Shopping for a wedding dress can be stressful when you’re plus size; many bridal stores don’t stock a wide variety of larger sizes. Add to that the fact that it’s one of the most expensive pieces of clothing you’ll ever buy – and the pressure to make it look perfect – and it’s not exactly a recipe for fun. Marisa Rooney, a fashion graduate from Liverpool John Moores University, wants to change that. She runs Beautiful Brides Liverpool, the first bridal boutique catering specifically to plus-size brides in the city. With a background in couture, she has an eye for detail and design. We can’t wait to have Marisa and Beautiful Brides Liverpool at The Curve Fashion Festival 2019!
Beautiful Brides Liverpool is 100% body-positive, and it’s a welcoming space where brides-to-be can feel comfortable and enjoy personalised shopping experience. It caters to women from size 16 up, but one of the lovely things about the boutique is that it doesn’t actually use size labels – instead, each dress has a label tucked inside which says simply “Size: Beautiful”.
Once you’ve chosen your gown, Beautiful Brides can offer an exclusive customisation service so the dress fits your unique shape. In a 1 hour 30 minute appointment, you’ll be helped to choose a silhouette and style, learn what shapes work best for you and your body, and decide on the kind of accessories you’d like (tiara? Veil? Many accessories can change the whole look of the outfit). You’ll get refreshments including cakes and mocktails, and can bring up to five people to help you.
Marisa is great at choosing patterns and styles that flatter curves and will help you look your best. Wanting the plus-size brides of Liverpool to look fabulous on their wedding day, she makes sure that there are always plenty of options; including high fashion and edgy choices. Beautiful Brides Liverpool stays abreast of all the latest trends in bridalwear to bring you the dress of your dreams.
The store sells a range of matching accessories (jewellery, tiaras, veils, even customised denim jackets) – and if none of these tickle your fancy, they can always create personalised accessories just for you. Hellooooo bridal happiness.