Taking place on Thursday, October 1st and Friday, October 2nd, sample sales are perfect for brides who want a gorgeous gown for a bargain price. Whether you are eloping, having a short engagement, or just love a good sale, this is the event for you.
We find that brides who are ready to make a decision get the best deal on their dress (and they don't run the risk of having it disappear!), so we compiled a preview of our stunning designer gowns for brides who want to do their research.
You don't have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks.
If you are a bride who has high-end taste but is still trying to stick to a budget, a sample sale is something that you simply must take advantage of. Our last sample sale was such a success that we wanted to offer another for any future brides who didn't have wedding gowns on their radar the last time around.
Learn more about this special event before setting up an appointment with us on Saturday, October 1st or Sunday, October 2nd.
What Exactly Is A Sample Sale?
We get asked this question a lot, so if you aren't sure what a sample sale is, you are definitely not alone!
A Sample Sale is an event where the gowns we have in store ("samples" as they are called in the bridal industry) are heavily discounted in price. Typically when brides purchase a wedding gown, she places an order with a designer and we have a dress in her size shipped to our store. At a sample sale, you take the dress we have in store home with you when you purchase.
Why Are You Selling Your Sample Dresses?
We love all of our samples, but we simply run out of space! A Sample Sale is a win-win for our boutique and our brides, because it means we get to clear some space on our racks and our customers can get high quality gowns for a bargain.
I'm Not A Size 0 - Can I Still Buy A Sample?
Absolutely! A majority of our Sample gowns are bridal sizes 8, 10 or 12 - depending on the designer, that translates to a street size 6-10. We also have a small number of plus-size samples, ranging from size 18-20.
Is There Something Wrong With Your Samples?
Our samples are still very much in style - from bohemian dresses to breathtaking ballgowns, there is something for everyone. They have all been previously tried on by brides, so while some of our samples are still in pristine condition, others are a little more "well-loved." We offer information for local dry cleaners and seamstresses to all of our brides, however, most of our samples look as good as new.
I Just Started Bridal Shopping - Should I Visit the Sample Sale?
Our boutique welcomes all brides to come to our Sample Sale, but we find that this event is best for brides who are ready to make a decision in regards to purchasing their gown. We hate it when someone falls in love with a sample gown (and it's incredible price) and it sells while she is trying to decide if it's "The One." Because of the nature of our sale, if you want to get a like-new gown at a heavily discounted price, it's best to be open to buying that day.
All of these words describe the latest Styled Shoot from ultra-talented photographer Joe Hang. With Sandhill Farm's sturdy evergreens as the background for the shoot, he utilized an earthy palate to showcase items from local vendors - including our beautiful "Scarlet" dress from Willowby by Watters.
Take a look at these incredible photos and grab some inspiration for your own wedding from the color palate below. And if you want to look as effortlessly elegant as the bride, be sure to make an appointment to grab your own Willowby gown from Miss Ruby Boutique.
Bridal Styling Night is taking place on Tuesday, September 15th from 5:00 - 8:00pm. This special event not only allows us to make your bridal style dreams become a reality, it also lets us show off exclusive pieces from our accessory designers.
If you are on the fence about coming to our Bridal Styling Night, take a moment to learn more about our fabulous accessory collection. We have a feeling once you meet our designers, you will want to RSVP ASAP!
Jaxie is one of our favorite accessory collections, and it's obvious to see why. Created by Jackie, a Milwaukee native and special friend to Miss Ruby Boutique, Jaxie's gorgeous bridal belts have been our go-to when it comes to giving brides some glam. With a full line that includes bridal cuffs, veils, headbands, clutches, and much more, Jackie is a pleasure to work with & Jaxie is the pinnacle of bridal style.
We love our jewelry from local designer, Kara Marie. The jewelry, handmade by Kara in her studio, is made of the finest Swarovski crystals, pearls, and sterling silver. The Swarovski crystals catch light in a way that emits the brilliant sparkle. Best of all many of Kara Marie's pieces can be customized in the crystal shape & size of your choosing, which makes them perfect for brides wanting some color in their jewelry! Sparkly jewelry, locally designed - what's not to love?
Designer Meg Lammers of MEG Jewelry creates a variety of exquisite designs to choose from. We love her vintage-inspired bridal sets, as well has her unique take on classic jewelry designs. Let us show you how you can take your bridal look from basic to breathtaking by adding some gorgeous pieces by MEG.
We are very excited about to introduce this as one of our latest collections. Richard Designs is a UK based company that makes exquisite, cutting-edge designs for the bride who wants to stay in front of the trends. From delicate lace boleros to a stunning '20s inspired headpiece, be the only bride in Milwaukee with one of these amazing pieces.
A small-business founded by a husband and wife team, all of our Jennifer Leigh Veils are delicate and handcrafted designs. The best part about these veils is that they are completely customizable. We love to let our brides play designer and create a unique look that completes their vision. The company states on their website that they "love making pretty veils," and that love definitely shows in each piece at our boutique.
Mason jars have had their moment, but 2016 brides who want to keep their wedding from turning into a burlap-wrapped cliche are using unexpected elements to make their big day both earthy and elegant. Brides are now opting for a nature-inspired, woodsy wedding palate instead of the overdone faux-rustic theme.
If you want a 2016 boho wedding that will "wow" your guests, incorporate the following ideas:
- Frocks -
Brides who want to be beautiful and bohemian in 2016 are opting for sheer lace details. Many designers are catering to brides who want an easy, breezy look by designing dresses with champagne-colored linings, sheer details, or unexpected pops of lace.
Willowby by Watters is one of these brands.
- Adornment -
In the past, boho brides have shied away from veils, seeing them as too traditional for their laid-back affair. We're happy to announce that in 2016, veils are making a comeback in a big way. Lace-trimmed veils paired with flower crowns are an unexpected pairing that provides any bride with laid-back elegance that stays right on trend.
- Flora -
A 2016 bohemian wedding gets back to nature - taking the elegant colors and textures of the wilderness and bringing them (untouched) to center stage. Succulents have been replaced by bouquets and centerpieces that take greenery to the next level. For brides who still want flowers to take center stage, wild flowers are the way to go.
- Confection -
Say good bye to bite-sized goodies. Cupcakes were an adorable alternative to a traditional wedding cake, but any 2016 boho bride who wants to stay on trend will re-embrace the cake...but with a new twist of course. If you want your confection to be absolute perfection, you're going to have to strip down. "Naked Cakes" are the newest trend in wedding pastry,
and they fit into any bohemian theme effortlessly.
- Garnish -
2016's take on boho style decidedly does not include burlap. Replace this element with a rustic barn-board table runner or rustic flower garland. Instead of mason jars, brides who want to stand out are opting for brown glass bottles or vintage milk-glass. The best part is that all of these items are as inexpensive as they are unexpected.