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

  •   Fabulous shop, so so helpful a massive credit and fantastic new business for Whitley Bay xxx

    thumb Lyndsey Gillis-Merrilees
    1/19/2017

      I honestly can't thank Sophie enough, she definitely knows her dresses and they are all stunning, my daughter is going to look like a princess for Prom all thanks to Sophie at Just the way you are....perfect and flawless

    thumb Jo Bestford
    5/13/2017

      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

      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
  •   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

      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

      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

      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
  •   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

      Sophie literally made the experience of picking bridesmaids dresses, absolutely amazing service. Nothing was too much trouble, dresses are so beautiful. Thank you so much, can't wait for the big day! X

    thumb Jordan Nicholson
    4/12/2017

      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

      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 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

      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

      Got the dress of my dreams yesterday for my wedding... Felt special from the minute I walked in the shop, Sophie couldn't of been nicer to me and my party of friends.. I would highly recommend any plus size brides to visit this shop. Thank you again Sophie for making it such a lovely experience x x

    thumb Roslin Rose
    3/26/2017

      I visited Just The Way You Are with my daughter to look at prom dresses for her upcoming summer prom. From the moment we walked in Sophie was very welcoming and extremely helpful with advising Antonia on prom dresses. The shop had a very classic and inviting feeling which added to the shopping experience. The quality and varied selection of the dresses available were excellent and due to this Antonia found several stunning dresses which she tried on with the help of Sophie. After watching Antonia try on many beautiful dresses she finally decided on her perfect dress for prom. Nothing was a problem for Sophie who went out of her way to ensure Antonia got her dress ordered and measured her to the correct size. I would definitely recommend Sophie at Just The Way You Are. She was a truly lovely lady and very professional throughout our visit to the shop. We both look forward to coming in again and picking up her prom dress.

    thumb Alison Adie
    4/27/2017
  •   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

      Had an absolutely amazing morning trying on wedding dresses. The lady who owns the shop made us feel so welcome, felt totally comfortable being a plus size bride trying on loads of dresses. Would definitely recommend this place to other people. Can't wait to go back in a few months time.

    thumb Samantha-Jo Cessford
    4/06/2016

      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

      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
  •   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

      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

      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

      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
  •   Great experience. Had tried a cheaper shop but you pay for what you get and all the dresses are top quality. Had a great day it was also my birthday, Sophie even had some prosecco for me and myself and my bridemaids had a fab time. I can't wait to wear my dress in October! X

    thumb Kirstie Foster
    5/06/2016

      What a fantastic shop! It's so hard to find wedding dresses when your plus size. Sophie is so lovely,your shop is a credit to you xx

    thumb Gail Pallister
    2/18/2017

      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

      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
  •   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

      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

      Great business would highly recommend xx

    thumb Alice Broad
    2/19/2016

      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
  •   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

      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

      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

      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
  •   Amazing lady! Tried on a few dresses that she had ordered in for me and i was dissapointed to find i liked neither of them... however after explainin what i wanted and how i wanted to feel she picked out 'the dress' i tried it on and amazing!! Cant wait to go back and try it on again :) x

    thumb Emma Green
    3/21/2015

      Had a fantastic appointment to choose bridesmaid dresses. Managed to get 3 different dresses in 3 different colours and styles but get them to look great all together! Had a vision in mind and with this ladies help we managed to get them ordered and another thing ticked off my wedding to-do list! Thankyou for your patience and help, you are truly wonderful!

    thumb Laura Wing
    1/14/2017

      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

      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