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After a flurry of canceled weddings, smaller engagements, and elopements in 2020, people are asking where can they find the best affordable wedding dresses — $2,000 is a lot to spend on a dress you’ll only wear once. And since the chances of getting invited to the Met Gala and rewearing the dress are quite slim, just think of what that money could go toward instead.
No matter what your wedding looks like, you still need a dress or, at the very least, something fancy and fun to commemorate the occasion. To help you look like a million bucks without spending it, we’ve rounded up the best places to shop for wedding dresses at every price point.
It’s possible. Even the stars have wed in affordable ensembles — see Emily Ratajkowski’s yellow wedding suit from Zara. A woman on TikTok even went viral for her $ 30 Shein gown. You can try your hand on the Zara sales floor, or you can consider perusing the brands with under-$200 options below.
You won’t find anything over $500 here; even its “Luxe Bridal” collection with more intricate silhouettes and designs falls in the $200 to $300 range. There are also reviews on most dresses if you’re still iffy about buying a very affordable wedding dress online. This cowl-back maxi dress doesn’t have reviews just yet, but the under-$100 polyester blend is currently a best seller.
Available in sizes XXS to 3X.
David’s Bridal runs the gamut, so you’ll find prices as low as $70 on sale and as high as $1,500, but there are tons of options under the $200 mark.
You’ll also find a variety of styles, from super-simple to ruffled, lacy, and beaded.
Available in sizes XS to 5X.
Yes, ASOS offers more than jeans and trendy summer dresses. It has quite a few bridal options too. Nothing is over $600, with lots of under-$200 options, including tall, petite, and curvy. It’s very likely you can stock up on all your wedding gear here and even throw in a few outfits for the honeymoon.
Available in sizes 0 to 26.
Or you can rent a dress, which is far cheaper than actually buying it. Save yourself the money and closet space by renting for a fraction of the sales price. The options for super-fancy white gowns are limited, but there are plenty of white and off-white dresses, jumpsuits, and separates. Just be sure to secure your rental ahead of time to avoid any mishaps.
Available in sizes 0 to 22.
This is kind of a sweet spot when it comes to shopping for dresses online. Even the aforementioned sites have tons of options in this price range. If you’re willing to pay a little more, here’s where to look.
Reformation, the brand known for its “slutty wallpaper” wedding-guest dresses, also makes a very pretty wedding dress. Go to it for the simple silhouettes and sustainability. Most of its white dresses are also available in other colors and patterns. Sizes are available in up to 3X, but there aren’t as many options as sizes go up.
Available in sizes 0 to 3X.
Watters is a bridal staple offering very pretty and fun options that are mostly under $1,000, but you can still find something good for under $500. There are lots of short dresses for less formal city-hall weddings or any other pre- or post-wedding occasion where you might need a white dress.
Available in sizes 00 to 14.
A quick search of the site will bring up plenty of bridal-worthy gowns on the sexier side — think slits, low cuts, and spaghetti straps. Under $500, there’s a decent selection of white and off-white gowns and dresses, so you’re likely to find a favorite without breaking your budget.
Available in sizes XXS to XXL.
No list is complete without Amsale thanks to its timeless and understated bridal options. One of its dresses will usually set you back a few thousand dollars, but fortunately for you, the brand’s ready-to-ship dresses will only set you back a few hundred, and they’re just as stunning.
Available in sizes 00 to 28.
This online favorite has a good range of dresses under $500 with more intricate silhouettes and patterns. In short, it’s not for the minimalist. It even has shades of white, black, and pretty pink. This is another site with a handful of reviews for those of you who need a second opinion. Dresses go up to size 28, and there are custom sizes available. However, from size 14 on, it adds on additional fees up to $200.
Available in sizes 0 to 28.
You have money and you’re not afraid to spend it. There are more than enough dresses for you to shop in this range.
BHLDN is a sister site to Anthropologie, offering both its own brand and a handful of other bridal favorites, like Tadashi Shoji, Watters, and Willowby. Some of these options are going to be a little over the thousand-dollar mark, but they’re worth the splurge.
Available in sizes 0 to 26W.
You can shop Sachin & Babi at a few of the retailers on this list or directly from the source. Here you’ll find classic, very pretty silhouettes and dresses with the tiniest jeweled details, bows, and appliqués.
Available in sizes 0 to 18.
Department stores are an obvious place to look, and while some might not have a dedicated area for wedding dresses, a quick search of “bridal” will bring up everything you need to look for. Neiman Marcus in particular carries white dresses from brands like Badgley Mischka, Bronx and Banco, and Halston. So with a little browsing, you’ll find a few gowns and dresses that are less traditional. But honestly, when else can you wear a feather-embellished gown?
Sizing varies with select styles available in sizes 0 to 3X.
Prices and styles will vary a lot here, but you’ll still be able to find something within your budget. And by vary a lot, we mean you can get a tea-length tulle dress or find a layered chiffon gown a few pages over. With bridal favorites like ML Monique Lhuillier, Tadashi Shoji, Amsale, and THEIA, you’ve got options!
Available in sizes S to XL.
We love a good designer deal, and the Outnet has plenty. Here you’ll find discounted brands like Jenny Packham, Halston, Ellery, and more. Dresses here are a little less traditional, but you’re bound to find something within budget and fun.
Available in sizes 0 to 16.
Another bridal staple. You’ve probably worn one of Jenny Yoo’s dresses already as a bridesmaid, and the brand’s bridal is just as good. Some of these modern dresses will set you back a bit more than $1000 (sorry), but the gowns are totally worth it. Again, you can still find some simple and chic options under budget, but if you want to go all out with appliqués and lace, prepare to pay another few hundred dollars.
Available in sizes 0 to 18.
For offbeat silhouettes, London-based Molly Goddard is worth checking out. Some of the dresses will bring you over the $1,000 mark, but they’re perfect for the very nontraditional bride. Dresses are made in England and crafted from Italian taffeta. They also offer a handful of voluminous veils in your standard ivory and a few colors for the bold bride, including coral and blue. Feeling even bolder? Opt for the tulle bolerotoo.
Available in UK sizes 6 to 20.