Shopping for a wedding dress is unlike shopping for any other item of clothing. It’s a look you’ll wear once, but be photographed in a thousand times, with the images displayed in your home, your parents’ and in-laws’ homes, and on many Instagram feeds and Facebook pages. But you don’t have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks. There are hundreds of stylish, budget wedding dresses available to suit both your personal and wedding style from a beach-chic look to a vintage boho design and glam ball gowns.
Here are 23 wedding dresses in stores now for less than $3,000!
Photo: Hayley Paige
The Londyn by Hayley Paige is an ivory strapless natural waist ballgown with a crossover bodice and full tulle skirt with horsehair flounces and a chapel train. Add some glamour to your wedding-day look with a shimmering necklace and chandelier earrings.
Londyn by Hayley Paige, $2,750
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Hayley Paige’s Cali Guipure lace sheath wedding dress is quite revealing with a sheer nude lining, scalloped plunging V-neckline and a low open back.
Cali by Hayley Paige, $2,970
Photo: Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Available in ivory, white and blush (shown here), Massima (style #5573) by Morilee by Madeline Gardner has a full tulle skirt embellished with crystal beading and embroidered lace appliqués, and a romantic off-the-shoulder neckline and lace illusion back for a true fairy-tale princess look.
Massima by Morilee by Madeline Gardner, $1,000
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For an ethereal look, Morilee by Madeline Gardner’s Misty wedding gown is oh-so dreamy. The crystal and diamanté bodice, with exposed boning and double embellished spaghetti straps, is paired with a silky soft net skirt.
Misty by Morilee by Madeline Gardner, $1,100
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A sophisticated look, Romy by Blue Willow Bride by Anne Barge, is an off-the-shoulder sheath dress in a stretch crepe with a criss-cross back.
Romy by Blue Willow Bride by Anne Barge, $1,750
Trimmed in lace, the Itala Topper with cap sleeves, a feminine scalloped trim and buttons down the black, is worn over the Darla Camisole and paired with the silk georgette Delia Maxi Skirt, all by Catherine Deane, and exclusively available at BHLDN.
Itala Topper, Darla Camisole, and Delia Maxi Skirt (sold as separates) by Catherine Deane from BHLDN, $1,250
A BHLDN exclusive, the Ariane tulle ball gown by Etoile, features dainty floral appliques and delicate beading that trail from the illusion straps to the skirt. A sheer panel allows for a revealing, yet still modest, V-neckline.
Ariane Gown by Etoile from BHLDN, $1,400
Brides who are looking for two different looks for their ceremony and reception can save money by purchasing a convertible or 2-in-1 gown, such as Bella by Randy Fenoli, star of Say Yes to the Dress. The strapless, sweetheart neckline bodice reveals corset boning and beaded lace appliqués, which is repeated on the skirt. The 3-tiered tulle ball skirt has a removable underskirt, turning a formal ball gown into a short and sexy party dress (totally a la Sofia Vergara on her wedding day!)! Available nationwide, but exclusive to Kleinfeld in the New York Tri-State Area.
Bella gown by Randy Fenoli, $2,900
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For a more modern than traditional look, try on this Limited Edition WHITE by Vera Wang Halter Sheath Wedding Dress, exclusively at David’s Bridal, embellished with symmetrical hand-beaded lace appliques, a halter neckline and sweep train.
Halter Sheath dress by WHITE by Vera Wang at David's Bridal, $998
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Inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream? Evelyn, a soft, strapless, modified A-line wedding gown by Jenny Yoo layers tulle over lace to create a multi-dimensional romantic look. Ruching throughout the bodice and a waist seam above the natural waistline, emphasizes and flatters the figure. Faux bridal button detailing adds to the overall feminine look.
Evelyn gown by Jenny Yoo, $1,895
Quite a regal look, Libby by Enzoani, is the ultimate princess gown. The timeless strapless sweetheart silhouette features a flowing A-line tulle skirt and a Chantilly lace bodice encrusted with beads.
Libby gown by Enzoani, $2,450
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Getting married in a garden? Pick a wedding gown with blooms to complement the setting. Paloma Blanca’s tulle and organza A-line wedding dress, style 4759, has embroidered appliqués over a sheer corset and in a vine pattern cascading on the skirt.
Style 4759 by Paloma Blanca, $2,600
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Sometimes a little bling can make a big impact. Maggie Sottero’s Rory organza ball gown has an asymmetrical pleated bodice, soft pleats in the full skirt, and is adorned with delicate crystal detailing. Bejeweled shoulder straps trail from the V-neckline to the back, framing it with illusion netting, while a Swarovski crystal belt adorns the waistline.
Rory gown by Maggie Sottero, $1,449
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An elegant sheath crepe wedding gown, Naomi by Rebecca Ingram features a lace bodice and an illusion off-the-shoulder sweetheart neckline. The illusion scoop back is framed with lace and finished with covered buttons over a zipper closure.
Naomi gown by Rebecca Ingram, $699
One of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favorite designers, Jenny Packham has an affordably-priced bridal collection exclusively at David’s Bridal: Wonder by Jenny Packham. With a nod to the Art Deco era, this chiffon V-Neck Flutter Cap Sleeve Wedding Dress has as embellished bodice and sweep train.
V-Neck Wedding Dress by Wonder by Jenny Packham for David's Bridal, $828 (sizes 0-12), $878 (Plus 16W-26W)
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Feel like channeling Carrie Bradshaw on your big day? If you’ve found a fabulous pair of shoes to wear to your wedding then order this Mikado High-Low Wedding Dress from DB STUDIO, exclusively at David’s Bridal, to show them off!
Mikado High-Low Wedding Dress by DB Studio for David's Bridal, $159.95
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Several designers have added cover-up accessories such as capes and shrugs to modernize a traditional look, but this Madison James design takes the idea one step further. Inspired by The Great Gatsby, Style MJ315 features a caped bodice with a deep V-neckline, sleeves and an illusion back adorned with covered buttons.
Style MJ315 by Madison James, from $1,200
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Show off your curves in this sexy, yet timeless gown by Allure Bridals. Style 9250 is an all-over lace wedding dress in a mermaid silhouette with a strapless sweetheart bodice.
Style 9250 by Allure Bridals, from $1,200
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Brides who want to flaunt their fab figures will fall in love with Casablanca Bridal’s Style 2016. The trumpet silhouette has an asymmetrical and ruched bodice with a strapless sweetheart neckline. A crystal, rhinestone and pearl appliqué embellishes the front and back of the dropped waist, which flares out at the knee.
Style 2016 by Casablanca Bridal, $1,055
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For understated glamour, opt for pearls to adorn your formal wedding dress. Justin Alexander Signature’s Opulent Beaded Illusion Bodice and V-Back with Layered Skirt has a beaded bodice with a Sabrina neckline, a plunging back framed with illusion and pearls, and a layered skirt with horsehair trim to add volume and movement as you walk down the aisle and dance the night away.
Beaded Illusion Bodice gown by Justin Alexander Signature, $2,400
Photo: Hayley Paige
Traditional ivory lace is mixed with tulle to create a contemporary ball gown. Blush by Hayley Paige’s Dayton wedding dress features a strapless scalloped sweetheart neckline, which is quite romantic, and a tiered tulle skirt trimmed with horsehair to give some structure to the light-as-air fabric.
Dayton by Blush by Hayley Paige, $2,400
Photo: Monique Lhuillier
Mimicking the style of her most sought-after designs, this plunging V-neck bias crepe sheath gown from Bliss Monique Lhuillier (style BL16138), is minimalist in design with a clean look and low, open back.
Style BL16138 by Bliss Monique Lhuillier, $2,420
The ornate beaded appliqué on Watters’ Faye wedding dress creates a tone-on-tone design that’s bold yet delicate. The appliqué is set on English netting over stretch satin to give the structured, sweetheart strapless gown a soft, flowy look.
Faye gown by Watters, $2,995