Wedding planning

Wedding Theme | Industrial Chic

Industrial themed weddings have been very popular this year and will continue to be for the rest of the season. If you're into bare walls, rusty metals, and interesting light fixtures... this is the theme for you! 


The reason this theme seems to be so popular, is the fact that it allows a lot of room for creativity and blending together a bride + groom's eclectic styles while embracing that classic vintage charm. This venue space works great for autumn and winter wedding season when you need a fabulous indoor space. (Industrial rooftop terrace is also a great option!)


With an industrial themed wedding you can get as creative with your guests spaces as you would like! 

We think that this new gown arriving to our store would be a perfect style for the industrial, chic theme!

We think that this new gown arriving to our store would be a perfect style for the industrial, chic theme!

But regardless of trends, pick what works best for your style and what is the most attractive to you and your fiancé... Happy wedding planning! 

Stick looking for your perfect gown?  Book an appointment now to write your Say Yes Story at Once Upon A Time Weddings.

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

How to Choose your Wedding Day Hairstyle

Are you struggling with how to wear your hair on your wedding day? We believe your dress, along with a few other tips, can help you make this decision a lot easier! 

1. Think about your comfort. You WANT to be comfortable on your wedding day and your hairstyle has a lot to do with that! Maybe you hate when hair is in your face, in that case you'll want to wear it at least half back, maybe you sweat a lot, so wearing your hair up in a nice updo or bun is more practical. Whatever it is, you don't want to be messing with your hair or feeling irritated by it on your special day.

2. Consider the neckline of your dress. Is your dress a V-neck? One-shoulder? Strapless? Don't get us wrong, any hair style can look good with any neckline but we have some suggested styles if you're having trouble with your decision! Here's what we suggest for different types of necklines...

V-neck | Half up:

High-neck | Low bun:

Thin straps | Loose up-do:

Strapless | All down:

Once Upon A Time Wedding Real Bride wearing a strapless neck-line with her hair down.

Once Upon A Time Wedding Real Bride wearing a strapless neck-line with her hair down.

3. Will you be wearing a headpiece, veil, or maybe flowers in your hair? If you have a vision of wearing something in your hair that can also help you create a hairstyle around the headpiece. Here are a few examples of different headpieces with different hair styles.

A Veil.

A veil is a classic look for any wedding gown.  We especially adore veils with lace wedding gowns.


A headpiece.  

Sometimes with a low back wedding gown or an illusion back wedding gown a headpiece is best as it doesn't compete with the back details.

A flower crown.

A flower crown is perfect for that more Boho wedding gown look.  It's the perfect addition for outdoor weddings and looks amazing with many different styles of dresses.

Maybe you know what hairstyle you want but you haven't found the perfect headpiece or veil, well we've got you covered here at Once Upon A Time Weddings.  We have just received some new hair vines, veils and headpieces to complete your bridal look!

Once Upon A Time Weddings Headband.

Once Upon A Time Weddings Headband.

Once Upon A Time Weddings Headpiece. 

Once Upon A Time Weddings Headpiece. 

Haven't found your dress yet either? Book your experience with us today!

May Real Bride | Jordan's Dress

This week's Real Bride post is all about Jordan's journey to saying yes to the dress! She came into Once Upon A Time Weddings on January 30th, found her dream dress, and got married on November 26th of the same year. Here is what she had to say about her bridal gown shopping experience...

Did you try on dresses before coming to OUTW?


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

"Too many to remember!"

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

"I had lost hope of finding a dress that day, my earlier appointment at another shop failed to give me any hope. Being pregnant was starting to show and I knew it wouldn't be long before trying on dresses became unrealistic."

Who was with you at your appointment?

"My mother, aunt, sister, sister in law and two of my very best friends."

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!"

How was your experience at Once Upon A Time Weddings?

"Amazing! Sharon was so helpful and sat with us prior to pulling some dresses. She really listened to what I wanted and envisioned. It was an amazing experience!"

What did your (now) husband think of your dress?

"He loved that it was backless and expected me to wear something similar to what I picked! He knows me so well!"

All photographs by C & T Photography.

Join us next week, for a post all about Jordan and Daniel's wedding day!

If you are feeling hopeless about finding your dream dress, don't settle! Book your appointment at Once Upon A Time Weddings for a true bridal experience!

Pinterest Wedding Planning Tips.

So we can't deny how aaaaamazing Pinterest is and how great of a tool it is for wedding planning BUT it can quickly become very overwhelming when you've become a bride! We've put together some tips to remember when using Pinterest for planning your wedding.

1. Create a "mood board." This board will help you keep your overall theme in check when pinning: do the table cloths and centre pieces fit your overall theme? Do these decorations match the feel I'm going for? 

2. Set realistic expectations. If you have a tight budget remember that when looking through Pinterest pictures, those wedding pictures you're finding might have been from a budget 4X yours. So many things these days can be done DIY, so use that to your advantage!

Collect wine bottles from family + friends and spray paint them, super affordable and chic!

Collect wine bottles from family + friends and spray paint them, super affordable and chic!

3. Use secret boards. If you have ideas that you are actually using do you want your guests to see the original and then your version? Or maybe you've pinned your dress, do you want your guests to see it before you walk down the isle? Maybe just add your bridesmaids as contributors so there's an extra set of eyes + ideas!

4. Search for tips and tricks. Don't just use Pinterest for 'inspo', actually click on the links and use the resources that are available for DIY'ing, tips on how much ice you'll need for the bar, what props to stock your photo booth with, and so on.

5. Grab your baseline ideas and stop searching! We suggest printing off the main + most important ideas that you want, start a binder with those ideas, and then stop searching Pinterest! We say this because, things can get so confusing so quickly! Once you know what you want/love, piece together the rest with your unique + personal touch; it is your wedding after all! :)

Do you follow us on Pinterest?  You should!  Click here!

Still searching for your dream dress? Make an appointment with us today!

The Story Behind Ashlan's Dress - February Real Bride -

Here, at Once Upon A Time Weddings, we truly believe that magic does happen, no two people's love story is the same and that's the same when it comes to finding your gown! Some brides try on multiple dresses then go back to their first one before realizing that's their dress. Other brides know from the moment they step into that gown that it's theirs. We love experiencing all these moments + emotions with our brides and Ashlan had her magical moment on April 25, 2015 when she said yes to the dress!

How many dresses did you try on before coming to Once Upon A Time Weddings?


Who came with you to your appointment?

"My first appointment was myself, my mom, my MIL, and my husband. My second appointment it was just myself, my mom and my sister. 

Were you expecting to buy your dress when you came to our store?

"I was ready to buy, but also prepared not to get down on the experience if I didn't find my perfect dress."

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

"My husband :) I loved that he came with me to some of my appointments. Seeing his reaction to some of the dresses are memories I will cherish forever!"
Ashlan + Paul's first look.

Ashlan + Paul's first look.

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! I had visions of an off white, high neck ball gown with pockets. I got married in the most stunning, champagne, fitted, strapless sweetheart neckline dress. I have never felt as beautiful, feminine, or confident as the day I said, "I do" in the dress of my dreams."

"My experience at Once Upon a Time was like nothing I had experienced at other bridal salons. It was so warm, and welcoming. Erin reached out to me ahead of my appointment to understand what I was looking for, and made me feel at ease about all of the options. When we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at how lovely the shop was. You really feel so special in your time there; private appointments ensure that you have a unique dress buying experience. Erin was so knowledgeable, friendly and patient. She worked with me, offered really great insight, and helped me each step of the way through finding the perfect dress!" -Ashlan Potts

Photographer: One-12 Photography

Venue: Arrowwood Farm

Dress: Once Upon A Time Weddings

We're not really sure how the magic happens, but we do know that it does!  If you're ready for it to be less of a decision and more of an experience, then Click here to book your magical moment!

Spotlight On A Wedding Vendor - Beauty by Mallory.

On this Spotlight On A Wedding Vendor, I got the opportunity to discuss hair & makeup with Mallory Antone, owner of Beauty by Mallory. One of the biggest mistakes we both see in wedding planning is brides thinking they don’t need to hire a hair and makeup artist. Often, it’s something that brides think they can cut out of their budget or sometimes it’s just not seen as a necessity. This often leaves brides scrambling at the last minute trying to find a professional hair & makeup artist who is still available for their wedding day. Unfortunately it can be one of a brides biggest regrets after the wedding. After all, it’s wonderful to start your wedding day feeling pampered. Having your hair & makeup professionally done will also make a huge difference in your photographs, which are your only keepsakes from that day.

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Beauty by Mallory, provides on location hairstyling and makeup artistry to brides and their bridal parties. She is also a fully trained and licensed salon hairstylist. The best part of her job Mallory says is that she, “loves meeting people and creating a fresh look that makes them feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside“.

Mallory says there are three mistakes she sees too many brides making when it comes to their hair & makeup for their wedding day.

1.) Not booking a trial or not leaving enough time for a full trial. She says, “trials are important for us to get to know each other and find the perfect style for your big day.” She likes to book trials about 3 months before a bride’s big day so they can enjoy the process and not feel rushed.

2.) Not bringing the essentials to your hair trial. She recommends bringing your earrings, veil, hair clips, necklaces, headbands or any other accessory that you would like to incorporate so you can see the finished look with your and makeup done.

3.) Not making an educated decision on who your stylist should be. Mallory suggests that you shop around and know what to look for in a safe and professional stylist. Ask for their training background and ask to see photos and read reviews of their past work. Cheaper is not always the best bet, but there’s no guarantee that the most expensive service provider is the best fit for you either.

Mallory adds that her favourite part of doing hair & makeup for weddings is that “it's incredible being a part of such a momentous day! Knowing that I'm helping a woman achieve her picture perfect day.”

If you have any other questions or would like to book Beauty by Mallory’s services please contact her.

Phone: 519-697-1384

On location services for bridal parties and special occasions. Salon services performed at Style House Salon 292 Dundas Street, London ON 519-432-6888