55 Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses That Don't Look Cheap

Looking for inexpensive bridesmaid dress options? We've pulled together dozens of gorgeous gowns, with the vast majority under $100. Bonus: We've sorted them by popular style.
by The Knot
Affordable bridesmaid dresses in coral, blush and teal

Considering all the costs that go into being a bridesmaid these days, saving where you can could really help your bridal party in the long run. Style, color and silhouette are always front of mind when choosing bridesmaid dresses, but it's also important to consider budget limitations, since 'maids typically pay for their own attire. Asking your friends to break the bank for a custom-made couture number they'll only wear once is a hard ask.

And, while we're on the subject, why are bridesmaid dresses so expensive anyway? Well, most bridesmaid dresses are sewn when ordered—and are all cut from the same dye lot (meaning the fabric for each is dyed together so each 'maid wears a truly identical hue). When you pay for a designer bridesmaid dress, you pay for the custom work that goes into it. Fortunately though, plenty of bridesmaids dresses priced under $100 still give off an elegant vibe.

The trick to finding a wide variety of bridesmaid dresses under $100 is to think outside the box: Consider off-the-rack options and dresses that aren't necessarily marketed as bridesmaid styles. Wondering where to buy bridesmaid dresses that won't put a dent in your crew's wallets? Look to your favorite everyday retailers, like ASOS, for affordable occasion wear that (bonus) can be worn well after the wedding day—that way, your girls will get the most bang for their buck. Believe it or not, Nordstrom also carries inexpensive options from go-to budget-friendly brands like Lulus. Just know that off-the-rack attire can be trickier to alter, since you won't be customizing the gowns to each girl's unique measurements.

If you'd rather go the traditional route (aka buy from a bridal retailer), David's Bridal carries gowns under $100 too. Meanwhile, Brideside and The Dessy Group carry styles under $150 if your gang can spend a little more. Don't forget about sales, either—discounts can take gorgeous bridesmaid dresses from aspirational to attainable. But if you're considering going the off-the-rack route or shopping marked-down dresses, keep in mind there may not be enough in stock to support a larger bridal party. 

Another great option for inexpensive bridesmaid dresses? Rental sites. Our favorite is Rent the Runway, which lets you borrow designer pieces for a fraction of their retail cost. (And psst ... through The Knot, couples can offer their guests a 20 percent discount code. Just head to your Wedding Website dashboard—or create one—to redeem.) Again, the only caveat is you'll be limited when it comes to alterations (which may not be accommodated at all) and stock might be lower.

Some final words to the wise? The retailers we listed above also sell maternity and junior bridesmaid options if you're shopping for an expecting or younger attendant. And if you're committed to choosing affordable bridesmaid dresses, seriously consider having a mismatched bridal party. Dye lots won't matter and each attendant can pick a style that best suits their body type (solving size and alteration issues). Overall, you'll have way more flexibility (read: more opportunities to score inexpensive gowns).

Ready to start shopping? Here are our top picks for affordable bridesmaid dresses that don't look cheap. Most are under $100, some are under $50, and all are editor-approved. We've even sorted them by popular category so you can navigate our roundup with ease.

Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100 by Color

Look for shades you like and shades that work for your girls. Bridesmaid dresses should fit into your overall color palette, which we can help you choose here. Below, we've rounded up affordable bridesmaid dresses in the most popular hues, from classic colors like purple and red to trendy shades like black and coral. 

Red Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100 

These affordable red bridesmaid dresses put the spotlight on fall and winter-ready colors like burgundy, cranberry and marsala. They're timeless, glamorous shades brides turn to year after year—and for good reason.

  1. Affordable red bridesmaid dresses

    1. We're here for modern high necklines, and especially this stylish one with mesh detailing! We could see this inexpensive burgundy bridesmaid dress at a contemporary gallery wedding. The gown—like many in this roundup—is also available in plus sizes.

    David's Bridal high-neck mesh inset scuba crepe mermaid dress in Merlot, $100, DavidsBridal.com

    2. Itty-bitty flutter sleeves take this affordable red bridesmaid dress to a whole new, whimsical level.

    Lulus Surplice chiffon gown in Wine, $97, Nordstrom.com

    3. A flouncy top makes this inexpensive marsala bridesmaid dress look super-fresh and fun. (If you're looking for a brighter, summery shade of red, try the "Persimmon," "Guava" or "Sienna" shade instead. There's also a stunning "Apple" option.)

    David's Bridal flounced crinkle chiffon sheath bridesmaid dress in Chianti, $100, DavidsBridal.com

    4. Off-the-shoulder necklines are the fad that's here to stay. This sophisticated cranberry bridesmaid dress has a totally glam mermaid skirt.

    Lulus off the shoulder mermaid gown in Red, $94, Nordstrom.com

    5. Looking for more burgundy bridesmaid dresses? This affordable option has a long skirt with a dramatic flash of lace.

    David's Bridal lace racerback scuba crepe mermaid gown in Wine, $100, DavidsBridal.com  

    Purple Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    Ranging from lavender to a deep eggplant, purple is one of the most versatile colors you can choose for your bridesmaids. Lighter purples give off a whimsical, retro vibe, whereas darker purples feel more sophisticated and formal. If you're opting for a mismatched bridal party, sage green, gray and silver complement most shades of purple.

  2. Purple bridesmaid dresses under $100

    1. Looking to put a fashion-forward spin on a traditional long gown? Try a plunging V-neck maxi dress with gathered detailing on the straps and bodice—it will give a flowing silhouette some edge.

    Lulus Always Stunning convertible maxi dress in Purple, $60, Lulus.com

    2. Shopping for affordable plus-size bridesmaid dresses? Brideside, The Dessy Group, David's Bridal, Nordstrom and ASOS all sell gorgeous options. This purple-gray gown from the latter is chic and conveniently convertible. 

    TFNC Plus bridesmaid exclusive multiway maxi dress in Gray, $87, ASOS.com

    3. Here's another versatile Lulus style with an airy slit skirt. This affordable lavender bridesmaid dress looks so far from cheap, we can't believe it's well under $100.

    Lulus plunging V-neck chiffon gown in Dusty Violet, $84, Nordstrom.com

    4. Leave it to ASOS to seriously deliver in the affordable plus-size bridesmaid dresses category. This lavender stunner has a floral lace bodice and short, flowy skirt. Can you say "garden wedding?"

    ASOS DESIGN Curve Premium lace top tulle cami midi dress in Dusky Lilac, $92, ASOS.com

    5. This affordable purple bridesmaid dress, with deep eggplant-colored lace, gives off a formal, elegant vibe. Bonus: A square neckline is universally flattering.

    Nicole Miller Purple Horizon gown, from $85 to rent, RenttheRunway.com   

    Blue Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    Whether you're planning a wedding by the beach or just love this cool and calming color, these five inexpensive, blue bridesmaid dresses are beautiful without blowing your best friends' budgets.

  3. Affordable blue bridesmaid dresses

    1. First up is this gorgeous one-shoulder number with a flouncy bodice and allover pleats. Just imagine how it'll look with the help of the ocean breeze! The baby blue hue is also a calming hue, and we love how it's paired with silver accessories. (FYI, model shots are great resources when it comes to seeing how to style a gown.)

    ASOS DESIGN one shoulder pleated crop top maxi dress in Bluebell, $60, ASOS.com

    2. Convertible gowns are excellent options if you're going for a mismatched but not totally mismatched bridal party—everyone wears the same dress, but in a different way. We recommend this affordable navy blue bridesmaid dress for its boho-meets-formal tiered skirt.

    Lulus Wrap of Luxury convertible gown in Navy, $89, Nordstrom.com

    3. Of course, affordable plus size bridesmaid dresses come in blue too! This aqua midi number is oh-so dreamy. We're obsessed with the lace accents.

    ASOS DESIGN Curve Premium lace insert pleated midi dress in Blue, $76, ASOS.com

    4. If you're shopping for strapless bridesmaid dresses, check out this super-glam turquoise column gown, fit for formal settings. The twisted top adds visual intrigue, but the inexpensive price (under $100, obvs) is what really catches our eye!

    Lulus Own the Night strapless maxi dress in Turquoise, $72, Nordstrom.com 

    5. Last but not least, we found this affordable royal blue bridesmaid dress for all you lovers of short skirts. The wrapped silhouette is a casual classic.

    David's Bridal short crinkle chiffon dress with front cascade in Horizon, $80, DavidsBridal.com 

    Black Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    It may not seem like the most bridal color, but black bridesmaid dresses are hot right now. The most obvious benefit to this versatile shade is that your bridesmaids can recycle it for future events. (After all, the LBD is a wardrobe staple!) If you're including black in your color palette, keep the other colors neutral. Nude, blush and white all pop against black without feeling too harsh. 

  4. Black bridesmaid dresses under $100

    1. Want your bridal party to give off more of a flirty vibe? Consider this affordable black bridesmaid dress with a lace, keyhole bodice.

    Nightway lace keyhole halter dress with jersey skirt in Black/Nude, $100, DavidsBridal.com  

    2. A beaded high neckline can take a long black bridesmaid dress from status quo to statement-making.

    Lulus bead neck mermaid gown in Black, $82, Nordstrom.com

    3. An asymmetrical, oversized ruffle feels both elegant and vintage inspired. Go for minimal accessories with this dress and let its unique silhouette really shine.

    Lulus So Amazed one-shoulder maxi dress in Black, $86, Lulus.com  

    4. A high neckline with asymmetrical ruffled detailing (can you tell we love cool necklines and ruffles?) makes for one sleek and chic black bridesmaid dress. Pro tip: The high slit is the perfect counterbalance to the high neckline.

    Halston Heritage asymmetric flounce gown, from $55 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

    5. You can't go wrong with a strapless, plain black gown in a flattering, flowy chiffon fabric.

    David's Bridal long strapless chiffon dress and pleated bodice in Black, $100, DavidsBridal.com   

    Coral Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    Looking for a bright, cheerful color that goes well with a wide variety of color palettes? These affordable (but not cheap-looking) coral bridesmaid dresses are for you.. This perky combination of orange and pink goes well with blush, peach and turquoise, and works with both formal and casual bridesmaid dress silhouettes. "Living Coral" is also the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year, so you know the shade is stylish.

  5. Affordable coral bridesmaid dresses

    1. This inexpensive coral bridesmaid dress comes with the cutest ruffled V-neck and back bow.

    David's Bridal ruffled tank crinkle chiffon bridesmaid dress in Coral Reef, $100, DavidsBridal.com

    2. An allover lace dress in a vibrant hue is an easy way to make your bridesmaids stand out. This warm coral-and-red combo feels especially appropriate for a spring or summer wedding.

    ERIN Erin Fetherston Pamela gown in Red, from $75 to rent, RenttheRunway.com 

    3. Bring on the drama! This fitted, electric orange, plus-size gown will turn heads in the best of ways. And it's under $50. We repeat: This bridesmaid dress in under $50.

    Forever 21 plus size maxi halter dress in Neon Coral, $42, Forever21.com

    4. A bright coral hue paired with a long silhouette is perfect for a semi-formal bridal party. Another plus? The twisted straps are a fun, unique touch.

    Nicole Miller Yucatan Coast gown, from $70 to rent, RenttheRunway.com  

    5. Shopping for inexpensive coral bridesmaid dress with a short skirt? Here's a bold, cascading midi dress that begs for bright white, retro accessories.

    ASOS DESIGN cape back dipped hem midi dress in Neon Pink, $60, ASOS.com 

    Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    Love sparkle? You're in luck. While sequins and glitter can rack up a piece's price, we scoured the web for five bridesmaid dresses in gold, silver and other metallic shades that are actually affordable.

  6. Metallic bridesmaid dresses under $100

    1. Thought we forgot about long sleeves? Think again. This tiered V-neck gown comes in subtle silver as well as some other popular colors, like burgundy, teal, royal blue and black.

    Azazie Tilly bridesmaid dress in Silver, $99, Azazie.com

    2. A pink sequin top and short beige skirt combine for a super-trendy rose gold look.

    Maya bridesmaid halter neck midi tulle dress with tonal delicate sequins in Taupe Blush, $95, ASOS.com

    3. It's time for some bubbly! Or at the very least, festive champagne bridesmaid dresses. This strappy maxi will bring the perfect dose of shine to your wedding day.

    Azazie Corrie bridesmaid dress in Pearl Pink, $99, Azazie.com

    4. In our opinion, bronze bridesmaid dresses are underappreciated. This rich, sheeny hue would really pop at an elegant, Old World-y venue abroad.

    Missguided bridesmaid satin v plunge maxi dress in Bronze, $85, Missguided.com

    5. We can't get enough of sequins—or affordable champagne bridesmaid dresses. This rosy-toned maxi has a daring cowl back.

    Lulus Chic Celebration sequin maxi dress in Champagne, $96, Lulus.com

    Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100 by Length

    Length is always important to consider when choosing your bridesmaid dresses, since long gowns usually come across as more formal and nighttime-ready (aside from maxi sundresses), while short garments are often chosen for casual daytime affairs. But length is also important if you're searching for affordable bridesmaid dresses. Typically, the more fabric, the more expensive the style is. Fear not, though—as you've already seen, we've found plenty of inexpensive long gowns. And naturally, we've included short options too.  While we're on the topic of short: If you're buying a shorter dress off the rack online, buffer in time to try it on and return it if necessary. It's hard to tell just how short a skirt is until it's on your bridesmaids' unique bodies. 

    Long Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    Long bridesmaid dresses used to give off a super-traditional vibe, but they're all the rage right now. What's the appeal of all that length? Longer dresses feel instantly elegant. (How often do you or your girls get to rock a full-blown gown?)

  7. Affordable long bridesmaid dresses

    1. If you're throwing an elegant formal affair, consider jewel tones like emerald green. This gown has a soft scoop neckline we love.

    Birdy Grey Jan dress in Emerald, $99, BirdyGrey.com

    2. Pink bridesmaid dresses are beautifully dreamy, as are ruffled gowns. This number combines the power of both styles into one stunning garment. (But it also comes in other equally pretty hues.)

    DB Studio ruffled faux-wrap crepe scuba dress in Dusty Rose, $100, DavidsBridal.com

    3. What's even sweeter? This light blush affordable bridesmaid dress. We adore the draped cold-shoulder sleeves.

    Adrianna Papell drape gown in Blush, from $70 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

    4. All hail the cold shoulder. This trendy, dusty rose bridesmaid dress—complete with a plunging neckline—looks like something a goddess would wear. In other words, it's perfect for your gang of goddesses.

    ASOS cold shoulder cowl back pleated maxi dress in Rose, $60, ASOS.com

    5. Let's bring it back to affordable navy bridesmaid dresses for a second. This rich-colored halter neck gown is all sorts of elegant.

    ASOS DESIGN pleated bodice halter maxi dress in Navy, $95, ASOS.com 

    Short Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    Short bridesmaid dresses can be extra-affordable. If you're going for a vintage vibe, shorter fit-and-flare bridesmaid dresses will give off a '50s feel. Consider flowy chiffon ones for an effortless, elegant look, or ones with high-low hemlines for a trendier style.

  8. Short bridesmaid dresses under $100

    1. A dress in a bright green shade feels unique and just a little bit retro, especially when paired with floral peep-toe heels as pictured. This silhouette feels informal enough for a backyard wedding or garden affair. It also goes up to a size 4X.

    Modcloth Polish Aplenty fit and flare dress in Green, $99, Modcloth.com  

    2. Embellished shoulders upgrade this already chic blush wrap dress.

    TFNC Plus bridesmaid exclusive wrap midi dress in Pink, $87, ASOS.com 

    3.We love the versatility of a navy bridesmaid dress. It makes sense with a classic or nautical wedding, and there's a chance your bridesmaids will actually wear it again. 

    Modcloth Stated Sophisticated midi dress in Navy, $79, Modcloth.com  

    4. This dusty coral wrap dress with a tied waist is effortlessly cool.

    ASOS DESIGN cami wrap midi dress with tie waist in Dusty Pink, $51, ASOS.com  

    5. This icy blue frock is ultra-elevated thanks to its structured silhouette and unique color.

    Jill Jill Stuart Harlow dress in Blue, from $40 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

    Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100 by Fabric

    Style, cut, texture, drape and season are all-important factors in determining the best fabric for a bridesmaid dress. The same style dress can look and feel quite different in a variety of fabrics, since each material is designed to produce a distinct effect. Some fabrics cling to the body, while others stand away. It's important to choose a fabric that works for the weather, venue and overall aesthetic of your event. Here, find two go-to materials and some stunning, affordable bridesmaid dresses in each. 

    Chiffon Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    Chiffon is most of the most popular fabrics for bridesmaid dresses because it's airy and has good movement. (That means it's great for the dance floor.) Dresses with chiffon overlay are less stiff than satin ones, though they also run the risk of being sheer. Pro tip: If you're opting for chiffon dresses, make sure they're properly lined to avoid some scandalous moments.

  9. Chiffon bridesmaid dresses under $100

    1. This delicate, convertible sage bridesmaid dress would look lovely next to one of the lavender bridesmaid dresses above. (Not part of your color scheme? It's available in plenty of other springy, pastel colors.)

    Birdy Grey Grace convertible dress in Sage, $99, BirdyGrey.com

    2. Makes your bridesmaids feel like Grecian goddesses-turned-Hollywood actresses in this strapless, long chiffon gown. Its cherry red shade makes a statement all on its own, so go for more minimal accessories like gold studs or a simple diamond necklace.

    Badgley Mischka Faye chiffon gown, from $55 to rent, RenttheRunway.com  

    3. We like the top of this sleeveless bridesmaid dress, which comes in plus sizes and colors ranging from timeless navy to hot pink "Begonia."

    David's Bridal flounced crinkle chiffon tank bridesmaid dress, $100, DavidsBridal.com

    4. Don't be afraid of cutouts, especially ones that are strategically placed so they show skin in an appropriate way. The overall effect is super-cool. Buy this gown in rustic "Forest Green" or wintry "Wine."

    Lulus Vivid Imagination chiffon gown, $100, Nordstrom.com

    5. Here's another plus-size chiffon bridesmaid dress available in a whole rainbow of colors, including this trendy blush.

    David's Bridal chiffon high-neck bridesmaid dress, $100, DavidsBridal.com 

    Lace Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    Lace comes in a wide variety of styles. A cotton lace gives off a more casual vibe, whereas a silk or polyester lace can feel more formal. This versatile fabric also gives off an heirloom feel, and is the perfect way to play up a vintage-inspired wedding. Though it can also look preppy or even modern, as the following affordable options prove.

  10. Affordable lace bridemsaid dresses

    1. This pastel yellow dress with a full skirt and floral lace is playful and romantic. Let the bright color of the dress be the main focus and keep the rest of the look simple with strappy sandals in a neutral shade and simple accessories. We envision it stunning at a semi-formal spring soiree.

    Slate & Willow Yellow lace midi dress in Yellow, from $30 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

    2. Save some money by choosing a dress that's only half lace, like this romantic, long-sleeved, V-neck number. It comes in blush and other neutral shades, plus bold back and burgundy.

    Lulus Awaken My Love long sleeve lace maxi dress, $86, Lulus.com

    3. Throwing a chic cocktail affair? Consider this fashion-forward lace silhouette that feels more sophisticated than playful. Dark green lace gives off instantly polished vibes.

    Trina Turk Broadway dress in Green, from $40 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

    4. This lace dress in a sweet mauve hue is perfect for a summer garden wedding.

    TFNC bridesmaid exclusive open back scalloped lace dress in Mink, $95, ASOS.com

    5. Here's one last rental bridesmaid dress for you ladies looking for an amazing deal. The mint color is super-fashionable, the floral lace is undeniably pretty and the midi hemline toes the line between formal and casual beautifully.

    Shoshanna Beaux dress in Mint, from $60 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

    Bridesmaid Dresses Under $150

    Have a little more to spend? These gowns fall right around the national average cost of bridesmaid dresses. And you'd be surprised how many more options open up with an extra $50 (or even $20).

  11. Affordable bridesmaid dresses under $150

    1. This one-shoulder cocktail dress comes in cool colors like "Frose" (hi, summer weddings) and this blue-gray "Sky." Look closely and you'll see that the sleeve is subtly sheer—how stylish.

    Brideside Tina cocktail dress, $135, Brideside.com

    2. The ruching on this dreamy, plus-size blush bridesmaid dress is simply divine.

    ASOS DESIGN Curve bridesmaid pinny maxi dress with ruched bodice in Soft Blush, $119, ASOS.com

    3. This affordable black bridesmaid dress is made from sleek satin and, bonus, has a beaded sash that comes to a ribbon bow in back. Now there's no need to buy your bridesmaids belts! How's that for getting the most bang for your buck? (Oh, and you can get it in tons of other colors as well.)

    After Six bridesmaid Style 1501 dress, $148, Dessy.com

    4. We've never seen a bridesmaid dress color quite like this, and it's so darn stunning. The high neckline, luxurious fabric and lacey waistline are just the icing on the cake.

    Little Mistress lace insert satin maxi dress in Terracotta, $124, ASOS.com

    5. We're not sure what we like more: the structured silhouette, the square neckline or the jewel tones this bridesmaid dress comes in. We think we'll let you decide.

    Thread Grace bridesmaid dress, $119, Dessy.com

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