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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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Picking Your Wedding Day Jewelry with Help from Thomas Knoell Jewelry Designs

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Blog

Planning a wedding involves lots of decisions. In fact, you probably didn’t realize there were so many decisions that you could make about one single day. But oh how there are!   Choosing your dress is one of the biggest ones that you will make, but it’s not the only one regarding your look that you have to think about. There’s your hair, your makeup, your nail polish. There’s what shade of lipstick you’ll wear, or how high your heels will be.   In fact, choosing your bridal gown isn’t so much an end point as a gateway. Making that decision leads to another 20 decisions you’ll need to make about how you look on your wedding day.   Among all those things to consider is what jewelry you want to wear. Your jewelry is important. It shouldn’t be an afterthought, and it can be influenced by what type of wedding dress you choose.   Your jewelry is important because it’s versatile. The jewelry you wear is the perfect keepsake item to break out on anniversary dinners or other special occasions. These items can even become heirlooms that you pass down to other brides on their wedding day.   Those are all good reasons to make sure you put time and effort into choosing your jewelry.     This weekend Raquel from Thomas Knoell Jewelry Designs will be in store with lots of new jewelry and lots of advice. She’s been in the bridal business for years and she has helped hundreds of brides complete their wedding day look.   You’ll get the help of her knowledge and expertise, and you will also get to learn what makes Thomas Knoell jewelry so special. Spoiler alert, a big part of what makes their pieces so special is that you can customize them yourself! You can change the color the metal, the color of the Swarovski crystals, the length of the bracelet, the number of pearls. You name it, it can be changed and Raquel will help you do it.   You end up with beautiful jewelry that sparkles from every angle, compliments your gown and reminds you each time you...

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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day When You’re Planning a Wedding

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Blog

As crazy as it is, February is already upon us. January sped by in a string of not too gloomy days, and now here we sit, perched on the verge of Valentine’s Day. That’s right, in case you’ve somehow missed the boxes of conversation hearts lining grocery store shelves, here is your friendly reminder that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.   If you’re engaged and planning a wedding, Valentine’s Day can present a set of unique and conflicting problems. On the one hand, you probably want to celebrate your love now more than ever. You want to make it extra special. Why not, right? But on the other hand you’re saving for a wedding, a honeymoon, a life together. It’s hard to be romantic and practical at the same time.   That’s how people end up with blenders and gift certificates to home improvement stores. Perhaps those things are in your future, but for now, let’s take a look at some ways that you can be romantic on a budget and make the most of your engaged Valentine’s Day.   Write a Love Letter Let me be specific. Don’t just write a love letter and hand it to your fiancé. Actually write and mail a love letter. It’s great on lots of levels. For starters, putting your feelings on paper, whether done super eloquently, or a little clumsily, will always be appreciated.     Also, who doesn’t love getting something in the mail that isn’t an ad for a credit card? Lastly, it’s an inexpensive gesture, but a meaningful one. After all, in 20 years after lots of gifts have been lost or donated, the letter will remain.   Cook a Meal Together For me, the kitchen is the heart of your home. I love spending time in it, and I love spending time in it with other people. You chop vegetables, drink wine, tell stories. You’re unplugged from your devices and the rest of the world, and you concentrate on making something.     If what you make is delicious you feel proud of what you accomplished together, and if you have a disaster and a...

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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