Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wedding Destination: Italy

When it comes to destination weddings, Italy may be the the pinnacle of locations. Full of history and light, it seems like every inch of Italy is picture-worthy, making it a perfect backdrop for all of your wedding pictures. Whether you choose to celebrate in the hills of Tuscany or on the cobblestone streets of an ancient city, a wedding in Italy is sure to be the event of a lifetime! Check out these breathtaking pictures from around the web of couples who chose to tie the knot in Italy. Even if you are keeping your wedding local, you can use these as inspiration to celebrate amore at home!

Add the language of love to your wedding decorations.
Photo found here

One pinner said this wedding was straight our of "The Godfather," and we couldn't agree more!
Photo found here.

This wedding in Portofino is picture perfect!
More photos from this wedding here.

Italian wedding cookies are a delicious tradition!
Photo found here.

Can you believe this space in Italy is available to rent?
More information here.

A rustic Tuscan wedding will make lasting memories!
More photos here.

This traditional space is reminiscent of Renaissance Italy.
Photo found here.

A wedding in Italy doesn't have to mean traditional.
Grab a Vespa and a polka-dot dress, and you're good to go!
Photo found here.

A kiss in the middle of a gorgeous historical setting - it doesn't get any more romantic than that!
Photo found here.

Just Married - Italian Style!
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Just In: Bari Jay Bridesmaids

We have just received a bunch of brand new dresses from Bari Jay!Whether you are looking for something in a sophisticated blush hue, or prefer something more cute and colorful, these Bari Jay bridesmaid dresses are sure to impress. Bring your girls in to try on these brand new styles so they can look stylish and stunning on the big day!

Bari Jay #700
Bari Jay #702

Bari Jay #703

Bari Jay 721

Bari Jay #725
Bari Jay #727

Check out these dresses (and more new arrivals) at Miss Ruby Boutique!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Just In: Bridesmaids

It seems like everyday we are getting in brand new bridesmaids dresses from our designers! We are excited to show you some of our new styles so that your bridesmaids can be on trend for your 2014 wedding. Check out the dresses below, and make an appointment at Miss Ruby Boutique to see how they look on your girls!

Alfred Sung: 
We have 2 brand new Alfred Sung dresses that stick to his classic design aesthetic. Like his other dresses, they come in different fabrics and a variety of colors.

Alfred Sung D610
Alfred Sung D614

Dessy has another dress that exudes classic elegance! The lining comes in many different colors, and can be mixed and matched with three lace color options. This dress is so versatile, and makes a great bridesmaid, mother of the bride or even rehearsal dinner dress!

Dessy 2892
Dessy 2892 (back)

Bari Jay: 
Bari Jay has just sent us two dresses in a brand new shirred crinkle chiffon. The fabric is light weight (perfect for summer weddings) and has a great texture!

Bari Jay 726
Bari Jay 701

Alvina Valenta:
This dress by Alvina Valenta is fun, flirty, and sampled in a gorgeous lavender color!

Alvina Valenta 9370

Jim Hjelm:
Our new dress from Jim Hjelm can be ordered in both floor and cocktail length. The modified sweetheart neckline is super flattering and looks great on almost anyone!
Jim Hjelm 5363 
Jim Hjelm 5363 (back)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

When it comes to wedding planning, sometimes the smallest details can be the toughest. Finding a dress, finding a location and finding a photographer are all high on the to-do list, but don't forget, it's the little details that are really going to make your big day memorable. Thanking your friends and family for taking time out of their busy schedules to celebrate your wedding with you is definitely a must! Check out these ideas for wedding favors that we think your guests will absolutely love.

1. Local Flavors
If many of the guests are self confessed "foodies," this is a great gift for them! Check out Farmers Markets in the area to find farms that will be more than happy to supply their product for your wedding. Also, using local vendors not only helps your community but also allows your out-of-town guests to take home some local flavors.

Honey Jars from local vendors is a great way to take the taste of the region home!

Locally tapped maple syrup (like these from a Vermont wedding) are adorable and delicious!

Locally grown cherries (Door County, anyone?) are a tasty treat!

2. Libations
If you are having a wedding (especially in Wisconsin), it's no secret that most of your guests will be indulging in alcoholic beverages. Embrace this idea by giving your guests something that they can drink. These gifts will please a crowd that loves to party.

If the bride or groom love home-brewing, this is a great way to showcase it!

For Whiskey drinkers, this is a perfect present that is sure to get use!

Adding fun pictures of the couple to mini-champagne bottles makes for a meaningful gift (and a fun toast!)

3. Homemade and from the Heart
If you are ready to DIY, this is a great option for you. Giving your guests something that you made (or at least assembled!) will be a great way to show your guests how much you truly appreciate their presence at your big day.

Mini-planters with flowers inside are gifts that guests can enjoy more than once!

Great at baking? Share your gift with homemade cookies.

If you are really crafty, homemade soaps make favors that smell wonderful.

4. A Charitable Donation
This is our favorite idea for a wedding favor! In lieu of a gift, donate the money to a charity that is meaningful to the bride and groom. It is a great use of the money, and guests will love the idea that their "gift" went to a greater cause. Check out how other brides presented this as a "favor" to their guests, and definitely consider this option when planning your wedding.

Support charities that support our country, like the Wounded Warriors Project
Available for purchase from 1313Designs' Etsy Store

Show your guests exactly who they are helping!
Help Scooby (and other animals) by donating to the Humane Society of America

Picking causes that are important to the bride and groom are memorable and meaningful favors.
Available for purchase at 1313Designs' Etsy Store.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Just In: James Clifford Bridal

We have a new addition to our growing James Clifford Collection!!! JC21322 is a stunning mikado, mermaid-style gown. But its beauty truly lies in it's details - this dress featureS buttons running down the back, a show stopping chapel-length train, and an elaborate hand-beaded bodice featuring Swarvoski crystals. Elegant and intricate, this dress is for a bride who wants to look like a classic beauty, but isn't afraid to sparkle on her big day!

James Clifford #21322

James Clifford #21322 (detail view)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Just In: Robert Bullock Bridal

Based out of New York, Robert Bullock is hands down one of our favorite designers. We are so excited about our new dresses from his collection, we just have to share them with our brides and brides-to-be!

The Virginia is a simple yet stunning lace a-line gown and the newest in our collection. It comes with a satin cummerbund, but we think it would look even better with a custom Jaxie Belt to add some sparkle!

Robert Bullock's Virgina gown.

Robert Bullock Virginia (detail)

Robert Bullock Virginia (back)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Bridesmaids Dresses by Body Type

When it comes to bridesmaids (and women in general), no two are exactly alike - that's why picking one dress that every girl looks good in can sometimes be a challenge. Many brides have chosen to pick a unifying color (rather than dress) and let their bridesmaids pick a dress that flatters their unique body type. Whether you are a bride considering this option, or a bridesmaid looking for the perfect dress, check out which dresses look the best on each body type. The best part? Miss Ruby Boutique carries all the dresses pictured below!

Body Type: Busty
Just as the name implies, busty girls have a lot going on up top. We all know no girl wants to be worried about having a wardrobe malfunction at the wedding, so we always recommend dresses with thick straps and a neckline that enhances your two best features. But remember, before you get your dress, invest in some quality undergarments - they are a must for busty girls!

Dessy 2887
Wtoo 788
Alfred Sung D576

Body Type: Pear Shaped
If your bottom is the biggest part of your body, then you are a "pear-shaped" girl. For these ladies, the trick is finding a dress that accentuates a small waist but also flatters her figure. We recommend a dress with a cinched waist and a fuller skirt. Luckily this 1950's silhouette is back in style and finding a dress that accentuates your features is a breeze!
After Six 6647
Jim Hjelm 5209
Watters 9612

Body Type: Hourglass
Girls with this classic silhouette have the unique advantage of having the most versatile figure to dress. To accentuate an Hourglass figure, the trick is playing up your curves to your advantage. A dress with a v-neckline and a cinched waist will hit you in all the right places and make you look gorgeous!
Alfred Sung D586
Jim Hjelm 5254
Alfred Sung D597

Body Type: Slender
Slender girls have a straight up-and-down body type without too many curves. For this body type, a few more fashion risks can be taken, so we definitely recommend wearing something trendy and modern. Dresses with a peplum won't add any volume in the hips. Also, classic sheath dresses look the best on this body type.
Alfred Sung D522
Jim Hjelm 5150
Alfred Sung D556

all body-type pictures from www.istockphoto.com