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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Custom Designed Invitations

Once Upon A Time Weddings began four years ago, when during my engagement I was frustrated with looking through invitation binders and seeing the same boring and generic invitations.  I was not impressed with the printable invitations and the run of the mill stationery.  So I began designing and playing around with ideas for an invitation that would stand out and let our guests know what to expect at our big event.  We got married at the Lamplighter Inn and had a beach themed wedding.  I remember buying supplies from the dollar store and Michaels and working away on invitations.  By the time they were done, I probably spent twice as much as I would have had I just ordered them, but I was also proud of the invitation and got such good responses from them.  After the wedding, I began designing more invitations and helping friends make beautiful invites for showers, birthdays, weddings and other special occasions.

I love working on invitations and creating something that expresses the couples personality, wedding themes and other special symbols or flowers.  The invitation is the first thing that a guest will see that reflects what the wedding will be like.

Our wedding invitations run from $3-$8 an invitation and always include your reply card and envelopes.  We have some samples of previous invitations we've done or we can custom design some for the couple.  We can make invitations for weddings, showers (bridal or baby), graduation parties, prom, birthdays, anniversaries and many other special occasions.

From a recent bride, Heather.. Just a BIG thank you again for the invitations you made for our wedding. They look amazing! I spent the weekend getting them addressed and ready to go. I can't thank you enough for your beautiful invites...I am glad to have extras fro years to come.

For more information about wedding invitations or any of our other services, call 519-245-7997 or email  Check out our website for more information about our services.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Hours

Once Upon A Time Weddings will be closed on Friday, April 22nd for Good Friday.  We'll be open Saturday 9:30-5 and closed Sunday, April 24 for Easter Sunday.  We'll be open Monday 9:30-6.  If you need an appointment on Friday or Sunday just give us a call at 519-319-9441.

Enjoy your Easter weekend!!

Check out our website here.  Join the fun on our facebook page here.  Or click here to make an appointment!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

3rd Annual Strathroy Caradoc Wedding Show

Strathroy Caradoc Wedding Show is this Sunday, April 17th.

If you're engaged or hoping to get engaged soon, you need to check out this wedding show.   You will be amazed with all the local vendors ready to help you out with your special day!  Advanced tickets are on sale now for only $5.  Stop into Once Upon A Time at 6 Front St. W in Strathroy to grab some before the show.  Advanced ticket holders will get an extra chance to win door prizes as well. 
Join us for an afternoon of fashion shows (at 1 and 3 PM), music, food and over 30 wedding vendors!
Sunday, April 17th from 12-4 at the Caradoc Community Centre
116 Lions Park Drive in Mount Brydges
Tickets $5 in advance or $8 at the door.  Advance tickets can be bought from Once Upon A Time Weddings ( 6 Front St. W in Strathroy
Ticket purchase includes a raffle ticket for door prizes (advance ticket purchase gets you two raffle tickets), a swag bag and Beef on a Bun from
Cornell Meats.
Kick start your wedding plans in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, see the latest fashions, and win a door prize!
For more information call Julia at 519-630-8219 or Erin at 519-245-7997.
Once Upon A Time's Website, and Facebook Fan Page.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Website Wednesday

Today for Website Wednesday, I wanted to share with you the website of two sisters who run a company called Beauty and Bling.  Kristine and Brandi work together and use only the best products to deliver the ultimate make up application for your wedding, prom or other special occasion.  I have had the pleasure of having them do my models makeup at a couple of bridal show.  Not only are these professional, they also are amazing at what they do.  Whether you're looking for a modern, romantic, simple, glamour or vintage look these ladies will be able to exceed your expectations. 

A picture from the Divine Details Bridal Show in London, makeup done by Beauty and Bling.

They are also both spray tan technicians.  So get your girls together and book Kristine and Brandi to come out to your house, work place, etc and get your tan on!  What a fun way to kick off a bachelor party or a get together with your bridesmaids before the big day. 

For more information on all their services, check out their website here.  Or give them some love on facebook for all their updates and photos here.

Check out Once Upon A Time Weddings website, facebook fan page, or book an appointment.  Don't forget about our new hours.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tip Tuesday

Well it's definitely starting to feel like Spring out.  Sunday was such a beautiful day.  We spent most of it inside at the Bridal Confidential bridal show at the Lamplighter Inn.  Going back to the Lamplighter always makes me nostalgic as it was where I said I do to my husband almost four years ago.

Anyways back to the post, I thought it would be appropriate to give you a few tips on wedding showers today as I know many brides who are having "Spring Showers".

At your shower have your maid of honor or mother sit beside you and write down the gifts that you receive on the cards that people gave you.

Pass out envelopes that fit your thank you cards and have each of your guest write their address on it. This will save you time writing out everyone's addresses on their thank you card envelope after the shower.

Get those thank you cards out in the mail within a couple of weeks of the shower.  Do not wait until after the wedding when you'll have all the wedding thank you's to do too.

Be sure to update your registries before the shower and make sure there are lots of gifts in different price ranges.

Be sure to thank everyone for coming, thank the hostess for putting on the shower and thank everyone for their love and support as you prepare for the wedding!

I think these shirts would be super cute for your girls to wear to identify them at showers and stag and doe's.

Also for those planning showers, be sure to stop into Once Upon A Time Weddings for all your shower basics - invitations, thank you cards, favors and gift ideas, like this cute Sundaes package.

Check out our website here.  Check out our facebook fan page here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

More than Wedding Gowns Monday...

Today on the blog, it's more than Wedding Gowns Mondays..  It's where we showcase one of the other services or products that we carry.

We have a wide range of gowns in the store in both price range and style range.  Today I wanted to showcase some of the less formal gowns in the store, gowns that would be situable for a special occasion or as a guest to a wedding.

This gown also comes in purple, burgundy and dark grey

This gown has a cute bubble gown skirt and comes only in the black with red accents.

If you have a special occasion or a wedding coming up, be sure to check out our selection of gowns in the store.  Price range is from $120-$220 depending on the style of the gown.

Remember our new store hours:
Sunday 1-4
Monday - Thursday 9:30-6
Friday 9:30-8
Saturday 9:30-5
Or by appointment

Check out our website here.  Check out our facebook fan page here to see more pictures of gowns we carry.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring and Summer Hours

Once Upon A Time Weddings new Spring and Summer Hours

Monday - Thursday 9:30-6
Friday 9:30-8
Saturday 9:30-5
Sunday 1-4

Or by appointment.  If you need to come in the evening during the week, just call and make an appointment and we'll do our best to accomodate you.

These hours will be in effect starting Monday, April 10th

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Website Wednesday

Well it is most definitely starting to feel like Spring out there.  Spring is a time of growth and beauty.  And I am excited because our little town of Strathroy is really growing.  We've got a few new businesses joining us in our downtown core and a few new businesses opening up that are related to weddings.  We're so exciting, because we believe that it is possible for a bride and groom to plan their entire wedding in Strathroy.  If you're from out of town, come discover all the services that Strathroy has to offer.

Website Wednesday is when Once Upon A Time Weddings shares a website that I feel would be beneficial to you during your wedding planning process. 

Ever have trouble picking out colors or knowing which colors would match?  Not sure what color to accent your main wedding color with?  Then this is the site for you.  I found this site through their facebook fan page and fell in love with it.  The company is called The Perfect Palette.  They do these cute little inspiration boards in different colors to give you all sorts of ideas for your own wedding day.  Like this one:

Their blog is full of wedding inspiration, check it out at  Or follow them on facebook fan page here

For more information about Once Upon A Time Weddings click here.  To book an appointment click here.  To see our facebook fan page click here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Upcoming Bridal Shows...

Once Upon A Time Weddings will be participating in two upcoming bridal shows..

The first event is Bridal Confidential's Wedding Event at the Lamplighter Inn this Sunday, April 10th from 1-5.  This is the schedule for the day:

1:00 - 3:45 - Guests Visit Vendors
3:45 - 4:30 - Fashion Show
4:30 - 5:00 - Prizes Drawn

For more information or to purchase tickets please vist

The second wedding show that we are involved in is the Strathroy Caradoc Wedding Show at the Mount Brydges Community Centre.  This show is on April 17th.  Come join over thirty local vendors and kick start your wedding planning process.  Two fashions will be held at 1 and 3.  Lots of door prizes, free beef on a bun and swag bags for the first 100 guests.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please stop into the store or phone 519-245-7997.
Check out our website here.  Check out our facebook fan page here.  Book an appointment here.

Monday, April 4, 2011

More than just Weddings Monday...

Today's blog post showcases some of the stationery that Once Upon A Time Weddings offers.  We carry a lot more than just wedding gowns, so if you haven't stopped into the store, then come see us.  It is also our April special.

The thing that I love most about weddings is the little details.  I love to design beautiful invitations that let your guests know what your wedding will be like.  But I also love to follow that through with the little things at the reception, like table number, place card settings, menu cards and seating charts.  I think it really makes your wedding stand out when you've thought through all the little details. 


Once Upon A Time Weddings is running an April speical.  Order your place card settings before April 30th, 2011 and receive free table numbers.  These can be done to match the colors and themes of your wedding.  The sky is the limit!  Call 519-245-7997 or email for more informaiton or to order yours today! 

Sorry for the bad quality of pictures.  Stop into the store to see more samples.

Store Hours
Monday - Wednesday 9-6
Thursday and Friday 9-8
Saturday 9-5
Sunday 1-4

Website here.  Facebook fan page here.  Book an appointment here.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gown of the Week

Once Upon A Time Weddings feautured gown of the week is an Alfred Sung gown from their Always Collection.  This is a simple, yet elegant gown that can be worn plain or with any of the Always Collection belts and straps.  This gown is available in white, diamond white, ivory or dark ivory and as either a lace up back or zipper.  This gown retails for $1228, but until April 9th it is 10% off in store.

To learn more about Once Upon A Time Weddings vist our website here, our facebook fan page here, or call the store at 519-245-7997.
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