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Great Details to Include in a Fall Wedding

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Blog

I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the year today, which can only mean one thing. Fall is here. Both officially and superficially the grand old time of year has arrived when we seem to get the urge to wrap the whole world in a flannel shawl and give it a pair of knee-high soft leather riding boots. There are so many things to love about fall. There are the cliché things (like pumpkin spice lattes) and there is the smell of the air and the golden glow the sun gets in the morning and late afternoon. There is the tangible taste of nutmeg and cinnamon and the intangible feeling of the low overcast sky rolling in.     I love fall. I wanted to be a fall bride, but the timing didn’t quite work out. I know. It’s ok. It’s safe to say it all worked out pretty well, but if I had the chance to plan a fall  Baltimore wedding here are the top things I’d include.   Out in the Outdoors I know it’s risky what with the unpredictability of the weather and all, but I would still take advantage of the fall temperatures and that wonderful smell in the air. Depending on the time of the wedding (the nights do get chilly) I might opt for a sort of outdoor lounge area. It would give guests a chance to cool off from the dance floor and also provide a little place to relax that isn’t at a banquet table. Toss in a few flannel throw pillows and you’re set and on theme.   As Rich as Your Color Palette I am a pretty firm believer that there are no rules when it comes to wedding colors and you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, but I would certainly capitalize on the season with a rich color palette. I love a mix of navy and cranberry and emerald with just a hint of burnt orange in there. I would also take a cue from the various changing colors and not worry to much about limiting my colors to one or two. You can...

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This Fall Find the Perfect Fit

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Blog

I came to work at Betsy’s because I had such an enjoyable experience finding and purchasing my own wedding gown. I fell in love with the atmosphere and was happy to find a way to be part of it. What I loved most when I was shopping for my gown was the wide variety of styles and prices. I had made pilgrimages to many other shops and had trouble finding what I was looking for. I know that many other brides have had that same experience, and I know how frustrating it can be to wander from shop to shop. So in the hopes of cutting down on some of that aimless wandering, I thought I’d take a minute to highlight some of the variety from our collection.   Sleeves A few short years ago the options for sleeves was none at all. Everything was strapless. While strapless gowns are probably still the most popular, we have a great variety of sleeve options. Now brides can choose from long sleeves, cap sleeves, short sleeves, spaghetti straps, wide straps, you name it. I think this change in trends is really important because it acknowledges that not everyone wants to wear strapless and that it’s possibly to be modern and chic with sleeves.     Perfect Fit Bridal runs small. It runs notoriously small and this can make trying on dresses, well trying. Most bridal shops have samples in the sort of mid-sizes to try and accommodate all ends of the spectrum. It’s a good try, but it doesn’t go far enough to ensure every bride feels comfortable and beautiful. That’s why we have made a concerted effort to seek out gowns in a range of sizes. Part of that effort is a collection of gowns on loan from Essense of Australia. We have had the gowns in store for several months, but it’s worth reminding everyone that they are still here in their variety of sizes and shapes.     Price Planning a wedding is all about setting a budget, so we understand how important price and value are to brides shopping for a gown. We carry some really amazing...

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Dealing With Rain on Your Wedding Day

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Blog

Here at Betsy’s when a bride comes to pick up her dress before the big day we pack it with care and carry it right down to their car. In the elevator ride to the lobby of the building most brides are full of equal parts stress and excitement. Lately the majority of these elevator conversations have revolved around the weather. I hope it doesn’t rain is the constant refrain. I’m not sure that September poses anymore of a threat of rain than any other month, but it’s definitely on a lot of people’s minds. However, barring some sort of hurricane level phenomenon, there are easy ways to prepare for it. Just in case.   Plan for It While there is no point in dwelling on something as unpredictable as the weather, it is always good to be prepared. If part of your wedding is set to be outdoors then you should definitely have a backup plan. And not a backup plan that’s just ok. Have a plan that you almost wish you had the chance to put to use. For example, if your ceremony is outside and your reception is inside, you could conceivably move everything into the reception hall. That’s the way a lot of people do it anyway, so no problem there. Think about how you might arrange things or what décor elements you could use to bring the outside in and make it just as pretty.   Assemble Cute Rain Gear We’ve all seen the photos of brides and bridesmaids in matching rain boots. Not only are the photos cute and fun, but they show great spirit. Rain or shine we are committed to having a great time. The same goes for stylish umbrellas. A cloudy sky and the right umbrella can make your wedding photos better than anything you could’ve imagined. Oh, or a raincoat draped over your shoulders! I can see the series of images now: your spouse pulls out a bright raincoat, wraps it lovingly around you, and shelters you from the raindrops. Perfection.   Embrace It Guests might get wet. At least some part of your dress is going to get...

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Trunk Shows Coming this Fall

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Blog

It’s September first and time to give you all an update on all the great things that are happening this fall! We are so excited for our first round of fall Trunk Shows, and we have some really popular designers bringing in their newest gowns. Trunk Shows are a great way to see a wide selection of the given designer above our normal stock, and there are also special incentives to take advantage of.   September 9th – 11th Enaura Bridal   If you are looking for a beautifully hand-beaded gown that will sparkle and shine and fit like a glove, then this trunk show is for you. Enaura is practically synonymous with bling and that’s exactly what you get with their gowns. Each gown is crafted expertly and beaded in exquisite fashion.   September 16th – 18th Justin Alexander Justin Alexander’s best quality aside from fit is variety. They truly have something for everyone. This is a great trunk show for brides who just can’t seem to find exactly what they’ve been envisioning. I promise if you think your design might not exist, Justin Alexander has what you’re looking for. From lace to mikado, from sleeves to strapless and from winter to fall they have lots of options.   September 23rd – 25th Maggie Sottero   Everybody knows Maggie Sottero. They are one of our most popular designers and every trunk show of theirs is filled with energy and fun. This trunk show will bring in some of their newest gowns that we are all dying to see. They are also experts at variety and offer lots of fun looks to play around with.   Thomas Knoell Jewelry Designs Thomas Knoell is a nationally-known jewelry designer who specializes in crafting beautiful handmade pieces. He uses the finest materials including Swarovski crystals and customizes each piece down to the color of the metal to the color of the pearls and stones. He will be here in-person to help you find the perfect jewelry to complete your wedding day look.  ...

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Bridal Designer Spotlight: Eddy K

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Blog

I am so pleased to introduce another bridal designer to our extensive collection here at the salon. Eddy K gowns are designed in Milan, and they are known for their exquisite fabrics, their attention to detail and their flattering fit. We have already been showing-off some of the beautiful gowns to our brides here, and now I can walk you through some of our favorites,     The fit of this first gown is just phenomenal. I think it has such a lovely shape and the texture of the embroidery on the tulle gives it depth and dimension. The pattern of the embroidery is also intricate and unique and I love the high neckline. We keep seeing a lot of lace and applique and embroidery in bridal, so I love when we come across pieces that keep those fabric trends fresh and beautiful.     One of the biggest fashion trends of this summer has been the resurgence of the off-the-shoulder look and this next Eddy K gown takes full advantage. I love the cap sleeves sitting just off the shoulder and I love how they really open up the neckline. Again this gown shows lace in a new light as it becomes almost sculptural on the body. And if the front of the gown wasn’t enough to win you over, then just check out the stunning back. There’s a pretty big affinity around here for buttons down the back of the gown and they way they dot the illusion tulle is perfect.       And lastly we come to the tried and true silhouette of the ballgown. I love the cascading organza and horsehair skirt and I love the way the flashiness of the jewel-encrusted bodice is balanced by the clean skirt. The sweetheart neckline is flattering as always and the layers of organza probably make every bride give it a nice good twirl.  ...

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Wedding Find of the Week: Flower Girl Skirt

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Blog

So I was on my weekly trip to Target strolling through the main aisle with a basket full of a healthy mix of essential, on-the-list-items and a few ‘ooh that’s pretty’ things when I stumbled upon this week’s wedding find.     There it was, staring at me from the little girls’ section, the most perfect flower girl skirt in the history of the world. I’m not exaggerating. This little skirt makes having a flower girl simpler than it’s ever been before and it’s so cute you might wish, like I do, that it came in a bigger size. I mean look at those pom poms!   When it comes to what your flower girl should wear you don’t have to make things complicated or expensive. You can certainly special-order adorable dresses, and we have worked with several designers over the years who do a great job, but buying a dress off-the-rack definitely has its advantages. For one, sizing is less of a guessing game, which is especially nice when you are dealing with possible growth spurts. The elastic waistband on this skirt is nice for that same reason. If you buy it a few months in advance you still have a little wiggle room.   Traditionally, flower girl dresses can cost a pretty penny, and so my favorite thing about this has to be the price. All you have to do is find a cute little t-shirt and your work is done. The t-shirt or top is really your chance to be creative. Happily Ever After. Here Comes the Bride. The date of the wedding. There are so many possibilities each as adorable as the last.   I think the important thing to keep in mind when looking for flower girl attire is that little kids are going to look cute in whatever you put them. Period. And there’s no guarantee that the clothes they are wearing to start the shindig are the clothes they’ll be wearing at the end of it. That means you don’t have to follow any rules. You don’t have to custom-make a miniature of your gown or make sure her dress incorporates an...

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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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Mon & Fri 11am-6pm
Wed & Thurs 11am-8pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-4:30pm
Closed Tuesdays