Dressed to Impress: The Third Time’s the Charm!

For the third time around, MOH PT and I headed to MB Bride in Greensburg. I had never been there, but had seen it advertised at some of the bridal shows. When we arrived, I was blown away by the sheer size of it. It was bigger than David’s Bridal, and the selection was staggering. Best of all, it carried all the designers in which I had an interest, and then some!

We met with our consultant, Katie, and she asked for my specifications, and what I had in mind. I think I said something like the following gibberish:

I’m looking for a lace gown, not too full, probably not strapless, but maybe we could add straps, I want beading but not too blingy, nice lace, not tablecloth lace, maybe a keyhole back, or cap sleeves, a train but not too long, chapel length maybe, with scalloped lace around the bottom, and we came for the Allure trunk show.

Poor Katie. Except that she was awesome, and she took my absurd and somewhat contradictory descriptions in stride. Fun fact—Katie had just gotten engaged herself the night before, and so was extra over-the-moon to talk wedding stuff!

We strolled through the various rooms (yes, this place has multiple rooms of gowns, so awesome), I pointed out some dresses that I liked, and Katie pulled some others that she thought I would like. We headed to a fitting room with a pile of dresses bigger than Katie, and we were off!

All photos personal unless otherwise noted.


As far as my checklist went, this one pretty much hit all the marks. As far as me loving it, not so much. I think this one is Allure C207, but I’m not 100% sure.


A very similar style, I think Allure style C202, but without the cap sleeves. Again, nice, but no cigar.


Allure style 8770 did not win me over either.

And then”¦ something magical happened. Katie put a dress on me, and I walked through the curtain and looked in the mirror. I looked at myself, I looked at MOH PT, and then back at myself. For once, I had nothing bad to say. I said “hey, this one looks pretty good, it’s pretty much just like my dream dress.” But not one to stop trying on dresses, I said “but let’s try on the last one anyway.”


So back into the dressing room we went. As Katie was hanging up the dress, I asked her for the style number (because MOH PT had been recording them all, even though I have no idea where they ended up since, sorry again!). She said “oh, this one is ##### (random store ID number), which is Maggie Sottero Bernadette.”

MOH PT and I just sort of looked at each other wide-eyed and then laughed. Well, of course I had nothing negative to say about this dress—it was only the one I had been looking for for months now! But lost in the chaos that is dress shopping, I didn’t even recognize her.


Oh hey girl, nice to finally meet you in person. I’ve been stalking you online for quite some time now, I feel like I already know you. Would you want to go out sometime? Maybe an outdoor garden wedding in September?

So I tried on the last dress, because I’m stubborn and I’m not a quitter, and was less than enthused. I couldn’t get over it though—I tried on my dream dress and I didn’t even know it was my dream dress, just that I liked it! After obsessing over the dress for months, you’d think I’d recognize it, but I didn’t. I totally believe now that a bride could order a dress, go back to the shop months later for alterations, and be adamant that the dress she was putting on was not the dress she purchased. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed!


I think this one is a different designer and I can’t find it anywhere, sorry! But it was not a winner.

At any rate, I told Katie I wanted to put Bernadette back on, now that I knew it was my dream dress and could give it the proper fanfare necessary! So we put it back on, and my heart was pounding through my chest. I was so amped up, it was like I just scored the game-winning touchdown! You know, if I ever actually played football outside of gym class. But whatever. It was like my entire body was electrified and I was practically shaking with excitement getting ready to walk out and look in the mirror.


And I did, and I turned and admired myself and the sparkle in the mirror. And I looked at the keyhole back that I loved so much, and the gorgeous train with the scalloped lace edge, and I was just freaking SOLD. But, as I mentioned last time, I didn’t plan to buy from a bridal shop, I wanted to buy online. I wanted a deal!


So we walked out to another part of the shop where there were bigger mirrors and a chandelier, and Katie got me a flower clip for my hair that matched the lace of the dress. My hair didn’t want to cooperate, but I loved the clip all the same.


How gorgeous is the lace on that clip?! AH, I love it. The clip was, wait for it”¦$125.00. YUP. Definitely not buying a hair clip when I can make that on my own!

Then, just for funsies, we tried on a birdcage veil. I was debating whether or not I wanted a veil at all, and with such a gorgeous back, I didn’t want a veil to be covering my dress. Alas, I do not have the edginess required to pull off a birdcage veil.


Trying to figure out how anyone wears one of these things without it stabbing them in the eye and feeling mega awkward, because that was all I could feel at that moment.

As Katie and MOH PT looked on, I continued to admire the dress and kept turning side to side in the mirror, loving the way the light hit the beading. It’s the perfect amount of bling! I mentioned that though I liked the look of the white in the bridal shop, I always thought I wanted an ivory dress. In fact, the Bernadette that I had fallen in love with was the ivory and gold option. Upon MOH PT’s insistence, however, I opted for the white, because I love the sparkle of the white. Not that the ivory wouldn’t be as sparkly, but it could impact the glitz factor.

Oh, but wait, what’s that? Why am I talking about colors? I’m not buying a dress today! I’m going to buy a used one online and get a great deal on my wedding dress!

Nooooooooooooooooope. Just kidding.


Oops. via Gleewiki

Once I had that glamorous dress on, talking colors and beading and options, I knew I wasn’t going to buy that dress used. If I was settling for a different dress that wasn’t my dream dress, absolutely. But I wanted the best, I wanted it new, I wanted it made just for me, and that was all she wrote.

I talked with one of the alterations experts about shortening the hem (I have a long-ish torso with stubby legs), and she and Katie informed me that I could actually order a three-inch-shorter hemline when I placed my order for the dress, rather than having the alterations. For me and my short legs, that’s a great option!

So then we talked measurements. I have a narrow waist, but have much bigger hips than I have bust. This meant a wackadoo sizing apparatus. You see, my bust measurement fits my “normal” (aka non-bridal) dress size. Okay, fine. My waist fits one size above my normal dress size. Fine. BUTT (pun intended), my hips required THREE sizes bigger than my normal dress size. Yes, THREE. I contemplated ordering two sizes bigger in order to cut down on the alterations necessary (I’m so paranoid about the lace and beading being messed up during alterations, I have had multiple nightmares about it), but ultimately went with their recommendation so I don’t end up unable to sit in my wedding dress.

And so, there you have it, kids. After trying on so.many.dresses. I bought my dream dress, the first dress I ever loved, Maggie Sottero Bernadette. And I can’t wait to wear it on our wedding day!


And just because I love you guys, here’s a sneak peek of my ACTUAL dress, in my weird sizes, with the shortened hem, unaltered. I’m still in love!

Did you try on a lot of dresses, only to end up with your original dress crush? Do you know how to wear a birdcage veil without losing an eyeball? Did you change your mind and buy a dress when you thought you were just browsing?


Miss Parisian

Pittsburgh, PA
Wedding Date:
September 2014
Gallery of the Day: February 28, 2014
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  1. Member
    emma20130601 341 posts, Helper bee @ 8:02 am

    The Bernadette looks gorgeous on you!! I wish it had been around when I had picked out my dress! I’m a huge Maggie Sottero fan and my dress was one of her dresses :)

  2. milkcow Member
    Mrs. Milk Cow 215 posts, Helper bee @ 8:09 am

    Your dress is so gorgeous. And can I please just say I am so relieved that someone else had crazy dress sizing? They had to order my dress three sizes bigger because of my butt/hips, too! I’m a little nervous about alterations.

  3. msbarn Member
    Mrs. Barn 45 posts, Newbee @ 8:13 am

    I love it!! It looks so great on you! I am still in love with my first dress but love the one I have now even more!

  4. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 8:22 am

    @Emma20130601: Thank you! I loved it from the beginning, so I’m happy that I loved it in person too, even if I didn’t recognize it at first! 😉
    @Miss Milk Cow: I know, it was so weird! I mean, I get it, but so weird. I’m extremely nervous about alterations, so I feel you!
    @Miss Barn: Thanks! I can’t wait to see your dress too! :)

  5. airplane Member
    Mrs. Airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 8:22 am

    That dress is GORGEOUS on you!! I was a Maggie bride too. :)

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    msrealitytv 86 posts, Worker bee @ 8:30 am

    This happened to me too! I saw a dress from Alfred Angelo a year before I went to try on dresses…and when I went to their store (my second bridal shop of the day), I tried on the one I was pining over last…and that was it! Bought it on the spot.

  7. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 8:32 am

    @Mrs. Airplane: Thanks! I just love Maggie, even though the Allure gowns were great too!
    @MsRealityTV: Sometimes you just know, deep down. And then sometimes that ends up being all wrong! For me, it was just right. :)

  8. msllama Member
    Mrs. Llama 22 posts, Newbee @ 9:29 am

    Bernadette was also on my Pinterest board, though I never did end up trying it on. It looks gorgeous on you – clearly, meant to BEE! Har har har har…

  9. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 9:31 am

    @Miss Llama: Good thing you didn’t, we may have BEEn dress twins! 😉 heh heh heh…

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    StL.Ashley 1768 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:34 am

    How cool that you ended up with your dream dress. I, like most brides, ended up with the opposite of what I wanted – I wanted something edgy, modern, and urban – and I got a organza princessy ballgown. BUT, how I got there is funny. I tried on probably 80 dresses at a ton of stores, when I finally found my dress. I loved it…but didn’t want to commit. I needed to try on ALL THE DRESSES. So I made one more appointment at a different shop. When I walked in, there was a bride trying a dress on – I told my consultant that I ‘needed to try that dress’. She said she would go ask for it, but I should browse the rack. I found ONE dress on the racks I liked – when the constultant walked back over she announced that the bride was trying on her own dress for alterations, but the dress I had pulled was actually the sample for it. And guess what? It was the same dress I had loved all along. Silly Ashley.

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    Lalavla 851 posts, Busy bee @ 9:46 am

    You look beautiful in all the dresses you’ve posted but so happy in your dream dress!

    @Miss Parisian: “It was like my entire body was electrified and I was practically shaking with excitement getting ready to walk out and look in the mirror.”

    When I went dress shopping with one of my best friends my mom said how “I hope shs shaking happy” she then told me that she remembered me shaking I was so happy with my prom dress in high school. I laughed at being reminded of the memory and I’m looking forward to wedding dress shopping in May!

  12. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 9:59 am

    @StL.Ashley: I totally though I might change my mind entirely when I went shopping, because so many brides do! But I didn’t, it only reaffirmed what I liked. :)
    @linsical: Thank you! I hope you get the happy shakes too! :)

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    OKJC 98 posts, Worker bee @ 10:01 am

    Lovely dress! A Maggie September bride here as well :)

  14. Member
    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 10:03 am

    That dress is perfect for you. I love the lace and romance of it.

  15. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 10:06 am

    @OKJC: Yay! I love Maggies!
    @daniellekira: Thank you! that is what I love about it as well. I think it just suits the “romantic garden wedding” idea. :)

  16. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:18 am

    I looove lace sheath dresses (hahah! that’s probably obvious :) ). You look stunning, that dress looks perfect on you! I DO think you can pull off a birdcage veil, though, and I would really recommend it – they stay out of your way and look beautiful and timeless, without stealing any attention from your dress itself.

  17. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 10:21 am

    @Mrs. Wallaby: I know, I adored your dress, and LOVED the birdcage veil on you. You totally rocked it! I just don’t think it’s me, and Monsieur would totally hate it.

  18. mscamera Member
    mscamera 300 posts, Helper bee @ 10:21 am

    Ahhhh!!!!! Love love love your dress choice – you look awesome in all the photos you posted but gosh, this one is IT.

    PS love the Emma gif 😉

  19. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 10:21 am

    @Mrs. Camera: Thank you thank you! Has anyone ever told you that you kind of look like Emma? 😉

  20. roadtrip Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 10:47 am

    Yay for finding your dream dress! It looks fabulous on you :)

  21. mspalmtree Member
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:50 am

    I GOT TEARY EYED READING THIS. Gah. I remember when we went the first time, it was probably the one and only time in my life I tried to hide my tears, haha. I didn’t want to influence you before you had decided! Swoonies. <3

    @Mrs. Wallaby: I told her this, too! I LOVED the birdcage veil on her. But, alas, she didn’t (and she’s right, Monsieur P would be so confused and dislike it) and that’s what matters. Great minds, though!

  22. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 10:54 am

    @Mrs. Road Trip: Thank you!

  23. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 10:55 am

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: lol I think as soon as we found out it was Bernadette, I was already decided! I mean, it wouldn’t have happened like that if it wasn’t meant to be! :)

  24. campfire Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:09 am

    I had the same problem with sizing! You look gorgeous in that dress, odd sizing and all!

  25. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 11:11 am

    @Mrs. Campfire: Thanks! it’s that IBTC coming out again!

  26. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:16 pm

    You were obviously meant to have this dress, you make it look even more amazing!!

  27. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 12:40 pm

    @Mrs. Pony: Thank you!

  28. msgoosebee Member
    Mrs. Goose 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:42 pm

    Yay on finding your dream dress! It looks perfect on you!

  29. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 12:48 pm

    @Miss Goose: Thanks! I like to think the fact that I love it just makes it look even better. It’s the happy glow! 😉

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    mrscam24 114 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:18 pm

    SO happy you found your dream dress… My dream dress “online” did not pan out. In person, I was so bored by her when I tried it on. I ended up getting a dress I wanted to try on “just for fun” and I felt so terribly bridal I bought the sample right then and there! I wanted an A-line or trumpet with lace and beading and a keyhole neck like yours and I got a ballgown with a sweetheart and organza overlay (Wtoo Olivia…Mrs. Panda’s dress)! I’m a definite pear shape too and was struggling so much with sizing – the ball gown ended up the most flattering with my wide hips and stubby legs! (I’m one of those Small top/Large bottom bathing suit girls! lol)

  31. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 2:26 pm

    @MrsCam24: Thank you, you’re so sweet! I remember Mrs. Panda’s dress as being gorgeous as well! It’s funny how sometimes what you thought you wanted doesn’t pan out. I had a surprise with the guy, so then I was right from the beginning with the dress! :)

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    emilyjoy 627 posts, Busy bee @ 4:36 pm

    Your dress is absolutely stunning!!!!! So incredibly perfect for you! I got my dress at MB Bride, I could play in those dresses all day long! Glad you found your dream dress amongst all the dresses there!

  33. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 6:31 pm

    @EmilyJoy: I know, it’s amazing there! :-) thanks!

  34. pyramid Member
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:30 am

    I love that you found your dream dress and didn’t even realize it at first! That means you really did love it, and it looks sooo great on you!

  35. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:35 am

    That dress looks stunning on you! And I know you like updos, but I’m really loving the sideswept curls, so classic and timless! Just some food for thought :)

  36. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 11:00 am

    @Miss Pyramid: Thank you! It was definitely meant to Bee! 😉 haha
    @Mrs. Waterfall: Thanks! The updo is more because I get hot/sweaty and I get mega cranky when I’m hot, so I wanted my hair to be off my neck so I won’t have to worry about it. But I agree, I liked the curls too, so it’s definitely something to think about! GAH. I can’t ever make decisions. LOL

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