getting married

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!

We'd love for you to book your wedding gown experience today!

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 :)

Wedding Theme | Modern

It's no secret that rustic weddings are all the rage right now.  And while we adore a good barn wedding just as much as the next gal, we're also digging the shift to more modern weddings.  And after this blog, you'll love it too.


Like any wedding theme, the key is to find a theme that suits you + your fiancé.  Don't do something just because something is or isn't popular.  Browse themes on Pinterest or Brides website.  There's no right or wrong wedding theme.

Photograph by  HRM Photography

Photograph by HRM Photography

You can totally have fun with whatever theme you decide on for your wedding day!  Embrace the unique and don't be afraid to do something "out of the box".

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

Blog | Advice from A Past Bride

Who better to help you plan your big day than someone whose just recently been there?  Today on the blog, we're sharing some of the best advice from real brides who have already walked down the aisle.  We hope it inspires + encourages you as you plan your own walk.

Today, we're featuring Allison Hamacher's {Martin} best advice from her wedding on August 12th, 2017.  Allison holds a dear place in our hearts at OUTW as she has long been a supporter of our store.  She has shared our store with many friends & family.  We absolutely loved every second of working both with her for her gown + her maids for their dresses.

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

Give yourself time! There is no rush this way you can save more & are less stressed. Book the big things first such as venue, caterer, photographer, DJ, hair & makeup as they book up quickly & way in advance! I had a hard time finding hair & makeup because I left it too long. Vista print will be your best friend & delicate! Don’t be afraid to ask that lovely bridal party for help as that’s what they are there for & many may have hidden special talents that end up saving you money. Try to DIY as much as you can, wedding day of coordinator & videographer well worth the money. Lastly don’t cheap out on photography!

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

Make it your day, do what you want. Who cares what everyone else thinks, you can’t please everyone.

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

We did a couple of wedding party get togethers such as a BBQ, night out etc which was a nice, fun & laid back way for everyone to get to know each & become more comfortable around each other before the big day. Takes away some of the awkwardness/tenision day off.

We love this idea.  And we want to know, did anyone else do this?  So genius!

What is something you regret when wedding planning?

To be honest I don’t know if I regret anything? The day was more than I could have imagined. Maybe just all the arguments/disagreements along the way with the fiancé, family members, wedding party, vendors etc.
Not really wedding related but we did a Buck & Doe with Games, I wouldn’t do the games because they weren’t popular & didn’t bring in money.

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

Go to Once Upon A Time Weddings!😁 haha No they aren’t paying me to say that, that’s just how much I loved my experience & my dress! Once Upon A Time is amazing! Staff are so friendly, knowledgeable & not pushy like the big chain stores. I went to a couple stores before going to Once Upon A Time Weddings as I had my eye on a dress there from their Facebook page but wanted to make sure it was truly the one. I had not so great experiences at the other stores & no dresses stood out to me, they didn’t have that “this is my dress feeling” I then went to OUATW instantly feeling more at ease walking through the door because of the small town, small business atmosphere. I said yes to my dream dress that afternoon!

Allison, you are the sweetest! We appreciate your high compliment.  While we know not everyone instantly has that feeling when they slip their gown on, we're so happy that you did. We feel so honoured to have helped you write your Say Yes Story.


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

Wedding shows & Expos help so much to get information to get started but don’t just book someone, do your research, shop around.
Pinterest is wonderful but it gives you unrealistic expectations.
Make sure to include little bits of you into the wedding, things to make it unique to you & your husband to be. Don’t stress the small stuff, it probably won’t matter in the end or you will be the only one who knows it didn’t go as planned. No point stressing on things you can’t control, everything ends up working out.
Be prepared for things to go wrong because they will (ex. Our timeline got all thrown off because things took longer then expected, I forgot to get corkscrews for the wine as I thought the venue would have & they did not)

Some great advice in there for those brides still in the planning stages.  At OUTW we love our brides & love seeing their pictures from their wedding day.  If you have recently been married in an OUTW gown, tag us in your pictures or email them to

If you're still planning your wedding + looking for your gown, then it's time to join the OUTW bride tribe.  Book your appointment today and let us help write your Say Yes Story.

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