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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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How to Work Trending Velvet into Your Wedding

Posted by on Jul 11, 2019 in Blog

Obviously I like to try to keep up on the latest wedding trends, and I love looking at the forecasted trends for the year and contrasting them with what I actually see from real brides.  Trends and reality are not always the same and quite often one is slow to follow the other. Sometimes the brides are behind and sometimes the trends are. These days I see velvet everywhere. Lush velvet dresses are all over Pinterest boards and in editorial shoots in magazines. Designers like Sorella Vita have added velvet touches to a few bridesmaids styles and you can even find velvet wedding dresses. Some of our brides have incorporated velvet into their ceremonies and receptions, but it remains to be seen whether velvet is something that’s really happening, or whether it’s just something trendsetters want to happen. I don’t know that I’d call myself a trendsetter (although it has been said, and I was the first person in my sixth grade class to wear glitter lip gloss), but I am all on board with velvet. In fact, I’m kicking myself that I got rid of my eighth grade red velvet jumper. I still dream about it. Velvet is rich and beautiful. It adds texture and depth, and it’s an easy way to add some pizzazz to your wedding that you won’t regret later. The only problem with velvet is that it often screams winter. I get it. It’s a warm fabric, it clings, and Christmas bows are almost exclusively velvet. So the real challenge to the velvet trend and all those who support it is to find ways to reinvent it. Velvet has the ability to be so much more than a tree skirt, and I’ve got some great examples of how. Change up the Color Scheme Think outside the color box here. While you might traditionally see velvet in deep shades of red and evergreen, it looks just as stunning in a dusty rose or a rich teal. By using a wider range of colors you help draw velvet out of its winter shell and into the sun of spring, summer and fall. Find the ribbon here!...

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Where to Find the New Pronovias Bridal Gowns

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Blog

Finding the perfect wedding dress is a hunt. Whether you spend your time scrolling through designer webpages or sifting through racks of dresses in store, you are hunting. To find the perfect dress you must always be on the prowl for it, and you can be out prowling for quite a long time. And it isn’t simply finding a dress you like that’s hard. Quite often it’s hard to find out how much a dress costs or where you can try it on or how you can buy it. In some ways the internet has made hunting for a dress even harder. How many times have you fallen in love with a pin in a Pinterest page only to have it lead to a dead-end? How many Google image searches have returned zero results for that off the-shoulder beaded beatify you’ve been dreaming about, for instance? Go From Internet Crush to Yes to the Dress Just because the internet ignites the dream, doesn’t mean it can fulfill the promise. Designers’ websites are also woefully unhelpful at times. It’s hard to find pricing information and it’s hard to find what store carries the precise gown you’re looking for. I see the frustration these issues cause time and time again, but that’s why I’m excited to show you a good selection of the gowns we’ll be getting in from Pronovias for our trunk show this weekend. This isn’t just a tiny glimpse of a single gown from five angles. I want brides to have a real idea of what we’ll be available this weekend. Let’s make the hunt less cat and mouse and more transparent. Brides have already been calling for weeks about the Pronovias Trunk Show and it’s no wonder they’re so interested. Pronovias is one of the top wedding dress designers in the business, but their stunning wedding dresses aren’t in every store.  Their gowns are sleek, romantic and exquisitely made. They weave modern drama with traditional laces and fabrics. You’ll notice on all of these gowns that the fit is phenomenal. They have structure that celebrates delicate curves and bold lines. They do sheath silhouettes just as well...

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How to Shop the Newest Essense of Australia Dresses

Posted by on Jun 22, 2019 in Blog

Every time the Essense of Australia Tester Trunk Show comes along, we sit around our back office and try to come up with a better word than tester to describe these dresses. Most brides don’t know what tester means, and it doesn’t sound very bridal. We’ve tried exclusive, preview, promotional, and sneak peek. The preview collection is a perennial favorite, but it still doesn’t quite convey the right message. A Rose by Any Other Name And so, despite our brainstorming, we usually arrive right back at tester, but rather than get caught up in the name, let’s talk about what that really means. These gowns are in their own way an experiment, but a really fun and visually stunning one. We’re talking exploding volcanoes of baking soda and hurricane forces in a bottle. Once a season the designers at Essense of Australia create gowns that may or may not be a part of their regular line. It all depends on how they are received by actual brides in actual stores. The gowns do not appear online and the only way to see them is at a trunk show. If the gown itself does not make the cut for the line, then it’s never seen again. That means if you order a tester gown at a trunk show, you could (potentially) be the only bride to ever wear that design. Some brides might not care about that level of exclusivity, but I think it’s pretty cool. It’s like getting a custom dress that no one else will ever wear. Speak Your Mind But tester trunk shows are also a great chance for you to offer feedback on the gowns you try on. Essense listens. They want to know what real brides think of their gowns, and they love to makes changes accordingly. It’s like the most fun focus group ever, in which you just might end up with a wedding dress at the end of it. Your feedback can actually affect what the finished product looks like in the collection. It might mean you pass on a style, but your critique can help future brides say yes to the dress....

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Happy Father’s Day: Dad Jokes in the Salon

Posted by on Jun 14, 2019 in Blog

We don’t get a lot of dads here, but when we do they usually come armed with amicable smiles and a few dad jokes to help pass the time. Sometimes they ask what beer we have on tap, or loudly proclaim they’re just here to write the check. Some dads sit back and enjoy the parade of wedding dresses with a bewildered expression. A lot of dads want to seem engaged in the process, but they don’t quite know the right questions to ask. So we get a lot of this: “Where do you put your car keys in this thing?” “Will that fit in your dresser drawer?” “What kind of material is that, chignon?” Wrong, but kudos for even knowing the word chignon, right?! Having a dad in an appointment, whether he knows what an A-line is or not, changes the whole dynamic. That’s what I am reminded of most this Father’s Day. Dads are game changers. They shake things up, and they see their daughters the way that no one else can. Dad Projects When I got married my maid of honor put my dad in charge of shaking out my train before we walked down the aisle together along with my mom. My mom would have been the better choice for this task, but my maid of honor knew better. She knew my dad would need a task to keep calm. He needed a project. Something to fix that luckily required no tools. Before the ceremony she showed him how to perfectly arrange my bridal train so that it fell neatly and elegantly on the floor of the hall’s main entrance. She told him sternly that it was his job to make sure my train was perfect, and he all but saluted her like she was the general of the day. PS – she pretty much was. As the bridal party processed down the aisle and the string quartet music kicked on over the speakers, I burst into tears. The music was beautiful, and so was the scene. I stood back and surveyed the crowd and the stage and the twinkling lights. My mom touched my...

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

Phone 410-484-4600
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Wed 11am-8pm
Thurs 11am-6pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-4:30pm
Closed Tuesdays