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.
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
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
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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