30 Affordable Wedding Dresses For Every Bridal Style

You don't have to break the bank to get your dream gown.
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Aug 25, 2020
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There's no doubt about it—planning a wedding can be expensive. Here's the good news, though: You don't have to break your budget to get a wedding dress you love. There are plenty of affordable wedding dresses on the market for every bridal style, meaning you can find your dream gown within your set price range. When shopping for a wedding dress, you should always check your local bridal salon first. After all, an in-person shopping experience provides plenty of perks you don't get virtually. If you're not able to make it to a store, though, you can find affordable wedding dresses at plenty of online stores.

To help you get started, we break down our favorite places to shop for affordable wedding dresses. We also share our favorite looks you can purchase right now, based on your budget. Whether you're shopping for your weding ceremony, reception look, minimony or an elopement, you'll find affordable wedding dresses for every bridal and ceremony style here.

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Our Favorite Places to Shop for Affordable Wedding Dresses

There are plenty of places to shop for affordable wedding dresses. First, we recommend checking out your local bridal salon's selection of budget-friendly gowns. An in-person shopping experience includes plenty of extras you don't get from shopping online, like one-on-one help from a professional bridal consultant, the ability to try dresses on to find silhouettes you like, and having your loved ones there to help your decision-making process. While shopping in-person is always the ideal way to find your wedding dress, it's not an option for all brides. Perhaps you're working on a strict timeline, or you need a second dress for your sequel ceremony or minimony. No matter your situation, there are plenty of places to find affordable wedding dresses online. Here, we outline five of our favorite resources.

BHLDNAnthropologie's wedding brand BHLDN is a one-stop-shop for wedding dresses, bridesmaid gowns, accessories, shoes and more. Perfect for bohemian and romantic brides, BHLDN's repertoire of designer collections includes names like Hayley Paige, Nouvelle Amsale, Monique Lhuillier, Watters and Jenny Yoo, among others. Whether you're looking for a lacy, '70s-inspired wedding dress or a chic midi for City Hall, you'll find it at BHLDN.

David's Bridal—As one of the most recognizable names in the industry, David's Bridal has plenty of affordable wedding dresses. The brand also has over 330 stores nationwide, so you can browse in-person before purchasing online. David's Bridal has plenty of exclusive partnerships with top designers like Vera Wang, Galina Signature and Melissa Sweet, meaning there are options for every bridal style.

Nearly Newlywed—Did you know that you can shop used wedding dresses? Nearly Newlywed serves as a marketplace for brides looking to sell their gown or purchase a pre-worn wedding dress. Not only is this a great option for budget-conscious brides, it's also a good resource for those who don't want to keep their gown after the big day. Nearly Newlywed verifies all dresses for condition and authenticity, so you can trust that you'll be purchasing a high-quality design. They also have a return policy that allows you to easily give back your dress in case it's not what you wanted. Browse designer wedding dresses at a fraction of the cost—and consider re-selling your dress to earn some of the money back after your wedding.

Tadashi Shoji—If you envision a wedding look that's boho-glam,Tadashi Shoji is the boutique for you. The brand's bohemian dresses are sure to make a statement. From intricate lace patterns to trendy capes and statement sleeves, Tadashi Shoji dresses are just as unconventional as they are breathtaking. If you want a bridal look that's unlike anything guests have seen before, you'll find it here.

Kleinfeld—Yep, you can shop Kleinfeld dresses without visiting the famed flagship New York City store. The brand's Kleinfeld Bridal Party site has a small collection of affordable wedding dresses (think: nothing above $1,000). Browse strapless mermaid gowns, fitted sheaths and glamorous ball gowns to find your dream wedding day look.

Wedding Dresses Under $500

To help you find your wedding look, we've rounded up our favorite affordable wedding dresses from a variety of online retailers, broken out by price range. Here, find the best affordable wedding dresses under $500.

Midi wedding dress with puff sleeves

Wedding dresses inspired by the 1970s are back and better than ever, and this flirty frock is proof. With statement puff sleeves and a flared midi skirt, this affordable wedding dress combines retro influences of the disco era with modern flair.

BHLDN Leyden dress in Ivory, $198, BHLDN.com

Strapless satin plus size wedding dress

You'll look seriously posh in this strapless satin dress, which has a sweetheart neckline and flattering fit-and-flare skirt. Go bold with accessories if that's your style, or leave it as is for a minimal bridal ensemble.

Torrid plus size satin strapless sweetheart fit-and-flare wedding dress in Cloud Dancer, $248, Torrid.com

Lace wedding dress with portrait neckline and of-the-shoulder straps

Delicate chantilly lace covers this off-the-shoulder wedding dress. With a classic sweetheart neckline, you can't go wrong with a design like this.

Kleinfeld Tine off-shoulder wedding dress in Champagne/Ivory, $495, KleinfeldBridalParty.com

Off-the-shoulder crepe wedding dress

Delicate tucks accentuate the bodice of this affordable wedding dress, while draped sleeves gently fall across the arms. If you're envisioning a romantic wedding day look, consider this stunning silhouette.

Tadashi Shoji Amistha off-the-shoulder crepe gown in Ivory, $478, TadashiShoji.com

Sheath wedding dress with matte beading and sequins

If you want all eyes on you from beginning to end on your wedding day, go for a shimmering number like this beaded sheath from David's Bridal. Intertwining patterns of beads and matte sequins make this affordable wedding dress a total show-stopper.

DB Studio beaded matte sequin V-neck sheath dress in Ivory/Champagne, $500, DavidsBridal.com

Casual lace wedding dress with mother-of-pearl buttons

This ethereal design has a high slit and mother-of-pearl buttons down the front for a chic, antique vibe. Since it's one of the most casual affordable wedding dresses in our roundup, we recommend wearing it to a laid-back ceremony or casual elopement.

LoveShackFancy Flora dress in Antique White, $495, LoveShackFancy.com

Structured jumpsuit with sheer cap sleeves

Not feeling a dress on your wedding day? Go for a structured jumpsuit instead. We love the sheer cap sleeves on this fashion-forward design from Amsale.

Amsale LW158 open back jumpsuit in Silk White, $495, Amsale.com

Plus size lace mermaid wedding dress

You'll turn heads in this flattering silhouette. The mermaid skirt will make you feel as confident as ever, and the delicate beadwork will stand out. And with a price tag just under $400, it can't be beat.

Torrid plus size lace beaded sleeveless mermaid wedding dress in Cloud Dancer, $398, Torrid.com

Fitted cold shoulder wedding dress

Flutter sleeves are a romantic alternative for brides who aren't in love with strapless dresses. Plus, this fitted skirt will accentuate your body in the most flattering way.

Kleinfeld Angela cold-shoulder wedding dress in Ivory, $495, KleinfeldBridalParty.com

Plus size sheath wedding dress with draped off the shoulder sleeves and slit

Elegant and of-the-moment, this crepe sheath gown is a mesmerizing option. The high slit adds a sultry touch to the otherwise minimal look.

DB Studio draped off-the-shoulder plus size crepe gown in Ivory, $230, DavidsBridal.com

Silk cowl neck wedding dress

Perfect for a glam wedding, this simple cowl-neck dress will stun. And with a daringly low open back, you'll feel like a vision in this budget-friendly wedding gown.

ELLIATT Aisle dress in White, $190, Revolve.com

Two-piece lace wedding dress

Go for a two-piece wedding dress if you're one to challenge tradition. These separates are still elegant, though, thanks to the pretty lace and scallop details.

ASOS EDITION Grace lace long sleeve crop top maxi wedding dress in Ivory, $190, ASOS.com

Wedding Dresses Under $1000

Affordable wedding dresses come in all styles for every wedding day vision. Below, we've compiled 10 affordable wedding dresses under $1000 that you can buy right now.

Plus size lace boat neck wedding dress

If you're not sold on an off-the-shoulder dress, go for an illusion boat neckline instead. This elegant lace overlay has scallops around the edges to complement the bold pattern.

Tadashi Shoji plus size Jame tulle boat neck gown in Ivory/Petal, $828, TadashiShoji.com

One-shoulder fit-and-flare wedding dress

Timeless glamour is brought to life by this elegant fit-and-flare one-shoulder gown. Pair this affordable wedding dress with statement earrings or an intricate updo to bring attention to the flattering neckline.

Nouvelle Amsale Pearce gown in Ivory, $995, BHLDN.com

Lace wedding dress with puff sleeves

Puff sleeves are definitely back in style. This dreamy lace dress has a sweetheart neckline, intricate embroidery and a flattering shirred bodice to make you feel like a queen.

LoveShackFancy Castella dress in White, $895, LoveShackFancy.com

A-line wedding dress with sheer sleeves and sheer tulle overlay

Ideal for free-spirited brides, this graceful gown is a vision. Thin, billowing sleeves complement the lace skirt with a sheer overlay. Plus, the wrapped bodice with peek-a-boo lace is ultra romantic.

Tadashi Shoji Sulu blouson sleeve gown in Ivory/Nude, $998, TadashiShoji.com

High-low wedding dress with high neckline and tiered skirt

Want a flirty look for your nuptials? Go for a flattering high-low skirt. This cute design has a high neckline, illusion open back and tiered skirt that lends itself to dancing and twirling.

Bronx and Banco Paros gown in White, $620, Revolve.com

Plus size ball gown with off-the-shoulder neckline

The classic ball gown silhouette gets a modern revival with this spectacular unembellished satin wedding dress. Crisp lines and an off-the-shoulder neckline create an unforgettable look. Feeling bold? Consider wearing this dress in a statement color, like Apple or Dusty Blue.

David's Bridal Collection off shoulder satin gown plus size wedding dress in White, $599, DavidsBridal.com

Strapless lace wedding dress with sweetheart neckline

It's hard not to love a strapless sweetheart lace dress. This classic silhouette will never fail to make a statement—and the price tag is extra appealing.

Kleinfeld Meghan strapless lace wedding dress in Champagne/Ivory, $795, KleinfeldBridalParty.com

Tulle wedding dress with beading and ruffled sleeves

Your search for an unforgettable wedding dress ends with this Needle & Thread design. Developed with a soft ombré effect and three soft shades, this intricate beaded gown is full of sparkles, ruffles and Victorian inspiration.

Needle & Thread patchwork sequin gown in Ballet Slipper/Gold, $649, NeedleandThread.com

Fit-and-flare wedding dress with high neckline

From the front, this high-neck gown is as simple as can be. From the back, however, an oversized criss cross bow creates a modern effect.

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Shipley gown in Ivory, $995, BHLDN.com

Strapless wedding dress with mesh tulle skirt

Achieve a sultry wedding ensemble with this fitted strapless dress, which has a unique mesh tulle skirt.

ASOS EDITION Freya embroidered wedding dress with mesh fishtail in Ivory, $593, ASOS.com

Wedding Dresses Under $2000

Open to spending a little more? Consider these affordable wedding dresses under $2000. Below, we've rounded up a variety of budget-friendly styles for your big day.

A-line lace wedding dress with off-the-shoulder neckline

With delicate lace applique and a flowing tulle skirt, this universally-flattering gown is ideal for brides who want a romantic, ethereal bridal look.

BHLDN Samaire gown in Ivory, $1,395, BHLDN.com

Plus size sleeveless lace wedding dress with V-neckline

An off-white hue is perfect for brides who want a unique dress without straying too far from tradition. Plus, we can't help but swoon over the delicate, hand-placed lace on this affordable wedding dress.

Melissa Sweet floral plus size wedding dress with veiled train in Ivory/Champagne, $1,299, DavidsBridal.com

Sleeveless wedding dress with antique lace and shoulder ties

Antique dresses don't have to look dated. Delicate details like an accordion neckline, long shoulder ties and tiered skirt help modernize the heirloom lace. For an added bonus, a small colored bow is sewn on the interior for your "something blue."

LoveShackFancy Shoshana dress in White, $1,895, LoveShackFancy.com

Structured taffeta ball gown with sheer side cutouts

This ultra-chic taffeta ballgown is the epitome of elegance. Sharp illusion side cutouts give it modern flair.

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Lawrence gown in Ivory, $1,300, BHLDN.com

Plus size lace ball gown with removable puff sleeves

If you have trouble committing to one wedding dress, consider a look that can be worn multiple ways. Both the off-the-shoulder sleeves and lace overskirt can be removed, allowing you to customize your bridal look to your taste.

White by Vera Wang plus size lace overskirt dress in Soft White/Nude, $1,248, DavidsBridal.com

Tulle ball gown with lace bodice and sequins

This gown's unique lace pattern cascades from the bodice down the full tulle skirt, while shimmering sequins add a touch of playful sparkle.

Hayley Paige Topanga gown in Ivory, $1,995, BHLDN.com

Lace plus size wedding dress with sheer skirt and illusion sleeves

If you're all about drama, you'll adore this lace dress with illusion sleeves and ornate crystal embellishments. Subtle pink hues in the underskirt add depth to the ivory fabric.

Galina Signature illusion sleeve plunging plus size wedding dress in Solid Ivory, $1,399, DavidsBridal.com

Long sleeve plus size A-line wedding dress with slit and lace-lined back

Searching for a simple long sleeve wedding dress? This elegant design from Amy Kuschel has a simple bodice and skirt—but lace lining along the plunging back adds a romantic pop of texture.

Amy Kuschel Redding gown in Ivory, $1,075, BHLDN.com

Fitted sheath wedding dress with sheer beaded bodice and V-neckline

You'll be the center of attention in a sparkling dress like this. The plunging bodice is covered in over 18,000 sequins, beads and crystals, while the fitted corset skirt adds an elegant contrast.

Galina Signature sheer plunge beaded corset crepe wedding dress in Soft White/DarkChampagne, $1,199, DavidsBridal.com

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