Who said you had to spend a fortune on a wedding dress?
I for one don't believe it. Granted, I may be a little biased as I took the risk of ordering my ultra affordable wedding gown on eBay. If the gowns on our list of Wedding Dresses under $1000 haven’t quite matched up to your dream dress, don’t worry. There are many top online shops that offer amazing wedding gowns at under $1000.
Affordable doesn’t mean cheap or tacky. It means you get a quality bridal gown at a price point that fits your budget.
Let's take a look at our guide to the 13 best places to buy an affordable wedding dress, starting with…
1) David’s Bridal
David’s Bridal is a one-stop destination for everything you could possibly need for your big day – your dress or even your mom’s dress!
They currently offer over 375 wedding dresses under $1000, including designers like White by Vera Wang, Wonder by Jenny Packham, and Nicole Miller just to name a few.
Returns: DB stores are located all over North America. However, if you would prefer to do your shopping online and try your gown on in the comfort of your own home, they also offer a 14 day return policy.
Lots of selection and styles that you could possibly wish for -- petite, plus size, and tall ranges for those of you who struggle finding the perfect lengths and fits!
2) BHLDN Wedding Gowns
BHLDN is one of the hottest destinations for bridal gowns and guest outfits. Prices start at around the $300 and go up to $3000, but you have plenty to choose from in the under $1000 range.
They actually have a designated category for designer wedding dresses under $1000. Currently, 77 gowns can be found in this catagory, with labels like Tadashi Shoji, Watters and Badgley Mischka.
BHLDN truly offers brides the ability to find a beautiful dress without going over budget.
With a focus on weddings, they search the world for emerging designers and exclusive styles with superior craftsmanship.
Returns: When you order online there is a 30 days return policy and very reasonable shipping rates.
The aesthetic of BHLDN is dreamy and feminine, with hints of ivory and light rose colored gowns, with intricate lace detailing for the majority of them
We know Nordstrom for stylish, luxurious pieces, but did you know they also do bridal?
Nordstrom now offers in-store Wedding Suites where you can make an appointment with one of their wedding stylists who will help you find your perfect gown.
Of course, if you can't drop by for an in person visit, you can always order from their online wedding collection.
Returns: If you are an indecisive bride (like myself) you will love their extremely fair no time limit return policy. Find that perfect bridal gown and don't feel rushed while you do it.
Their wedding dress price ranges vary. They currently have 38 gorgeous wedding dresses in A-line, ballgown, fit & flare, mermaid and sheath by designers like PRONOVIAS, Topshop, After Six and Tadashi Shoji all under $1000.
4) House of Brides
You may or may not have heard of House of Brides, but they are definitely worth taking a look at. They are mainly an online store, with 5 brick and motar locations in Illinois. They've been in business for 88 years, which is pretty amazing.
Carrying gowns at many price points, they currently have over 1445 dresses that are under $1000. With over 140 designer labels being offered, you are bound to find something special.
A business model that has no sales staff and alterations department means they are able to pass on 80% savings off retail prices. The only downside is that all sales are final and cannot be cancelled once they have been purchased.
House of Brides have the dreamiest wedding dress details - ruffles, lace, embroidery, embellishments - you name it they have it!
5) Needle & Thread
Needle & Thread are actually stocked at BHLDN, but you can find plenty more wedding dresses on their e-shop.
The British brand are renowned for gorgeous embellishments like lace and sequins and voluminous tulle skirts.
Their gowns are a very distinct style and are certainly for the bride looking to achieve a contemporary look.
Returns: A 28 day return policy means that even though their sleeved gowns are just over the $1000 mark, you can still find plenty of treasures for you big day at under that price point.
6) Net A Porter
Net A Porter is usually one of our favorite sites for luxury purchases, but did you know they also sell bridal?
Despite being a luxury destination, and having dresses that obviously exceed the $1000 mark, they have plenty that don’t. For example, this gorgeous embellished chiffon gown from Needle & Thread.
There isn't a ton of options under the $1000 mark. If you are looking for something a little different that could pass as bridal, they do carry beautiful maxi skirts, chiffon tops, cropped jackets, embellished capes, and classy cropped wide legged pants.
Returns: They offer a 28 days return policy from the date you receive your order.
Asos have started selling bridal wear and we can’t be any more excited! They have a perfect price range for a bride on a budget, and their dresses are quality made (especially when you look at the prices -- all of their dresses are way under $1000).
Everything from mermaid to boho dresses, and styles for petite or curvy brides. No matter what your personal tastes, you are bound to find a favorite on Asos.
Returns: They offer a 28 day return policy. Don't forget to check out their fab collection of beautiful hair and jewelry accessories too.
Macys is proof that you don’t have to compromise quality when buying an affordable wedding dress. They provide for all bridal styles - shorter dresses for a bride looking for something a little more unusual, as well as more traditional styles like mermaid and halterneck gowns.
Currently, it seems that they are only stocking Adrianna Papell gowns. Fine by us because her designs are exquisite!
Take this Adrianna Papell's Illusion Embellished A-Line Gown (pictured), we sure get a Jenny Peckham vibe for a fraction of the price.
6pm have dresses from $25 to $2000! They have a beautiful selection for the bride-to-be, with deliciously soft, silky fabrics and elegant movement.
6pm have favorite bridal shades too - from ivory to light rose pink.
Brands like Nicole Miller, Badgley Mischka, Adrianna Papell, Calvin Klein, Donna Morgan means you are bound to find the dress for your special day!
Similar to the e-tailer above, Zappos offers a smaller collection of dresses with similar designers like Nicole Miller, Adrianna Papell and Unique Vintage.
Zappos have all sorts of styles available, but they do seem to have a larger selection of knee length dresses. So, if you are a bride looking for a shorter vintage style dress, you may find a keeper over on Zappos.
Returns: A huge bonus with Zappos is that they offer free shipping and a cushy 365 day return policy!
10) Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth have big name bridal labels such as Self-Portrait - renowned for their guipure lace dresses - along with a more vintage vibe from designer Alice + Olivia.
Either way, the fashionista bride can find her favorite amongst the selection at Saks Fifth Avenue.
12) Shop Bop
Shop Bop doesn't have a designated section for under $1000 gowns, but it looks like you could scoop a real bargain if you hit them at the right time.
Featured designers like Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka, Theia and Zac Posen offer all different styled gowns like a-line, ball gown, sheath, short, trumpet / mermaid. A good assortment of styles.
Returns: They offer free shipping and a 30 day return policy.
We have saved our all time favorite for last. If Etsy has been your go to for everything else in your wedding decor, why not search for your wedding gown as well?
There are so many talented designers who offer bespoke dresses made to your exact specification.
If you just can't find what you are dreaming of online or in person, look to Etsy to get it handmade.
Returns: Be sure to check individual sellers' reviews as well as return policy before buying.