Bride

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!

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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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!

January Real Bride | Keates' Wedding

We have loved taking a look into Laura and Koree's wedding story over the past couple of weeks and we are excited to share with you all, their wedding day! These two were glowing throughout their whole day and we are so thankful we got to play a small part in their day! We hope you enjoy taking a peek into their wedding day as much as we did!

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Where did you get married/have your reception?

"Masonic Center of Elgin."
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What's your favourite memory from your wedding day? (Bride + Groom can answer)

"The look on Koree's face when he saw me."
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Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"DCF Weddings - for our reception music."
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Any other unique details or stories about your wedding/love story you want to tell us?

"My bridal party and I took a limo to McDonalds and got Happy Meals for lunch."
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If you're still searching for your dream wedding gown book your experience with us online today!

Photographer: Ash Ruckle Photography

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

January Real Bride | Laura and Koree Keates

Hello new year and a new monthly Once Upon A Time Weddings Real Bride! Today we are welcoming Laura and her hubby Koree Keates to the blog! We are loving their unique love story and super fun wedding details that we can't wait to share throughout the month! For now, we hope you enjoy reading a little bit about their love story!

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How did the two of you meet?

"I threw a house party and booked a band to play, he was the drummer."
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How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"I just knew from the start I didnt want to be without him."
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How did your fiancé propose?

"We went for coffee in the park and when we were walking around the ponds he got down on one knee while my back was turned."
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Join us next week as we chat about how Laura said yes to the dress here at OUTW!

If you're still searching for your dream wedding gown book your experience with us online today because we can't wait to meet you!

Photographer: Raspberry Mint Photography