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20 Beautiful Wedding Dresses Under $1000 That Look Anything But Budget


For the last couple of years, as well as unveiling the latest collections from the likes of Claire Pettibone, Jenny Packham, Pronovias (designers I LOVE), I have also each year searched out some of the most breathtaking budget-friendly wedding dresses (take a peek if you missed those I found in 2014 and 2015) Because I know what it’s like to be a bride planning a wedding on a shoe string – I was one. And no matter how much I love them, or how lovely it is to wear one, I don’t believe a designer wedding dress is a pre-requisite for an unforgettable wedding or a happy marriage – which after all is what a wedding is really all about!

The great news is though that nowadays finding a gorgeous gown for you big day does not have to break the bank! And I am not talking nasty knock offs (no matter how tempting ladies, please don’t), shopping the dreaded sales, or even samples. Nope, it is perfectly possible to get the dress of your dreams whatever your budget, and I am here to prove it with 20 of the most fabulous and fancy looking bridal frocks all for UNDER (yep, less than) $1000 – in fact some of them are less than $500!

20 Wedding Dresses Under $1000

Vintage Lace Fishtail Wedding Dress Under $1000

Vintage Lace Fishtail Maxi DressASOS

Ivory & Gray Wedding Dress Under $1000

Ivory & Grey Dress ‘Ivy’ – Carousel Fashion

'Ingrid' Velvet Bridal Gown

‘Ingrid’ Velvet GownBHLDN

'Teona' Beautiful and Budget Friendly Wedding Dress

‘Teona’ Wedding Dress – Alex Veil Bridal

Lace Wedding Dress Under $1000

Isabel GownJ.Crew

Embellished High Neck Bridal Gown Under $1000

Embellished High Neck Gown – Terani Couture at Nordstrom

Bride & Joy Tea Length Wedding Dress Under $500

Bride & Joy Dress – Modcloth

Boho Wedding Dress from Grace Loves Lace

Boho Dress – Grace Loves Lace

Lace Wedding Dress with Crop Jacket

Lace Bandeau Dress with Crop JacketASOS

'Sparkling Celebration' Vintage Wedding Dress

Sparkling Celebration Dress – Chi Chi London at Modcloth

'Jasmine' Budget Friendly & Beautiful Wedding Dress Under

‘Jasmine’ Wedding Dress – Carousel Fashion

'Athena' Elegant Wedding Dress under $1000

Athena DressLace & Liberty Bridal

'Naomi' Beautifully Beaded Wedding Dress

‘Naomi’ Wedding DressBHLDN

Lace Sweetheart Tea Length Wedding Dress

Lace Sweetheart Tea Length DressASOS

'Agnia' Long Sleeve Wedding Dress

‘Agnia’ long Sleeve DressMilamira Bridal

Of course we all know as soon as you put the word wedding in front of anything you can add an etxra ‘0’ or two when it comes to $s. So why not up the style stakes and save yourself a few pennies by choosing a dress with a hint of colour – with the right accessories they will look no less bridal, but with the added bonus of being wearable after the big day! How about these gorgeous gowns…..

Long Sleeve Embellished Wedding Dress

‘Adona’ Wedding DressBHLDN

Champagne Chiffon Wedding Dress

Champagne Wedding DressCarousel Fashion

Blush Sequin Wedding Dress for Under $1000

Sequin Cowl Back Gown – Badgley Mischka on ShopBop

Or even this floral fancy – after all floral wedding dresses are spot on in terms of trends this year!

Beautiful Floral Print Wedding Dress

Floral Print DressCathy Telle

And last but by no means least, you could go vintage! Because vintage wedding dresses are not only affordable alternatives, they’re also timelessly elegant, beautiful and virtually bespoke – I mean how many of these works of art have survived 50, 60 or 70 years? Not many! So there’s little to no chance of going to a wedding only to find the bride is wearing the dress you bought!

Vintage Tea Length 1950s Wedding Dress

Vintage Tea Length Dress – The Vintage Mistress

Aren’t they all just gorgeous?? You see, it is possible to look a million dollars without it costing a million dollars! And these 20 are just a few favourites of the many affordable wedding dresses I found – there are LOTS more out there. So many in fact, I have a Pinterest board full of beautiful bridal gowns that won’t break the bank so do pop across and take a peek.

Or if budget isn’t a question and you love long sleeves, you might want to have a look at these 30 lovelies! Or if you like the idea of something a little unconventional, do take a peek at these 20 floral wedding dresses perfect for creating a little wow! Or for something more vintage, these 1950s inspired bridal gowns or these Art Deco inspired wedding dresses might be for you.