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The Ins and Outs of Sample Sales

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Blog

This weekend is our big sample sale here at Betsy Robinson’s, and I thought it might be helpful to shed a little light on what exactly that means. First of all, a sample sale is not a running of the brides. No one is going to have to fight over dresses on a rack and no one needs a whistle or teammates to snag the perfect deal. In fact, this weekend will be very similar to any weekend here. Appointments are required and you’ll be assigned one of our lovely bridal consultants when you come in. You’ll chat with your consultant and she will help you pull dresses that suit your style and your budget. During a sample sale we put more dresses on sale, so that there is a wider selection of sample gowns to choose from. A sample gown is a gown that you purchase off-the-rack, as-is. It’s an opportunity for us to make room for new inventory, and it’s a chance for you to get a really good deal. Our samples are in great shape, and come in a range of sizes and even colors.     I’ve been watching as they’ve marked down inventory, and I have to say, there are some steals here for sure. I find myself staring at some of the gowns and thinking, sure, I don’t really need another wedding gown (married three years today, thank you) but what the heck, I’m sure I can find some use for it.   It’s also worth noting that sample sales are great places to find a second gown if you really want to make a show-stopping wardrobe change between the ceremony and the reception. Maybe you never thought of it as an option, but think about it now. You can come and find a very reasonably priced, stylish second dress and give your guests and your spouse a fun little surprise that they’ll never see coming.   Either way, if it’s for a first dress, or a second dress or in my case, an I’m-already-married-but-maybe case, it’s worth making an appointment for this weekend.   {Lindsey}    ...

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Wedding Tip

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Blog

It’s pretty easy to write about the fun stuff and the good stuff and the trendiest trends and hippest new wedding dresses. It’s easy to share advice about where to find centerpieces and how to get your bridesmaid dresses to look great together. All that stuff, though it can be a little stressful when you’re knee deep in it, is basically fun to do, fun to decide and naturally fun to write about.   But no wedding planning is stress-free. No wedding planning is free from hiccups and obstacles and every bride has the story of the one thing that sent her over the edge.   Here’s mine.   I was a tried and true DIY bride. I made my invitations, my thank you cars, the envelopes the cards came in. I was also low-budget. I had my maid-of-honor style my hair and make-up the day of, and I got my wedding shoes on clearance at DSW. The combination of these two things is probably why I chose to dye my hair myself roughly two weeks before my wedding.   Did you just gasp a little? You should have. It was a bad, bad, bad idea. At the time I didn’t even try to rationalize it. I had dyed my hair from a boxed dye dozens of times before. Two summers before I had dyed it a nice reddish brown and since the color had faded unevenly I wanted to dye it back to my natural darkish brown. Easy peasy. It wasn’t even a question of going to a salon. I had not only successfully dyed my hair multiple times, but I could also read directions and discern what part of my hair was covered in the wet gloppy dye and what part wasn’t.   The very lovely lady at the organic salon I ended up at two days later was kind enough to inform me, as I sobbed, that I did a beautiful job at application. The dye job was nice and even. The coloring was good. It was just the wrong color.   For this I still maintain that the color on the box was wrong. Not...

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Wedding Trend: Satellite Bar

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Blog

I decided to take a look at the Knot’s list of the wedding trends that are supposed to take 2016 by storm. You can take a look at the list here, but most of the trends are more or less more extreme or extravagant versions of what people have already been doing. For example, wedding websites have been very popular in recent years, but now couples are having personalized websites designed just for them.     But one trend stood out as something that has practical as well as extravagant capabilities, and one that I wouldn’t be surprised to see couples embrace: the satellite bar. It’s a fancy way of saying a second bar, and it’s intended to be a place where couples can serve up a signature drink or offer a wine tasting or introduce guests to their favorite expensive liqueur.   If your guest list is pretty long the satellite bar is a practical way of reducing any bottleneck and helping to control the drink line. It might even make sense to designate one bar for wine and beer and leave the satellite bar just for mixed drinks. That way both lines will run smoothly, no bartenders will get overwhelmed and you can save the fancy drinkware for the signature cocktails. You’ll want to make sure guests know which bar to go to, but as long as you can accomplish that, guests will appreciate your efforts.   As with so many wedding trends the most relevant question is, is any of this necessary? Again, if you have a big crowd, it’s certainly helpful, but the real benefit is that it makes guests feel special. Can you make guests feel special in other ways? Sure. Is it fun to design a signature cocktail and have it served in retro patterned vintage glasses. Yep, it sure is.   The choice as always is up to you, but at least you can stay on top of the upcoming trends to know which ones to ignore and which ones to embrace.  ...

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Welcoming the Welcome Bag

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Blog

I’ve never really been much in favor of favors at weddings. If you have the means to do it, then by all means do, but for most couples it’s just another extra expense. That’s also because most guests aren’t really interested in favors. No one needs a monogrammed champagne glass with your wedding date on it except for maybe you, so don’t succumb to the wedding favor pressure.   Instead, channel that favor energy into welcome bags. It’s really the same thing, but it’s also different. For one thing, you only have to provide one welcome bag per room, and you can fill it with information that will be useful for your guests. It’s less a party favor and more a kit. For example, even though all your wedding info is probably up on your website it’s nice to provide a hard copy of the directions from the hotel to the ceremony and from the ceremony to the reception. You can include a map or a list of local spots for your out-of-town guests to see during any downtime. It’s also a great place to include a note thanking your guests for coming, and it helps get them in a celebratory spirit.     Magazines would have you add a bottle of wine, a pound of coffee and a customized tote, but the truth is you could simply leave it at directions and a nice note. If you want to add in some goodies there are easy and budget friendly ways to do it. The easiest and most budget-friendly thing to provide is food. A sprinkling of mini candy bars or a lunch-sized pack of chips makes for a nice gesture. It shows your guests that you understand that they have traveled, that they have put in effort to come to your wedding, and they might enjoy a snack and a chance to take a breather before getting ready for the shindig. A bottle of water is also always a nice gesture or even a soda for later is a nice touch.   It’s truly the thought that counts and every little bit certainly counts. I promise that if...

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Look Who’s Here

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Blog

  I am so happy to share with you a whole bundle of cute bridesmaid dresses that have just arrived from Donna Morgan. Donna Morgan gowns are great for mixing and matching and great for introducing pattern or embellishment to your wedding. It’s really easy to build your bridal party around a tone or theme instead of simply around a color or style. In other words, if you’re looking for the stuff of Pinterest dreams, you have come to the right place.   Donna Morgan offers floral patterned dresses, lace dresses, crop-top separates and patterned sequin dresses. I love being able to mix patterns and fabrics and any opportunity there is to make your bridal party look like a party and not a team is an opportunity worth taking. Of course you do need some unifiers so that your girls don’t look like party guests. So for example, you can get away with four different gowns with different materials and patterns as long as they are near in color or tone. This would be a killer bridal party if they were all pale, neutral colors.   I once read an article about mixing and matching dresses in which a bride advised her girls to dress like they were going to a New Year’s Eve ball. That has been my favorite description ever for a bridal party, and I am constantly searching for looks that fit that bill. I like that description so much because New Year’s Eve is essentially what you want your wedding to be: elegant, debonair, joyful, sentimental and a little over-the-top. These gowns give off that perfect glamorous effect and I am so excited to see people come in and try them on.    ...

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Wedding Tip

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Blog

I love to scout through wedding checklists that I spy online in order to see if they have anything new or insightful to say. Quite often it’s a lot of the same information over and over again, or it’s common sense stuff like remember to bring your shoes. That is almost insultingly simple. Of course you know to check that you have all your necessities with you the day of, like shoes. In fact, you probably have already assigned one of your bridesmaids to make sure you have your shoes. You’re on top of things. You’re a pro. But even you may not have thought of this one pro tip that I am totally in favor of.   Assign someone to post-reception snack duty. Odds are you won’t get to eat much during your wedding. You should make a real effort to try some of the food, but you aren’t likely to have time to finish a plate. It won’t matter. You won’t notice or care that you’ve barely had anything to eat. That is, until the receptions is over. At that point you’ll suddenly become aware that you are starving. The rush and emotion and excitement of the day will give way to exhaustion and hunger, but hunger is going to win out.   That’s where your post-reception snack coordinator comes in. Perhaps they can arrange ahead of time for your caterer to make a tray of sweets and cake and take it to your room. Perhaps they can arrange for room service to have late-night food delivered. They could order you a pizza, or stock your room with your favorite after-party snacks. Whatever it is you want, it’s good to consider it beforehand, especially if you celebrate until the wee hours of the morning. If you wait until then it’s not likely that you’ll have many options. It could be as simple as finding out what time the kitchen closes in your hotel, or how late the local pizza chain delivers.     You can of course appoint yourself or your spouse-to-be to this position. It isn’t necessarily a task that needs delegated, it’s just a task...

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