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New hours for Spring!

Hi everyone, it's an exciting time of the year- wedding season is about to start! With that being said, we will be closed on Sundays for now. If there is a special in store event happening, we will open this day up if needed, for additional appointments. 

During winter Sundays will be open again, so don't you worry! 

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Buying a Home Together Before or After the Wedding: Tips and Considerations

Author: Kris Lindahl | CEO/Owner The Kris Lindahl Team at RE/MAX Results

Couples planning to tie the knot often wonder whether it’s a smarter move to invest in a home before or after the big day. Truth be told, a marriage certificate really won’t make much difference concerning the right time, but there are things to take into account when buying a home together. While countless considerations will go into selecting the perfect home, some of the most pertinent concerns that couples should address when buying concern finances. Read on to learn more about applying for a mortgage as a couple, tax issues, and other considerations of the process of buying a first home together.

Deciding When to Apply for a Mortgage

From a lender’s standpoint, it doesn’t matter whether the parties applying for the mortgage are married or not, as it will not have any relevance on their bottom line credit scores and other qualifications for a loan. Furthermore, marriage status is not a consideration when determining loan qualification amounts or interest rates. Each individual is typically underwritten on the application, so couples can apply at any time.

Applying Together vs Applying Separate for Home Loans

While getting married often means that couples are dedicated to making major decisions and purchases together. However, there are a three key situations where it may be best to leave a spouse or soon-to-be-spouse off the mortgage application altogether.

1.  One Partner Has Poor Credit: Depending on the type of loan being applied for and the lender, both party’s credit scores are scrutinized. While some companies give consideration to the average score of both applicants, many will pay more attention to a particularly low score by one party. To get the best financing rates, the low credit score holder should consider staying off the mortgage unless their income is necessary to boost loan qualification amounts.

2.  One Party Doesn’t Meet Income or Paperwork Requirements: There are numerous documents required with mortgage applications, and certain situations may prevent one person from having all them available. Some situations include extended periods of traveling and/or living abroad, recently starting a new business or having zero income due to school or familial obligations.

3.  One Individual Has Excessive Debt:  Lenders take a hard look at each party’s debt-to-income ratio (DTI), which can heavily impact several aspects of home loan availability and terms. Those those with heavy debt may consider foregoing applying to decrease the overall DTI. However, amid community property states that consider debts of married couples combined, the solo applicant will want to proceed before the wedding and make legal arrangements to determine ownership and title issues.

Holding Title Prior to Marriage and Determining Ownership with Sole Purchases

Those involved in lengthy engagements involving cohabitation that opt for only one partner to be on the mortgage will want to take precautions to include that party into some type of agreement concerning the property. After all, how a home is titled has a tremendous bearing on transferring the property in the event of the official owner’s death and in regards to legal ownership for the duration of residency. Speak with a real estate attorney to see how state laws and holding title effects you, especially if you live in a community property state. There are ways to include non-title parties into the ownership scene with protections such as Joint Tenancy, Tenant in Common, and Holding Trust agreements.

Tax Considerations

Homeowners can receive significant tax benefits to couples, but navigating through the process when unmarried can present challenges. Married couples qualify to take deductions for mortgage payments, interest and property taxes when filing jointly. Unmarried couples not filing jointly will want to explore how to divide any tax benefits the claimant receives. Another issue facing couples in one-party ownership situations are gift taxes for the non-owning spouse. Again, speak to a professional familiar with real estate tax laws to avoid facing these penalties.

First Time Buying Programs

There are a number of first time home buying programs that each have their own restrictions, regulations and requirements for financial assistance. Depending on the situation whether married or not, many couples are delighted to discover they qualify for such programs such as Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loans, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Loans, Veterans Affairs Loans and many other local grants and programs.

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Wedding season is coming and we want to celebrate with you!

The Piece of Cake! 5K will be here in no time (Aug 5th!!!) and we cannot wait to make our second event even bigger and better than last year. It's going to be tough to top it, but we have a few surprises up our sleeves! 

Now keep in mind this event is for ANYONE, whether you're engaged, have fitness goals or just love running 5K events, we just want you to join us for a day of FUN! If this is your first 5K or 20th, it doesn't matter. Run, walk, or jog across that finish line because in the end we are going to be celebrating with cake, champagne, a ton of wedding giveaways and a live DJ! 

 Photography Credit: Studio 360 Photo

Photography Credit: Studio 360 Photo

To make this event even sweeter, we have a special promo code just for you to save $5 on your registration- use BUCCIS5 when you checkout! Hey that gives you a movie night at Marcus, an extra cup of Starbucks, 5 random items from the Target $1 section... do you need more suggestions, I can go on. 

See you there,
Melissa

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Happy Four Years, Bucci's Bridal!

You know those moments where a lot of time has passed by, but you still remember starting something like it was yesterday? Yes, that's how I feel every time Bucci's Bridal has another anniversary. 

Four years ago on March 10th, those doors officially opened and the store carried maybe 30 dresses, can you imagine?! Whenever a bride stopped in, I was so excited she heard of this new store... what's it called? "Boosie's? Bookie? Bbbbb uhhhh" Yes ladies, it's "Boo-chee", don't worry I know I'll still be correcting it down the road! 

My favorite moment throughout the years is when brides started coming in because someone referred them. Someone said they had a good experience and they wanted that same type of customer service and selection.

While the store has continued to grow and evolve, with more closets for dresses, new decor, new designers etc. There is one thing that'll always be the same, our service to our brides-to-be. Without our growing family, we wouldn't be where we are today. We are always going to continue to make the shopping experience in our store more streamlined, simplified, hands-on, but most importantly, memorable. So thank you to our countless number of brides (and their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters etc) who have told their co-worker, best friend, or sister (yes we've had sisters and even twin sisters find their dress with us!) to see what Bucci's is all about. You are the reason we always have so many amazing pictures with our "I Said Yes!" sign to share on Instagram and Facebook.

A big thank you goes out to the amazing team at the store- Maggie, Krista, Janelle and Alexandra. They love helping our brides while keeping things running smoothly day in and out. I'm sure you all have met or personally worked with them before!

So where is Bucci's Bridal going to be in the next year? There aren't any plans to move, Pewaukee is our home. That doesn't mean we haven't had some growing pains and would like to have a little more room to take on more appointments on our already fully booked weekends. Will it happen? Guess you'll have to see *wink*. 

xoxo Melissa

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Kennedy Blue Bridesmaids Dresses

We are often asked where to shop for "affordable" bridesmaids dresses. There are so many online options today, we get it! The downside is, how do you know your bridesmaids will like the dresses? What if the color isn't what it looks like online?

Well we did our homework and found you a great solution- Kennedy Blue! Not only are all their dresses UNDER $150, they also have the latest styles, top trending colors and you can try on dresses before ordering for only $10 (hello bridesmaids party at home!).

Take a look through their gallery and if you see something you like, use our promo code 1FREE for a free swatch color! 

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaids Dresses

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The Cost of A $1000 Wedding Dress

Wait, did that make sense? Wouldn’t a $1000 dress BE $1000? Yes of course it should be! Wedding dresses prices can vary quite a bit, anywhere from a $100 end of season sale to $10,000 couture designers. Whatever your price range is, there is a beautiful dress out there for every bride.

Now back to the main subject. There are some big box stores out there who constantly have sales going on, which is so enticing, but are you really saving in the end? There’s sometimes a stigma about boutiques being “high end”, but the best thing you can do when you’re ready to find your wedding dress is to research! Research the websites, read those reviews, call or email the store with questions ahead of time before you pick the store you feel is your best match according to your price range and style.

Yes, maybe you’re busy and you want your sister, best friend or mom to set up your dress shopping day, but do yourself a favor and save yourself the stress and find a store that matches your vibe best so you have success in your shopping experience!

We feel confident in the designers we carry because we are picky and being picky allows us to have dresses that combines a few important requirements: unique style + quality + affordable pricing = value.

To give you a better idea of what a $1000 dress means from us versus the “big box”, check out our comparison below.

$1000 Wedding Dress

We understand it’s important to watch your finances when it comes to planning your wedding and we are with you! We pick all of our designers with you in mind, whether it means you’re getting a lot of value for the price, the latest styles and trends, exclusivity, or easy customization options.

The take away message is this, your dress will be the most self-expressive garment you will ever wear. It’s also one of the many decisions you’ll be making for one of the most important days in your life. We have done the hard work for you, are you ready to see why so many brides have said “yes” with us?

Make your appointment here: http://bit.ly/2qsVZbJ

Xoxo Melissa

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The Best Locations to Make Your Wedding Day Unique

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Photo: Front Room Photography

Written by: Julie Morris
Juliemorris.org | jmorris@juliemorris.org

It’s your special day, so you want your wedding location to be memorable.  It should be a venue that reflects something unique about you and sets the tone for your future together, whether you opt for someplace fun, rustic, whimsical, or elegant.  Consider these exciting alternatives from traditional locales to make your wedding day extraordinary. 

Amusement park.  Think Ferris wheels, carousels and cotton candy - a little whimsy and magic to make your wedding day sparkle!  Note that you will likely need to work around the park’s schedule, but as some experts point out it’s a great option that includes the perfect location for your guests to enjoy a getaway in conjunction with your event. Choose from options like Belmont Park, Michigan’s Adventure, Riverfront Park, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

Tree house.  Yep, an adult-sized tree house, perfect for special occasions!  Generally a pastoral cottage in the woods built on supporting beams, tree houses are a fun and rustic venue for brides and grooms who want to enjoy nature on their wedding day.  This is a great option for a casual and outdoorsy wedding. Throw in a campfire and hiking for terrific photo ops!

Dog parks.  Is your pooch going to be your ring bearer?  Many couples are including their furry family members in their weddings these days.  Why not invite Fido’s friends?  Selecting a dog park for your big day provides opportunities for furry guests to join in the fun, and you’ll enjoy built-in memory making for photo albums galore.  Fortunately, there are great dog parks in most US and Canadian cities, including: Calgary, Saint Paul, MN, Madison, WI, Indianapolis, IN, Knoxville, TN, Raleigh, NC, Portland, OR, Miami, FL, San Jose, CA, and Albuquerque, NM. And, as Country Living suggests, consider stationary and decor reflecting a dog-theme to pull the event together!

Zoos.  A bit wild, a bit exotic, and just enough unusual, many public zoos have rentable spaces for special events.  If you’re animal lovers or just want to have fun with the potential themes a zoo will inspire, a zoo may be the perfect choice for commemorating your day. 

Hot air balloon.  Do you dream of floating peacefully through the air on your wedding day?  A hot air balloon wedding could make your dream come true!  Glamour notes some balloon gondolas can carry up to a dozen passengers, so you can gather a small party to share in the event.  Enjoy traditional champagne after the flight to wrap up your elegant and colorful ceremony.

Historical sites.  Flavored with ambience and textured by yesteryear, many historical sites can be rented for special events.  Some professionals suggest beautiful libraries, restored barns or  Victorian greenhouses to for an event that’s truly unique.  Take advantage of surrounding grounds for catering and a beautiful reception, and your package will be unusual and unforgettable.   

Public parks.  Adventure and elegance meet in the great outdoors - state and national parks usually offer some of the most beautiful and scenic outdoor settings available.  Some have amenities including restaurants and inns, some are more simple with just picnic spots and patios.  Explore area forestries and parks to find what locations offer appropriate facilities for your event. 

Converted building.  Many weddings are housed in converted buildings, such as rehabilitated warehouses or factories, or monasteries-turned-event halls.  These each bring their own special vibes, offering unusual structures like exposed brick interiors, vintage handmade tiles, and open beam construction.  Add your own vision to create a tableau all your own. 

Bowling alley.  Whether you choose bowling shirts with his and hers teams or opt for traditional wedding attire, a bowling alley is a truly unique locale for getting hitched.  And if you’re thinking you’re limited to humdrum lanes and a hot dog vendor, some experts say think again - there are bowling facilities across the country which offer elegant ballrooms well-suited to a funky event with classic flair.

We hope this list inspires you to select a location truly personal for your wedding day.  Whether you prefer an outdoor adventure or indoor setting, your options are virtually unlimited.  Think outside the box and find a venue that honors what is unique about you!

- Julie Morris

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Moving While Planning a Wedding

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Written by: Julie Morris
Juliemorris.org | jmorris@juliemorris.org

Everyone knows the saying “when it rains, it pours.” It is especially true for newly-engaged couples. Not only do they have to plan and execute their dream wedding, making compromises and sacrifices along the way, but they also have to make preparations for starting their life out together. For many couples, that means finding a new place to live and moving there together.

Planning a wedding is stressful, time consuming, and expensive. Moving is stressful, time consuming, and expensive as well. So how do newly engaged couples do it?

Communication is Key
This probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard this age-old relationship advice, and it certainly won’t be the last. That doesn’t make it any less important. If you and your partner want to get through this hectic time of your lives together with your sanity intact, you have to communicate.

Set down a time where you can each write your goals for the first years of your marriage individually. Do you want to have kids right away or wait a bit? Are you anticipating a job change or some other life event that will impact your finances? Is where you are living now the place you want to spend the rest of your life?

Answering these questions separately then comparing your expectations is the first step you have to take when it comes to figuring out where you should move. If your finances are secure and you want to start a family sooner rather than later, buying a house is a great option. If you aren’t quite sure if you are ready to stick around in your area for the foreseeable future, renting a bigger place for the two of you to live in for the time being is a smarter option.

You can also use this time to discuss wedding expectations and make compromises there. However, don’t be surprised if this all expands to two or three conversations over time. If frustrations occur, don’t hesitate to step away for a little while and come back to the dialogue with a cool head.

Money and Budgeting
Finding the right balance between resources, expectations, and necessity is the next step. When budgeting for your wedding and new home, opt to spend less on the wedding. Depending on the market, you may have to have some more flexibility when it comes to finding a new home. On the other hand, you can easily scale back wedding expenses. According to CNN Money, the average cost of a wedding is about $30,000. However, you can work to spend less than that by opting to have the ceremony at home, scaling back the guest list, or opting to serve hors d’oeuvres rather than a full, sit down dinner.

Meanwhile, looking for a home may require additional expenses you can’t control. Once you find a house, hire a contractor to give you estimates on what it costs to complete any improvements or renovations needed prior to moving in. For instance, HomeAdvisor estimates the average price to remodel a kitchen runs around $9,649 to $28,615 while taking about nine days to complete. If you can, have these kinds of repairs done before the wedding so the place is ready for move-in as soon as possible.

Making a spending plan is a great way to track expenses and stay within your budget. Identify your joint income, including savings and assets. From there, you can track your existing expenses to find what kind of surplus you two can work with. That should give you a number you can work with when it comes to determining priorities and making sacrifices.

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When two people become engaged, they have to do a lot in a little amount of time. Many couples find themselves having to plan a wedding while finding a home they can start their new life in. To do so, they have to communicate their expectations and desires from the start so everybody is on the same page and they can make compromises as needed. Once said expectations are decided, money is generally the next obstacle. Make a spending plan based on your current financial situation, and prepare to spend less on the wedding since the housing market is less predictable.

- Julie Morris

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New Year, New hours, New Designers!

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you had a great season full of cheer, cheese, champagne chocolate and celebration! We've seen a number of engagement announcements online (yay!) and are officially ready for DRESS SEASON!

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To help accommodate you even more, we have new Sunday hours available: 12-3pm! You can easily schedule your appointment online here. Please keep in mind, we can make room for up to three guests per bride to keep our boutique a comfortable and relaxed experience. If you wish to bring more people, we highly suggest making a VIB appointment, which you can reserve the whole store for yourself and your guests! 

What to Expect on Your First Appointment

Do not be surprised to fall in love with a dress right away, it happens all the time (and usually the first dress!). We ask you come prepared by bringing the most important person during this experience, whether it's your mom or someone else. Also be financially prepared as we have incentives for your first appointment. 

  1. After you schedule your appointment online, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to our website, so you can browse our designers online.

  2. You will receive a confirmation text before your appointment, so our bridal specialist team can learn more about the dress styles you are looking for and hand pick dresses for your appointment. This is a good opportunity to share any pictures or specific styles with us.

  3. We suggest bringing no more than 3 people to your appointment, since we are a smaller boutique and space is limited. We can always set up another appointment to show people the dress you have chosen.

  4. No need to bring heels, because we have a pedestal for you to stand on in front of the mirror.

  5. Bring either a strapless and/or nude bra for trying on dresses. Keep in mind to wear neutral underwear. A hair tie can be helpful for trying on veils and hairpieces.

  6. Please refrain from wearing self tanner or heavy makeup to keep our dresses in pristine condition.

  7. When you arrive your bridal specialist will have pre-selected dresses based off of your style and budget, so you can begin trying on dresses immediately and make the most of your appointment.

  8. Your bridal specialist will observe what you are loving about the dresses you try on and will suggest similar styles until you find your dress!

  9. Yes, it is that easy! You can expect to find THE dress with us in your first appointment.

  10. Be prepared to say “YES!” same day to receive your FREE bridal accessory (or two) to compliment your dress.

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New Designers Alert!!

For the boho bride who loves lace, crepe, unique details or daring necklines, you will love our two newest designers: Katie May & Emmy Mae. We are also receiving two new styles from Made With Love, the ivory version of Sasha and Stevie! What we love about all of these lines is, they are exclusive to our store for Wisconsin! 

So ladies, are you ready? We can't wait to have you become our next Bucci's Bridal Bride!
- Melissa

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Your First Holiday Season as Newlyweds!

Your first holiday season as newlyweds should be a blissful one

Written by: Julie Morris
Juliemorris.org | jmorris@juliemorris.org

 Photo by  Inna Lesyk  for Unsplash

Photo by Inna Lesyk for Unsplash

You just said your vows, and now it’s time for your first holiday season together as a family. It’s the most wonderful time of year, and it’s the most wonderful time of your lives. But navigating this time together can be fraught with trouble if you don’t plan accordingly.

Spending the holidays together and with your extended families is fun and difficult, depending on your situation, but there are ways to do it without causing (too much) friction. Remember that you should be cognizant of the wishes of others, but you don’t have to cave to all demands.

If you live far away from your families, getting there can be a challenge. Many holiday movies have been made about the challenges of visiting family for the holidays, so it’s a perennial issue. If you’re lucky, your parents and in-laws live in the same town, so you can visit with everyone in one trip. Some families chose to divide up the holidays, such as Thanksgiving with one family and Christmas or Hanukkah with the other. You can even alternate which family you visit each year.

Once you have bought a home, you should consider hosting the holidays. That way, you get to decide what to serve and how to manage the family. Plus, it’s a great way to break out all of the exciting wedding gifts you were recently given. You can have everyone at your house, and you’ll never have to travel. That said, hosting is stressful, too. You have to have enough space, be able to host out-of-town visitors, be considerate of everyone’s needs, and decorate the home.

The great thing about starting a new family, whether it’s just the two of you or you and some kids, is that you get to start your own holiday traditions. You can choose to adopt some traditions from your own families, alter them to your liking, or completely start anew. Consider making an ornament that celebrates your first holiday together, volunteering to serve dinner to the homeless, shopping for kids in need, or driving around to see holiday lights.

If you’re decorating, make sure you know how to do so safely. Here are some tips:

●      Keep your live tree watered -- A dry tree is a major fire hazard, and they can set a home alight in about a minute. Keep them away from fireplaces, heat sources and high-traffic areas.

●      Watch your ladder -- If you’re hanging lights, make sure that the ladder you use can support your weight and can extend three feet above the roofline.

●      Make sure your lights are correct for the job -- Indoor lights go indoors and outdoor lights go out. Some can be used for both. Make sure you know what you have.

●      Place the breakable ornaments up high so that pets don’t break them and leave pieces of glass all over the place.

●      Check the chimney -- Don’t use your wood-burning fireplace until you’ve had it inspected. Creosote buildup inside the chimney can cause a chimney fire, which can do major damage to the chimney and even set the house on fire. It doesn’t cost much to have it inspected and cleaned, so you’ll be able to sip hot cocoa in front of the fire in peace.

However you choose to celebrate the holidays, don’t forget to spend some quality time together. It’s easy to get swept up in family obligations when you’re being pulled from one family to the other and from one holiday party to another, but the holidays should be a time to create special memories. Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy it together.

- Julie Morris

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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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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.

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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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