Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bridesmaid Dress Remix: Wtoo 478

With winter wearing on and warmer weather not quite on its way, it's time to shake off the cabin fever and get out of the house for a night on the town. For a fabulous night out with your leading man (or maybe just your best girlfriends) we recommend Wtoo #478. This adorable cocktail length dress becomes a showstopper in cherry red, and we recommend pairing it with menswear inspired accessories, like this tuxedo blazer from Rag & Bone and some sleek black stilettos. Smoky-eyes (pictured here is Bobbi Brown kohl cake liner) or a sultry red lip add some necessary drama to your makeup routine. For your jewelry, add a statement piece like diamonds (real or acrylic, depending on your style), and top it all off with a sexy red patent clutch. This look definitely makes a statement and is sure to shake off all of your winter boredom!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

We'd love for you to join our team!

Miss Ruby, a charming bridal boutique in downtown Milwaukee, is seeking a high energy Bridal Sales Manager to join our team.  The Store Manager is responsible for assisting in all phases of the stores operations including sales, customer service, store appearance & staff performance. 

We are seeking someone motivated to assist us in growing our business, maximizing profitability and developing a strong sales team. Working under the direction of the owner, the Sales Manager will be required to reach or exceed monthly sales goals & will also assist with supervising and coaching other team members. Excellent sales & customer service skills are a must.

Job Responsibilities

-      Oversee sales floor/lead sales consultant
-      Provide support, training, and direction to staff
-      Assist brides & bridal parties in helping them find the perfect gown, bridesmaid dresses & accessories for their wedding day
-      Ensure each customer’s experience is optimal
-      Achieve maximum profitability for the store
-      Assist store owner in conducting staff meetings
-      Assist store owner with buying – may include attending buying trips to Chicago and/or New York several times a year
-      Issue & submit purchase orders
-      Open and close boutique
-      Receive in new orders for customers & stock
-      Delegate employee responsibilities
-      Correspond with customers
-      Conduct follow-up calls to customers
-      Resolve customer issues
-      Assist with marketing duties – social media, events, bridal shows, fashion shoots, etc.
-      Assist with hiring & training of new staff
-      Administrative duties – respond to emails, schedule appointments, answer phones, etc.
-      Sales admin duties – write up sales slips, process order paperwork, etc.
-      Participate in store events & trunk shows as needed
-      Create & maintain store displays & overall store presentation
-      Assist in cleaning store

Skills required

-      Friendly, outgoing & upbeat personality
-      Outstanding listening skills
-      Must be responsible and comfortable working with little supervision
-      Excellent verbal & written communication skills
-      Extreme attention to detail
-      Must be able to multi-task in a busy work environment
-      Must be trustworthy
-      Prior retail/sales experience required
-      Superior customer service skills are a must
-      Bridal experience preferred
-      Knowledge of weddings & the bridal industry
-      Must show patience with the customers
-      Must be able to handle stressful situations
-      Must have basic computer and math skills
-      Must have strong fashion sense & style
-      Strong attention to detail
-      The ability to be on your feet for extended periods of time
-      Able to lift 25 pounds


-      Part-time position of 20-30 hours/week
-      Must be available evenings & weekends
-      Wage based on experience
-      This is a long-term position. We are growing at a fast pace and are looking for someone interested in growing along with us.
-      This is a great opportunity for someone looking for a position in bridal fashion/retail. We are a small boutique so you will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of managing a boutique.

Please email your resume, cover letter, references & salary requirements to

Get Money Back on Your Wedding with Credit Card Rewards

Lets face it, from the time you get engaged to the time you finally say "I Do," you are going to be spending a lot of money. Between caterers, honeymoon plans, and the perfect dress (of course!) there are necessary expenses around every corner. Believe it or not, there is a way for you to make some of that money back - by getting a credit card specifically for your wedding!

There are a lot of credit card companies who give you rewards for every dollar you spend - and when you are spending a lot over a short period of time, those rewards can really start adding up. According to Business Insider, the best card to get your money back is the Chase Freedom card. It gives you $100 back if you spend $500 in the first three months of signing up for the card, and can earn a percentage of your money back by using your card at restaurants (think rehearsal dinners and caterers), hotels, and airlines.

Photo courtesy of

Getting money back on your wedding gown deposit sounds like a win-win to us! Did any brides out there take advantage of these cash back offers? Let us know the perks (and drawbacks) of getting a card specifically for wedding expenses!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Inspiration: Flowers

Weddings and flowers go hand in hand. But we have found some new, exciting ways to make flowers part of your decor. Not just for bouquets anymore, flowers are finding their way into jewelry, cakes, gowns and more. Whether you are having a garden party wedding or just want to "wow" your guests with floral accents, check out the unexpected ways to make flowers fit into your wedding theme!

No dress is quite as show-stopping as the Mahala gown by Wtoo
This dress by Wtoo (#919) is flirty and feminine
Be a Jaxie Bride with a gorgeous floral hairpiece by Jaxie

A crown of flowers like the one pictured here is both beautiful and boho.
What girl wouldn't love a flower made of diamonds.

We can't believe these lace votive holders are DIY!
Learn how to make them here.
Who says they have to be real? How about a bouquet of brooches?

This monochromatic wedding cake speaks for itself!
More from this wedding here.
We're always up for a drink, especially this delicate flower petal martini.
Get the recipe here
Flowers don't have to be big to make an impression.
More from this wedding here.
How amazing is this bouquet made of one giant flower! We're obsessed!
Get more ideas from Event Envy
Breathtaking views and a flower covered alter make for a picture perfect wedding.
More pictures from this wedding here.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Vendors We Love: Aloft Hotel

The Miss Ruby Staff recently returned from a special staff meeting at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Milwaukee! While there, we got a special peek into the hotel rooms, the trendy lounge area and their modern function space to hold wedding ceremonies and receptions. We love the hotel and think our brides will too!
The Aloft Hotel - located at 1230 N Old World Third Street

If you are looking for a wedding that has a uniquely modern, Milwaukee feel, this just might be the hotel for you. Located downtown on Old World Third Street, Aloft is in the center of all the action and proves it with its sleek downtown atmosphere & its views of the Milwaukee river. The entrance is less a lobby and more of a lounge with a mix of business types working on laptops and couples enjoying drinks.

The W XYZ bar in the hotel lounge area. We loved their lighted bar!
The Aloft lounge area, complete with a fireplace and pool table

The space where wedding receptions are held carries the same modern feel as the rest of the hotel. It can be completely customized to your wedding vision, and everything from the set up to the menu and anything in between can be created for the big day. And after partying the night away, your guests can stay in the ultra-comfortable beds upstairs.

Enjoy views of Milwaukee right from your hotel room.
Sleep on Aloft's ultra comfortable beds

If you are a bride that is looking for a modern Milwaukee wedding at a venue that is urban and comfortable check them out. Best of all, Aloft offers special discounts and rates to Miss Ruby customers. So make sure to tell them we sent you and you will be rewarded!!

All pictures from Aloft's web page

Friday, February 22, 2013

Appointment courtesy reminder

Lately we have had many very last minute cancellations (calling less than an hour before scheduled appointment time) & no-shows.  Please be courteous and cancel at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled time. We are a small boutique so we only serve a few brides at each scheduled appointment time. Our appointment schedule fills up very fast and we do have to turn some brides away. So if you don't show up or cancel last minute we aren't able to fill your spot. 

Please be kind notify us well in advance to re-schedule or cancel.

Thank you!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

It's moms turn to shop!

Our Siri Mother of Occasion trunk show is right around the corner and will feature a large selection of cocktail dresses & evening gowns for both mother of the bride & groom.  Siri offers styles perfect for today's younger, stylish moms - so no frumpy gowns here!!  Enjoy treats & champagne while shopping with your mom on this very special weekend.  The event is by appointment only so click here to schedule yours.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Just In: Bari Jay Bridesmaids

New charmeuse bridesmaids styles by Bari Jay have recently arrived. Available in a variety of colors, charmeuse has a unique texture that falls like chiffon but shines like satin. These gowns drape beautifully, are perfect for an elegant affair and will make your bridesmaids look incredible on the wedding day!

Bari Jay #657 is a gorgeous floor length charmeuse style

Bari Jay #665 is a Grecian style gown made of both chiffon and charmeuse. 
Bari Jay #664 is an empire waist gown that makes a great maternity style!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Our Jennifer Leigh Veil trunk show is right around the corner

Don't forget to schedule your appointment for our Jennifer Leigh Veil Trunk Show!  There will be a large selection of veils in varying lengths, layers & details along with hair pieces, fascinators & birdcage veils.  Don't miss out!! Click here to schedule or give us a call at 414.755.2900.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Just In: Wtoo Bridal

Our new arrivals from Wtoo Bridal are simply stunning! From illusion necklines to breezy fabric, Wtoo has a dress for every style and budget. Take a look at our newest arrivals!

Wtoo's Elba gown is perfect for any destination wedding!
Wtoo Elba (back)

Wtoo's Shiloh gown glistens in all over sequin lace.
Wtoo's Shiloh gown also features a detachable train!

Wtoo's Madison gown is a breathtaking organza ballgown

Wtoo's Madison gown (back)

Wtoo's Emma gown has a unique illusion neckline
Wtoo's Emma gown (back)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Just In: Siri Bridesmaids

We are pleased to announce three chic new styles to add to our Siri Bridesmaids collection. Roxy, Cece, and Kiki are all sleek, metallic taffeta dresses that are perfect on their own or worn together in a bridal party. They come in dozens of different colors and fabrics to suit your taste, and are sure to be something any bridesmaid would love to wear.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Just In: Wtoo Bridesmaids

We are excited to show off some new additions to our Wtoo bridesmaids dress collection! Always fun and flirty, Wtoo has gorgeous cocktail and floor length styles that will make any bridesmaid feel beautiful on the big day.

Wtoo 439 in Watermelon Bobbinet

Wtoo 450 in Black Bobbinet
Wtoo 450 (back)

Wtoo 478 in Cherry Luminescent Taffeta

Wtoo 484 in Aqua Crinkle Chiffon

Wtoo 491 in Mermaid Crystal Chiffon

Wtoo 492 in Coral Crystal Chiffon

Wtoo 493 in Coral/Tomato Crystal Chiffon

Wtoo 495 in Mermaid Crystal Chiffon
Wtoo 495 (back)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bridal Styling Night Tomorrow

Don't forget to RSVP for tomorrow's Styling Night!  Local designers will be on hand to
help you style your bridal look with veils, jewelry, bridal belts & other accessories.  
Didn't get your gown at Miss Ruby?
That's okay...we'd still love to have you! We hope to see you there!

Monday, February 11, 2013

It's Mom's turn to shop for her dress

March is all about the Moms at Miss Ruby! Taking place March 8-10 is our Siri Mother of Occasion Trunk Show, featuring dresses in a variety of sizes and styles that are meant just for Moms!

No matter your age, shape or style, Siri has something for everyone. From strapless, peplum cocktail dresses to Old Hollywood-style gowns and everything in between, we will have a dress to highlight your best assets and make you look as beautiful as the bride on the big day!

Take a look at this preview of our Mother of Occasion dresses available just at the show! We will have everything pictured here and much, much more. Then set up an appointment at Miss Ruby Boutique to meet with a consultant during our Siri Mother of Occasion Trunk Show! Spots are limited so call today.