blog

Sample sale. Sample sale. Sample sale. Just whisper that three times and your dream dress materializes in front of you with a giant red sale tag. Voila. Well, it’s not exactly that easy, but it is that magical. This Saturday kicks off our biggest sample sale ever. Seriously. All our sale gowns will be 50% off the original price. We’ve been tagging and organizing, and we’ve almost worked off that pumpkin pie moving rack after rack of gowns. Almost. We’ve got dresses from all of your favorite designers and every style and size. We’ve been posting pics of some of the deals on our Instagram feed, and the savings are real. Half off. I mean, with prices like that you can’t afford not to buy a dress. Right? Again, it’s my job to write about store events and get brides into the salon, but I’m also still a person who lives on a budget and knows how pricey planning a wedding can be. So if you can get the gown of your dreams without breaking the bank, I want to let you know. Your Wedding Dress is Waiting There are some really pretty sale gowns in here.  Many of them just never found the right bride, but you might be that bride. That’s kind of a sweet though, right? Your dress, much like your fiancé, was just waiting for you and once the two of you are together, everything just makes sense. Of course, with your dress, there’s no waiting around. In fact, the other beauty of a sale wedding dress is that you get to take it with you that day. That’s great news if you have a close wedding date, but even if you’re a 2021 bride who is on top of it (love that) you have the satisfaction of getting a big item checked off your list. So if you’ve been searching for just the right gown or just the right price, this is the sale for you. Literally hundreds of gowns are on sale (I said it was our biggest ever, didn’t I?) and somewhere in here is a gown for you. Actually, the gown...

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The Ultimate First Dance Song

Posted by on Nov 22, 2019 in Blog

Choosing a first dance song for your wedding is tough. There’s so much to consider. Can you actually dance to it? Is it too long or too short? Is it too obscure or too cliché?  Does it fit your wedding vibe and your personality as a couple? There are lots of qualities to look for in a first dance song, but I think the best ones are those that are both romantic and fun. They are the songs that make people put down their salad forks and pay attention. I’ve been to a lot of weddings, and I’ve also written a lot about first dance songs. My own will obviously always be my favorite, but thanks to my cousin who got married this past Saturday, I have a pretty close second. I don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith. Aerosmith isn’t really my thing, and the song choice kind of surprised me. But as the bride and groom swayed across the floor I realized I was really into the song, and so was everyone else. We were belting out all the notes with the raw emotion of people who can’t sing and don’t care. We had the hand gestures and the facial expressions down. Like celebrity-lip-sync down. Everyone basically transformed into Steven Tyler. It was theatrical and dramatic and all out magical. A Song That Everyone Can Get Into This is a pretty accurate representation of how we looked, or at least felt. Then the happy and beautiful couple did my most favorite thing that you can do in a first dance; they invited everyone else onto the dance floor to finish out the song. The guests let loose. They got even more into it standing up than they had been sitting down. All around the dance floor my relatives joined hands or embraced. We swayed together and played air guitar together and really felt all of those lyrics. Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure. The song was perfect. It was fun and entertaining and it let everyone know that their presence there was appreciated and meaningful.   As you plan your wedding there...

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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