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Happy Mother’s Day: Moms, Gowns & Emotions

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Blog

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and while I’m just now making a mental note to get a few cards in the mail, I’m also thinking about our connection to mothers here. We deal with mothers here, a lot. Like, a whole lot. In every step of the process and in all sides of the salon, you will find mothers. They come to pick bridal gowns, hold signs, and cry tears of joy tinged with a “she’s still my little girl” sadness. We see mothers in all their forms.  There are future mothers and future mother-in-laws. We meet aunts and friends and lots of strong and wonderful ladies who are mothers in everything but name. Celebrating Mom Each and every day we feel the presence of mothers, and sometimes, the absence of them. Either way we are connected to mothers here in a very unique way. Many mothers buy the wedding dress, but the connection is more than that. It’s more than who pays the bill. The connection is about who needs to be there. I couldn’t say yes without my mom in tow and many brides feel the same way. In years past I have written lengthy blogs in praise of all the mothers and mother figures who have made their way through our doors. I have shared slide shows and stories from real brides and their moms. I have even talked about my own mother and how wonderfully amazing she is (as much as words can convey this). But this year struck me as the perfect time to talk about Betsy herself. Betsy has 2 daughters, but the other day someone joked that she had many more than that. The joke was that she is like a mother to many of us who work here. Celebrating Betsy We often consider ourselves a little bridal family, so the comparison makes sense.  She cares about the people who work for her. Betsy always asks after spouses and family members. She looks after our health and asks us about our weekends and vacations. If we need advice, she’s got it and probably a story to go with it. Betsy...

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Our Watters, WToo & Willowby Fashion Event: Find Your Dream Wedding Dress

Posted by on May 2, 2019 in Blog

A few weeks ago I was getting fed-up with all the clothes in my closet that either don’t fit me, or that I just don’t wear anymore. The clever solution that I came up with, after a little Tidying Up inspired action, was of course to buy a whole new wardrobe.   The problem with buying more clothes is that eventually I just end up right back where I started: lots of clothing and not a thing to wear.   So I thought I’d try an online subscription in which someone curates some clothes for me instead. I took a very lengthy style quiz and waited with much anticipation for my first round of clothing to arrive. Unfortunately, when my box arrived it confirmed what I had suspected. My style is hard to define. It’s hard to enter it into a Pinterest board, and that can make getting inspiration and ideas hard.   That’s a little how I feel about the latest wedding dresses from Watters, WToo and Willowby. You can’t look at them and say simply, “Oh, that’s Boho,” or ”That’s classic, or romantic, or modern.”   You can’t define the gowns that way because each one is something entirely brand new and entirely its own. They are each a breath of fresh air, but for different reasons. Some are almost architectural in their layering of fabrics and textures. Some are daring, but still manage to be whimsical. The silhouettes are striking and the patterns are bold, but still delicate.     Watters gets it. They understand the modern bride. You’re everything. You aren’t just one thing that’s easy to describe. Your style, like your personality, is not an algorithm, it’s a unique vision.   The newest dresses from each collection are here at the salon for two exclusive weekends, and I am so excited to see them in-person. I’m also excited for you to see them in-person. I’m excited for brides who have been wandering aimlessly in an online desert of choices and still come up empty. I’m excited for brides whose personal style doesn’t fit in a box.   These dresses are special, and they are...

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A View from the Other Side: Shopping for a Wedding Dress with my Sister

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Blog

Almost seven years ago I stepped into Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection for the very first time. I was armed with a bridal notebook, a bestie, and an idea. Well, a loose idea anyway, of my wedding dress.   The first time I came to Betsy’s I came as a bride. I visited the salon twice before making my final decision, and I had such a great time that I came back to look at bridesmaid dresses. My experience overall was so good that I wanted to be a part of the place. I applied for a front desk position and fast-forward about six years, and here I am, experienced at ‘just’ about every aspect of how the store operates.   Full disclosure, I still don’t know how a bustle works. Shhh.   What It’s Like to do the Shopping   With all my time and experience here it can be easy to forget what things are like for a bride. It’s even easier to forget what things are like for the bridal entourage. Just what is it like to sit around that pedestal and help someone you love pick a dress?   Turns out, it’s hard. Hats off to all the groups that come through here daily and do it. There’s pressure and emotion. I got to experience all of that first hand as my oldest sister, Stephanie, said yes to her dress.   I really shouldn’t have been nervous heading into the appointment, but I was. I wasn’t the consultant. There was no work to be put in on my part. We put ourselves in the hands of Kim, and she did not let us down. I knew this would happen, but still, as the elevator doors opened onto the golden-etched glass doors of the salon, I got a little flutter.   Would she find a dress she liked? Would she have fun?   Stephanie is a very indecisive person, and years of shopping with her as a teenager left me a little leery. Would this be another time that I watched her try on so many things that I felt myself slowly melt into the carpet?  ...

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Our Trends and Takeaways from New York Bridal Market

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Blog

We’ve finally taken a minute and caught our breath from the whirlwind adventure that is New York Bridal Market. Betsy and our salon manager, Kim, spent a packed few days hoofing it all over the city to bring you the latest and greatest bridal trends.   Each trip to market offers us the chance to see what will be big in bridal in the coming year. It’s exciting. What we see on the runway now will be marching slowly down the aisle in just a few months time.   Those of us who don’t go to New York, watch the runway shows, pour over the pictures, and hold our breaths a little. Just like our brides, we want to be blown away. We want to see classic trends with a modern twist. We want to see gowns that brides can really wear and look really good in.   This year, as usual, did not disappoint. So take a look at some of the trends and some of the new gowns, and take heart. Your perfect bridal gown might not have existed until now.   Light and Ethereal   Think Goddess, but in a less obvious kind of way. Light, flowy, and ethereal is the order of the day. It’s boho, but matured a little. This stunning Enaura gown is a perfect example of that. It’s breathy and dewy and fresh. The details are delicate, feminine and youthful. Whether you’re getting married in a ballroom or a barn, this ethereal trend can help you transcend time.   Be Bold   Whether it’s touches of three-dimensional florals, new laces, or a mix of textures, bridal is for the bold these days. This gown here has lots of depth of texture. Don’t you just want to reach out and touch it? The 3D floral touches really pop and you just know that from the back of the church to the altar, everyone will see you shine.   Shine On And speaking of shining, unique sparkle really impressed us. These shots here really capture the various ways that designers are adding a little bit of less traditional sparkle to their gowns. I love...

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A Guide: How to Pick Your Wedding Dress Shopping Entourage

Posted by on Mar 31, 2019 in Blog

Not so long ago, it’s fair to say that bridal gown shopping was simpler. There were less choices. You couldn’t search the internet endlessly until you almost went a little crazy.   But the way we shop for everything, including bridal gowns, has changed dramatically in just a short time. Part of the change that we have seen is the invention of the bridal entourage. You might know it better as things like Team Bride and Bride Tribe.   Although our space is limited at the salon, we completely understand the impulse to bring lots of people to your appointment. Picking out a dress is fun! The more the merrier, right? Of course, but there are some guidelines to consider. If you’re having trouble picking whom to take with you, check out these tips.     The Supportive One Ideally everyone you are close with fits this description, but I know this isn’t always true. That’s why it’s important to make sure you include at least one person who knows what you want and will help you stick to it. Whether it’s price or style or color, make sure someone with you is truly Team Bride.   Someone You Need to Build A Relationship With It makes sense that such a special experience should be saved for your closest friend and relatives, but bridal gown shopping can do much more. It’s actually a great way to bridge a gap and build a relationship with someone.   Maybe it’s your soon-to-be sister in law that you don’t know very well, or your future mother-in-law. Whatever the case, it’s important to know that including someone in your bridal appointment can actually mean a lot to them and go a long way.   Those Who Can’t Make it to the Wedding Okay, this sounds like a really broad category, but it can have a very narrow focus. It’s pretty common for brides to have an older relative or family friend who simply may not be able to travel to their wedding. Maybe the wedding is out of town, maybe they no longer drive, or maybe they aren’t healthy enough to attend.  ...

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How to Pick the Perfect Blush Bridesmaids Dresses

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Blog

Wedding trends come and go pretty quickly in this business, and it’s always fun to see how one trend morphs into the next. I’ve watched as the lace patterns changed from traditional to modern. I’ve seen silhouettes shrink to trumpets then expand to ballgowns and shrink again to a sheath gown. I have followed the trajectory of the Mason jar with rapt attention. And that switch from marquee letters to neon signs? Riveting.   There are enough shifts in trends to make you realize that the only constant is change. But I would argue that the other constant is blush.   Blush seems to stand the test of time no matter what challenges it faces. No matter how weddings and wedding trends change, blush remains ever popular.   It’s not hard to see why. Blush is soft, airy, and romantic. It stands out next to white and ivory gowns, but it doesn’t overwhelm them. Blush is great for flowers, accent details, and of course, bridesmaid dresses.   The tricky part is picking the right shade of blush for your bridesmaids. Yes, there is more than one shade of blush to choose from. In fact, every designer we carry has their own unique version of blush just as every bride has hers.   The key to picking the right blush dresses is to first understand that each designer is different. You have to line up your vision of blush with the right designer. But you also have to be mindful of styles. If a designer has limited styles that come in blush, or if you don’t like the styles, then it doesn’t matter that the color is perfect.   Bill Levkoff’s blush color isn’t even called blush. It’s called Petal Pink. It’s a little more vibrant than some of the other blushes. Brides like it because Bill Levkoff has so many dress options that come in Petal Pink, but they also like that it airs more on the pink and less on the beige side of blush.     If you’re looking for a Blush with a little more beige in it, you might like Sorella Vita’s Blush. It’s more...

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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