Getting married is expensive — that’s a fact as true as the sky is blue. So how can you cut back on costs and ensure you still have a special day without breaking the bank? Apart from budgeting on things like flowers and your venue, a good place to save a few thousand dollars is by opting for a more affordable wedding dress. But where do you find beautiful wedding dresses that also won’t blow your wallet?
The trick to getting a good deal on a wedding dress is not to look where everybody else is looking. Opt for lesser known brands, or look for white dresses from local designers. Lots of Australian designers don’t advertise themselves as bridal stores, but will often have a gorgeous white dress on offer.
Of course, when opting for a budget wedding dress there are some things you should look out for. Try and get as natural materials as possible, like silks or even cottons, to ensure the feeling and shape of your dress isn’t naff or itchy. And when shopping online, make sure to check out the returns policy for the site — because you don’t want to be stuck with a wedding dress that doesn’t fit.
Below, we’ve put together a list of affordable wedding dress brands that just might be able to fit the brief. Coming in at under $500, these designers will be able to help fill that gap and save some money so you can spend more on good quality French champagne.
Price range: $150-$300
With their recently released dedicated bridal edit, this local Australian designer has a style for every bride. And with prices all well below the $500 mark, it’s affordable for every bride. Plus, every dress comes in a range of colours, so there’s something for your bridesmaids, too.
Price range: $250-$550
Aside from their chic line of bridesmaid dresses, Bec & Bridge has a seriously good range of wedding dresses. Simple cuts in supple silks are their calling card, so minimalist brides should listen up, stat.
Price range: $100+
ASOS is our go-to for everything else, so why not wedding dresses, too? The online retailer has a surprising number of bridal gowns available, most of which are fitted with chic cuts and pretty patterns.
Price range: $200 - $500
One of our favourite high street retailers, French Connection, does a mean wedding dress. From traditional, Kate Middleton-inspired pieces, to demure slips, there’s something for almost every bride in this affordable range.
Price range: $200+
Although David Jones is known for its luxury brands, there are a few affordable gems to be found amongst the designers. Their dedicated wedding boutique is the place to go, both in-store and online, and filter by white dresses. From bohemian versions from Sandro to retro takes from Review, the range is as wide as you need for plenty of options.
Price range: $250+
While it might be best known for dressing influencers in on-trend outfits, Revolve actually has a strong bridal collection. Featuring everything from thousands-of-dollars gowns to more affordable options under $500, filtering by price will let you find the perfect trending dress in a matter of minutes.
Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree and Ebay
Price range: Everything!
For something unique that still suits your style, look to crowdsourced platforms like Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree or eBay. Here, brides can often sell serious designer dresses for a fraction of what they paid. Win!