Cut costs, not style, with these super-flattering gowns.

Obviously, you want your wedding dress to be the best look you've ever worn, but that doesn't mean you need to break the bank to make your dream a reality! Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of

So how exactly do you cut the cost of an item that can run anywhere between $500 and $15,000? One great way is to look for a more slim-fitting silhouette. (The more fabric a dress has, the higher the price tag.) In a similar vein, look for dresses with more subtle details, maybe go for a lace bodice instead of a dress that has lace all over, or embellishments along the neck or waistline than an entire crystal-studded top. And one final note: fabrics like chiffon and less intricate laces also are more affordable than a duchess satin or silk.

We've scoured the bridal runways for the most fashionable and flattering wedding gowns that won't put your bank account in the red. The best part? They're from some of your favorite designers like Tadashi Shoji, Nicole Miller, J.Crew, Allure Bridals, Theia and more. From a lace fit-and-flares to a crystal-studded columns, there's something for everyone — and every price-point — in this covetable selection of budget-friendly gowns.

At left: Jeweled strap wedding dress, $695, Ann Taylor

Photo: Courtesy of Ann Taylor

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