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Happy Father’s Day: Dad Jokes in the Salon

Posted by on Jun 14, 2019 in Blog

We don’t get a lot of dads here, but when we do they usually come armed with amicable smiles and a few dad jokes to help pass the time. Sometimes they ask what beer we have on tap, or loudly proclaim they’re just here to write the check. Some dads sit back and enjoy the parade of wedding dresses with a bewildered expression. A lot of dads want to seem engaged in the process, but they don’t quite know the right questions to ask. So we get a lot of this: “Where do you put your car keys in this thing?” “Will that fit in your dresser drawer?” “What kind of material is that, chignon?” Wrong, but kudos for even knowing the word chignon, right?! Having a dad in an appointment, whether he knows what an A-line is or not, changes the whole dynamic. That’s what I am reminded of most this Father’s Day. Dads are game changers. They shake things up, and they see their daughters the way that no one else can. Dad Projects When I got married my maid of honor put my dad in charge of shaking out my train before we walked down the aisle together along with my mom. My mom would have been the better choice for this task, but my maid of honor knew better. She knew my dad would need a task to keep calm. He needed a project. Something to fix that luckily required no tools. Before the ceremony she showed him how to perfectly arrange my bridal train so that it fell neatly and elegantly on the floor of the hall’s main entrance. She told him sternly that it was his job to make sure my train was perfect, and he all but saluted her like she was the general of the day. PS – she pretty much was. As the bridal party processed down the aisle and the string quartet music kicked on over the speakers, I burst into tears. The music was beautiful, and so was the scene. I stood back and surveyed the crowd and the stage and the twinkling lights. My mom touched my...

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Happy Pride Month from Betsy Robinson’s

Posted by on Jun 13, 2019 in Blog

We’re pretty into brides here. It’s kind of our thing. We could not exist without our brides, and we are lucky to represent a wonderfully diverse group of women as varied as the gowns that stock our racks. We’re also pretty into love and we believe you can never use the heart emoji too much. Can you love, love? Well, we do! On crazy busy Saturdays when our appointments run back-to-back with no time to so much as drink a sip of water, we have to remind ourselves what that really means. It means that the world is full of people in love. A World in Love And more specifically it means that the world is full of people who have found their person. That’s something we think is worth celebrating – whomever that person happens to be. This month in particular, we wanted to take a minute to highlight some of our couples that fall under the many facets (and many colors) of the LGBTQ rainbow. Photos: Anthony Sekellick In all of these photos what we see, what I see, first and foremost, is people who have found their person. These gorgeous brides are beaming with love and happiness. However you label it, and however you dress it, these brides are stunning from head to toe. I mean, who doesn’t love a photo that captures pure joy? We all know it when we see it. It’s a deep down happiness that’s infectious. Their smiles make us smile, and it’s a welcome reminder that we all share this world together. We live to be loved and to love others and one another. Photo: Soleil Hagan So as we show our support this Pride month I think about what makes us proud. We are proud to help these brides find their wedding dresses. We are proud to create an environment that is open, friendly and welcoming to all. We are proud that we continue to learn and grow. As a team we work hard to be inclusive, and when I look at these couples I’m reminded of why that’s important. I would tell you why, but I think it’s pretty...

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A Look Behind the Veil: The Magic a Little Lace & Tulle Can Create

Posted by on May 31, 2019 in Blog

It’s easy to look at a veil and think there’s not much to it. That’s true. Veils are gossamer thin with typically just a small trim of beading or lace or ribbon. By nature they are barely there. When we have a veil packaged up and ready for a bride to take home it’s sometimes hard to see if it’s actually in the bag. So yes, there isn’t much to them. But they can make an incredible difference. They’re like a welterweight in boxing. Thin or not, they pack a maximum punch that more often than not takes your breath away with the same kind of force. What Happens When a Bride Tries a Veil We’ve witnessed it here all the time. Brides, especially those with a bent for bucking traditions, come into the salon dead set against a veil. For some brides, this moratorium sticks. Some brides just don’t want to wear one, and we respect that decision. But for those who are even a little bit on the fence, we suggest they at least try one on. We make the suggestion because we have an obvious vested interested in whether a bride wears a veil, but we also do it because we see the transformative power they have. I’ve seen it myself more times than I can count. The veil makes the look. It makes the bride a bride. I can say without hyperbole that veils are magical, and their magic makes the moment real. When a bride puts a veil on everything suddenly becomes official. The wedding is really happening. It’s all really happening.  The right dress alone can have this power too, but perhaps we notice it more with a veil because it makes less sense. How can such a thin piece of fabric with a little border have such an effect? It’s probably partly because veils really don’t exist outside of weddings. The two are woven quite tightly together the way that other aspects of a wedding are not. Sure, you might not wear a wedding dress any other time, but you might wear something fancy to a gala. You might have your hair...

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The Best Trend For Finding Bridesmaids Dresses You’ll Love

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Blog

I’ve worked in the bridesmaid department here at Betsy’s for several years, and I’ve seen a lot of trends come and go. Oh, the colors and fabrics I have seen! I’ve also seen brides struggle to find what they want. Finding bridesmaid dresses can be even more difficult than finding a wedding dress. Actually, shopping for bridesmaids dresses is almost always harder. And it almost always takes longer. Picking the right bridesmaids dresses is an intricate balancing act. Shopping for them can require as much agility and tact as a real-life tight rope walker. It makes sense, right? You have to balance what the brides want with what their bridesmaids want. Then there’s balancing the cost of the dress with the budget of the bridal party. There’s also balancing body types in a way that let’s everyone look their best. And don’t even get me started on balancing the style of a dress with the colors that it comes in. See? It’s no wonder that bridesmaid shopping can get pretty tricky pretty quickly. I see it all the time, and the root of the problem is almost always very sweet: everyone just wants everyone to be happy. I want you to love it. But I want you to love it. The Single Color Solution That’s where the handiest of all bridesmaid trends comes in. More and more brides are simply picking a designer and a color and allowing their maids to choose whatever style they want. Brides are happy because they get the cohesiveness that a single color provides, and they don’t have to bother with finding multiple colors that fit their scheme. Bridesmaids are happy because they get a choice and can pick something flattering. There can still be some trouble with budget and color, but overall, bridal parties are happier and brides are less stressed. A few years ago the big trend was to go complete mix and match for bridesmaids. There were different colors, styles, fabrics, you name it. I still love that trend (ahem, have you seen my wedding pictures?!) but that takes a lot of work to get it right. When brides simply pick...

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Wedding Dress Pro Tip: Shop the Sample Sale

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Blog

I love a good deal. I’m a big believer in not paying full price for just about anything, except a vacuum cleaner. Trust me, it’s worth it. So when it comes to my wardrobe, I don’t think there is a single item that wasn’t purchased on sale. Maybe my socks? And yet when I went to shop for my wedding dress, it never occurred to me to look at sample sale gowns. What was I thinking? Sale Gowns Come in All Shapes and Sizes! Well, for starters, I assumed that I wouldn’t be able to find my size in a sample wedding dress. Six years ago this may have been true, or partially true (I’m a 16, thanks), but these days our sale gowns are in a really nice variety of sizes. There is something on our racks for every size, so don’t be discouraged. I also probably worried that sale wedding dresses meant old, out of style wedding dresses. Truth be told there are a few oldies hanging around in the back, but honestly, there are gowns that are practically brand new. If we didn’t tell you it was a sample dress, you might not even know. This is because sometimes a dress looks really great at market or in magazines, and it just doesn’t find its niche in our salon. It might be the dress that’s spent six months as the runner up dress. The bridesmaid, but never the bride. Our saleroom is full of dresses that fit that description. They are beautiful, they are on trend, but they just haven’t found the right bride. You could be that bride, and you could get a good deal while you’re at it. Get a Gorgeous Wedding Dress Without the Wait! I might have also overlooked the sale gowns because I didn’t understand what I was missing. As I walk through the salon and see all the sale gowns hanging there, waiting, I understand perfectly. The dresses are gorgeous. They’re in great condition, and you can leave with them that day. There’s no waiting around. You need a wedding dress? Voila, now you have one. Our lack of space...

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Making the Most of Your Wedding Dress Experience: Getting to Know Our Brides

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Blog

We are here to sell wedding dresses. That’s not exactly a secret. It’s pretty straightforward. Yet even this simple declarative sentence is subject to some nuanced interpretation. Yes, we are here to sell wedding dresses, but that really means we are here to find the right dress. We are here to find your dress. It’s a job that’s part occupation and part obligation. For each bride that walks through our door, we want to work hard to find her exactly what she is looking for. Sometimes this is easy and involves something more like dress up than work. Other times we wrack our brains, our racks and our database to produce the gown that elicits the perfect and resounding, “Yes.” It’s an answer that means everyone wins, and because we like winning (um, who doesn’t?) we want to help streamline the shopping experience and ensure that more brides find exactly what they are looking for in our salon. For us that means getting to know our brides right away. The more we know about you and your wedding, the easier it is to curate gowns that work with your style, budget, and dreams. Try Our Updated Online Request Form That’s why when you now request an online appointment we’re asking for just a tad more background info. The goal is for us to be able to do a little legwork prior to your appointment, so that you can spend more time trying on gowns and less time hashing out your wedding dress do’s and don’ts. We can point you in the direction of certain designers, or recommend a good Trunk Show weekend. You can get a better idea of our inventory before you even set foot in the salon, and maybe even come with a more concrete idea of what you want. Getting to know more about you and your wedding prior to your appointment can help us guide you through the often-confusing online world of bridal. It’s pretty easy to wind up in a bridal rabbit hole on Pinterest and get yourself so turned around that you’ve fallen in love with a mystery gown that doesn’t seem to...

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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