Just The Way You Are

Welcome to Just The Way You Are, the only bridal boutique in the North East dedicated to girls with curves. As a leading bridal shop in North Tyneside, we specialise in exquisite bridal gowns up to size 32 and stock designer collections by Callista, Bonny Bridal, Venus and many more.

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Here at Just The Way You Are, we can make your dress dreams come true, whether you're the bride, bridesmaid or looking for your perfect prom gown.

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Upcoming Events

Wedding Wonder Show - Stadium of Light, Sunderland

07th January 2018 - 07th January 2018
12:00 - 15:00
Sunderland Stadium of Light

We are exhibiting our bridal, bridesmaids and evening wear collections at this fabulous show by Belle Bridal. We can't wait to show you brides-to-be what we have to offer. We hope to see you there! xxx

Wedding Wonder Show - Wynyard Hall

21st January 2018 - 21st January 2018
12:00 - 15:00
Wynyard Hall

We are exhibiting our bridal, bridesmaids and evening wear collections at this fabulous show by Belle Bridal. We can't wait to show you brides-to-be what we have to offer. We hope to see you there! xxx

Wedding Wonder Show - Lumley Castle

04th February 2018 - 04th February 2018
12:00 - 15:00
Lumley Castle

We are exhibiting our bridal, bridesmaids and evening wear collections at this fabulous show by Belle Bridal. We can't wait to show you brides-to-be what we have to offer. We hope to see you there! xxx

  •   Sophie is the most perfect person you could wish for when looking for your dress. Being a plus size bride and having a few awful conversations on...'how big are you??' I was dreading trying dresses on when in fact at my first appointment I tried nearly every dress on in Sophies shop!! You made the whole experience everything I could have wished for and more and I felt amazing !! Thankyou Sophie I will be forever grateful xxx

    thumb Kate Soulsby
    1/19/2017

      Went and got my dress today 27 days till The big day thank you Sophie for your help didn't feel comfortable in other shops with being a plusize bride on the other hand love my dress lots thank you and I'll send you some pics after the day �

    thumb Sharnie Harrison
    7/23/2017

      I visited yesterday had no idea what I wanted, and so tried on almost every dress.. I got honest, professional feedback and advice, and felt comfortable the whole time, which considering a lot of the visit was spent in my underwater speaks volumes! Their are some stunning dresses here. I would highly recommend this shop :)

    thumb Charlie Ruth
    2/10/2017

      Love everything about this shop my tiara I got today is stunning. Sophie is so patient even though I took forever to pick between 3 lol fully recommend this shop - thanks again Sophie xxx

    thumb Melissa Hammond
    4/03/2015
  •   Love this place! Sophie is a true professional putting you at ease from the moment you set foot in the shop. I found my dress and was made to feel like a princess. Sophie was friendly and helpful and communication was fantastic. If you're looking for a dress that fits when you try it on and is stylish not old fashioned and frumpy this is the place to go! Thank you so much!!

    thumb K Leanne Hutch
    8/15/2017

      I cannot recommend this shop enough. I was slightly dreading wedding dress shopping, being both tall and plus size, and I knew it would be hard to try on dresses in a "normal" wedding dress shop. In fact, I only intended to try on dresses here to see what shapes I suited! But I was so impressed with the shop, the selection of styles, and how amazing Sophie is at putting you at ease with absolutely no pressure, I came back to buy my dress. I got so many compliments on the day and I felt amazing. Thank you, Sophie, I will recommend you til I am blue in the face! Pictures to follow.

    thumb Jaime Byrne
    8/29/2016

      A fantastic service you provided. Really hope the shop works put as you sooooo deserve it ☺ xx

    thumb Lisa Mccann
    4/14/2015

      Very professional, you are made to feel special from the minute you enter the shop

    thumb Morag Ross
    10/03/2015
  •   Beautiful shop with a stunning selection of plus size dresses. I've ordered my dress and am looking forward to popping in for a fitting soon. Would highly recommend this fantastic boutique.

    thumb Nicola Houlton
    3/21/2015

      Visited today and had a lovely experience. Sophie is such a nice person and really made us feel at ease. Her dresses are all stunning and really good value for money. I can't wait to go back and finally choose a beautiful dress.

    thumb Julie Wilkinson
    10/01/2015

      Before yesterday I had never tried any dresses on and was very nervous, but from the minute I walked through the door Sophie made me feel at ease. I didn't feel uncomfortable or awkward and I felt as if I'd known Sophie forever. There was a good selection of dresses to chose from and I tried on about 7 or 8 before finding 'the one'. For an experience I was dreading I couldn't have wished for anything better. I can't thank Sophie enough for helping me on my journey and can't wait to see my beautiful dress when it arrives! Thank you for helping me feel so beautiful in a wedding dress Sophie, something I never thought would be possible! X X X X

    thumb Zoey Siggens
    7/30/2016

      Such a lovely lady, so helpful and patient . Found the perfect dress from here and Sophie couldn't have done more . Thank you so much x

    thumb Sarah-ami McManus
    11/17/2015
  •   Cant thank sophie enough for the excellent service had a bit of a horror when first looking for wedding dress but found sophie at just the way you are done the 140mile round trip for the second time today but worth every minute as i have been made to feel special and found the perfect dress for me doesnt matter what your size is sophie makes you feel so welcome and at ease � ���

    thumb Stephanie Bebbington
    5/27/2017

      What a beautiful person and place! Sophie is a true star and will do anything to help us curvier ladies realise our true potential as brides! Cannot thank her enough for the amazing service she gave and would recommend her and her salon to anyone who feels like the other bridal shops just don't seem care about us bigger girls. I found the most amazing dress and feel very beautiful in it. It's a very special place xx

    thumb Lesley Mitton
    10/31/2015

      I had my appointment with Sophie this morning and after a string of bad experiences I can safely say I was made to feel fantastic! She went above and beyond and took the time to get to know what I was looking for. I found the most beautiful dress that I can not wait to purchase! I will be recommending this place to anyone who will listen Thank you so much!

    thumb Gill Haynes
    6/15/2016

      My daughter had an appointment to try prom dresses this morning what a fab time we had , the lady who owns the store was amazing and made us feel very comfortable loved the fact that my daughter was not limited to a certain amount of dresses to try on like a lot of prom dress shops choose to do , and we found the perfect dress 100% recommend and we will be back for our younger daughter for her mini prom before the end of school year

    thumb Jemma Savory
    2/13/2016
  •   Great business would highly recommend xx

    thumb Alice Broad
    2/19/2016

      Just bought a beautiful dress to wear for a ball in a few weeks time. Would just like to say, thank you so much, and would highly recommend "Just The Way You Are" Sophie will help you choose the right dress for you. She is so helpful, friendly. Makes you feel really comfortable and knows what will suit you. Thank you so much Sophie xxx

    thumb Karen Hall
    2/27/2017

      Brilliant! Amazing to have a bridal shop for gorgeous plus size women. Sophie is am amazing person. Happy to help in anyway she can. She is an inspiration to plus size girls. The perfect place to find a perfect plus size gown!

    thumb Amy Stephenson
    4/27/2015

      One of the best bridal shops I have ever been in. Just goes to show the difference between a boutique style independent business over the cheaper outlets. The quality of the dresses is streets ahead and prices so very reasonable. The personal service you receive is faultless from Sophie. You made my day and the whole experience wonderful. Cannot recommend highly enough.

    thumb Catriona Grycuk
    8/14/2017
  •   Being plus size, i was always dreading going wedding dress shopping. I'd heard countless horror stories about shops offering bad customer service, about samples not fitting and brides being left feeling rubbish. When I heard about Just the way you are I knew it would be the place id find my dress. Sophie is absolutely amazing, she's just the person you need when looking for a dress. Theres plenty of variety and styles. I tried 5 dresses on and chose my perfect dress. Thank you Sophie for being calm, collected, friendly, approachable and definitely not judgemental. You made the experience what it should be. Good luck in your new home in Whitley Bay xx

    thumb Sophie Usher
    2/11/2017

      I was dreading the hunt for my perfect dress! Being plus size and hearing horror stories about people getting stuck in dresses or being treated badly etc didn't help. But how wrong could I have been! Sophie made me feel calm and relaxed and I actually loved the whole experience! There was no judgement or awkwardness, it's nice to find a place that recognises that bigger people have feelings too and just because you're bigger doesn't mean you shouldn't be made to feel special, especially when buying such an important outfit. Not only did I find my perfect dress but I also found the perfect shop and the perfect person to help me find it. Thank you Sophie!!!

    thumb Laura Wilson
    8/04/2017

      Came to see my dress today and I'm overwhelmed at how perfect it is! Beautiful shop with a fab owner! Can't recommend enough �� xx THANK YOU XX

    thumb Melissa Titterington
    3/11/2017

      What am amazing experience, I felt pampered and fussed and really welcomed. Loads of dresses for ladies who are bigger than a 14 in a fantastic array of styles. I would absolutely recommend Sophie to anyone. I found my dress elsewhere and am gutted that I'm not taking my journey with Sophie, she made me feel fab!

    thumb Nancy Burn-Hamilton
    3/12/2016
  •   What a lovely young lady and what a beautiful shop. She made the whole experience painless and nothing is a bother. Good luck with your shop you deserve to be there for years to come. Ladies if you want to try a dress on without having to imagine what it would look like ....this is the place for you. As they say use her or lose her and if the latter it would be a travesty. Thank you x

    thumb Angela Hannon
    9/06/2015

      Today we went to just the way you are (me and my best friend also engaged) we were made to feeling welcome straight away and felt perfectly comfortable the whole time. The lady was so nice couldn't do enough for us answered all of our questions and acted like a friend more than a member of staff! Cannot recommend highly enough please please please go to this shop!

    thumb Antonia Dawn Seymour
    1/11/2017

      Can't recommend Sophie and her lovely bridal boutique enough! Such a lovely experience with the most helpful and genuine owner. So blessed to have found this place!

    thumb Sam Antha
    8/27/2016

      Absolutely amazing shop and owner i was made to feel comfortable from the minute i walked in the door i didnt feel plus size i just felt like a bride :) highly reccomend this shop

    thumb Jody Robb
    2/23/2015
  •   I cannot thank the lovely shop owner of this place enough, there are not many places that go above and beyond with no pressure still on buying. I saw an incredibly beautiful dress in the new collection that will not be in the shop until September but that would be too late to order for my wedding so the shop owner arranged for me to have a fitting in a sample dress that she usually sees before ordering for the shop. ❤️

    thumb Theresa Johnston
    5/19/2016

      Great service and advice. I will be back soon. Thank you.

    thumb Julie Partis
    3/11/2017

      Would highly recommend you to visit Sophie. She makes you feel so comfortable and at ease and the gowns are absolutely gorgeous. Thankyou Sophie. X

    thumb Marcia Monnelly
    5/22/2017

      Being a bigger girl I was always apprehensive of the idea of trying to find a dress and actually enjoy the experience. Anyone who isnt big can quite easily walk into a boutique, try on the samples and have a clear idea of what they will look like on their special day. Before going to Just The Way You Are I had some awful experiences. I walked into the boutique full of dread but wow, what a difference. Not only was Sophie beyond welcoming and lovely, she immediately put me at ease, got to know me and made me feel special. Something every woman deserves to feel regardless of their size. I knew she wanted to help me and wanted to share the journey of finding THE dress. There were no false pretence with Sophie, something that I felt with all the other women that helped me in other boutiques. I really cannot put into words how amazing my experience was today. Not only did I find the dream dress, I left feeling amazing and confident. I haven't stopped smiling because after all this time looking for a dress and being squeezed into small sizes and being constantly told "just imagine it in your size," my body, shape and size was embraced. Thank you so much Sophie, you really have made this experience so special for me and for that I will always be grateful. For anyone that lacks confident, who are curvy and scared about finding your wedding dress, PLEASE go to here because honestly you will be made to feel perfect, just the way you are. <3

    thumb Jodie Matuszewski
    7/02/2016
  •   Absolutely lovely lady and so helpful. Very professional and I would 100% recommend this shop to everyone size 16 or above. You made me feel very special and it was great to try on real size dresses. Thanx you. Xxx

    thumb Lisa O'Brien Adi
    10/18/2015

      Came in with my sister in law to be and the other two bridesmaids this morning. What a fantastic time we had! Our dresses our so elegant and classy :) can't wait til they are ready to pick up x

    thumb Kathryn Jane Watson
    3/12/2016

      I've had two beautiful gowns for corporate events and will definitely be back for another for the 2017 North East Equality Awards. The customer service is outstanding, Sophie goes above and beyond for all her customers. The bridal, bridesmaids, prom and evening gowns are all stunning-well worth a visit, you won't be disappointed �

    thumb Andrea Johnson
    3/09/2017

      Found my perfect dress today,Sophie is so lovely and makes you feel very comfortable ,has lots of time for you ,would highly recommend this lovely shop x

    thumb Leanda Clark
    2/03/2016
  •   Cannot thank you enough! You listened to what I wanted and gave me the opportunity to explore different styles. After trying on a few dresses you pulled the "PERFECT" dress! MY dress! So so so excited! You've also give me the opportunity to pay my dress up, I'm made up. My amazing bridesmaids were raving about you all the way home"! Xxxxx Thank you so much! ❤️❤️

    thumb Kirsten Cameron
    8/04/2015

      Fantastic service ! Being plus size I knew my dress choice would be limited but Sophie made me feel like a princess . I bought my dress off the peg as only had 3 months til the wedding , Sophie nearly had a stroke .. but it was my dream dress and I looked bloody amazing ! Thank you so much xx

    thumb Tina Thompson
    5/26/2017

      Absolutely lovely lovely lady. Very helpful & genuine. Very professional would recommend to the world. Found the dress of my dreams. Thanx you. Xxx

    thumb Rachel McCann Parkin
    4/04/2015

      This dress shop is amazing! As a 'plus size' bride I was putting off going shopping after an awful experience with my friend when she was looking. Sophie was so lovely and their range was fab - I ended up leaving with a smile on my face feeling just like a princess!

    thumb Alexis Pearson
    10/10/2016