If you’re looking for the dress of your dreams, but don’t want to spend thousands of pounds to get it, you’re in luck! There are loads of gorgeous styles available in both bridal boutiques and in high street shops that come in under £1,000 each – perfect if you’re on a slightly stricter budget!
Grace from BHS, £220
Starting with the cheapest design, it’s trusty old BHS! Surprised? You shouldn’t be! The wedding selection at BHS has got a huge range of beautiful bridal gowns ranging from £80 to £395, which makes it perfect for penny-pinching brides-to-be.
One of our favourite dresses from the collection is the stunning Grace – this timeless design reminds us of the Alexander McQueen beauty that the Duchess of Cambridge wore at her wedding. We love the A-line satin skirt, and the beautiful scalloped lace is open at the back, which will looking amazing in photographs!
I Got You Babe from Kitty & Dulcie, £325
We’re always singing the praises of Kitty & Dulcie here at Wedding Ideas, and with good reason – they’re one of the few online-only bridal boutiques that we trust, and all their gorgeous designs come in under £400!
I Got You Babe is one of our favourite gowns from their new Got The Love collection – it’s a cute yet elegant option for vintage-inspired weddings. Tea-length and cocktail dresses are great choices if you’re looking for a budget dress, as they’re often significantly cheaper.
#I105 from Alexia Ivory, £400
This show-stopping gown from Alexia’s affordable Ivory collection just goes to show that you can do princess glamour on a budget! We love the feminine sweetheart bodice, pretty waist embellishment and the full tulle skirt. Plus it comes in a gorgeous blush pink colour, which is great for brides wanting to let out their inner girly girl!
Don’t always assume that the high street will have the best prices when it comes to wedding gowns. Many bridal designers also do affordable or budget collections – most of the dresses in Alexia Ivory retail for under £300!
Oceana from Romantica of Devon, £599
Romantica of Devon is a great place to start if you want a designer dress for less, as many of their stunning gowns come in under the £500 mark – see 10 of them here!
One of our favourite Romantica dresses is the beautiful vintage-inspired Oceana. We love the intricate detailing, and the lightweight chiffon skirt makes it a great choice for brides marrying in a hot country or by the sea.
5506 from Tia by Benjamin Roberts, £685
This slinky number is from the 2015 collection for Tia by Benjamin Roberts, so it’s great for brides who are marrying next year. Tia is Benjamin Roberts’s more affordable line, and features stylish designs cut in feather-light fabrics.
We love the simple glamour of style 5506 – the elegant cowl neck and back will draw the focus up to your smiling face, and lets the exquisite tailoring of the gown speak for itself. Add a bracelet and some drop earrings and you’re good to go!
Bermuda from Perfection Bridal, £695
Perfection Bridal is another great name to check out if you’re looking for a gorgeous gown for under a grand, as their entire collection falls under the £1,000 mark! They do a brilliant range of styles too, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking your favourite.
We especially love the beautiful Bermuda – the dramatic plunge V-neck and ruched waist will give you the illusion of the perfect hourglass figure, and the glittering crystal detailing and satin skirt give it a touch of Hollywood glamour.
Ellis from Monsoon, £699
Who says you can’t do embellishment on a budget? Monsoon’s vintage-inspired bridal collection is full of stunning beading, but the Ellis has got to be our favourite. This romantic sheath gown is embroidered with gleaming beads and miniature sequins for a stunning shimmer effect that’s sure to catch the light. We also love that it comes with a flattering sheer shrug!
W400 from Alexia, £717
As well as their affordable Ivory line, Alexia’s main bridal collection also has some amazing designs that fall under the £1000 mark.
If you’re worried that having a tighter budget means cutting back on the drama, then just check out this show-stopper! This gorgeous taffeta A-line style is sure to wow your guests with its curve-hugging ruched bodice and off-the-shoulder straps, and the sweeping skirt will look fantastic on the dancefloor!
Hermione from Phase Eight, £750
Phase Eight is at the top end of the high street wedding boutiques, with shorter styles starting at just £250 and full-length gowns coming in between £495 and £750. We love their sleek silhouettes and sophisticated designs, especially the beautiful Hermione!
This exquisite lace design is inspired by the glamorous Twenties, making it the perfect choice for brides having an Art Deco theme wedding! We’re crazy about the delicate silver beading and the embellished sheer cape!
#F161051 from Jasmine Bridal, £890
This stunning number from Jasmine Bridal is the epitome of less is more. This chic satin mermaid gown with its sweetheart neckline will flatter your figure and make you feel like a film star, while the embroidered Venice lace sash adds the perfect subtle touch of sparkle.
2517 from Benjamin Roberts, £985
This gorgeous full-skirted option from the Benjamin Roberts 2015 collection shows that you don’t have to splash the cash to get a stunning wedding gown!
Wedding dresses with sleeves are big news for 2014 and 2015, so this gown is a fashion-forward option – plus the sheer sleeves are great for brides who feel a little self-conscious about their arms or are marrying in a religious venue.
Ramona from Maggie Sottero, £999
We’re finishing on another blush beauty. Masters of the perfect bridal silhouette, Maggie Sottero are known the world over for the exceptional cut and fit of their wedding dresses, meaning that this stunning gown is guaranteed to look amazing on you!
We love the flattering ruched bodice and the 3D floral detailing on the hip – we think it would be the perfect choice for English country garden brides!