Once Upon A Time Weddings

Bachelorette Planning

It's almost summer time!! Which means it's the perfect time to plan your bachelorette party!  Today on the blog, we've got some tips for planning the ultimate bash!

Make It Personal:

This event is of course for the bride, so make sure to take your time and ask specific questions to clarify the vibe. Reserve a quiet day at the spa? Or fancy dinner out with your girls? It is important to pay close attention to what the bride’s preferences are, even if they don’t necessarily match with your vision and clash with your personal expectations. Some want an all nighter bar experience, but maybe she sees herself doing a casual wine tasting weekend with her best friends in cute outfits.

Try taking this same approach to other elements of the party, like games, food and drink, presents and so on. It is important to make sure it’s tailored to who she is as an individual and what she prefers. Ultimately the bride will love you for taking the time to actually fulfill your bridal party duties and plan something special for her!.

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The Sooner The Better:

Start planning early, there is a lot of organization and communication that needs to take place during bachelorette planning. Your best option is to be on top of your game by researching options, and be flexible to feedback. There is no set rules when to throw a bachelorette party, however approximately a month in advance of the wedding is a good timeframe to follow. It’s not so close to the big day which means the bride will be able to have more fun and not be so stressed and busy, but it’s also not so far away that the occasion starts to take a back seat.

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Set The Guest List:

You want to keep most of the details a surprise, but a good rule of thumb is to discuss the invite list with the bride-to-be. If there is one thing to remember.. don’t ask anyone who isn’t also invited to the actual wedding. If the bride also has future sister-in-laws, it’s best to just include them even if they aren’t super close.

After the list is all set, aim to get the word out at least two months before the party, this gives people time to clear their schedules or make travel arrangements. You don’t need all the details finalized, but it’s best to know sooner than later if there are any serious conflicts with anyone on the guest list. This would also be the time to mention how much you expect the occasion to cost, per person, this saves anyone feeling resentful later on when they’re paying $200 for dinner and drinks when they hadn’t even really planned on spending half of that.

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Set A Budget:

Everyone’s favourite conversation among friends.. money! It can be an awkward conversation but with other bridesmaids in the mix it needs to be discussed. Talk with the other members of the bridal party about how much each of you can realistically afford to spend on the bash, there are usually some negotiations that take place until everyone is on the same page. Knowing now what you can spend later will help with the options on what a kind of party you want to throw.

While we are on the topic of finances, don’t make it about the gifts. Presents are not a pre requisite to gain admittance to this party. There seems to be a misconception that every wedding-related activity has to involve some form of gifts. It is always fun watching your friends open boxes of every type of intimate wear imaginable, but it definitely isn’t a mandatory party of a bachelorette.

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From Point A To Point B:

Depending on where you’re going or what you’re doing transportation can be crucial. You may want to consider hiring a limo driver, car service or a party bus. Whatever you decide to invest in, it is essential to have a way to safely transport a large group of girls who, let’s be real, will most likely be drinking over the duration of the night. Don’t leave this last minute either, call around for rates and book your service at least a month in advance.

 

All in all it is important to also accept help, if the other girls in your party are volunteering their services to pick up decorations, buying food and drinks, setting everything up, you take it! 

Happy Planning!

All About The NEW Location!

We've made it!

This may have been the longest week of my life, but we've officially moved into our new OUTW home!  I'm so excited to share this new space and welcome brides into our OUTW family here.

Here's some of the details you need to know about the new location!

Address: 10 Metcalfe St. W Strathroy (corner of Metcalfe St. W & Caradoc St. N)

Phone #: 519.245.7997 (didn't change)

Store Hours: 

Monday 11-6

Tuesday 11-6

Wednesday closed

Thursday 11-8

Friday 11-6

Saturday 10-4

Sunday by appointment

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We designed the new store to have the same feel and privacy as our old store.  Each bride will have her own bridal suite with her own fitting room and mirror built into the room.  The ultimate gown finding experience can be found at Once Upon A Time Weddings!

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One of the things I'm most excited about in the new location is our Embellish room.  This room is where you can find the most luxurious casual items as well as gifts for your girls!  Brides who shop at OUTW will get a discount off the items in this room!  Stop in and check it out.  Be sure to check us out on Facebook as well for discounts, sneak peeks and to follow along with us as we grow this room!  Click here!

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Grand Re-Opening: Wednesday, September 14th at 6pm.  Full details can be found here!

Join us for cake, a ribbon cutting ceremony and special discounts! 

See you soon!

 

Erin Bouchard

 

Fall Muses.

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It’s already NOVEMBER! What on earth is happening! I knew that this fall would fly by and I was not wrong.  This fall has been full of travel, growing pains and huge success!  We had our best sales month we’ve ever had in the history of our store in September and for that I’m so incredibly thankful!  Each week more and more brides are welcomed into the Once Upon A Time Weddings.

 

As you can imagine we’re so happy to be welcoming them into our family! But with that comes some growing pains as we continue to expand our little boutique.  So as always we welcome your feedback as we continue to serve you better!

 

This fall I had the amazing opportunity of traveling to bridal market in September.  It was part of my girl’s incentive over the summer to reach certain goals and they could come on the trip with me.  They did it and earned coming to market for two days.  They had a lot of fun and we chose some beautiful new styles for the store both in our bridal and bridesmaids departments.  Now just to wait for them to arrive.

 

In October I headed to Las Vegas where I spoke at Wedding MBA for my coaching business on bridal store inventory.  What a learning experience that was!  I love my job but I am very introverted so this was a bit of a leap for me.  But I’m so glad that I took it.

 

At the end of October I headed off to Orange Beach for a conference and work retreat.  I was so happy to have some uninterrupted time to dream, think and plan for 2017.  I can’t believe how far our business has come and I look forward to the future!

 

Now I’m home.  While I enjoyed all my trips, I’m so glad to be staying put for a bit and to buckle down and get caught up on some of the work that has been backlogging while we’ve been busy.

 

If you’re a bride of ours – whether you bought your gown four years ago or four days ago we’d love for you to come over to our facebook group and join in on the fun!  Request to join now: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OUTWbridetribe/

 

Also if you’re one of our Once Upon A Time Weddings bride or you’re thinking about being one of our brides, then we’d love to invite you to our Christmas Open House.  It’s our way of giving back to our customers.  We’d love to hang out with you, feed you yummy snacks, drink champagne together and just enjoy the season!  Some of our fave wedding vendors will also be participating in this event! For more details check out our event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1466555216707018/

 

Also Santa is coming to Once Upon A Time Weddings again this Christmas and he’s giving one of our brides a FREE wedding gown.  Keep your eyes peeled to our facebook page & Instagram page for more information!

 

Summer Hours.

What a beauty of a day today!  This warmer weather has us thinking of summer time! 

This time of year, we change up our summer hours so our staff can enjoy the nice weather!

Effective immediately our store hours are as follows:

Monday 11-6

Tuesday 11-6

Thursday 11-6

Friday 11-6

Saturday 10-4

* Evening appointments available at 6:30 or 7PM Monday-Thursday when booked in advance

We cannot wait for all things summer, including seeing pictures of brides come rolling in!! Be sure to send us some after your big day.

Also, we still have appointments available for our trunk show this weekend - Saturday at 10 or 11:30, Monday at 11, Tuesday at 12, 2 or 6:30.  Text us at 519.319.9441 if you want one!!

Wedding Inspiration - Summer Weddings.

As the summer wraps up and we begin gearing up for our busy fall season {AKA bridal show season} we wanted to take a few minutes and share some of our favourite ideas for an elegant summer wedding.  Summer weddings can be so much fun.

We ADORE these prints for a fun summer wedding.  Whether you go long or short, you really can't go wrong with a soft, delicate print.

We ADORE these prints for a fun summer wedding.  Whether you go long or short, you really can't go wrong with a soft, delicate print.

This naked wedding cake is perfect for a relaxed summer wedding.

This naked wedding cake is perfect for a relaxed summer wedding.

Don't forget to have lots of liquids available in case of a hot, humid day.  You could even have them in your wedding colors.

Don't forget to have lots of liquids available in case of a hot, humid day.  You could even have them in your wedding colors.

If the festivities are outside, don't forget a little sunscreen, bug spray station.  Your guests will be ever grateful.

If the festivities are outside, don't forget a little sunscreen, bug spray station.  Your guests will be ever grateful.

Isn't it amazing how some of the greatest ideas you see, are also the easiest and most cost effective.  Love this for an outdoor, summer wedding.

Isn't it amazing how some of the greatest ideas you see, are also the easiest and most cost effective.  Love this for an outdoor, summer wedding.

This flowy chiffon gown is perfect for a summer wedding.  With just a touch of lace & adding a touch of sparkle, you combine comfort with elegance.  This gown is sold exclusively at Once Upon A Time Weddings.

This flowy chiffon gown is perfect for a summer wedding.  With just a touch of lace & adding a touch of sparkle, you combine comfort with elegance.  This gown is sold exclusively at Once Upon A Time Weddings.

This updo with a few small flowers is the perfect summer wedding hairstyle.

This updo with a few small flowers is the perfect summer wedding hairstyle.

Whatever season you are planning your big day in, Once Upon A Time Weddings would love to walk with you through your gown shopping experience.  Click here to book an appointment.