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
Wedding Date:
August 2012
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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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