Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bridal Gown Sample Sale FAQ's

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.

Learn more about this special event before setting up an appointment!

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 a bride purchases a wedding gown, she places an order in our store and we have a dress in her size shipped to us. 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. 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.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Vendors we Love: North Star Catering

North Star Catering started as a restaurant located in Grafton, Wisconsin. Their delicious, handmade food is just the beginning - North Star Catering also provides customer service that goes above and beyond the industry standard. When it comes to catering, they are simply a "must" at any wedding!

From weddings, galas, & corporate functions, to small in-home parties, North Star Catering has menus and staffing to accommodate all weddings and events. They are admittedly not the cheapest option when it comes to catering - nor do they want to be. A moderate price point and their signature "real good food" means that you are getting more for your dollar than you will at many other Milwaukee caterers. 

Their quality and flexibility are what make them a perfect option for your wedding or special event. The team at North Star Catering is transparent with their costs and are more than willing to make any necessary adjustments to make your event unique! 

There are a few details that guests always discuss after a wedding. For better or for worse, the food is always one of them. Do your guests a favor and hire North Star Catering for your wedding - give them something amazing to talk about!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Miss Ruby's Volunteer Night at Kathy's House

The Milwaukee community has done so many great things for our boutique and our employees, we think it's only fair to give something back from time to time. Last Monday, April 11th, our team transformed from Stylists to Sous Chefs as we prepped and served a meal to the resident's at Kathy's House. 

Kathy's House is a non-profit hospitality house founded in memory of a woman named Kathy Kuttner Vogel, who lost her battle with lymphoma in 2000. Exactly one year later, her family opened Kathy's House in her honor. 

Supported only by donations, Kathy's House provides lodging and support to patients, caregivers, and family members who travel to Milwaukee-area hospitals from at least 50-miles from their home for medical care. To date, thousands of people have benefited from the caring team at this great organization. 

Our volunteer role was to cook and prepare a meal for the house residents, so that eating a home cooked meal is the last thing on their mind. It was a great way for us to work together as a team and give back to those in need. 

Amanda prepping the lettuce for our burger bar!

Natasha and Chelsea ready the fruit and vegetables for our guests. 

Jimmy gets all the burger toppings ready to go.

Miss Ruby Volunteer Coordinator Lauren puts the finishing touches on our spread. 

Valerie is busy at work in the kitchen cooking burgers for the hungry residents. 

For more information about how you can help the wonderful team at Kathy's House, visit their website for more information.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Vendors We Love - La Tulipe

Flowers are a staple at every wedding. From the boutique to the centerpieces, flowers can take a venue and transform it in to something magical. There are dozens of florists to choose from in the Milwaukee area, but Vicki at La Tulipe has proved time and time again that her work stands head and shoulders above the crowd. 

Located in picturesque Port Washington, La Tulipe's storefront boutique offers a curated assortment of offerings in personal and small home accessories. In addition to their over 10 years of experience decorating events in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, they've recently added luxury flower deliveries and a bulk floral delivery service to their repertoire. 

This means that La Tulipe does more than just simply provide flowers for your wedding or special event - they are a full service florist who (when it comes to flowers) does it all

When it comes to flowers on your wedding day, the possibilities are endless. La Tulipe provides wedding floral services that include bouquets, boutonnieres, altar pieces, centerpieces, vases, votives, and flowers for your hair. The list goes on and on - if you can dream up a place to put flowers, La Tulipe can deliver. 

Our small displays from La Tulipe brighten our boutique immensely, we can only imagine how breathtaking a wedding could be with La Tulipe on the vendor list. Check out their gorgeous displays when you are in store and be sure to take a little trip to Port Washington when the time comes to pick your florist!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Siri Trunk Show - FAQ

Miss Ruby Boutique is hosting a trunk show by the designer Siri
taking place April 15th - 17th. 

If you are interested in our Siri Bridal Trunk Show, or just have questions about gown shopping in general, you've come to the right place! We've compiled a list of FAQ's to address any questions you may have!

That way, you can learn more about this special event before scheduling an appointment!

What Exactly is a Trunk Show?
We always have a selection of Siri gowns in store, but our Trunk Show was designed to give brides the most extensive selection of gowns possible. During the Trunk Show, we will have an entire collection of fabulous gowns that we don't usually have in store for trying on. 

What is This Designer's Style and Price Point?
Siri Bridal is perfect for the simple, sophisticated bride who wants to look absolutely effortless at her wedding. With light, luxurious fabrics, these gowns are not only beautiful, but they are also comfortable. Clean lines and sleek designs are perfect for the bride who wants to go back to basics with her bridal look. 

What Can I Expect at My Appointment?
During your 90-minute appointment you will meet with your stylist, and she will give you an introduction to the store and our selection of bridal gowns. Your stylist will serve as your helper throughout the entire 90 minutes, making sure your gowns are pinned correctly, accessories are added as needed, and all your questions are answered. When you find your gown and say "YES!" to the dress, we're also happy to pop champagne and toast with you and your loved ones!

What If I Fall In Love With a Gown That Isn't Part of the Trunk Show?
Your choices are definitely not limited to our Trunk Show gowns. If you see another gown you love, let your stylist know! 

Will My Stylist Be In the Fitting Room With Me?
We always recommend that brides allow stylists to assist them in the fitting rooms. It not only ensures that our gowns are properly zipped and clipped, but also gives our brides a personal, boutique-style experience. Helping brides in and out of gowns is a part of their job on a daily basis and they know the best way to help. With that said, if you are hesitant at all about your stylist joining you in the fitting room, let her know! 

I'm Nervous to Try on Wedding Gowns - How Can I Prepare for my Appointment?
Before your appointment, look online to familiarize yourself with popular styles as well as the styles we will have in store. With that being said, keep an open mind and try on styles outside of your comfort zone - thats how so many brides find their perfect dress!

What Undergarments Should I Wear?
Wearing proper undergarments is also key. If you know that you are going to be wearing spanks or similar undergarments - bring them with you to your appointment! If you are unsure of your undergarments, we recommend a nude, strapless bra with minimal pushup.

Who Should I Bring Along With Me?
Be thoughtful about who you bring with you to your appointment. If there are friends or family members who must be present when you say "YES!" be sure to bring them with you! Many of our gown samples will be in store for this weekend onlyso you won't be able to recreate that special moment if you try to come back at another time or day.

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