WEDDINGS

20 Affordable Wedding Dresses That Won’t Break Your Budget

Let’s face it, weddings are expensive. There is even a common understanding of a “wedding premium” on all aspects made for the wedding. This can range from white dresses to tiered cakes. However, if you do not want to go through all your savings to pull together your big day, there are a variety of ways to cut costs including buying by an affordable wedding dress.

Wedding dresses from boutique bridal stores and custom designers can cost thousands. This is especially burdensome for a dress that you’re only going to wear once. While many brides would not think to start with their wedding dress, this can be a simple way to cut back. Not to worry though, you won’t have to compromise style when it comes to a more affordable dress. 

For many, the word “cheap” may evoke images of buying a white dress off-the-rack at your closest department store. This is an option, although these days many stores have a cost-effective bridal section. This means the dress is designed with your big day and your budget in mind. So it’s off-the-rack but it’s not just a simple summer dress that you’ll later see everyone wearing around town. 

Alongside being affordable, many of these dresses are also available online. This means you don’t have to walk between multiple shops or be limited to those in your area. You can buy a dress from anywhere in the world. 

In addition, online shopping isn’t as much of a guessing game as it used to be. Many sites have multiple guides to help you choose the correct size. From exact dress measurements to tailoring options, you can buy an affordable dress online that is actually as made for you as a custom design. 

We’ve pulled together dresses from stores across the world to show you how these options can bring affordability and style to your wedding day. 

We’ve scaled our pick from those under £100 (~US$140) to just under £1,000 (~US$1,400) to cater for all budgets, and as a bonus, these fabulous dresses are all available online with international shipping! 

Under £100 (US$140)

All that glitters! This dress from H&M is sure to make a statement on your big day.

£45 (US$62)

Structured elegance for the bride who is keen on something simple. This Esther & Co midi dress is a great Spring/Summer pick.

£53 (US$75)

For a bride who isn’t so keen on white, this 70s-inspired Esther & Co champagne dress will have you twirling all night long.

£65 (US$90)

It’s all about the lace. This Lulus bodycon, open-back dress combines the dramatic and classic in a perfect combination.

£85 (US$1120)

Covered at the front, party at the back. This ChiChi London dress with a high neck and long sleeves is the epitome of classic elegance. 

£98 (US$135)

Who doesn’t love a cut-out? This Lulus sequin mermaid dress brings all the elements of a traditional wedding dress at a better price.

£99 (US$135)

Under £200 (US$280)

Short dresses are in, and this Coast Fashion tuxedo dress brings a striking menswear element without losing that feminine touch.

£135 (US$185)

For the bold bride, this BHLDN dress is the perfect Summer slip-inspired look that you can dress up or down.

£180 (US$250)

The boho look is in, and this ASOS dress brings that hippy-chic. The plunge neck and billow sleeves are complemented with delicate floral embellishments. 

£196 (US$270)

Under £500 (US$700)

Another modern dress with a 1940s twist. Feel like a classy, classic bride with this beautiful The Reformation creation.

£221 (US$305)

This beautiful wrap design allows for versatility. Decide how you will tie your dress from The Reformation to make the look work for you.

£300 (US$415)

An off-the-shoulder look is a wedding classic, and this Ghost dress brings a softer sensibility with its ruffled addition.

£295 (US$410)

A nude underlay brings intriguing dimensions, especially when paired with a beautiful cut-out design, like this Bronx and Banco dress.

£315 (US$435)

A lovely little A-line for your big day. This sweet Self-Portrait brings an interesting twist with the laser-cut, lace-inspired design.

£328 ($450)

There is nothing like a cape to elevate a dress, and this Monsoon London piece has one built right in.

£337 (US$465)

This Lilly Bridal dress is a romantic take on a modern silhouette. Float down the aisle with this trailing delicate lace skirt.

£476 (US$650)

This gorgeous creation by The Reformation is sleek and stylish. The boned bodice makes for the perfect silhouette.

 £462 (US$640)

Under £800 (US$1,100)

Dripping with sequins, this ASOS bridal gown brings the something blue to your big day.

£520 (US$720)

This dress by French designer, Laure de Sagazan, speaks to the fashion-forward notion of a modern bride with sweet feminine accents.

£671 (US$930)

Under £1,000 (US$1,400)


The classic courthouse dress. Bringing a suit sensibility to a mini-mod design, this Lein Studio dress is a structured masterpiece.

£830 (US$1,150)

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