Wedding Dress Dictionary

A-Line, Sheath, Ball Gown, Lace, Organza.

Dress Shopping is like learning a whole other language.  What's a bride to do?

Whether you are one of those girl's whose been playing dress up in their pretend wedding gown since they were 4 or you're the type of bride who hasn't spent a lot of time thinking about their wedding gown, this blog is for you.  We've got a wedding dress dictionary for you to learn all the in's and out's of wedding dress lingo! We hope you find this helpful as you prepare for your say yes day!

A-Line Silhouette: An A-line wedding dress features a skirt that gradually begins to flare out from a fitted bodice, starting below the natural waist, and lightly skimming the hips, as it and extends to the hem, forming an "A" shape. This silhouette is thought to be universally figure-flattering.

A-Line dress here at Once Upon A Time Weddings.

A-Line dress here at Once Upon A Time Weddings.

Bustle: A fancy word for a sewing method used to transition a gown with a long train into a length that makes it easier to walk and dance in.

Bodice: The top part of your dress, above the waist. 

Boning: This gives a dress' bodice structure and prevents drooping, especially in a strapless dress and we seriously cannot stress how important this is in a strapless dress!! Which is why we carry the exclusive designers that we do here at OUTW. 

Chiffon: A very soft, delicate fabric that is extremely sheer and layered for modesty. This fabric is best known for being popular for bridesmaids dresses but is also becoming a lot more popular for wedding gowns.

Corset: A lace up back of the bodice, whether for ascetics or wiggle room with your size. Give yourself some extra time on your wedding day to lace it up!

Fit and Flare Silhouette: A dress with a fitted bodice through the hips and a flared skirt.

Once Upon A Time Weddings Bride in a fit and flare silhouette. 

Once Upon A Time Weddings Bride in a fit and flare silhouette. 

Illusion Back: A more recent trend in wedding gowns - this design gives you the look of an open  back with the comfort and beauty of a full coverage gown.

One of our illusion backs here at Once Upon A Time Weddings.

One of our illusion backs here at Once Upon A Time Weddings.

Organza: A type fabric/material that is made from silk, but is much stiffer than chiffon. It has a similar sheen to it, like satin but without all the weight while still creating volume in a dress. Often used for full skirts to give it more flow than tulle.

This month's real bride, Celine is wearing an organza skirt.

This month's real bride, Celine is wearing an organza skirt.

Sheath Silhouette: A long, narrow, slim-fitting silhouette with straight, lines usually made from lighter fabrics, such as satin or chiffon, which is more suitable for the body-skimming shape.

Sweetheart Neckline: A strapless bodice with rounded fabric over each breast, meeting in a V-neck point in the middle - makes a heart-like shape.

Train: The long back portion of a the dress that trails behind the bride. Trains can be different lengths. Brides adore this feature for walking down the isle and formal pictures. 

New arrival to OUTW with a beautiful train.

New arrival to OUTW with a beautiful train.

Let us know what you'd like to see on the blog by commenting on any of our Facebook blog posts or direct messaging us!

Ready to start the search for your dream gown? Book your experience with us today!

February Real Bride | Celine Says Yes To The Dress

Celine said yes to the dress on May 5th 2016 and Once Upon A Time Weddings was her first stop for dress shopping! She trusted her gut and knew she had found the one! Celine also came back for her maids gowns and says this about her second experience, "My second experience was really helpful, accommodating and I felt like I trusted the staff to find what style I was looking for." We love seeing you brides more than just once! Enjoy reading all about Celine's experience saying yes to the dress below!

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About how many dresses did you try on before you found 'The One'?

"Technically one, because the first dress I tried on was the one I came specifically for and ended up saying "Yes" too, but about 3-4 others afterwards."

Was the dress you bought similar to what you came in thinking you wanted?

"Yes, just like I envisioned!"
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Were you expecting to purchase your dress when you came in for your appointment?

"It was still early in our engagement so I wasn't even planning on shopping yet, but OUATW uploaded a picture on their facebook page of a brand new gown that I happened to see. I was gushing with joy, and I just knew it was "The one" and so I called the next day to make an appointment for that following Saturday. I wasn't expecting to purchase that day, but my mind was so set on the dress I seen that I just needed to know for sure. They say that most brides don't end up with a dress they always vision themselves in, but I've always been the type of women to just know. Poofy, princess, bling and ball gown is what I always seen myself in, and I got it!"
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Who was with you at your appointment?

"My mom, Grandma, MOH and aunt."

Did anyone have extra influence on helping you say yes to the dress?

"My Grandma. As she was helping me in it for the second time, she silently told me how I wouldn't find anything better as mine was so unique, and gorgeous."
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How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"Amazing! I'm the type who likes personal experiences, and needs to connect with others. I enjoyed the laid back, not rushed atmosphere where I felt like the center of attention. (I waited 10 years for this day, I wanted my moment) haha!"
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Is there anything else you want to tell us about your story to finding the dress?

"I knew about OUTW before being engaged from other brides going there, and their great experiences so I was always excited at the thought of getting to go there myself one day. Leading up to dress shopping, I of course had pictures saved on what styles I wanted but nothing stood out to me like seeing the one OUATW posted that one magical night."
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Join us next week to see the maids gowns and hear all about Nate and Celine's wedding day! 

Photography: Lolaz Snaps Photography

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Fiancé

Let's be honest, most men are hard to shop for! It doesn't matter if it's a birthday, Christmas, anniversary or Valentine's Day, us ladies are usually stumped! We've put together a list of gifts that men will love! Whether they are the gift type or the memory maker we're sure to get your ideas flowing this Valentine's Day!

1. Physical Gifts. This is for those men who will actually use and appreciate a physical gift given to them! Lots of men will say they want something but never buy it for themselves, now is your time to remember what that something was!

For the business man: a watch, a new brief case, a grooming kit, etc.

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For the Athlete: a gift basket of athletic gear/snacks that they love, a pair of sneakers they are hesitant to buy for themselves, etc.

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For the outdoorsy man: camping gear, hiking accessories, fishing themed basket, beard grooming supplies, etc.

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2. Sentimental Gifts. This type of gift giving is for you ladies that have a man that truly appreciates something from the heart.

Collectables: does your man collect something like coins or cards? This gift isn't about the price, but more about the time you put into finding that item they don't yet have in their collection.

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Sentimental Items: maybe someone close to them has recently passed away, a great way to keep their memory alive is to make something new out of their loved ones tie, t-shirt, etc.

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3. Memory Making Gifts.

Adventurous Guy. Plan a day trip for a hike, take him to an escape/mystery room - what does he love to do?

Thrill Seeker. Race car driving, white water rafting trip, dog sledding weekend, etc.

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Music Lover. Concert tickets, guitar lessons, etc.

We hope this little list has gotten your idea's flowing for your fiancé!

Happy Valentine's Day Brides!

February Real Bride | Celine & Nate Stasiuk

We are excited to welcome our February Real Bride: Celine Stasiuk to the blog today! Celine and Nate got married on September 9th of 2017 and we loved having her in the store each and every time she was in!  We hope you guys enjoy reading their love story and proposal as much as we loved hearing it!

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How did the two of you meet?

"At a house party with mutual friends in the summertime."
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How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"I always knew when I laid eyes on him."
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How did your fiancé propose? (from the brides point of view)

"It was a typical night, nothing much going on. We were cooking pancakes together for dinner, laughing and enjoying each others company. He wasn't acting out of the ordinary, so I didn't suspect anything. After we were finished eating, I got up to start cleaning but he suggested that we just sit together and talk (this is when I started to feel something was up, cause normally after supper he would just go and play his video games). I sat back down, and he got quiet saying, he had something to tell me, but don't know how. I repeated "What" a few times feeling anxious as he was still quiet. In a flash, he pulled out a box from his sweater, placed it in front of me, opened it and asked if I would marry him. My body was in such a state of shock, that it felt like I was having an out of body experience. Still in shock mode, I kept saying "OMG, are you for real" before saying yes, of course gushing and squealing."
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How did you propose? (from the grooms point of view)

"We were having pancakes for supper, I had the ring in my pocket. After dinner, I told Celine that I had something to tell her, but that I didn't know how. I got really nervous, pulled out the ring and asked Celine to marry me all in one motion. When she was done saying "Are you for real" She said yes."
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How cute are they?!? Join us next week to read all about Celine's journey to saying yes to the dress!

2017 Wedding Trends That Are Still Hot in 2018

Are you planning your 2018 wedding and feel like you're going off the grid when it comes to traditions? You aren't alone, you actually may be trendy! Today, we are taking a look at 6 trends that we saw in 2017 that are continuing to grow in 2018. Let us know if you're implementing anything off this list for your wedding!

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|1| Non-Traditional Bride - More and more traditions are going out the window as weddings become more expensive. The rise of the 'laid-back' bride is definitely a trend that we only see growing throughout 2018 - from gowns to venues think outside the traditional box!

Gown: Once Upon A Time Weddings

Gown: Once Upon A Time Weddings

|2| Destination Weddings - With the rise of the non-traditional bride, destination weddings continue in popularity. From the whimsical feel of destinations to the thrill of traveling, destination weddings are certainly still on the rise.

|3| Neutral Colour Pallete - Earthy/neutral tones are in for every season. The simplicity, beauty and variety out there of decor, florals, etc you can't go wrong with this colour palette. 

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|4| Simplicity - Organic all the way. From the florals to the decorations to the colour palettes - brides are doing less when it comes to decor. DIY is still trendy and thank goodness for that because it sure does save a lot on the budget!

|5| Abundance of Greenery - This goes along with simplicity but when it comes to bouquets and floral decor, greenery is on the rise. It can be cheaper, it fills space, and it is beautiful. 

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|6| Bridal Headpieces - We are seeing more and more brides gravitate towards the metal leaf headpieces! From silver to gold to rose gold, your choices are abundant and here at OUTW we have tons of options for you to try on with your dream gowns!

OUTW Headpieces 

OUTW Headpieces 

Are you searching for your perfect 2018/2019 wedding gown? If so, we'd love to have you in the store for an experience you won't forget! Book online today!

Owner Blog | When to Shop For Your Gown

We’re seeing this trend in the store right now, of brides putting off coming in to shop for their gown.  And while sometimes we can make magic happen and find a gown that fits them or rush a gown in fast enough, it definitely limits your options as a bride.

At the bridal show this weekend we met some brides who did not want to shop for their gown until much closer to their wedding.  And I get it, it can feel overwhelming or you might feel like if you shop too early you’ll have dress regret.  However, wedding gowns take between five and six months to order in.  In order to have the most number of options of gowns to choose from, you should begin shopping for your gown about seven to nine months before your wedding.  Earlier is even better because that will give you time to enjoy the process and help everything else fall into place.

Because the worse thing that can happen is that you have to settle for a gown that fits you and you can buy off the rack instead of saying yes to the gown you absolutely adore.

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Here’s three reasons we see brides delaying shopping for their gowns and how to overcome them.

1.     Fear of Dress regret

Some brides are putting off shopping for their gown because they are afraid they may have dress regret.  They may even have a friend who ended up purchasing two gowns for their wedding day.  Here’s the thing about dress regret, if I can speak openly for a minute.  We live in an instant world.  We instantly have our emails on our phone, we instantly can connect with someone half way around the world on facetime, we can get something delivered the next with amazon prime.  So we’ve become accustomed to not waiting.  So when we purchase a wedding gown, and my goodness, we now have to wait five months for it to arrive, it’s hard!  I get it.  I do.  So if you start to second guess yourself or worry about your gown, do this:  First, think about all the reasons you loved that gown and said yes.  Remember how you felt in it.  Remember how it will look with all your alterations done, with your hair and makeup done, walking down that aisle to the love of your life.  Second, if that doesn’t work and you’re still worried, do not go shopping.  I repeat, do not go shopping.  Wedding gowns are beautiful.  They are made to be pretty.  You will find another one you love.  Instead head back to the store you purchased your gown, slip that gown back on and remember why you fell in love with it. 

2.     Losing weight

This one can be a bit tricky.  Because it’s obviously a sensitive subject.  Brides want to look their best on their wedding day.  And while we’re all for feeling beautiful, we want to make sure you can still have the dress of your dreams.  We can talk through sizing and alterations with you in the appointment.  But the thing here to remember is that your fiancé fell in love with you and proposed at the exact size you are right now.  Don’t put too much pressure on yourself in an already stressful season of life.  Embrace the shape you are and find a gown you love right now, not 20 pounds lighter.  If you are determined to lose a bit of weight, then give yourself some time.  Set a goal and track your progress.  That will help us choose the best size for you when you do shop.

3.     Orchestrating entourage

We get it.  You want your people there when you have your magical experience.  So sometimes brides will put off shopping until their mom is home or sister is back from school.  We totally understand.  Just make sure that it still leaves you with the suggested time frame of 7-9 months before your big day.

If it doesn’t then plan an appointment at a time that they are available and we’ll facetime them into the appointment.  This way they can to still be part of the experience and you still get all the gown options.  Then we can also do a bridal reveal the next time they are home or in this area.  You can slip that gown back on and show them and have them help with accessories.

 

We want you to say yes to the dress in absolute confidence.  We want you to love your gown and continue loving it until long after your wedding day.  At Once Upon A Time Weddings our goal is to walk with you through the whole experience.  That’s what makes our store different.  We know from past brides that once your gown decision has been made, so many other decisions are able to fall into place.

If you’re still looking for your gown, register here to get a replay of our bridal webinar that covers everything you need to know before you put your first gown on.

 

If you’re ready to start trying gowns on, book your exclusive gown finding experience here.

Advice From a Past Bride | Racheal Taylor

We are starting a new and fun feature on our blog today and we couldn't be more excited!!! Wedding planning can be stressful so we thought it would be helpful to share advice from brides who have been there! Get some real life advice from everyday people who have planned their wedding.

Today, we chatted with Racheal Taylor who got married on September 13th of 2014 and we are loving her real and raw advice! We hope you enjoy this new feature and get some helpful hints for your own wedding planning!

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What is the biggest piece of advice you would give a newly engaged bride-to-be?

"My biggest piece of advice is PLAN AHEAD. I found this really helped keep me from being overwhelmed like I hear a lot of brides being while planning their wedding. I was able to enjoy planning my wedding, crafting up decor, all while expecting our first child to be due 3 months before our wedding."

What is the best advice you would give for a bride-to-be who is searching for her dream dress?

"Be open minded! I had an idea of what I liked in pictures, but tried EVERY style on even if I didn't think I would like the material, fit, colour etc. In the end I actually took an element from a each dress I tried on and was able to explain those things I really liked in each dress to the OUTW tribe and they had MY exact dress, all the details I had described."

What is the best advice you were given as a bride-to-be?

"I don't know if this counts as advice but I was being super cheap with my dress I had in my head $800 max. Not because we couldn't afford more but because I'm just normally a budget freak lol. My mother in law pushed me to up my budget a bit and voila my dress was found. My dream dress." 

What is something you regret when wedding planning?

"Too big! We rented a HUGE hall with over 200 people and we both wish we scaled it down a bit for a more cozy wedding."

What is one thing you're glad you did when you were planning your wedding/engaged?

"I am so glad I included my mother in law as much as I did. She was a major help! We couldn't have planned / decorated our wedding without her!"

Is there anything else you'd want to tell a future bride?

"Enjoy this time. This is honestly one of the most exciting moments the days and months leading up to your wedding. It goes by in a blink. Plan ahead so you are not so stressed out with everything piling up at once. I'm just itching to plan our 10 year anniversary one day! I love party planning!"
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Present Day :) 

How cute is that!  Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us Racheal!

If you are still searching for your dream gown book your experience with us right here today!