Wedding Planning

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.

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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. 

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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!

5 Tips for A Thriving Marriage

While we love all aspects of wedding planning, sometimes brides forget to plan for their marriage and not just the wedding day. With that thought in mind, we wanted to share some of our tips for thriving in your marriage.

Marriage can be a beautiful thing.

But it can also be really hard + a lot of work.

But that work is totally worth it when you see the benefits of that work.

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Put your phones away for a few hours and keep learning about each other, keep enjoying their company and don't stop adventuring.  Find new ways to surprise each other.

Go for a massage regularly.  Get your hair done.  Do things that fill your cup.  After all, you can't pour from an empty cup.  You can't give your marriage the love and attention it deserves if you're burnt out or exhausted.  Find things you can do together, like meditate or exercise.  But have one or two things you can do each week that fills you back up.

Go for a massage regularly.  Get your hair done.  Do things that fill your cup.  After all, you can't pour from an empty cup.  You can't give your marriage the love and attention it deserves if you're burnt out or exhausted.  Find things you can do together, like meditate or exercise.  But have one or two things you can do each week that fills you back up.

This is a hard one.  Marriage takes real work.  And you have to choose which hills you'll die on and which ones don't matter.  Learn to let the things that don't matter, slide.  Marriage can be a beautiful thing but it does real work.

This is a hard one.  Marriage takes real work.  And you have to choose which hills you'll die on and which ones don't matter.  Learn to let the things that don't matter, slide.  Marriage can be a beautiful thing but it does real work.

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You now have someone else involved in every aspect of your life. The decisions you make daily affect your spouse, let them know your plans, include them in your decisions...

One thing that Joel & I find helpful, especially now with kids going in every direction, is to sit and chat on Sunday evenings about the week ahead.  Whose doing what, going where and what do we really need to accomplish that week.  

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Work at it together.  I know not all spouses care about the looks of your house.  But ask their opinion and find some projects you can work on together on weekends.  Make your bedroom a safe and device free room.

Spring is in the Air!

The weather has been too nice the past week not to start thinking about how spring is on the horizon, so we are exploring some 2018 spring wedding trend colours today! From invites to maids dresses picking a colour scheme for your Spring wedding should be fun and man are these colour schemes fun!

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1. The watercolour theme really started to take off last year and is gaining even more momentum this year! We love the soft tones, whimsical atmosphere, and romantic feel this palette adds to wedding days. This gives you the traditional option of any colour you want with a spin on the softness or deep tones. Both, equally as beautiful.

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2. What says "Spring" more than some floral prints!! This trend is so fun and we can't wait to see how brides bring them into their wedding's this Spring. It can be such an easy way to give your decor some texture without spending $1,000's of dollars on flower arrangements.

We love this idea of a floral print table cloth or runner to add vibrance to your table arrangements instead of spending all your energy on extravagant centrepieces.  

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Going for a simple wedding gown but still want to add some kind of pop to it? Why not do it with your shoes!! These floral heels are SURE to go down in history!

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3. Pastels are something that never go out of style and look great in the Spring and Summer. Pick one pastel colour and stick to it or go for a palette of pastels; each are beautiful and timeless!

We adore the mismatch maid's dress trend and pastel's make it so easy to do this! How classy and beautiful are these maids dress colours?

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And is there a bouquet that screams Spring any louder?!😍

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And we can't forget about your groom! Pastels look dapper on him too!

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Are you having a Spring wedding?! Drop us a comment with your colour palette!

Recently engaged? CONGRATS!! Start off your wedding planning with some dress shopping! Book your one of a kind experience with us today.

February Real Bride | The Stasiuk Wedding

Our February Real Bride series comes to an end today and we can't believe it! Celine and Nate Stasiuk got married on September 9th, 2017 at Forest Legion and we are excited to show you all some of their favourite memories from that day including a peak at Celine's bridesmaid's dresses that were also found here at Once Upon A Time Weddings! Thanks for sharing your day with us Celine and Nate!

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What's your favourite memory from your wedding day?

Celine (Bride) | "Seeing the emotion in Nates eyes when I finally got up to him, it looked like he was about to burst into tears and while reading his vows, he got chocked up and lost it."
Nate (Groom) | "When she was walking down the aisle with her dad, she looked like a princess."
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Gown and Blush Maids dresses from Once Upon A Time Weddings.

Gown and Blush Maids dresses from Once Upon A Time Weddings.

Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"Lynette, our photographer from Lolaz Snaps. Jennifer, from Vintage Grace Handmade accessories. Anna, from Devorah Beauty. Our driver Bob, from Dorchester Limousine."
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Any other unique details or stories about your wedding/love story you want to tell us?

"When we met at the party 11 years ago, I was instantly attracted to him like it was love at first sight. Me and a friend got into his car to go up to the store, and when he looked at me, he immediately smiled and blushed away all coy like. That is why I started off my vows with, "When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew." In his vows, he also referred to love at first sight upon meeting me, and how he knew I was something special."
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One of our favourite things about Celine + Nate's wedding was all the DIY touches.  Her attention to all the little details shined through on her wedding day and we adore it.

If you purchased your dress with us at Once Upon A Time Weddings and are interested in being featured on our blog, email us at info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca!

Maybe you're just starting your wedding dress search - we'd love to help you find your dream gown! Book your experience with us here.

Photography: Lolaz Snaps Photography

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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2017 Wedding Trends That Are Still Hot in 2018

Are you planning your 2018 wedding and feel like you're going off the grid when it comes to traditions? You aren't alone, you actually may be trendy! Today, we are taking a look at 6 trends that we saw in 2017 that are continuing to grow in 2018. Let us know if you're implementing anything off this list for your wedding!

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|1| Non-Traditional Bride - More and more traditions are going out the window as weddings become more expensive. The rise of the 'laid-back' bride is definitely a trend that we only see growing throughout 2018 - from gowns to venues think outside the traditional box!

Gown: Once Upon A Time Weddings

Gown: Once Upon A Time Weddings

|2| Destination Weddings - With the rise of the non-traditional bride, destination weddings continue in popularity. From the whimsical feel of destinations to the thrill of traveling, destination weddings are certainly still on the rise.

|3| Neutral Colour Pallete - Earthy/neutral tones are in for every season. The simplicity, beauty and variety out there of decor, florals, etc you can't go wrong with this colour palette. 

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|4| Simplicity - Organic all the way. From the florals to the decorations to the colour palettes - brides are doing less when it comes to decor. DIY is still trendy and thank goodness for that because it sure does save a lot on the budget!

|5| Abundance of Greenery - This goes along with simplicity but when it comes to bouquets and floral decor, greenery is on the rise. It can be cheaper, it fills space, and it is beautiful. 

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|6| Bridal Headpieces - We are seeing more and more brides gravitate towards the metal leaf headpieces! From silver to gold to rose gold, your choices are abundant and here at OUTW we have tons of options for you to try on with your dream gowns!

OUTW Headpieces 

OUTW Headpieces 

Are you searching for your perfect 2018/2019 wedding gown? If so, we'd love to have you in the store for an experience you won't forget! Book online today!

Advice From a Past Bride | Racheal Taylor

We are starting a new and fun feature on our blog today and we couldn't be more excited!!! Wedding planning can be stressful so we thought it would be helpful to share advice from brides who have been there! Get some real life advice from everyday people who have planned their wedding.

Today, we chatted with Racheal Taylor who got married on September 13th of 2014 and we are loving her real and raw advice! We hope you enjoy this new feature and get some helpful hints for your own wedding planning!

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What is the biggest piece of advice you would give a newly engaged bride-to-be?

"My biggest piece of advice is PLAN AHEAD. I found this really helped keep me from being overwhelmed like I hear a lot of brides being while planning their wedding. I was able to enjoy planning my wedding, crafting up decor, all while expecting our first child to be due 3 months before our wedding."

What is the best advice you would give for a bride-to-be who is searching for her dream dress?

"Be open minded! I had an idea of what I liked in pictures, but tried EVERY style on even if I didn't think I would like the material, fit, colour etc. In the end I actually took an element from a each dress I tried on and was able to explain those things I really liked in each dress to the OUTW tribe and they had MY exact dress, all the details I had described."

What is the best advice you were given as a bride-to-be?

"I don't know if this counts as advice but I was being super cheap with my dress I had in my head $800 max. Not because we couldn't afford more but because I'm just normally a budget freak lol. My mother in law pushed me to up my budget a bit and voila my dress was found. My dream dress."

What is something you regret when wedding planning?

"Too big! We rented a HUGE hall with over 200 people and we both wish we scaled it down a bit for a more cozy wedding."

What is one thing you're glad you did when you were planning your wedding/engaged?

"I am so glad I included my mother in law as much as I did. She was a major help! We couldn't have planned / decorated our wedding without her!"

Is there anything else you'd want to tell a future bride?

"Enjoy this time. This is honestly one of the most exciting moments the days and months leading up to your wedding. It goes by in a blink. Plan ahead so you are not so stressed out with everything piling up at once. I'm just itching to plan our 10 year anniversary one day! I love party planning!"

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Present Day :)

How cute is that!  Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us Racheal!

If you are still searching for your dream gown book your experience with us right here today!