These are some of our very own beautiful brides on their magical days as well as some first hand, direct testimonials...
"Amazing place to get your dress"
I was so anxious about finding a dress, it was the last thing on my list. I had put it off for as long as I could. Anyway I found curves and couture online and booked an appointment. All I can say is what an amazing plus size bridal shop. I felt so comfortable and relaxed. I was able to try on as many dresses as I wanted and there was a wide range to try. Alison was so friendly and helpful, she couldn't have made it a better experience for me. If you feel like I did about getting a dress got to this shop. I found the dress of my dreams with no effort at all.
I cannot recommend this place enough for the plus size bride!! I was terribly nervous that I wouldn't find anything to look nice on me!! Severely lacking in body confidence, i was made to feel at ease the moment i walked in the door! The experience is fab as you get a 2 hour appt and the place to yourself, just you and your friends/family! I tried on so many dresses and felt so special....it was brilliant! Service is second to none and the range and value is great!!
"How it should be!"
I went dress shopping Saturday and visited one other shop before Curves & Couture. The day before I'd been so overwhelmed and on the day, I was ill over how worked up I had got. As a bigger person, I've always dreaded trying on dresses and the first shop I went to was as bad as my expectations - unfriendly staff, hot, a mere curtain around a corner in the shop and stepping out into the open shop to show the dress to my family and friend. By the time I had finished, I was so frustrated, uncomfortable and lacking in confidence that I was worried about going to the second place. However, with the second, Curves & Couture, it was how I had dreamed dress shopping should be; warm and welcoming with a comfortable, home feel. The boutique is gorgeous and Jo and Alison are so friendly, I couldn't have asked for two people more accommodating and bubbly to lift my spirits. The changing room is private, as is the area in which you come out into. They have air con to keep you cool and a dressing gown to cover up with - you may not initially think this is important but it helps! They have shoes, tiaras and veils to try on with the dresses, as well as a few options for cover ups if you dislike your arms, so you can get a feel for what you might want and there is no pressure at all to buy a dress that day. I left having bought a dress and a huge smile because the dresses complemented a curvier shape and I left loving myself again. I would recommend this place 100 times over, especially for those who are worried about being curvier and dress shopping.
For the first time I actually feel like a bride. My experience was amazing. These 2 lovely ladies really know their stuff, not just with the dresses but they put me at ease the minute I arrived. The dresses were absolutely gorgeous, I was spoilt for choice, I had imagined that I might be able to try on 1 or 2 dresses that would fit me, I think I must have tried about 15 in total. I found my dream dress and all my accessories, all under one roof. I cannot believe how much I enjoyed the experience that I had been dreading. This beautiful shop is an absolute must for all curvy brides. Thank you so much Alison for all your help & patience & Thank you Jo for your hospitality and for keeping us all entertained. Woo-Hoo I'm getting married ! X
I went to Curves & Couture today and had a really wonderful experience. The location is in a beautiful remote location with plush white carpets and a large range of enchanting dresses in larger sizes to choose from. The ladies were extremely attentive bringing us drinks and dressing me, taking extra time and care to ensure all the dresses were done up properly at the back which allowed me to properly see how they would look and made a big difference. I felt like a Princess trying on a large array of beautiful dresses and the lovely ladies making suggestions and picking out dresses and lace shrugs themselves. The most refreshing thing was their attitude, this business is obviously a labour of love and this really shines through in the amount of effort they put in ensuring all expectations of their clients are met with a smile and laugh. Can't recommend this bridal experience enough for the curvier bride, you will feel entirely at ease. Thank you very much ladies! xxxxx
"A true 'couture' experience"
Collected my dress today from Curves Couture after my final fitting. What a delight! Made to feel at ease from day 1. They arranged appointments around me and my needs and even collected myself and mum from the train station. From coffees, to dressing gowns and slippers you are made to feel like a queen as soon as you step through the door. Dresses beautiful, boutique beautiful but the owners are by far the most beautiful inside and out. Using both humour, understanding and ultimately their fantastic knowledge of the wedding industry they are most definitely with a visit. Would not recommend enough! Well worth the few hundred miles that we travelled. A truly "couture" experience! These girls will find you the right dress! Thanks ladies xxx
Totally awesome experience. I cannot put into words what a fantastic time I had at this wonderful studio. I tried in about 15 dresses, each one was beautiful and affordable. Being paranoid about my arms, I wanted sleeves, so the lovely ladies added sleeves, or fabric to every dress to demonstrate the options available. I got more confident with every dress I tried on and for the first time ever I looked in the mirror and actually liked what I saw. What I didn't realise until afterwards, was the lovely ladies were actually pointing out my features, complimenting me and teaching me how to look at my body in a different way. Instead of concentrating on my problem areas, they showed me how to enhance my good areas and picked dresses that would show my figure off to it's best. I found (or I should say that Jo found) my perfect dress, and I left there happier and more confident than I have felt in years. I feel like I had a counselling, shopping and life coaching experience all rolled into one. I can't wait to get married now, in front of all our family and friends which is something I never thought I would say. Thank you both so much for everything X
"Last minute - Curves and Couture to the rescue!"
After being badly let down by another shop at the last minute (last minute being 3 days before the wedding) and being left without a dress, I was on the verge of cancelling the entire wedding. I came across Curves & Couture on FaceBook. In a last ditch attempt to save the day, I sent a message at 10.45pm - hoping for a response sometime the following day. To my surprise just 5 minutes later a response landed in my inbox, with a mobile number saying to ring ASAP. I chatted to Jo like we were old friends, she was fully booked for the next day but knowing how close the wedding was, Jo offered to meet me at the studio at 7.30am and promised that she would be able to help. True to her word she met me, found me a dress and offered advice on my rights regarding the "other" dress. My dress needed slight alterations, but with both seamstresses on holiday Jo offered to do them for me. After looking at her diary Jo told me to return at 8pm, the dress would be altered, steamed and ready to go. Jo also lent me her own sheer wrap to finish off the dress and to provide some coverage of my arms as I'm really conscious of them. The result - I married the love of my life on 20th August 2014, looking a million dollars and it was all thanks to Jo. She is one very special lady who really went above and beyond and them some too. Other shops could do with taking a look at what outstanding customer service is really about.
I totally agree with every single review, about how lovely this place is, how honest and delightful Jo & Alison are and the stunning dresses are absolutely to die for. My review is coming from a slightly different angle - I am a pre-op transgender, bride to be. I had phoned 17 shops before I phoned Curves & Couture, then another 8 after, I was denied an appointment in every single shop except Curves & Couture. Jo was so understanding, that when I started rambling on (through nerves) she gently told me that there was no need to explain or justify anything to her or Alison. The appointment itself was everything a bride could dream of, I felt totally comfortable and relaxed , there was certainly no awkwardness, even when I was offered a pair of bridal "boobs" to try with my favourite dress. These girls offer an amazing service, they are totally liberal and non judgemental. It's a shame that more mainstream outlets are not more accommodating of those that do not conform to what society considers to be the "norm". I wish these lovely ladies every success as they certainly made my dreams come true. X