How To Enjoy Being Engaged.

So you’re engaged?!

A lot of brides find themselves wishing their big day was just here already. Or they spend so much time fielding questions about their wedding and listening to other opinions on what they should do at their wedding, that they lose some of their excitement.

So we came up with some ways for you to spend time enjoying being engaged. After all, it’s such a short time in comparison to the rest of your life. You really want to capitalize on the excitement and soak up every moment as a fiancé.

1) Throw an engagement party! Celebrate this huge step in your relationship with all your friends and family! It's not a hassle for anyone, people love a reason to celebrate and get together. Find some cute decorations and get to celebrating! 


2) Take engagement photos! This is a super fun way to celebrate with just the two of you. You get to dress up and be all lovey dovey for the pictures! You can even make a date night out of it! If you choose to do them with your wedding photographer it gives you an extra chance to get to know them and their style before your wedding day.

Photography by  Red Button Photography

Photography by Red Button Photography

3) Get some fiancé swag!  The best part of being engaged? Showing off that new status. It’s the perfect excuse to buy a wifey in training t-shirt, bride water bottle, or new wifey-to-be mugs. Cause why not?!

Both items are available from OUTW!

Both items are available from OUTW!

4) And remember! When it comes to wedding planning, the day is about your love for one another. Don't let the nitty, gritty details of planning take the joy of being engaged away from you!

Are you recently engaged and starting to look for your dream dress? Look no further!

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Here’s what recent bride Stephanie said about her experience at OUTW.

I had been to 5 other stores before finally making the trip out to Once Upon A Time, and I was blown away by the difference here! The care, attention, and effort that they put into making sure each bride has a great experience was completely unique and refreshing. Definitely worth the visit - even if they don't have the dress for you, it's a wonderful, personalized experience that will remind you of how wedding dress shopping is supposed to be :)

Real Bride | Kelsey + Greg Engaged!

It's hard to believe it's April!  But with a new month, comes a new Real Bride.  This month we'll be journeying with Kelsey + Greg who got married in February 2018.  Today on the blog, they're sharing their engagement story.


How did the two of you meet?

We met working together at Future Shop. Greg was in the department next to mine, right across the aisle.

How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

There was one night when I was at work after having a rough week that he sent me a picture of the sunset, something I always watch out our window. He said something along the lines of "I know you would be so excited if you saw this, I didn't want you to miss it." It was after he did that I knew I wanted to spend forever with him.

How did your fiancé propose? (from the brides point of view)

He was taking me to Toronto after the Christmas holidays, as I had moved away for school. I knew something was up because he said there was something he HAD to do that morning. Turns out he was telling my parents his plan! We pulled off the highway in Milton and went for a hike to a frozen waterfall. He waited till we were alone and asked me to marry him.

How did you propose? (from the grooms point of view)

We were driving her back to school and we stopped at a conservation area. We hiked to a frozen waterfall and I proposed.

Join us next week as Kelsey shares her Say Yes Story.  She'll share the details of how she found her gown at Once Upon A Time Weddings. 

Photographs by Michelle A Photography.

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I'm Engaged! What now?

Congrats on your recent engagement!! This is such a fun season of life! But it often can become a stressful one when it comes to planning and making decisions for your wedding. Whatever the reasons may be - let us help you come up with a rough timeline, list of things to do, and where to start!


1. Go pin crazyPinterest can be an amazing resource when figuring out your vision for your wedding. Go pin crazy for a couple of weeks and then we suggest narrowing those pins down and even printing off the things you can't live without. Putting these pictures in front of you will help you weed things out and see what details are really important to you.

2. Start a wedding binder. This may seem old school but it is SO helpful having your ideas printed, in hand and infant of you. You can keep all your inspiration pictures here, your receipts, your checklist, your RSVP's...really everything wedding related in one spot; because let' be honest, you'll be a little scatter brained during this time!

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3. Talk about your budget. The not so fun topic of - money. This might be talked over with your parents or maybe you and the groom are paying for the wedding yourselves. Figure out a reasonable budget and figure out ways to stick to it. Write out a list of what's most important to you; a good photographer, the food, the venue, a videographer, florist, your dress, etc. Rank these aspects and start from the top when searching for these things.

4. Pick your wedding party. Have fun with this and once your girls are by your side, delegate things that they can help with because trust us - they want to help and be involved, so let them be!


5. Find your photographer and take engagement pictures. When the stress hits a high level, this is such a fun way to remind yourselves what your day is really about: the love you two share! Get dolled up and make a day date out of it!

6. Go dress shopping. Get your girls, invite your mom, grab some lunch and have fun trying on all the wedding dresses! This will be SO much fun for you as a bride - getting into those wedding dresses for the first time is so magical and having your girlfriends with you will make it even more exciting! 

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Meet Our February Real Bride Ashlan!

We are so excited to be featuring Ashlan as our first Once Upon A Time Weddings Real Bride through the month of February! Ashlan and Paul met through eHarmony, they talked for almost a month online before finally meeting in person and when they finally set up a date to meet they hit a few bumps but didn't let that stop them!

How did the two of you meet?

"Paul and I met through eHarmony. We talked for almost a month through the site before finally meeting in person. Paul actually had to cancel on me the first two times we had planned to get together; once he was stuck in Michigan for work, and the second time he needed to drive a family member out of town. It was so nice to see that family was important to him, even though I was disappointed. We finally got together for our first date on February 17, 2014 - a London Lightning basketball game on Family Day. I still tease him about our first two attempts – I remember sending him a text message that said, “Just remember. Three strikes and you’re out!” (I love baseball!) I guess he took it seriously!"

How'd you know Paul was the one?

"There were a couple of moments that showed me he was the one (besides the first time I made him dinner and he showed up with a 5lb bag of dried liver for my German Shepherd, Luna). When his niece (who lives in England) turned 10, Paul travelled all the way to England overnight to surprise her for her birthday by taking her to a OneDirection concert. It was the sweetest thing I’ve ever witnessed, and you could tell how important that relationship is to her; he loves being an Uncle! I think he was on the ground in England for a total of 18 hours- tell me that doesn’t pull on your heart strings! I also dessert catered a wedding fairly early on into our relationship, and was up for close to three days straight. He was so supportive and understanding; not everyone has the patience to deal with that! I remember one night I was so tired, and I told him that maybe a kiss goodnight would help. At the time, he lived on the complete other side of the city from me, about a 30 minute drive. Sure enough, 30 minutes later – 11:30 at night on a weekday when he had to work the next day – there was a knock on my door and there he was, just for a kiss goodnight. He’s filled my life with little moments of love and affection like that ever since."
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How did your fiancé propose? - Ashlan's Point of View-

"In January 2015, Paul's parents were visiting from England for the first time and we took them to Niagara on the Lake for some site seeing and shopping. He knew that Niagara Falls/Niagara on the Lake holds a special place in my heart because it's where my maternal grandmother and grandfather got married and purchased their first home; and I have a very close relationship with them. I love the gazebo on the waterfront, so when our walk took us there, we were looking out at the beautiful frozen water, and when I turned around, there he was on one knee. He had written me the sweetest poem, with "You're my happily ever after" written on the other side. I was crying so hard I said, "ok" instead of "yes!" He still teases me about it to this day. I remember staring at my hand the whole way back to the car – I didn’t care that it was -15 outside and I could barely feel it anymore! It was so exciting to call everyone and share the exciting news on our way home from the car. I keep the poem on my desk at work – it makes me smile every time I see it."

How did you propose? - Paul's Point of View-

"Driving down to Niagara, I felt what I’m sure most guys do – I was excited, but nervous. I couldn’t tell if she knew what was happening or not, and I kept trying to catch her eye without making it obvious. It was good to spend time there; I know she loves Niagara on the Lake and we’re there a lot. I remember it being cold that day, so wearing gloves made things a bit complicated. I decided to leave them in the car, and she kept telling me, “you’re going to get cold!” Clearly, she had no idea! I was worried I was going to drop the ring, so I left it in the box in my coat pocket. But on the walk I remembered that the rings were a set, so the entire time we were walking down to the water, I kept trying to separate the engagement ring from the wedding band and get it out of the box on it’s own without her noticing. Thankfully, it all worked out and she looked so surprised. And she’s right, I do still tease her about saying, “OK”. The day before the wedding I reminded her that she had to say, “I do” in the ceremony for it to be legal, haha! It was also really nice to have my parents there be a part of it all, plus we got photos of it which are nice to look back on."

Next week we'll be talking about how Ashlan said yes to the dress here at Once Upon A Time Weddings!

Photographer: One-12 Photography

Location of Photos: Arrowwood Farm

Dress: Once Upon A Time Weddings

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