Bridal Gown

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.

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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 real bride, Celine is wearing an organza skirt.

This 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. 

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

January Real Bride | Laura's Dress

Laura said yes to the dress on March 25th, 2017 and got married in September of the same year. The lace gown Laura chose was perfect for her venue and her personality! We love seeing how our brides piece together their accessories on their wedding day! From a belt, to a head piece, to their shoes and Laura made this gown her own!

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Did you try on dresses before coming to OUTW?

"Yes."

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

"2 at another place, and 2 others at OUTW."
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Were you expecting to purchase your dress when you came in for your appointment?

"I was ready to buy, but also prepared not to get down on the experience if I didn't find my perfect dress."
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Who was with you at your appointment?

"My entire bridal party, my mom, my big sister, and my groom's mom."

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

"Not really."
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Was the dress you bought similar to what you came in thinking you wanted?

"A few similarities."
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How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"Amazing and fun!"
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Erin loved working with Laura & her entourage.  From the moment she first slipped into that gown, it was like it was made for her.  Erin says, "I love how the gown matched Laura's personality and really sprung her vision into life.  She stayed true to her and incorporated some fun aspects, like her shoes into her wedding day style.  I love when brides do that."

If you're still searching for your dream wedding gown book your experience with us online today!

Photographer: Ash Ruckle Photography

October Real Bride | Jordan's Dress

Jordan said yes to the dress on October 4th, 2016 with her mom! She had actually shopped once at our store before and fell in love her dress but, she wanted to come back with her mom before saying yes! She also made a custom change when she decided to add the beading in the top of the dress extend throughout the whole gown. We love Jordan's unique story and can't wait for you to read it!

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Did you try on dresses before coming to OUTW?

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

"Probably about 15-20."
Jordan said yes to her dress on October 4th, 2016.

Jordan said yes to her dress on October 4th, 2016.

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

"My mom."
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Were you expecting to purchase your dress when you came in for your appointment?

"I actually wasn't even dress shopping when I visited. It was a spur of the moment decision driving by on the 402 and I decided to stop and see what they had since a friend recommended it to me."
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Was the dress you bought similar to what you came in thinking you wanted?

"It had a few similarities."
We love this shot of the subtle sparkle in her dress that she extended all the way to the bottom!

We love this shot of the subtle sparkle in her dress that she extended all the way to the bottom!

What did your (now) husband think of your dress?

"I was blown away on how amazing her dress was! Very Stunning! I loved how the dress curved to her body and was very elegant like in a dream." -Ryan
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How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"It was a great experience. I loved how laid back and comfortable they made me feel. There was no pressure from them to purchase a dress and that made it a lot easier to make a decision. I also loved how easy it was to make changes to the dress when ordering - I chose a different colour and added extra beading throughout the dress. Having the flexibility to make it your own is special."
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Is there anything else you want to tell us about your story to finding the dress?

"I had to visit twice because my mother-in-law was with me the first time when I found the dress and I couldn't make a decision without my mom seeing it first. After I went home I couldn't stop thinking about the dress, which was different from all the other dresses I had tried on so before. I knew this one was going to be the one. I ended up coming back a few days later with my mom and we said yes to the dress on my second visit."
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Join us next week to read all about Jordan and Ryan's wedding day! If you'd like to be featured as a real bride please message us on Facebook and let us know your interested, we'd love to hear from you!

If you're searching for your dress dress, book your appointment with us today!

Photography: Dudek Photography

October Real Bride | Jordan and Ryan Zehr

Hello October! We are so excited to see all our fall brides this season and we can't wait for you to read all about Jordan and Ryan Zehr's love story today and throughout the month! We hope you enjoy meeting our real bride's as much as we have loved them becoming apart of our OUTW family!

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How did the two of you meet?

"At Oliver Stephens Public school. I was in grade 6 and Ryan was in grade 7."
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How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"We had a long distance relationship for a while in the beginning. Ryan lived in Yellowknife, NT and I lived in Waterloo, ON. I was just finished university and trying to decide what my plans were going to be since I graduated. I was on my way to a friend's buck and doe and I called Ryan and it went straight to voicemail, which was really weird since he never has his phone off. About 2 hours later I am standing in the hall full of people and he came up behind me and surprised me! This was the first time I had seen him in just over 4 months. I knew that night he was the one I wanted to spend my life with."
Their cute pup, Aura.

Their cute pup, Aura.

How did your fiancé propose? (from the brides point of view)

"We were volunteering at an Elephant rescue camp in Thailand. This was my second visit to one of my favourite places in the world and brought Ryan with me this time. Just before we were going back to have lunch we stopped for a break in the field on this raised bamboo platform to cool off a bit since it was really muggy out. We were sitting there relaxing, watching the elephants and he pulled out a ring from his backpack and asked me to marry him! I couldn't believe that he brought a ring with him all the way to Southeast Asia and that this was really happening. It was perfect!"
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How did you propose? (from the grooms point of view)

"I was planning on proposing on our trip to south east Asia, in hopes that we were going to be going to an elephant nature park rescue program. We started looking while we were down in Thailand (Not a good idea by the way) but nothing was available. At this point I was getting very anxious as I knew that was going to be the way to sweep her off her feet and how I wanted to propose. I started calling and e-mailing trying to get something figured out and finally I had received a response from Elephant Haven in Sai Yok Kanchanaburi, Thailand saying they had just opened this park and that we were able to go and attend for a whole day. We arrived at the park early in the morning after a short drive to find out that we were going to be the only volunteers at the park. This was just about the best news I could have herd since I wanted this to be extra special. They gave us the agenda on what we would be doing all day, this was the point I was trying to figure out the best time to ask for my now wife to marry me. With my backpack close and ring ready to be unloaded I finally found my opening. We had just finished a small trek in the forest and came to a clearing to take a short break. There was long grass everywhere with elephants grazing all around us. There was a small hut to keep us out of the sun where all the elephant handlers were. Then i started to talk... I said " I love you soo much!" she responded " I love elephants soo much!". I must have mumbled since I was the most nervous I have ever been in my life. I then strayed from my prepared speech i had been going over and over in my head to only say this, as I was pulling the ring out from my backpack... I said, "This is going to be the moment I propose to you!" I pulled out the ring and opened the box and said an even smaller blurb which I cannot remember since my adrenaline was pumping. In an instant she was crying and reluctantly said yes! I had later found out that we were the first volunteers at the park and of course the first people to get engaged there. This memory will last a lifetime for me as a definite highlight."
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Join us next week to hear how Jordan said yes to the dress! If you haven't found your dream dress yet, book your experience with us today!

Photographer: Dudek Photography