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Simple Ways to Incorporate St. Patrick’s Day Details into Your Wedding

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Blog

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend and while many of you will be celebrating with a green beer or a pub-crawl, others will be hitting the dance floor at a wedding. I’m always a big proponent of planning weddings around holidays; it gives your celebration a little extra oomph and also provides a nice little template for your theme and décor. The danger of course with planning your wedding around a holiday is that it can easily slip into a chintzy theme party rather than an elegant soiree. The key to avoiding the pitfalls of a holiday-timed wedding is to use the holiday for inspiration rather than the focus. With that in mind here are several ways to incorporate fun details into a St. Patrick’s Day wedding.     Shades of Green and Gold This first one is pretty easy. St. Patrick’s Day provides you with a pretty rigid and obvious color palette, but in order to keep your wedding party from looking like participants in a town parade stick to deeper shades of green. Dark emeralds will look classy, elegant and flatter any skin tone. Put your Maid of Honor in a gold sequin gown and voila! You’ll have a nice mix and match bridal party that evokes the holiday without screaming it.   Simple Details It’s really tempting to turn everything into a shamrock or a pot of gold, but be light-handed with the décor and details. Perhaps simple white flowers in gold vases, or white tablecloths with gold runners. For place cards try textured white cards with black calligraphy and a little horseshoe. It’s ok to be a little understated with your theme because remember, you’re throwing a wedding, not a St. Patrick’s Day part-ay.   Shamrock Shakes and Other Drinks If you want to let loose though, food and drinks are the perfect outlet. Green food is totally acceptable and practically required. Everything from French macaroons to signature cocktails to the famous shamrock shake will all add a lighthearted touch of fun to the festivities. All of these things are a great way to incorporate the holiday into your big day, and it’s ok if...

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Our Spring Sample Sale Starts Thursday, March 9th!

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog

  Finding a wedding gown can be hard, and finding one that fits your budget can sometimes be harder. Magazines are filled with gorgeous designer gowns that often come with a hidden and hefty price tag. Sometimes it can be hard to find out pricing information, and it makes planning on a budget more difficult. But this Thursday, March 9th, our Annual Spring Sample Sale kicks off, and it’s a great way to find an expensive designer gown at a discounted price. Like really discounted.   We have updated our sample sale to include dozens of newly discounted gowns, some of them up to 90% off their original price. All of our top designers are included in the sale like Essense of Australia and Maggie Sottero and Watters. We have to do a bit of spring-cleaning to make room for new gowns, and you get to save some serious cash on a gorgeous gown. It’s even a great place to find a second gown if you want to do the show-stopping reception change-up. Why not, right? It’s also a great place to look if you are on a time-crunch. If you’ve got a close wedding date, the sample sale is the prefect place to look for your dream gown – you can walk out the door with it that day!   The sample sale is by appointment, so don’t worry that it will be a free-for-all. You’ll still have one-one bridal consultation, and you are welcome to look at all our gowns during your appointment, even the special orders. Sounds like a win-win, right? If you’d like to get an idea of some of the gowns that are on sale, you should check out the link below to our Sample Sale page. Keep in mind, of course that this is not a minute-by-minute list, and if you find gowns you like you can always call and speak to a bridal consultant about their availability. It also means that if you see gowns you like, don’t waste time, because a good deal and pretty dress don’t hang around for long.   {Lindsey}   Spring Sample Sale March 9th – 19th...

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Guide to Mixing and Matching Bridesmaid Gowns at Betsy Robinson’s

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Blog

One of the trickiest parts about planning a wedding can be picking what the bridesmaids are going to wear. It doesn’t sound tricky at first, but the more you think about it (and you will think about it a lot) the harder it becomes. It sort of makes sense though because you are responsible for picking what other people, people that you love and care about, are going to have to wear. For most of us it’s hard enough to pick our own clothes, but to decide what someone else should wear and still feel good is a lot of pressure.   The aim of picking gowns that makes your girls feel good is perhaps what makes bridesmaid dress shopping so rife with obstacle; you want to pick gowns that make your girls feel good because you love them, but you also still want things the way you want them. You want to find the perfect balance between their choices and your control. The contemporary solution to achieve this goal has been to allow bridesmaids to choose their own dress and create a bridal party that is less uniform.   I love that idea. Mixing styles and colors and materials can have a really lovely effect. I love building a party around a range of colors or a theme or a pattern. I love creating a look that is unique to each bride and each wedding. I love it, but it can be hard to do. It’s not uncommon for a bride to come in with a particular vision for her party and wind up getting frustrated with the conceptualization. To avoid having a bridal party meltdown, follow some of these tips for mixing and matching our gowns.     If You Want Different Colors If you want different dresses that are all different colors, be it shades or tones or totally different colors, then you can choose from any of our designers. For example, one dress can be a Bill Levkoff in victorian lilac, and another dress can be a Sorella Vita in aubergine, and a third can be a Watters in lavender. Since you don’t have to...

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New From Thomas Knoell Jewelry Designs and Enaura Bridal

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Blog

In case you missed it, we’ve been having some pretty exciting trunk shows around here, and this coming weekend is no exception. The newest gowns from Enaura bridal will be here along with the newest jewelry from Thomas Knoell Jewelry Designs. If you’re planning a wedding, these are two names that you need know, and I’d be happy to tell you why.       Thomas Knoell Jewelry Designs is a nationally known custom jewelry brand that has decked out some pretty famous brides. They use a mix of pearls, metals and Swarovski crystals to create stunning pieces that shine from any angle. They specialize in custom orders, and are happy to make changes to their pieces just to suit every bride’s vision. We always have a healthy stock of Thomas Knoell pieces in store to peruse, but coming on a trunk show weekend offers brides the chance to meet with one of the designers. This weekend, the lovely Raquel Knoell will be here with her knowledge, her style and some good advice about how to complete your wedding day look.   The recurring theme here, with both Thomas Knoell Jewelry and Enaura Bridal is customization. If you find a comb that you love, but want the stones in another color, no problem. If you want to change the neckline of an Enaura gown or add sleeves or straps or change the beading then again, you are in luck. Both a stylist and the designer will be here all weekend to help you do just that. Enaura gowns are hand-beaded works of art that fit like a glove, sparkle with every twirl and make you feel like royalty. Top if off with a custom headpiece and all in all not a bad way to spend a weekend.  ...

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So You Just Got Engaged Now What? Part 3

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Blog

  The final major piece to consider as you plan your wedding is of course your bridal gown. I say that it’s the third thing to do because it is so much easier to pick your gown if you already have a date and a venue. It’s not impossible to pick a gown without a date or a venue, but consider how much those two factors may influence your gown choice. The gown you might choose for a rustic barn wedding in June is probably not the same one you would choose for a grand ballroom wedding in December. So let’s just say for convenience sake, that you have your date and your venue and you are ready to find your gown. Here are some tips for making your bridal gown shopping trip fun and efficient.   Do Your Research But not too much research. Bridal magazines and websites are helpful when it comes to finding gowns you like, but they can also be overwhelming. You can literally spend days looking at dress after dress and be just as confused as when you started. These same outlets also have a way of creating unattainable expectations because the gowns pictured are either hard to find or way over budget. Still, it is helpful to come in with pictures of a few gowns you really love because chances are even if a salon doesn’t have those exact gowns, they have something very similar.   Be Open, But Not Too Open Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what you are looking for in a bridal gown because most brides have never worn anything like a bridal gown before. Because of this it is good to come with an open mind and be willing to try on different styles, but it’s also helpful to have a few rules in place. For example, you might not know what you are looking for in a silhouette, which is totally fine, but you might know that you don’t want any lace. Or you might have no opinion on the fabric, but really care about having a low back or a deep V-neckline or some kind of...

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So You Just Got Engaged Now What? Part 2

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Blog

Last week I started talking about the first steps you should take in planning your wedding, and that list continues this week with step number two. After you pick your date, the most logical and helpful thing to do is to pick your venue. Some venues may not be an option for your date, but unless it’s your absolute dream location, don’t let it throw you for a loop. In fact, you want some places to be unavailable so that you can automatically cross them off your list and move along. As for picking the right venue I can’t tell you where to get married, but I can give you a few things to keep in mind when you are deciding.   Size You don’t have to already have your guest list inked out, but you should have a general idea of how many people you will be inviting before you go venue shopping. Aside from price, the biggest factor that will determine whether or not a site will work, is whether or not it can accommodate and also not overwhelm your crowd. This means when you’re scrolling through the internet looking for places, be sure to check capacity first.     Parking Baltimore and D.C. have some amazing places to get married, but they don’t always have amazing parking lots. Some venues require you to hire a valet service, some suggest street parking, and others recommend a shuttle from the hotel to the ceremony and so on. Valet and shuttle services are a great option as long as you have the budget for it, and street parking is fine if the majority of your guests are familiar with the area and comfortable parallel parking. There are always solutions to parking problems, and a lack of parking should never completely rule out a venue, but it should definitely be on the top of the pros and cons list.   Restrictions Most places that are set up to do weddings will have a detailed and somewhat lengthy list of what is and isn’t allowed. It’s pretty standard and pretty common sense, but it can be a big factor in whether...

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Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection
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