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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.


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 real bride, Celine is wearing an organza skirt.

This 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. 


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!

Wedding Dictionary

We asked what brides wanted to read about on our blog and today we are exploring one of those topics! Here's what a past bride said would have helped her when planning their wedding:

"Think a breakdown of wedding words (i.e. host bar vs cash bar vs open bar) that you find in venue contracts and such would have been a big help! Our venue contract was really easy and transparent, but I struggled a lot when looking at some other spots and reading through all the jargon! Would be helpful to have had a spot that cleared it up easily." 

So here we go: a 'Wedding Dictionary'!

-Black Tie Optional: Tuxedos and formalwear are suggested for the guests, but not required.

-Cocktail Attire: A dress code that is less formal - calls for suits and cocktail dresses.

-Cosplay: Short for 'Costume Play' - can refer to period dress or theme dress as in paying homage to favorite movie/television/game/comic characters.

-Blusher: A short veil that covers the bride's face, aka. "shoulder length veil".


-Bridaller: Another word for a guest of a wedding.

-Bustle: The gathering up of extra fabric or a the train of your gown with buttons or ties to keep the hem of your gown from dragging on the floor.


-Cash Bar: When guests buy the drinks rather than them being 'free'/paid for by the host of the wedding at the reception.

-Garter: narrow bands of fabric fastened about the leg that the groom traditionally takes off the bride during the wedding and throws it to the single men, just like the bouquet toss. 

-Host Bar: Where the host of the wedding issues vouchers to attendees for a limited number of free drinks, and attendees pay for any further drinks themselves.

-Open Bar: The host pays for all the drinks the entire night of the wedding, no limit per guest.

-Day of Planner: A wedding coordinator who works with you primarily on the day of the wedding to make sure everything goes smoothly (as opposed to a full-service planner who works with you throughout all of the months leading up to the wedding).

-Escort Cards: Cards that display the guest's name and indicate the table they have been assigned for the reception. Below left is a table of escort cards. 


-Processional: The part of the ceremony in which the wedding party and bride walk down the aisle. This can also refer to the music that plays during this time.

-Recessional: The part of the wedding in which the newly married couple, followed by the wedding party, walk back down the aisle after the ceremony.

-Save The Date (STD): A "pre-invite" sent out ASAP to tell guests when the wedding will be.

-Tablescape: The arrangement of the place settings, centerpieces, table numbers, and other decorations on the reception tables.


-Trousseau: The clothes, linens, and other items that a bride saves for her wedding and new married life. Often includes pretty lingerie.

Are you still searching for your wedding gown? Make an appointment with us online today!

October Real Bride | Jordan and Ryan's Wedding

We have loved featuring Jordan and her hubby Ryan this month on the blog and today our final instalment is here: their wedding day! Jordan looked absolutely stunning in her gown and it fit so perfectly into their day! We hope you enjoy scrolling through this post as much as we do! 


Where did you get married/have your reception?

"We got married at the Church of the Epiphany, downtown Woodstock and then had our reception at Rosehill Farm just outside of Woodstock."

What's your favourite memory from your wedding day?

Jordan (Bride) | "My favourite moment was arriving at the church just before the ceremony. It was a bit chaotic because we brought our dog, who practically dragged the flower girls down the aisle. But it was surreal being full of butterflies and with my closest friends and of course my dad, just before making the biggest promise of my life."
Ryan (Groom) | "My favourite moment was when we did out first look. After months of me telling her I did not want to do it since in tradition it was bad luck I caved... I was all set-up to face a certain way with the photographers so I could not see her and they were able to capture her walking behind me. When I turned around and saw her I almost fell over because of how beautiful she was. I tried to hold back the tears as best I could as she was stunning, as corny as this sounds she was like an angel. This was our only sole moment together with just her and I. We were able to talk and gain our nerves for the day."

Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"I loved working with our photographer (Dudek Photography). He does an amazing job and I couldn't wait to see how he captured every moment from our day and turned it into a work of art." 

Thank you for choosing Once Upon A Time Weddings while wedding dress shopping! We are so glad you are apart of our OUTW family! 

We love her mismatched maids gowns as well, would you do that for your girls?

If you are still searching for your dream dress, book your experience with us today!

Photographer: Dudek Photography

Bridal Shower Etiquette

Today, we are talking bridal showers! This was one of the topics that you all gave us on our Facebook page, so we hope it answers some of your questions! Throughout this post we are attempting to answer some of the top questions we find when planning a traditional bridal shower!


Who hosts the bridal shower? Traditionally speaking, the Maid of Honour takes the lead and can ask the bridesmaids to cohost! It is not uncommon for a relative of the bride to also throw a shower.

When and where should the shower be held? The shower is usually held about three months before the wedding but there is definitely wiggle room here. We'd say just don't have the shower within a month of the wedding because the bride will be thinking of all her final details and may not enjoy the day as much she would have ahead of time. It's also fun to spoil the bride well before her big day! 


Who should be invited? This is completely up to the bride! She should give the host a list of guests and the host should definitely follow that list. The actual making of the list gets sticky - the age old debate still continues - should you only invite friends/family that are also invited to the wedding? We think this is a personal preference and depends on where your wedding will be held. If it's a destination wedding or a small family ceremony, maybe it isn't such a bad idea to invite others to the shower that won't be invited to the wedding. In the end, it's up to the bride.

Who pays for the bridal shower? This one is tricky! Traditionally speaking, the host does take on monetary responsibility, however, it is definitely acceptable to ask the bridesmaids to cohost and in that case it can be split.

What is traditionally given as a bridal shower gift? The bridal shower is for the bride, so we say gifts for the bride, including lingerie, cooking/home decor goods, or items for the honeymoon but gifts from her registry are always acceptable too! And, group gifts are popular especially if bridesmaids/family members are attending more than one shower. 


We'd love to hear what else you'd like to see on the blog in the future, leave us a comment and let us know!

If you know a bride who is still looking for her dream dress, let her know about us or surprise her with a dress shopping experience today!

October Real Bride | Jordan and Ryan Zehr

Hello October! We are so excited to see all our fall brides this season and we can't wait for you to read all about Jordan and Ryan Zehr's love story today and throughout the month! We hope you enjoy meeting our real bride's as much as we have loved them becoming apart of our OUTW family!


How did the two of you meet?

"At Oliver Stephens Public school. I was in grade 6 and Ryan was in grade 7."

How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"We had a long distance relationship for a while in the beginning. Ryan lived in Yellowknife, NT and I lived in Waterloo, ON. I was just finished university and trying to decide what my plans were going to be since I graduated. I was on my way to a friend's buck and doe and I called Ryan and it went straight to voicemail, which was really weird since he never has his phone off. About 2 hours later I am standing in the hall full of people and he came up behind me and surprised me! This was the first time I had seen him in just over 4 months. I knew that night he was the one I wanted to spend my life with."
Their cute pup, Aura.

Their cute pup, Aura.

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

"We were volunteering at an Elephant rescue camp in Thailand. This was my second visit to one of my favourite places in the world and brought Ryan with me this time. Just before we were going back to have lunch we stopped for a break in the field on this raised bamboo platform to cool off a bit since it was really muggy out. We were sitting there relaxing, watching the elephants and he pulled out a ring from his backpack and asked me to marry him! I couldn't believe that he brought a ring with him all the way to Southeast Asia and that this was really happening. It was perfect!"

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

"I was planning on proposing on our trip to south east Asia, in hopes that we were going to be going to an elephant nature park rescue program. We started looking while we were down in Thailand (Not a good idea by the way) but nothing was available. At this point I was getting very anxious as I knew that was going to be the way to sweep her off her feet and how I wanted to propose. I started calling and e-mailing trying to get something figured out and finally I had received a response from Elephant Haven in Sai Yok Kanchanaburi, Thailand saying they had just opened this park and that we were able to go and attend for a whole day. We arrived at the park early in the morning after a short drive to find out that we were going to be the only volunteers at the park. This was just about the best news I could have herd since I wanted this to be extra special. They gave us the agenda on what we would be doing all day, this was the point I was trying to figure out the best time to ask for my now wife to marry me. With my backpack close and ring ready to be unloaded I finally found my opening. We had just finished a small trek in the forest and came to a clearing to take a short break. There was long grass everywhere with elephants grazing all around us. There was a small hut to keep us out of the sun where all the elephant handlers were. Then i started to talk... I said " I love you soo much!" she responded " I love elephants soo much!". I must have mumbled since I was the most nervous I have ever been in my life. I then strayed from my prepared speech i had been going over and over in my head to only say this, as I was pulling the ring out from my backpack... I said, "This is going to be the moment I propose to you!" I pulled out the ring and opened the box and said an even smaller blurb which I cannot remember since my adrenaline was pumping. In an instant she was crying and reluctantly said yes! I had later found out that we were the first volunteers at the park and of course the first people to get engaged there. This memory will last a lifetime for me as a definite highlight."

Join us next week to hear how Jordan said yes to the dress! If you haven't found your dream dress yet, book your experience with us today!

Photographer: Dudek Photography