30 Perfect Wedding Dresses Without the Shocking Price Tag


According to The Knot, the average wedding costs upwards of $30,000 — and that’s not including a honeymoon!

If that number made you gulp, no fear! There are still plenty of ways to have a budget-friendly wedding. One area that can quickly eat up a fair bit of the budget is your wedding dress. With beautiful custom bridal gowns easily running upwards of $3,000, even the most cost-conscious bride can get swept up in the hunt for “the dress.”

The good news? You can still look absolutely stunning on your wedding day without breaking the bank. I’ve handpicked 30 gorgeous wedding gowns, available across the country in a variety of sizes — all for under $300 each! Plus, check out some great shopping tips when searching for your dream dress at a discounted price.

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10 Wedding Dresses Under $100

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1. Cap Sleeve Lace Long Plus Size Mesh Dress, $99.99 at David’s Bridal; 2. Rhinestone-Trim Gown, $99 at Macy’s; 3. Novela White Lace Maxi Dress, $78 at Lulu’s; 4. Sweetheart Beaded Empire Waist Bridal Gown, $85.99 at Amazon

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5. Sequined Lace Halter Gown, $99 at Macy’s, 6. Vintage Cap Sleeve Lace A-Line Wedding Dress, $94.89-$102. at Amazon; 7. Sheath One-Shoulder Dress, $89.99 at Light in the Box; 8. Cream Lace Maxi Dress, $88 at Lulu’s

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9. A-Line Floor-Length Chiffon Wedding Dress With Ruffle Sash & Bow, $99.99 at JJ’s House; 10. Ball Gown with Floral Lace, $49.99 at Light in the Box

Who says you need to spend a bundle to make a big impact? The trick is to know where to shop.

Retailers like Light in the Box and Amazon carry hundreds of dresses under the $100 price point, with beautiful lace, tulle, and satin styles ranging from a classic goddess-inspired sheath to full ball gowns.

Other retailers like Macy’s also have a great collection of eveningwear that can easily pull double duty as a bridal gown. Look out for special sales and coupon codes to maximize savings — dresses that are over your budget right now can easily be bought for less if you keep a close lookout.

10 Wedding Dresses Under $200

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1. Embroidered Tulle Two-Piece Gown, $159 at Nordstrom; 2. Surplice Bodice Crepe Jumpsuit with Wide Sash, $189.95 at David’s Bridal; 3. Romantic A-Line Straps Soft Tulle Dress, $108 at Amazon; 4. Embroidered Taffeta High-Low Gown, $249 at Macy’s

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5. Allover Lace V-Neck Plus Size Sheath Wedding Dress, $179.95 at David’s Bridal; 6. A-Line Sweetheart Organza Wedding Dress, $169.99 at Light in the Box; 7. Strapless Sateen A-Line Gown, $200 at Nordstrom; 8. Sydney Topper, $180 at BHLDN (skirt sold separately)

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9. One-Shoulder Sheath Dress with Crystal Detail, $179.95 at David’s Bridal; 10. Line Sky Blue Lace Tulle Dress, $179.99 at Light in the Box

Budget bridal babes would do well to look in two overlooked areas for chic bridal dresses.

First, try the bridesmaids’ section. Nearly all bridesmaids’ dresses are priced under $300 and often have beautiful accents like ruffles or a bit of sparkle. Second, take a spin through the prom dress racks. White is a trendy color for prom, and many gowns will have incredible beading and sequins for a bargain price.

Bridal fashion is more varied than ever before, with cool colors that go well beyond basic bridal white. If you’re open to a champagne, blush, or even pewter dress, the number of options you have is that much bigger as you can also peek through any store’s eveningwear boutique. You can also check out some current bridal trends, like separates (BHLDN has a great lineup) or jumpsuits, which are often available at a lower price point.

10 Wedding Dresses Under $300

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1. Strapless Chiffon Wedding Dress, $299.99 at David’s Bridal; 2. Spaghetti Straps Lace Appliques A-Line Dress, $229.99 at Amazon; 3. Back Cutout Scoop Neck Satin Trumpet Gown, $275 at Nordstrom; 4. Embroidered Chiffon Dress with Plunging Neckline, $289.95 at David’s Bridal

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5. Drape Back Crepe Gown, $295 at Nordstrom; 6. Memorable Matrimony Maxi Dress, $250 at Mod Cloth; 7. Open-Back Ruffled Gown, $209 at Macy’s; 8. Mixed Lace A-Line Halter Dress, $249.95 at David’s Bridal

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9. Fleur Lace Dress, $250 at BHLDN; 10. A-Line Wedding Dress with Beaded Empire Waist, $299.99 at David’s Bridal

One trick for hunting down a dazzling budget bridal dress? Look for high-end designers’ spin-off lines for affordable options but a similar aesthetic.

Designers like Hayley Paige and Vera Wang can command thousands for their custom gowns, but their sister lines Haley Paige Occasions (at Nordstrom) and White by Vera Wang (at David’s Bridal) offer options under $300.

You may also want to check out sample sales at bridal boutiques, especially if you’re close to a typical sample size (most seamstresses recommend not being further away than two sizes in either direction from a bridal dress sample size). If you do go the sample route, be sure to check the dress carefully for wear and tear from other brides trying on the dress in hopes of finding “the one.”

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