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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:
Its fitted bodice and full skirt creates the impression of curves for brides whose figures tend to be a bit straight up and down.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Award-winning Always & Forever would like to help you find the dress of your dreams, whatever the style, size or colour. They work on an appointment-only basis so they can give you that unique one-to-one personal wedding shopping experience. Exclusive local stockists of Madi Lane.
Appointments available from Wednesdays to Saturday, just call to book your time.
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.
With everything for the bride and bridesmaids, as well as mother of the Bride, wedding guests and prom outfits.
A luxury designer bridal boutique boasting exciting collections from the very best in British and international bridal couture, the Bridal Corner has wedding dresses by Stella York, Kenneth Winston and Rebecca Ingram, all thoughtfully hand-picked each season and all of which draw on the talents and vision of the most popular and dynamic bridal designers today. There are plus sizes for curvier brides and every bridal accessory you could wish for. Whatever your bridal look, they aim to inspire you with their diverse range of gowns, while having a little fun and creating some wonderful memories.
Their reputation is built on honest styling expertise and impassioned customer service. They really care about each and every one of their brides.
Whatever your budget, choosing your wedding dress should be one of your most memorable, magical moments. At Frilly Frocks, brides are not only truly spoilt for choice, the team cares deeply that you have a relaxed and most importantly, enjoyable bridal shopping experience.
You’ll see a truly wonderful haven of exquisite wedding dresses including international designers Essense of Australia, Maggie Sottero, Morilee, San Patrick and Martina Liana, plus pretty bridesmaid looks and stylish mother of the bride outfits – and there’s a highly talented team of seanstresses to make sure each outfit fits perfectly
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.
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.
With over 30 years of experience in helping brides-to-be find their perfect wedding dress and with prices of wedding dresses from as little as £299, you can’t afford not to look at Prudence Gowns. Expert staff dedicate their time to each and every bridal appointment and the shop offers a unique collection of international designers, including Justin Alexander, Essence of Australia, Morilee, Ellis, Sincerity and Sottero & Midgley to name but a few. All dresses are sourced with great thought for every bride, with a wide range of sizes and styles for all budgets to make your special day perfect.
There are bridesmaids by Ethan & Eliza and Morilee, mother of the bride by Emma Bridals and Menswear by Mark Darcy and Cavani, so everyone int he bridal party is well looked after.
Book a bridal appointment with an expert stylist in one of the air-conditioned private viewing areas by calling the boutique or by completing an online appointment form.
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.