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You’ve probably dreamed of this moment since you were little and now it’s finally here. Shopping for your wedding dress is an exciting time in your life and it’s a great excuse to get your favourite people together again.

The North East is central to some of the most gorgeous bridal boutiques in the UK, so we’ve decided to round up 12 of our favourites.

Before you start booking appointments at your favourite boutique here’s 17 things every bride needs to know before wedding dress shopping.

12 Best Bridal Boutiques in the North East

The Wedding Dress Company

A little piece of bridal heaven, the Wedding Dress Company in Northumberland is a lavish and relaxing bridal boutique. Decorated in soft creams and greys with French style furniture, crystal chandeliers and deep luxurious carpet, the boutique is truly magical.

Designed for the style savvy bride, the boutique stocks a fashionable and unique mix of dresses from award-winning, world-renowned designers.

Who they stock: Stella York, Enzoani, Maggie Sottero, La Sposa

Where to find them: 1 Tynedale Mews, Market Place, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5NH

Wedding Dress Company

The Wedding Dress Company

Happily Ever After

A bridal boutique designed with every bride in mind. Happily Ever After bridal boutique based in Darlington stocks an assorted range of wedding dresses including a mix of vintage & lace, modern & traditional, tea length & destination and princess.

Carrying over 100 wedding dresses from award-winning designers with sizes ranging from 8-24, every type of bride is thought about at Happily Ever After.

The friendly and caring staff prioritise the positive experience of wedding dress shopping and ensure your time with them is as easy, enjoyable and stress-free as possible. The store also provides a friendly and flexible service of high quality to suit every bride’s requirements.

Who they stock: Maggie Sottero, Nicola Anne Couture, Mon Cheri, Martin Thornberg Plus

Where to find them: 101 Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RZ

Find more information about Happily Ever After and book your appointment today.

Caroline Joyce Couture Gowns

Located in the heart of the North East of England, Caroline Joyce Couture Gowns is a bridal boutique that focuses on the needs of every bride in every shape and size. Catering for all sizes, the boutique ensures that every bride will be able to find a sample gown in their size that they can try on.

The boutique operates on an appointment basis, where your party has the entire boutique to yourselves for two hours so that you can fully enjoy the experience.

Who they stock: Victoria Kay, Veromia, Sacha James

Where to find them: R5, Westoe Crown Village, Sea Winnings Way, South Shields NE33 3PE

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Blush Bridal

Located on the busy high street of market town Bourne, Blush Bridal has everything that a bride to be would ever need. From a choice of over 50 bridal gowns to an array of elegant veils and gorgeous shoes, this boutique the perfect all-in-one-destination.

No appointment is necessary which means you are free to come in and browse at any time. However, the consultants do recommend you make an appointment during Saturdays and busy times to avoid disappointment.

Who they stock: Justin Alexander, Rebecca Ingram, Sincerity Bridal

Where to find them: 19 North Street, Bourne, PE10 9AE

Mia Sposa Bridal Boutique

Multi award winning boutique Mia Sposa is an independent, family run bridal boutique. The boutique has over 15 years’ experience helping brides in the North East and although styles and designers have changed over this time, their philosophy has remained the same.

The boutique offers a friendly, personal service right up to the brides wedding day, including an option of being styled on the day. The incredible team of dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable ladies will assist from the first visit and in addition, the boutique includes their own in-house alteration service, which is vital to ensure a perfect fit.

Who they stock: Justin Alexander, Pronovias, Lillian West, Mark Lesley

Where to find them: 18 Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4HZ

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Leigh Hetherington Bridal Wear

Leigh established her own bridal boutique back in 2001 after working for several years designing and creating couture ladies wear. Realising there was an opening for a couture bridal boutique in the North East, Leigh and her boutique have gone from strength to strength.

The boutique has a relaxing and friendly feel with trained assistants that will help you choose your dream dress from their collection of stylish gowns.

Leigh Hetherington Bridal Wear is renowned for meticulous workmanship, attention to detail and beautiful fabrics that are sourced worldwide from some of the most exquisite fabric houses.

Who they stock: Leigh Hetherington, Wtoo by Watters, Rembo Styling

Where to find them: 7, Old Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7JG

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Wedding Wardrobe

The friendly and relaxing bridal boutique Wedding Wardrobe, located in County Durham, is a great place to find your dream wedding gown. With a team of experienced and talented consultants, you will receive honest and caring advice that will help you choose your perfect dress.

Individually tailored for every bride, Wedding Wardrobe bridal boutique focuses on finding you a gown that matches with your personality and style.

It’s easy to see why brides travel all over the North East to visit this boutique!

Who they stock: Maggie Sottero, Tina Valerdi, Callista

Where to find them: 7 West Ln, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3HJ

Sì Bridal & Co

Sì Bridal & Co opened its doors four and a half years ago with the purpose of offering something a little different to North East brides. Stocking only the best Haute Couture designers, fashion-forward designs and high-quality collections, the boutique soon became the go-to place for modern brides.

At the beginning of 2018 the boutique moved to a luxurious, high-end shop in the heart of Newcastle city centre and since then more and more brides have come to visit – including international brides!

With a contemporary and unique take on wedding fashion and stocking only bespoke, one of a kind gowns, it is clear to see why this boutique is so popular.

Who they stock: Liri Bridal, Milla Nova, Ida Torez,

Where to find them: F1, 20 Great N Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PS

Si Bridal

Si Bridal

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Y.A.P Bridal Boutique

Multi-award winning boutique Y.A.P Bridal is one of the most exquisite bridal boutiques in the North East. Located in busy Newcastle upon Tyne this boutique offers a unique bridal experience that stems from the beliefs of a family who know the importance of love, friendship and marriage.

The boutique has a strong focus on making you feel you most confident when it comes to your big day and make the journey to the perfect dress as stress-free as possible.

Who they stock: Rosa Clara, Maggie Sottero, Ian Stuart, Rebecca Ingram

Where to find them: Mary's, 8-9 Saint Mary's Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7PG

YAP Bridal

YAP Bridal

The Blue Bow Bridal Company

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. The Blue Bow Bridal Company in Durham is a stunning boutique that has been lovingly planned and thought out.

The boutique is stocked with an array of award-winning dresses and accessories to reflect each individual style and budget, from fashion-forward and contemporary to timeless and classically elegant.

There is an excellent team of consultants on hand to guide you every step of the way with as much or as little help as required. This boutique is a go-to for any bride in the North East.

Who they stock: Stella York, Ronald Joyce, Enzoani

Where to find them: Durham DH1 1AR

North East Bridal Boutique

Truly Madly Deeply Bridal

Truly Madly Deeply is a true all-rounder, that stocks up to 150 gowns at any one time. This boutique is both a high-end bridal shop stocking the newest collection and an outlet shop, giving you the best of both worlds.

The boutique stocks many types of dresses including unique and quirky styles and also traditional gowns.

Who they stock: Rebecca Ingram

Where to find them: 14 Front St, Whitley Bay NE25 8DF

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Bridal Oasis

Established in June 2008, Bridal Oasis is an award-winning bridal boutique. Stocking a large selection of gowns, the boutique has been designed to be spacious. With a large open shop floor and two large changing room, there is plenty of room to find your perfect dress.

Back in 2014, the boutique won the Goole & Howdenshire business award for service and overall business and it’s easy to see why. The dedicated and supportive team will look after you from booking the appointment right through to your wedding day.

Who they stock: Morilee, Art Couture, Sincerity Bridal

Where to find them: Fourth Ave, Goole DN14 6JE

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