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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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Happy Pride Month from Betsy Robinson’s

Posted by on Jun 13, 2019 in Blog

We’re pretty into brides here. It’s kind of our thing. We could not exist without our brides, and we are lucky to represent a wonderfully diverse group of women as varied as the gowns that stock our racks. We’re also pretty into love and we believe you can never use the heart emoji too much. Can you love, love? Well, we do! On crazy busy Saturdays when our appointments run back-to-back with no time to so much as drink a sip of water, we have to remind ourselves what that really means. It means that the world is full of people in love. A World in Love And more specifically it means that the world is full of people who have found their person. That’s something we think is worth celebrating – whomever that person happens to be. This month in particular, we wanted to take a minute to highlight some of our couples that fall under the many facets (and many colors) of the LGBTQ rainbow. Photos: Anthony Sekellick In all of these photos what we see, what I see, first and foremost, is people who have found their person. These gorgeous brides are beaming with love and happiness. However you label it, and however you dress it, these brides are stunning from head to toe. I mean, who doesn’t love a photo that captures pure joy? We all know it when we see it. It’s a deep down happiness that’s infectious. Their smiles make us smile, and it’s a welcome reminder that we all share this world together. We live to be loved and to love others and one another. Photo: Soleil Hagan So as we show our support this Pride month I think about what makes us proud. We are proud to help these brides find their wedding dresses. We are proud to create an environment that is open, friendly and welcoming to all. We are proud that we continue to learn and grow. As a team we work hard to be inclusive, and when I look at these couples I’m reminded of why that’s important. I would tell you why, but I think it’s pretty...

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All the Magical Reasons Why You Should Wear a Veil for Your Wedding

Posted by on May 31, 2019 in Blog

It’s easy to look at a veil and think there’s not much to it. That’s true. Veils are gossamer thin with typically just a small trim of beading or lace or ribbon. By nature they are barely there. When we have a veil packaged up and ready for a bride to take home it’s sometimes hard to see if it’s actually in the bag. So yes, there isn’t much to them. But they can make an incredible difference. They’re like a welterweight in boxing. Thin or not, they pack a maximum punch that more often than not takes your breath away with the same kind of force. What Happens When a Bride Tries a Veil We’ve witnessed it here all the time. Brides, especially those with a bent for bucking traditions, come into the salon dead set against a veil. For some brides, this moratorium sticks. Some brides just don’t want to wear one, and we respect that decision. But for those who are even a little bit on the fence, we suggest they at least try one on. We make the suggestion because we have an obvious vested interested in whether a bride wears a veil, but we also do it because we see the transformative power they have. I’ve seen it myself more times than I can count. The veil makes the look. It makes the bride a bride. I can say without hyperbole that veils are magical, and their magic makes the moment real. When a bride puts a veil on everything suddenly becomes official. The wedding is really happening. It’s all really happening.  The right dress alone can have this power too, but perhaps we notice it more with a veil because it makes less sense. How can such a thin piece of fabric with a little border have such an effect? It’s probably partly because veils really don’t exist outside of weddings. The two are woven quite tightly together the way that other aspects of a wedding are not. Sure, you might not wear a wedding dress any other time, but you might wear something fancy to a gala. You might have your hair...

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Here’s the Biggest New Trend in Bridesmaids Dresses

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Blog

I’ve worked in the bridesmaid department here at Betsy’s for several years, and I’ve seen a lot of trends come and go. Oh, the colors and fabrics I have seen! I’ve also seen brides struggle to find what they want. Finding bridesmaid dresses can be even more difficult than finding a wedding dress. Actually, shopping for bridesmaids dresses is almost always harder. And it almost always takes longer. Picking the right bridesmaids dresses is an intricate balancing act. Shopping for them can require as much agility and tact as a real-life tight rope walker. It makes sense, right? You have to balance what the brides want with what their bridesmaids want. Then there’s balancing the cost of the dress with the budget of the bridal party. There’s also balancing body types in a way that let’s everyone look their best. And don’t even get me started on balancing the style of a dress with the colors that it comes in. See? It’s no wonder that bridesmaid shopping can get pretty tricky pretty quickly. I see it all the time, and the root of the problem is almost always very sweet: everyone just wants everyone to be happy. I want you to love it. But I want you to love it. The Single Color Solution That’s where the handiest of all bridesmaid trends comes in. More and more brides are simply picking a designer and a color and allowing their maids to choose whatever style they want. Brides are happy because they get the cohesiveness that a single color provides, and they don’t have to bother with finding multiple colors that fit their scheme. Bridesmaids are happy because they get a choice and can pick something flattering. There can still be some trouble with budget and color, but overall, bridal parties are happier and brides are less stressed. A few years ago the big trend was to go complete mix and match for bridesmaids. There were different colors, styles, fabrics, you name it. I still love that trend (ahem, have you seen my wedding pictures?!) but that takes a lot of work to get it right. When brides simply pick...

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Wedding Dress Pro Tip: Shop the Sample Sale

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Blog

I love a good deal. I’m a big believer in not paying full price for just about anything, except a vacuum cleaner. Trust me, it’s worth it. So when it comes to my wardrobe, I don’t think there is a single item that wasn’t purchased on sale. Maybe my socks? And yet when I went to shop for my wedding dress, it never occurred to me to look at sample sale gowns. What was I thinking? Sale Gowns Come in All Shapes and Sizes! Well, for starters, I assumed that I wouldn’t be able to find my size in a sample wedding dress. Six years ago this may have been true, or partially true (I’m a 16, thanks), but these days our sale gowns are in a really nice variety of sizes. There is something on our racks for every size, so don’t be discouraged. I also probably worried that sale wedding dresses meant old, out of style wedding dresses. Truth be told there are a few oldies hanging around in the back, but honestly, there are gowns that are practically brand new. If we didn’t tell you it was a sample dress, you might not even know. This is because sometimes a dress looks really great at market or in magazines, and it just doesn’t find its niche in our salon. It might be the dress that’s spent six months as the runner up dress. The bridesmaid, but never the bride. Our saleroom is full of dresses that fit that description. They are beautiful, they are on trend, but they just haven’t found the right bride. You could be that bride, and you could get a good deal while you’re at it. Get a Gorgeous Wedding Dress Without the Wait! I might have also overlooked the sale gowns because I didn’t understand what I was missing. As I walk through the salon and see all the sale gowns hanging there, waiting, I understand perfectly. The dresses are gorgeous. They’re in great condition, and you can leave with them that day. There’s no waiting around. You need a wedding dress? Voila, now you have one. Our lack of space...

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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 11am-8pm
Thurs 11am-6pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-4:30pm
Closed Tuesdays