The Perfect Wedding Gown was Just Cans Away

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in General, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

The Perfect Wedding Gown was Just Cans Away

A Wedding Dress Story by Caroline S

I wore this Maggie Sottero wedding gown for my wedding on May 17, 2014 in Albany, Georgia. It was a short engagement, and I didn’t realize how much time was needed to order a wedding dress. We were engaged in November, but I didn’t begin shopping until December. I quickly realized that I would need to buy a sample dress off the rack, which added to the pressure of finding just the right wedding gown.

I shopped in my home town of Albany, and visited other dress shops in Thomasville, Tifton, Atlanta and Tallahassee, Florida. I knew I wanted sleeves, lace and a train. I wanted to feel beautiful, but keep the style relatively modest for our Catholic wedding. When I put on this Maggie dress, it fit as if it were made for me. It also happened to be the most expensive dress I tried on and was significantly over budget. Even the sample discount did not reduce the price to where I could justify the cost, so I had to leave it and keep looking.

Caroline was able to get this Maggie Sottero for 40% off.

Caroline was able to get this Maggie Sottero for 40% off.

Caroline found the perfect dress during her short engagement.

Caroline found the perfect dress during her short engagement.


The Maggie Sottero dress was perfect for Caroline.

The Maggie Sottero dress was perfect for Caroline.

The Wedding Gown Search Continues

A week later, as I pored over the photos of dresses I had tried on, I came to realize that none of them offered everything I wanted the way this one did. It was elegant, flattering, detailed, and felt right for me and for our afternoon church ceremony. I found myself on the Facebook page for the dress shop, and to my surprise I saw a post about a canned food drive. For every can brought in, customers would be given 1% off anything in the store, up to 40% off! I could NOT believe there were not exclusions on designer gowns!
That is when I was finally able to admit that this was my dress. I was out of town at the time, so I called the shop and paid over the phone. I bought the dress without ever trying it on again! I sent my mother-in-law with the canned goods and she brought the dress home, so it was waiting for me when I returned.

I felt so beautiful on my wedding day and I could not have loved my wedding gown more. Every bride should love the way she looks on her wedding day. I definitely did!

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