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August 3, 2017

What Jo Cooke and Alison Law want you to know is this - fat girls do not sit on the sofa all day watching Jeremy Kyle and eating cream cakes.

Both women openly refer to themselves fat girls, and yet they move so fast it took me weeks to pin them down for an interview. When I finally did, I had to interview them in their car whilst driving between the day’s appointments. Their sche...

August 3, 2017

1. Describe your dress to me and why it was "The One" for you - how did wearing it make you feel? What did your husband think of it? 

Being a curvy girl, phat as I would prefer being called, lol, is not easy to find something beautiful and fitting. The wonderful Jo and Al had no real idea what I wanted for a dress, they only had a brief that I was looking for a trumpet style (whic...

June 5, 2017

“You’ve got a stunning shape Karen”

“No one’s ever said that to me before!”

So began another day at Curves and Couture Bridal Boutique. Bride-to-be Karen had come to Curves and Couture with her son Jay, her Aunty Fiona, and her soon to be mother-in-law June. Jo and Alison were determined to “find Karen something to blow her socks off”, but I wasn’t sure they would be able to. Becau...

May 5, 2017

The year is 2017 and the average woman in the UK wears a size 16. But is it easy to find plus-size style inspiration in the mainstream media? You bet it isn’t!

Last month Vogue featured Ashley Graham on its cover, one of the world’s top plus-sized models. This would seem like progress, if Vogue had not been accused of photoshopping. Growing numbers of people are questioning why Gr...

May 5, 2017

Alison was the third bride-to-be I had met at Curves & Couture, and the story of how she was treated prior to arriving at Jo and Alison’s boutique will undoubtedly stay with me forever. The way Alison was treated whilst shopping on the high street was particularly disgraceful, and it highlights the degree of ignorance that bigger brides routinely encounter. 

Alison is forty-six ye...

April 15, 2017

It was 8:30 am on a cold Thursday when Jo Cooke and Alison Law picked me up from Shenfield train station. The Curves & Couture car pulled up sharply to the curb, and I immediately recognised Jo’s platinum blonde buzz cut from my earlier Facebook stalking. I bundled myself in after several failed attempts to successfully open the car door. I had pitched myself to them as a young,...

April 14, 2017

If your idea of "The Perfect Hen Party” involves naked men, copious amounts of alcohol, a party bus and a brief visit to every licensed premises in town, then read no further.

However, if like many modern brides you would prefer a day of pampering with your chosen girlfriends and family, then there are plenty of spa packages available across the country.

Personally, the idea o...

April 14, 2017


Your wedding dress is likely to be the most important and most expensive dress you will ever wear.  Do not make the mistake of assuming that a wedding dress from a standard collection in a size 26 is the same as a wedding dress from a plus size collection in a size 26.  As a larger bride, you will already be fully aware that you will need more struc...

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