Wedding

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.

One of our illusion backs here at Once Upon A Time Weddings.

One of our illusion backs here at Once Upon A Time Weddings.

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 month's real bride, Celine is wearing an organza skirt.

This month's 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. 

New arrival to OUTW with a beautiful train.

New arrival to OUTW with a beautiful train.

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Ready to start the search for your dream gown? Book your experience with us today!

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!

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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!"
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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!"
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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."
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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!"
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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."
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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!

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How did the two of you meet?

"At a house party with mutual friends in the summertime."
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How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"I always knew when I laid eyes on him."
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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."
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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."
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How cute are they?!? Join us next week to read all about Celine's journey to saying yes to the dress!

January Real Bride | Keates' Wedding

We have loved taking a look into Laura and Koree's wedding story over the past couple of weeks and we are excited to share with you all, their wedding day! These two were glowing throughout their whole day and we are so thankful we got to play a small part in their day! We hope you enjoy taking a peek into their wedding day as much as we did!

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Where did you get married/have your reception?

"Masonic Center of Elgin."
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What's your favourite memory from your wedding day? (Bride + Groom can answer)

"The look on Koree's face when he saw me."
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Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"DCF Weddings - for our reception music."
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Any other unique details or stories about your wedding/love story you want to tell us?

"My bridal party and I took a limo to McDonalds and got Happy Meals for lunch."
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If you're still searching for your dream wedding gown book your experience with us online today!

Photographer: Ash Ruckle Photography

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".

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-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.

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-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. 

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-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.

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-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!

December Real Bride | Waeijen Wedding

Ambrose and Brianne got married on October 15th, 2016 in Glencoe. These two have some really cute details that they put into their wedding day and we are excited to share them with you today! Thanks for being a Once Upon A Time Wedding Real Bride Brianne, we have loved featuring you this month!

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Where did you get married/have your reception?

"Glencoe - St. Charles Church & Alvinston Community Centre."
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What's your favourite memory from your wedding day? (Bride + Groom can answer)

"Our speech (which was one of my least favourite parts to prepare for!)."
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Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"Planner: Unmistakly You - Flowers: Mount Brydges Floral - Once Upon a Time Weddings - dress and accessories - DJ - VanRock Sound - Hair & Makeup: Darling Makeup and Hair - Cake - Zandy Cakes."
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Any other unique details or stories about your wedding/love story you want to tell us?

"We went crazy and had a upside down wedding cake which looked really cool! We also took dance lessons and did a surprise dance mashup first dance because we had never danced infront of other people before (my moms family is always trying to get us dancing and it never works) We did two junior bridesmaid instead of a ring bearer and flower girl and they carried the flowers in these beautiful silver roses that were built into their flower bouquets. We made a family tree to hang on the wall of the reception (I have 40 first cousins so its always fun to see how big our family is) We did a memory table with personalized candles for our loved ones we had lost. We did our wedding photos at Texas Longhorn Ranch."
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We hope you enjoyed reading about The Waeijen's wedding day as much as we did!

If you are a OUTW Bride, email us today at info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca to get more information on becoming a monthly bride feature.

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

December Real Bride | Brianne's Dress

Brianne said yes to the dress on October 4th of 2015. Once Upon A Time Weddings was her first dress shopping experience but she didn't buy until her second visit,  We love getting to share that every wedding gown shopping experience is unique but just as perfect. We hope you enjoy reading all about Brianne's experience today!

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Did you try on dresses before coming to OUTW?

"No."

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

"I tried on 5 dresses at OUTW the first time I visited and then tried on 5 at Davids Bridal before returning to OUTW and trying on the one!"

Were you expecting to purchase your dress when you came in for your appointment?

"Yes, I was determined to find my dress!"
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Who was with you at your appointment?

"My mom - my sister and my best friend."

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

"Yes! Sharon was absolutely amazing to work with!"

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

"Nothing at all like I had in mind, this dress totally exceeded my vision!"
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How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"The first time I went to OUTW I had absolutely no idea what I wanted - poor Sharon started asking me questions and I had no answers except White/Ivory - I wanted nothing to do with crazy colors - My first visit we focused on trying on different silhouttes and narrowing down the options - My mom fell in love with a Lace A-Line dress and Erin even called the designer to ask if it could come in covered in sparkles and they agreed - but I wasn't sold and despite my moms pestering I left empty handed. A few weeks later we went to Davids Bridal and I tried on a few dresses and really liked a fit and flare ivory dress with beading and bling covering the whole thing (it was very heavy on the hanger) - we called OUTW and said we'd love to come back before I decided on a dress and we went in the same day. I showed Sharon the dress I had liked and she started pulling a Blush Lace Dress off a maniquin (my sister and I were giving each other the 'she has no idea what shes doing' look) and the second I was in the dress I couldnt stop smiling and I didnt want to take it off - my loved ones knew then that it was the one! I also went back in a few other times to discuss accessories (jewellery and veil) with Erin and even fell in love with a belt I added to the dress."

Join us next week to hear all about Brianne and Ambrose's wedding day!

If you're still searching for your dream dress, book your experience with us today! We can't wait to create a magical experience for you.

Photographer: Creative Inspirations Photography