10 Best Places to Find Affordable Wedding Dresses

by | Oct 3, 2019

10 Best Places to Find Affordable Wedding Dresses

Your wedding day will no doubt be one of the most special and magical days of your life. It can also be one of the most stressful. Especially when you start thinking about what you’ll wear. 

Wedding dresses can run north of $2,000, and if you’re on a tight budget, your dress can easily send you into the red. 

But here’s the good news: There are some retailers who specialize in offering gorgeous wedding gowns at an affordable price. You just have to know where to look! Here are 10 of your best options:

Rent the Runway

Chances are you’ve already stolen the show in a wedding outfit from Rent the Runway – a service that lets you rent beautiful clothing at a fraction of the cost of purchasing it new. Recently, Rent the Runway rolled out their bridal concierge service, which helps women find and rent their designer dream dress. Since you’ll probably be wearing your dress once, why not rent one?

This online retailer is perfect for stylish ladies who aren’t willing to compromise their wedding day, but still need to save money. So, if you think that $7,500 dress you saw in Mon Cheri was a bit too rich for your blood, think again.

  • Sizes: 0-22
  • Cost: $30-325 

Wtoo by Watters

Watters? I thought you said this was going to be affordable! Fear not, sweet bride. While Watters is best known for their pricey designer gowns and formalwear, their Wtoo line is perfect for brides who want it all, but can’t afford a $10,000 gown. 

At Wtoo, you’ll find an incredible collection of designer gowns at prices significantly less than what you’ll find at Watters, Kleinfelds, or Saks Fifth Avenue. Whether you’re looking to nail a boho-chic look or go full Disney princess, you’ll find something you love from Wtoo. 

  • Sizes: 00-32
  • Cost: $475-4,000

ASOS

While ASOS may be known mainly as a fast-fashion retailer, they’re quickly becoming a destination for brides as well. It’s easy to see why Asos is such a popular destination. They have a huge selection of dresses, they cater to women of all sizes and shapes, and their fashion-forward silhouettes look far more expensive than they are. 

  • Sizes: 00-26
  • Cost: $100-650 

BHLDN

While you might not be able to buy a vowel at BHLDN, you can certainly find a gorgeous wedding dress. BHLDN is owned by Anthropologie, so you probably already have an idea of the style of dresses you’ll find here. Their chic bohemian looks are sure to delight brides everywhere, especially those mourning the loss of Stone Fox Bride and similar stores.

BHLDN carries a full line of dresses and skirts ranging from separates to ballgowns, and they even offer bridesmaids dresses and accessories for the groomsmen. So, you’ll be able to style your whole crew without hitting up a second store. 

With over 20 locations nationwide, you can make an appointment with the in-house stylists, where you’ll receive an hour of one-on-one time as a courtesy.

  • Sizes: 0-18
  • Cost: $168-2,385

Etsy 

Etsy has become the go-to destination for one-of-a-kind items from creatives around the world. But we bet you haven’t considered getting your dream dress from them. The truth is, Etsy is home to hundreds of talented designers and thousands of gorgeous gowns. 

At Etsy, you’ll find custom couture as well as vintage gowns and veils. And since you can communicate with the store owner or designer directly, you can be sure that all your needs are met before your big day. You may even be able to pick up some helpful tips and tricks from designers along the way.

  • Sizes: 00-30 (varies widely by store)
  • Cost: $50-50,000 (helpful, right? There’s a big range!)

David’s Bridal 

David’s Bridal has one of the largest selections of wedding dresses for women of all shapes, sizes, and budgets. Lace, tulle, chiffon, and anything in between, their selection is nothing to shake a stick at. Every bride can find something to wear here. 

With over 1,000 dresses in stock and locations across the country, you’ll have no trouble finding something you love that also fits your wedding dress budget. Plus, each location has a talented in-house wedding dress tailor, so you’ll be able to have your dress beautifully fitted in-store. 

David’s Bridal is also ideal for the indecisive bride, as they feature a great return/exchange policy. While returns aren’t accepted, you can exchange your dress for another up until the date of your wedding. 

  • Sizes: 0-30
  • Price Range: $40-2,098

Modcloth 

If you’re hoping to channel some vintage vibes with your dress, but don’t have the time or money to hunt one down, Modcloth may have your perfect wedding dress. While their selection leaves something to be desired, Modcloth offers beautiful vintage-inspired dresses at prices that any bride will swoon for. 

  • Sizes: 00-28
  • Cost: $80-350

Reformation 

The perfect gown for the ecologically conscious bride, Reformation offers tons of fashionable styles with an eye for conservation. Thankfully, Reformation’s focus on sustainable practices doesn’t seem to have impacted the price. Here, the most expensive dress hardly eclipses the $500 mark. 

If there’s one downside to Reformation, it’s their sizing. At this time, there aren’t any options for plus size women. But, Reformation’s recent partnership with Ali Tate Cutler suggests that the brand will be doing a better job at catering to all women in the future.

  • Sizes: 00-12
  • Cost: $248-528

Poshmark 

Poshmark has quickly become one of the go-to destinations to buy and sell new and gently used designer apparel, and wedding dresses are becoming a specialty. At Poshmark, you’ll find a vast selection of gorgeous dresses from spaghetti straps to sleeves, all at a deep discount. 

The caveat is that many of the dresses are, in fact, used. However, you’ll also be able to score a steal on occasion, like this beautiful dress from Allure Bridals with an elegant sweetheart bodice, or this beautiful number which also features the sweetheart neckline. 

  • Sizes: Varies by dress
  • Cost: Also varies, but usually 50-70% off retail

Lauren Bridal 

With a selection that’s sure to please every bride, this boutique manages to provide tons of affordable dresses in every style. From the classic A-line silhouette to guipure lace and everything in between, Lauren Bridal has you covered. The most expensive dress in the shop is still under $1000, and they cater to all women, with most dresses available in a full size range. 

  • Sizes: 0-28
  • Cost: $70-750

Final Word

Thanks to these incredible shops, you can put all your dress-related anxiety aside. With tons of great options in styles and sizes for every woman, these affordable wedding dresses are just what you need for your incredible upcoming wedding.

Besides a shopping for an affordable wedding dress, what else are you doing to save for your big day? Visit HiCharlie and see how we can help you reach your budgeting goals.

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