Sophia-Tolli_ALLChoosing Your Wedding Dress in Devon & Cornwall

Slim and slinky, chic and elegant, a confection of tulle? Off-the-shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti-strapped, strapless, backless? In virginal white, ivory, gold, the palest of baby pinks or the deepest of crimsons or burgundies? If you’re beginning to panic, don’t. Just get out there and start looking! Your wedding dress is the most exciting dress you will ever buy and most brides will tell you they knew they’d found the right one as soon as they tried it on. Where do you start? There are thousands of wedding dresses our there but they all fall into five basic shapes:

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Ballgown

Its fitted bodice and full skirt creates the impression of curves for brides whose figures tend to be a bit straight up and down.

Empire Line

Its high-waisted style, with a slim or A-line skirt falling from just below the bust, suits brides with classic English figures – small on top and a bit fuller on the bottom.

Sheath

Slim and figure-hugging, the sheath and its sister style, the fishtail, look stunning on both perfect petites and long and leggy brides. Those with less than perfect figures are advised to avoid it!

Princess Line

Describing an A-line by means of vertical panels either from the shoulders or from the bust, this style suits brides who want disguise their hips.

Dropped waistline

The long bodice and dropped waist of the basque-style suits almost every figure and is perfect for brides who want to draw attention away from a very full bust. When it comes to necklines and sleeves, take a good look at your shoulders before you make a decision.

Strapless

this straps, halter necks and off-the-shoulder gowns accentuate pretty shoulders. If you have wide shoulders, go for a V-neck or wide straps Sweetheart, square and V-necklines elongate shorter necks. High collars and boat necklines disguise bony shoulders or prominent collarbones. Full, fancy sleeves and lace, beaded or embroidered bodices all suit the smaller figure while better-endowed brides should avoid low necklines and fussy detail on the bodice.

Should I wear white?

Nowadays, only if you have a tan to set it off – if you’re going for the traditional bridal look, creams and ivories are much kinder to the skin. But the choice of colour is enormous. Gold, silver and delicate pastels are very much in evidence and, if you really want to make a statement, there are fabulous rich crimsons and deep burgundies.

The back view

Everything you’ve ever read about the importance of the back of your dress is true. That’s what your guests will be looking at all through the ceremony. A built-in train will give you a slimmer outline while you’re standing at the altar and lend a special dignity to the occasion. Yes, they’re more difficult to handle but think of the fun you’ll have practising in front of the mirror at home. You’ll soon work out how to walk and turn gracefully and don’t forget your chief bridesmaid will be there to ensure your train falls properly on the day.

A final tip…

When you go to choose your dress, limit the number of people you take with you for advice to a maximum of two. And always include a friend whose opinion you trust and who will tell you the truth about what suits you, and what doesn’t.

AMICA BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

Plymouth Road, Crabtree, Plymouth PL3 6RL
Tel: 01752 214040
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Website: www.amicabridalboutique.com

Explore a beautiful range of bridal gowns by Alfred Angelo, Disney Fairytale, D’Zage, Catherine Parry, Ronald Joyce and Victoria Jane, as well as a stunning range of bridesmaid dresses, dresses that are perfect for prom, and ‘Perfect’ shoes and hair accessories.
The team of friendly and expert wedding dress advisors are on hand to help you find the dress of your dreams, and a bridal hair stylist and specialist wedding make-up consultant are on hand to complete the perfect look.

ANNE’S BRIDAL DESIGNS

117 Roundtable Meet, Exeter EX4 8LG
Tel: 01392 437669
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Bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, capes, wraps and shrugs all made to order. Also individually designed tiaras and selection of veils, bags, parasols and bombonieres. Mother of the bride or groom outfits also made to measure. Day and evening appointments available.

 

BEE BEE GOWNS

434 Crownhill Road, West Park, Plymouth PL5 2QS
Tel: 01752 350305
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Website: www.bee-beegowns.co.uk

With everything for the bride and bridesmaids, as well as mother of the Bride, wedding guests and prom outfits.

THE BRIDAL BOX

The Old Bank, 3-5 Lucius Street, Torquay
Tel: 01803 292222
Email: info@thebridalbox.co.uk

Website: www.thebridalbox.co.uk

Beautiful bridal gowns by Kenneth Winston, Ella Rosa, Veromia and White Rose.

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CATWALK 09

9 West Street, Exeter EX1 1BB
Tel: 01392 274480
Email: enquiries@catwalk09.co.uk

Website: www.catwalk09.co.uk

With a large private bridal studio, relaxing one-to-one service and a huge selection of outfits, not just for the bride, but for bridesmaids and the Mother of the Bride too, Catwalk 09 provides every lady in the bridal party with plenty of choice. Collections include Eternity Bride, Art Couture, Le Novia by Gino Cerruti, Venus Bridal, Christina Wu and, for the more curvaceous bride, Cara Mia by Eternity Bride.

From slim, flowing, classic strapless styles to highly detailed ballgowns with the most intricate of pleatings and embroidery, from bygone eras of Hollywood glamour in beautiful lace to traditional styling with the latest in-trend looks,  and with corset styles with either lace-up or zip backs, there’s that very special dress for every bride’s individual look.

There’s every accessory you could wish for a well, including dyable shoes and bags by Rainbow Club.

LOWEN BRIDAL

12 Church Street, Launceston PL15 8AP
Tel: 01566 778989/07516 646089
Email: dresses@lowenbridal.co.uk

Website: www.lowenbridal.co.uk

Fabulous selection of gowns from British designers Romantica of Devon, Phil Collins and Tiffany Bridal. Also glittering range of accessories, beautiful bridesmaids’ dresses and pre-loved ball gowns, prom and party dresses. There’s also a ‘Bride on a Budget’ collection. Sizes range from 4 to 30, all at amazingly reasonable prices.
Supporting UK business is important to them, which is why they’ve chosen to stock only from suppliers based in the UK and, wherever possible, right here in the south west.

 

LUNA DAISY BRIDAL

93 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5PB
Tel: 0759 861 1297
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Website: www.lunadaisybridal.co.uk

With over 100 brand new dresses at up to 70 per cent off recommended retail price and what is arguably the biggest selection of tea-length gowns in the south west, Luna Daisy  Bridal offers beautiful wedding dresses at value-for-money prices. Sizes range from 4 to 32.

 

PIROUETTE

The House that Moved, 24 West Street, Exeter EX1 1BA
Tel: 01392 432643
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Website: www.pirouettethecollection.co.uk

Stocking highly sought-after international collections, including Maggie Sottero, Sottero & Midgley, Rebecca Ingram and LouLou Bridal. Intimate appointments available and there’s a bespoke alteration service for that perfect fit.

 

ROSSETTI BRIDES

Maidencombe, Torquay
Tel: 01803 328257
Email: rossettibrides@aol.com

Website: www.rossettibrides.co.uk

A retirement sale at this well established studio means tomorrow’s brides can find the gown of their dreams at freatly reduced prices. Contemporary, chic and elegant bridal wear from major international designer,s including the highly sought after Sophia Toll, is among the over 400 bridal gowns available to try on. Sizes range from 6 to 34, and there are bridesmaids and all accessories, plus men’s formal hire. Also specialist cleaning and boxing service for bridal gowns. They work by  appointment to ensure that your visit is a personalised, unique, private and rewarding experience and you enjoy one-to-one personal service.

 

TRULY DELIGHTFUL

8 The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5DR
Tel: 01803 863583
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Website: www.trulydelightful.co.uk

Truly Delightful opened in the busy market town of Totnes in 1989 and offers you a truly friendly and unique experience.
Jenny and daughter Rachel have a wealth of experience and knowledge and are able to advise and guide you through the selection process with a relaxed ease. They stock beautiful bridal collections, priced from £300 to £1,700, including from Catherine Parry, Kelsey Rose, LouLou and, new for 2017, Enzoani. This friendly happy shop puts its brides’ satisfaction at the heart of everything.