You’re engaged. You want to get married in style, but you don’t want to go broke doing it. Spending $40,000 on one day is falling out of fashion—and fashion is keeping pace. Whether you tie the knot at City Hall, old-school style, in Manhattan with a photo shoot around the city, take a quick whirlwind weekend in Vegas to make it legal or head South of the Border for a destination vacation-slash-tying-the-knot, you can find a look that fits the bill, both figuratively and literally.
Want a classic yet on-trend floor length dress that will not break the bank? This lace Tadashi style has the one-shoulder look down with a beautiful bow at the stylish waist sash that ads a soft, romantic touch to the look. And nobody would ever guess that this high-style design is only $378 (about $1000 less than some of the higher end styles at budget bride resource David’s Bridal). This Mac Duggal design is slightly pricer at $798 but has a lace overlay and detailing that looks like it belongs on a gown that is four times as much. Still a deal when it comes to a wedding dress.
Are you looking to shine in a floor length satin gown instead of lace? This Dave and Johnny gown has a sexy but fashionable mermaid silhouette, and a striking and unmistakably bridal pleated bow at the bodice with a beautiful jeweled pin. And, guess what, it is only $190—one or two zeros off the end less than many bridal gowns.
And for a more modern fashionista of a bride, this dress is stunning for a beach wedding, with a keyhole neckline and a dramatic low back.
Shorter bridal looks are also perfect for a casual, impromptu or second-time-around wedding. This demure dress is a deal at $168 and can be customized to a variety of brides. How about this with a pair of red heels and a rhinestone clutch?
Good news for the budget bride: you are off the hook for the cost of your bridesmaid gowns, which are traditionally covered by your ladies in waiting. You can keep your maids on their own budgets with a variety of styles around the $150 mark or under like this charmingly sweet Landa style.