Hot-Off-The-Runway Bridal Looks That Won't Blow Your Budget

They say a wedding dress is the most important piece of clothing a woman will ever buy.

Perhaps that's true, but at the very least, it's likely the most expensive. According to and's annual Real Weddings Study, brides spent an average of $1,211 on wedding dresses in 2012. And that number varies throughout the country; Manhattan brides spent $2,877 on average, while Idaho brides spent around $878.

Thankfully, there are gorgeous gowns at every price point, and brides-to-be don't need to sacrifice style for budget. Below, you'll find six hot-off-the-runway looks we saw during Bridal Fashion Week 2013 and lower-priced but equally fashion-forward alternatives that won't break the bank.

On the left: "Heirloom" by Monique Lhuillier, available at Monique Lhuillier boutiques in Calif. and NY (photo by Getty). On the right: Long lace sleeved wedding dress by Graceloveslace, available on Etsy.

On the left: "Braxton" by Maggie Sottero for the Sottero & Midgley collection. On the right: "Maxine" sequined champagne gown by Sue Wong for BHLDN.

On the right: "Airlia" jacket by Ines Di Santo. On the left: Long sleeve lace jacket, available in stores and online at David's Bridal.

On the left: "Bernadette" by Reem Acra (photo by Getty). On the right: "Harlow" silk beaded gown by Ranna Gill for BHLDN.

On the left: Rose strapless silk ball gown by Vera Wang (photo by Getty). On the right: Blush sweetheart strapless tulle wedding dress by Ouma, available on Etsy.

On the left: "Kira" halter neck gown by Christos (photo by Getty). On the right: DB Studio's long chiffon over charmeuse gown, available online at David's Bridal.

Check out all the trends we spotted during Bridal Fashion Week below:

Top Trends From Fall 2013 Bridal Market

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