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.


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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20 Morshead Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 5AH
Tel: 01752 787878
Email: [email protected]


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.




1 Egloshayle Road, Wadebridge PL27 6BX
Tel: 07476 786731
Email: [email protected]


Bridal Gossip was created to give every woman those special moments to cherish for a lifetime. Bridal collections have been hand-picked with the emphasis on quality fabrics at affordable prices and include Millie May, for brides who want to create something fully bespoke and White Rose and Venus Bridal for pure elegance and timeless beauty. Breathtaking vintage and bespoke accessories come from The Lucky Sixpence, Twilight Designs and Rainbow.

Currently all brides are seen by appointment only, a one-to-one service which ensures each bride has their undivided attention. There is a no-pressure, welcoming                                                                 atmosphere so you can talk about your wedding dress vision and wedding plans. Owner Caroline’s main aim is finding the right shape, style and colour for you and your shape – and ensuring you have a memorable visit.

Bridal Gossip also offers a range of quality bridesmaid and prom dresses.




105-106 Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3HY
Tel: 01392 493814
Email: [email protected]


With over 200 lovingly made designer wedding dresses on show and collections to suit every budget, every style and every bride, The Bridal Emporium in Exeter should be on every bride’s visiting list. All the dresses are lovingly made by renowned designers, including Kenneth Winston, Mark Lesley, Romantica, Lois Wild and Phoenix Gowns, all of whom have been selected for their exceptional quality, reliability and experience.

The family-run, independent business has a fabulous team of professional bridal consultants and talented seamstresses, all with years of experience, who will look after you from your initial point of contact right up to the day of your wedding, when they will happily arrive at your venue and dress you for your big day.

Established for 27 years, The Bridal Emporium is Exeter’s longest-established bridal, prom and occasion wear boutique aqnd it has something for every bride from modern glamour to vintage chic . Whatever the look you wish to achieve, they will help you to find ‘the one’.



14b Market Street, Tavistock PL19 0DB
Tel: 01822 610501
Email: [email protected]


Run by mother and daughter duo, Sue and Kate, Bridal Reloved specialises in sample and pre-owned high-end designer wedding dresses. The beautiful boutique on the edge of Dartmoor also offers a new range of Terra Bridal dresses for curvier brides in sizes 16 to 32. Just a two-minute walk from the centre of the town, there’s plenty of convenient parking in nearby car parks.




15 Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton
Tel: 01395 4443730


An array of vintage and antique bridal wear from the Victorian era right through to the 1970s: if you’re looking for something with a history, something with a difference or something to make a bridal statement, Days of Grace is the place for you.

Original vintage and vintage-style wedding dresses, veils and accessories.




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.



The House that Moved, 24 West Street, Exeter EX1 1BA
Tel: 01392 432643


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.



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.



2 Saltash Road, Keyham, Plymouth PL
Tel: 01752 558858


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.


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.