For some people, the the sky is the limit when it comes to shelling out money for the
perfect wedding dress. But for most others, the more realistic reality is that the budget for your dream gown isn't unlimited. So finding the piece that makes you look and feel your best (but does't make you go completely bankrupt) can require some serious commitment and creativity.
However, you'll be surprised to find just how many incredible options are available that don't even break the $1,000 mark. Ahead, we compiled 31 picks we can't get enough of that you won't believe fall in a lower price bracket. Click on to see the gowns that deliver in both style and affordability — and prepare to be impressed.
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A gorgeously simple floor-skimming sheath with a dipped back and barely-there straps for added elegance.
Wedding Dress, $349.00
This simple silhouette is giving us serious princess vibes, thanks to a floaty tulle fabrication and a subtle, celestial print.
Brenda Dress, $325.00
Founded by a former Sachin & Babi director,
’s inclusively-sized offerings are some of the most sumptuous-yet-simple formal gowns we’ve seen this year. Made from heavyweight silk and accented with subtle modern details, the line offers four elegant silhouettes in sizes 0 - 24.
Dua Dress in Ivory, $995.00
A plunging neckline gives this lace-kissed number a little edge — perfect if you’ve got your eye on a sentimental, dainty necklace or shoulder-skimming earrings.
Tulle Lace A-Line Gown, $998.00
Va-va-voom! Give your City Hall wedding look a dose of ’80s flair with this plunging, figure-hugging frock.
Astrid Dress, $538.00
Are you preparing to go the simple and elegant route with a simple white slipdress? We are for this look, and no one does it better than Nili Lotan.
Cami Gown in Ivory, $595.00
Does it surprise you one bit to know that there are enviously cute wedding frocks to be found on Amazon? Reviewers called this top-rated dress “worth every penny and more”, claiming that it looks “sooo expensive” and was “perfect” on their big day. At under $95 and coming in sizes 0 - 26W, this pretty tea-length frock might be the
ultimate hidden gem. Abaowedding
Tea Length Lace Wedding Dress, $149.00
Adley White Lace Three-Quarter Backless Maxi Dress, $94.00
The sleekest, most classic silhouette we can image, with subtle beading at the bodice for added shine.
Sachin + Babi
Leighton Dress, $795.00
This tea-length Marchesa Notte gown is a legit steal at under $400 — in a sweeter-than-sweet a-line silhouette for the vintage-loving bride.
Sleeveless Textured Tulle Tea Length Gown,
$1195.00 $358.50 Buy
This mod, lace-adorned lil’ mini is irresistibly nostalgic while still maintaining modern edge.
Carraway Dress, $298.00
A luxe-looking open-back maxi dress that boasts stunning voluminous sleeves and a floor-skimming hemline — along with the jaw-dropping price tag of $150.
Kimono Plunge Back Maxi Wedding Dress, $150.00
Why not rent your wedding dress and save every penny of your wedding fund for food, festivities, and (Air) France tickets? This cap-sleeve beauty will look perfect as you walk down the aisle, and clocks in at a fraction of the full retail cost on Rent the Runway.
$945.00 $135.00 Buy
New-on-the-scene wedding brand Floravere wowed us with this floor-length creation, inset with lace panels to give the simple slip silhouette some complexity and edge.
N. Simone, $950.00
Add jeweled accessories to this lacy illusion-neckline confection for maximum princess vibes.
Lace Off Shoulder Fit and Flare Wedding Dress, $168.90
This delicate, lacy confection has enough sweet detail to get totally lost in, and a completely sheer back for the adventurous bride.
Alex Veil Bridal
Gloria Lace Wedding Dress, $755.00
A classic ballgown silhouette is far from traditional thanks to a plunging, off-the-shoulder neckline.
Off Shoulder Satin Gown Plus Size Wedding Dress,
$599.00 $549.00 Buy Self Portrait
Cold-shoulder ruffled pleated chiffon gown, $565.00
A wide belt detail and voluminous tiered skirt gives this Fame & Partners dress a modern, Scandi-cool vibe.
Fame & Partners
Gathered Belted Gown, $499.00
This simple, tea-length sheath would stun at a midday garden wedding.
Lace Sheath Dress,
$1400.00 $476.00 Buy
We don’t know which “wow” factor is compelling — the immaculate tailoring and tonal floral appliques or the 85% off price tag of this originally $4,000 Roland Mouret gown.
Gildin off-the-shoulder pleated fil coupé organza gown,
$4373.00 $655.00 Buy
Thinking about veering slightly off-course with a
very off-white look? This blush-colored gown has enough presence to remind everyone that it’s still very much your special day. Topshop
Mink Long Mesh Ruffle Dress Lace & Beads, $280.00
A super-structured, edgy long-sleeved gown boasting cutouts that give way to an open mid-back — strictly for the coolest bride you know.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Gabriela High-Neck Cutout Dress, $795.00
This plus-size couldn’t be simpler, with a fitted head-to-toe silhouette that will flatter every curve.
NOEL AND JEAN BY KATIE MAY
Alpha Off the Shoulder Dress, $895.00
With a dreamy lace overlay and a timeless, princess-like silhouette, this steal of an Etsy dress is legitimate fairy-tale material.
Baby Doll Shop
Three-Quarter Sleeve Boho Wedding Dress,
$465.00 $372.00 Buy
Affordable bridal emporium
wedding dresses, and is a great resource for reasonably-priced bridesmaids’ dresses. However, we don’t think anyone will be the wiser if you snag this chiffon cap-sleeve Jenny Packham to wear it as you walk down the aisle.
Sheer Cap Sleeve Wedding Dress, $278.00
This top-rated Jenny by Jenny Yoo gown is exclusive to BHLDN — and with 4.8 stars and 26 thrilled customer reviews, we’re surprised it’s still available.
Jenny By Jenny Yoo
Jenny by Jenny Yoo Octavia Gown, $975.00
The illusion of a separate crop top gives this lacy plus-size wedding dress major cool points.
Curve lace long sleeve crop top maxi wedding dress, $190.00
A sweetly simple — but still slightly daring — boho number from Lulu’s clocks in at a reasonable $74.
I'm All Yours Cream Ruffled Maxi Dress, $72.00
A dose of ‘70s detail — including a plunging neckline and lacy sheer bishop sleeves — make this peekaboo chiffon number a seriously cool option.
Long Sleeves Deep V Neck With Tulle Wedding Dresses,
$639.00 $154.00 Buy
We were stunned and enchanted by the ultra-low back on this otherwise classic, demure cap-sleeve gown — we bet your groom and guests will be, too.
Cap Sleeve Scoop Back Wedding Dress, $199.00