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Can You Wear it Again?: What Matters Most in a Bridesmaid Dress

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in Blog

So many times I hear brides hash out their concerns about whether a particular bridesmaid dress can be worn again. These are of course brides who are being thoughtful. They care about their bridesmaids. Bridesmaid dresses can get expensive quickly, and brides want to make sure that everyone really gets their money’s worth. I totally get it. I also totally support being conscious of everyone’s budget. If you’re asking a friend to shell out $250 for a dress, then you should absolutely make sure it’s worth it. If your $250 dress can keep her from having to buy two other dresses for future occasions, then the dress pays for itself! Voila. Don’t Let the Re-Wear Wear You Down All of this is wonderful, but it’s also a lot of pressure to put on your dress choice. Re-wearability is pretty hard to predict.  Styles change. People change. There’s just no guarantee, which means, pick the dress based on what you love now, not what you can be used later. And to be fair, how many dresses do you have in your closet as a wedding guest that you’ve actually worn again? Be honest. Each time another wedding rolls around you’ve got a new excuse to buy a pretty new dress. That’s what I do. I do it because I like pretty new dresses, duh, but also I’m kind of a one dress, one occasion kind of gal. It’s kind of a sentimentality thing. For example, memories I made in my blue and white polka dot pencil dress belong to that blue and white polka dot pencil dress. How could I muddy up those memories with another wedding? Each dress, and each wedding, deserves something that’s just its own. I’m about to be a bridesmaid for the very first time in my sister’s wedding, and although I love my dress (luv it), I predict I won’t wear it again. When I take it off after a day of celebrating and partying and shedding happy tears, I imagine that it will just belong to the ages. I’ll put it in its garment bag with the tissue paper hanger and that will be...

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Our Maggie Sottero Trunk Show: Finding Your Perfect Dress

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Blog

Our Maggie Sottero trunk show starts on Wednesday, and everyone is pretty excited for the dresses to arrive. It’s true, we get excited a lot, but it’s because we love seeing gowns from a variety of designers. We love it because we know our brides love it. The Perfect Combo of Style & Value And our brides also love Maggie Sottero. Their dresses, and dresses from their sister line Sottero and Midgley are stylish, versatile and on budget. Trends are important to our brides, but so is value. With Maggie Sottero, that value is easy to see. Their dresses are well constructed, exquisitely crafted, and expertly designed. For brides that translates into gowns that fit like a glove. When you wear a Maggie Sottero gown you’ll float down the aisle like water down a river. Your guests will hold their breaths as if they are looking at a natural wonder, and naturally, they are. What’s also great about Maggie Sottero is that it truly is easy to find a style you love. You can expect to see a lot of variety of styles at our upcoming trunk show. You’ll find ballgowns and fitted gowns. You can choose anything from a strapless gown to one with full sleeves. There are open backs, embellished backs, and lots of buttons running from head to toe.   I also think it’s really important that Maggie Sottero gowns give you the option to be daring or modest without sacrificing your wedding day vision. The choice of how covered or uncovered you are in your dress is your choice, and Maggie Sottero lets you make it. Often times with bridal gowns, it’s hard to know what you’ll like until you try it on. Sometimes you just don’t know your gown until you see it. Other times, you might not know your gown until you begrudgingly try it on to appease someone and turn to face the mirror in total surprise. That means it’s a good idea to come with an open mind, and it’s even better to shop a trunk show full of variety. The gowns arrive in-store on Wednesday, and we’ll have them through...

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Trust the Process: Tips for Alterations

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in Blog

As the temperatures get a tiny bit cooler and we spend our down time thinking about our sweater collections, I’m reminded that though summer is winding down, wedding season is not. Fall weddings are extremely popular. June weddings used to reign supreme, but move over because October is climbing to the top of the wedding cake in a burst of burgundy flowers with gold accents. All that popular fall foliage means that our alterations department is still operating in high-gear, and it makes it a perfect time to give brides a few pointers for alterations. I think the best way for our brides to have a great experience in alterations is to be up front, and give them as much information as possible. I mean when was the last time you had a piece of clothing altered? More importantly, when was the last time you wore clothing that didn’t stretch? Your ‘jeans,’ to be fair, probably aren’t jeans. Trust the Process So what is important to know when you come here for alterations?  Perfection takes time. That means it takes our seamstresses a long time to sew the gowns, and that it takes multiple fittings to get the gown where it needs to be. Every bride is different and every dress is different, but on average brides can expect 3 to 4 fittings. That can seem like a lot, and it’s easy to get frustrated after 2 fittings. We understand. Again, it’s unfamiliar territory. But a wedding gown is practically a living, breathing thing. Every adjustment that is made to it can make another adjustment necessary. A tweak here necessitates a tuck there. All this nipping and tucking is really an elaborate bridal version of a trust fall. We put you up there on a pedestal in your gorgeous gown and ask you to essentially lean back into our open arms. We ask you to trust us because what doesn’t fit perfectly in one fitting, will in the next. Also, we have decades of experience and loads of talent to earn that trust. Ask Questions Of course we also want you to question us.  Having gone through alterations here...

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Hayley Paige Liquid Metallic Bridesmaids Dresses: A New Way to Shine

Posted by on Aug 29, 2019 in Blog

I’m so excited to share these new Hayley Paige bridesmaids dresses with you that I have cut way down on my usual lead-up. In a typical post I’d probably give you a paragraph or two about the hardships of picking bridesmaids dresses. Then I would talk about seeing various trends come and go, and then I would give you a rundown on the most popular colors and materials today. Only after all of that would I dive into exploring these brand new gowns. But this time I truly can’t contain my excitement. I know, I know, after all these years, I still get excited about bridesmaids dresses. Crazy, right? That’s because the Hayley Paige Liquid Metallic dresses are different.  As soon as we unboxed them and took each one out of its cellophane wrapping, I could tell they would be a big hit. Stand Out in Metallics For one thing, they solve a big problem for a lot of brides: what do you do if you want dresses that sparkle, but you don’t want sequins? This conundrum has come up countless times when I meet with brides. Sequin dresses are great, but they aren’t for everyone. For a long time though, sequins were the only option for some kind of sparkle or embellishment. These dresses shine like sequins and catch the light like sequins and instantly elevate the mood of the wedding, but it’s quite refreshing that they are not sequins. Ok, so these dresses are an updated take on sequins, that’s great, but what else can they offer? Thanks for asking! They stretch. Both the metallic overlay and the lining have a nice amount of stretch, which makes the dresses easy and comfortable to wear. I mean think of all the things that bridesmaids have to do throughout the day. From arranging centerpieces to tying bustles to busting a move on the dance floor, those ladies have to do a lot of moving and grooving and these dresses can keep up. Right now the liquid metallic is only available in a few styles, but the silhouettes are simple and flattering. Even with limited styles there is something for...

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Meet the Newest Martina Liana Gown: Vera

Posted by on Aug 22, 2019 in Blog

We get new gowns in store all the time, and it’s so much fun to show them off and tell you all about them. I love showing them off because I think it’s so important that brides can see what we actually carry in store. That’s one of the hardest parts about finding a wedding dress – finding it in real life. I mean, anybody can find their dream dress on a Pinterest board. That’s easy, but it’s a whole other hurdle to find it in store, available to try on and buy. So, because we like to make things easy for our brides, and because I like pretty new dresses too, it is my pleasure to introduce you to our newest Martina Liana gown, Vera. We give all our wedding dresses names. It’s much more personal than a number, much easier to keep track of them, and because well, it’s kind of fun. A Boho Ballgown for the Modern Bride Vera is a boho inspired ballgown with a dramatic plunging neckline, a modern angled bodice, and sheer sides and sheer back. The angled bodice is a great twist on the sweetheart neckline. It gives the gown a little edge. That edginess is balanced perfectly by the lace appliques and the full tulle skirt. The skirt is soft and feminine and you can practically hear it swooshing across the dance floor. It begs to be spun and twirled, and it’s sure to make every bride feel like a princess. But the good kind of princess. The layers of tulle skirt and the embellished lace appliques give the dress a lot of depth and dimension and essentially, bang for your buck. You get a lot of wedding dress, but not in an overwhelming way. Some gowns can swallow brides up, but the light and airy quality of every detail ensures that won’t happen. Pulling Just the Right Wedding Dress Often times when we get new dresses in, we like to have someone on staff try them on. It helps us get a better sense of how the gown looks and what its best features are. A week or so ago...

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Get the Scoop on Our Watters, WToo & Willowby Trunk Show

Posted by on Aug 8, 2019 in Blog

I talk a lot about how exciting our Watters trunk shows are. In fact, I talk about them so much that even my husband pays attention. He could explain to any stranger on the street what a trunk show is solely because of Watters. He knows when a Watters show is coming up, and he knows I’ll be tired by the end of it – what with all the gowns and glamour and hustle and bustle of it all. Watters gowns and their counterparts in WToo and Willowby, always bring a lot of energy to the salon. For starters, we always get to see the newest gowns, but we also get to see such a variety. I love how there is something for every bride across the 3 collections. That means there are different styles, shapes, price ranges, moods, tones, colors, and themes. Styles to Suit Every Bride This variety puts the bride in control, and I think that’s exactly how it should be. You get to choose if you want to be edgy or daring or traditional, and you don’t have to do it blindly. You can actually try on all those kinds of gowns in one appointment, from one label and make an informed decision. Variety allows you to compare and contrast in real time without going from store to store endlessly or simply pinning a million wedding dresses to your Pinterest page. That’s just one of the ways that Watters is built for the modern bride. They understand not only what you’re looking for in a wedding dress design, but also in a wedding dress designer. They always seem to be just ahead of the curve, and that slight jump allows them offer styles brides want before they even know they want them. I’ve seen it happen so many times. A bride comes in who has searched high and low for her wedding gown. She’s a little tired, a little demoralized, and her entourage has stopped waving flags and paddles. Everyone just wants to find the dress, but it seems to the bride more and more likely that her dress just doesn’t exist. But then along...

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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