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10 Places To Buy Inexpensive Wedding Dresses Online

My favorite part of wedding planning is looking at dresses. But I didn’t much like to look at them in person – I guess I just got used to shopping online in the comfort and privacy of my home. Plus, I knew my budget didn’t allow me to go to any bridal salons, and often times the selection (and sizing!) are more ample on the internet. With all the great options that have sprung up in the past few years, there is no reason to let money stand in the way of a bride and a beautiful dress.

You can spend thousands or even tens of thousands on your wedding gown. Even ladies with budget-friendly weddings often put four-figures into their dress. But if you, like me, has a budget that is a bit slimmer than that figure, don’t despair. There are plenty of stores, bridal and otherwise, that offers inexpensive and stylish dresses for $500 or less. In fact, you can even veer into seriously-inexpensive territory with dresses that fall under $300 or $200.

Here are ten of my favorite websites where I found inexpensive wedding dresses. Lots of them.

1. BCBG. BCBG won me over when I found this elegant, structured dress (#6 in collage). It’s not strapless! and just $598.00. For brides who are looking for a blush / pink colored dress, the Torey (#3 in collage) is under $400 and looks absolutely stunning (check out that back!).

2. TheLimited. When I was middle schoool, I considered TheLimitedToo the height of fashion. Now that I am a little more grown up, I find their wedding dresses to be some of the most affordable gowns out there. The Final Sale items are an especially good value (of course, there is always the element of risk in ordering a nonreturnable gown online). These two dresses are only $79! I love the rosette detailing on this gown (#1 in collage), and it’s only $159.

3. Ann Taylor. Ann Taylor’s price point is a little bit higher than some of the other retailers, but the dresses look lovely. Very understated gowns. The Olivia gown with a backless design, at $550, is one of my favorites. Plus the store has great return policies.

4. ShopBop (sales section!). Go to ShopBop’s bridal section, and sort for price. That way you’ll see all the dresses under the $500 mark first.:)This ACL dress is only $150 on sale. This Halston Heritage is under $500.

5. White House Black Market. Look at the Alexandra (#4 in collage)! The elegant choice if you are lucky to have a tall, statuesque build. (If I suddenly grew 11 inches taller? This would be MY dress).

6. Sample Sale Sites such as RueLaLa and HauteLook. I’ve seen several bridal sample sales (Nicole Miller, Sue Wong) on RueLala and HauteLook. The offerings include dresses, of course, but also veils, bridal jewelry, shoes, and clutches. Sign up for their emails to keep abreast of when the bridal sales will happen. Unfortunately, I was always too late to the sale to scoop up a dress in my size.

7. Ruby Lane. If you are looking for vintage dresses, I believe there is no better place than on Ruby Lane. I have noticed that the prices here also tend to be somewhat lower than on Etsy. This empire-waist silk shantung gown is under $200. Try getting a brand-new gown at that price with real silk. Or, if you are looking for something more romantic, how about the 1960s lace and chiffon number?

8. Nordstrom. When people talk about excellent customer service, I think of Nordstrom. So I would feel very safe buying my gown online from this store. This JS gown is inspired by Pippa Middletown‘s dress. But for $200, it’s probably, oh, 800% percent cheaper than the royal bridemaid dress!

9. Lord & Taylor. Lord & Taylor has a small but well-curated selection of gowns online. An embellished Sue Wong dress (#5 in collage) is discounted for $285.99. Another beautiful Pippa Middletown copy by ABS is at under $400.

10. David’s Bridal: David’s Bridal’s Buy Online selection of dresses starts at just $99, like this strapless pleated gown.  Want a ball gown (#2 in collage) without the ball gown price? This beauty is also $99.. I love this dress with the bold rose detail at the waist.

Tell me, what are your favorite places to shop online for inexpensive wedding dresses? Do I have any bride-to-be’s that saw something you like in this list?

  • Emma - I really like unique-vintage.com (not on your list). It's so easy to get lost on that site, mesmerized by pretty dresses. I wish Canada had more sites that meant you could shop without getting dinged by border tariffs. I still intend to get my dress from Unique Vintage, though accessorizing with a colourful crinoline will certainly add to the price tag.

    You can look through their wedding dresses, but you can also look through white prom dresses for options if you don't want the "traditional" style of dress. Personally, I want a dress that is tea length that has a circle skirt. Basically, I want a swing dress! I was intending to buy online from a site called Vivien of Holloway (out of England), but the dress I really want hasn't had the stock change, and my size hasn't been in for a few months. ReplyCancel

    • Well Heeled Blog - I didn't know about unique-vintage.com … yes I see what you mean, you can certainly get lost in it. Thanks for the tip! Maybe I need to have a post about 10 MORE places to get inexpensive wedding dresses. I love the type of dress you described – kind of like a 1950s ballerina length, right? ReplyCancel

      • Emma - http://www.vivienofholloway.com/en/category/50s%2… – This is the one I have been lusting over, but this is the one that I have been looking at since my size will be available:

        I pretty much want a swing style dress, so I'm not sure if that's what you meant by ballerina. My mom still wants me to go and try on traditional gowns though (I suppose for part of the experience).

        That said, I am still quite tempted to buy pretty dresses from there, even though I have few occaisions to wear the dresses I do own!

  • Michelle - These are all cute! ReplyCancel

    • Jon - My fiancee got her dress for only $450 — it was the third one she tried on. I cannot wait to see it. Personally, I am not a fan of any of these….but I know I will be a fan of hers. :) ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - No JCrew? I have had my eye on a JCrew wedding dress for months. Just waiting for B. to pull the ripcord… :-)ReplyCancel

    • Well Heeled Blog - I love J.Crew, but I would consider them more mid-to-upper in terms of price. They have a few gowns in the sub-$700 range, but everything else is above $1,000 or $2,000. ReplyCancel

  • Putri - BCBG is pretty good!

    I found mine on craigslist…it's not everyone's cup of tea to get a used wedding dress but hey, a used wedding dress has only been worn once or twice, for a day or less (a few hours). It's still good! Even though when I first tried it on, I had to email the photos to my maid of honor just to ask…does this dress really look good on me, or am I just in love with the price?? Hee hee :)ReplyCancel

    • Well Heeled Blog - Yes I get the falling in love with the price phenomenon! And hey, I buy vintage clothing, so I'd be the last person to shy away from dresses that were worn before. :) ReplyCancel

  • kim - Too bad I’m married, these are great ideas! I never would’ve thought of any of these stores. You will really have a wonderfully priced wedding! Whenever your fiance gets tied up in knots about the price of the wedding, tell him the cost of wedding dresses compared to the one you purchased! ReplyCancel

  • janinenicolee - Wonderful post! I can't wait till I'm engaged and looking for dresses I will definitely be checking these out! Congrats on being featured in the MoneySense November 11th roundup!

  • Julie - How about a used wedding dress — You can try http://www.recycledbride.com ReplyCancel

      I have gotten SO many good used dresses for AWESOME prices at goodwill! ReplyCancel

  • James Hart - @Author -Thanks for this blog post and tips
    @Julie -Thank you so much for the links ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Totally agree on buying used wedding dresses. There are tons of websites that allow you to do this – this way you can get a designer dress and not have to pay through the roof. I like recycled bride, but am also really excited about the launch of the new site http://www.hustlyourbustl.com because Hustl Your Bustl is going to focus on higher-end gowns so I don't have to sort through a bunch of junk to get to the good stuff. If you google "used wedding dresses", you can find lots of other sites too. ReplyCancel

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  • Tanisha - BHLDN the wedding line by Anthropologie has some beautiful dresses, but it's closer to J Crew's prices. ReplyCancel

  • Benjina - All of these are so cute. I like BCBG, it looks stunning dress but I have to consider about price again. ReplyCancel

  • Skye - Aliexpress.com or Dhgate.com is great for really inexpensive dresses. ReplyCancel

  • linda - I just got the wedding dress from Blissful-gift.com, it is very nice ReplyCancel

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