40 Dream Wedding Dresses Under $1,000

From satin sheaths to spectacular ball gowns.

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Let's be honest, discussing budget is probably your least favorite part of wedding planning, and we don't blame you! While there are many areas you can save (think DIY invitations and guest list), the last thing you want to do is sacrifice style and quality when it comes to your wedding dress, and the good news is: you don't have to!

With a stunning assortment of affordable wedding dresses flooding the market, many coming in under $1,000, you'll be sure to find a dress that fits your style and venue. Hoping for intricate beading? No problem. Aiming for a delicate lace overlay? Yes, it’s possible. Prefer a pared-back slip dress? Gorgeous options abound. See what we’re getting at? Affordable bridal gowns do exist, and they’re just as stunning as costlier designer versions.

Here, we’ve curated an edit of the best wedding dresses under $1,000 that we’re certain will suit every price-conscious bride-to-be.

Our Top Picks
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Plunging Back Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

Looking for a modern take on a traditional dress? This instant classic is for you! A high neck provides chic coverage while side mesh panels and an open back add some sultriness.

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Sheer Lace Top and Skirt

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 Courtesy of Nordstrom

This sheer top and skirt combo are all about showing some skin in all of the right places. Strategically placed lace paneling showcases some tasteful skin while a simple a-line skirt is the perfect complement to a detailed top.

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Ivory Slip Dress

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 Courtesy of Reformation

You can never go wrong with a stunning slip dress. It's chic, it's classic and can definitely be worn again long after the wedding. Stay monochromatic with your accessories for a minimalist look or experiment with color to make a bold statement.

If you're a minimalist bride, check out our roundup of the best slip wedding dresses.

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Off-the-Shoulder Ball Gown

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

A classic ballgown like this one will never go out of style and most importantly, it will remain timeless in wedding photos. Try pairing this gown with a cathedral length veil for even more added drama.

Check out these stunning veils from Etsy!

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Off-The-Shoulder Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

It doesn't get any more elegant than this classic off-the-shoulder silhouette. The crisscrossed bodice is supremely flattering and sophisticated. Wear your hair up to showcase your shoulders and neckline.

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Customizable Maxi Dress

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 Courtesy of Fame and Partners

For the bride who wants a hand in designing her dress, this customizable dress is for you. With options to line the bodice, remove ruffles, and change the neckline, you have the ability to design a dress that is uniquely you.

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Macrame Long Dress

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Courtesy of Shopbop

If you're having a destination wedding, you need this dress! Nothing says carefree-on-the-beach like crochet and floral eyelet details. Dress this look up with strappy sandals and beachy tresses.

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Capelet Dress

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 Courtesy of Eloquii

Cape dresses are trending all over the bridal fashion week runway and for a good reason! This plus size style is sleek, dramatic, and perfect for a city wedding.

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Off-The-Shoulder Lace Dress

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 Courtesy of Grace Loves Lace

This classic dress was designed to be stunning and comfortable. A thick fold-down panel flatters the shoulders and neckline while beautiful stretch french lace hugs and skims the body.

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Empire Waist Twist Dress

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 Courtesy of Show Me Your Mumu

An empire waist dress is typically one of the most flattering silhouettes out there. The twist on the bodice of this dress draws the eye in and nips you at the waist. A relaxed skirt is easy, comfortable, and stylish.

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Floral Lace Dress

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Courtesy of Watters 

The floral details on this dress are totally unique, while the stretchy lace ensures a body-skimming fit. We love this style for a beach or garden wedding.

Check out some of our favorite beach wedding dresses.

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Off-The-Shoulder Pouf-Sleeve Dress

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 Courtesy of Moda Operandi

This cotton dress is fashion-forward and supremely flattering. A structured bodice is supporting while carefully placed ruching smoothes the midsection.

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One-Shoulder Ruched Silk-Jacquard Dress

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Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

We love a good one shoulder moment, and this look takes the cake. Ruching at the shoulder creates a strong and statuesque silhouette, while subtle floral embroidery woven throughout the silk jacquard adds an element of femininity.

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Pleated Plunge Wrap Dress

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 Courtesy of ASOS

Chic and effortless, this dress boasts a flattering plunging neckline and a pleated twist at the bodice.

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Shoulder Ribbons Dress

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 Courtesy of Reformation

We love the romantic design of this dress from the feminine shoulder bows to the fitted and slimming bodice to the subtly flared mermaid skirt. This style is perfect for the bride who is looking for a casual but elevated look.

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Flutter Sleeves Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

This one is for the boho bride and the bride who is looking for something just a little different. Exaggerated flutter sleeves add drama and whimsy to this sheer lace godet dress.

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Silk Fringe Tie Asymmetrical Dress

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 Courtesy of Cult Gaia

If traditional is so not for you, we've got you covered. This asymmetrical dress boasts a silk fringe tie knotted at the hip to show some serious leg. We guarantee this dress will set you apart from the rest and just wait until you see the back!

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Lace Plunging-V Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

Feminine shoulder ruffles, delicate lace, a high slit, and deep plunging neckline make this dress the perfect combination of sweet and sexy. Strategically placed paneling makes this dress flattering to boot!

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Floral Embroidered Mesh Dress

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 Courtesy of ASOS

If you're coveting the sheer sleeves look, then this soft and ethereal dress is for you — floral embroidery flocks the sleeves and bustier bodice for an utterly romantic vibe.

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Convertible Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

We love a convertible dress like this one because it gives you the chance to really showcase your style and personality. This lightweight dress has tulle ties that can be tied at the neck, as a bow at the back, or even styled as a strapless dress.

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Allover Sequin Midi Dress

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 Courtesy of Revolve

Nothing quite sparkles in wedding photos like an allover sequin dress. Whether you wear this as your wedding dress, your second dress, or afterparty dress, you will be sure to make an entrance.

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V-Back Taffeta Dress

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 Courtesy of BHLDN

This dress is made for the classic bride who is looking for some daring touches like illusion panels and a plunging deep-v back. We love this dress for a black-tie wedding.

Having a formal wedding? Check out some of our favorite black-tie dresses.

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3D Floral Stripe Tulle Tea Dress

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 Courtesy of Shopbop

This floral, tulle, tea-length dress is the epitome of feminine. A draped boned bodice and bow sash cinch you at the waist while a 3D floral skirt adds volume and dimension.

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Graphic Lace Dress

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 Courtesy of BHLDN

This graphic floral lace dress is complete with a sheer high neckline and is beautifully figure-hugging. With a subtle train, this dress is perfect for a destination wedding.

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Statement Sleeves Dress

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Courtesy of Watters

We love a good statement sleeve, and this dress is no exception. With a super plunge neckline and exaggerated pleated bell sleeves, this dress is made for the bride who isn't afraid of making a statement.

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Off-the-Shoulder Lace Dress

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Courtesy of Reformation

This off-the-shoulder dress is anything but constricting. Delicate lace sleeves hang softly, still allowing you to dance the night away. This floor-length dress boasts a flattering slim fit and a slightly flared hem.

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Lace Panels Slip Dress

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 Courtesy of Floravere

Subtle lace panels add another layer of sophistication to this modern slip dress. With a gorgeous crisscrossed spaghetti strap back, this dress will be sure to turn heads.

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Crystal T-Back Dress

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

We cannot get enough of these back details! Baguette encrusted halter straps adorn this dress like a piece of jewelry and are finished with a delicate black bow. This style is made from flattering stretch crepe and is available in plus size.

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Strapless with Bow Back Dress

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 Courtesy of Amsale

We love when a bride goes for a short wedding dress. It's fun, it's flattering, and it gives you the chance to show off your legs and a new pair of wedding shoes!

If you're looking to go short, check out some of our favorite short wedding dresses.

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Cream Plus Size Ruffle Dress

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 Courtesy of David's Bridal

A fitted and slimming bodice gives way to flowy tiered ruffles and a daring high-slit making this dress perfect for a warm-weather wedding.

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Champagne Satin Slip Dress

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 Courtesy of Grace Loves Lace

By now, we know that there is so much more to the simple slip dress, and this champagne slip is no exception. This satin style glides over the body and is effortlessly chic. Super versatile, this slip can be worn to a destination or black-tie wedding.

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Curve Embroidered Flutter Sleeve Dress

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 Courtesy of ASOS

For the romantic at heart, this plus size dress is adorned with delicate floral embroidery and complete with soft, romantic flutter sleeves. A cutout back detail also gives this dress a little edge.

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Customizable Maxi Slip Dress

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Courtesy of Fame and Partners 

This sophisticated style is entirely customizable, from fabric choice to length choice to the option of removing the arm drape.

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Pleated Chiffon Cold Shoulder Dress

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Courtesy of Net-A-Porter 

This lightweight, pleated, cold-shoulder dress is all about the details. Sheer ruffle sleeves tie gently at the wrists, while a subtle faux belt cinches you at the waist. Dance the night away in a dress that moves with you.

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One-Shoulder Sequin Dress

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Courtesy of Intermix

Having a holiday or New Years' Eve wedding? Sparkle is a must! We love the ease of this one-shoulder dress complete with a velvet sash.

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Off-The-Shoulder Buttoned Back Dress

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 Courtesy of David's Bridal

If you've been coveting Meghan Markle's wedding dress- look no further! This gorgeous long sleeve dress is so versatile; it can be worn for a winter wedding or a summer wedding.

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3D Floral Ball Gown

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 Courtesy of Nordstrom

If you're worried that a ball gown may not be within your budget- fear not, this one totally is! 3D floral appliqués adorn this soft and romantic gown, and a deep-v back adds a little edge.

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Sequin and Bead Embellished Mesh Dress

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 Courtesy of Revolve

Sexy and light, this sheer, mesh dress is for those who dare to bare!

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Bow Twist Dress

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Courtesy of BNKR

We love this modern take on the bow. Feminine but modern, this dress is body-hugging and bra-friendly!

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Fil Coupe Dress

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 Courtesy of Rachel Zoe

Boho brides seeking a modern twist, this dress is for you! Ruffle lapels complement a cinched waist and a light and airy skirt is ideal for a destination wedding.

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