Welcome to
Bessie Hays Bridal Boutique

wedding dress shop in durham

Based in the heart of
Chester Le Street, Durham

Serving Durham, County Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, Darlington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough

What to expect when you visit our Bridal boutique.

We are delighted to be open for business and our team are ready to help you find the dress to impress for your special day.

For the well-being of our brides and our staff, we have put the measures in place to ensure your visit to the boutique, is safe as possible, during these Covid-19 times. 


Flexible working hours, so please get in touch via phone, Facebook, Whatsapp. We are operating appointment ONLY visits.


We provide masks, if you do not have one and hand sanitizer is readily available.


Look forward to seeing you all.


Thanks, Julie x

"Selecting your wedding dress is more than just a fitting... it's a process, a memory in the making.".

Wedding dresses in Durham

Here at Bessie Hays Bridal Boutique, we have carefully chosen wedding dresses that suit every bride. We have a variety of styles and colours in stock. They are truly beautiful dresses.

We can accommodate the slimmest of ladies. Plus size brides are more than welcome in our beautiful, private boutique. Our wedding dresses are from size 6 up to size 34 and every size in between.

Wedding dresses are one of the most important purchases in your life and can make you feel like a real-life princess. Our range of dresses cater to every bride and are respectable of budget. We work with our customer to ensure they have the dress of their dreams for the big day.

"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades." 

Our prom dresses in durham

Proms are one of the most important events of your life. Your day will be full of memories that you will remember and cherish. You will want to look and feel amazing. Choosing your prom dress is an enjoyable, memorable experience. 

Bessie Hays Bridal Boutique stocks a variety of elegant prom dresses, available in a number of sizes and styles.  Again we understand budgets and cater for this within our range.

A visit to our beautiful, spacious boutique is highly recommended to view our eye dropping range of prom dresses. We offer 1 to 1 appointments and we provide exclusivity on all of our prom dress.

Call 07444 321908 or email us at info@bessiehaysboutique.co.uk to book your appointment today.


Our staff appreciate that choosing wedding dress can be a complex process and sometimes overwhelming. To help the process, we have come up with a list of FAQ’s that are almost every day. 

Here at Bessie Hays Bridal Boutique in Chester le Street, Durham we are not just a shop that sells dresses, we are a personal service with a passion and love of making all of our brides feel comfortable and relaxed. Our boutique is luxurious, spacious and welcoming.

If you have any questions about our wedding dresses or anything else, call us on 07444 321908. More than happy to help. 


You have accepted someone’s proposal of marriage and love is all around us. 


Congratulations!!! Sporting your beautiful engagement ring and with the good wishes of your friends and family still in the memory, the thought about your wedding dress will start to appear in your mind. Let’s be honest since you were a little girl you have dreamed of this moment – Choosing the “dress”!


Shopping for a wedding dress with your mother and closest friends is a memorable and fun experience. You will create moments that you will remember forever. Bear in mind, though; if you do not plan this essential activity, it will become tiring and very stressful.


So where do you begin? We here at Bessie Hays Bridal Boutique, we are here to help. Below you will find a comprehensive guide on planning the purchase of your extraordinary bridal gown, that make you look and feel like a princess. So let’s start!


Do your Research

Before you step foot into a bridal boutique, do yourself a favour – Research, research, research. In this day and age, we have Google.  Do some research on wedding dress trends and what budget you would like to set for your wedding dress.   It is essential to visit a wedding dress shop in person. 

Online purchases, which are potentially cheaper, don’t allow you to try on many different dresses. Something that looks good on the screen or a hanger may look completely different when you try it on.


Place your trust in the experts and visit the boutiques to try on the dress and enjoy the experience. Let the Wedding dress shop offer up some styles, within your budget. They do this every day of the week and will know what we will suit you.


Visiting the Bridal Boutique

Shopping for your wedding dress should be a memorable and enjoyable experience that you can share with your loved ones. Please do not feel stressed about this experience. We are all here to help you on your journey, in choosing the right dress that you would look amazing in on your wedding day.


Not every wedding dress store can carry every size and style of dress. Please ring ahead and ask about what sizes they have in stock. You will save everyone’s time by making a quick phone call.


Once you are at the shop, just relax and enjoy the experience of trying on different wedding dresses. Shopping for bridalwear is the ultimate shopping experience! What more can a girl ask for?


Choosing your dress


A word of advice. Follow your heart and try and be decisive.


If you find a dress you truly love, buy it. The temptation is to keep looking and looking and looking.  Problem with this is that it becomes overwhelming, which in turn becomes stressful


You worry you cannot find a dress for you and overthink the decision, leading to you to make the wrong decision or deciding nothing at all! 


So remember, if you love, buy it. It will serve you well on your wedding day


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