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Wedding Theme | Rustic Autumn

Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Fall weddings and its decor selection haven’t appeared to go down in popularity. So if you like a pinch of cinnamon , apples and the colour orange then this is the theme for you!

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Autumn weddings give you the ability to use the natural elements as your decor canvas. Being surrounded by beautiful earth tones and bold accents, you definitely have the option of keeping things minimal. Playing with fabrics and textures are a great way to add detail without overwhelming your venue space.

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Escort cards really do add a personalized touch to your venue space and overall wedding theme. You can design it to be a “take home” item for your guests or even just a great conversation piece during your wedding reception.

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With your table settings… just because the weather has cooled down a tad doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with pops of colour and elegant floral arrangements. Adding things like gold accents and candles can really bring the whole table arrangement together and add a sense of warmth to the decor.

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Sparkling champagne cider, s’mores… the choices are endless! Cocktail hour is always a great way to show you and your fiancés personality. This year a big trend is “guest experience” you could even have a small fire pit in the outdoor section of your venue to give guests a cozy feel while celebrating your big day.

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For your ceremony space you can go in any direction with your style. Here in this theme we stuck with rustic/modern which is achieved by adding structured metals and earthy toned floral arrangements with candles. Adding different heights in your ceremony space will allow your guests eyes to follow the leading lines of your space with minimal distractions.

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For wedding favours if you’re looking for an alternative route, you could try adding a cute play on words with a delicious treat or something homemade with the happy couples personal touch on it that family and friends would love to take home!

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This dress from our store would work perfect for a fall themed wedding!

This dress from our store would work perfect for a fall themed wedding!

But regardless of trends, pick what works best for your style and what is the most attractive to you and your fiancé... Happy wedding planning! 

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

The List & Grad Gowns...

We changed up our store windows.  We wanted our customers to know that all in stock grad gowns are greatly reduced!  Help us clear them out.  Gowns marked down to $99-139!

   We also wanted to create a fun bridal wedding as we know a lot of brides are just recently engaged & I'm sure are busy making lists of things they need to do as they wedding plan!  Check it out.

 

We also wanted to create a fun bridal wedding as we know a lot of brides are just recently engaged & I'm sure are busy making lists of things they need to do as they wedding plan!  Check it out.

   A special thanks to Wendy Hord of Soul Photography for these pictures!  www.soulphotography.ca

 

A special thanks to Wendy Hord of Soul Photography for these pictures! www.soulphotography.ca

Why You Should Say Yes to a Private Line Dress..

Another advantage to not advertising in bridal magazines or doing elaborate websites means huge advertising savings for our private lines, which in turn means savings for our brides.  Some brides mistakenly think that private lines would be more expensive because they’re more exclusive, but that just isn’t the case. 

When you’re not paying more for the name attached to the gown, then your hard earned money can going into paying for a gown that’s built properly from the inside out.  The gowns in our store meet our very high standards in regards to fabric, structure, construction and high quality beadwork.  When we purchase our gowns at market we aren’t just looking at the outside of the gown.  We pay very close attention to the construction of the gown.  This will save you money in the long run as well as well-made gowns are easier to alter.

One of these ball gowns is from a traditional designer and the other is from one of our private, exclusive lines.

One of these ball gowns is from a traditional designer and the other is from one of our private, exclusive lines.

Purchasing from our store you know you are supporting a small, local, family run business.  But you’re also supporting several small businesses when you purchase a private line gown.  You’re quite literally helping families put food on the table rather than helping a CEO buy his third vacation home.

Smaller, private lines care about their stores.  They don’t sell to every store in every city so they need to make sure the stores they sell to are happy and well taken care of.  One of our private gowns came in with a flaw to it.  The designer had it remade as top priority (less than a week) and the head of the company (who just so happened to be in China when it was finished production) personally flew it back from China so we’d have it faster and correctly.  You just don’t get that kind of service from big designers.

Choosing your wedding gown is a very personal and emotional decision.  I would encourage you to look to think small when you’re purchasing your gown.  If you aren’t the type of bride to wear a mass produced, totally-seen-it-before gown then we’d love to have you in the store and show you our wonderful selection.  If you’re the type of bride who cares more about the quality that goes into the gown, than the name written on the inside, then we’re the store for you.  If you’d like to book an appointment click here or call 519.245.7997.

PS.  As we make this transition some of our not so private lines will be sold to accommodate room for our private lines.  So if you’re looking for a great designer gown at a great price, then now is your time.  Some of these gowns have not been in the store long!

Finding Balance.

One of the hardest tasks of being an entrepreneur is finding balance in life.  Learning to find time to accomplish all that I would like to accomplish can be challenging.  It’s been almost four years since the doors to Once Upon A Time Weddings have opened.  We have literally helped hundreds and hundreds of brides.  I have been so committed to running Once Upon A Time Weddings and have made many sacrifices throughout the years. 

Last May, my life changed forever.  I drove to Brantford with my husband and picked up my two little babies and brought them home.  Yes it was a long time coming, but nothing could have prepared me for those early days.  I remember falling into bed at nine exhausted from the day’s events.  I had to learn how to juggle running a business and being a mom.  I had to deal with the guilt of leaving them to go into work.  I had to deal with the sadness I felt when I came home and they were already in bed.

This past year has been hard on our business.  We’ve had to deal with the frustrations of two designers not coming through for us.  We have had to deal with some staff turnover.  We have been knocked down and had to get back up again.  But we’re still here, still learning to better our business.  We’ve developed new processes to ensure that the mistakes that we made in those early days don’t get made again.  And we’ve had to do some pruning.  Some changes.

Part of building a lasting business is learning what is successful and what isn’t.  You have to make changes.  You have to take risks.  It’s why we made the decision to stop carrying bridesmaids and mother’s gowns.  It’s why we’ve changed our hours to only be open by appointments.  We want to be available when it’s convenient for our brides.  We want to be reachable when they need us.  But we want to maintain balance in our individual lives. 

We would love your feedback on the recent changes we’ve made to Once Upon A Time Weddings.  We would love to hear your thoughts.  Send us an email to info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca or text us at 519.319.9441.  So far brides seem to enjoy that they can make an appointment whenever is convenient for them.  They like our small, quiet atmosphere.  We try our best to schedule appointments one on one.  It ensures that you have our full attention for the duration of your appointment.  We’d love to hear your thoughts as we continue to develop, grow and serve our customers.

                       Packing up bridesmaids gowns - the end of an era at Once Upon A Time Weddings.

                       Packing up bridesmaids gowns - the end of an era at Once Upon A Time Weddings.


During the fall our store operating hours will be Tuesday & Thursday 3-7 and Saturday 10-3.  Our store appointment hours will be Monday-Friday 10-8, Saturday 9-7 & Sunday 1-7.  To book an appointment visit www.onceuponatimeweddings.ca/appointment or text us at 519.319.9441 or call the store at 519.245.7997.  We look forward to helping you find YOUR gown.

1/2 Off Wedding Gown Facebook Contest!

In Once Upon A Time Weddings tradition, we'll be hosting another Facebook Contest giving one lucky bride any wedding gown of her choice from our store selection for half price.  

Photo by Amanda Kopcic Photography -  www.amandakopcic.com

Photo by Amanda Kopcic Photography - www.amandakopcic.com

If you would like an opportunity to be part of this facebook contest and would like the chance to win 1/2 off your wedding gown then please email info@onceuponatimeweddings.ca with the following information

* name

* fiancé's name

* wedding date and location

* picture of you & your fiance

* a story of how the proposal happened

Full contest rules will be emailed to you once we've received all submissions.  For more information please email us or call at 519.245.7997. 

 

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