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A Look Ahead at Our 2018 Trunk Shows

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Blog

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve recovered from the holidays and are looking forward to the new year. December is still by far the most popular time to get engaged. That makes January the perfect time to get moving on making wedding plans. Good thing our January is jam-packed with great trunk shows.   January 5 – 7 Essense of Australia   This Essnese of Australia trunk show is especially special because they are sending tester dresses. A tester dress is essentially an exclusive preview of a gown that is not yet part of the line and may not become part of it. These are gowns that are not available in stores or online so the only way to see them is at a trunk show. If you order a tester gown you could potentially be one of only a few brides to ever wear it on her wedding day.   January 13 – 15 Watters & WToo, Thomas Knoell and Toni Federici   This is a one stop-shopping trunk show because you get three designers in one weekend. First, you can shop the very newest bridal gowns from Watters and WToo that are not available in stores yet. Then you can pick from their newest bridesmaid gowns in all the latest styles and hottest colors. To complete your look you’ll have a designer from Thomas Knoell Jewelry Designs and one from Toni Federici veils to help you customize your wedding accessories.   January 19 – 21 Enzoani Bridal   Enzoani is known for their modern bridal gowns that fit exquisitely and feature gorgeous details. At this trunk show you can shop their newest gowns and meet with a stylist. She will help you make custom changes to create the gown of your dreams.   January 26 – 28 Justin Alexander   Justin Alexander is all about variety. No two brides are alike and neither are their gowns. They not only feature a wide variety of styles, but also a variety of price points. This is a great trunk show if you are just starting to look and are unsure of what you are looking for. You’ll have...

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2017 Year in Review

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Blog

I usually like to round out the year with happy thoughts of all the wonderful things that happened during it. To keep this broad topic under control I limit it to all the great things that happened in bridal. Here is where I would usually talk about sleeve options and modern laces and mixing and matching bridesmaid gowns. But this year and this time things are different.   It is hard to think about the events of this year without thinking about our Betsy Robinson family. Like a real family it has gained and lost. We have watched members leave to pursue other career paths, and we welcomed new ones. We jumped and cheered at the announcements of babies (my own!) and engagements and major milestones. We got to say hello to so many new brides as they said “yes!”   But we also had to say the hardest goodbye to our patriarch of sorts, Allen Robinson. It is a loss that is deeply felt by all of us and a presence that is daily missed. Which is why it seems fitting to re post what I had originally published about Mr. Betsy. I put it here as a reminder of him personally and a chance of reflection for us all. Here is wishing you a 2018 that has more ups than downs and is filled with lots and lots of love.     If you were to frequent our salon on a typical bustling weekend afternoon you would find it full of happy brides, of boisterous groups of bridesmaids debating between shades of blush, and dozens of proud mothers and soon to be mothers-in-law waiting patiently for the gown. You would find a swirl of commotion as consultants hurried back and forth with gowns draped over their shoulders and veils trailing behind. But amidst all the hubbub you would likely find an older gentleman in black turtleneck and signature sport coat surveying the scene from his post next to the front desk. Quietly he would watch over the bright lobby taking care that all was well in the little kingdom he helped build. When he would introduce himself...

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Keeping Warm at Cold Weather Weddings

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Blog

I love cold weather, and I love cold weather weddings. It can be a risky move, but there is something really special about a quick outdoor ceremony when it’s cold outside. I guess it’s kind of the ‘love will keep us warm’ sentiment that makes me think of them as particularly happy occasions. Not everyone loves cold weather like I do, but there are some tricks to satisfying everyone in the winter months.   Hot Drinks Beforehand   It’s hard to be grumpy about sitting outside when you can sip a cup of hot cocoa. Plus, serving something to your guests before the wedding starts really sets the tone that they are in for an evening of treats. The hot cocoa or hot cider or whatever warm drink you choose will automatically make your guests feel comfy and catered to. There is also something about drinking hot cocoa outside that makes me feel more festive. It’s not just for kids, people.   Give a Heads Up and A Throw Blanket As long as guests are prepared in advance that there will be activities outside they’ll overall be more comfortable. A simple note on your invitation or a blurb on your wedding website can do wonders. Simply inform them that the ceremony will be outside so please dress accordingly. That means bring a coat, don’t leave it in your hotel room. As a nice gesture you can also provide a basket of throws to anyone who forgets or who is particularly prone to being cold. That way you get a cute photo op of the basket and everyone stays warm and happy.   Opt for the Photos Outside Even I admit that you do really have to consider how much cold is too much. If the temperatures dip low or your ceremony is a lengthy one, the outdoors just might not be for you. After all, you don’t want your guests wishing that the actual wedding part of your wedding would just end. So if an outdoor ceremony isn’t feasible use the outdoors for your photos. You and your fiancé can take time before or after the wedding to pose...

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Finding a Dress for Mom

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Blog

Mother’s gowns are tough. They have always been tough. And let’s face it Moms have been tough too. You know it’s true Moms. You put off finding a dress. You delay. You dread. You wait until the last minute. All you beautiful Moms out there never seem to be aware of how beautiful you are. You try to hide or cover up and you think there just aren’t good options for you.   I understand completely, but you’re also totally wrong. First, I know it’s easy to put things off, but the sooner you start looking for the perfect gown the easier it will be. While we don’t have specific Mom gowns here, we do have bridesmaid gowns that work perfectly. They take 3 – 4 months to come in, so waiting only makes things more stressful.   As for covering up, I’m no fan of strapless gowns for myself, so I get it, but you don’t need to cover yourself in fabric in order to be confident either. A simple strap or cap sleeve can help make you feel more secure in your gown without overwhelming you. We don’t really have gowns that have a true sleeve, but you don’t need them.   I do agree that finding a dress can be tough, but I still maintain there are good options. Here are a few of my favorites that we carry.     This patterned sequin gown from WToo is an all around great dress for anyone, but it’s especially great for Moms. The high neck is both flattering and a little conservative, but the back is dramatic and daring. It makes for a nice balance. Also, the pattern is subtle enough that Mom feels special, but doesn’t sparkle her way to center stage.     This new gown from Hayley Paige is stunning from every angle. It’s fitted, so it’s meant to really hug your figure, and it’s also very well structured. In other words, you’re really held in this gown nicely. It’s going to wow guests and make sure that Mom is no shrinking violet. Also, even though it is a bridesmaid style, no one is...

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Feature Betsy Bride of the Week: Chelsea

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Blog

  This week’s feature Betsy Bride couple, Chelsea and Dave, first met through mutual friends. After a few Facebook messages back and forth, they arranged a first date. Two days later they were on a second date. Then on and on they went. They clearly know the right people, and they clearly know what they wanted in a wedding. Their inspiration all along was originality. In the wedding world originality means custom and that was the order of the day.     First of all when talking custom details we have to address Chelsea’s stunning Galia Lahav gown. There are almost no words for how perfect it looks on her. The plunging illusion front, the illusion sleeves with their lace details, and the daring illusion back with the applique running down the middle are sheer perfection. Get it? Truly though, all these elements are working magically together. We know though that it’s not just about the dress. It’s about the woman wearing it, and that’s where the magic comes to life. Chelsea radiates just like a bride should.   Then there’s the food. Because Chelsea and Dave are self-proclaimed foodies, the food was a big priority. The menu alone from Classic Catering is enough to wish you had been there. I sure do. There were appetizers of chicken and waffles, lobster rolls and beef brisket tacos. There were signature cocktails and mocktails. The main course was comprised of three stations serving New York strip, Stone Bass and Maryland crab cakes. Mouth watering for sure, but they really hit it out of the park with deep-fried Berger cookies served in personalized Chinese take-out boxes. I repeat, deep-fried Berger cookies. Bam. Done. That’s how you win weddings.       But Chelsea and Dave achieved more than just Berger cookie bliss. With the help of their planner, Stephanie Bradshaw, they turned the Baltimore Museum of Art into their own private up-scale nightclub. The exquisite marble space with its grand columns was brought to life with voluminous floral arrangements, drapery and lots of up-lighting. In addition they had personalized glow sticks, showers of confetti and a DJ who put on an electric...

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The Perfect Gifts for Your Bridesmaids

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Blog

Let’s face it, your bridesmaids have done a lot for you as you planned your wedding. They’ve sealed envelopes and planned showers. They’ve flown halfway across the country to don team bride shirts and keep the party going until the wee hours of the morning. They’ve greeted and mingled and spent a lot of money for your big day. All of this they did happily. They would do even more if you asked, which is why they deserve a little thank you. Bridal party gifts are a great way to show appreciation for all their hard work. To make sure you get them just right I’ve got a few tips on how to pick the perfect ones.   Make it Individual Giving everyone the same monogrammed tote bag is certainly a nice gesture. No one would turn it down, but all your bridesmaids are unique and wonderful individuals who are in your life for unique and wonderful reasons. Doesn’t that mean their gifts should be just as unique? I think so. Rather than finding a generic gift that everyone will find space for in the back of their closet, pick a different gift for each person. The gift could be based on their individual interests or favorite colors or maybe on what experiences you and that person shared together.       Get Sentimental You might not want to give everyone a monogrammed item, but you can still make your gift personal and sentimental. Etsy is a great place for this kind of thing. You can find thousands of artists and crafters who can custom make just about anything. From pendants engraved in your own handwriting to throw blankets embroidered with the coordinates of all the locations you have been together. The possibilities are endless., and the emotional pay off is deep.   Pick an Experience Over an Object Are you friends with people who already seem to have everything? Try gifting them an experience instead. A spa package, concert tickets, a gift card to their favorite restaurant are all great examples. A gift like this also helps put the focus on them. It says I know you have...

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Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection
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