Under-$1K Wedding Dresses That Don’t Look Cheap

It's your big day, but you don't need to spend big to enjoy it. A sophisticated look isn't just for brides with major bucks in the bank. We budgeted ourselves $1,000 and turned up dozens of bridal options we'd happily recite vows in; the cheapest sets us back just $40. 

These aren't strictly knee-length, City Hall-appropriate numbers, either. (Though we have plenty of those, too.) In addition to a selection of sweet LWDs, you can shop tons of floor-grazing frocks that will leave you looking and feeling like the belle of the ball. Here's to you and your boo putting those precious pennies to better use — you know, like planning the ultimate getaway or even (gasp!) buying a house.
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Off to City Hall with you!
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A little Gwyneth inspiration for the big day is A-okay, in our book.
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"Short and sweet" doesn't even begin to describe this halter-neck Cameo number.
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The black bows at the shoulders give this seersucker dress a little edge.
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Jarlo's button-placket front is very Elizabeth Bennet, don't you think?
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We're in love...with this dress.
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Guipure peplum "petals" for the fashion-forward bride.
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Cutouts make this dress perfect for outdoor summer weddings.
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Simple but elegant.
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Cascading chiffon petals give this gown an ethereal feel.
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The high boatneck is very Audrey.
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The full, bouncy skirt and cutout back make this a perfect dress to change into for your reception — and, presumably, to dance the night away in.
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Why keep it traditional when you have Maticevski hanging in your closet?
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The sun never sets on a badass bride in leopard-print oxfords.
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Ruffles to the max.
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Carven kills it with its off-the-shoulder neckline.
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Fancy fringe for your bodice.
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A little surprise awaits you at the back of this frock.
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This strapless gown's sweetheart neckline adds a romantic, sexy touch.
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For if you're keeping the ceremony casual.
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The embroidered-fan lace gives an otherwise simple maxi-dress something extra-special.
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Say your vows in a deep V.
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This Tibi dress' dropped waist and midi-length hem offer a retro look.
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Keep it sporty, with a subtle trace of neon (and lots of mesh).
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Feel like a princess — without looking like a cupcake.
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Asymmetric-hem lovers, right this way...
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"Pearl-coloured silk crepe de chine" — a.k.a. music to our ears.
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The square neckline creates a romantic, open décolletage — a very flattering look.
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I do, I do, I do.