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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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.


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.


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.


Plymouth Road, Crabtree, Plymouth PL3 6RL
Tel: 01752 214040


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.


117 Roundtable Meet, Exeter EX4 8LG
Tel: 01392 437669

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.



434 Crownhill Road, West Park, Plymouth PL5 2QS
Tel: 01752 350305


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


The Old Bank, 3-5 Lucius Street, Torquay
Tel: 01803 292222
Email: [email protected]


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

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12 Allhalland Street, Bideford EX39 2JD
Tel: 01237 237210
Email: [email protected]


A stunning luxury bridal boutique in the heart of the historic town of Bideford, which provides a beautiful hand-picked collection of fabulous bridal fashion. With a light, stylish interior and personal appointment-only service, Champagne & Charlotte allows brides to find the perfect wedding dress in a beautiful, intimate and relaxed environment. Designers incude Staphanie Allin, Enzoani, Charlotte Balbier, Le Papillon and Elbeth Gillis and prices range from around £1,000 and to £3500-plus. A full range of bridal accessories and bridesmaids in every style and colour complete the Champagne & Charlotte service.

Winner of the 2018 South West Wedding Award for Best Bridal Outfitter and a finalist again in 2019.


12 Church Street, Launceston PL15 8AP
Tel: 01566 778989/07516 646089
Email: [email protected]


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.



93 High Street, Totnes
Tel: 01733 778434
Email: [email protected]


A lovely bridal boutique in the heart of Totnes, with a huge selection of made-to-order dresses from collections including Millie May, Lilly, Brighton Belle, Millie Grace and Graceful by White Rose. They also stock an extensive collection of off-the-peg designer dresses – so if you are looking for a dress with a quick turnaround, this is the perfect place for you!

Amy and her team pride themselves on their realistic pricing – dresses start from £149 and a large proportion are below £799 – and friendly relaxed service. They want every bride to have the dress of her dreams, with a boutique, special experience, at a realistic price.



3 Glanvilles Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9PS
Tel: 01752 896192
Email: [email protected]


With bridal, bridesmaids, occasion wear and accessories, this lovely boutique can outfit all the ladies in the bridal party. Brides can see stunning international collections from Paul Zeni and True Bride – all you have to do is book an appointment and they will arrange for you and your party to have the shop all to yourselves, so you can relax and enjoy choosing the outfit of your dreams.



8 The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5DR
Tel: 01803 863583


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 Ellis Bridals, Kelsey Rose, LouLou and Enzoani. This friendly happy shop puts its brides’ satisfaction at the heart of everything.