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All The Wedding Dress Lingo You Need to Know!

A-Line, Sheath, Ball Gown, Lace, Organza.

Dress Shopping is like learning a whole other language.  What's a bride to do?

Whether you are one of those girl's whose been playing dress up in their pretend wedding gown since they were 4 or you're the type of bride who hasn't spent a lot of time thinking about their wedding gown, this blog is for you.  We've got a wedding dress dictionary for you to learn all the in's and out's of wedding dress lingo! We hope you find this helpful as you prepare for your say yes day!

A-Line Silhouette: An A-line wedding dress features a skirt that gradually begins to flare out from a fitted bodice, starting below the natural waist, and lightly skimming the hips, as it and extends to the hem, forming an "A" shape. This silhouette is thought to be universally figure-flattering.


Bustle: A fancy word for a sewing method used to transition a gown with a long train into a length that makes it easier to walk and dance in.

Bodice: The top part of your dress, above the waist. 

Boning: This gives a dress' bodice structure and prevents drooping, especially in a strapless dress and we seriously cannot stress how important this is in a strapless dress!! Which is why we carry the exclusive designers that we do here at OUTW. 

Chiffon: A very soft, delicate fabric that is extremely sheer and layered for modesty. This fabric is best known for being popular for bridesmaids dresses but is also becoming a lot more popular for wedding gowns.

Corset: A lace up back of the bodice, whether for ascetics or wiggle room with your size. Give yourself some extra time on your wedding day to lace it up!

Fit and Flare Silhouette: A dress with a fitted bodice through the hips and a flared skirt.

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Illusion Back: A more recent trend in wedding gowns - this design gives you the look of an open  back with the comfort and beauty of a full coverage gown.

Organza: A type fabric/material that is made from silk, but is much stiffer than chiffon. It has a similar sheen to it, like satin but without all the weight while still creating volume in a dress. Often used for full skirts to give it more flow than tulle.

Sheath Silhouette: A long, narrow, slim-fitting silhouette with straight, lines usually made from lighter fabrics, such as satin or chiffon, which is more suitable for the body-skimming shape.


Sweetheart Neckline: A strapless bodice with rounded fabric over each breast, meeting in a V-neck point in the middle - makes a heart-like shape.

Train: The long back portion of a the dress that trails behind the bride. Trains can be different lengths. Brides adore this feature for walking down the isle and formal pictures. 

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Ready to start the search for your dream gown? Book your experience with us today!


Ramblings of A Bridal Store Owner.

January is here!  I can't believe that Christmas has come and gone.   And here we are right in the middle of gearing up for bridal shows, lots of bridal appointments being booked and working hard to finalize details for many summer and fall weddings.

This month I turn 30.  At first I didn't want to celebrate my birthday.  If I'm being honest it's because I don't ever want anyone to think that I'm too young to run this business.  I was 24 when I first really started preparations to open Once Upon A Time Weddings.  Although I am young, I think my age brings a tremendous advantage to running a bridal store.  First of all, I actually remember my own wedding.  I remember those feelings of being engaged and planning my own special day.  I also have a pulse on the styles that brides are looking for and completing an entire bridal look.  

Last week I had a customer in whose birthday is 4 days before mine.  She said that so many people die young and don't live a full life.  So she embraces each year as an opportunity and with gratitude for still being around.  I thought that was a great attitude to have.

I'm turning 30.  I have been married almost 9 years.  I have two wonderful children who I simply adore.  I get to spend my days doing a job that I LOVE.  Some days {like today} are hard.  Some days I feel like all I'm doing is solving problems and putting out fires.  I feel like I have a lot of responsibility for someone my age.  But I'm grateful, our store celebrated 5 years in business.  That's a milestone as an entrepreneur.  Every week more and more brides send their friends, coworkers and family members to our store, which we are so grateful for..  We've gained a great reputation and I'm proud to say that I own Once Upon A Time Weddings.  So I'm embracing 30.  Because after all, I do have so much to celebrate.

How about you?  Do you embrace your birthday? Do you have any fun birthday traditions?

To celebrate this milestone, we thought we'd do a little birthday sale for our lovely brides to be.  Appointments for this sale are limited so call 519.245.7997, book online at or text us at 519.319.9441.