One of the hardest tasks of being an entrepreneur is finding balance in life. Learning to find time to accomplish all that I would like to accomplish can be challenging. It’s been almost four years since the doors to Once Upon A Time Weddings have opened. We have literally helped hundreds and hundreds of brides. I have been so committed to running Once Upon A Time Weddings and have made many sacrifices throughout the years.
Last May, my life changed forever. I drove to Brantford with my husband and picked up my two little babies and brought them home. Yes it was a long time coming, but nothing could have prepared me for those early days. I remember falling into bed at nine exhausted from the day’s events. I had to learn how to juggle running a business and being a mom. I had to deal with the guilt of leaving them to go into work. I had to deal with the sadness I felt when I came home and they were already in bed.
This past year has been hard on our business. We’ve had to deal with the frustrations of two designers not coming through for us. We have had to deal with some staff turnover. We have been knocked down and had to get back up again. But we’re still here, still learning to better our business. We’ve developed new processes to ensure that the mistakes that we made in those early days don’t get made again. And we’ve had to do some pruning. Some changes.
Part of building a lasting business is learning what is successful and what isn’t. You have to make changes. You have to take risks. It’s why we made the decision to stop carrying bridesmaids and mother’s gowns. It’s why we’ve changed our hours to only be open by appointments. We want to be available when it’s convenient for our brides. We want to be reachable when they need us. But we want to maintain balance in our individual lives.
We would love your feedback on the recent changes we’ve made to Once Upon A Time Weddings. We would love to hear your thoughts. Send us an email to email@example.com or text us at 519.319.9441. So far brides seem to enjoy that they can make an appointment whenever is convenient for them. They like our small, quiet atmosphere. We try our best to schedule appointments one on one. It ensures that you have our full attention for the duration of your appointment. We’d love to hear your thoughts as we continue to develop, grow and serve our customers.
During the fall our store operating hours will be Tuesday & Thursday 3-7 and Saturday 10-3. Our store appointment hours will be Monday-Friday 10-8, Saturday 9-7 & Sunday 1-7. To book an appointment visit www.onceuponatimeweddings.ca/appointment or text us at 519.319.9441 or call the store at 519.245.7997. We look forward to helping you find YOUR gown.