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Bridal Crawl Recap.

In honour of our upcoming bridal crawl, I thought I'd re-post this blog from last year's First Ever Bridal Crawl!  Enjoy!

On Sunday, May 28th 2017 we hosted our first bridal crawl in Strathroy!  It was the perfect day!  We had over 100 people present and met so many wonderful brides!  

Becky Veen of Becky Veen Photography captured some memories of the day and I wanted to share them with you!

A huge thank you to all of our wonderful models!  You rocked the runway, helped us out in so many ways, and looked AMAZING!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  A huge thank to Alison from Bombshell Hair at Incomparable Salon in Strathroy for doing the models hair.  We loved seeing the variety of hair styles and you were awesome to work with!! 

Kristy was so excited to get to wear her actual wedding gown again!  She got married last summer in this beauty!  

Kristy was so excited to get to wear her actual wedding gown again!  She got married last summer in this beauty!  

It was the perfect day!  We will definitely be planning another Bridal Crawl and we've got some great ideas on how to make the event even better!! But, as always, we'd love for you to give us some feedback on how the event was for you!  Shoot us an email to info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca or drop us a comment!! 

A huge congrats to Britney Schiffers who won our $1000 wedding package!  Britney is planning to get married in Fall 2018 or 2019!  

A huge congrats to Britney Schiffers who won our $1000 wedding package!  Britney is planning to get married in Fall 2018 or 2019!  

Tickets for this year's bridal crawl are on sale now!  Purchase before end of day tomorrow and be entered to win a trip to Las Vegas.  Trip includes two nights at a participating resort.  See in store for full details!  Purchase your tickets here.

Blog | Advice From A Past Bride

This is one of our favourite segments on our blog.  We interview real brides who have been there, tied the knot & we ask for all their best advice from their wedding.  

Today, we're featuring Logan Hill's best wedding day advice.  Logan purchased her gown from OUTW & got married on September 12, 2015.  She looked amazing in her gown and we cannot wait for you to read her words of wisdom. 

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

Don't sweat the small stuff! Whatever is not done by the day of, is not important and no one will notice, and/or care.

Easier said than done :)  But worth trying, for sure!

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

Just try on whatever they suggest. Even if you hate it, at least you tried, and it may be a style that actually looks good on you.

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

To just enjoy the day. It goes so fast

What is something you regret when wedding planning?

Listening to everyones ideas and opinions. It makes it confusing and frustrating. Just do what you want.

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

Made all the centre pieces myself. Then It was what I wanted and if they didnt look great it was my fault. Knowing how hard I worked and having some not turn out made it easier to just " meh oh well". Its just a centre piece...it's not the end of the world.

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

Have good food, good music/dj, and a dress you feel great in. That is all anyone remembers. The food, the fun, and the dress.
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Some wise words from Logan.  Thanks for sharing with our brides-to-be!  We love sharing advice from real brides who have already walked down the aisle.  If you'd like to share some click here!

If you're still looking for your perfect gown, book your personalized bridal appointment here.

Photographs by Alisha Martens Photography.

On Growth | Where OUTW is headed.

Growth.

It’s a double edged sword.

You want your business to grow.  So you work hard, spend long hours doing more marketing and you become laser focused on growing your business.  You strive to deliver a great experience to your customers.

Then you grow.  And you're so grateful for that growth.  But you’ve got to make hard decisions.  Because if you don’t you won’t be able to keep growing.

And that my friends is where we’re at.  In the throes of making some BIG decisions.

We’ve been wrestling with this over the last few weeks.  We don’t ever want to do anything that will stagnate our growth.  We don’t ever want to do anything that will effect our customers in a negative way.  But the bottom line is we have outgrown our space.  We need to have the ability to do more than two bridal appointments at a time.  We need the space to grow our bridesmaids division and I need space to keep growing my coaching business.

Floor Plans!  I actually am a BIG nerd and love doing this.

Floor Plans!  I actually am a BIG nerd and love doing this.

It pains us deeply to have to move again.  Especially so soon.  This old house is filled with memories.  It’s filled with dreams.  It has represented to us a business reborn.

When we moved in, we had hoped to be here forever.  We had dreams of moving out and turning all the bedrooms into suites.  We had dreams of turning our loft into the coolest office space in the history of bridal stores.  But that’s just not possible with the number of parking spots we have as well as accessibility issues.

So we’ve scoured Strathroy in search of our new FOREVER home.  We've seen some great spaces and some, well not so great spaces.  And we’re SO close to being able to announce where we’re moving.

We’re dreaming of old doors, barnboard walls and multiple bridal suites.  And we can’t wait.

I can’t tell you everything, but I can tell you this:

·      We’re staying in Strathroy

·      We’re not moving far

·      We’re going to have more bridal suites than we do currently

·      We’re keeping the same feel to the store as we have now – each suite will have comfortable seating, a built in fitting area, your own mirrors and more!

·      One of the suites will be dedicated to bridesmaids with smaller fitting rooms

Most of our team at the bridal crawl!  Missing Blair our social media guru!

Most of our team at the bridal crawl!  Missing Blair our social media guru!

I also promise to include you along the way.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and you'll see all the behind the scenes details.  We've got some cool contests in mind as we plan out the new space.  We've also got some great events that we're thinking of already for the new space!  So follow along the fun!  And if you have any questions please email me at info@onceuponatimeweddings.  I can't wait to continue serving brides from all over Southwestern Ontario at our new and expanded space!

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