It’s no secret that wedding gowns cost big bucks these days. And while lots of brides have no problem shelling out thousand of dollars for a dress that they will only wear once, not everyone wants or can afford to wear a traditional wedding gown. So what’s a girl on a budget to do, you may ask? Well today’s your lucky day because we’ve scoured the internet, so you don’t have to, rounding up ten amazing alternative wedding dresses all for under $500!
1. The Aqua Mary Maxi Dress from ASOS $296.98
The Aqua Mary Maxi dress (also pictured above) is perfectly minimal and can be styled with the right accessories to fit just about any style of bride. In addition to this dress, ASOS has a great selection of white dresses under $500 and is a must-visit site for budget-savvy brides.
2. Alice + Olivia Yarra Bustier Maxi Dress (available at Bergdorf Goodman) $495
Coming in just under $500, this gold speckled dress is an elegant and contemporary option for brides who want to add a little personality and a hint of sexy to their wedding day attire.
3. Adrianna Papell Beaded Gown (available at Bloomingdale’s) $260
This gorgeous beaded evening gown would make an excellent alternative wedding dress for a Great Gatsby themed wedding, don’t you think? Bring on the champagne!
4. Gold Sequin Party Dress by Ouma (available on Etsy) $320
Throw on this sparkly party dress from Ouma and get ready to dance the night away. If you love the look of tulle, but aren’t hot for the gold sequins on this dress, Ouma has a wonderful variety of tulle dresses and skirts available for under $1000 to choose from.
If you’re having a sophisticated loft wedding, this silk high-low dress would perfectly befit the occasion and look amazing paired with a simple birdcage veil and a chunky gold cuff.
6. Silver Stars Floor Length Gown by Holly Stalder (available on Etsy) $325
Who says your wedding dress has to be white? Like ASOS, Etsy is another great resource for budget brides or anyone looking for a less traditional wedding dress. This silver gown from Etsy seller Holly Stalder has a great vintage feel to it and would look beautiful on any bride.
7. The Monique Skirt from KT Jean (available on Etsy) $480
Separates are becoming more and more popular with brides these days and are usually a cheaper alternative to a full gown. By simply pairing a different top with this skirt from KT Jean, you can change the entire look of the outfit. Who knows, you might even wear it again!
8. Collette Dinnigan Santa Fe Lovers Lace Maxi Dress (available at Frockaholics) $360
Perfect for an intimate garden wedding, this romantic Collette Dinnigan dress is for all you lace lovers out there. How sweet does it look with that braided crown?
Another high-low dress, you can’t beat the price of this Topshop Mesh Embroidery Maxi dress. And with all the money you’ll save on the dress you can afford to splurge on a really fabulous pair of heels to wear with it.
10. Erin Fetherston Gatsby Dress $425
White bridesmaids dresses, like this Gatsby dress from Erin Fetherston, are incredibly popular at the moment, making it easier for brides to find dresses they can pass off as wedding dresses, at a fraction of the cost. Just don’t tell your bridesmaids that your dress cost less than theirs!
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