30 Affordable Wedding Dresses for Brides on a Budget

Spoiler alert: you don't have to break the bank to get the bridal look of your dreams.
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Sofia Deeb
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Updated Aug 30, 2023
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Planning a wedding can be expensive. Finding the perfect wedding dress on the other hand, doesn't have to be. It might seem daunting, but once you know the right places to look, you'll find that there are actually countless affordable wedding dresses on the market. According to The Knot's Real Wedding Study, the average cost of a wedding dress is under the $2,000 mark, meaning the majority of brides aren't shopping on an unlimited budget, contrary to what growing up watching shows like Say Yes to the Dress might have led you to believe.

Opting for an affordable dress can be a great way to free up room in your wedding budget to use on other areas of the event (did somebody say longer honeymoon?). Plus, because there are options available for every bride's style, you won't have to sacrifice having your dream look for the big day. To help narrow your search, we've rounded up 30 of our top picks under $2000, as well as the best places to find affordable wedding dresses online. Keep reading to discover our shoppable looks that both you and your wallet will love.

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    Where to Buy Affordable Wedding Dresses

    There are plenty of places to shop for affordable wedding dresses online, however we recommend beginning your search at your local bridal salon. 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 on dresses and determine your preferred silhouette, and having your loved ones there to help support your decision-making process. Plus, bridal salons typically carry a wide selection of budget-friendly options.

    For brides who are short on time, or like the ease of being able to browse looks from the comfort of their home, online wedding dress shopping is always an option. Pro tip: when going this route, take advantage of any offerings that can help personalize your experience, such as working 1-on-1 with a virtual stylist or opting for custom sizing. With seemingly endless options online, it can be tough to know where to begin your search, and that's why we're here to help. These four retailers are our go-tos for brides on a budget:


    Not only is Anthropologie a beloved destination for everyday wear, but it's also a one-stop-shop for affordable wedding dresses, bridesmaid gowns, accessories, shoes and more. Perfect for bohemian and romantic brides, Anthropologie'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 Anthropologie.


    For bridal attire under $500, there's no better place to begin your search than Lulus. Not only are their options on-trend and ultra-affordable, but ordering from Lulus is also super convenient. Because you can purchase their gowns online with fast shipping, they're especially great for brides who are short on time. Plus, on their website you'll find plenty of reviews and photos from real customers to help give you confidence in your decision.

    Olivia Bottega

    When it comes to options, Olivia Bottega is unmatched. From sexy slips to grand ball gowns and everything in between, you're bound to find a dress you love amidst their vibrant assortment of styles. Not to mention, the majority of gowns on their site are less than $2000, making them a great option for any bride on a budget. We love that their looks are offered in a wide range of sizes, with the option to have your gown custom-made to your specific measurements.

    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.

    Wedding Dresses Under $500

    Calling all brides on a budget! These 10 wedding dresses under $500 prove you don't need to break the bank to achieve your dream look.

    Lulus Love Galore White Mermaid Maxi Dress

    A bridal look that's guaranteed to stand the test of time: Now that's something you can't put a price on. This classic mermaid gown with a plunging neckline checks off all our boxes when it comes to affordable wedding attire.

    Size Range: XS - XL

    Azazie James Gown

    Think minimum price can't get you maximum glam? This gorgeous A-line gown proves otherwise. Its figure-flattering bodice is met with a lace skirt and train that's sure to look stunning as it trails behind you down the aisle.

    Size Range: 0 - 30

    Mac Duggal Long Sleeve Drop Shoulder Evening Gown

    The wedding aisle will feel like your own personal runway when you step down it in this fashion-forward pick. With an asymmetrical neckline and one long sleeve, it offers a look that's anything-but-ordinary.

    Size Range: 0 - 16

    Ronny Kobo Samra Satin Twist-Halter Column Gown

    Modern brides: this one's for you. As a unique take on a classic satin slip, the Samra gown features a ruched twist detail at the hip, a front slit and a twisted halter neck that drapes down its open back.

    Size Range: 0 - 16

    Lulus Feeling of Forever White Long Sleeve Mermaid Maxi Dress

    Though gorgeous enough to be worn on its own, this streamlined silhouette offers the perfect blank canvas to accessorize with. A pearl veil, for instance, would add just the right touch of bridal glam to this winter wedding look.

    Size Range: XS - 3XL

    Jenny Yoo Collection Zara One-Shoulder Sequin Column Gown

    Taylor Swift fans rejoice: You won't miss sparkling anymore once you step into this glistening gown. Adorned in shimmering sequins, the one-shoulder column dress is a maximalist bride's dream.

    Size Range: 0 - 26

    Bridal by ELOQUII Twisted Off The Shoulder Gown

    Looking to channel a bit of old Hollywood glam on your big day? This look is for you. Its off-shoulder neckline was made to highlight your décolletage while its side slit and sweep train add just the right amount of drama.

    Size Range: 14 - 28

    Azazie Laylah Gown

    Here's a dress you'll want to add to your packing list for a tropical destination wedding. With a mermaid silhouette, sweetheart neckline and draped off-shoulder sleeves, it's practically begging to be worn alongside a stunning beach sunset.

    Size Range: 0 - 30

    AW Bridal Maraca Wedding Dress

    *Tie* your wedding look together with a dress that features a bow (pun intended). Because oversized bows are one of the top bridal trends for 2024, this airy A-line gown with a deep V-neck and sheer puff sleeves is a fitting choice for your upcoming nuptials.

    Size Range: 0 - 30

    Lulus Revel in the Magic White Strapless Maxi Dress With Pockets

    Classic, comfortable and cute—what's not to love about this strapless A-line gown? Made from iridescent woven taffeta that glistens in the light, it offers a timeless bridal look you're sure to love. Plus, who can say no to a dress with pockets?

    Size Range: XS - XL

    Wedding Dresses Under $1000

    With options that look this good, it's easy to keep your wedding dress budget in the triple digits. Here's 10 affordable wedding gowns under $1000.

    Jenny by Jenny Yoo Marnie Bias-Cut Satin V-Neck Scoop-Back Wedding Gown

    Worn with a sleek bun, this simple empire waisted gown offers an elegantly understated look that's perfect for any modern bride. Of course, you could always add dimension to your ensemble by pairing it with a statement veil.

    Size Range: 0 - 26

    AW Bridal Parsley Wedding Dress

    There's certainly no shortage of charm here. With floral appliqués across its form-fitting bodice, this mermaid gown is a trendy option for 2024 brides. We love that it's available in a wide range of sizes with the option to custom-made to your dimensions.

    Size Range: 0 - 30

    BHLDN Nassau Long-Sleeve Deep-V Embroidered Side-Slit Wedding Gown

    Designed for the bohème with a bit of an edge, this long-sleeved pick is sure to make a statement. Its A-line silhouette is scattered with floral appliques, and features a plunging neckline and sexy side slit.

    Size Range: 0 - 18

    Reformation Ronda Silk Dress

    At the intersection of simple and sultry you'll find the Ronda gown. Made from 100% silk, its relaxed silhouette can easily be dressed up or down—and we're willing to bet you'll be reaching for it long after the wedding.

    Size Range: 0 - 12

    Jenny by Jenny Yoo Bennett Fit & Flare Sweetheart Wedding Gown

    Here's a simple wedding dress that's oh-so sweet—and we're not just talking about its sweetheart neckline. Made from crepe and chiffon, the streamlined strapless number features a detachable cathedral length train.

    Size Range: 0 - 18

    Bridal by ELOQUII Strong Shoulder Lace Gown

    Looking for a long-sleeved gown that pulls out all the stops? We love this gorgeous plus-size option. Made from woven stretch chantel lace and featuring a sweetheart neckline, it was designed to flatter your curves. One word: Swoon.

    Size Range: 14 - 28

    Azazie Rosalina Dress

    For the bride who can't say no to a bit of detail, there's no look quite like the Rosalina dress. Available in diamond white or champagne, the gown features a lace-style bodice, thin sraps, a side leg slit and a cathedral train.

    Size Range: 0 - 30

    Mac Duggal Kylie Strapless Ruffle Wedding Gown

    Not only is this dress affordable, but the wow-factor it offers is simply priceless. Dramatic tiers of ruffled tulle on the skirt are met with festive feather embellishments on the strapless bodice. Talk about a showstopper.

    Size Range: 2 - 12

    Fabulouss By Mac Duggal Sequin Long Sleeve Cape Overlay Gown

    Here's a 2-in-1 look we know you'll love. With a high neckline and all-over beaded embellishments, the gown makes a statement all on its own. With the gown's cape and a pair of shimmering accessories, you'll be ready to make your grand entrance.

    Katie May X NOEL AND JEAN Divinity Gown

    You can't go wrong with the classics, and the Divinity gown certainly proves that. Its strapless design, modern silhouette, and simple ruched accents make the perfect base for accessories like evening gloves or an embroidered veil.

    Size Range: XS - XL

    Wedding Dresses Under $2000

    Have a little extra wiggle room in the budget? Check out these 10 wedding gowns under $2000.

    Willowby Galeta Gown

    Where sweet meets sexy, you'll find the Galeta gown. Its plunging neckline and open back are met with a full tulle skirt covered in oversized floral motifs. Choose from a variety of underlay colors, including ivory, gray and even blush.

    Size Range: 00 - 24W

    Willowby Elynor Gown

    One way to save money on your wedding wardrobe is to opt for a 2-in1 look. This satin gown is the perfect example, as it features detachable puff sleeves that can be removed for the reception, freeing up your arms to dance.

    Size Range: 00 - 24W

    Reev Bridal Joan Gown

    Laidback brides: Why not *slip* into something a little more comfortable? As a modern take on a classic slip dress, the joan gown features a cowl neck, draped open back and dramatic train.

    Size Range: Custom

    Wtoo by Watters Bettina Strapless Corset All-Over Lace Wedding Gown

    Between its ultra-flattering mermaid silhouette and intricate floral lace appliqués, no detail went unnoticed when creating this gown. It also features detachable sleeves that can be removed to make it a strapless gown. Who doesn't love options?

    Size Range: 0 - 18W

    Wtoo by Watters Jaya V-Neck Taffeta A-Line Wedding Gown

    There's plenty of reasons why this stunning taffeta gown is one of our top budget-friendly picks—including its classic A-line silhouette and flattering V-neckline. Of course, we can't go without mentioning the fact that it has pockets! Available in standard and plus sizes, this look is an all-around win in our books.

    Size Range: 0 - 26W

    Willowby by Watters Whitney V-Neck Lace Applique Tulle A-Line Wedding Gown

    This botanical gown is a sure way to capture an ethereal vibe on your wedding day. Floral appliqués scattered across the bodice, an illusion neckline and a charming swiss dot tulle skirt make it a standout pick.

    Size Range: 0 - 26W

    Reev Bridal Gia Gown

    Clean lines and an understated silhouette are key when creating a sleek and modern bridal look. This gown offers both in a way that still feels timeless. We can't get enough of its mermaid silhouette, open back and godet train.

    Size Range: Custom

    Willowby Arlo Gown

    Beautifully bohemian with a bit of '70s flair: The Arlo gown is a free-spirited bride's dream. Between its intricate embroidery, bell sleeves and side slits that extend into an open back, it makes an ideal option for a beach wedding.

    Size Range: 00 - 15

    Watters Lupine Strapless Sweetheart Mesh Sheath Wedding Gown

    This enchanting option looks like something straight out of a fairytale, making it perfect for your happily ever after. Made from lightweight stretch mesh, the airy silhouette is sure to look dreamy as you walk down the aisle.

    Size Range: 00 - 26W

    Luxury Bridal Gown

    Being a bride on a budget doesn't mean you can't still have a grand ball gown. This elegant option features all-over lace, a sweetheart neckline and a dramatic train—talk about major bang for your buck.

    Size Range: 2 - 16

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