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. 


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'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.

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.

March Real Bride | Doerbecker Wedding

Today, we finish out our journey with Real Bride Heather + Husband Jamie.  They tied the knot on a beautiful fall day last September 16, 2017.  Let's dive into the story of their wedding day...

Their ceremony was at Coldstream Conservation Area + their reception was at Coldstream Community Centre.


Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

Our caterers BBQ Feast were amazing! Latte productions did a beautiful job capturing our day and got so many pictures. We did a lot of our own decorations with the help of our parents, family, and family friends. Our DJ was a family friend who did a great job keeping everyone on the dance floor. Our florists from Bloomingdale's did an amazing job incorporating purple and red flowers into our bouquets and centerpieces. We had one of our uncle's bake the desserts which were a huge hit! Jamie and I helped bake some the desserts as well which was a lot of fun.

Any other unique details or stories about your wedding/love story you want to tell us?

We loved being able to have the first look before the ceremony, it helped us calm our nerves and give us a chance to have a special moment just the two of us. We met as orientation leaders and have been together 5 years, we got married close to our 5 year anniversary (a day earlier).

What's your favourite memory from your wedding day?

Heather's: My favourite part of our wedding day was everything it was perfect! We had the perfect weather and the perfect day. I loved being able to marry my best friend and celebrate with our family and friends  
Jamie's: I really enjoyed hearing all the speeches, it was nice to be able to look back while also looking forward to our new life together.

What did your husband think of your dress?

I was speechless when I was finally able to see Heather in her dress at our first look. She was absolutely beautiful and it was a great look on her.

Heather + Jamie's Wedding Vendors

Photography: Latte Productions

Caterer: BBQ Feast

Flowers: Bloomingdale's

Gown: Once Upon A Time Weddings


Bridal Crawl | Vendor List Sneak Peak

Hey Brides!! We cannot believe our 1st Bridal Crawl is happening NEXT WEEKEND! Say what?! We are SO excited, it is going to be such a fun day! From the actual crawl to Sydenham Ridge to the Fashion Show, we can't wait to see all of your beautiful faces on the 28th! We wanted to give another quick run-down of how the day would look, followed by a list of all the vendors!

At 1pm, you can begin to pick up your 'passport' at 20 Caradoc St North, Once Upon A Time Weddings store front, this will have a list of all the vendors and their downtown store locations. From 1pm-3pm you will walk/drive around town to visit the vendor’s stores to meet them, ask questions and receive a signature on your 'passport.' These vendor signatures will secure your entry into the raffle drawings later that night at Sydenham Ridge Estates. Once you have finished your checklist we will all meet (brides and vendors) at Sydenham Ridge from pm for a fashion show, munchies, cocktails, music, and door prizes. We cannot wait to see you there!

Here is the list of all the vendors you will get to meet the day of the crawl, so if you're just curious or if you want to do some research ahead of time, see what you still need for your wedding or map out your walking route the day of the crawl, here they are!

Hair & Makeup Artists:







Bridal Gowns/Bridesmaids Dress:


Brides, if you don't have a ticket yet, you can buy them here!

We can't wait to see you Sunday, May 28th!

Vendor Interview | Altered Elegance

We chatted with Bea Vasey over at Altered Elegance for an inside look into bridal alterations! One of the most common questions we get from brides in our store is about alterations: how long they take, what they cost, and who we recommend. We have sent lots of our brides over the years to Bea and she always does amazing work at an affordable price! We hope this interview can shed some light into her world and what a bride needs to know about it!

Do you offer alterations for other things (besides wedding gowns)? If so, what? 

"Yes I do...zippers, hemming, and all general alterations."
Bea changing a zipper back into a corset!

Bea changing a zipper back into a corset!

How far in advance do you like a bride to bring her dress in?

"As soon as the bride gets her dress. This will determine how much work needs to be done, price and it will reserve an alteration spot. However, alterations do not need to be started right away, sometimes a bride likes to wait until closer to the wedding."

How long have you been doing wedding alterations?

"About 30 years."

What is your turn around time for wedding dress alterations?

"Each dress is different."

What sets your work apart from other seamstresses?

"Customer service, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, I listen to the brides needs, workmanship and affordable pricing."

If you have your gown and are looking for someone to bring it in, let it out, add crinoline, add straps, or make just make it more unique, Bea is located in Petrolia and loves what she does! Visit her Facebook Page or give her a call at (519) 882-4789.

Are you still on the hunt for your perfect gown, book your appointment with us today!

April Real Bride | Carolyn

We are so grateful for all of our wonderful Once Upon A Time Wedding brides and this month we are thrilled to share with you our April Real Bride - Carolyn Berry and her husband Michael! These two were friends long before starting to officially date in high school and we can tell from their wedding photos that they are one fun-loving couple!


When did you know he was the one?

"When we started dating after years of being best friends."

How did Michael propose?

"It was during Christmas and he pretended he forgot to put this gift inside the gift box. He had asked me to come into the kitchen and he was down on one knee. Just the two of us." 

Stop by again next week when we share how Carolyn said yes to the dress!

Photography by: Tosha Lobsinger

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