Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Fiancé

Let's be honest, most men are hard to shop for! It doesn't matter if it's a birthday, Christmas, anniversary or Valentine's Day, us ladies are usually stumped! We've put together a list of gifts that men will love! Whether they are the gift type or the memory maker we're sure to get your ideas flowing this Valentine's Day!

1. Physical Gifts. This is for those men who will actually use and appreciate a physical gift given to them! Lots of men will say they want something but never buy it for themselves, now is your time to remember what that something was!

For the business man: a watch, a new brief case, a grooming kit, etc.


For the Athlete: a gift basket of athletic gear/snacks that they love, a pair of sneakers they are hesitant to buy for themselves, etc.


For the outdoorsy man: camping gear, hiking accessories, fishing themed basket, beard grooming supplies, etc.


2. Sentimental Gifts. This type of gift giving is for you ladies that have a man that truly appreciates something from the heart.

Collectables: does your man collect something like coins or cards? This gift isn't about the price, but more about the time you put into finding that item they don't yet have in their collection.


Sentimental Items: maybe someone close to them has recently passed away, a great way to keep their memory alive is to make something new out of their loved ones tie, t-shirt, etc.

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3. Memory Making Gifts.

Adventurous Guy. Plan a day trip for a hike, take him to an escape/mystery room - what does he love to do?

Thrill Seeker. Race car driving, white water rafting trip, dog sledding weekend, etc.

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Music Lover. Concert tickets, guitar lessons, etc.

We hope this little list has gotten your idea's flowing for your fiancé!

Happy Valentine's Day Brides!

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!


How did the two of you meet?

"At a house party with mutual friends in the summertime."

How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"I always knew when I laid eyes on him."

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."

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."

How cute are they?!? Join us next week to read all about Celine's journey to saying yes to the dress!

November Real Bride | Erin Thiel

We are super excited to introduce our November Real Bride, Erin and her husband Jeff Thiel! We got to see Erin quite a few times before her wedding, as she bought her bridal, maids AND flower girl gowns from us! We absolutely loved working with her each and every time she came into the store and we hope you enjoy reading all about these two's love story today!


How did the two of you meet?

"We are both involved with our local Agricultural Societies. Jeff is with the Zurich Ag. Society and I'm with the Parkhill Ag. Society. In February the O.A.A.S. holds a Convention at the Royal York in Toronto. I was sitting behind him in one of the seminars, we had to pass the little cards that were given to us when we arrived in this seminar. Jeff passed me the horse card he had and I gave him the sheep one that I had. (This was when we first saw eachother) That night we met in the Hospitality Suite. He knew the people I was with so that's how we started talking."

How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"I've never met someone so supportive. I admire his passion, his love of family and friends. To be honest...when I saw how he handled everything after my car accident, I knew I could never find someone I'd rather spend my life with."

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

"We were camping, just the two of us, at Fisherman's Cove. The second day we were there it was raining. Once the rain stopped, Jeff said we should go fishing. We were catching just little fish, people would come and go from the dock. Jeff almost lost some stuff out of the tackle box when he accidentally kicked it over (knowing now what was inside - it would have been terrible!). We were out there for a while, he said "lets go regroup, maybe make some food back at the trailer" we went back to the camper, he said there was a special lure in the tackle box after we was talking about how old the box was etc. I was looking for a cool looking lure - Jeff said he thought it was in that little box. When I first saw the box my jaw dropped! I turned to Jeff and looked at him and then I opened the box and he asked if I would marry him! With a couple of teary eyes I was soo happy and replied with a yes!"

How did you propose? (from the grooms point of view)

"It was a rainy day. I was pretty nervous. We were camping - the rain let up long enough for us to go fishing. I hide the ring in the tackle box. I had planned on proposing on the dock, getting down on one knee when she caught a fish but we kept getting interrupted by other fishers. So I waited until we got back to the trailer. I asked her to look for a special lure, as she was looking I took my phone out to film her. At first she didn't noticed so I said "I think its in that little green box". When she opened it, that is when I asked her to marry me. Luckily she said yes!"

Tune in next week as we talk about Erin saying yes to her dress!

If you've said yes to the love of your life but haven't found a gown to say yes to yet, what are you waiting for? Book your experience with us today!

Photography: One-12 Photography

How To Enjoy Being Engaged

It can be so easy to wish yourself to your wedding day but we believe being in engaged is such a special time and should be enjoyed to the fullest! You only get to call your fiancé 'fiancé' for so long so why not enjoy it!

1) Throw an engagement party! Celebrate this huge step in your relationship with all your friends and family! It's not a hassle for anyone, people love a reason to celebrate and get together! Find some cute decorations and get to celebrating! 


2) Take engagement photos! This is a super fun way to celebrate with just the two of you. You get to dress up and be all lovey dovey for the pictures! You can even make a date night out of it! If you choose to do them with your wedding photographer it gives you an extra chance to get to know them and their style before your wedding day.

3) Get some fiancé swag! You're only engaged once so work it girl!

Learn how to DIY your own mug  here!

Learn how to DIY your own mug here!

Available at Once Upon A Time Weddings!

Available at Once Upon A Time Weddings!

4) And remember! When it comes to wedding planning, the day is about your love for one another. Don't let the nitty, gritty details of planning take the joy of being engaged away from you!

Are you recently engaged and starting to look for your dream dress? Look no further! We'd love for you to book your wedding gown experience today!