For BRIDES, by Hillary Hoffower.
With average wedding costs reaching well over $30,000, we don't blame you for wanting to keep your wedding-dress budget minimal. It's hard to convince yourself to drop major dough on something you'll wear only once. Budget-conscious brides, you're in luck! We've rounded up some of our favorite wedding dresses under $1,000. Yes, you heard us correctly: We're talking three-figure wedding dresses. It can be hard to believe they exist, but we promise you, they do.
And there's no shortage of variety either. Whether you prefer a fairy-tale ball gown, the Hollywood glamour of an A-line, sexy formfitted lace, or breezy chiffon, you'll find something right up your alley if you look hard enough. The best part? They look more expensive than they actually are, so you won't be sacrificing quality or beauty.
When it comes to finding a dress in this price range, you just have to be a little savvier when shopping. Opt for something simple, or consider a more lightweight fabric or a dress with less fabric. These are easier to find in bridesmaids' and reception-dress collections; just look for those that are white or a neutral shade. Similarly, look at online retailers such as Revolve or Net-A-Porter for white or beige dresses. They usually even have a bridal section that begins at affordable prices. Several designers also have mainstream ready-to-wear collections, such as Wtoo by Watters, or guest collections for other brands, such as Vera Wang for David's Bridal, that are much more inexpensive.
But wherever you choose to shop, make sure you don't buy from an unauthorized retailer. We've heard one too many horror stories about knockoff wedding dresses looking completely different than their online images. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Just research, research, research. Luckily enough, we've gotten a head start for you: These budget-friendly wedding dresses will sweep you off your feet.
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"Eliana" wedding dress, $598, Reformation
"Blake" gown, $900, Theia; available at BHLDN
3. Melissa Sweet
Tiered chiffon A-line Style MS251178 wedding dress, $758, Melissa Sweet; available at David's Bridal
4. Alfred Angelo
Venise lace and tulle Style 2586 wedding dress, $995, Alfred Angelo
5. Morilee by Madeline Gardner
"Marisol" wedding dress, $849, Blu Collection from Morilee by Madeline Gardner
See the rest of Wedding Dresses We Love under $1,000 on Brides.com.
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