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Everything You Need to Know about Bridal Alterations

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in Blog

As the temperatures get a tiny bit cooler and we spend our down time thinking about our sweater collections, I’m reminded that though summer is winding down, wedding season is not. Fall weddings are extremely popular. June weddings used to reign supreme, but move over because October is climbing to the top of the wedding cake in a burst of burgundy flowers with gold accents. All that popular fall foliage means that our alterations department is still operating in high-gear, and it makes it a perfect time to give brides a few pointers for alterations. I think the best way for our brides to have a great experience in alterations is to be up front, and give them as much information as possible. I mean when was the last time you had a piece of clothing altered? More importantly, when was the last time you wore clothing that didn’t stretch? Your ‘jeans,’ to be fair, probably aren’t jeans. Trust the Process So what is important to know when you come here for alterations?  Perfection takes time. That means it takes our seamstresses a long time to sew the gowns, and that it takes multiple fittings to get the gown where it needs to be. Every bride is different and every dress is different, but on average brides can expect 3 to 4 fittings. That can seem like a lot, and it’s easy to get frustrated after 2 fittings. We understand. Again, it’s unfamiliar territory. But a wedding gown is practically a living, breathing thing. Every adjustment that is made to it can make another adjustment necessary. A tweak here necessitates a tuck there. All this nipping and tucking is really an elaborate bridal version of a trust fall. We put you up there on a pedestal in your gorgeous gown and ask you to essentially lean back into our open arms. We ask you to trust us because what doesn’t fit perfectly in one fitting, will in the next. Also, we have decades of experience and loads of talent to earn that trust. Ask Questions Of course we also want you to question us.  Having gone through alterations here...

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Here’s Where to Find Hayley Paige’s Liquid Metallic Bridesmaids Dresses

Posted by on Aug 29, 2019 in Blog

I’m so excited to share these new Hayley Paige bridesmaids dresses with you that I have cut way down on my usual lead-up. In a typical post I’d probably give you a paragraph or two about the hardships of picking bridesmaids dresses. Then I would talk about seeing various trends come and go, and then I would give you a rundown on the most popular colors and materials today. Only after all of that would I dive into exploring these brand new gowns. But this time I truly can’t contain my excitement. I know, I know, after all these years, I still get excited about bridesmaids dresses. Crazy, right? That’s because the Hayley Paige Liquid Metallic dresses are different.  As soon as we unboxed them and took each one out of its cellophane wrapping, I could tell they would be a big hit. Stand Out in Metallics For one thing, they solve a big problem for a lot of brides: what do you do if you want dresses that sparkle, but you don’t want sequins? This conundrum has come up countless times when I meet with brides. Sequin dresses are great, but they aren’t for everyone. For a long time though, sequins were the only option for some kind of sparkle or embellishment. These dresses shine like sequins and catch the light like sequins and instantly elevate the mood of the wedding, but it’s quite refreshing that they are not sequins. Ok, so these dresses are an updated take on sequins, that’s great, but what else can they offer? Thanks for asking! They stretch. Both the metallic overlay and the lining have a nice amount of stretch, which makes the dresses easy and comfortable to wear. I mean think of all the things that bridesmaids have to do throughout the day. From arranging centerpieces to tying bustles to busting a move on the dance floor, those ladies have to do a lot of moving and grooving and these dresses can keep up. Right now the liquid metallic is only available in a few styles, but the silhouettes are simple and flattering. Even with limited styles there is something for...

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Meet the Newest Martina Liana Gown: Vera

Posted by on Aug 22, 2019 in Blog

We get new gowns in store all the time, and it’s so much fun to show them off and tell you all about them. I love showing them off because I think it’s so important that brides can see what we actually carry in store. That’s one of the hardest parts about finding a wedding dress – finding it in real life. I mean, anybody can find their dream dress on a Pinterest board. That’s easy, but it’s a whole other hurdle to find it in store, available to try on and buy. So, because we like to make things easy for our brides, and because I like pretty new dresses too, it is my pleasure to introduce you to our newest Martina Liana gown, Vera. We give all our wedding dresses names. It’s much more personal than a number, much easier to keep track of them, and because well, it’s kind of fun. A Boho Ballgown for the Modern Bride Vera is a boho inspired ballgown with a dramatic plunging neckline, a modern angled bodice, and sheer sides and sheer back. The angled bodice is a great twist on the sweetheart neckline. It gives the gown a little edge. That edginess is balanced perfectly by the lace appliques and the full tulle skirt. The skirt is soft and feminine and you can practically hear it swooshing across the dance floor. It begs to be spun and twirled, and it’s sure to make every bride feel like a princess. But the good kind of princess. The layers of tulle skirt and the embellished lace appliques give the dress a lot of depth and dimension and essentially, bang for your buck. You get a lot of wedding dress, but not in an overwhelming way. Some gowns can swallow brides up, but the light and airy quality of every detail ensures that won’t happen. Pulling Just the Right Wedding Dress Often times when we get new dresses in, we like to have someone on staff try them on. It helps us get a better sense of how the gown looks and what its best features are. A week or so ago...

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Here is What’s New from Watters, WToo & Willowby

Posted by on Aug 8, 2019 in Blog

I talk a lot about how exciting our Watters trunk shows are. In fact, I talk about them so much that even my husband pays attention. He could explain to any stranger on the street what a trunk show is solely because of Watters. He knows when a Watters show is coming up, and he knows I’ll be tired by the end of it – what with all the gowns and glamour and hustle and bustle of it all. Watters gowns and their counterparts in WToo and Willowby, always bring a lot of energy to the salon. For starters, we always get to see the newest gowns, but we also get to see such a variety. I love how there is something for every bride across the 3 collections. That means there are different styles, shapes, price ranges, moods, tones, colors, and themes. Styles to Suit Every Bride This variety puts the bride in control, and I think that’s exactly how it should be. You get to choose if you want to be edgy or daring or traditional, and you don’t have to do it blindly. You can actually try on all those kinds of gowns in one appointment, from one label and make an informed decision. Variety allows you to compare and contrast in real time without going from store to store endlessly or simply pinning a million wedding dresses to your Pinterest page. That’s just one of the ways that Watters is built for the modern bride. They understand not only what you’re looking for in a wedding dress design, but also in a wedding dress designer. They always seem to be just ahead of the curve, and that slight jump allows them offer styles brides want before they even know they want them. I’ve seen it happen so many times. A bride comes in who has searched high and low for her wedding gown. She’s a little tired, a little demoralized, and her entourage has stopped waving flags and paddles. Everyone just wants to find the dress, but it seems to the bride more and more likely that her dress just doesn’t exist. But then along...

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Another Love letter to Baltimore: Why Couples Say “I Do” in Charm City.

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Blog

I have written many love letters to Baltimore in both a literal and figurative sense. I have called it my home for more than a decade (oh my) and I, along with the team here, sing its praises. I’ve told friends and family members how I feel, and I’ve written about Baltimore in this forum on more than one occasion. I am practiced and skilled at celebrating my city. We all are. But we are realistic as well. You can’t tell us much that we don’t already know. It’s no accident that we put rats on our bumper stickers. We have learned what school children learn about surviving on the playground: you cannot insult us if we do it first. Of course we all just work for a bridal shop and this is just a bridal blog. It’s not a place to address serious concerns. It’s a place where we talk about love. Everything we do here we do because people are in love. It all begins and ends with love. Everyday brides come here to find the perfect wedding dress so that they can stand up in front of friends and family and openly declare their love. And many of those brides and couples choose to openly declare their love in Baltimore City. They proudly print charm city on all their wedding paraphernalia and they mean it. Their welcome bags are stocked with cans of Natty Boh and bags of Zeke’s coffee. Out of town guests are given a run down of all the places in the city they MUST visit and all the things they MUST do before the weekend’s out. A Baltimore Theme Built for Love Order the fried chicken at Cardinal Tavern. Combine a scoop of key lime pie and a scoop of honey graham at Jupiter’s ice cream. Visit the ancient Chinese art wing at the Walter’s Art Museum. Climb to the top of the George Washington monument. Visit the Sunday farmer’s market under the Jones Falls Expressway and be sure to grab a dangerously delicious pie (obviously strawberry rhubarb) and a biscuit from Black Sauce. Stroll through the historic neighborhoods of Mt. Washington...

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Fun Wedding Decor Inspiration: Balloons!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in Blog

I wouldn’t limit yourself here. In actuality, all aspects of your life could probably benefit from more balloons. I mean, can a birthday have too many balloons? Can you say “I love you” with too many balloons? Have you ever gone to a New year’s Eve party and thought, there are too many balloons here? I certainly never have, and this feeling has only been bolstered by the surge of balloon art popping up in stores, editorial shoots, and all things bridal and wedding related. You might have missed it, but balloons have gone from child’s play to a full-on artistic movement. There are balloon artists, and the work they create is nothing short of a masterpiece. Stay on Trend & Ahead of the Curve with a Balloon Archway They create sculptures out of balloons that incorporate color, movement, whimsy and romance. Everything your wedding needs! What I think is the most interesting about this trend is the way it seems to have grown out of the paper flower and flower wall trend. Flower walls are happily still holding their own, but balloon structures take it to the next level. They add even more depth and texture and a little fresh perspective on what today’s couples want out of their wedding. It’s also fun to see an ordinary object elevated in such a way. Balloons are beautiful! Who would have thunk, huh? But look at them! For more colorful balloon inspiration head to Baltimore Weddings You can have an archway of balloons at the altar or a wall of them as a photo op.  You can drape your escort table or your sweetheart table in a swath of balloons in varying colors and sizes. They add a playful element to your wedding, which I love, but they also look really beautiful. I might even say, a little magical. And even though I think the more the merrier when it comes to most things, including balloons, you can also make some bold statements with just a few of them. You don’t need a thousand balloons in varying sizes to add flair and drama to your photos. Instead, you can opt...

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Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection
1848 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208

Phone 410-484-4600
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Wed & Thurs 11am-6pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-4:30pm
Closed Tuesdays