gowns

3 Ways To Make Sure Your Wedding Is Unique.

1.     Start with an unique gown.

Choose a wedding gown that reflects you and your personality first and foremost.  Choose a gown that you haven’t seen walk down the aisle fifteen times already.  Don’t be afraid to try something on that might be outside of what you thought you would wear.  It’s true, that you just never know until you try gowns on.  The worst that can happen is that you don’t like it and you move on to the next gown!

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2.     Choose elements that reflect you & your fiancé

It’s your wedding day after all.  Think about things that reflect your personality.  Do you both love hockey?  Are you all about books? Travel? Cooking?  Whatever it is, find ways to incorporate touches of the two of you.  An ode to where you met, the timeline of your love story, there are so many ways to corporate small details into your wedding day.  Don’t feel like you have to do certain elements because it’s “tradition”.  There used to be a lot of rules when it came to wedding days, but now, there’s not as many.  Find what makes your heart get excited and follow that.

Skip the traditional.  Having a more laid-back affair? Skip the traditional wording.  Have a favourite song?  Incorporate the lyrics into your vows.  There are tons of ways to make sure that the wedding reflects you + fiancé.

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3.     Don’t let fear stop you.

Don’t be afraid to do something different.  It’s your day.  If you want to have food trucks, then do it! If you want to play lawn games and then have a bonfire, do it! The best weddings I have been to have been where the bride and groom truly enjoyed the day.  That joy will radiate in your pictures and you’ll look back on the day with fondness.  It’s okay to be the first of your friends to try something new!  

 

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Christmas Happenings.

It's hard to believe that it's December already and that Christmas is right around the corner!  My favourite part of Christmas is having a few days off and being around family.  I love baking pies and making Christmas cookies & chocolates and just soaking up all the memories and time spent with loved ones.  I'm extremely grateful for my wonderful husband and my adorable kids.  I wanted to take a few minutes and share with you all what's going on at Once Upon A Time Weddings during the Christmas season.

Santa is coming to Once Upon A Time Weddings & he's giving ONE lucky bride a FREE wedding gown. Watch this video for more information. {applies to new purchases only, those who have already bought from us, watch for a December promotion just for you!} #winafreegown #santaiscoming #december #makingdreamscometrue #bridalexperience

Posted by Once Upon A Time Weddings on Thursday, December 3, 2015


Get Social To Win A FREE Wedding Gown

       Hey Brides!  We're so excited to kick off our Get Social To Win Contest, where one lucky bride will WIN the wedding gown of her choice.    So, how can you participate?! It's easy. The first thing you need to do is email us at  info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca  your name & wedding date to let us know you're in.  This way we can start to calculate your points.  Then start earning points! (see below)  The bride with the most points will WIN her gown on February 27th.      PS. If you purchased your wedding gown between September 1st, 2014 and now at our store, you can still participate :)    Stay tuned later this week for a full listing of which bridal shows we'll be attending so you can find us, take pics & earn even more POINTS!     * Like us on facebook, follow us on Instagram or twitter - 50 points each      * Text us your full name to 519.319.9441 – 75 points       * Book a bridal appointment    – 100 points      * Take a pic in our booth at a bridal show, tag us in it on Instagram, facebook, or twitter – 50 points      * Get a friend to like that picture – 1 point per like      * Share a pic of one of our gowns in the fashion show & tag us in it on Instagram, facebook or twitter – 25 points per picture      * Get likes on one of those photos – 1 point per like      * Email us at      info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca      to tell us you are in the competition -50 points      * Purchase your wedding gown from us – 125 points      * Purchase your accessories from us – 50 points      Competition will run until February 27th, 2015.          Standard text rates apply.    Winner determined by total number of points & will be announced on facebook & instagram. If winning bride has purchased gown from us after September 1st, 2014 then a full refund will be given to the bride.    All decisions regarding winner of the contest by Once Upon A Time Weddings will be final. Bonus points may be awarded through the contest so watch our facebook & Instagram for announcements!

 

 

Hey Brides!  We're so excited to kick off our Get Social To Win Contest, where one lucky bride will WIN the wedding gown of her choice.

So, how can you participate?! It's easy. The first thing you need to do is email us at info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca your name & wedding date to let us know you're in.  This way we can start to calculate your points.  Then start earning points! (see below)  The bride with the most points will WIN her gown on February 27th. 

PS. If you purchased your wedding gown between September 1st, 2014 and now at our store, you can still participate :)

Stay tuned later this week for a full listing of which bridal shows we'll be attending so you can find us, take pics & earn even more POINTS!

* Like us on facebook, follow us on Instagram or twitter - 50 points each

* Text us your full name to 519.319.9441 – 75 points

* Book a bridal appointment  – 100 points

* Take a pic in our booth at a bridal show, tag us in it on Instagram, facebook, or twitter – 50 points

* Get a friend to like that picture – 1 point per like

* Share a pic of one of our gowns in the fashion show & tag us in it on Instagram, facebook or twitter – 25 points per picture

* Get likes on one of those photos – 1 point per like

* Email us at info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca to tell us you are in the competition -50 points

* Purchase your wedding gown from us – 125 points

* Purchase your accessories from us – 50 points

Competition will run until February 27th, 2015. 

Standard text rates apply.  Winner determined by total number of points & will be announced on facebook & instagram. If winning bride has purchased gown from us after September 1st, 2014 then a full refund will be given to the bride.  All decisions regarding winner of the contest by Once Upon A Time Weddings will be final. Bonus points may be awarded through the contest so watch our facebook & Instagram for announcements!

Falling In Love With Fall..

It’s hard to imagine that fall is almost here on a hot day like today, but it is.  Time moves so quickly these days.  I love fall.  I love everything about fall.  I love new beginnings and new schedules.  I love that it kicks off our wedding season at the store.  We’ve got some great bridal shows lined up & I so look forward to meeting new brides, seeing old ones & chatting with some of my bridal industry friends.  I love cool evenings & wearing boot socks & boots.  I love drinking hot apple cider & watching the leaves turn colors. 

Our store opened in fall.  This fall we’ll officially adopt our two children & become an official, legally binding, never going to change, family.  September 19th can’t come soon enough!

Here’s a little fall inspiration.


A little too obsessed?

If ever I need to get a bridal fix, there's an array of coveted resources I typically turn too. I have my stack of bridal magazines which I love to flip through and create my own 'storyboards' with, an assortment of best selling books from the best in the industry, a workplace filled with gorgeous bridal fashion and accessories, and of course, my television! While personally not one to devote extended amounts of time to the tele, when I do sit down to relax and enjoy some light entertainment, wedding-based reality shows are my number one choice! No shock there… And really, how could one resist? Weddings are ultimately a time when couples' can completely express their unique personalities and share one big party with all those who love them! It's no doubt enjoyable to see the dresses, the vows, the aspects of the planning! I absolutely love it all and could never say no to anything called 'Bride Day'!  So I ask myself, 'am I the lone bridal-reality junkie, or are their others of my kind'? Do you too love to sit along while brides say 'yes to the dress' or enjoy watching just how a celebrity-style weddings come to life? Do you enjoy witnessing brides attend and judge other weddings, nasty comments and all? If you're not one for bridal scorecards perhaps bridal meltdowns is more your guilty pleasure? If you said yes to any of these questions…do you enjoy baked brie and pinot as well? Bffs?

Whatever you fancy, it can be fun, informative and down right ridiculous watching some of these shows!  Weddings have certainly taken on a whole new look in the past couple years, especially becoming so commonly televised. You can barely flip through the channels without at least one or two bridal shows being on at any given time. So brides-to be, would you ever broadcast your wedding? Do you think your groom would be comfortable with it? I'd love to hear what you all think about these shows. If you're already married, what do you think about this growing trend? Would you have featured your wedding on television? I love to watch, but I'm not sure I'd want to partake myself. Then again, it could be a great experience. Is filming some of life's most precious moments quality programming or quality selling-out? I look forward to hearing your opinions!  Ironically enough and the reason that this post wasn't put up until today is that we were waiting for this picture!  Our very own consultant, Lynda Wright had the opportunity to meet David Tutera in Chicago this week.  Lynda was there scoping out the latest & greatest in bridal fashions for Spring 2013.  Don't worry we'll get her scoop in a later blog post.  For now though, I leave you with this picture to entice you!

In the meantime, this week I'm getting together with local makeup artist Laura Peters for some expert beauty advice. I look forward to asking Laura her recommendations for bridal makeup and proper skincare, along with learning more about her growing business and her role in the wedding industry.  Email me at info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca if you have any questions for Laura, and feel free to stop by the store and say hello if you're in downtown Strathroy this week!

Yours in quality blogging,

Dana xo