20 Dream Wedding Dresses All Under $1,000

From satin slips 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!

Expensive fabrics like silk and details like hand-beading can increase the price of a wedding dress. Familiarizing yourself with different types of fabrics can help make wedding dress shopping a little easier.

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? Inexpensive bridal gowns do exist, and they’re just as stunning as costlier designer versions.

Read on for the best wedding dresses under $1,000 to suit every price-conscious bride-to-be.

Best Sheath: Watters Plunging Back Dress

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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 to your wedding day look.

Best for a Beach Wedding: Reformation Gimlet Dress

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Minimalist with a hint of romance, this breezy dress from Reformation is begging to be worn to a casual backyard wedding or to seaside nuptials. Wear yours with a pair of sand or grass friendly wedges.

Best Cold-Shoulder: Self Portrait Pleated Chiffon Dress

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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.

For the Chic Bride: Anna October Asymetrical Dress

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A fitted bustier bodice meets a flowy asymmetrical skirt for a dress that's effortlessly sexy. Wear yours with a pair of casual sandals for a pared-back look or embellished heels to kick it up a notch.

For a Backyard Wedding: Show Me Your Mumu Empire Waist Twist Dress

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An empire waist dress is typically one of the most flattering silhouettes out there. At once laidback and glamorous this silky style features a twist at the bodice and flutter sleeves. We're picturing this relaxed maxi dress at a backyard or garden wedding.

For the Modern Bride: Les Rêveries One-Shoulder Ruched Silk-Jacquard Dress

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We love a good one shoulder moment and this Les Rêveries number is no exception. Ruching at the shoulder creates a strong and statuesque silhouette, while subtle floral embroidery woven throughout the silk jacquard adds elements of softness and whimsy.

Best Allover Sparkle: Bronx and Banco Allover Sequin Midi Dress

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Nothing sparkles in wedding photos quite like an allover sequin dress. Whether you choose to wear this stunner from Bronx and Banco as your wedding dress, reception dress, or afterparty dress, you will be sure to make an entrance.

Best Plus Size: Tadashi Shoji Lace Plunging-V Dress

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

For the Classic Bride: Jenny by Jenny Yoo V-Back Taffeta Dress

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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 making an unforgettable entrance at a black-tie wedding.

Best Mini: Amsale Little White Dress Bow Back Dress

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

Best Long Sleeves: Self-Portrait Tiered Floral-Embroidered Tulle Gown

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

Best Clean and Classic: Off-The-Shoulder Buttoned Back Dress

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 Courtesy of David's Bridal

Still can't get over Meghan Markle's iconic wedding dress? Neither can we and luckily this David's Bridal dress is here to make all of your royal wedding dreams a reality.

Most Unique: Rat & Boa Cowl-Neck Velvet Slip Dress

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By now, we know that there is so much more to the simple slip dress than meets the eye and this Rat & Boa style is no exception. Featuring devoré-velvet details, a subtle cowl neck, and a divine scoop back, this slip is anything but ordinary.

For a Black-Tie Wedding: David's Bridal Collection Off-the-Shoulder Ball Gown

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

For the Minimalist Bride: Galvan Satin Maxi Bridal Dress

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Sophisticated, silky, and slinky this exquisite slip dress was crafted with the unfussy bride in mind. Keep accessories simple for the perfect pared back minimalist look.

Most Flattering Neckline: Whistles Square Neck Dress

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A square neckline is always a flattering and classic choice. Crafted from body-hugging fabric and boasting a delicate lace back, this Whistles gown is the perfect combination of modern and romantic.

Best Customizable: Fame and Partners Maxi Dress

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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.

For the Bohemian Bride: Tadashi Shoji Flutter Sleeves Dress

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For the bride with a boho sensibility, this dreamy lace dress is a no brainer for a laidback wedding. Exaggerated flutter sleeves meet sheer godet detailing for a wedding day look that is at once bohemian and modern.

Best Two-in-One: Nookie Adore 2Way Dress

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 Courtesy of Revolve

We love this modern take on the bridal bow. Fashion-forward and unique this mini features a statement-making detachable train perfect for taking you from the aisle to the dancefloor.

For a Garden Wedding: Payal Jain Embroidered Dress

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For the bride throwing a casual backyard wedding, this sweet eyelet maxi dress is a must. Pair yours with wildflowers from the garden to complete your look

What to look for in budget-friendly dresses

When you're shopping for a budget-friendly wedding dress, it's important to keep in mind what elements might increase the overall cost of a gown. For example, hand beading and embroidery can drive up the price of a wedding dress as well as certain luxe fabrics like silk. Familiarizing yourself with different types of wedding dress fabrics can help you get a better sense of what a gown will look and feel like – especially if you're shopping for one online.

When setting your budget, you should always remember to include the potential cost of shipping and alternations.

  • What is the most expensive wedding dress fabric?

    Silk is one of the most expensive fabrics out there. If you’re looking for a more affordable fabric option that mimics silk, satin is a great choice.

  • What do I need to keep in mind when shopping for an affordable wedding dress online?

    Although online shopping is quick and easy, you should start shopping for your wedding dress well in advance of your wedding date to avoid the stress of shipping delays and to allow yourself some time if you need to exchange any items. What's more, you should always shop from trusted sites and brands and always double-check a retailer's fine print and shipping and return policies.

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Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding parties, guests, and more.

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