Wedding Vendors

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!


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."
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."

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."

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.

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Photography: Lolaz Snaps 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".


-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.

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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!


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!)."

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."

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."

We hope you enjoyed reading about The Waeijen's wedding day as much as we did!

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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)."

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Photography: One-12 Photography

June Real Bride | Eric + Kayla's Wedding

Eric and Kayla had a beautiful 2016 New Years Eve wedding, Kayla wore a beautiful sweat heart neckline with a lace a-line gown that flowed beautifully at the bottom which fit perfectly into their winter wedding scene. We hope you all enjoy reading about their wedding day as much as we did!

Where did you get married/have your reception?

"Ceremony was at the adorable Rose Chapel, and reception was at the Old Court House downtown."

What's your favourite memory from your wedding day?

Bride: "My favourite part was the ceremony, it felt like we were the only 2 people in the room as we stood up there holding hands and hearing each other's vows (we wrote our own) - we were both so filled with love and happiness it was the most amazing moment."
Groom: "Obviously when I married Kayla in the chapel. I really liked reading our vows/love letters to each other. After that probably the limo ride with our bridal party to the reception and our first dance."

Who were your favourite vendors from your wedding day?

"I loved all of our vendors from our photographers Ashley and Jason, Kathy and her team at Culinary Catering, our cake lady from the Painted Cake, Cass from Opus Salon who did my hair, Elissa from Darling Hair & Makeup, Phillip our awesome officiant and everyone in between - they all made our day perfect."

Any other unique details or stories about your wedding/love story you want to tell us?

"We enlisted a lot of help from our friends and family and did many of the personal touches in our big day ourselves - from designing invitations to making centrepieces and building a photo booth, we were all super busy with wedding prep. Without the help from all of them we would never have gotten everything done, we can't express enough thanks to our friends and family for that. Also a big thank you to my mother in law who did our flowers!"

Thank you so much for following Eric and Kayla's wedding story and thank you Kayla for choosing us as your wedding gown stop.

We simply love winter weddings!  And we love all the DIY touches that Kayla added into her wedding planning!

Are you still searching for your perfect bridal gown? Book your experience with us today!

Photography: Have Heart Photography

Bridal Crawl | Vendor List Sneak Peak

Hey Brides!! We cannot believe our 1st Bridal Crawl is happening NEXT WEEKEND! Say what?! We are SO excited, it is going to be such a fun day! From the actual crawl to Sydenham Ridge to the Fashion Show, we can't wait to see all of your beautiful faces on the 28th! We wanted to give another quick run-down of how the day would look, followed by a list of all the vendors!

At 1pm, you can begin to pick up your 'passport' at 20 Caradoc St North, Once Upon A Time Weddings store front, this will have a list of all the vendors and their downtown store locations. From 1pm-3pm you will walk/drive around town to visit the vendor’s stores to meet them, ask questions and receive a signature on your 'passport.' These vendor signatures will secure your entry into the raffle drawings later that night at Sydenham Ridge Estates. Once you have finished your checklist we will all meet (brides and vendors) at Sydenham Ridge from pm for a fashion show, munchies, cocktails, music, and door prizes. We cannot wait to see you there!

Here is the list of all the vendors you will get to meet the day of the crawl, so if you're just curious or if you want to do some research ahead of time, see what you still need for your wedding or map out your walking route the day of the crawl, here they are!

Hair & Makeup Artists:







Bridal Gowns/Bridesmaids Dress:


Brides, if you don't have a ticket yet, you can buy them here!

We can't wait to see you Sunday, May 28th!