Planning every little wedding detail is stressful enough, let alone realizing that you may about to shell out thousands of dollar for a wedding gown. With every part of your wedding budget stretched thin, you may want to reconsidering splashing out on an expensive wedding dress and opt for a more affordable one -- like the under $1000 variety.
That doesn’t mean the dress won't be special. Many brands offer wedding dresses for $1000 or less, and they are still as spectacular and eye-catching as those that are over the $1000 mark. And we know that you will be a beautiful bride no matter what the price tag!
My Dress Story
I’lll let you in on a little secret: I actually went the ultra-affordable dress route and took a chance on buying a custom made dress online through eBay (general link to wedding dresses).
Long story short, I entered my measurements to a seller from Hong Kong who created my dress from scratch, and then shipped it over to North America. It worked out in the end, as I did get the dress I had been eyeing for a fraction of the cost.
How much? Well let's just say that it was in the low three figures. 😉
This option isn't for every bride. The risk is somewhat high that you won't get either the quality, material, or look that you want. But, if you are a bit internet savvy and willing to take a chance, you may opt for the eBay route.
Limiting your budget does not mean limiting choices. For under $1000, wedding dresses in every style, shade and fit under the sun are available. Plus, you can still find amazing quality. Luxurious-feeling fabrics and feminine shades are still donned by brands such as Needle & Thread or Ted Baker, so you don’t feel like you are missing out.
We highly recommend BHLDN as well as David’s Bridal for wedding dresses, and there are others. Check out this article (coming soon!) we did to discover online stores that offer up some amazing dress discounts!
5 Wedding Dresses For Under $1000
You may feel pressured to spend a lot on your wedding dress. The truth is that no matter how much or how little you spent, all that counts is that you feel special. There are so many affordable options, why spend more on a dress when you can find something just as beautiful for a fraction of the price?
1. Mermaid Wedding Dress Under $1000
A Mermaid dress is ideal for any bride as it suits most figures. For a slimmer lady, a mermaid style dress will emphasize your shape and create an hourglass figure (even on the most boyish of figures). While those with a few curves will like this dress as it may make you feel like Jessica Rabbit. Didn't we all want to feel like Jessica at one time?
This dress from David’s Bridal is perfect with its fishtail-esque hem and bandeau style neckline. It is stunning looking and flattering. Such a neckline allows you to throw in plenty of accessories too – whether a family heirloom, or a necklace your future husband got you a while back - now is the time to show it off!
The cream embroidery is absolutely beautiful, delicate yet subtle. I imagine you will feel like a goddess! This dress is priced at $599, currently on sale at the bargain price of $449.99 at time of publishing.
2. Lace Wedding Dress Under $1000
Lace dresses are perfect for the bride who wants something more practical, yet still stylish to stand out on the big day.
The v-neck, and flowing finish gives this dress somewhat of a vintage feel, and the flutter cap sleeves are super flattering. The empire waist cinches you in for an incredible figure. The leaves and floral pattern lace gives it a Bohemian finish, and the pompoms add a playful touch.
At $800 (as of publication date), this dress is a steal!
3. Boho Wedding Dress Under $1000
For the bride that wants something laid-back and fabulous, a boho-style gown is the dress for her!
This halter-neck wedding dress has a gorgeous keyhole back detailing, and its floral patterns are divine. You can even get it in petite and tall if you struggle with finding the right length.
To seal the deal: what if we told you that this dress is yours for under $500?
4. Long Sleeve Wedding Dress Under $1000
5. Romantic Wedding Dress Under $1000
This romantic wedding dress from David’s Bridal with its daring thigh split will steal the show. Fresh, fun, and romantic with a bandeau neckline and beaded sequined lace.
The bodice is figure-flattering and the tulle material skirt means it is lightweight. We can see this as the perfect gown for a beach wedding, paired with chic strappy ivory sandals.