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Vow to be Chic

Let's talk bridesmaids! It is something we have phased out of the store over the summer and in return, have added a couple of new bridal lines, including Emmy Mae (the sister company to Made with Love) and the iconic low back dresses from Katie May.

With that being said, we are asked all the time where to go for bridesmaids dresses. We love giving recommendations and have recently come across Vow to be Chic, where you can RENT, yes RENT, your bridesmaid dress! Rental prices are under $100, include the latest styles and colors and top designers, such as Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Yoo.

There's the option to loan a dress to try on at home first and when you do decide, you get to pick a second size, for free! Now you may ask, what about height? No worries my friend, regular length works for a 5'1" to 5'5" height and long works for 5'6" to 5'10". Need a swatch? They got you covered. #winning

Special Bucci's Bridal Promo Code: BUCCIS10 (to save 10%!)

Now go check them out for yourself, your dusty blue dreams have come true!

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Our Piece of Cake! 5K Stella York Winner

Well that's a mouthful! We are talking cake here, right? Well the race has come and gone (don't worry we are announcing next year's date really soon!!), but now we get to share with you our bride who won a free Stella York wedding dress!!

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Meet Megan, Megan worked with Maggie a couple of weekends ago and this was her experience at Bucci's Bridal, "We had so much fun exploring the Stella dresses. I can’t stop thinking about my dress, and am absolutely blown away by the one we chose. THANK YOU! I really appreciate everything you have done to help make this process amazing."

What we love about the Piece of Cake! 5K race is, not only is it bringing together your bridesmaids, groom and families together, it's also promoting health while helping you plan your wedding with fun prize giveaways and benefitting a non-profit charity. We look forward to hosting this event again next year with Weddings With A Twist and it'll be even bigger and better!

Here is a little about Megan and her upcoming wedding with Kevin:

My fiancé (Kevin) and I met at Concordia University Wisconsin our freshman year of college (although my mom remembers meeting Kevin at the Freshman Orientation day months before school even started). Since CUW is a small school, we met through mutual friends and ended up playing on the same intramural soccer team. Our first date was to the Milwaukee Art Museum towards the end of the spring semester, shortly after our first date, I announced that I was transferring schools to UW Stevens Point the next year to pursue a psychology degree. Since then, we have done long distance and are looking forward to finally living in the same city next summer! 

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We got engaged August 2016 at the Milwaukee Art Museum after reminiscing on our first date. For our proposal, Kevin also had my good friend, Kelsey of Kelsey Barth Photography (www.kelseybarth.com) hidden to document the YES!

Kevin recently graduated from CUW with his MBA, and currently works as a Commercial Banking Credit Analyst. I am finishing up my Master’s degree in Cognitive and Affective Psychology at UW Oshkosh.

Our wedding will be in Madison, WI in August of 2018. We are having our ceremony at the Madison Public Library (a beautiful venue wth high ceilings, clean white lines, and lots of windows!) and our reception will be at the Madison Children’s Museum (a venue with lots of character and the BEST view of the capitol). We will be trying to do as much locally as possible— can I say besides marrying Kevin, and eating lots of wedding cake, I may be most excited to have bouquets of flowers from the Madison Farmer’s Market! 

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Kevin and I like to explore Milwaukee and Madison together. We enjoy running, biking and spending time with family. We watch a bit too much Seinfeld and How I met your Mother, and our favorite date nights usually involve trips to get ice cream. 

 

 

We also need to add Kevin took 2nd place in our race this year, which also made him the top male runner!

Congratulations Megan, we cannot wait to see pictures from you wedding day!

xoxo Melissa & the Bucci's Bridal girls

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Winter is coming...

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No, no this isn't a blog about my love for GoT, even though I'm already having withdrawals from the season being done with already! I want to update you all on a couple little changes happening at Bucci's Bridal, starting in October.

Ok maybe I'm having Game of Thrones withdrawal, but for real, the cooler breeze finally kicked in today and we are ready for boots and sweaters! 

Starting in October, we will be closing Sundays, to open up Thursdays! We understand there are a lot of Packers fans out there (including ourselves!) and a lot of games fall at noon this season, along with holidays, so we are going to give you our all on Saturday, then rest up on Sunday! 

We are shifting our Saturday hours to 11am-5pm, to be open a little later, which has been a greater request lately and we want to be able to better accommodate you! For special events, we will open certain Sundays, but will make sure to announce it ahead of time to help you schedule your appointment. 

Don't forget! December 1st and 2nd we are hosting our very first Stella York Preview Show, which is VERY EXCLUSIVE. Read more information about it here to reserve your appointment time.

Also, we are going LIVE. Join us for "ask us anything" segments on Facebook or Instagram while we tell you new events happening at the store or for your feedback on new styles or fun things we can do here to make your experience even more memorable with us. 

So go sip on your chai tea latte, throw on your Nelson jersey, carve a pumpkin and let's get this season started!

xoxo Melissa

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Off to market we go!

The day is fast approaching, Bridal Market! We take this day very seriously (Us serious? Ha!) as we will be previewing the brand new 2018 bridal gown collections to hand pick the perfect styles for our brides!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat to see behind the scene footage of our trip and sneak peeks of the hottest new dresses on Monday, September 25th!

FB: /buccisbridal
IG: @buccisbridal
Snap: buccisbridal

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You Might Notice Something Different...

Stella York

Stella York

Bucci's Bridal has grown quickly in the past three years, almost anywhere we go, someone knows someone who has been here and we can't begin to tell you how happy it makes us to know our cute little boutique in Pewaukee has been a part of so many weddings! 

Our passion lies in bridal, we care about what designers and styles are here for you. We care about the atmosphere we provide so you feel comfortable with your guests. We care about the experience you remember after you find your dress and grin ear to ear with our "I said yes!" sign for an Instagram picture. 

Starting July 31st we will be solely focused on our brides.

Made With Love

Made With Love

We will soon have more top styles in different sizes in colors from your favorite collection- Stella York, we are also adding a brand new designer, Made With Love! We work closely with designers who have as much passion in their brand as we do for ours. Your decision to find your dress with us is like joining our family! 

Lastly, we are working on more ways to connect with you, because your time with us doesn't start when you walk through the doors, it starts the moment you decide to make an appointment. You can now reach us via text, we get it, phone calls can't always happen in the middle of a work day! 

Soon we will be holding after hours private appointments where you can have the whole store to yourself! (This will be listed on the appointments page by April) On top of that, we will be offering Skype consultations to local brides and to those who are out of state. Everyone near and far will have access to our boutique! 

We cannot thank you enough for putting your trust in us to help you feel and look amazing on your wedding day. Each bride holds a different story and we look forward to hearing yours.

 

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Small Business = Transparency

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Small Business = Transparency

When you are a small business owner, you are running the show, if something happens, your business still exists, whether you are there or not. Well, two weeks ago, almost to this exact hour, something happened I never thought I'd experience- my mom had a hemorrhage in her brain and 5 days later, she passed away. 

I couldn't even think of the store, I only wanted to be with family, for support and love, and to be there for them, while trying to figure out what we would do next. I wasn't even sure what day of the week it was after a while. 

I'm grateful my girls at the store kept things running while so many people reached out with their thoughts, prayers, and offers of help. When you have a small business in a small town, it's nice being able to be transparent, I always wanted to be a part of the community and I feel being able to share this shows what Bucci's Bridal is really about- being honest and open. 

Now that things are settling down again and it's time to return to the store, I wanted to share an article my cousin, Maria, shared after my mom's service:

Alright, here goes. I'm old. What that means is that I've survived (so far) and a lot of people I've known and loved did not. I've lost friends, best friends, acquaintances, co-workers, grandparents, mom, relatives, teachers, mentors, students, neighbors, and a host of other folks. I have no children, and I can't imagine the pain it must be to lose a child. But here's my two cents.

I wish I could say you get used to people dying. I never did. I don't want to. It tears a hole through me whenever somebody I love dies, no matter the circumstances. But I don't want it to "not matter". I don't want it to be something that just passes. My scars are a testament to the love and the relationship that I had for and with that person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love. So be it. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are a testament that I can love deeply and live deeply and be cut, or even gouged, and that I can heal and continue to live and continue to love. And the scar tissue is stronger than the original flesh ever was. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are only ugly to people who can't see.

As for grief, you'll find it comes in waves. When the ship is first wrecked, you're drowning, with wreckage all around you. Everything floating around you reminds you of the beauty and the magnificence of the ship that was, and is no more. And all you can do is float. You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. Maybe it's some physical thing. Maybe it's a happy memory or a photograph. Maybe it's a person who is also floating. For a while, all you can do is float. Stay alive.

In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. They come 10 seconds apart and don't even give you time to catch your breath. All you can do is hang on and float. After a while, maybe weeks, maybe months, you'll find the waves are still 100 feet tall, but they come further apart. When they come, they still crash all over you and wipe you out. But in between, you can breathe, you can function. You never know what's going to trigger the grief. It might be a song, a picture, a street intersection, the smell of a cup of coffee. It can be just about anything...and the wave comes crashing. But in between waves, there is life.

Somewhere down the line, and it's different for everybody, you find that the waves are only 80 feet tall. Or 50 feet tall. And while they still come, they come further apart. You can see them coming. An anniversary, a birthday, or Christmas, or landing at O'Hare. You can see it coming, for the most part, and prepare yourself. And when it washes over you, you know that somehow you will, again, come out the other side. Soaking wet, sputtering, still hanging on to some tiny piece of the wreckage, but you'll come out. Take it from an old guy. The waves never stop coming, and somehow you don't really want them to. But you learn that you'll survive them. And other waves will come. And you'll survive them too. If you're lucky, you'll have lots of scars from lots of loves. And lots of shipwrecks.

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Two Year Anniversary

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Two Year Anniversary

Honest Post Ahead… Today marks the two year anniversary of when Bucci’s Bridal opened its doors and I didn’t think much of it when I woke up this morning, but being the sentimental/sappy person I am, it naturally made me think back.

Grateful and blessed are all I feel right now. This small dream of always wanting to open a business came true and I never thought it would have grown into what it is today, and I can only imagine what is yet to come.

Being a business owner has its perks, who doesn’t want to be their own boss? But it also comes with some very real truths, there were days I doubted why I ever wanted to start this, or worry the risk is too great, and I feel bad for all the times I wanted to spend more time with those I loved, but I had to "be at the store", or took out a long day or weekend on someone because I was “tired” and just wanted to complain. I appreciate all the support and love those people gave me, despite showing my ugly side.

People often ask why I opened this bridal shop, and while I did it because I love having the creative freedom to do whatever I want, it ultimately comes down to where I want to devote my time. I LOVE what I do here and while running a business feels like a 24/7 job, it is worth it for the long term. I hope to keep working towards building a team to run this place with the core values and beliefs I stand behind, while I’ll be able to have more time for those I love, because ultimately love, family, faith, those all come first in life. It is those things that drive me to work harder every day to keep building a future I believe in. 

So thank you if you took the time to read all of this, now you know a little more about the lady behind the Bucci’s Bridal title and I appreciate every single person who has helped contribute to this store, it’s name, and everything it stands for. 

Melissa Bucci

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2016 Prom Trends

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2016 Prom Trends

2016 Prom Trends

 

Crop Tops!

Crop tops have been a huge trend this year! If you want to show off your midriff, this is the dress for you! These dresses are fun, flirty, and continue to be the most requested dress!

 

 

 

 

 

Bling

It’s no surprise that bling is a trend that continues year after year! Every girl wants to have some sparkle, which is why a lot of prom dresses you see will have sequins and crystals. The crystal and sequins will make you stand out, and give you a show- stopping look!

 

 

 

 

 

Simple

Yes, a lot of girls want bling, but there are some girls who like the simple and clean design look. Flowy chiffon, jersey, or satin fabrics are known to be timeless and beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florals/Patterns

Bold florals or pattern dresses are a new trend this year!  These dresses typically come with a bold patterned skirt and are paired with a beaded or simple top. If you are searching for something unique, this might be a great option for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Backs

Low backs are always a hit! Whether the low back highlights a bit of detail or is left completely open for a dramatic effect, a low back dress always makes a statement!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illusion

Illusion will be seen at the neckline and on the back of the dress to give the effect of a bare back. Some might have sheer panels on the skirt to show off a little leg.

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Meet Stephanie- One of our Bridal Consultants!

Hi friend! First off, major congrats are in order! As a recent bride, I have been through the process you are going through right now. It is such an amazing time, planning one special day and I just truly hope you enjoy the process together! Time truly flies by!

Trust me, I get it, finding the perfect gown is one heck of a process that at times can seem stressful! But that is why I am here! I am full of admiration for every bride that walks into our store and LOVE celebrating their engagement because I know all of the emotions, time and excitement that goes into finding the perfect wedding gown! 

I have always LOVED weddings, which is why I decided to become a bridal consultant as well as a wedding photographer. I truly love meeting every bride that walks into our door. Seeing their faces light up when they talk about their wedding and find the perfect gown is SO special to me. I live for the moment when mom sees her little girl smiling from ear to ear when she knows that she found the perfect gown. It’s such a special moment and is something I am truly honored to be a part of.

Now, since it get a little overwhelming when you begin to dress shop, I thought it would be fun to show you some of my FAVORITE bridal accessories we have in our store. I love adding finishing touches to dresses you love, so when you have an appointment with me, be ready to see a full look! 

Photography by Stephanie Leigh

 

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6 Things Your Bridal Specialist Wish You Knew

Oh yes, we are going here. Have you ever wondered what a Bridal Specialist thinks about during her appointment? Read six things we wish our brides knew during their wedding dress shopping experience!

1. Don't shop too early, but don't shop too late

Hmm, yeah this can be conflicting, but it's true! It's always a great idea to start a Pinterest board of ideas of what you're looking for and it's also fun to start browsing to get idea of what you may like, but if you start too early, you may become overwhelmed by visiting too many shops, waiting for the new season of dresses to come out, or over compare styles that are too similar. 

You also don't want to shop too late because you need time to order a dress and have alterations done. We always suggest at least 8-10 months out since it may take about four months for a dress to arrive and anywhere from six weeks to two months for alterations. Plus you need to consider bridesmaids dress shopping so your girls can coordinate with your dress and you will need time for them to order as well! 

2. Trying on a dress outside of budget isn't always "fun"

Nothing is more discouraging than trying on a dress you fall in love with, but ultimately cannot fit into your bridal budget. Yes, there are a million options out there, but we are careful to help you select styles that are within your price range which will meet everything on your dream dress list! There are even options to add sashes, modify necklines and trains to customize what you envision. 

3. The more is not the merrier

Don't misunderstand us, this is a monumental chapter in your life and you want to be able to have those closest to you while you choose a dress to wear on your wedding day, but the more people you bring the more opinions you will hear and we have seen the "burn out" look one too many times. We suggest no more than three guests in an appointment.

Ultimately we want your experience to be memorable, while keeping the focus on you, plus we want to be able to answer your questions and help style your look. There are many opportunities to have everyone involved in your planning, keep in mind bridesmaids dress shopping, accessories, picking out shoes, a hairstyle, make-up etc. 

4. Not everyone cries

Like you may see on TV, not every bride needs to cry to know her dress is "the one". In fact, mom, a close friend or sister may be the one to start tearing up first! You will know you found your dress when you can't help but smile, while feeling confident and beautiful, knowing this dress reflects who you are and you cannot wait for your fiancé to get that first glimpse of you in it. Alright, hold on, now we need a tissue. 

5. Light, camera, make-up

Let's get one thing straight, camera phones will NOT determine how amazing you are going to look on your wedding day! While a bridal shop will have a lot of lighting and windows, those darn phones know just how to capture a bad angle. Trust those oversized mirrors, look at yourself from every side, walk around, sit down, but for goodness sake, don't pick a dress solely on what it looks like on a phone. Wearing natural make-up is also a great idea to see what you will look like on your wedding day, plus you can never go wrong with a good lipgloss and a little mascara. 

6. We want your honesty!

We get it, people from the midwest are "nice", that's just who we are! We don't make the dresses though, so talk to us, let us know what you really like or don't like because that helps us find something you will truly love. We see dresses all day long so we know what looks good on different body types or how something can be customized. We want to get to know you, your family, personality, and hear all about your wedding details, because in the end, we want to find a dress that is all about YOU!

 

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