16 Affordable Wedding Dresses That Look Expensive

I just got married in August and I know all too well the struggle of trying to find a beautiful wedding dress that won’t make you cry when you look at the price tag. And from my experience as a bridal editor, I always beg friends who are getting married to never try a dress you can’t afford — it’s not worth it. Whether you want something well under $500 or you have a little more to spend, you can find a (relatively) cheap wedding dress that looks expensive. From minimalist slips to dramatic mermaid styles to full tulle gowns, here’s our favorites for looking your best on your big day — without blowing your budget.

If You Want to Spend Less Than $500

The trick to an inexpensive dress? Keep the embellishment to a minimum.


Here’s a classic column shape that’s very affordable.

Ignore the “prom” description — this makes for a very lovely wedding dress.

Kate Middleton’s go-to red carpet designer has a very affordable, stylish line at David’s Bridal.

If You Want to Spend Less Than $1,000

For the minimalist who dreams of looking like Carolyn Bessette.

Want delicate lace? It’ll cost you but this is a nice option under $1,000.

A big skirt and long train will guarantee a dramatic entrance.

If You Want to Spend Less Than $2,000

Because you’re a minimalist who appreciates some sparkle.

All the drama of the gown, without swallowing up your figure.

At just over $1000, this is a great deal considering it has shimmery embroidery and gauzy layers.

Alençon lace (one of the more expensive types of lace) covers the bodice of this elegant gown.

So you want a dreamy gown worthy of Say Yes to the Dress? This is it.

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16 Affordable Wedding Dresses That Look Expensive