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Who are Edith & Winston Bridalwear?
Edith & Winston Bridalwear are a Plus Size specialist bridal boutique located in Cheshire. We are an award winning bridal boutique who stock a range of designers. Our collection is full of modern designs in sizes 16 – 32. Stockists of Ronald Joyce, Callista and our newest Plus Size designer Sonsie.
So who really are Edith & Winston Bridalwear? Well, let me tell you a little bit more about my little boutique. It’s my own little corner of the Plus Size bridal industry. When I was shopping for my own wedding dress, I experienced first-hand the lack of specialist boutiques across the North-West. And so, I decided to open Edith and Winston Bridalwear. I wanted to shop in a modern boutique, that carried a modern collection, full of fishtails and glittering ballgowns.
When we first opened I was heavily inspired by local boutiques who went out and photographed their designer gowns in their own way. It was important to me that we could produce our own images featuring Plus Size models. And so then my shoots were born and now we work on five or six a year. This helps me show my brides what a gown looks like on a different body shape to that of the models used by the designers. So I am sure you will see plenty of my shoots on Something New, as well as lots of incredible real brides. Please follow our Instagram account here.
Who are our brides?
My amazing brides have come from all over the country, as well as flying in from Ireland and even Abu Dhabi. Our brides come in all shapes and sizes, with different backgrounds and wedding days. They are all here for one thing – to fall in love with their dream dress.
We have a great relationship with all our brides, and we have our own Facebook group where we can chat and they can show each other their wedding pictures. They were a big inspiration to me for starting up Something New. I wanted somewhere to share their amazing weddings, but also to bring them wedding inspiration from bridal boutiques and real brides around the world. This is something they often mention is really lacking in the wedding magazines.
What are Edith & Winston Bridalwear’s Top Tips?
- Research. The first step for any bride-to-be is research, finding a boutique in your area that carries a collection or selection of gowns sized 18+. There are more specialist boutiques than ever before, but sometimes you may have to do a little bit of travelling to get there.
- Don’t hold off visiting your chosen bridal boutique. Leaving your first appointment to the last minute is not recommended. Every designer and boutique is different, but here at Edith & Winston Bridalwear our gowns take between 4-5 months depending on the size and length ordered. Brides also need to allow 8-10 weeks once the gown has arrived to have it altered, especially over the busy seasons. Often we can fit in alterations in quicker, but it makes the experience a lot more stressful for the bride.
- Have fun! A bridal appointment is supposed to be a fun experience and not something to dread. If you find the right boutique and with the right staff, you will have a wonderful and enjoyable time. Don’t ever feel pressured into buying a gown!
- If you are nervous, call up before hand and have a chat to the shop assistant. Tell them why you are nervous. Hopefully they can help reassure you, or at least be ready to help make your experience a good one when you arrive at your appointment.
We would love you to come and visit Edith & Winston Bridalwear, meet my lovely team and try on my beautiful dresses. I hope that you also enjoy reading Something New.
Something New is a wedding blog dedicated to the Plus Size Bride. We love everything wedding’s and we really love Plus Size bridal inspiration!
There are so many amazing wedding blogs out there that share lots of beautiful Plus Size brides and their wedding days. But there are hardly any specialty plus size wedding blogs. So let’s change things. Let’s inspire, and be inspired. I want to share all your beautiful wedding days, all your beautiful photo shoots, and direct you to the perfect bridal boutiques for all you brides-to-be.
I decided to start Something New after meeting so many amazing brides-to-be who had found a lack of inspiration within the pages of the bridal magazines. I was a Plus Size bride myself, which led me down the road to opening my own boutique two and a half years ago. Since then, I have noticed how the Plus Size bridal industry has changed, but here in the UK there have only been trickles of inspiration reaching the brides that need it the most. I am a big believer that we can make a change to how the wedding industry treats the Plus Size Bride, one photo shoot at a time.
A bit of disclosure: I own the fabulous (if I do say so myself) Edith & Winston Bridalwear. But this blog is not about my boutique, but all the boutiques who want to make a change. It’s for all the brides who want to share with you how amazing they felt on their wedding day. It’s a place to see the hashtag #plusbrideinspiration and see lots of pretty wedding dresses, perfect for the curvy bride.
So I hope that you stay with us during the first few months while we get going. I hope you find through Edith & Winston’s Instagram all the other amazing blogs and magazines who do feature the Plus Size bride. And I hope that in two years time we will see so much Plus Size Inspiration we will have Pinterest Boards for days.
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When I got engaged back in 2011, I didn’t know where to begin looking for my wedding dress. After being a bride, then owning my own boutique, I have come up with my own guide to what to do now that you are engaged.
Over the past few years, as well as being a bride myself, I have been lucky enough to watch my friends and my sister get engaged. It’s exciting and you want to get started with planning straight away. You might start looking at the front covers of the magazines in your local supermarket and making lists of what you need to organise. But when it comes to finding your wedding dress, often Plus Size Brides aren’t sure where to start.
I have put together a guide of what to do now that you are engaged. I hope it helps you feel a little bit more confident about finding your wedding dress.
- Research Plus Size designers and locate Plus Size boutiques around the country. Google is your friend! Look for stockists in and around your area. On Facebook there are group chats that you can join like ‘Plus Size Brides’, where you can ask for advice on where to go. You can also find bridal boutiques from around the country listed on our website.
- Avoid just turning up to a bridal boutique. This is something that I did on a random Wednesday with my mum. I left in tears after the second boutique had maybe one or two dresses that fit me, but that were old-fashioned and really not what I wanted. It made me give up and I didn’t try again until it was too late and too close to the wedding day.
- Call or email, and ask what sample sizes they carry. Tell the boutique that you are nervous, that it’s playing on your mind and that you’re a little bit scared. They will understand how you are feeling, and be able to better prepare for your visit. And hopefully they will be able to put you a little bit at ease.
- Give yourself enough time. It can take an average of around 5 months for a designer dress to arrive — but you also need time for your alterations. Ideally you need to start looking 9 to 12 months in advance of your wedding.
- Don’t fixate on styles, one specific dress or Pinterest. Sometimes brides will visit a boutique thinking they had already found a picture of ‘The One’ online. They finally get to try on their dream dress. If they don’t get ‘that’ feeling and it’s not what they expected, they will be disheartened. It’s hard not to focus on what you see online. But you should be open to trying on multiple styles and designers so that you do find the perfect dress. If you don’t find it the first time, don’t give up and make time to return to the boutique. Pinning too many dresses can often be more of a hindrance than be helpful to a Plus Size bride. Often you won’t know who the designer is, if a gown goes up to your size, or worse — if that style is even available in the UK. It’s hard to fall in love with the gowns you are trying on if you have fallen in love with a picture on the internet.
Don’t worry about what is going to happen and enjoy the lead up to your wedding day. It goes by so fast. Finding your dream dress can be scary, it can bring you anxiety and it is often the last thing that you want to do. But it shouldn’t be, it should be the most wonderful time. And then once you have found your dream dress you can continue planning your perfect wedding day.