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Our Curvy Rose Story

I love weddings, but I REALLY love the splendor of a bride in her dress. In my mind, the dress sets the tone for everything. It's a direct reflection of a bride's personal style and for this special moment she gets to create a vision, an emotion, a radiance that is uniquely her own.

Curvy Rose was inspired by my own experience shopping for a wedding dress 10 years ago. I was stuffed into gowns that were way too small and asked to imagine how I would look. When there was no way for me to get into a dress, I was told to slip my head into the dress hanger and imagine the gown that way as I watched smaller woman try on various styles, textures and shapes. I tried not to cry as a large chunk of my backside was hanging out from a dress the consultant was certain would work. This scene played out time after time in all the bridal boutiques I visited. It was 2008 and no one carried gowns in sizes larger than a bridal size 14, which fit like a size 10.

Curvy Rose opened its doors in April 2016 in our parents home. After almost a year gathering inventory and weathering the fits and starts of building a business from scratch, it was time to meet our first bride. Chanza and I were so nervous. This crazy idea began with less than $1k in the bank, a lot of ingenuity and the style sense we inherited from our grandmother, Rosa. With only five dresses to show, would that be good enough? With our mom and my mother-in-law looking on, the doorbell rang promptly at 2pm. With a deep breath, Chanza and I opened the door. There stood Tavi and her sister. Our first bride. 

I greeted Tavi like I'd known her forever. She was radiant in a colorful cold-shoulder blouse. We quickly chatted about how excited we were to meet and welcome her to Curvy Rose. She shared that she had driven from a small town in Louisiana and it was her sister who had found us online. Finally their eyes landed on the few dresses that hung on the rack in my parents foyer. The moment of truth. 

Even if Tavi and her sister were disappointed, they were gracious enough not to show it. Chanza carefully showed them each gown and we began. If memory serves, Tavi tried on four dresses and fell in love with two of them. Watching her eyes light up with every gown, made our day.  All of them were looked great on her, so it really came down to how she wanted to look on her special day. 

In the end, Tavi didn't say "Yes to the dress" that day. We were disappointed, but optimistic about how things went. Chanza and I knew that if we continued to provide great customer service, personal attention and beautiful dresses, Curvy Rose could help more curvy women find the dress of their dreams. By the next Saturday, we had moved our modest little rack into a one room suite in a bank building. It was far from a typical storefront. 

Our first store, a pop-up shop in a bank building that we set-up for every appointment. 

Our first store, a pop-up shop in a bank building that we set-up for every appointment. 

We continued to meet brides and their families in our tiny pop-up shop after business hours and on Saturdays confident that we were on the right track. Two months passed and no one said, "Yes." Then Tavi called and said to one of our dresses! We were elated. Two more months passed and more beautiful brides visited Curvy Rose. Most said we had gorgeous gowns, many were surprised by how great they looked. But in the end, only a couple said "Yes." 

Our first Curvy Rose bride, Tavi on her wedding day. 

Our first Curvy Rose bride, Tavi on her wedding day. 

By the end of the first summer, we had 15 dresses to show brides, but it seemed that number still wasn't enough. Doubt began to creep in. Every penny went into buying each dress we had on that rack. It felt like we were drowning and taking on more water in our sinking life raft. Call it grit or sheer craziness, we kept going, setting up for every appointment, smiling with every bride and committing to find her dress whether she chose us or not. Some took a chance and ALL were empowered to feel gorgeous on their wedding day. 

A stunning Curvy Rose bride and her BFF saying "Yes" to her dress!

A stunning Curvy Rose bride and her BFF saying "Yes" to her dress!

One of our gorgeous Curvy Rose brides picking up her Sophia Tolli dress. 

One of our gorgeous Curvy Rose brides picking up her Sophia Tolli dress. 

A gorgeous bride-to-be in one of our unique dresses. 

A gorgeous bride-to-be in one of our unique dresses. 

 

By the end of our first year our little shop was bursting at the seams. We had more than 30 dresses in our inventory. Moving to a larger space became a priority. So the search began for our first storefront. We investigated a lot of options and locations in other cities, but decided that Fayetteville, GA was the place for us. 

One of my DD's in our one room shop during our first year.  

One of my DD's in our one room shop during our first year.  

If there's anything to take away from this story is that hard work and steadfast commitment are the tools that make dreams fly.  If you want a bridal experience where you will be empowered to be your most radiant self, visit Curvy Rose.  Just like the woman who helped me look gorgeous on my day, we will guide you through the process and honor your privacy while helping to create the vision, emotion and radiance that is uniquely your own.

Our new storefront full of beautiful dresses for curvy brides!

Our new storefront full of beautiful dresses for curvy brides!

We hope that Curvy Rose visitors will experience the love and support I had in finding a dress, but more importantly I wish every person who walks through our doors a marriage filled with joy and a romance that will last forever.

To book your appointment at Curvy Rose, give us a call at 678-884-3175 or click on the Appointment tab at the top of this page. Get the bridal experience you deserve!

 

A photo of me in my custom wedding dress in 2008. I worked with this wonderful woman who helped to bring my vision to life. It took a lot of trust, but it worked out great!

A photo of me in my custom wedding dress in 2008. I worked with this wonderful woman who helped to bring my vision to life. It took a lot of trust, but it worked out great!

Managing Stress on Your Wedding Day

Last week, we gave you tips on how to navigate through the stress of wedding planning. This week, we’re going to give you some tips on how to manage your stress on your actual wedding day. This isn’t true for all brides, but on the day of the wedding your anxiety and stress levels will likely be off the charts. Your excitement may lead to only a few winks of sleep the night before and you’ll probably feel like a excited child on Christmas Eve, but your wedding day is the day you’ve been waiting for, where the rubber meets the road. Truthfully, you probably won’t relax until after you say “I do,” but hey! You made it!

Here at Curvy Rose, we have a couple of tips on how to keep your stress levels from completely consuming you before you walk down the aisle.

(Martin Short as Franck in Father of the Bride [1991])

(Martin Short as Franck in Father of the Bride [1991])

Hire a Wedding Coordinator

If it’s in your budget to do so, you should definitely consider hiring a wedding coordinator for the day. Having a wedding coordinator is a key to keeping the stress at bay on your wedding day. Their sole job is to ensure that everything stays on schedule and make sure that all the details happen the way you and your fiancé envisioned.

Most of your wedding day stress will come from worries on whether everything is where it needs to be. Your wedding coordinator’s job is to worry about all of these things for you and to take care of all the small things and any forgotten things like hairspray or vows. Your coordinator will make sure everyone in the bridal party is where they need to be. Plus it is this person’s job to know exactly what you want and share your vision for how everything is supposed to look!

Another perk of hiring a wedding coordinator, is that they will also take care of any post wedding clean up and/or rental returns. This saves you from having to ask your most trusted family and/or bridal party members to take care of these post wedding duties.

Make a Playlist

Music makes everything better! Compile a list of your favorite music that you can play while you’re getting ready. Shoot for a 4 - 6 hour playlist just to be on the safe side. You can even make a themed playlist, to get into that cheer bride mindset! Spotify, Popsugar, and Bridal Musing have playlists ready to go for you if you don’t have time to create this playlist.

Many research teams have found that listening to music is an effective way to decrease stress levels.

If you send your MOH to    Starbucks   , see if the barista will label your respective orders!

If you send your MOH to Starbucks, see if the barista will label your respective orders!

Give someone the task of running your errands for you

Your maid of honor usually handles the task of running last minute errands for you. They are your “assistant” for the day. Do you need coffee? Send your “assistant.” Do you want french fries to snack on while you’re getting ready? Send your “assistant.” Did you forget something at the hotel or your house? Send your “assistant.”

This won’t be as hard or awkward to initiate as you might think. Once you arrive on site, everyone will ask if you need anything. Feel free to take them up on it. If they’re already happy to do it, then that’s one less thing you have to worry about.

Detox baths are a great way to unwind and feel like you’re at the spa!    Herbsandoilremedies.com    shares plenty of tips on how to create the perfect detox bath.Curvy Rose is not a paid sponsor for herbs and oil remedies.

Detox baths are a great way to unwind and feel like you’re at the spa! Herbsandoilremedies.com shares plenty of tips on how to create the perfect detox bath.Curvy Rose is not a paid sponsor for herbs and oil remedies.

Do something fun the day/night before

Yes, your wedding is the next day and you want to use every ounce of the day before to make sure everything is in order.  The fun activity you choose to do doesn’t haven’t to be a long event. You can go catch a movie with your fiancé or your bridal party. Go to a painting class, or just have some friends over and host a pre-wedding painting party. Do something that doesn’t have anything to do with the wedding!

Just remember that if your “fun thing” involves alcohol, practice moderation. Hangovers aren’t fun, especially when you’re supposed to be walking down the aisle.

Photo by @akintayotimi. 

Photo by @akintayotimi. 

Pray/Meditate

Take some time to sit in reflection and solitude. This helps to clear your mind and bring on a sense of serenity. I’d recommend doing this in the morning, before you’re surrounded by your bridal party and the chaos of wedding preparations. Or, you can include your entire bridal party in this time. This way, you’re all able to relax and reach that place of serenity together. Plus, this could would make for a great bonding experience and photo opportunity!

Release Some Endorphins

Go for a jog the morning of, do some yoga, go to the gym, or take a spin class! If you’re having a morning or midday wedding, you could do these things the night or afternoon before. What better way to release your stress than to sweat it out? You can workout for about 45 minutes, jump in the shower, and then get married.

Just remember, the morning of your wedding isn’t necessarily the time to try something you’ve never done before or to over exert yourself. Whatever you do, be safe about it and possibly take someone with you!

YouTube is also a great resource for quick home workouts you can do!

Give Your Bridal Party a Timeline of the Wedding Day

Not only is it stressful to have multiple people asking where they’re supposed to be and what they’re supposed to be doing on the big day, but it’s really annoying. You’re trying to get yourself together and keep yourself calm! It’s much easier to email everyone a PDF of the schedule they can expect to follow for the day. This way, any questions they would have had for you regarding the schedule will be in their hands on their phones. Plus, this will hopefully eliminate any stress caused by people showing up late for their hair and makeup sessions, or the departure if you’re prepping somewhere different than your wedding location.

If you’re having an unplugged wedding, text them the schedule the night before and print out some copies to hand to each of the ladies once they arrive for hair and makeup.

You, or someone on your bridal party, can type these timelines up on your computer and print them out. Etsy is also a great resource for customizable wedding day timeline templates.

Your big day will be a grab bag of emotions, many of them revolving around anxiety, stress, and excitement. You’re embarking on the next chapter your life afterall! Trust us Curvy Rose ladies when we tell you the best thing you can do on the day of your wedding is simply to breathe. Everything will happen the way it is meant to happen. Once you get to the wedding day, there’s really not much left for you to do other than to smile and try to soak in as many memories as possible. As always, Curvy Rose is here to assist in whatever you need. If you need more tips on how to manage stress on the day of your wedding, feel free to contact us!

Note to the Curvy Bandwagon

I have always been a curvy woman, the smallest I've ever been as an adult was a size 10. And I had to work really hard at the gym to get there. Make no mistake, I am a foodie. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE mac n' cheese, bread and cake and I just don't want to give them up. Yet, there are moments, usually during the Summer that I hear that voice saying that I need to lose some weight. I know that voice very well. It's been with me for a good portion of my life telling me; if you would just lose the weight for good you could stop keeping those dresses that are too small in the back of your closet. Oh wait it's been a while since you've worn the smaller pair of jeans. You know the ones you bought along with the larger size just in case. Can you still get into them? What if you can't? The larger pair are in the laundry. What outfit are you going to put together then? There are times when my mental companion motivates me to deal with my issues, but that's rare. Most times I feel self-conscious, and disappointed that I am not as small as I used to be.

I'm sure my experience is shared with a lot of American women, whether curvy or skinny. We have all been affected in some way by this fantastical ideal fabricated by people who don't even know us personally. Yet, when your BMI (body mass index) falls on the higher end of the scale, you feel the pressure to come into line, that somehow your worth and attractiveness is connected to your weight. I've spent the better portion of my life preoccupied by how big my muffin top happened to be and measuring my beauty by a number on the scale. 

I'm thrilled that the stigma and shame that was once shunned and ignored is now being acknowledged and celebrated. Major magazine covers are featuring curvy models, big-box department stores are using curvy models more often in their advertising. And bridal designers have either created an additional collection specifically for curvy women, expanded their size charts or are patiently waiting to see how this trend goes before jumping into the fray. 

Let me be clear, I LOVE that brides have more options in wedding gowns these days. Whether traditional or boho it's important that a bride's wedding reflects her and her groom's personal style. I'm grateful to carry collections in Curvy Rose that are designed for the curvy bride. My thing is this, dressing a curvier woman requires more than just an expanded size chart, a watered-down style of the flagship collection, or a few styles to choose from. Curvy women as with all women, deserve the styling, details and options that reflect her style, regardless of her weight.

I shared my views on this issue in a recent email conversation with a bridal sales rep. He had just informed me that Curvy Rose wouldn't be able to carry the collection for internal business reasons. I was fine with the reason given, yet I felt this need to inform him and the powers that be of the potential opportunity their designs offered all women.   Here's a snippet of what I said: 

Plus size bridal is new and a lot of designers don't understand the specific needs of that market. There's definitely more to it than adding larger sizes. Styling, construction and a variety of designs to choose from are just as important.... At the end of the day profits must be achieved and I get that. If they change their minds, let me know. I'd be more than thrilled to add them. I'm confident they would sell in my store. 

This designer didn't have a dedicated collection for the curvier woman yet, their styling and construction were so on point. Their gowns had exquisite beading and some gowns featured ruching around the waist, which is a flattering style on most women. Their use of fabric and thoughtful use of illusion backs were unique even for the curvier bride. It's too bad that Curvy Rose won't be carrying them. 

My sister and I spend much of our free time scouring the globe for designers that reflect the quality, styling and options that all brides, adore. Our current focus is finding boho styles to add to our collection. The market is full of many beautiful boho looks, but sizing in 20+ remains a challenge. I'm not quite sure why this is so,  considering that the average American woman is a size 14 and in some regions a 16/18. One thing is for sure, the curvy woman is not a trend. I just hope that one day this  current bandwagon gives way to the universal acceptance of a woman's beautiful curves regardless of her size. Until then, Curvy Rose will continue to join others in the movement for making that dream a reality. 

One of the many gowns that will arrive this Fall from all of our designers. This gorgeous gown is from MoriLee's curvy collection,  Julietta  #3206 

One of the many gowns that will arrive this Fall from all of our designers. This gorgeous gown is from MoriLee's curvy collection, Julietta #3206 


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