“Affordable wedding dress brands” only exists if you let the term “affordable” mean under $2,000. I don’t want to beat around the bush and pretend I know exactly where you can find gorgeous gowns for under $200. I’m 100% positive they exist, BUT I think that requires more luck and searching than just giving you a list of designers, stores, etc. Ergo, I shall give you some moderate price dresses that will make you feel hella good without costing double your venue.
As always, I’ll talk about myself and my gown-hunt, because I loveeee to talk about myself… not really.
It actually didn’t take too long to find my dress. It was the first store and one of the first five gowns I tried on. I was a very decisive person when it came to our wedding and as soon, as I saw something I loved, I chose it and moved on to checking off the next thing on my list.
What was funny about this gown was that it wasn’t really what I had imagined myself in originally. I think I fell in love with dresses before I remembered my body type, but when I finally tried on dresses, I realized the gowns that suited me and made me feel beautiful and confident were a different style.
I ended up with an Allure Bridal gown from CC’s Bridal in Tampa, Florida. I learned quickly that alterations were key. The tailor can do magical things that completely transform your dress. For example, I took out a complete later of the mesh crap under my dress. It made it lay a little closer on my body and look less poofy while still showcasing the only smallish part of my weird, rectangle torso.
I also wore a corset that I had sewn into my gown which made everything smoother and held in that BBQ dinner from the reception and all that after party beer. Underthings are important!
Just make sure you don’t go overboard on dress shopping. In my eyes, nothing above “moderately affordable” is really worth it. If you want to spend more money, spend it on something that can be enjoyed by more people: like the cake or the music.
Good luck saying “yes” to the dress (that doesn’t max out your budget)!
1. Allure Bridal: As I mentioned, that was the designer of my gown, but they have several other beautifully intricate dresses that are lovely.
2. Sarah Seven: This is my favorite wedding gown designer. I have forever been in love with her dresses and still feel the slightest ting of regret for never even trying one on. I love the ethereal and subtly sexy feel of these gowns. They’re definitely suited for a wedding in the woods and much more what I originally pictured myself in.
3. Etsy: This is a bit of risk, but holy moly there are some gorgeous gowns on Etsy. I would make sure it’s a trusted and highly-rated store before you drop a lot of money without trying something on. I do think it’s a good source for vintage and unique gowns though. Just check the return policy!
4. BHLDN: This is brand I have always enjoyed because it’s such a good mix between modern and vintage. It’s a very good “young bride” brand with more of the flowy and whimsical dresses I am clearly very fond of.
5. Jenny Yoo: This brand has a lot of options in different styles that are all great. Also, if you’re looking to spend a little more money (in the $2,000- $2,500 range), start here because those get significantly more detailed and fabulous for just a little more.
Obviously, I never stop looking for beautiful wedding dresses and since I can’t use them, do me a favor, and take advantage of my wondrously ridiculous/slightly obsessive Pinterest board(s) about them: