The Crowning Glory - Regal Long Veils

“Painters have always been fascinated by the bridal veil… In my opinion no bridal ensemble is complete without the veil” ~ Rani St. Pucchi: Your Bridal Style: Everything you Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams

If we have learnt one thing from seeing Meghan Markle’s wedding ensemble as she walked down the aisle on the arms of her love, Prince Harry it is the importance of the bridal veil and how it enhances even the most minimalistic bridal style.

Ever since the very first collection in 1985, St. Pucchi has been well known for the unique, intricate and elaborately embroidered long veils and mantillas.

When brides think of wedding veils, a long pouf of tulle is what often comes to mind. But these stunning wedding veils are far from ordinary; their beauty lies in intricate and elaborate designs that are handmade and truly luxurious. 

While a wedding veil can make a statement on its own, these wedding veils are designed to complement the wedding dress for a full head-to-toe look that’s absolutely wow-worthy. For the fashion-forward bride that’s looking for something unique, whether traditional or non-traditional, consider one of these wedding veil ideas. 

 

 St. Pucchi Couture style 9405  When it comes to wedding veils, this handmade St. Pucchi veil screams drama. In this case, the gorgeous trim on the veil beautifully compliments the tulle ballgown.    

St. Pucchi Couture style 9405

When it comes to wedding veils, this handmade St. Pucchi veil screams drama. In this case, the gorgeous trim on the veil beautifully compliments the tulle ballgown. 

 

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  How about this long, sheer veil attached to an intricately embroidered and beaded skull cap? Perfect for the bride who is daring and looking for something unique.

St. Pucchi Sposa style Z133

How about this long, sheer veil attached to an intricately embroidered and beaded skull cap? Perfect for the bride who is daring and looking for something unique.

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  A custom made matching veil is a beautiful way to carry on the theme of our wedding dress. This dramatic cathedral length veil features the same floral appliqués as on the wedding gown.    

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A custom made matching veil is a beautiful way to carry on the theme of our wedding dress. This dramatic cathedral length veil features the same floral appliqués as on the wedding gown. 

 

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St. Pucchi Sposa Z302

Beautiful, hand embroidery adorns this wedding veil, which perfectly complements the lace and flowers featured on this ivory wedding dress.

A gorgeous handmade wedding veil is the perfect complement to any wedding dress. Pick one that truly shines with one of these statement-making wedding veils.

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type ; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

What Is A Bustle?

If you’re new to the bridal world, some of the terminology used for wedding gowns can be pretty confusing!

But if you’re a bride you are probably quite familiar by now of the different fabrics and silhouettes used to describe a bridal gown. Assuming you have chosen to wear a ball gown, or any style with a train, you will want to be able to move and dance after the ceremony, yes? If so you may consider having it bustled. 

So what types of gowns need to be bustled? Here are a few examples that will give you a fairly good idea:

 St. Pucchi style 477   

St. Pucchi style 477

 

   St. Pucchi style 498   

  St. Pucchi style 498

 

 St. Pucchi Couture style 9276   

St. Pucchi Couture style 9276

 

 St. Pucchi Couture style 9291   

St. Pucchi Couture style 9291

 

 St. Pucchi Couture style 9356

St. Pucchi Couture style 9356

An excerpt below from Rani St. Pucchi’s book, Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams offers clear information on the two most popular types of bustles to help you decide which one is right for you. 

“A bustle is the name given to the art of drawing up the train so that the gown can become floor-length and allow the bride to move around after the ceremony with ease and avoid tripping. It also ensures that the gown does not drag around on the ground after the ceremony and get soiled. To accomplish this, the train can be pinned up and secured by hidden hooks on the back of the dress. 

A bustle is useful when the bride chooses a dress with a train. Many brides love the formality of a wedding gown with a long train, but it can be cumbersome at the reception. 

All dresses with trains from the smallest sweep to the grandest cathedral can benefit from a proper bustle. Depending on the length of the train, a dress can be bustled by lifting and tucking the extra fabric underneath or over the skirt. Larger trains may need to be folded up using a system of hooks. 

A bustle is a unique and amazing creation that not only serves a practical purpose, but also adds tremendous style and interest to the bridal gown. 

There are two basic types of bustles: the Traditional bustle, and the French bustle. Each look is a little different, but both serve the same purpose, and work well with all types of trains. 

Traditional bustle: Also known as the over-bustle, this type of bustle is recommended for gowns with waistlines. It is created by gathering up the train and securing it with buttons or hooks and loop attachments at points on the waistline or elsewhere on the back of the gown for a cascading effect. 

French bustle: Also known as the under-bustle, this is the most popular type of bustle and is appropriate for all types of gowns. It is more elaborate and can seem almost Victorian on many dresses. With the French bustle, the buttons and loops or ribbons are attached to the underside of the skirt and train so that the train is actually tucked underneath and pinned or hooked to the fabric of the dress that way. 

For more ideas and advice on choosing the perfect dress for your body type, and on planning your dream wedding, pick up Rani’s #1 bestseller, Your Bridal Style, Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams. 

All gowns shown are available for immediate purchase at www.stpucchi.com

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type ; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

 

 

Indoor Wedding – What to Wear?

There are definitely many advantages to planning a wedding indoors.

Throwing your reception inside and it’s raining? Not a problem. Your guests will stay dry the whole time.

Worried about the cost of decorating? No need to fret about the rentals. The indoor venue will usually come fully stocked with tables and chairs. That way you can spend your money elsewhere-like say on an incredible live band or amazing flowers.

And unless there’s a power outage, you should be perfectly fine electricity wise. No need to supply electrical outlets.

Timing is everything. If you’re having a summer wedding, consider the heat if you have an outdoor reception. Likewise, if your reception will be during the cooler months, throwing your reception indoors is probably a safer bet.

Getting married in a ballroom, banquet hall, hotel, church, or another type of indoor event space? No worries! Below are some of our favorite picks of the best silhouettes when planning an indoor wedding.

1) At a Church or in a Placeof Worship:  As the wedding is formal in nature, your dress can be lavish with a long, majestic train, and paired with traditional accessories like a veil to make a huge impact and stand out among the crowd. Ball gowns with layers of tulle are extremely popular for traditional church wedding, as are A-lines and mermaid styles. Details and beautiful embellishments such as intricate embroidery and beading are all suitable and bound to impress. 

 St. Pucchi Couture Style 9456 with Matching Veil

St. Pucchi Couture Style 9456 with Matching Veil

2) In the City Hall: There are no hard-and-fast rules if you will be saying “I do” at the City Hall. You can be as fashionable as you like, as modern or as traditional as you can get. Your dress should stand out and make you look and feel like the bride that you are. Your outfit can be smart but dressy, or smart and minimalist, preferably with a shorter or no train. 

 Mila by St. Pucchi style 019   

Mila by St. Pucchi style 019

 

3) At a Castle: A castle can bring alive a fairy-tale vibe, characterized by magnificent old-world décor, perhaps with domed ceilings and courtyard entry and picture-perfect views. Typically formal, a castle wedding is characterized by magnificent décor. A traditional ball gown with classic details such as beaded or crystal embroidery adds plenty of sparkle and drama to an already grand and stately setting. So go all out in a fairy-tale inspired pure silk Duchess Satin gown that is très romantic with old-world elegance. 

    St. Pucchi Couture Style 9270

   St. Pucchi Couture Style 9270

4)At Home: Your dream wedding can be held in your own backyard especially if you have the space and are on a budget while planning a wedding that is unique to you, one that has a warm and intimate feel. Transform your garden into a gorgeous gazebo-esque venue, or commission a leafy bower to be made as your backdrop which can be your focal point, an intimate spot to hold a blessing. A whimsical organza layered dress with Alençon lace details adds soft and feminine elements and looks fresh and romantic in the natural greenery. Your dress should be both practical and comfortable.

 St. Pucchi Couture Style 9449 with Matching Veil

St. Pucchi Couture Style 9449 with Matching Veil

For more ideas and advice on planning your dream wedding pick up Rani’s #1 bestseller, Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams.

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type ; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles. Her memoir, Unveiled: A Celebrity Fashion Designer’s Story will be released in 2019.

 

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

Destination Wedding – What to Wear?

Planning a destination wedding can be tricky, but finding the perfect destination wedding dress doesn't have to be! The key to a perfect wedding dress for your destination is to find something that fits the venue and is appropriate for the weather and time of year.

Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite destination wedding dresses that are perfect for your out-of-town wedding. 

  1. In the Country or at the Park: Whimsical…
 Avine Perucci Style 487   

Avine Perucci Style 487

 

 

2. At a Resort: Rich and shimmering…

   St. Pucchi Couture style 9267   

  St. Pucchi Couture style 9267

 

3. In the Desert: Soft and flowing, with an organic feel...

 St. Pucchi Couture style 9311

St. Pucchi Couture style 9311

4.On a Cruise: Soft French Chantilly lace with a touch of mint…

 St. Pucchi Couture style 9335

St. Pucchi Couture style 9335

When choosing what to wear, always keep your location and climate in mind. 

Your wedding dress and the venue are two mutually inclusive factors that affect your overall wedding theme. Once you have chosen your venue, you can focus on the style of your dress. Pick one that resonates with you most, one that you’ve always dreamt about, that suits your body type best. 

For more destination ideas and to determine if a destination wedding is for you, pick up Rani’s new book, Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams.

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type ; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles. Her memoir, Unveiled: A Celebrity Fashion Designer’s Story will be released in 2019.

 

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

 

Top Pantone Spring 2018 Wedding Colors

If you're still deciding on the color scheme for your wedding, take a cue from this palette of some of the top Pantone Spring 2018 colors. 

 

This season’s gorgeous colors run the gamut from soft and feminine to bold choices, along with many classic colors as the mainstay of any bridal wardrobe, and the foundational core upon which you can start building your own personal bridal style. 

 

The core classic shades play a critical role in any bridal wardrobe, and I want to highlight the nuance of these classic colors for the Spring 2018 season.

 

In an earlier post I talked about Pantone’s 2018 color of the year, Ultra Violet. Here’s another St. Pucchi dress that is the ultimate expression of this unique color, one that intrigues with its hybrid, mysterious nature, associated with the seventh chakra, where the human meets the divine. 

 St. Pucchi Couture - Swarovski Platinum

St. Pucchi Couture - Swarovski Platinum

Other colors I absolutely love from Pantone’s color palette for this Spring are: 

Rapture rose: a full, princess-like, intense pink shade. Although a bit too intense of a color to be worn as a bridal gown, a softer version of this shade is what I prefer – it is feminine, romantic and absolutely perfect for Spring!

 St. Pucchi Couture style 9402

St. Pucchi Couture style 9402

Sky blue: A fresh, calming color that evokes a serene sky. 

 St. Pucchi style 504

St. Pucchi style 504

Harbor Mist: A mid-tone dove gray. Perfect as an accent or even as a beautiful jacket such as this St. Pucchi masterpiece

 St. Pucchi Rose jacket style 9333

St. Pucchi Rose jacket style 9333

Warm Sand: A comforting neutral shade very close to the color Butterscotch made popular by St. Pucchi.

 St. Pucchi Couture style 9298   

St. Pucchi Couture style 9298

 

Milk white: a full, warm hue. Nothing to do with optical white, cooler and cyber-like.

This shade suits almost every bride.

 St. Pucchi Style 501   

St. Pucchi Style 501

 

Tomato Red: a totally bold, entrancing hue. Indulge in bright red flowers in the hair, or go bold with a tomato red lipstick this spring. 

 St. Pucchi style 507   

St. Pucchi style 507

 

For flowers and wedding décor, feel free to combine any of the above with the following top Pantone Spring 2018 colors: 

 

Light green: Green is back for summer 2018, but this time with a delicate and fresh nuance. 

 

Chocolate brown: Brown is back on the runway. Intense and enveloping, it will be impossible to resist this shade, just like it’s impossible to resist a chocolate praline. Use this as a sash or in your cake frosting. Or how about a chocolate cake? 

 

Yellow: A vibrant, energizing tone, and a little wild too! Just think of paintings by Kandinsy or Matisse. Note that yellow’s comeback for 2018 is strictly connected to purple, its complementary color. Think yellow flowers such as Forsythia, Daffodil bulbs, double yellow Begonia. 

 

Whatever your choices are, whatever colors suit your fancy, don't hesitate! 

Be bold. Be you.

 

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

 

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type ; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles. Her memoir, Unveiled: A Celebrity Fashion Designer’s Story will be released in 2019.

 

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

Protecting Yourself In Marriage

Many a starry-eyed couple goes into marriage with their blinders on. 

They’re in love and caught in a whirlwind of romance. They are confident beyond any doubt that they have made the absolute right choice. After all they have found the love of their life, their life partner, their soul mate – one with whom they will spend the rest of their life with - for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do they part…

Some are indeed lucky to have found their forever love, and because they are committed their love withstands the test of time. Many, however, are not so fortunate. 

Statistics show that 50% of first time marriages in the Western world ends in divorce. That percentage jumps to a staggering 70% for second and third time marriages. 

Why is that so? Well, for one thing we live in a world of instant gratification. Blame it on technology too if you will, contributing to each person’s lack of focus and leading to short and scattered attention span. It is becoming rare to find a couple completely invested in, and consciously working at, their marriage especially during times when it needs their loving attention and participation. 

So, what is a couple to do to protect themselves? If divorce does enter into the equation the heartache will potentially mend over time, but the pocketbook may not survive. Finances may be drained in the process and take forever to recover. How is one to protect one’s life savings, assets, life’s work, so they can survive a failed marriage if, unfortunately, that does happen?  

‘Prevention is better than cure’ is not just an adage for the health of a person, but also the health of a marriage. It’s always better to protect what you have built over the years and step into a practical mode of thinking before tying the knot. Let the head rule over the heart before you embark on your journey just so you don't fall on hard times if divorce does enter into the equation down the road. Such is life, and such are the times we live in - sad but true. 

A Prenuptial Agreement may feel like an insult and sound negative to an experience that should be one filled with love and bliss, suggesting that either partner is not sure that their marriage will last. 

When one is in love, tending fences can be overlooked. However, since so many marriages
end in separation or divorce today, having a prenuptial agreement in place is wise. Having a prenup doesn’t mean that your marriage will fail or that you don’t love each other. It just helps each partner keep what was originally his or hers in individual, separate accounts. This saves you from being embroiled in any lawsuits or held accountable for your spouse’s previous debts so that you don’t risk having to split your premarital assets in a divorce. 

A prenuptial agreement can also include provisions for division of property and spousal support in the event the marriage breaks up and ends in divorce, as well as further conditions of guardianship. 

Consult with your lawyer and make sure your prenup is watertight and spans the length of your marriage. Both sides must have legal representation for a prenup to be valid. 

Getting married involves legal expenses, ramification, and requirements. Those are the facts of life. So go into a marriage with an open mind along with a love-filled heart. 

You will find a guide to some other legal practicalities that need to be in place before you tie the knot in Chapter 23 of Rani St. Pucchi’s #1 bestselling book, Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams. Pick up your copy here: goo.gl/FDNwbF

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type ; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

 

Wedding Gowns With Corset Backs…

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St. Pucchi Style 400

 

As you start shopping for your wedding gown you will notice many options and offerings of styles with corset backs. 

Bridal gowns with corset backs offer flexibility to the wearer in that they pretty much eliminate the alteration needs involved in having to adjust the size due to potential weight fluctuation from the time your gown is ordered to the time you’re ready to walk down the aisle.  

Bear in mind that if you happen to fall in love with a one-of-a-kind gown that maybe too snug or smaller in size than what you need, don't let that stop you from purchasing it. An expert seamstress can easily fix that problem by creating a corset tied back for you so it fits your body perfectly. 

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St. Pucchi Couture style 9322

Here’s an excerpt from Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams that explains the different types of corsets: 

“Laced bodices resembling a corset are closed corsets that are laced up on the center back. The corset lace starts either at the bottom or at the top and is zigzagged through the staggered holes on each side in a series of crossings. 

We have also created double corset ties, where one starts from the top and another from the bottom and both meet and tie in the middle. Sometimes the vertically set bones are visible all around, but in most cases, the pockets with inserted bones/metal are built underneath the outer shell so as not to be visible. 

Open corsets are either laced up at the center front or fastened at the center front with a number of hooks and eyes, sometimes with as much as eighteen to twenty-four pairs. 

A corset can be either fully boned or half-boned, depending on the style, with as much rigidity as the support the design calls for. Whalebone bodices with a different number of bones or stays are added around the sides of the corset. The direction of the bones is also important, as they help to shape the figure and narrow the waist. 

Many brides tend to wear boned corsets or “stays,” also called girdles or long-line bras, as the foundation garment under their bridal gown since it is easier to fit the dress over a firm foundation, and it also contributes to an erect posture. For brides wearing figure-hugging slim silhouettes, the right form-fitting all-in-one foundation that offers smooth, supple control from the bust through the thighs can make all the difference for a smooth fit into sheath dresses.” 

Above excerpt was taken from Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams by Rani St. Pucchi. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type ; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

 

Gloves, or No Gloves?

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St. Pucchi style 496

 

One of the questions I am asked very often is whether gloves are in vogue or not, and when are they appropriate to wear. 

Here’s an excerpt from Your Bridal Style:

“Gloves add an old-world elegance to wedding attire. The question is, what’s appropriate and what’s not? 

Here are the general rules: 

Long gloves: For a longer, more formal dress, gloves of either elbow or opera length (above the elbow) give an elegant look. They draw attention to your arms, especially if your shoulders are bare and you have on a sleeveless dress or one with spaghetti straps. Opera-length gloves also provide warmth and flair if you’re having a winter wedding.

Short gloves: These are great when wanting to create a subtler effect. For a summer garden wedding, short gloves lend a fresh and light flavor and give your gown a daintier, less formal look. 

If you have heavy arms, gloves will call attention to them, rather than camouflage them. If you have short arms but love the look of a long glove, choose an elbow-length pair rather than opera-length. Stay away from gloves that cut your upper arm at its heaviest point. 

Leather can be worn year-round, but save velvet gloves for winter. 

When wearing a suit jacket with a skirt or pants, gloves should be classic and simple. Forget wide cuffs and embellished trim. Short, wide kid gloves look best with suits. 

A fashion-forward bride can pair her gown with a colored glove, perhaps an ice blue or a lilac that coordinates with her bridesmaids’ dresses.”

For answers to your most pressing questions while you plan your wedding, or to learn about the best styles for your body type, the bridal fitting process, and the do’s and don’ts to help you with every stage of your dream wedding, pick up Rani St. Pucchi’s #1 bestseller, Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams. 

 

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type ; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

 

 

Your Bridal Fitting: How to Prepare, What to Bring…

The wedding planning process is an exciting time; it's the coming together of ideas and precious moments when you start to see your wedding day look come together! 

While you’re so busy planning other aspects of your wedding, make sure to pay attention to the importance of being prepared for your bridal fitting. Make sure your bridal fitting is as successful as possible with these tips on how best to prepare and what to bring: 

  1. Bring Your Bridal Undergarments

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If you are trying on wedding dresses for the first time, make sure to bring a nude bra with removable straps. When you are ready for your last stages of bridal fitting, bring along your actual wedding day undergarments. Wear the bra you plan on wearing on your wedding day, as well as your corset if you've purchased one. And don't forget your slip or petticoat since this can also make a difference to the length of your dress. 

2. Bring Your Wedding Day Shoes

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Don't forget to bring your wedding day shoes for your dress fittings! These can match the color of your dress, or of a bold accent that are fun and flirtatious! The right shoes help the tailor see the height that you'll be so she can adjust the length of your dress accordingly. If your heels are brand new, be sure to wear them around the house a bit before your wedding day to break them in. It's also a good time to see if you'll need any shoe inserts to help make them more comfortable.

3. Bring Your Veil

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St. Pucchi style 501

Toward your last fitting, you'll want to bring your wedding veil and any hair-pieces you may be wearing so you can see how the complete look comes together. Make sure your veil complements your wedding dress and your personal style. 

 4. Bring Your Accessories

Your bridal fitting is the perfect opportunity to preview your entire wedding day look so be sure to bring along the accessories you plan on wearing, too! Bring your necklace, earrings and bracelet you plan on wearing to make sure you like the entire look together. 

 

5. Book one of your bridal fittings on the same day as your hair and makeup trial so you can really envision your wedding day look. 

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Have your maid of honor or mother snap a few photos for you, so you can be sure it's everything you dreamed of. 

 

For your entire wedding planning and shopping tips, to learn about the best styles for your body type, the bridal fitting process and the do’s and don’ts while planning your dream wedding, pick up the #1 bestseller, Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams. 

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type ; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

 

Pantone 2018 Wedding Inspiration: Ultra Violet

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St. Pucchi Couture style 9345

When Pantone announced the 2018 color of the year was Ultra Violet, many people in the fashion industry were disappointed. But here at St. Pucchi, we knew right away the gorgeous possibilities for an elegant, ultra violet wedding. After all, designer Rani St. Pucchi was the first one to introduce the violet/lilac color into the bridal world when she designed the corset wedding dress, style 6208, that ‘Phoebe’ wore on the hit TV sitcom, Friends. 

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St. Pucchi Couture style 6208

The violet color oozes romance, and pairs well with glamorous gold, soft and pretty pinks, whites, greens and even navy. The possibilities are practically endless, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ways to incorporate ultra violet into your wedding day. 

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Ultra Violet Florals

Violet flowers and wedding gowns are such a merry pair, the result is a beautiful romantic feel. A solid-color bouquet of deep violet-colored orchids can be simple yet sophisticated. You can also integrate cream and blush flowers for a softer look. When used in floral arrangements, violet truly bursts with beauty. 

Ultra Violet Accents

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Sposa by St. Pucchi style Z195

Your groom’s tie, your wedding shoes, flowers on your dress, and even your wedding cake are great places to incorporate a little lilac into your wedding day. Don’t forget to incorporate violets into other places like your wedding invitations, place cards or even your wedding favors. 

 

 

Ultra Violet Beauty

When thinking about your wedding colors, don’t forget to consider how your beauty look complements your wedding dress and the day’s decor! A bold ultra violet nails or even a dramatic violet eye are gorgeous ways to use the color on yourself. Just remember, less is more! Go for a bold lip or eye, but never both. 

What do you think of violet as a wedding day color? 

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type ; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

 

 

What the Smartest Women Pack When They Travel

What the Smartest Women Pack When They Travel

 Designer and author of Your Body, Your Style Rani St. Pucchi, shares the ideal wardrobe you need to pack as you head out for your trip.

 By Rani St. Pucchi

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Ask any adventure virtuoso, backpacker, or business traveler what is the most time-consuming (and confusing) part of planning for a trip, and invariably they will all say packing.

So, how can you get this process down to a science so you don’t have any regrets and spoil your trip wishing, even blaming someone else for your choices? How much to bring? 

Several days before the trip, check the weather to determine what you will need. List all the items you will need, and keep the list where you can see it often. Each time you remember something, add it to the list. 

The list should be divided into: clothes, shoes, undergarments, workout clothes (if needed), swimwear, nightclothes, toiletries, camera items, and any other necessities that are part of your daily regiment. 

WHAT TO PACK 

FOR A BUSINESS TRIP 

Classics and neutrals work best. A black pantsuit, a well-tailored herringbone sheath, a classic trench, a white shirt, and a sleek jacket are some basic pieces that will keep you looking sharp. Pack a couple of scarves to add color and some jewelry to dress up your outfit for evenings out. 

FOR A SHORT OVERNIGHT TRIP 

You need one pair of bottoms with two interchangeable tops; make one dressy and the other casual. Add a cardigan, sweater, or jacket. 

FOR A LONG WEEKEND 

Think in terms of mix-and-match pieces. Three tops, two bottoms, and one dress will give you more than six different outfits. Add a pair of yoga pants that can double as pajamas. And a swimsuit. 

FOR A LONGER TRIP OF A WEEK OR MORE 

Get six days right. Plot them from head to toe. Add to the mix some camisoles and underpinnings and at least two jackets and a couple of scarves. Now you’re comfortably prepared for twelve to sixteen outfits that can be interchangeable by rotating the tops and bottoms, switching camisoles, and changing accessories. Add to the mix two yoga pants and a swimsuit. 

This excerpt was taken from Your Body, Your Style by Rani St. Pucchi Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

 

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body TypeThe SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

 

What is a Bustle?

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St. Pucchi Couture Style 9264

 

If you’re just starting out on your wedding dress shopping and deciding what to wear for your walk down the aisle - whether to opt for a dress with a train or no train, how exactly one is supposed to handle so much fabric trailing behind and yet be able to move and dance, then you probably have no clue what a bustle is, or what to do with a dress that has a long train. 

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St. Pucchi style 501

An excerpt from Rani St. Pucchi’s latest book, Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams explains what a bustle is: 

 

By the end of the 1870s, hooped skirts were no longer stylish, and fashionable women opted instead for gowns with elaborate bustles. 

A bustle is the name given to the art of drawing up the train so that the gown can become floor-length and allow the bride to move around after the ceremony with ease and avoid tripping. It also ensures that the gown does not drag around on the ground after the ceremony and get soiled. To accomplish this, the train can be pinned up and secured by hidden hooks on the back of the dress. 

A bustle is useful when the bride chooses a dress with a train. Many brides love the formality of a wedding gown with a long train, but it can be cumbersome at the reception. 

Assuming that the bridal gown you have purchased has a train, it will need to be bustled after the ceremony and before the reception, resulting in a floor-length dress that is easier to walk and dance in. 

All dresses with trains from the smallest sweep to the grandest cathedral can benefit from a proper bustle. Depending on the length of the train, a dress can be bustled by lifting and tucking the extra fabric underneath or over the skirt. Larger trains may need to be folded up using a system of hooks. 

A bustle is a unique and amazing creation that not only serves a practical purpose, but also adds tremendous style and interest to the bridal gown. 

There are two basic types of bustles: the traditional bustle, and the French bustle. Each look is a little different, but both serve the same purpose, and work well with all types of trains.

For detailed explanation of the different types of bustles and more wedding ideas, pick up your copy of Your Bridal Style here: goo.gl/FDNwbF

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© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type ; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit http://www.ranistpucchi.com

 

 

 

 

 

Online Purchase – Steps to Take

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Today, an ocean of choices has become available online, which can often overwhelm and cause confusion. 

Here are steps you can take to make your choice easier: 

* Make a list of the features you wish for in a dress that would look good on your body type such as silhouette, neckline, sleeves, and fabric. Also list what you would like to avoid (read Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams Chapter 5: Lines That Flatter: Choosing a Style for Your Figure and Chapter 6: Wedding Dress Silhouettes).

* Filter by price to make sure you’re staying within your dress budget.

* Pin your favorites on your online inspiration board or print them out so you can lay them all out and compare them. 

* Eliminate the dresses that do not match your needs. 

* Pay attention to details on the chosen dresses: note the fabric, construction, and how it drapes on the model. 

* Check the manufacturer’s measurement chart and determine the optimal size. 

* Place your order. 

* Find a good seamstress who has experience working with complicated gowns. Once your dress arrives, you will more than likely need some alterations. 

Unfortunately, in this day and age, the Internet is flooded with websites selling cheap imitations and fake goods, some even bold enough to use other designers’ original images to lure you into believing that you are, in fact, receiving an authentic designer dress. So, beware of some sites that offer bargain dresses. Sometimes a cheap dress can just end up being a headache and cost more than you bargained for. 

It is best to order directly from a designer’s website than from third-party vendors or those who pose as representatives. When a designer puts their name on a piece, it is a symbol of pride, and they are putting their reputation on the line. Investing in a reputable designer’s piece ensures that you are receiving a well-made garment of the best quality, an heirloom that you can pass on to generations. 

For unique, one-of-a-kind St. Pucchi gowns on sale now visit www.stpucchi.com

Learn more about planning your dream wedding in Rani’s bestselling book, Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams. From picking a wedding date to learning what styles suit your figure most, to divvying up your budget and sidestepping sticky social situation, Rani St. Pucchi has you covered.  

For direct help and guidance from Rani St. Pucchi so she may help you realize and match your vision to the wedding of your dreams forward your inquiries to Style@StPucchi.com

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books: Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit ranistpucchi.com

 

 

For the Budget Savvy Bride – Online Purchase

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Just a few short years ago, finding a beautiful and elegant wedding dress would have required an all-hands-on-deck manhunt and a considerable amount of spare time and some change. 

Not so today. 

And seeing that time and money are very precious commodities, luxuries not everyone can afford, there are quite a few options for you to consider when looking for an incredibly memorable wedding dress. 

Whether you’re looking for an unfussy gown for your beach wedding, trying to find a lace-adorned midi dress to wear to City Hall, or you’re going all out but still want something spectacular, there are so many options for you today to realize your dream. 

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St. Pucchi Couture 9416

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Mila by St. Pucchi - 702 and 703

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St. Pucchi style 9453

Like the rest of the fashion industry, the bridal world, too, is experiencing change. Like many other reputable couture designers, St. Pucchi has adopted the digital trend and is now offering unique, mostly one-of-a-kind designs online. 

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St. Pucchi style 9401

 

Can you really get a wedding gown delivered to your doorstep? Yes, absolutely. 

For many brides, the ability to purchase designer gowns in this most effortless way is a dream come true. Often the prices offered online are considerably lower than the dresses sold in stores due to lower overhead costs to designers, which affords savings to you, the bride. 

Learn more about planning your dream wedding in Rani’s bestselling book, Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams. From picking a wedding date to learning what styles suit your figure most, to divvying up your budget and sidestepping sticky social situation, Rani St. Pucchi has you covered.  

For direct help and guidance from Rani St. Pucchi so she may help you realize and match your vision to the wedding of your dreams forward your inquiries to Style@StPucchi.com

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books: Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit ranistpucchi.com

 

 

 

 

 

What Your Engagement Ring Says About You…

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Congratulations, you said “YES” to the Love of your life!

Laughing, crying, grinning till your cheeks are sore, you’ve become that wonderful cliché: The Happiest Woman in the World. 

If you were involved in deciding which type of ring you received, then you know the process was somewhat agonizing, yes? After all, a diamond is very personal and very precious. Besides, it’s the longest style commitment you will ever make. 

Did you know that each one of the seven most common diamond cuts reflects your personality? 

Here are a few as shared from Rani St. Pucchi’s book, Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams 

So, what does your diamond say about you? 

Oval: One of the most popular diamond shapes and great for the bride who loves an elegant yet classic aesthetic.  

Round: For the woman who wants a traditional look that will be timeless and classic and maximum sparkle, this is the diamond for you. 

Marquise: For the bride who knows her mind and moves to the beat of her own drum, who wishes to create the illusion of elegant, long hands, this pear-shaped diamond is perfect. 

Emerald: For the discerning bride who wishes to exude elegance and refinement, somewhat understated yet classic with an edge, the elongated shape and step-cut faceting of this diamond is perfect. 

Want to learn about other diamond cuts? From picking a wedding date to planning your wedding, to divvying up your budget and sidestepping sticky social situation Rani St. Pucchi has you covered as she shares her expertise about all these and more in her new book, Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams 

For direct help and guidance from Rani St. Pucchi so she may help you realize and match your vision to the wedding of your dreams forward your inquiries to Style@StPucchi.com

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books: Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit ranistpucchi.com

 

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’RE ENGAGED!

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One question, one simple answer, and your life has forever changed. You said “Yes” to the man of your dreams. 

Congratulations! 

How excited you must be as you start thinking of your upcoming wedding! So much to do, so many decisions to make . . . 

Perhaps you are a little confused, somewhat overwhelmed. Fret not. Award-winning Designer, Rani St. Pucchi can help you get there. 

But first things first . . .
You will want to share the wonderful news with your most important family members and friends before the rest of the world finds out. People can be sensitive, especially if they find out secondhand about your big decision. This way, you’re showing them how much you care. 

The days when everyone else discovered your big news via the announcement section in the Sunday edition of the local paper are behind us. Social media is most definitely the new platform. So, go ahead and share ring selfies and hashtags to communicate your new relationship status. Make sure to include your significant other when sharing your joy. 

Next, you may want to plan an engagement party. An engagement party is a great way to gather together to celebrate, and is especially nice to have if your families don’t know each other well so they can get better acquainted. 

Think of the engagement party as a kickoff to all the wedding events that will happen on your way to the altar. It can be as simple as having a cocktail party at your or someone’s home or as extravagant as renting a club or your favorite restaurant. 

Usually only family and close friends are invited to the engagement party, so don’t feel like you have to invite a ton of people. It’s totally fine to keep it intimate. Just make sure not to invite anyone who won’t be on the wedding guest list. 

You may want to have a small registry ready since guests might want to give you an engagement present. Remember, though, that people are not obligated to bring gifts, so don’t be upset if guests arrive empty-handed. 

What you’ll wear depends on the formality of the event and the venue. If you are going formal, then an evening gown would be appropriate and help you stand out. 

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St. Pucchi Style 6202

 

Shorter dresses with interesting details, perhaps with lace trimmings, are a good choice for a casual outdoor affair. 

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St. Pucchi Short Story – Style 350

 

Once the initial excitement has settled down, you’ll want to lay some groundwork for your wedding. If you’re like most women, while you may have envisioned the man you will eventually marry, you probably don’t have the vaguest idea of how to go about planning a wedding and where to start. 

To learn more about the morass of details involved in planning a wedding, from picking a wedding date to planning and divvying up your budget to sidestepping sticky social situation pick up Rani St. Pucchi’s new book,

Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams 

Or better still seek direct guidance from Rani as you design your unique wedding. Rani can help you realize and match your vision to the wedding of your dreams! Forward your inquiries to Style@StPucchi.com

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2018

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her recent TEDx talk: Is Your Body Image Holding You Back has received worldwide acclaim. Rani’s #1 International Bestselling Books: Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type; The SoulMate Checklist: Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner; and Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit ranistpucchi.com

Gorgeous New Year’s Eve Wedding Ideas

With the holidays quickly approaching, what better way to kick off the New Year than with a new marriage? A New Year's Eve wedding is the perfect time to celebrate your love. 

 

Here are a few ideas to make the day uniquely yours… 

Why save the Champagne toast solely for the reception? Have a toast ready for partygoers when the ball drops, and with a dress that is sure to be the center of any extravagant party. 

New Year's Eve is the perfect time to try something out of the ordinary, like a blush dress for the ceremony. Then, for the reception, slip into something short and sassy to dance the night away! The occasion calls for something fun and different.  

A New Year's Eve wedding is a great time to embrace classic colors, like a black and white theme. A beautiful black and white wedding dress will wow guests and makes a statement.

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St. Pucchi 9457; Mask

There's no better occasion for something truly glamorous like a New Year's Eve wedding. We love the drama of this St. Pucchi couture gown. Don’t you? 

 

And if you’ve just got your ring and said “I Do” and “I Will”, then our designer Rani St. Pucchi is here to hold your hand thru the entire process of planning your wedding in her upcoming book, Your Bridal Style: Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of Your Dreams. You will be pleasantly thrilled with the advice offered in this 350 page, full color book - a treasure trove for every bride planning to design the wedding of her dreams. 

On Amazon: goo.gl/FDNwbF

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Are you ready?

What New Year's Eve wedding trends will you try?

Success Is A Journey - Not A Destination...

Our job is not to figure out the how. The how will show up out of the commitment and the belief in the what.”

~ Jack Canfield in The Secret

Related: Part 1 – Every Success Story Starts With A Dream

Related: Part 2 – Recipe For Success – Set A Goal

Related: Part 3 – Action Is The Key To All Success

It was the end of the third day of the Bridal Fashion Week and I was exhausted. 

It had been a long day. I had not had a moment’s reprieve as I served one buyer after another. I looked at the pile of paperwork laying on the little wooden desk in the corner of my showroom. I picked them up now and glanced thru them in disbelief, thanking God for the turn of events that day. 

I had the orders in my hand but I was lost as to how I was going to produce and deliver my dresses given my limited resources, and within the time frame I had promised…

As a novice in the fashion industry I had never thought of asking clients for a deposit to help with my production. I started to panic now, and picking up the phone I started to make several calls, reaching for help from near and dear ones, but none was forthcoming. 

But the Universe was looking out for me, and sent me an Angel. She was the owner of the most prestigious bridal salon in Brooklyn, New York at the time. I remember her like it was yesterday. 

The beautiful, gray-haired woman had taken a chance on me, and I recalled how she sat at the table in my showroom, going thru the bowl of Hershey’s kisses with gusto, making mental notes but not saying much while she proceeded to write a generous order. On the last day of the show she came back and invited me to dine with her. I was surprised and humbled. 

At dinner Ms. Hedda Kleinfeld took me by the hand and said: “Child, you need help I can see. You have a great eye for design and craftsmanship and a wonderful future ahead of you. I want to help St. Pucchi succeed. Here, take this…” As she handed me a check for her entire order, tears filled my eyes. How could she have known??

Not only that, but within a week I received a package from her with a note “Learn from this piece how to make beautiful trains for your beautiful bridal gowns”. The package contained an old sample wedding dress. 

Again I thought how did she know? Wedding dresses worn by those in Asia at the time were all floor-length, and I soon learnt that the American bride wanted three feet long trains! I was clueless on how to make patterns that would flow well.

If I was convinced before that I had a gift to share with the world, I was even more committed now to not letting Ms. Hedda down. I vowed there and then that I would be hailed as the best designer in America one day. 

I took immediate action and flew back to Bangkok, bought two sewing machines and set up my first “factory” in my little home. 

And I reached out diligently to buyers and media alike. I called every store across the U.S, and all the national and international bridal publications. 

I lived and breathed St. Pucchi

The most prestigious Bridal magazines gave me free editorials and it seemed I was the talk of the town. Buyers started to pay attention and my business took off… 

Yes, the Universe had my back and nothing could stop me. 

Within a year of seeing the amazing results of my hard work, I made a firm decision and set a goal to be recognized as the best bridal designer within 5 years. 

I wrote my goal down in my journal.

I visualized going up on the stage in front of thousands of people, press and buyers alike, and receiving my award. 

I wrote down affirmations around my visualization and played that image again and again in my mind. It was a tape loop that I never let go.

Within 18 months of setting my goal and visualizing, I was nominated as the Best Bridal Designer in Dallas.

At the same time I designed eveningwear and special occasion dresses. Buyers and press welcomed the novelty and the unique concepts in my designs. 

I continued to receive nominations in this and many other categories, finally receiving the highest honor in the U.S. 

My first DEBI (Distinctive Excellence in the Bridal Industry) award as the Best Bridal Designer in October of 1990, was received just a few months shy of my 5 year goal.

Since then my designs have been recognized globally and I have since received numerous awards. 

Today St. Pucchi dresses have been shown on every major catwalk across the world, featured in every major magazine and media, been on numerous TV shows, most notably on the hit TV sitcom Friends

I have personally worked with more than 15,000 brides and women of distinction, dressed numerous celebrities, artists, singer-songwriters and sports personalities. 

All this would have never been realized had I not followed my dream, visualized and taken massive action!

So visualizing, and then taking action, are key to your success. 

Because I embraced my vision and took action, I turned one dress into a bridal empire.

If I could do it, you can do it. 

But that was not the end of my journey. There was so much more for me to learn, and many more mountains to climb… 

There was still work to be done. 

You see: Success is a journey, not a destination

Now I want to ask you this: What is YOUR dream? 

If you have one that you would have realized, then I implore you to own your dream and move heaven and earth to make that dream come true for you. 

Imagine that it’s five years from today. Just imagine…

As you stand looking back over the last few years, you find yourself completely AWESTRUCK.

Your confidence has skyrocketed. 

You’re able to make the “right” decisions quickly and easily, and you’re able to accomplish way more in less time, and with greater ease.

As a result of all of this, your career or business has meteorically taken off…

And you’re enjoying more financial abundance, success and fulfillment than ever before!

Would you love to be standing in this place, just five years from today?

Visualize as if your dreams have already been realized. 

And then, take massive ACTION!

The world is waiting for you to show up.

Hold onto your dream with fierce determination. 

One day the people that didn’t believe in you will tell everyone how they met you.

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2017

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Success Coach and Trainer. Her #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type and The SoulMate Checklist : Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner are now available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

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Action is the Key to All Success

“Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs” ~ Vaclav Havel

If you’re anything like me, you have BIG DREAMS for your business and for your life.

The problem is, dreams alone lead nowhere and will never make your business wildly successful.

Your visions, ideas and dreams must be paired with the most important secret for success… how you show up in the world - and the actions you take. 

I had a dream. I was consumed by it day and night and I visualized it as having already been achieved. 

Did I ever doubt myself? 

Yes. Absolutely. On more occasions than I care to recall. 

Who was I to think, let alone believe, that I could make my mark in the American Bridal Industry? 

I had so much going against me:  I had absolutely no academic design background - I was an English major; I had no money except for the one green American Express card that I had already maxed out; No one in my family supported my dream - in fact they only laughed at my lofty aspirations. And I did not know anyone in this foreign land. 

As I write this I am reminded of so many obstacles I was confronted with… never more so than during my recent visit to Bangkok. 

To my surprise I ran into one of the people I’d known for years but had not seen ever since I had moved to Dallas.  

It’s always exciting to catch up and trade stories on how much we’ve all grown and where life has taken us.

In fact I recalled that she was among those, who, 32 years ago, scoffed at my dreams, letting me know that my goals were totally unrealistic. She told me I was surely setting myself up for a disappointment, that I should lower my expectations, and that I should live within my means. 

Even though I felt deflated initially by her comments putting it down to some jealousy perhaps, to be fair her feedback was sound and I believe now that she delivered her perspective with some compassion, and genuine concern. 

I recall so clearly stepping back and reexamining my dream and lofty goals then, realizing that YES they were indeed pretty outrageous, but that was exactly the kind of outrageous that would fire me up and motivate me to work harder just so I could prove everyone wrong. 

If you're like me and you tend to dream big dreams, there’s a good chance you’ll face voices of dissent. And most of these will be from well-meaning family, friends, even strangers. 

Tragically though, the most damaging voice of dissent often comes from within us. It’s our self-talk that we don't have what it takes to succeed, that we just don't have the right ‘stuff’ to be victorious. It’s this self-doubt that stops us in our tracks. 

But I digress…

Now I would like to take you back to that stress filled day in April of 1985. To the time I felt I had really messed up. 

Related:  Part 1 – Every Success Story Starts With A Dream 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/every-success-story-starts-with-a-dream_us_58f060fbe4b048372700d725

Related: Part 2 – Recipe For Success – Set A Goal

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It was already the end of the second day of the Bridal Fashion Week and I had not taken a single order. I was starting to get seriously concerned…

I kept looking at the showrooms around me and the buying frenzy that was going on.  Every showroom was filled to the brim with people writing orders and shaking hands and laughing.

And here I was, across the hall from them, with no action except for the press taking notes frantically and photographers snapping pictures with their cameras.

I would look wistfully at my beautiful babies - my creations, the luxurious colorful wedding dresses all waiting to be touched and admired. 

In my heart I knew this was the most beautiful collection I had ever designed in my life. And I knew it was only a matter of time before buyers would take notice. 

They say ignorance is bliss… 

Because lo and behold, the next morning as I walked into the glass building making my way to my showroom, a stack of The Dallas Apparel News piled up on the front desk at the foot of the elevators stopped me in my tracks. 

My heart skipped a beat as I looked at my face staring back at me from the front page of the Bridal industry’s most revered paper.

The headline read: “ST. PUCCHI DESIGNS DREAM-LIKE GOWNS!”

The media wrote about my courage and daring in upsetting the industry norm. And hailed me as the pioneer for introducing color and silk fabrics to the U.S. Bridal scene. 

The American bridal industry as we knew it, had changed forever…

I could not believe my eyes and was so encouraged and humbled by the recognition. I wanted to shout from the rooftops! But kept my composure and headed to my showroom. 

There was a line of buyers waiting for me to open the doors.

And I wrote orders…

But now would come the biggest test of all… 

Next week: Part 4 - Success Is A Journey – Not A Destination

Now I would like to suggest something, if I may...

If you're not happy with the success in your business, then you owe it to yourself to do something about it.

If you choose to do nothing, then don't expect your business, and your life, to get any better, as it’s doubtful that they ever will…

If you're ready to finally do something about your level of success (except complaining about it or just wishing it gets better on its own), then take action, however small it may be. 

Every day do a little something that will move you toward your goal. 

Consistency is key. 

Know that there's a big difference between dreaming and doing.

And while no one can deny the power of positive thinking, far too many people neglect to act on those thoughts to make their dreams a reality.

Just do it!

To be continued…

Next week: Part 4 - Success Is A Journey – Not A Destination

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2017

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Success Coach and a Trainer. Her #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type http://amzn.to/2eRcOb6 and The SoulMate Checklist : Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner http://amzn.to/2gXiHFz are now available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com

 

Recipe for Success - Set a Goal

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There seems to be a lack of content out there that describes this pivotal time when we have more ‘I don’t knows’ to offer than certainties.

I realize that life has a way of figuring itself out, and no matter how hard I try to make sense of what happens, I can’t recall a single time when worry or fear aided the progression of my life.

As someone who had spent years dreaming about one day living in Dallas, I was totally convinced that the opportunity given me was short of nothing less than a Divine intervention.

Related: Every Success Story Starts With A Dream

I had a unique fire in my heart and a calling on my life that I trusted would play out. I had more questions than answers right then. When I had the dream of one day living in Dallas, I had no clue as to what career I would follow, nor how I would be lead there. All I knew was that perhaps if I stopped mulling and stressing over the ‘how’ and just followed that small tug on my heart, then it would lead me right where I needed to be.

And so here I was. Saying ‘yes’ to my dream.

This was a time of celebration…

I had been fortunate enough to manifest the first step. Now came the hard part. It was time to be real. Time to set a clear goal of what exactly this life in Dallas was going to be about.

How was I going to not only make a living but also be a success at my craft?

Having accepted the offer to show my Bridal Collection at the Dallas Apparel Mart, I prayed that the Universe would back me up.

There was no time to waste. I had only six months to put together my collection. My goal was very clear: to be a success and to make my mark in an industry that I was pretty clueless about, in the city of my dreams, and in a country that I knew without a doubt I would be adopting as my “home” one day.

I wrote down a detailed list of everything I would need: the funds required, the types of fabrics and laces, jewels and notions, and the biggest challenge of all at the time: to come up with creative and unique ideas for my first bridal collection.

“Your dreams are only your dreams until you write them down

…then they become Goals”

I set myself small steps on my way to completing the bigger goal so that I would not feel so overwhelmed.

And I visualized…

I visualized every dress.

I designed it first in my mind.

I saw the embroidery details.

I started sketching feverishly and ideas started pouring out.

I worked with fabrics and notions, colors and patterns.

Designing bridal gowns was a spiritual experience for me. Although the designs flowed through me, I knew it was really the Divine doing the work. I was as if in a trance.

I visualized the success of my first bridal show, and in my mind’s eye I saw the press and buyers loving each creation. I saw orders pouring in.

The collection now ready, I flew from Bangkok to Dallas, Texas.

On April 15th, 1985, the day before my first Bridal Show, I registered my company ‘St. Pucchi’ on a wing and a prayer.

I decorated my showroom at the Dallas Apparel Mart with much anticipation and excitement. I had no clue as to what other designers would be showing since every showroom window was shrouded with opaque sheets of paper so that no one could peer in.

This was the very first show for me and I designed and decorated the showroom the best way I knew how, mostly based on what I had seen on the TV screen, especially on the series ‘Dallas’.

Sixteen mannequins on raised platforms of differing heights, clad in my handiwork, decorated the 600 square foot showroom, with one form behind each glass window on either side of the entrance.

This was the collection I was called to design, the one that I prayed would launch me as a “Bridal Designer” in America.

The day the show opened, I looked at the displays in all the other showrooms around me and my heart skipped a beat.

OMG!! What had I done?

All around me was a sea of white.

White in every window, in every showroom, on every floor of the building.

And my sixteen piece St. Pucchi bridal collection was entirely in color.

Blush, butterscotch and even pale blue…

I had not designed a single white dress.

I felt I had really messed up!

I had not taken the time to study the US bridal market and had not known what was the accepted norm in the American Bridal world.

How could I know?

Growing up in Thailand I saw only colored wedding dresses, mainly blush colored ones. Weddings were a celebration- in color. White was mostly worn during mourning.

Buyers would walk past my showroom, stop and gasp. The press would swarm around and flashes would go off as they eagerly photographed away.

People were flabbergasted by such a controversial concept and I could hear their thoughts loud and clear: Who was this designer? How could she even think that America would embrace color in bridal wear??

You see… it didn’t matter what others said. What mattered was that I believed in what I was doing. I felt passionate about my work and felt so deeply in my heart that I had finally found my calling.

This audience didn’t really understand me yet.

Or perhaps the audience I was seeking didn’t live at this address…

Designing was my passion, and fashion my calling. I knew that now. I felt as if I was the witness hovering above and watching as things unfolded.

Curious and breathless…

Next week: Action is the Key to All Success…

Now I would like to ask you this:

Do you have a goal?

Is your goal aligned with your dream and your passion?

What is your true passion?

What makes your heart sing?

If you’re not clear on what that is yet, may I suggest that you live in a constant state of curiosity, and be open to possibilities?

You’ll be pleasantly surprised that this curiosity may well lead you to find your passion one day.

And when you do, don’t let anyone talk you out of it.

Hold on to your dream. Set a goal. Visualize.

And Believe…

To Be Continued…

Next week: Action is the Key to All Success

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2017

Rani St. Pucchi is an award-winning Couture Fashion Designer, a Style & Image Consultant, and a Relationship Expert. She is a Bestselling Author, a Speaker, an Inspirational Coach and a Trainer. Her #1 International Bestselling Books, Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type and The SoulMate Checklist : Keys to Finding Your Perfect Partner are now available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles.

For more information on Rani please visit www.ranistpucchi.com