At Prudence Gowns, we have been helping brides to be from both Devon and Cornwall to find their perfect wedding dress for over 30 years.
With shops in both Plymouth and Exeter, accessing our range of wedding gowns from Cornwall is easier than you think! If you are travelling from Cornwall by either car or train, you can reach either of our shops within two hours - more than enough time for a day spent with our specialist team to help you find that perfect wedding dress before your return trip back to Cornwall.
If you are looking for a wedding dress in St Austell, why not visit one of our stores? You can reach the Plymouth shop within an hour by road and the Exeter shop is a further 40 minutes along the A38. With the new road links, Truro is not actually that much different, with Plymouth being only an hour and 15 minutes away by car, so if you are looking for a wedding dress in Truro, our shops are also a viable option. The same goes for if you are searching for a wedding dress in Newquay, the travel time to our Plymouth shop is a touch above an hour away.
If travelling by train, our Plymouth shop is a short 10 minute journey from Plymouth train station and our Exeter shop is just 5 minutes from Exeter Central train station and with taxi’s waiting outside both stations, it ensures your journey will be pleasant and hassle free. With regular rail links from Cornwall, provided by Great Western Railway, travelling to Prudence Gowns on the train is a feasible option. You also have the added benefit of being able to drink bubbly!
Our expert staff dedicate at least an hour and half to each and every bridal appointment as we know that choosing a wedding dress can be an overwhelming experience.
Prudence Gowns bridal Gowns, from Designers such as Maggie Sottero, Sottero and Midgley,Sincerity, Justin Alexander, Mori Lee, Ronald Joyce, Pronovias 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.
The dresses are available to view in store, however it is advisable to make an appointment with a Bridal Stylist so that Prudence Gowns can help your journey to find your perfect dress.
We look forward to welcoming you to our shops and helping you find your dream wedding dress.
The Team at Prudence Gowns
Finding the perfect wedding venue is one of the most important tasks of planning your wedding day. Arrange to view potential places when you have plenty of time and when you know exactly what you want your venue to provide. That means knowing the proposed wedding date, the number of guests, your budget and an idea of your overall style for your wedding day.
The venues listed below are all based on recommendations from Prudence Gowns Brides To Be!
Shilstone is a fully licensed wedding venue in Devon, providing fantastic opportunities for both civil ceremonies and receptions. Offering an excellent selection of indoor space as well as a number of sheltered spaces outdoors; Shilstone gives you and your guests the freedom to celebrate both inside and out in complete exclusivity. No other wedding venue in Devon can provide the number of options in or tailor your day in the way you want.
With such flexibility throughout the house and grounds you can truly make your wedding unique here at Mamhead. The estate is comprised of the house and castle, Italian style terrace, sunken gardens designed by Lancelot “capability” Brown and a sprawling 164 acres of land.
Surrounded by stunning scenery and beautiful countryside, Woodbury Park is by the far one of the best backdrops and perfect settings for romantic Devon weddings. If you choose to hold a wedding at Woodbury Park you will not be disappointed, expect the red carpet treatment, top class service and cuisine made with the best local produce that Devon can offer. Ideal for intimate ceremonies and extravagant wedding receptions, you’ll find a wide selection of function rooms, private function rooms and menus to cater for every taste.
We know how much your wedding day means to you and what it will say about you. That’s why our dedicated team of experts and partners will go the extra mile to create a day full of the magic and romance such a special occasion deserves.
The Duke of Cornwall, Plymouth’s very first luxury hotel, has been the setting for many momentous weddings over the years. Its grand, elegant and welcoming rooms will be the perfect setting for the first day of your married life.
The Oak Barn is a stunning wedding venue in the heart of rural Devon. It features a medieval style hall that will seat up to 90 guests, a large lounge and modern kitchen. There are landscaped gardens with lawns and terraces, surrounded by beautiful Devon countryside and the gardens are overlooked by the medieval parish church of St Andrews.
If you are looking for a wedding with a difference, why not get married in the barn itself? The Oak Barn is a licensed venue for all civil ceremonies and services can be held in the main chamber. This great historic barn and farm provide the perfect backdrop for all types of weddings – from the very sophisticated to the quirky and informal – it’s your choice!
For your wedding in Plymouth, St Elizabeth's House has to be one of the most romantic hotels to choose for your civil ceremony and wedding reception.
St Elizabeth's beautifully landscaped gardens and sweeping lawns offers the perfect backdrop for memorable pictures and a casual setting for a pre-dinner wedding reception.
The most important day of your life deserves the perfect setting and there's nowhere better than our picture perfect, 17th Century manor house, quietly tucked away in its secluded valley.
Celebrate your marriage at Buckland Tout- Saints Hotel, one of Devon’s most enchanting wedding venues. You can be assured that your day will be unique, as we tailor specifically to your needs. Our dedicated wedding team will assist you every step of the way. We’ll be here to take the stress away and ensure your dreams come true, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your special day.
Our experienced wedding team will assist with every detail so you can relax, enjoy the celebrations and create lasting memories to cherish forever. We have three licensed rooms for civil ceremonies and can cater for between 20 and 160 guests. Included in the Wedding Packages with our compliments, a suite for the Bride and Groom's wedding night and their full English breakfasts. Also included are: a red carpet arrival, square or round cake stand and knife, room hire for your Wedding Breakfast and the services of our dedicated Banqueting Manager.
The landscaped grounds and parkland surrounding Boringdon Hall are a stunning backdrop for your wedding day. Importantly, Boringdon Hall doesn’t depend on good weather and is as striking in the rain as it is under blue skies! Dramatic and passionate, the Elizabethan manor house is an extremely versatile wedding venue.
Our historic and atmospheric building, and our perfect location on a leafy riverbank in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, create a memorable backdrop. You’re welcome to enjoy our romantic gardens, or perhaps take a stroll down to the riverbank or across our bridge for some captivating photos.
It is difficult to imagine a more romantic wedding location in South Devon than Langdon Court, the quintessential English Manor nestled in the rolling South Hams Countryside with a stunning Jacobean garden and lakeside setting.
From the moment you enter the sweeping drive adorned with wild flowers to your first glimpse of the beautiful house you will be enraptured by the tranquil beauty and elegance that is Langdon Court.
Lakeview Manor is a privately owned old style country manor house hotel set in 45 acres of pristine gardens and beautiful parkland with two ornamental ponds, and two fully stocked fishing lakes. Our secluded 17 bedroom hotel in Dunkeswell offers unsurpassed peace and tranquility in which you can relax enjoy your stay. All our rooms have en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities, and include free internet access. Lakeview Manor makes every effort to ensure that our guests stay is thoroughly enjoyable and memorable.
Our utterly delectable 18th Century Georgian House near Exeter is licensed for civil ceremonies and is perfect for exclusive use weddings in Devon, accommodating up to 60 wedding guests in the main house for intimate celebrations and up to 210 wedding guests in our showstopping Orangery. Wonderful whatever the season, you can tie the knot in our secluded secret garden, surrounded by wild flowers; inside our vintage-chic country house; or in the light and bright Orangery with its toasty underfloor heating and ambient lighting. And as the night comes to a close, you can say a fond farewell to all your loved ones and spend your first night of wedded bliss in our luxury treehouse.
An idyllic setting nestled on the southern slopes of Dartmoor National Park, set within the 90 acres of grounds and gardens of the River Dart Country Park, the House is an idyllic venue for your dream Devon wedding.
Since becoming a hotel in 1996, Kitley House has been the favoured Wedding Venue in Plymouth and South Devon for many couples and their guests. We can accommodate guests within the house or in marquee accommodation in our formal gardens.
Thanks to its secluded location and intimate surroundings Kitley is the ideal setting for such a special occasion. We are licensed to conduct both Civil Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships. Our lovely setting is perfect for this most memorable of days and with the option of indoor and outdoor ceremony locations your wedding will be suited to you.
Castle Hill is the most romantic Devon wedding venue. It has a timeless elegance that makes it a magical place for a civil wedding ceremony and reception. Set amid follies, temples and lakes... and with distant vistas across the valley to The Triumphal Arch, it is hard to imagine a wedding venue that offers such charm.
Kelly and her mum decided to take the train and have a day trip to Exeter wedding dress shopping! Kylie and Kelly had sooooo much fun trying on a varity of dresses and then one dress in particular stood out head and shoulders above the rest!
After a couple of days pondering, Kelly just knew that she had found her dream wedding dress, she had her second appointment with Kylie this week and said Yes To The Dress! We really can not wait to see your wedding photos and hear all about your wedding day!
After a fruitless search in Northern Ireland, Chantelle decide to hop on a plane from Belfast City Airport with her mum, mother in law to be, her cousin and her daughter and take the short flight across to Exeter in the hope to find her dream dress for her wedding next June.
Chantelle's first appointment was in our Exeter store, she tried numerous styles from Ronald Joyce, Victoria Jane, Pronovias and Nicole Spose to name but a few, she narrowed it down to three but as Chantelle had made the trip from Lurgan, Northern Ireland she was not going to leave any dress unturned and made the trip to Plymouth just to make sure that the perfect dress wasn't hiding there!
Today, Chantelle tried stunning wedding gowns from Maggie Sottero, Sottero and Midgley and Mori Lee in our Plymouth store! After much deliberating, she said Yes To The Dress....but you will just have to wait until next June to hear which wedding gown stole her heart!
We have added more wedding dresses to our Sale Rail! With prices from as little as £99 surely a sneaky peak is a good starting point! To view these styles click here
If you like a particular dress complete the request an appointment section below and we shall see you very soon for some fun!
On 30th April 2016 Stacy Williams finally said 'I Do' to her handsome groom, Christian Chambers!
After two years of planning their dreaming wedding Stacy and Christian married in the imposing St Michael & Angels Exeter. Stacy chose a navy theme with a whisper of pink which complimented Christians military uniform perfectly. With little accents dotted throughout the church and venue it certainly added to a spectacular wedding day which was enjoyed by all!
After trying copious amounts of wedding dresses, Stacy firstly said 'I Do' to her fabulous Mori Lee Ashleigh wedding gown which is selcted in all ivory. Having worked in bridal for 14 years, Stacy has a keen eye for detail so we knew that she would have to add her own little twist to her chosen wedding gown! She choose Mori Lee diamante encrusted straps which were stitched in to her dress, then she fell in love with the delicate cornflower belt detail from Love It So much, finished off with her lace trimmed veil and twinkling tiara she was all set for the Big Day!
5 dresses to suit your body shape
Finding the perfect dress to flatter your figure is no mean feat. Here are five dresses from Prudence Gowns which offer an indication of the shapes and styles to go for.
With so many dress options at your disposal, it is no wonder that brides find settling on the perfect dress so stressful. Here to help, Prudence Gowns features five of our dresses, with advice on styles to suit your shape.
If you are bottom heavy, then your small bust and waist should be highlighted. Princess dresses, like this Ronald Joyce ‘Eiliyah’ design serves to accentuate your daintiest assets by nipping in at the waist and featuring lace detailing to really enhance your delicacy on top.
Characterised by broad shoulders and lithe limbs, the athletic body shape should steer clear of fussy gowns and opt for something that balances your proportions. A slim figure can look great in a fishtail like this Stella York ‘Bianca’ dress, which shows off toned arms with a sweetheart neckline and emphasises a thin waist, providing flare at the hem to settle body ratios.
Killer curves should be celebrated and a figure-hugging dress such as this Maggie Sottero ‘Emma’ creation is simple and stunning to let your shape do all the talking. Cap sleeves ensure balance above the neckline, while an elegant embellished train offers interest.
A top heavy frame will usually want to add weight to their bottom and thighs. As such, the Sincerity ‘Saoirse’ dress serves to offer volume from the waist down, while slimming arms and bust with demure detailing at the neckline.
If you have a small bust and bottom, with little definition at the waist, then a dress that offers a feminine silhouette will do just the trick. The fun and flirty House of Mooshki ‘Claire’ dress is a real showstopper with a frothy tulle skirt that won’t swamp you. A duck egg blue bow belt and lace bodice will add the illusion of curves without detracting from your petite frame.
Well what more can I say apart from the fact that we were both blown away by these stunning wedding gowns! The dresses below are just a little taster of what is to come to our Plymouth store, as not all the images have been released as yet but as soon as I can post them they will be on our website for all to see!
Sincerity 3925 shall be arriving later this summer, we have ordered this style in a UK14 and UK22.
Sincerity 3928 shall be arriving this summer in a UK12 and UK18.
Justin Alexander 8852 shall be arriving in two sizes in the summer, UK10 and UK20.
Justin Alexander 8857 shall be arriving later this summer in a UK16
Justin Alexander 8863 shall be arriving in UK16 later this summer!
Justin Alexander 8870 shall be arriving later this summer in a UK14
During May we shall be offering a Discount of 15% off all new orders placed for Ronald Joyce and Victoria Jane! If you would like to book an appointment to view these collections in our Exeter store please either complete the Request an Appointment form through the button below or call us on 01392 495729.
Appointment Information +
How many people can I bring with me?
We ask you to limit your guests to 3 people - this means every bottom will have a seat during your appointment. As much as we all love opinions, over the years we have found that 3 is just right without causing the bride too much confusion!
For brides with a true entourage we ask you to stick to weekday appointment where you can truly spread out - often with the store to yourself!
Now, we are the first to want a cuddle and many of our consultants are kiddied up themselves…However, at weekends we have a strict no under 12 policy - it hurts us because they can be gorgeous but we are just too busy to accommodate your kiddies.
During the week we will welcome them with open arms and we will try to help you keep them amused as much as possible but please keep in mind we are a bridal boutique and not a “safe” zone for playing in. We also ask for calmness and respect for others, there may be other brides and their families in the shop, who have the right to enjoy a very special emotional moment without interruption.
How long are the appointments?
We try to give you as long as we can - we will always allow 1 hour and 30 minutes for our time with you to really focus on your Bridal consultation, however, during the week we may be able to extend this a little when we are really getting into our stride!
We do a variety of other appointment options as well,
Bridal Retry - for when you are popping back with a dress in your head you cannot stop thinking about - this is 1 hour long
Trying your Own Gown - appointments to try on your own gown once it arrives are 1 hour long, you are more than welcome to try on any accessories that you have purchased during this appointment.
Bridesmaids - these run in 1 hour slots where you have all our bridesmaid dresses to choose from.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Just yourself and a smile!
We provide all the dresses (obviously) but along with that we offer the shoes, veil etc and will help fit the gowns to you.
If you have a special pair of shoes - please feel free to bring those along.
We do suggest white or nude underwear, unless you have some fabulous pants with super heroes on to show off!
Strapless bras can help but not essential.
We request no fake tan as our dresses need to be kept in pristine condition for future brides to try on.
Can I take photographs?
Ok tough one……
Unfortunately, due to copyrights our designers are not fond of their dresses being snapped, therefore, we have tablets in store on which we can take photos of your favourites but we do ask that you keep in mind - you may be a size 10 in a size 16 gown that has been in store for 6 months - this will not shimmer and fit like your new order gown nor will a tablet capture the true look you will have. Try therefore to remember the feeling you have in a gown and not rely on images.
Tips for getting the most from your appointment
Try to arrive no earlier than 5 minutes to your appointment as we can get a little crowded but equally we only have a finite amount of time so please do try to understand if you arrive late we cannot always extend your appointment time to accommodate
Ask loads of questions - we are here to help - use us!
The more information we can get from you and the more questions you ask us the more helpful and advisory we can be when it comes to offering you gowns you may not have thought of - 9 times out of 10 it’s a gown you would never look at twice on the rail that just works when it’s on!
Don’t expect to fall in love straight away!
This sounds an odd thing to say but not every bride has that moment when she bursts into tears and cries that she found THE ONE!
More often than not you have tried on so many dresses that you have it down to 1 or 2 you like and it’s your favourite from that selection
We do love a good cry in store and if a mum or nan starts us off we will sob with the best of them but if you are a more logical non emotional person you may just be more practical about your appointment and not blub at the right moment
Don’t worry though, it doesn’t mean that you’re not doing it right it just means you are not prone to public displays of emotion and that’s ok too!