Planning a wedding is expensive – sometimes you need to be sensible and bow down to the budget, even if it is heart-breaking. But being on a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the wedding dress of your dreams – we’ve rounded up some of our favourite wedding dresses under £500.
Kitty & Dulcie
We asked affordable bridal retailer Kitty & Dulcie to elaborate on the importance of reasonably priced bridalwear: “Kitty & Dulcie offer value for money, quality wedding dresses. Brides have been blown away by the design, cut and quality of our gowns. They're all priced below £400 and can be found exclusively at kittyanddulcie.com. Remember if you're buying online make sure you measure yourself correctly, ask lots of questions and most importantly make sure you are able to receive a full refund if the dress isn't quite right for you. It is possible to buy the perfect gown for less than £500."
Baroness Pearl Gown - £345
This 50s style wedding dress is perfect for retro loving brides. We love how it has been styled with a red sash and a matching red lip.
Betty Blossom Wedding Dress - £395
How beautiful is the lace on this pretty tea length wedding dress? Make sure you choose a pair of unusual wedding shoes to show off.
City Slicker Wedding Dress - £395
You can get a traditional wedding dress at an affordable price – this floor length gown is made of beautiful bridal lace and comes in at under £500.
Crazy For You Bridal Gown - £365
We love the lace Peter Pan collar and buttoned front of this pretty wedding dress – it’s so unusual and definitely a great choice for vintage inspired brides.
I Got You Babe Bridal Gown - £325
Another retro inspired beauty – the bateau neckline of this wedding dress works perfectly with an up do and bold eyeliner flicks.
Jasmine’s Secret Wedding Dress - £395
This floaty gown is the perfect choice for boho brides on a budget. We love the on trend lace sleeves too – why not read our round up of the best long sleeved wedding dresses for more ideas?
Pearly Queen Gown - £370
Lace necklines and 50s inspired full skirts are a match made in heaven when it comes to wedding gowns – no one will know this gorgeous dress was less than £400.
High street retailer Monsoon is often the first port-of-call for brides on a budget, and with good reason. There’s a whole range of affordable wedding dresses to suit every style of bride.
Savannah - £399
If you’re conscious of your upper arms, the Savannah is the perfect choice – the sheer fabric will conceal them and still look delicate.
Seraphina - £249
Brides who love the swinging 60s, or who are looking for a breezy beach wedding dress should consider the Seraphina – we love the short hemline and beaded neckline.
Willow Lace - £199
Lace lovers, pay attention! This gorgeous lace gown comes in at just under £200 and has a modest but stylish knee length hemline. Browse our favourite short wedding dresses for more ideas.
Analia - £399.99
We’re obsessed with the pretty lace neckline and short sleeves on this cute Monsoon wedding dress. The eyelash lace on the hem is seriously stylish.
Aria - £299
Those looking for a more unusual wedding dress will love the Aria – the high, lace trimmed neckline and curved lace belt are very unusual.
Cressida - £395
If you want a more traditional take, this lace sleeved gown is lovely. The white bow belt is the ideal accompaniment, but don’t be afraid to switch it if you want something glittery.
Delaney - £399
Fans of more simple styles will adore the Delaney – the simple skirt and detailed neckline make it an elegant, sophisticated choice.
Elora - £399
How stunning is the bodice on this dress? We love the V-neckline, complete with lace underneath. Wear your hair up to really show it off.
Farah - £499
Did you know it was possible to get a hand-embellished wedding dress for under £500? The Farah is hand finished with pearl beads and detailed embroidered patterns. It also has a stylish keyhole back.
Giana - £499
This 70s inspired wedding dress features fabric covered buttons on the sleeves and a 40cm puddle train which will flow behind you as you walk.
Nevena - £299
Vintage brides will love this gown from Monsoon – it’s perfect for a country garden wedding. If you’re looking for more ways to save why not make your own floral crown to go with it?
Aspen - £299
This dress is a great choice if you are conscious of your upper arms – the loosely fitted lace overlay will conceal upper arms and flatter your figure.
BHS wedding dresses all retail under £200, making them the perfect choice if you have a tight budget. The merchandising team explain more: “For our customer, finding a dress that is going to make her feel special on her big day should be her main focus. The affordability of our dresses, from £65 to £180, can help take away budget worries so she can focus on finding the dress that best suits her look or the feel of her wedding.
“Each dress is designed with the little details that make a dress special, whether it’s a pretty scalloped lace neckline or elegant covered buttons running down a bodice. We try to offer the best value possible for our customer so she can make the most of her wedding day.”
Bella Keyhole Wedding Dress - £180
The Bella gown has a keyhole back and a flattering cross-over front. The gown is covered in lace and features an ivory lining and waist belt.
Charlotte Lace Wedding Dress - £95
This dress would look lovely as a wedding dress, but you could also use it as a bridesmaid dress for that price – check out our favourite white bridesmaid dresses for more inspiration.
Louisa Lace Pleat Wedding Dress - £95
The pleated skirt on this gown is ideal for brides who want a 1920s inspired wedding dress. Again it’d be a great choice for a bridesmaid dress if it doesn’t work for the bride.
Amelie Short Wedding Dress - £65
Did you ever imagine you’d find a wedding dress for £65? This gown has lace all over and even has a matching jacket you can buy too.
You probably turn to ASOS for all your fashion finds – so why not consider it for your bridalwear? There are a range of affordable wedding dresses on ASOS, and we’ve got some highlights here.
Deep Plunge Strappy Fishtail Maxi Dress - £100
This glamorous gown would look amazing with a deep tan. Make sure you read our guide to wearing a backless wedding dress if you opt for this one.
Extreme Satin Prom Maxi - £250
If you want to channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw, go for this amazing full skirted gown from ASOS. We love the delicate spaghetti straps.
Bridal Jumpsuit with Cape Overlay - £180
Alternative brides should consider a bridal jumpsuit. We love the fact this one has a cape! We have plenty more alternative wedding dress inspiration on hitched.
Lace 3D Floral Fishtail Maxi Dress – £250
This amazing sheer lace wedding dress from ASOS is perfect for brides who want to make a statement.
Pearl Crop Top Maxi Dress - £95
Did you think you could get a pearl studded wedding dress for less than £100? This maxi dress has a crop top style top – perfect if you want to do the two piece wedding dress trend but don’t want to show off too much skin.
Iridescent Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress - £150
This amazingly detailed wedding dress from ASOS looks super expensive – no one would guess it cost just £150. It’s also fashion forward enough to be worn again at a formal party.
Lace Sweetheart Tutu Midi - £180
This charming tea length wedding dress is a dreamy choice for a vintage inspired bride. We love the lace bodice and the full skirt.
Brides looking for a super glamorous but budget friendly wedding dress should consider Phase Eight – there are lots of expensive looking dresses that will still leave room in the wedding budget for accessories. Browse our guide to wedding veils for inspiration.
Evangeline - £395
If you love all things glittery (and we have plenty of glitter wedding ideas if you do) then this glittery wedding dress is ideal. The detail on this dress makes it look like it’s worth more than twice the price.
Floral - £275
Sixties loving brides will adore this pretty floral mini dress with an A-line skirt. Pair with white tights and retro shoes to complete the look.
Helen Lace - £160
If you’re looking for a pink wedding dress, this is a good place to start. Even if it’s not the gown for you, it could definitely work as a pink bridesmaid dress too.
Ines - £350
We love this pretty floral lace dress – it’s ideal for a destination wedding in a hot country, or if you want to change your dress for the evening party.
Josefina - £495
Traditional brides will fall in love with this gown – it has a flowing train and elegant lace details. We actually can’t believe it’s less than £500.
Selma - £275
This is a vintage beauty perfect for a garden party. Make sure you pick amazing shoes to show off with this pretty shorter dress.
Talunia Sequin - £350
Glamorous brides will adore this glittering gown from Phase Eight. Imagine how much it will sparkle under the lights at your wedding. It’s a great choice if you want a glitzy evening gown to change into as well.
Coast is definitely worth a visit for bridesmaid dresses and stylish mother of the bride dresses too, but they also have a selection of gowns ideal for weddings at under £500.
Finale - £189
This crepe maxi dress has been cut and tailored to define your waist and give a feminine silhouette. We love the flattering draping and the delicate spaghetti straps.
Veda - £195
If you’re looking for a Grecian style wedding dress, the Veda could be for you. The delicate beading and embroidery make it look super expensive.
Lori Lee - £59
This full length wedding dress features a gorgeous lace bodice and an embellished waist belt making it look like there should at least be an extra zero on the price!
Lucianna - £195
The Lucianna is a great choice for a bride who is looking for something a little different. We love the silvery floral pattern.
Silvia - £109
A nude toned wedding dress will look amazing on all skin tones. This lace covered maxi from Coast, complete with a gorgeous floral sash, is super romantic.
Tina Rose - £395
Fans of rose gold will adore this show-stopper! We love the rosy tone and all the sparkly detail.
Shola - £165
We love this stylish lace dress – especially for the amazing detail on the back. It’s perfect for quirky brides who want tradition with a twist.
If you’re looking for even more ways to keep your budget down, we’ve got 50 ways to save money on your wedding – take note!