16 Affordable Wedding Dresses That Look Expensive

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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

ASOS BRIDAL Pintuck Shoulder Maxi Dress with Fishtail

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

Joan Dress

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

FOR LOVE & LEMONS Marguerite Floral Petal Gown

Ideal for the summer boho bride.

ASOS CURVE BRIDAL Tulle Maxi Prom Dress

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

WONDER BY JENNY PACKHAM Sheath V-Neck Wedding Dress with Floral Applique

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

WONDER BY JENNY PACKHAM Plus Size Crepe Sheath Wedding Dress

And it comes in extended sizing too!

Elizabeth and James Cowl Neck Dress with Fringe

For the woman who hates ballgowns.

If You Want to Spend Less Than $1,000

RIME ARODAKY Mara crepe de chine gown

For the minimalist who dreams of looking like Carolyn Bessette.

HEARTLOOM Andie Illusion Side Lace Mermaid Gown

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

SELF-PORTRAIT Primrose crepon-trimmed guipure lace gown

We love an elegant long sleeve dress and this one is particularly expensive-looking.

JENNY YOO Ashton Plunge Back A-Line Gown

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

If You Want to Spend Less Than $2,000

Katie May Sequins Naked Lanai Gown

Because you’re a minimalist who appreciates some sparkle.

Katie May Charleston Gown

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

OLEG CASSINI Pearl-Beaded V-Neck Mermaid Wedding Dress

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

Katie May Monaco Lace Dress

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

Watters Brides Daisy Corset and Cassua Skirt

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