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Inspiration Blog | Secret Garden Theme.

We have seen a lot of different themes over the years.  And we absolutely love it when a couple chooses a theme that matters to them and goes all out!  When it comes to wedding themes, your imagination is your only limit.  {Well and maybe your budget lol}

Today on the blog, I wanted to share a Secret Garden Wedding Theme.  And of course, we picked a gown from OUTW that we think would be perfect for this theme.

Let's dive in!

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The reason that I love the theme of Secret Garden is because I love the mix of whimsical and romantic.  Like this cake table created by Selah Vie Weddings + Events.  I love the mix of cupcakes, cakes and macaroons made by Bright Eyes Cake Design.  Photography by Dylan Martin Photography.

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I love the soft hues of these colours together.  And I love the return of gold accents in wedding decor and wedding planning.  Photograph from Pinterest.

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We love these centrepieces for a secret garden wedding theme.  Simple, yet beautiful.  As a big book reader, I love how they incorporated old books and how it gives a nod to classic, olden days.  Photograph from Pinterest.

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These invitations from The Paper Bride, which are available at Once Upon A Time Weddings are the perfect addition to any garden wedding.  I love the florals mixed with the navy colour.

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The Secret Garden Theme is the perfect theme for mix-matched bridesmaids.  We love these colours together and they still give you lots of colour choices for florals + decor.

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We adore this gown which will arrive to OUTW in August.  We cannot wait for brides to try it on.  We love the lace details and how it has a touch of lace underneath the tulle skirt.  We think it's the perfect combination of whimsical and romantic, just like the Secret Garden theme.

Still searching for your perfect gown?  Book your Bridal Experience today, right here.

All The Details of Our Massive SALE!

Today on the blog, we're sharing everything you need to know about our upcoming sale.

The sale will take place in the store on Friday, May 4th from 5pm-8pm at our store, 10 Metcalfe St. W in Strathroy.

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We will have some select VIP appointments on Thursday, May 3rd.  VIP appointments will have early access to all the sale gowns at the sale prices + get a SWAG bag of OUTW goodies whether they buy or not!  Hello, that's awesome!!  You have to be a member of our closed FB group to get a chance to win one of those time slots.  Go here:👉http://bit.ly/2qFp7LQ

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Select wedding gowns will be up to 75% off.  These gowns will be out on the sales floor for you to browse through and try on.  All gowns are final sale and are sold in as is condition.  These gowns will go home with you that day!

We have gowns in the sale from size 6 to size 26.  Our selection of size 18-26 is limited so come early if that's your sizing.  Those gowns go fast!!  * Please note these are bridal sizes not street clothes sizes.

On the sale day, we'll have consultants here to help you, but it won't be your typical OUTW appointment experience. We appreciate your patience + understanding as we deliver amazing prices to you!

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In additional to our sale wedding gowns, we'll have accessories {veils, belts, headpieces, jewellery} marked way down as well.  Like the gowns, these will be cash + carry.  Watch our instagram stories for some sneaks of these in the next week or so!

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We also have some bridesmaids gowns that will be $10 during the sale.  SAY WHAT?!  These gowns would be perfect for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, or for mix and match maids gowns!  These will also be cash + carry!

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We're giving away a ton of swag right now on Facebook.  Check out our post, like it and tag someone in the comments for your chance to win it all!  We'll announce the winner this weekend! Click here to go to our Facebook page + look for this post.

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Again, the sale is Friday, May 4th & doors will be open at 5pm for the sale.  It's first come, first served.  

Got any questions that we haven't covered? Shoot us an email to info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca or text us at 519.319.6623.

Blog | Advice From A Past Bride

This is one of our favourite segments on our blog.  We interview real brides who have been there, tied the knot & we ask for all their best advice from their wedding.  

Today, we're featuring Logan Hill's best wedding day advice.  Logan purchased her gown from OUTW & got married on September 12, 2015.  She looked amazing in her gown and we cannot wait for you to read her words of wisdom. 

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

Don't sweat the small stuff! Whatever is not done by the day of, is not important and no one will notice, and/or care.

Easier said than done :)  But worth trying, for sure!

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

Just try on whatever they suggest. Even if you hate it, at least you tried, and it may be a style that actually looks good on you.

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

To just enjoy the day. It goes so fast

What is something you regret when wedding planning?

Listening to everyones ideas and opinions. It makes it confusing and frustrating. Just do what you want.

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

Made all the centre pieces myself. Then It was what I wanted and if they didnt look great it was my fault. Knowing how hard I worked and having some not turn out made it easier to just " meh oh well". Its just a centre piece...it's not the end of the world.

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

Have good food, good music/dj, and a dress you feel great in. That is all anyone remembers. The food, the fun, and the dress.
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Some wise words from Logan.  Thanks for sharing with our brides-to-be!  We love sharing advice from real brides who have already walked down the aisle.  If you'd like to share some click here!

If you're still looking for your perfect gown, book your personalized bridal appointment here.

Photographs by Alisha Martens Photography.

Real Bride | Kelsey + Greg Engaged!

It's hard to believe it's April!  But with a new month, comes a new Real Bride.  This month we'll be journeying with Kelsey + Greg who got married in February 2018.  Today on the blog, they're sharing their engagement story.

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How did the two of you meet?

We met working together at Future Shop. Greg was in the department next to mine, right across the aisle.

How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

There was one night when I was at work after having a rough week that he sent me a picture of the sunset, something I always watch out our window. He said something along the lines of "I know you would be so excited if you saw this, I didn't want you to miss it." It was after he did that I knew I wanted to spend forever with him.
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How did your fiancé propose? (from the brides point of view)

He was taking me to Toronto after the Christmas holidays, as I had moved away for school. I knew something was up because he said there was something he HAD to do that morning. Turns out he was telling my parents his plan! We pulled off the highway in Milton and went for a hike to a frozen waterfall. He waited till we were alone and asked me to marry him.
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How did you propose? (from the grooms point of view)

We were driving her back to school and we stopped at a conservation area. We hiked to a frozen waterfall and I proposed.
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Join us next week as Kelsey shares her Say Yes Story.  She'll share the details of how she found her gown at Once Upon A Time Weddings. 

Photographs by Michelle A Photography.

Don't have your gown yet?  Book now to have OUTW help you write your Say Yes Story.

Burgundy + Slate Blue Wedding Theme

Last year, the colour Marsala exploded on the wedding scene and popped up in everything from decor to bridesmaids gowns to florals.  This year, the colour Slate Blue has quickly taken the wedding industry by storm.  Today, on the blog, I thought I would feature the two colours together and the effects are beautiful!

 These colours look amazing mixed with a touch of gold in the accents.

These colours look amazing mixed with a touch of gold in the accents.

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For this colour combo you could put the men in either grey or navy.  Throwing in some pops of blush and creams make the colours pop that much more.

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We loved the dusty blue flowers with pops of other colours.  We are loving the trend of creating a bouquet that has multiple colours within it.  This bouquet would also look amazing with your maids in the wine colour.

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Who doesn't love a floral crown?  They are such a fun way to incorporate your colours and achieve that Boho look.

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We matched this Slate Blue gown with some blush & burgundy florals that we had in the store.  Such a beautiful look.  This bouquet also has touches of lace in it as well.  

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Another option would be to keep your bridal bouquet a bit simpler and do the girls with more accent colours.  We love the pops of the darker burgundy mixed in with the softer shades.  Against a white or ivory gown this bouquet would be stunning! 

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We love this decor.  It's a great reminder that less is sometimes more.  I love that the main colour is the dusty blue and then there are some splashes of gold and subtle hints of burgundy in the flowers.  I love the candles and that it's fancy without being too over the top.  

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And of course, we couldn't do a theme without showcasing a gown from OUTW that we thought would fit in perfectly with this colour scheme.  This is a new arrival for us and the back and train are equally as stunning.  We adore the classic ivory with this colour to make the burgundy + slate blue be the focal point.

Do you have a theme or colours picked yet for your wedding day?  Tell us about it!

 

5 Tips for A Thriving Marriage

While we love all aspects of wedding planning, sometimes brides forget to plan for their marriage and not just the wedding day. With that thought in mind, we wanted to share some of our tips for thriving in your marriage.

Marriage can be a beautiful thing.

But it can also be really hard + a lot of work.

But that work is totally worth it when you see the benefits of that work.

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Put your phones away for a few hours and keep learning about each other, keep enjoying their company and don't stop adventuring.  Find new ways to surprise each other.

 Go for a massage regularly.  Get your hair done.  Do things that fill your cup.  After all, you can't pour from an empty cup.  You can't give your marriage the love and attention it deserves if you're burnt out or exhausted.  Find things you can do together, like meditate or exercise.  But have one or two things you can do each week that fills you back up.

Go for a massage regularly.  Get your hair done.  Do things that fill your cup.  After all, you can't pour from an empty cup.  You can't give your marriage the love and attention it deserves if you're burnt out or exhausted.  Find things you can do together, like meditate or exercise.  But have one or two things you can do each week that fills you back up.

 This is a hard one.  Marriage takes real work.  And you have to choose which hills you'll die on and which ones don't matter.  Learn to let the things that don't matter, slide.  Marriage can be a beautiful thing but it does real work.

This is a hard one.  Marriage takes real work.  And you have to choose which hills you'll die on and which ones don't matter.  Learn to let the things that don't matter, slide.  Marriage can be a beautiful thing but it does real work.

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You now have someone else involved in every aspect of your life. The decisions you make daily affect your spouse, let them know your plans, include them in your decisions...

One thing that Joel & I find helpful, especially now with kids going in every direction, is to sit and chat on Sunday evenings about the week ahead.  Whose doing what, going where and what do we really need to accomplish that week.  

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Work at it together.  I know not all spouses care about the looks of your house.  But ask their opinion and find some projects you can work on together on weekends.  Make your bedroom a safe and device free room.

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!

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