Wedding Blog

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!

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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

Out of Town Wedding Guests Etiquette

Do you have guests coming in for your wedding from out of town? Whether they're travelling 2 hours or 15 hours, it's nice to make them feel welcomed and help make their trip as smooth as possible! So we've put together a little list of things you can do to let them know you're grateful that they've traveled for your big day!

1. Blocking off hotel rooms. This might sound like a given but blocking off hotel rooms and giving your out of town guests this luxury saves them time and stress in researching hotels in your area. Want to go the extra mile? Send them a list of car rental places too if they are flying into town!

2. Welcome bag. This can be left in their hotel room, just a little goody bag with things to make them feel special! From water to personalized wedding gear to local goodies, you can get so creative here and who doesn't love a goodie bag?! 

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3. Itinerary suggestions. This is such a nice way to introduce your guests to your town, show them your favourite spots, and/or just give them something to do with their down time before or after your wedding day festivities! Think nail salons, favourite restaurants, coffee shops, shopping centres, etc.

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4. Quality Time. Remember, these guests came to see the two of YOU! If you can, make time to have brunch the day after the wedding or a cocktail hour the day before your wedding. Not only will this make them feel appreciated it will also give you time outside of your wedding day to catch up with them. If this is too stressful on you, you can always give them an extra squeeze at the wedding or include out-of-towner's in your toast!

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Let us know what you'd like to see on our blog by commenting on this post or messaging us on our Facebook page!

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'How To' Wedding Timeline From The Professionals

We had a great suggestion on one of our blog posts a while back about interviewing two wedding vendors to see how they attempt/compile a wedding timeline, so here we are! We interviewed a wedding coordinator, Kassandra from Unmistakably You and a wedding photographer, Amanda from Amanda Kopcic Photography to hopefully help answer some questions you are coming up with as you plan your 'day of' wedding timeline. We love hearing ideas of what you girls need help with when wedding planning so keep the comments coming!

Amanda is the lead photographer at Amanda Kopcic Photography along with Jazz Kopcic, the lead videographer, and Lauren Huston, editor and associate photographer. They believe that pictures are a way of holding onto memories forever and love being able to capture those special moments for their clients. They specialize in wedding and family building sessions; they are based in Strathroy.

Amanda Kopcic | Photographer

Amanda Kopcic | Photographer

Kassandra is a wedding coordinator at Unmistakably You and they were founded to help couples who felt like their personalities were getting lost in the logistics of wedding planning to be able to rediscover their personal story and incorporate it intimately into their wedding. They want your wedding to feel like your wedding, not just another wedding!

Kassandra Kilback | Wedding Coordinator

Kassandra Kilback | Wedding Coordinator

Do you have a list of preferred vendors and do you only work with them?

Amanda: "Yes, we have a list of preferred vendors that we hand off to our clients once they book. We don't limit our clients by making them only book with our prefered vendors however simply pass along their information if they are still looking for specific services."

Kassandra: "We try and match our couples with the vendor that best matches their personality and budget. We do not have a set list of vendors but we do want to make sure we are referring trusted and quality vendors to our couples."

How do you begin coming up with a wedding day timeline?

Amanda: "When it comes to the timeline of the wedding day we like to contact the couple 2-3 months before the wedding date. This gives the bride lots of time to put together a timeline for us to look over. We always start with their ceremony time. Once this has been established we then find out if they are wanting all the formal photos done before or after the ceremony, working backwards to ensure there is enough time in place so we aren't rushed on the day of the wedding. When there is a coordinator involved we like to work with them on the timeline to figure out the best fit for family and formal photos."

Kassandra: "Our timelines are based off a 3 hour itinerary meeting. First we gather all the details so we know when the big moments are happening, photos, ceremony, dinner and dances and almost work backwards to make it all work."

How involved is the bride? 

Amanda: "We involve the bride as much as she wishes to be involved in this process. We find that some brides can get overwhelmed by the timeline/ scheduling process and try to alleviate the stress by working on this with them well in advance." 

Kassandra: "Completely involved! After our meeting we type up a complete timeline and to do list and send it off to our couples."

As the vendor (Amanda) do you find it easier when there is a timeline from the wedding planner?

Amanda: "Yes, we love to see the timeline the coordinator has put in place. We just ask to see it well before the wedding date to ensure we have enough time for each portion of our day, such as family photos, prep time, formal photos and so forth. This way if we need to move anything around we can talk about it before hand and work with both the coordinator and the bride."

As the vendor (Amanda) do you also come up with your own timeline for photos?

Amanda: "Yes, we normally come up with a rough draft of time needed for each part of the day we are scheduled to be there for. We then compare and move things around as needed."  

How often do the both of you vendors communicate with each other?

Amanda: "We like to know in advance who the coordinator is and talk preferably a week before the wedding.  If any changes should arise from the last schedule we received we then ask to be informed before the wedding date."

Kassandra: "All the time, depending on the couple. I will often send our created timeline to the vendors we are working with and make sure it fits with their perceived schedule, so we are all on the same page."

How often do the both of you communicate with the bride?

Amanda: "We are in contact with the bride throughout the planning process. From the time they book our services, the engagement sessions, the timeline creation to touching base the week before the wedding."

Kassandra: "We do not limit communication, we are available to review questions and changes throughout the process of planning."

As the wedding planner (Kassandra), do you handle all of the vendors timelines instead of the bride?

Kassandra: "When we are hired as a full wedding planner, we try to keep all the back and forth between us and the vendors only. When final decisions are made, we ensure our couples agree to any changes and the final timeline."

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the bride about your business.?

Amanda: "We are a growing team providing families, couples and businesses alike with both photography and videography services. When it comes to weddings, as we expand we are able to offer our clients with more options and services then ever before. We love working with couples on their big day and getting to work with some incredible vendors."

Kassandra: "Here at Unmistakably You, our mandate is to completely customize our services to each individual couple.  Your wedding won't be the same as everyone else's, so why should you get the same services? For that reason, we like to sit down with potential clients and talk about exactly what you need and how we can help.  From there, we can put together a custom package that totally suits your unique wedding and your budget. We have full wedding planning services, day of Coordination services and everything in between."

Amanda Kopcic Photography: WebsiteInstagram, and Facebook.

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Unmistakably You: Website, Instagram, and Facebook

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