About Beau Belles Wedding Dress Shop
At Beau Belles, we aim to give you a great service when choosing your wedding dress.
Beau Belles is for fuller figured brides who want to look fabulous on
their wedding day
that want a personal service just for them.
Beau Belles promises to make a unique, custom-made wedding dress by making each dress to the
bride’s measurements and style choices,
backed by one-to-one personal service,
to address the needs of brides of all shapes, sizes and tastes.
Since we understand that all brides are different and deserve a wedding dress made just for
We do this by:
- Stocking plus sized wedding dresses - 18 - 30 - in a variety of styles for you to try on.
- Making your dress to your hip, waist and bust measurements
- Arranging flexible appointment times to suit you
- Competitive pricing (most of our dresses are £600 - £800)
- Listening to our customers and using their feedback to stock more products, offer more services and improve
Click here to see a video of our bridal shop so you know what to expect.
Beau Belles was opened by Avril Stringer in response to her poor experience of bridal shops in Scotland.
Additionally, there were no wedding dress shops in Scotland catering specifically for fuller figures.
Avril's own experience was so poor it lead to her feeling unattractive and depressed. Realising
that she was not alone in this made her think about the possiblity of doing something to help others.
It took 2 years of dreaming about it before she finally took action to make it happen. This is Avril's
Being a slightly odd shape (aren't we all!) means that buying clothes
is difficult but buying a wedding dress is nigh on impossible. Especially if your wedding is 4 months
Generally speaking, a wedding gown is an expensive item. You would have
thought that the high price tag would come with some special benefits.
I was soon to discover this is not the case. As with most retailers, everything is
done for the convenience of the shop, not the customer.
The shop staff were very attentive while trying on the dresses, I can't fault them
there. But there always seemed to be pressure for them to get the sale. This culminated in a
sudden 20% off as long as you bought the dress that day. Another tactic is to tell you
that you must make your mind up quickly in case the supplier withdraws the style completely.
The most shocking thing is that you have to buy a standard sized dress and have it
altered. Only a few lucky women are a standard UK size - the rest of us have to pay a further £150
- £200 on top of an already expensive dress, to make the alterations. The one I liked was £1,400, and
that was at the cheaper end!
All this takes time. The usual turnaround is 6 - 8 months plus 3 or 4 weeks to
have it altered. You can pay extra to have it delivered sooner but only if the supplier can
When setting up Beau Belles I discovered there is no need for this. You CAN get the
dress made to measure. You CAN buy withdrawn styles. You can EVEN change the colour or finishings
to suit you. It's YOUR dress. And with the high price tag, you should get what you
In the end, I had a corset style top made for me by a lovely lady
in Newton Mearns. I wore it with a skirt I bought off the internet. But I was never entirely happy
with it. If I had been able to try it all on beforehand, I would have made a different
decision. I never really felt like a million dollars but I did not let it spoil my big
I want to do better. I want a bridal shop which allows you, the bride, to
choose what you want.
It's your big day - you should get the dress you want without any fuss or
I hope you will find what you want at Beau Belles.
Find out more about our
wedding dress service in our FAQs
We do need to point out a few exceptions at Beau Belles. Firstly, we recommend you order your dress
at least 4 - 5 months in advance. Very occasionally, a dress arrives which is not as expected
and it takes time to sort out.
Sometimes your dress will need to be altered. If you lose or gain weight before your wedding or if you
just prefer the design to be slightly different, there will be an alteration charge. Standard measurements
are taken which do not always give the complete picture of your overall shape - this can sometimes mean the dress
does not sit well in some area requiring some minor alteration.
Your dress is being custom made and therefore we cannot accept returns or cancellations unless there is a fault
in the dress. The quality of the dress will be similar to those in stock.
If you have any questions or concerns before ordering the dress, please discuss them with us. It's better
to understand what we will do for you before you order your dress!
Beau Belles, providing plus size wedding dresses in Scotland including Edinburgh, Glasgow, West
Lothian, Falkirk, Stirling, Aberdeen, Inverness, Argyll, Paisley, Hamilton, Coatbridge, East Lothian,
Borders, Linlithgow, Philipstoun, Whitburn, Livingston, Bathgate.