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Ten Things Your Wedding Guests Will Love Part 2

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Blog

Weddings are happy occasions, and no matter your budget you can give your guests some real thrills and treats. That’s why I’ve been focusing on ten small things that you can do that your guests will really appreciative. Happy guests dance more and party harder and help make your wedding even more wonderful. Sounds pretty good, right? Now for the last five things you can do.   A Good Cocktail Hour Scheduling a wedding is hard. Sometimes large gaps between the ceremony and reception are simply unavoidable. Between finding the right locations and having time for pictures guests can sometimes be left with extra time on their hands. That’s ok. But a way to make things better is to make sure you have a good cocktail hour complete with appetizers. Who can complain when they’re eating pan seared scallops and sipping a martini?   A Mix of Music You want everyone dancing at your wedding. Absolutely everyone. A way to accomplish that is to pick the right music. Think about the age range of your guests and make sure you include music that appeals to different groups. I find it handiest to include some classic hits from the 60’s and the 90’s and throw in a few current hits. That way you’ve got your parents and their friends saying ‘remember this song?’ and you’ve got your friends saying ‘remember this song?’ and you’ve got the teenagers saying ‘finally, a song I know.’     A Place to Lounge This sounds extravagant and like a possible logistical nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be either. It’s simply nice to have a place for guests to take a little breather from dancing and be able to chat with each other without shouting over the length of a banquet table.  Arrange a few loose chairs at the back of the hall around a coffee station and you’ve given your guests the perfect way to do what they love to do at weddings, catch up.   An After Party This is probably a little bit more for you than for them simply because you won’t want the party to stop, but it’s something...

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Ten Things Your Wedding Guests Will Love Part 1

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Blog

I recently came across a list on a prominent wedding website of ten things that every wedding guest hates and how to avoid them. Since I like to think of weddings as happy occasions I was not wild about focusing on things people hate. I’d rather focus on what they love and what will make them have a wonderful time at your wedding. There are of course really extravagant things you can do that your guests will love like slip a bottle of local wine into every welcome bag or hire a food truck to dish up late night fare as the evening winds down. If you’re able to do those things that’s great and I’d love to come, but if not there are plenty of small ways to show guests how much you care.     A Champagne Toast I’ve been to so many weddings where they skip the champagne toast, and I think it’s such a shame. There’s something special about raising a glass of champagne. Raising it in honor of a happy couple makes it even better. Plus, it gives guests something to look forward to if the speeches are less than stellar.   Plus Ones I know the ‘plus one’ has caused many couples lots of wedding turmoil. Who gets one? Who doesn’t? What criteria do we use? I say plus ones for all. Some may use it and others decline it, but it’s nice to offer it. There are mitigating circumstances, sure, but in general, be generous with the plus ones and everyone will be happy.   Edible Favors Guests really don’t need favors. It’s a nice idea, but they are totally unnecessary. It’s a waste of your money and honestly, no one needs anything with your wedding date etched into it. But if you really want to send guests home with a sign of your appreciation, then make it something edible. It won’t take up space in their closet or goodwill pile and it will provide a handy little snack as they leave the reception.   Printed Itineraries Putting all your ceremony and reception info on a website or app is great for...

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Our Upcoming Curvy Bridal Trunk Show

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blog

Our Curvy Bridal Trunk Show will feature the newest Allure gowns and it’s just days away. It is not only a chance to see what’s new from Allure, but it’s also a great chance to shop and save on curvy gowns from all our favorite designers. We have always been committed to making every bride look and feel beautiful, and this weekend is a perfect example. Every bride should be able to try on ballgowns and sheath gowns and fit and flairs and we are so happy to have them.     Shopping for a bridal gown is hard work, and available sizes can make it even harder. This is compounded further by the fact that bridal sizes run notoriously small. That’s why we have spent time cultivating a selection of gowns to fit everyone. Our work is not done yet, but this trunk show is one of our first to exclusively feature multiple designers in a range of sizes. Aside from the newest Allure gowns, we will have gowns from Watters, WToo, Essense of Australia and Justin Alexander. It’s been a slow process, but the bridal world is finally starting to answer the needs of all brides. From sizing to sleeves to pantsuits and even pricing, things are getting more inclusive, and it’s great to see.     It’s a wonderful feeling to walk into a room full of gowns and be able to try them all on. That’s what we are working towards, and we would love for you to join us this coming weekend. It’s a great opportunity to try a myriad of styles and silhouettes, and find the perfect gown....

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Feature Betsy Bride of the Week: Alyson

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Blog

  This week’s Betsy Bride Alyson wore a custom bridal gown made from a beautiful crystal Martina Liana corset top and a custom cut Allure skirt. She had trouble finding a complete gown that she loved the look of and so with the help of our seamstresses she worked some wedding magic. The resulting gown has a stunning beaded corset top with a full ruffled skirt. It is just one of the many ways that Alyson and her husband Eric incorporated custom touches into their wedding.   Alyson and Eric, were set up by friends back in 2014 and first met at a wedding of all places. Seems like it was a pretty good premonition. By December of 2015 they were engaged in Central Park on the ever-popular Big Rock. Their beautiful beach themed wedding took place at The Reeds in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.     The vivid photographs from Shane Carpenter at ReadyLuck Photography show a day filled with equal parts romance and fun. Everything from their first look on the beach to their dramatic sparkler lit exit were planned flawlessly. Even the weather seemed to know what to do.  Their soft color palette of blue greys and navy seem made for the weather and the water. In fact, the overcast day provided the perfect backdrop for everything from getting ready to walking on the beach.     They also found great ways to include personal details throughout the day. For their signature Moscow Mule cocktail they designed custom copper mugs engraved with their names and the wedding date. The decor also featured its fair share of custom signage and there was even a poster with a digital drawing of the happy couple that guests were encouraged to sign. They clearly pulled out all the stops to treat their guests to an amazing evening that included among other delicacies, a wall of donuts.     For Alyson the best part of planning the wedding was taking dance lessons with Eric and planning a fun dance with her father. “We had such a fun time planning for it and practicing…it was so special.  I think it really got...

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How to Buy A Bridal Gown in the Digital Age

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Blog

These days, we buy everything online. Our shoes, our clothing, even our laundry detergent can all get delivered to our door in record time and with free shipping. It’s affordable and convenient in an age where multi-tasking isn’t considered remarkable, it’s considered necessary. It’s a great market place for everyday goods, but for something as remarkable as a wedding gown, it can come with pitfalls.   The Internet is a great place to do research. You can spend hours perusing wedding sites, pinterest boards, and designer pages to gather information. This background research can help steer you in the right direction. You can scope out specific styles or general silhouettes, and you can find which stores carry what you are looking for. Ideally you will collect all this information and use it to make the most of your bridal appointment.   Does it make sense, in the course of all this online research, to just purchase a bridal gown online? For obvious reasons I would argue no, but the truth is buying a bridal gown is an experience. It’s not just a thing you get done on your lunch break while you eat yogurt at your desk. Saying yes to the dress is something to look forward to. It’s a way of involving a few of the important people in your life. It’s a once in a lifetime purchase not like a purse or a pair of jeans. In short, it should be special.     Part of that experience is sentimental, but part of it is practical. Even with a lot of research it is surprisingly hard to know what you are looking for in a bridal gown until you actually put some on. You also get the benefit of a knowledgeable consultant who can help you navigate the process. But the biggest benefit is that you know what you are getting. We’ve heard too many stories of brides buying their dream gown online only to be sent something that in no way lives up to it. In those cases there is not always a lot of recourse and no one to turn to. It can turn a...

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Feature Betsy Bride of the Week: Kathleen

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Blog

  An inquiry about the ‘cute intern’ eventually led to this week’s Betsy Bride wedding of Kathleen and Mike. The couple first met when Kathleen was interning at a Boston investment bank in college and Mike was working there full-time. Mike asked through the grapevine if she was single and lucky for Mike, she was.  A work cocktail party would get them to talking, and three dates later they were official. It didn’t take Kathleen long to realize he was something special. They continued to date after she went back to school in the fall. They would also spend three years dating long distance as jobs kept her in Boston and him in Baltimore. Kathleen would eventually join Mike in Charm City where they bought their first home together. They got engaged on a family boat in the middle of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. It was just the two of them out on the open water and the perfect place to savor their happy news before sharing it with everyone. Their mid-July wedding was held in Boston at The Misselwood Estate at Endicott College.     Both Kathleen and Mike are from Boston and so a Boston wedding was a ‘no brainer.’ Kathleen enjoyed every bit of wedding planning and could not have been happier with how the day turned out. According to her it was ‘the most magical day ever.  The weather was gorgeous, not a cloud in the sky with a great breeze off of the water.’ Her pictures by Mark Davidson Photography tell exactly that story. The ceremony could not have had a more beautiful backdrop. The sky is the perfect shade of blue and Kathleen looks amazing in her Maggie Sottero gown. It was the perfect canvas for accessories. She leveraged the clean simple gown with a stunning belt, and custom Thomas Knoell earrings and comb. To complete the look she added a dramatic cathedral length veil from Toni Federici. And voila, a true bride was made.     All the elements came together for a perfect summer day, and we could not be happier to have been a part of it. If you...

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Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection
1848 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208

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