bridesmaids

How to be the most kick-butt bridesmaid!

Being a bridesmaid can be tough. And it’s easy to get caught up in your own excitement and forget what your role as a maid is. So today on the blog, owner of Once Upon A Time Weddings, Erin Bouchard is sharing her 5 tips to being the best bridesmaids a bride can ask for.

  1. Remember it’s about the bride.

This day is for the bride. Shopping for a gown is for the bride. The bachelorette is for the bride. Remember that there is a difference between giving your opinion and enforcing your way. Share ideas but make sure you listen more to the bride’s ideas. So often in bridal appointments we hear friends giving their opinion is a degrading way. “Well I don’t like that gown at all, but that’s just me.” Most brides will not be able to hear someone say they hate their gown and still purchase it. Think about how you say things. You could try saying something like, “Well this isn’t my personal style, but you do look beautiful in it.”

2. Show up.

Don’t leave your girl hanging. If you say you’ll be somewhere, be there. If you’re running late, text or call and give an update. Be there for all the important things - showers, bachelorette, fittings, etc. Get all the dates in your calendar and make it a priority.

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3. Ask the bride what you can do to help.

She likely has a whole list of things she is wanting help with. So ask her regularly. Check in with her on progress on tasks. Be as helpful as you can.

4. Don’t complain.

This should be a given. Don’t complain to the bride. But also don’t be complaining to other members of the wedding party. It may get back to the bride and no one needs that much negativity. Show enthusiasm.

5. Follow through on what you say you will do.

If you say you’ll get your dress ordered by a certain date, then do it. If you say you’ll come over to stuff invitations, do it. Brides have enough stress to worry about, that they don’t need to also be tracking you down to finish your tasks.


Bonus Tip: Have fun. Being in a wedding should be fun and exciting. Be respectful of your bride, yes. But also do some fun things with your bride. Whisk her away to the movies or gift her a gift card to a restaurant. Tell her that her only to do task at the dinner is to not talk about the wedding. Give her some stressful moments during a stressful time.


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Styling Your Maids.

Here at Once Upon a Time Weddings our main goal is helping you find your dream dress along with offering our unique in-store experience. But, what can we offer after you 'say yes to the dress'? What else is on your wedding to-do list that we can help you check off? How about finding dresses for those most important girls standing next to you on your day! We offer a wide selection of colours and styles for your bridesmaids along with that same in-store experience all over again!

We combined four of our wedding gowns with some of our bridesmaids dresses to show how your maids dresses can help enhance your gown!

This first one we wanted to show case how different necklines and colours can draw your attention to your gorgeous gown. While staying in a fall colour palette, with this plum tone dress you can absolutely have the same neckline as your wedding gown… its simplistic yet elegant style only accentuates your wedding gown and brings out its blush undertones and sparkle.

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Now with the halter neckline you cannot lose, its the complete opposite of your gown and still adds a great colour while playing on texture with this chiffon fabric. Both silhouettes bring a great shape to any body type.

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Next, we show a way to 'bring out your bling' even more by accenting your dress with maids dresses that have fall inspired colours and lace accents. Here we are keeping more in mind for the cooler season with deep Burgundy and a Navy colour palette. It allows the ivory tone in this horse hair skirt to really pop and be an absolute show stopper.

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Thirdly, we are breaking out the lace! This maids dress helps bring out your lace texture and your Ivory wedding gown colour without over doing it. These dresses come in a variety of colours and can make a great statement for any season. (P.S. the blue dress has pockets.. who doesn't love those!?)

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Lastly, the boho look! We have combined a long flowing gown with a deep v-neck and a short flirty and fun lace v-neck. Different shades, lengths, and styles; who ever said your girls had to be matching in these categories! This neutral colour scheme goes great for a boho theme, and compliments any skin tone.

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So whatever look you're going for with your maids, the stylists at Once Upon A Time Weddings can help pull it all together for you!  Click here to book your maids experience! 

Why Now Is The Perfect Time to Shop for Maids...

Shopping for your bridesmaids gowns at Once Upon A Time Weddings will also be an experience unlike any other.  When you book your bridesmaids shopping experience, you'll have a consultant that will work ONLY with you & your girls.  We'll chat with you on the phone or by text before the appointment to figure out exactly what you're looking for as well as price point you're hoping to stay within.  Your consultant will also pull gowns only that are available in the color you're looking for.  We'll make the entire process flawless & simple.  

Now here is why it is the perfect time for you and your Bride Tribe to set up an appointment and start shopping!

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It takes some time to start and finish the bridesmaid shopping process. There are several factors to consider when choosing your girls gowns. Here are our top 5!

1. Budget

2. Body shape

3. Comfort

4. Personalities

5. Colours/Cohesion

 

After the bride to be has found her gown, she will begin her hunt for bridesmaid dresses. Determining the bridesmaids gowns will finalize your wedding day colours and allow so many other planning details to fall into place.

When the bride has chosen "the one" her girls will be wearing, it is important to order the dresses as soon as possible. It can take up to 5 months for a bridesmaid dress to arrive, you don't want to be pressed for time and still want room for any alterations that need to be attended to.

 

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Choosing your colours and styles early on will allow you to finalize the other details for looking put together on the big day. Like finding your shoes or accessories, especially if the bride has specific colours and styles she would like her girls to wear. 

Despite getting your measurements done and size charts checked, bridesmaid dresses aren't made to measure. So it's always best to schedule an appointment with a seamstress, alterations should be done around the 3 month mark before the wedding. Schedule your final fitting about 3 to 5 weeks before the wedding day, this gives you enough time just in case you have to make any other small alterations.

 

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The summer is a great time to finalize this detail for your wedding as your maids often have a similar tan to what they will have for your summer wedding.  This helps them truly see the colour on their skin tone.

We'd LOVE to have you & your girls into the store and walk with you through their gown shopping experience!  Call 519-245-7997 now or book online at www.onceuponatimeweddings.ca/appointment.  

 

Interview with MUA Nicole Dupuis

This month, we chatted with Nicole Dupuis over at Nicole Dupuis Artistry in London. She specializes in enhancing the bride's natural beauty! She is a such a sweet girl and we hope you enjoy learning more about her!

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How long have you been doing make-up?

"6 months."

How far in advance does the Bride + Groom need to book your services?

"4-6 months out."

Do you offer a trial run? If so, how much extra does it cost and how far in advance do you like to do that?

"Yes! I always offer a trial. The cost is $25 and I usually do it a couple months in advance, sometimes more, depending on the bride's preference."
Helpful Hint: We know some of our brides have scheduled their trials on the day of their engagement shoots or their showers.  Gives them an opportunity to get dolled up & make sure they love their looks in photographs too!
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Do you travel to the bride's venue location?

"Yes I do! Always."

How do you get a feel for what look the bride is going for?

"I always ask first if they have a look in mind and if they do they usually show me a picture. If not I ask what they wear for make up on a daily basis, what style of dress they are wearing and what the theme of the wedding is. I can generally get a pretty good idea based on that information what look to go with."
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If the bride changes her mind about her bridal look, is there a charge for a re-trail?

"No."

Should the bride bring her veil and accessories to the trial?

"It's not necessary but if they would like to in order to better visualize the overall look they are more than welcome to do so!"
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Do you like the bride to do any prep before you work your magic? (IE: Moisturize, apply primer...)

"Always moisturize the morning of! It's a good idea to use a facial scrub the night before as well. I will apply a primer before applying make up and depending on their skin I may moisturize again as well."

How much am I investing as a Bride?

"I charge a flat fee."
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What sets you apart from other MUA in the area?

"Because I am a little bit newer to the industry I am more flexible with last minute bookings and I am willing to travel to the bride's home for not only the wedding, but also the trial. I love to enhance a person's natural beauty. So while I love to apply a false lash to any look, I also love a natural, flawless looking complexion that doesn't involve caking on too much product. This is something I feel I do very well."

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

"I love what I do! It doesn't feel like work when your job is making someone feel beautiful in their own skin. I'm excited to continue to grow and learn in this industry and I can't wait to meet more of my future brides!"
Nicole Dupuis

Nicole Dupuis

If you're still in the market for a make up artist for your wedding you can reach Nicole on her Facebook page here or by email here: nicoledupuisartistry@gmail.com.

Is there a vendor that you loved working with for your wedding?  Email us at info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca and let us know!  Are you a vendor + would love to get featured on our blog?  Email us!

If you're still searching for your dream dress, book your experience with us today!

Why Now Is The Perfect Time to Shop for Maids...

Shopping for your bridesmaids gowns at Once Upon A Time Weddings will also be an experience unlike any other.  When you book your bridesmaids shopping experience, you'll have a consultant that will work ONLY with you & your girls.  We'll chat with you on the phone or by text before the appointment to figure out exactly what you're looking for as well as price point you're hoping to stay within.  Your consultant will also pull gowns on that are available in the color you're looking for.  We'll make the entire process flawless & simple.  

Now here is why it is the perfect time for you and your Bride Tribe to set up an appointment and start shopping!

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After the bride to be has found her gown, she will begin her hunt for bridesmaid dresses. Which usually means you and a few other girls will be asked to go out and try on some gowns to help narrow down options.

When the bride has chosen "the one" her girls will be wearing, it is important to order the dresses as soon as possible. It can take up to 5 months for a bridesmaid dress to arrive, you don't want to be pressed for time and still want room for any alterations that need to be attended to.

 

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Choosing your colours and styles early on will allow you to finalize the other details for looking put together on the big day. Like finding your shoes or accessories, especially if the bride has specific colours and styles she would like her girls to wear. 

Despite getting your measurements done and size charts checked, bridesmaid dresses aren't always made to measure. So it's always best to schedule an appointment with a seamstress, alterations should be done around the 3 month mark before the wedding. Schedule your final fitting about 3 to 5 weeks before the wedding day, this gives you enough time just in case you have to make any other small alterations.

 

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We'd LOVE to have you & your girls into the store and walk with you through their gown shopping experience!  Call 519-245-7997 now or book online at www.onceuponatimeweddings.ca/appointment.  

 

Once Upon A Time There Was A Girl...

Once Upon A Time there was a girl who got a beautiful, sparkly new ring. Everyone around her congratulated her on this exciting time in her life. Shortly followed were so many questions - where will the festivities take place, what colors will be chosen, how many guests would join the party and the ultimate - do you know what you will wear yet? Everywhere she looked she found beautiful gowns in all silhouettes, shades of colors, and price points. Suddenly some of the excitement waned as she pondered how she would ever make the critical decision of picking just ONE gown for her BIG day.

If you’re that girl today, we want you to know the following - Beautiful gowns can be found in every single bridal store across Southwestern Ontario. So how do you know how to pick which bridal store to go to? How do you decide what you will wear on this important, life changing, momentous day of yours?

  • Once Upon A Time Weddings has highly trained and educated consultants who stay on top of their game so they will be sure to pull gowns that will flatter your figure, accentuate your best assets, and stay within your budget. This will literally save you a lot of time and grief.
  • Once Upon A Time Weddings has bridal, bridesmaids & mothers styles that are beautiful, elegant, timeless and can’t be found at any other bridal store across Southwestern Ontario. This means you get a beautiful gown & you won’t see it in every other bridal magazine & website between now and your wedding day. WIN WIN!
  • Our main goal at Once Upon A Time Weddings is to help our brides make the best, EDUCATED decision while purchasing their wedding gown. Think of our staff like the fun supply teacher who helps you learn even though it doesn’t feel like learning. We want to guide you through the entire process of choosing and purchasing a gown so that at the end of the day you have a gown and know a little bit more about the decision you just made. But we also like to have FUN! So we’ve combined the two to give you the ultimate EXPERIENCE!
  • We’re a small business that is run by family. Although being the boss of your mother has some downsides, it means we’re all committed to helping each one of our brides in every way possible. After all you’re not just saying YES to a dress, you’re saying YES to the store & their staff.

I think recent bride Ange who just purchased her gown from our store said it best:

I just wanted to send a thank you message for all of your help and guidance on Saturday as I chose my dress! Katie, you were so helpful and patient with me.. and did a wonderful job of holding the dress in place while I admired it from different angles! The personal attention and care that we received was fantastic! The questions that you ask are also very insightful..and makes the big decision that much more clear! And like you said..it doesn’ t have to be a hard decision!

Thank you again for everything!
Ange :-)

Ange chose to come to Once Upon A Time Weddings and we were the first and only bridal store she visited. If you’re ready to experience all that Once Upon A Time Weddings has to offer then you need to click here to book your fairy tale experience or call us at 519.245.7997. We can’t wait to meet you & help you navigate through the process of falling in LOVE with your gown!

Be Beautiful!

Erin Bouchard

Owner of Once Upon A Time Weddings