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Feature Betsy Bride of the Week: Mo

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Blog

If you’re like us, you never get tired of hearing about people’s weddings and about their individual love stories. It’s amazing how both very different and very similar each one is. Each story, in the re-telling of it, seems to be a case of two people just meant to be together. Each story is really about the way the world drew them together. One way or another.     For Mo and her now husband Jide this inevitable collision began when they both attended UMBC for undergrad. The two ran in similar circles, but never seemed to connect. They had mutual friends. They went to the same parties. It was only a matter a time. Mo and Jide became friends somewhere along the way and somewhere along the way after that, so much more. They don’t even remember when it was exactly that they met, but no matter what, their story culminated in a day they will always remember.     Mo and Jide were married at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church with a cocktail hour and reception that followed at The Bellevue Event and Conference Center, both in Chantilly, VA. The weather was gorgeous and the air was full of excitement. The couple used shades of blue as their inspiration and the vendors delivered big time. Everything from the cake to the stunning chandelier was bathed in a beautiful blues. It was just as Mo had envisioned it. All the details were a result of Mo’s careful planning. In fact, she loved every minute of it. “It was second nature to me.” Part of what helped her enjoy the planning was the vendors she was able to work with. Among them, Alakija Studios that captured her day perfectly.     Glamorous doesn’t even begin to describe Mo in her delicate v-ncek Eddy K ballgown topped off with a stunning tiara and drop earrings. But it’s her smile and totally obvious happiness that steal the show. Both are infectious. Her bridesmaids also rocked the ombre effect in WToo gowns in various shades of blue. The groom and groomsmen proved that there is so much more to menswear than a...

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OMG! Guess Who Just Got Engaged?!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Blog

At Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection we have both the pleasure and the privilege of being involved in the lives of so many wonderful brides. We get to hear about their proposals and admire their rings and get to know them and their love stories. We share in their special day from the very beginning when they pick out their gown. Then we follow them through their journey right down to the day they take it with them. It’s pretty neat to be a part of that. On a day-to-day basis it’s a great reason to get up and go to work. But today, it’s just a little bit better. Today we get to announce that one of our own will be tying the knot!     You may have spied our bridal consultant Ashley Gray on our Instagram account or our Facebook page or working diligently in the salon. She has been here for nearly five years, and since that time she has played the model bride on dozens of occasions. This time she gets to do it for real. This past Sunday Ashley got engaged to fiancé Martin Simon in a private proposal at Loch Raven Reservoir. With help from family and friends Martin also planned a giant surprise birthday party for Ashley immediately following the proposal. It was a surprise party in which everyone got a surprise. The crowd yelled happy birthday and then Ashley gave her announcement with her hand raised. More screaming followed, which was pretty much our reaction here.     We are so thrilled for Ashley and have already begun to pepper her with a million wedding planning questions. No, she doesn’t have exact date just yet. She’s at the start of a long journey toward matrimony, and we’re going to let you in on it. Follow us and Ashley as she plans her wedding, picks her gown and counts down the days. We’ll check in with her periodically to hear more of her story and more of her experiences as she plans her big day.  ...

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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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