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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!


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!"

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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!


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 and Jeff's Wedding

We aren't quite sure how it happened so fast but this is our final blog of the November Real Bride series and we have loved showcasing Erin and Jeff's story! I mean come on, look at her in that dress! 😍 We hope you enjoy reading all about their wedding day in today's post!


Where did you get married/have your reception?

"We got married on my family's home farm where I work. Outside on the lawn. Our reception was at the Parkhill Community Centre."

What's your favourite memory from your wedding day? 

"Seeing each other for the first time when I walked down the isle. Also, just seeing all of our family and friends coming together to help celebrate!"

Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"One-12 Photography, Amotion Films (Videography), Pineridge BBQ, Schwartzentruber Music Services (our DJ)."

If you're a Once Upon A Time Weddings Real Bride, please send us a message on Facebook because we'd love to feature you!

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Photography: One-12 Photography

Simple Decor Goes A Long Way

One question we get a lot is "how do we stay within budget while still having the wedding of our dreams?" The million dollar question right! This is where Pinterest gets sticky, it's a great resource but can make your expectations a bit out of your realistic budget. Well, that's where Pinterest is also winning - their DIY ideas are on point when it comes to wedding decorations! We've pulled some easy ways to make your decor go a long way while saving a lot of money.

1. Collecting everyday items and dressing them up. Wine bottles, mason jars, cans, driftwood, etc. Spray painting, adding glitter, etc. to these items makes them brand new and you can fit them exactly to your theme! Don't be afraid to ask around, people are throwing these things away everyday!


2. Make your own signs. Chances are you or someone you know has great handwriting so making your own signs is a great way to save on cost and gives your wedding a sense of uniquness. 


3. Don't discount the dollar store! You can find some serious wedding decor treasures in there. Go in with an open mind and use your imagination! From frames, to candles, to vases, to rocks/pebbles; there is lots of room to go decor crazy in there!


4. Nature is your friend! Now, this one depends on what season you are getting married in, but chances are you picked that season because you like it! Sticks, wildflowers, rocks, etc. You can use these naturally or dress them up with paint/spray paint/glitter.


Let us know what you'd like to see on the blog next by commenting on this blog or messaging us anytime on our Facebook page here.

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

September Real Bride | Jordan's Dress

We love sharing stories of our brides who customized their dresses! Jordan fell in love with her dress but wanted to add/change a few things to it and totally had the faith to do it! We love these leaps of faith in making your dress your own. Jordan added cap sleeves and man did it look amazing!


Did you try on dresses before coming to OUTW?


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

"It was the first one I tried on! I tried on about 4 others after but none of them stole my heart like this one did."

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."

Who was with you at your appointment?

"My mom, maid of honour, cousin and two aunts."

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

"They all loved the dress just as much as I did! :)"

Was the dress you bought similar to what you came in thinking you wanted?

"A few similarities."

How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"Wonderful! I would recommend it to any future bride. Erin asked me all the right questions to really figure out what I wanted out of my wedding gown, when I didn't even know myself!"

Is there anything else you want to tell us about your story to finding the dress?

"It was the perfect moment I could have had with my family when saying "yes" to my dress. It was private and intimate which you don't find anywhere else at local wedding dress stores - I won't forget my experience here!"

If you're looking for a one of a kind dress shopping experience, don't hesitate to book your appointment right here, right now! We can't wait to meet you!

Photography: Haley Thuss

One Last Backyard Wedding | Summer Blog Sendoff

With summer coming to an end we thought it'd be fun to put together one last backyard summer wedding! We can't deny how much we love outdoor weddings and all the uniqueness they can bring - from barns, to fields, to tents, and all the fun summer details in between.  But we sure are excited to see our fall brides in their dresses on their day! So here's one last little hurrah to summer!

1. Unique lighting. As opposed to an indoor wedding, you might have to get a bit more creative outdoors once the sunsets, and I'm pretty sure the twinkle lights have us all swooning.


2. Personal touches. Of course these touches are at every wedding, but there's something extra cute about the outdoor summer ones!

We won't be missing the bugs comes fall!

We won't be missing the bugs comes fall!


3. All the DIY. We find there's a lot more room for DIY with outdoor weddings because there's less provided by the venue, and we love how it brings uniqueness to the day.


4. Non-traditional photo booths. Backdrops for every style bride!


5. Backyard summer cookout style catering. Need we say more?


As summer begins to come to an end we wanted to say that all of our summer brides this year have knocked us off our feet! If you want to be featured on our blog or on our social media please don't hesitate to send us your photos, we'd love to hear from you!

If you're still looking for your dream dress book your experience with us today!

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!