Bride, left devastated after being told she"s too fat for a wedding dress – and that she couldn"t afford one anyway

Bride, 31, left devastated after 'she was told she was too big for a wedding dress' – and that she 'couldn't afford' one anyway
Claire Donnelly says she was 'humiliated' when

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18:37 GMT, 26 July 2012

Having set a date for her big day, Claire Donnelly was delighted to be able to get down to the business of choosing her wedding dress.

So the 31-year-old booked an appointment at boutique bridal shop /07/26/article-0-14394E2D000005DC-378_634x955.jpg” width=”634″ height=”955″ alt=”Too fat Bride-to-be Claire Donnelly, size 16, says she was distraught to be told there was nothing big enough – or that she could afford on her 450 budget – in Gloucester bridal boutique /07/26/article-2179221-14394E4C000005DC-645_634x436.jpg” width=”634″ height=”436″ alt=”Unhappy: Claire claims that the boutique told her she was too big for any of their dresses – but manager Tim has hit back, saying they were never rude, and tried to accommodate Claire the best they could” class=”blkBorder” />

Unhappy: Claire claims that the boutique told her she was too big for any of their dresses – but manager Tim has hit back, saying they were never rude, and tried to accommodate Claire the best they could

The average UK woman has measurements of 39-34-41, putting them into a size of either 14 or 16.

Claire, who is due to get married next August, is now calling for dress shops to accommodate all shapes and sizes to avoid embarrassments for brides-to-be.

Tim Shayle, manager at /07/26/article-2179221-143973E6000005DC-609_634x584.jpg” width=”634″ height=”584″ alt=”Bridal boutique /07/26/article-2179221-1439AF61000005DC-569_634x450.jpg” width=”634″ height=”450″ alt=”'We are not a department store': The Gloucester boutique says they do their best to help all brides, but that they are limited by space and cost” class=”blkBorder” />

'We are not a department store': The Gloucester boutique says they do their best to help all brides, but that they are limited by space and cost

'The
dresses are available throughout all sizes, but we only have a certain
amount of space in the store to stock samples available for our
customers.

'You have to stock the sample dresses which we are most likely to sell.

'In six years of trading we know the majority of our customers want a size 8 to 14.

'We go no lower than 8 in our samples or higher than 14 – but we've made both smaller and larger sizes to order.

'We do our best to keep our customers happy. Without customers we don't have a business, after all.

'Miss Donnelly could absolutely have asked for any of our samples in a size 16 or 18, but we do have to consider budget.

'Hers was 450 to 500. We try not to restrict people, and we attempt to accommodate all budgets.

'We do our best to come to a deal they can afford and give them the style that they want.'