How I Unexpectedly Found My Wedding Dress

It’s no secret around here that I have had a horrible time trying to find a wedding dress. I tried on many lovely satin dresses, but after trying on over 150 wedding dresses, I was ready to be done. I was ready to either order a replica Pronovias dress online or give up. I gave myself until the end of January to find a dress in store, or I was going to order online.

I called salon after salon inquiring about dresses I wanted to try on, that I had found online. I had five dresses I picked out that I wanted to try on. Not a single salon carried them in my whole province. Not a single one. I literally felt defeated. But then…Mommy Eagle said I should come down to Lethbridge. You know, that little small town I left behind the day I graduated high school and moved to the city. My hometown. So off I went for the weekend, sans Fiancee Eagle.

I was reluctant to say the least. I really despise my home town…I’ve been back probably under 10 times since in the past five years. But, I will admit…if there is a place to buy a wedding dress, Lethbridge is it. There is a huge LDS population there, and there are always a ton of weddings going on every weekend. There even is a street that has three wedding dress shops owned by the same owner, so they really do have a little bit of something for everyone! I bought my dress from Bella Fiore, which is the sister store of Once Upon A Bride and The Wedding Cottage.

But hive…I have to tell you something. I committed a wedding dress sin.

I ordered my wedding dress without trying it on.

Yes, I did something I vowed I wouldn’t do. I wasn’t going to spend thousands of dollars on a piece of clothing I couldn’t try on in my size. But…I just got so sick of the dress hunt. I was put in satin dress, after satin dress, after satin dress…that just weren’t me. It was January 28th. It was this or nothing.

The sample was a size 10. Luckily, one of the bridal consultants happily tried it on for me, and let me take pictures of her. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but it’ll do. Without further explanation/bridal-brain excuses…here is my dress, Maggie Sottero Primavera (in diamond white).

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It has just what I wanted: lace and tulle! And I really like the point d’esprit tulle, it gives something fun to the dress. And the veil is included with the dress. Thank you wedding dress gods! Because one of my biggest fears was trying to match a lace-edged veil to a lace dress.

Now normally I wouldn’t be comfortable ordering a dress without trying it on, but I’ve tried on tons of Maggie dresses (satin, of course) and they fit amazingly. They are well made dresses, and are renowned for being dresses that flatter curvy girls. I really feel like I made a good choice, even if I couldn’t try it on. Plus Mommy Eagle was giving me a look like, ” just order this damn dress, it’s going to look good!” She was just as over the dress hunt as I was.

So, I didn’t get my SYTTD moment. I didn’t cry. I didn’t have any of those overwhelming feelings that we all expect to have when we see our dress. But, the dress did have everything I was looking for, and I did get to see the quality upfront (something I couldn’t do if I ordered online). My dress comes in just a month before the wedding so I’ll only have minimal time for alterations, but I’ll need it. I had an eight size difference between my hips and my bust/waist (I told you guys…I have birthin’ hips). The top is going to need some serious alterations. 14 inches to be exact.

Would you order your wedding dress without trying it on?


Mrs. Eagle

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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August 2012
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    totheislnds 7804 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:21 am

    Oh Eagle! your dress is gorgeous and I cannot wait to see it on you! That veil is stunning too – when it all comes together you will be one beautiful bride!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:32 am

    Your dress is gorgeous and I will look wonderful on you! And I love your veil, it is perfect!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:32 am

    *it will look wonderful, not I…that would be weird.

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    h, Guest @ 5:46 am

    Beautiful dress! I love Maggie.

    I remember you writing that you were a “plus sized” gal however… if you can fit into a size 10 sample dress, you are NOT a plus size by any stretch of the definition, even if you think your hips are a bit “wide”.

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:53 am

    @h: Oh I couldn’t fit in this dress if I tried!!! One of the bridal consultants tried it on for me at the store. I’m actually a size 20, so I’m definitely plus sized.

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    Dandelion D 1607 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:58 am

    @Mrs. Pony: This made me laugh loud enough that a coworker asked me what I was doing in my office!

    @Miss Eagle: I absolutely cannot wait to see pictures of you in this dress!!

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    Britt.uh.knee 7 posts, Newbee @ 5:59 am

    Your dress is very beautiful, but to answer your question whether i would order a dress before trying it on, I did exactly that….. I had been eyeballing the same dress for the past 3 years and knew when I eventually did get engaged and did start planning, i wanted THAT dress to be MY dress. The thing was, I ordered from Davids Bridal, and MY dress was about to be discontinued, ): . It was available online only, and had dropped from nearly $1000 to $100 and I could not afford to miss this opportunity. So I usually wear a sz 0 in a DRESS so i got a sz 4 just in case, got the dress and tried it on, it fit PERFECTLY with no alterations….. I should have got a 6, or better yet, just ordered it to the store…. My wedding is June 1, 2013… This is my first wedding and being a first timer i did not know that wedding dresses are even smaller than regular dresses, so I can not gain a pound between now and then……..

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:38 am

    @Britt.uh.knee: I’d keep trying it on every week or I know the pounds would get away from me. Maybe you could have it altered to a corset back if you do gain? It’s good motivation, though!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:40 am

    @totheislnds: I really hope so! I’m nervous I didn’t try it on though, still.

    @Mrs. Pony: hahaha, I won’t make some pervy joke to make fun of your typo. But thank you!! I hope it looks good… we’ll see when it comes in! Lol.

    @Dandelion D: @Dandelion D: I can’t wait to see me in it, too! Lol.

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    aardvark 1129 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:20 am

    That is a stunning dress! Wow. great pick! I can’t wait to see what it looks like on you! :)

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:29 am

    @Miss Aardvark: I can’t wait either. Maggie dresses are well made so i felt comfortable ordering it without trying it on.

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    April, Guest @ 7:30 am

    Beautiful dress!!!! I’m not normally a fan of lace, but I *love* the look of it on this dress. How exciting!!!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:35 am

    @April: Thanks!! I am so excited to try it on when it comes in, haha.

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    sept201982 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:54 am

    I love your dress!!! I’m ordering my dress without even trying it on. or seeing it in a shop. I found this dress online and loved it. I’m plus sized and I wanted a dress with some sort of sleeve. I did try on dresses that had the same design in David’s, and like how it fit on me.

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:29 am

    @sept201982: I think you’ll be just fine! I too wanted a sleeve initally but my problem area isn’t really my arms. So I think I’ll be okay with no sleeve.

    Maybe I’ll get a cute lace dress with sleeves for my rehearsal dress. :P.

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    dalmatian 592 posts, Busy bee @ 8:31 am

    Love it! Love the lace and the tulle – it is going to look gorgeous on you!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:34 am

    @Miss Dalmatian: Thank you Miss D! 😛

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    BostonTerrier 70 posts, Worker bee @ 8:58 am

    I love that dress!

    My dress shopping was similar, I tried on a bunch of Maggie Sottero dresses, but no stores in and around Seattle had the one I loved, so I took the plunge and ordered it without trying it on. I have definitely gotten some weird/horrified looks that I didn’t try it on first, but I figured it was better to have a dress I really loved than settle for one I could actually try on. Plus I am totally with you on the fit of the Maggie dresses. :)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 9:01 am

    Your dress is GORGEOUS. Congratulations! :)

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:02 am

    @BostonTerrier: Yay! I’m glad you found a Maggie dress you love, too. They fit amazing and I’m confident that mine will look good.

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    anna4041 225 posts, Helper bee @ 9:05 am

    I know exactly what you mean by Maggiw dresses being high quality. I tried on a few of the cheap ones on, just o see if I could save some $. I tried on a Maggie dress that was half off…the extra money for comfort and look are worth it. Those dresses make you really feel like a bride!

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    anna4041 225 posts, Helper bee @ 9:07 am

    Love the dress, by the way! If I would have seen that one while I was dress shopping, I might have bought it without trying it on, too! Thank you Maggie Sottero and your understanding of the fact that women have curves!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:24 am

    @anna4041: They do, don’t they? They are high quality, even moreso than Pronovias that I saw. The detail on the Maggie dresses is phenomenal.

    What did you end up getting?

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:25 am

    @StephK527: Yay! I’m glad you like it. I’m just hopeful it looks as good on me as it did on the bridal sales consultant :)

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    anna4041 225 posts, Helper bee @ 9:46 am

    @Miss Eagle: I ended up getting Maggie’s Ericka ( in a pearl color. I look terrible in white and I loved the pearl…I never seen it before, (which every bride wants)

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:55 am

    @anna4041: That is SO pretty!! What an awesome dress.

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:04 am

    This is amazing news, especially after reading your previous dress post. I’m glad you find something you like and you’re comfortable with. Congratulations.

  29. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:12 am

    @Coffee cup: Thank you so much!

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    littleriver 2360 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:04 pm

    Your dress is beautiful and I love the coordinating veil.

    I have to ask….what is your FI wearing?

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:26 pm

    @LittleRiver:Stay tuned for tomorrows blog! She is also wearing a dress, but it is a bit more plain than mine. She isn’t as “frouffy” as I am :P.

    We decided not to see eachother in them before, so I haven’t seen photos of her in it. But I’ll share the stock photos!

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    Photographer Aspen CO, Guest @ 12:59 pm

    I love the dress and veil. Most girls around here don’t wear veils and I wish they did – it makes for some beautiful photographs. Good luck!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:03 pm

    @Photographer Aspen CO: I LOVE the drama of a cathedral veil. I think they are almost more exciting than dresses!

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    woodpecker 270 posts, Helper bee @ 5:03 pm

    Love it! It’s beautiful!

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    lunathea 539 posts, Busy bee @ 5:26 pm

    Yay! I can’t wait to see it on you, you’re going to be a stunning bride! I love how the design wraps around it, so pretty!

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    Sarah uk, Guest @ 4:05 pm

    I bought my wedding dress in a second hand shop for £10!!! I saw it in the window and fell in love it was4-5 sizes too small when I bought it and now it goes on and can start to be done up : ). I’ve got til aug 4 th to make it fit and it will zx

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    colli459 875 posts, Busy bee @ 7:27 am

    Soooo happy for you! Can’t wait to get to see your recaps of YOU in this dress. To answer your question, I actually ordered my dress off the weddingbee classifieds from a shop own in Utah (yep, Utah…) and it’s perfect. It’s also a Maggie dress and will also need some alterations, but it is exactly what I didn’t even know I wanted!

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    Arieke, Guest @ 10:17 am

    Hi there, that is a gorgeous dress! I am from Lethbridge and also bought a Maggie Sottero dress from Bella Fiore. But I wanted the Chadley and they didn’t have it instock and after I called around no other store in Alberta did either so I bought it without even seeing it!! But I’m very happy I did, it just feels right and I can’t wait for it to come in. Happy planning :)

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    zomgwut 713 posts, Busy bee @ 12:21 pm

    Gorgeous dress! As for your question, I ordered my dress without trying on a single dress. I have yet to set foot in a bridal shop for my wedding and I am weirdly ok with it.

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    newfiebullet 2230 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:33 pm

    Love the dress, can’t wait to see how it looks on you!

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    pamr, Guest @ 8:37 am

    OMG I love the Primavera! That is actually the dress I wanted but I COULD not find it anywhere in Texas. I traveled out of town (within Texas) to look for it and no one had it. That dress is gorgeous and it will look amazing on you!! The pictures were already gorgeous, so I can only imagine when it’s tailored to you. Yowza! I ended up ordering the Malina instead. I tried it on (like 4 sizes too small :( ) but the wedding consultant was great and was able to get it on me. You will be a gorgeous bride!

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    igushurst 42 posts, Newbee @ 11:06 am

    Miss Eagle, I also got Primavera AND I’m also a Canadian bride, so obviously I think you have EXCELLENT taste!

    I’m curious about the veil that came with your dress, was it offered to you by the salon, or did the dress come with it? I ordered my dress about a month before you but the veil is not included, and I am wondering if I should look into that…?

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:20 pm

    @igushurst: My dress just came in today, and the veil came with the dress. It was offered to me when I purchased it.

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