Well ladies, I am feeling truly excited... Wow, just wow!!! Celebrating Curves has made it into the national press!!! I was so delighted to speak to The Sun to talk about my journey to open up my little bridal studio in Sheffield for plus size brides!!! It really was a massive turning point in my life and I truly believe everything happens for a reason!!! It’s never to early or to late... Follow your dreams, you only get one shot at this life... so make it count and make the most of it!!! Thank you so much to every single person who has helped me support my dream, I love my job every single day!!!
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WEDDED BLISS Woman who opened plus-size bridal boutique after being made redundant THREE times now rakes in £150k a year…
Jane Burbeary, 50, from Sheffield, wants brides of all shapes and sizes to feel their best on their wedding day
EXCLUSIVE By Zlata Rodionova, Digital Consumer Reporter
IMAGE CREDIT: GLEN MINIKIN
BEING laid off can seem daunting, but Jane Burbeary turned it into an opportunity to launch her own bridal bridal boutique stocking plus-size gowns.
Inspired by her own difficult experience of finding a wedding dress over size 16, the 50-year-old from Sheffield set up the shop in 2016.
The business concept is based on Jane's experience - being plus size herself she understands the needs of curvier women
But her dream of "being her own boss” only became a reality after a tough year.
Jane opened her shop, Celebrating Curves, after she was laid-off from her job in the training industry - her third redundancy in just seven years.
The same year, she also split from her husband.
She told the Sun Online: "I was 48 at the time and with the big FIVE O coming, I decided it was now or never.
Dresses available at the shop cost between £895 and £2,350, but the majority of stock is priced between £1,000-£1,400
Many plus-size brides who come to Celebrating Curves have had a bad experience shopping elsewhere, according to Jane
"My father was a self-employed painter and decorator, so I always had the idea of launching my own business in the back of my mind."
Jane set up her company with a loan from the government-backed Start-Up Loans Company, which offers a six per cent fixed rate on borrowing up to £25,000.
The organisation, which merged with the British Business Bank in 2017, supports businesses trading for less than two years.
Now in its second year of trading, Celebrating Curves is expected to double its annual turnover to £150,000.
Celebrating Curves specialises in dresses for plus size brides, with all samples in size 14 or above
Jane also offers a range of bridal accessories such as belts, veils or jackets
Brides who have bought their dresses elsewhere and want to accessorise them with veils, jackets and headpieces can also book appointments at the shop
So what makes the store a success?
“As a plus-size woman, bridal gown shopping can be a nightmare,” according to Jane.
In fact, she compared her own disheartening experience with a famous scene from the movie Pretty Woman, when Julia Roberts' character Vivian Ward is shunned from a boutique because she doesn't look like she can afford it.
“I had my Pretty Woman moment when I walked into a bridal boutique and a saleswoman looked at me from head to toes and said - I’ve got nothing here to fit you,” Jane said
Being plus-size herself, the business owner understands the needs of curvier women and aims to give advice and reassurance to every customer who walks through her door.
The store stocks dresses from size 14 to 32, which cost between £895 and £2,350, from four designers - White Rose Graceful, Christina Wu Love, Allure Women and Victoria Kay.
Brides-to-be come to the Sheffield shop on an appointment only basis to put nervous brides at ease in a relaxed atmosphere.
Jane's favourite part of the job is seeing plus-size brides who struggled to find their dream dresses in tears of joy as they find their perfect fit.
Celebrating Curves offers a full two-hour appointment, where the bride and her entourage have exclusive use of the studio
Jane Burbeary set up Celebrating Curves after struggling to find the right wedding dress for herself when she was getting married a few years ago
She said: "Ninety per cent of the time they come in and describe what they don’t like about themselves."
"So when they find THE dress that makes them feel like a million dollars, you can just tell and that’s priceless."
But she admits that running a business is a “a double edged sword”, which leads to lots of sleepless nights and responsibility.
"It’s good that all the decisions are down to me but it’s also the worst part of running your own business. I am questioning myself constantly," she said.
"I’m really lucky that I have a good network of friends that will help me when I am exhibiting or when I need a pep talk," she added.
Celebrating Curves currently has about 2,200 followers on Facebook and 700 on Instagram and want to improve her social media presence next year.
“I think social networks are massively important for any small business. Most of my customers come from either social media, the website or when I exhibit at sort of wedding fairs - that’s where my business tends to come from,” Jane said.
The business is also branching out with a brand new prom dress and occasion wear collection.
“Teenage girls have really bad experiences when it comes to buying their prom dress. And in some extreme cases they end up not going to their prom at all - and I think that's awful,” Jane said.
“For now we have a small collection but it’s already getting very good feedback on social media. Something to look forward to in the New Year,” she added.
Link to the article here
Time to get ready for 2018... I really hope the new year brings you everything you’ve ever wished for! Happy New Year, I am sure it’s going to be amazing!!!
I am feeling so blessed looking back over the past year, below are just a few of our beautiful 2017 brides on their wedding day!!! But when I look at these pics most of all I see the happy smiling faces!!! I can’t tell you just how much I love my job!!! Celebrating Curves, without doubt have the best brides ever, I’ve been honoured to be part of all your fabulous journeys and have met some truly amazing women. Every single one of you nailed it and celebrated who you are... I couldn’t be more proud!! The Class of 2017... Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I know I have mentioned this fab lady before in an earlier a post a few months ago, but have a listen to her story and if you haven’t already, follow her fabulous new venture 'LOVE CURVES'.
Owner of Love Curves Nina Blakemore tells you a little more about how and why she decided to create this exciting, brand new curvy platform...
Well ladies, I am so excited to share with you some FANTASTIC NEWS!
Celebrating Curves are happy to announce our most amazing NEW collection of Prom and Occasion Wear!
We are working with the fabulous people at Eternity Bridal Ltd to bring you ladies this fabulous collection!
Our prom and occasion wear will be here earlier than expected and we can't wait!
We are now taking appointments for November! A one hour exclusive appointment with full use of the studio to find your perfect dress for that very special occasion!
Excitement is building...... it won't be long now until these beauties below arrive! All simply stunning!!
Make your prom or occasion wear appointment NOW..... Available in store from 1st November - Available is sizes 14-28. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Are shifting attitudes in body image the reason curve models are on the rise? Glamour thinks so...
There's a Reason You're Seeing More Curvy Models in Mass-Market Fashion Campaigns
BY ANDREA CHENG
For what feels like forever, the fashion industry ran on a platform of exclusivity, granting entry to a select few by perpetuating an expectation of beauty that can be met by only a certain type of woman: tall, skinny, blond. White. But you probably know this already—you felt it when you flipped through a magazine as an impressionable preteen, or when you put on the TV, or when you passed by any form of advertisement. And after years of blaming the media, of finger-pointing body-altering tools like Photoshop, of seeing only a single body type represented on the runway, finally--finally!—change is starting to manifest. Now it's not uncommon to spot curvy models in commercial fashion campaigns.
About time, right?
Chadrian McKnight, who’s been the casting director of House Casting (a company owned by Milk Group) for eight years, says once 2017 hit, a switch flipped in terms of the mass-market clients that would come in demanding curvy and racially diverse models to front their campaigns. “It felt like it happened literally on January 1,” he says. “A hairdresser friend of mine noticed it earlier, but on my end, we weren’t casting for curvy models in big commercials until this year. It came as a shock—because there was a major push.”
That demand, McKnight says, caused leading modeling agencies to scramble to diversify their boards, while “the agents who already had a solid curve roster were cleaning up—those girls were working so much, but they couldn’t be at two places at once.” He’s talking about places like Natural Model Management, a health-conscious boutique curve agency that McKnight has worked with to place plus models in national commercials and campaigns. To illustrate this substantial spike: A single plus model who would normally land one gig a year booked more than eight jobs within the last four months.
Continue reading the full story here
So fantastic to have my story covered!!! These great people were such great help to me when starting up!!! If you have a dream, go for it!! Finance For Enterprise.
Celebrating Curves, Start Up Loan Case Study - Finance for Enterprise
Jane Burbeay launched her exclusive bridal boutique, Celebrating Curves, with the help of a Start Up Loan. Established in Sheffield, in April 2016, Jane specialises in providing exquisite designer wedding gowns and accessories for ladies with a curvy figure, sizes 14-32.
From her own personal experience of searching for the perfect wedding dress, as a size 22, Jane struggled and found it quite upsetting that no retailer could cater for her needs, only offering sample dresses in smaller sizes. With determination kicking in, Jane set to work to make a difference in the bridal industry to create a boutique exclusive for the fuller figure, plus size brides, with customer service being at the heart.
Situated in an attractive courtyard, Jane offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere for her beautiful brides to be. With an exclusive appointment and the boutique solely for them, Jane discusses every detail of the bride’s vision to personally select a dress to flatter their curves.
with only 4 months into trading, Jane entered the North of England Wedding Awards and achieved success by being awarded ‘Outstanding Customer Service 2016’ – an incredible achievement and testament to the work and attention Jane dedicates to her boutique and clients.
Commenting on her experience with Finance For Enterprise: “Starting my own business is a dream come true. Without the finance and support from the Start Up Loans Company and FFE this never would have happened. I have been able to refurbish my premises, purchase stock, and I’m well on my way to achieve the sales I had targeted in the first 12 months. The guidance from FFE has been priceless and although it’s been the hardest work and I’ve ever done, I wouldn’t change it for the world”.
Terry Woodhouse, Investment Manager at FFE said, “It was clear from the first meeting that Jane was set to succeed. She had thoroughly researched the market and her passion shone through. She has proven that with hard work, the right attitude and support in place, you can achieve your goals”.
Well ladies, you have just got to take a look at this great new website called 'LOVE CURVES', a fantastic plus size platform set-up by Nina Blakemore. Nina has worked as a curve model for 20 years and wants to share all her knowledge, tips, secrets and experiences she has gained over the past few years with all you lovely ladies out there…
One post I just had to share with you ladies was titled 'Clever Dressing'…
By Nina Blakemore
Here at Love Curves HQ, we are big believers in dressing for your Shape and not for your Size.
The idea of “clever dressing” is to create a beautiful shape, balance your body out and accentuate your best bits.
There are of course no rules – you can do whatever you want to do, and dress however you like, however, we have created some mini guides for our fabulous LOVE CURVES LADIES with their different Body Shapes that you may find of interest.
It is always great to play around with new ideas and create some beautiful shapes with your own body – thats the great thing about Clever Dressing- more often than not it can help you see your own body in beautiful new light – Remember though Ladies, these are only ideas – you do whatever is right for you and whatever makes you look and feel confident and fabulous!
Take a look ladies and subscribe to the newsletter for great fashion tips, ideas and support. Nina is certain to help you look and feel super confident with your body!!
Well Ladies, I had a fabulous start to the week in the beautiful City of York. As you probably know Celebrating Curves Bridal was nominated for another award at the 2017 North of England Wedding Awards hosted by fabulous people at The Wedding Guide UK at York Racecourse. Yes, we were nominated finalists (again for the second year in a row!) in the Bridalwear category, no longer a newcomer like last year in 2016. See our 'We have only gone and done it again for the second year running...' post here.
So on Monday night in true glamorous style, my three fabulous friends and I - who have helped me SO much over the last two years and who I truly love to bits, strutted our stuff and got 'papped' (below) on the green (not red) carpet and into the fabulous awards ceremony...
A delicious three course evening meal was served and the drinks were flowing very nicely, then the countdown began…
Well unfortunately we didn't win, as we were up against some of the most well established and respected bridal shops in Yorkshire… But a very good night was had by all!! To be honest it was fantastic just to be nominated.
A huge Thanks to everyone who voted for us, Thank you so much to every single bride - it really does mean the world!! Thank you to Wedding fayres Yorkshire and The Wedding Guide UK for organising a truly great night!!!
Well ladies, I am just so delighted to see that Celebrating Curves Bridal have been chosen for a "Boutique Spotlight" by Find Your Dream Dress… Feeling fabulous right now!!! Please share ladies and help to spread the word about our little studio in Sheffield, South Yorkshire!!!
A big Thank You to Izzy and everybody involved at Find Your Dream Dress.
Boutique spotlight: Celebrating Curves Bridal in Sheffield
Full-figured brides will love the fab selection and amazing customer service at Celebrating Curves Bridal in Sheffield!
Where are you based?
Sheffield in South Yorkshire. We are out of town and easily accessible from the M1 motorway. We are in a small courtyard, not a high street location, which ensures that our brides appointments are always private.
What makes your boutique stand out?
Our mission statement is: To inspire women to celebrate their curves on their wedding day and EVERY day! We specialise in dresses for plus size brides, with all samples in size 16 or above. The business concept is based on the dress shopping experience of our owner Jane; being plus size herself she understands the needs of curvier women and offers help, advice and reassurance to every bride who walks through the door. We pride our self in the relaxed atmosphere that we offer, it really is more than just a dress shop, we strive to ensure that every bride not only walks out of our studio having chosen the dress of her dreams, but also feels great about herself and how she will look on the most important day of her life!
Which bridal designers do you stock?
White Rose Graceful, Christina Wu Love, Allure Women and Victoria Kay.
What is the price range of your dresses?
Our dresses cost between £895 and £2350, but the majority of stock is between £1000-£1400.
Do you stock bridesmaid dresses?
We stock flower girl dresses by Emma Bridals (Age 18 months to 12 years) and from November we will be stocking Prom and Occasion wear by Eternity Bridal.
Do brides need an appointment to visit you?
Yes, we offer a full two hour appointment, where the bride and her entourage have exclusive use of our studio. We believe that this is such an important part of the preparations for the wedding that EVERY bride deserves to experience. Make your appointment today to become part of #teamcurves. We can't wait to meet you at our Sheffield Studio!
Do you have any events, sample sales or trunk shows coming up?
We have an accessory sale evening coming up in October, and Sample Sale Week is taking place from 20th to 27th November 2017.
Where can brides find you online?
Brides can visit us at celebratingcurves.co.uk, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Well ladies, what a fantastic few days I've had at Harrogate at the brilliant Harrogate Bridal Show and The Bridal Buyer Awards!
The Harrogate Bridal Show is the UK's largest Bridal Buyer Event! Widely acknowledged as the biggest and by far the most important of all industry events in northern Europe, The Harrogate Bridal Show leads the way- as it has done for over thirty years!
I just love my job so much!! I literally could not wait to see the fabulous runway catwalk shows showcasing the stunning new collections from the designers.
The new collection by Victoria Kay Gowns on the runway were all beautiful, not every dress was right for our little studio, but I saw some fabulous ideas! It was the perfect opportunity for me and Celebrating Curves Bridal to discover the latest trends for YOU, the brides-to-be in 2018.
Just a few of the runway highlights below...
Actually got the best seat in the house... Unfortunately only one of the designers used a plus size model!
The Bridal Buyer Awards - Literally could not be more excited about being invited to these awards! It is the industry’s most prestigious awards, which was on Monday night. I dusted off my dancing shoes and put on my most glamorous evening dress for a night of awards, celebration and entertainment as the ceremony shines a spotlight on the best in the bridal industry. Thank you so much to White Rose Bridal for the really kind invite - I think I had a bit too much champagne…
Please call us to book an appointment that suits you.
We are available 7 days a week 9am–9pm
Tel: 0114 248 0165
Mob: 07736 447262
Celebrating Curves Bridal
Unit K, Staniforth Works,