Your wedding is already one of the most expensive days of your life. Then there’s the added burden of finding one of the few reasonably priced wedding dresses you actually like. Not all of us can afford those designer brands, and there’s so much pressure for everything to be perfect. But a cheap wedding dress doesn’t have to mean poor quality. We’ve found some of the best affordable wedding dresses the high street has to offer.
Saying Yes to the Dress
When you picture the perfect wedding dress, you don’t picture the price tag. So, does it really matter where you bought it? With the horror stories of brides buying cheap designer copies online, women are wising up. High street bridal gowns are affordable, and can be just as beautiful as designer gowns. With the cheapest wedding dresses on the UK high street coming out at just over £100, you can get married without breaking the bank.
We love high street wedding dresses. 2016 saw a breakthrough in beautiful, affordable designs, and this year is no different. With some of your favourite high street designers creating their own bridal collections, there really is no need to splash out thousands for your wedding dress.
The high street’s wedding dress offerings have improved vastly over the past few years, and with magazines like Vogue and Marie Claire recommending a high street wedding dress to readers, the taboo around budget wedding dresses has gone. Plus, a budget wedding dress means more money to spend on the honeymoon!
Best High Street Wedding Dresses
These are some of the top gowns that our favourite wedding dress high street retailers have to offer online. From stores like Revolve, She In and Missguided, these inexpensive wedding dresses range from $150 to $550. If you’d prefer to go in store to try on different wedding dresses, UK retailers like Dorothy Perkins and Debenhams have some elegant choices.
The White High Neck Lace Detail Maxi Dress we have chosen from Missguided is not only chic and sexy but also, at £120, one of the most affordable wedding dresses. At the higher end of our inexpensive dresses there is the Bolt Gown from Revolve, which is $524. With its ruffle neckline and sleek silhouette, it is one of the more modern- looking of the budget wedding dresses.
We’ve also chosen two dresses from the ASOS Curve range, which has some gorgeous low cost wedding dresses. The Soft Drape Front Maxi Dress looks stylish and comfortable, and would be a perfect dress for those getting married by the coast. Wedding dresses don’t have to break your budget.
Affordable Wedding Dress Retailers
Number one on our list for high street wedding dresses is ASOS. Whether you are looking for a classic wedding dress or something more unusual, you are bound to find a gown that catches your eye. The ASOS BRIDAL range is proof that low cost wedding dresses can be budget-friendly and beautiful. The dresses are also true to size, so you can measure yourself against their size guide for the perfect fit.
The wedding dress we have chosen, the beach wedding look.
ASOS also offers free shipping and returns, just in case you want to try a few options or change your mind about your dress.
Debenhams has a gorgeous collection of budget wedding dresses. UK stores are currently stocking the Nine collection by Savannah Miller. If you don’t want to look like the everyday bride you need to check out this collection.
The Ivory ‘Anabella’ wedding dress is elegant and chic, with frilled details and beautiful stone embellishments. At only £360, it is less than half the price of many designer wedding dresses. The feminine shape and flattering floor-length draping make this a wedding dress option for many brides. With the addition of a faux fur shrug, this would make the perfect winter wedding dress.
If you are more of a traditional bride, the new Dorothy Perkins bridal collection is a must-see. Prices range from $100 to $300, but looking at these gorgeous gowns you’d never know.
The Off-White ‘Amelie’ Wedding Dress is classic yet contemporary, with delicate lace and beading. This understated dress gives you the option of wearing it with straps, or without. The lovely puddle train has internal buttons so it can be looped round to shorten the dress.
If you have a strict wedding dress budget, Dorothy Perkins also has a wide range of cheap bridesmaid dresses. UK stores have many options in a variety of colours and lengths (long, midi or short). Our two picks, in purple and navy blue, match the elegant flow of the wedding dress and will fit in with any budget. Other colours are also available.
If you are browsing for budget wedding dresses online, you can get free standard shipping, or cheap fast shipping if the big day is nearly here. If you prefer to shop in store, choose one of Dorothy Perkins’ larger stores for a greater choice of dress.
Revolve has everything from bachelorette party dresses to bridal gowns. This online retailer also has stylish options for the rest of your wedding party, including the bridesmaids.
The lace options we have chosen look as if they could have walked straight off a runway. At $1078, the long-sleeve embellished gown may be right on the edge of your high street budget, but it still comes in cheaper than most designer dresses. But the lower cost options, like the all over lace gown which we love, are just as beautiful. With the backless feature and lace overlay, this budget dress could almost be haute couture.
If you’re not having a traditional church wedding, Revolve has many different options. Registry office wedding dresses tend to be shorter and less traditional. The interesting sleeves and layering on the society frill midi dress would take you straight through from the registry office to the reception.
Fans of Ted Baker know the brand as ‘no ordinary designer label’, and their wedding dresses live up to this. It only has a small collection of low cost wedding dresses, but each of them are individual and beautiful.
This lace peplum dress is the budget wedding dress for the modern bride. It is much shorter than the average wedding dress, so would suit a more quirky, confident couple. Think elegant spring wedding. The RAECHAL dress has beautiful lace detailing round the neck that we have never seen before, and the sleeves speak for themselves. In this dress, you are guaranteed to stay in the spotlight throughout your wedding day.
Choosing Your Affordable Wedding Dress
Here are some things to think about when you’re shopping for your big day.
- Pick a wedding dress budget and stick to it. Your wedding doesn’t have to break the bank.
- Think about what kind of dress would suit your wedding location. A registry office wedding dress won’t necessarily be the same as one you would wear for a church wedding.
- High street wedding dresses tend to run closer to real size than expensive brands. But don’t worry if your perfect dress doesn’t fit quite right; a quality tailor will be able to adjust it for you.
- A dress-fitter can also add embellishments to make your dress unique. You’ll still have spent less than if you’d bought a designer gown.
- Just because you are buying a cheap wedding dress, it doesn’t mean you are skimping on quality. Look at materials and washing instructions for clues on how well it’s been made.
- If you want to try on a cheap wedding dress, London high streets have a wide choice of retailers to choose from.
- High street stores also have plenty of options for the wider bridal party in their collections. ASOS have great ranges of bridesmaid dresses, men’s suits and accessories.
Now you know where to look for the top high street dresses, it’s time to get shopping. If we haven’t converted you, go and take a look for yourself. Choosing a wedding dress on a budget doesn’t mean missing out on what you want. Compare designer with high street and you’ll see how much you’re really getting for your money.
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Last reviewed and updated on February 15, 2023