A gorgeous wedding dress doesn't have to break the bank. There are plenty of places to buy an affordable wedding dress online and many of them have wedding dresses under $500! In this ultimate guide to affordable dresses, we'll show you how to find the dress of your dreams, in your budget without sacrificing your personal style.
Gorgeous and Affordable Wedding Dresses Under $500
- Everlasting Affection Dress from Lulus 2. Clarrisa Dress from Show Me Your Mumu 3. Dress the Population Annabelle Dress from Anthropologie 4 Dessy Sweetheart Strapless Gown
A wedding dress you love shouldn't be out of reach no matter what your wedding budget. There are plenty of top places to buy a wedding dress online and so many of them have wedding dresses under $500!
If spending thousands for a dress for your big day just isn't your style, you're not alone. Many couples are choosing to buy affordable and casual wedding attire, and retailers are listening. However, finding the perfect wedding style in your budget isn't always an easy feat. We're here to help you find your perfect wedding dress no matter what your budget. If you're trying to stay in a price range under $500, here are our latest picks for bridal gowns under $500, from online retailers. One of the best parts of buying a wedding dress this way is that they usually ship more quickly than made-to-order gowns in boutiques.
Over 70 Affordable Wedding Dresses Under $500
Each one of these dresses was under $500 at the time of this post. In addition, these retailers are always a good place to look for affordable wedding dresses. We hope your dream dress is on this list.
Our Favorite Bridal Gowns under $500
Here are the latest affordable gowns and wedding dresses we've found that are under $500. All prices are subject to change but were accurate at the time of publication. Your perfect dress might be one of these beauties!
Designer Look Alike Wedding Dress Under $400
This is a bridal gown that reminds us of a designer gown that we have featured that retails for thousands. The sheer panels and sheer ties give an ethereal quality to the gown. This style is from the Platinum Collection from Azazie and retails for $349. Azazie has an extensive collection of dresses under $500, and has inclusive size ranges, so you'll want to take a look at their full selection. They also often custom sizing for many gowns so it's worth taking a look. Anaisa Wedding Dress by Azazie
Lace and Tulle Low Back Mermaid Dress Under $450
The fitted mermaid silhouette, fishtail hem and train look like gowns for much more than this price point. We love the spaghetti straps, the lacework at the bodice, and the tulle overlay. Lulus is one of the best places to look for affordable dresses in general, and they frequently have new arrivals and new styles each month. This stunning wedding dress is The Everlasting Affection Dress from Lulus is $428
Affordable Lace Up Corset Wedding Dress under $250
If a more fitted silhouette is your style, then try this satin corset-style gown from Show Me Your Mumu. The adjustable lace-up back makes for a perfect fit, and at $228, it's a nice fit for most budgets as well!
Fairytale Wedding Dress Under $350
This magical style gown looks like something out of a fairytale. We love the unique style combination of the sheer deep v-neck panel and the draped off-the-shoulder sleeves and billowing full skirt. Fawn Wedding Dress by Azazie - $349
White Tulle Maxi Wedding Dress Under $300
This dress is known as the Fairy Tale Maxi dress and we can see why. The flirty tiered ruffles and layers of tulle make this dress a delicious confection! Show Me Your Mumu has a lot of maxi dresses in white wedding dress styles that are under $500.It retails for $298 at Show My Your Mumu.
Simple Draped Wedding Dress under $400
Caymus is a simple silhouette but with some stunning details. We love the extra long train, high slit, buttons up the back, box pleats the delicate draped but fitted bodice and those delicate straps! Such an elegant look! Caymus Wedding Dress from Azazie - $399
Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress for Less than $500
This all-over lace long-sleeve bridal gown is from AW Bridal, one of the spots we're newly featuring! We love the detail of the all-over lace, which is an amazing level of craftsmanship at this price point of under $500! This looks like an ideal dress for a boho desert wedding or a chic beach wedding dress to us! This is the Regan Wedding Dress from AW Bridal - $469.
Boho Style Wedding Dress Under $400
This one was made for the boho bride! We think we see a little mystical Stevie Nicks influence in this one! The sheer line bodice and the bell sleeves, and tulle skirt remind us of the high-end designer bridal gowns we feature. But the price point $399 is soo much more attainable! Stevie by Azazie
Chic Column Bridal Gown with Back Detail Under $400
Anthropologie has an amazing collection of gorgeous wedding dresses and some of our favorite wedding dresses that rival that of any in-store bridal salon. We particularly appreciate that they stock affordable options andsleek ready-to-ship gowns like this one. This style is under $400 and has an unmistakably modern glamorous style. This is the Zuri Beaded Jersey Dress by Mac Duggal.
Long Sleeve Off the Shoulder Bridal Gown Under $400
Another boho beauty from Azazie is Lilith. The unique pairing of long sleeves and off-the-shoulder styling can be hard to come by, but this gown has it! A wonderfully romantic style for $359. Lilith Wedding Dress from Azazie
Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Gown with Deep V Under $400
For those who love an off-the-shoulder style, we think this one is exceptionally lovely! The sheer inserts a the neckline and sides are a designer-style feature at an affordable price. It retails for The Fairytale Love Story Dress is $329 at Lulus.
Affordable Goddess Like Bridal Gown Under $300
This is a movie-star-level gown, with a combination of a draped bodice that goes into an off-the-shoulder style and a split skirt for a little glimpse of leg. Elise Wedding Dress from Azazie - $289
Sheer Floral Lace Corset Gown Under $400
This romantic number is from Anthropologie. The sheer floral lace makes this an ideal wedding dress for an elopement, a beach wedding, or especially a garden wedding. This is the Annabelle Dress from Anthropologie - $328
Boho Lace Wedding Dress for Under $500
Have we convinced you yet that Azazie has amazing gowns for under $500? If all-over lace and a bit of exquisite detail on the chapel train is your desire, this dress is for you! This one is $499.Prudence Wedding Dress from Azazie
Bias Cut Satin Designer Bridal Gown
Revolve has so many designer gowns in white and ivory that make gorgeous modern wedding dresses in a variety of silhouettes. This one by For Love and Lemons is a sought-after designer, but for under $500! See more of the wedding dress styles we love by Revolve. Pearl Dress from Revolve - $489
Old Hollywood Glamour Wedding Dress under $250
Violette is a style from the modern sleek collection at Azazie. We love the square-meets-sweetheart neckline, the illusion back, and the fitted sheath style of this gown. It retails for $239. Violette Wedding Dress by Azazie
Off the Shoulder Bridal Gown with Bows Under $300
We think this next sleek style speaks for itself, if you love bow details and an off-the-shoulder style, this one is for you! The bows can also be tied at the shoulder as straps. The ankle length and fitted satin fabric of this dress also make it an eye-catcher. Loey retails for $219 from Azazie.
Classic Strapless Wedding Gown under 500
Dessy has a classic line up of ready to ship wedding dresses, including this classic strapless wedding gown. This one will never go out of style! Shop this Dress at Dessy - $388
Romantic Vintage Look Bridal Gown Under $500
This gown shows some of the incredible craftsmanship available from the makers at Etsy. This short sleeve wedding dress is by Blush Fashion on Etsy, an Etsy which has many excellent reviews. We absolutely love the vintage look of the deep v-back and lace-trimmed short sleeves. Blush Fashion on Etsy $404 on sale, regularly $506.
Tips When Looking For Affordable Wedding Dresses
While we're on the topic of finding some wedding dress bargains, we'd like to say a few words about purchasing wedding dresses online and the deals you may see. All of the dresses we've shown here are from reputable online retailers that have good reviews.
Being able to get cheap wedding dresses online is a great innovation in the wedding world and an ideal option if you don't have a long engagement, or are having a small ceremony or destination wedding. You can buy these wedding dresses without a long ordering lead time, you can try them at home and often return them if need be.
However, if you see a high-end couture or designer wedding gown being sold online for a price that sounds too good to be true -- it probably is! (For instance, a new Monique Lhuillier couture wedding gown will not be under $500). Usually, designer wedding dresses can only be purchased only through an atelier or bridal boutique that has been certified by the designer and found on that designer's website.
Aside from these good guys, there are some less-than-reputable companies simply steal images of designer gowns put them on their sites, and then say they'll create the same one for you at crazy prices. We can assure you it's not the quality you are hoping for. Some of the telltale signs are sites that seem a little off might be that the description of the dress might be strangely worded, there's no contact information, the "reviews" sound a little phony, and the site itself doesn't seem secure. Unless it's a store or brand you know - stay cautious. And always google and search for reviews!
Where To Shop Online for Wedding Dresses Under $500
Lulus is one of the first places we look for affordable wedding attire of any type. They have gorgeous bridesmaid dresses under $100, amazing wedding guest dresses, formal dresses, and they have so many wedding dresses all under $500. Their new line of Luxe Bridal dresses are simply beautiful and look like gowns that cost hundreds more. They also have so many long white dresses that are around $100 that make for elegant and simple wedding gowns.
Azazie already has one of the most extensive collections of bridesmaid dresses we've ever seen. They offer so many colors, necklines, and silhouettes for wedding parties for budget-friendly prices. Now with their new bridal collection, they bring the same level of variety for amazing price points with over 125 styles under $500. they have really expanded this collection recently and the dresses get great reviews and offer some of the best trends in bridal for less. Best of all Azazie has a try-at-home program, which we reviewed, which makes it so easy to make sure the dress you select is the perfect one for your wedding day. They also fit to size and offer so many ranges of sizing that there's something for everyone here!
Think you can't get a designer wedding dress for under $500? Usually, you'd be right to be wary of such a proposition, but Revolve carries some amazing designers and their offerings for white dresses will make amazing wedding dresses. There are even more dresses outside the $500 range, but for under $500 you can get stunning bridal gowns like the one pictured above.
Anthropologie's former wedding website BHLDN, is now back under the Anthropologie shop and brand name and all the elegant wedding dresses have gone along for the ride! Anthropologie weddings mostly has dresses in the under $1,500 range, but there are a few beauties under $500.
Dessy's been a reliable name in bridal for decades, and their selection of wedding dresses under $500 offers top-quality fabrics and styling. Some of these gowns have a bit of a wait time associated, but it's worth the 6 week lead time! The dress we have pictured above even has pockets, as do several other styles!
Etsy is one spot where you'll need to read each individual seller's reviews very carefully. But once you do, and you find a winner, you can get an exquisitely handcrafted and often one-of-a-kind gown.
Always the spot to look for fun beachy and whimsical bridesmaid dresses, Show Me Your Mumu's collection of white dresses can work for bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners, but many of the styles -like the one above - are fantastic as wedding dresses!
More Ways to Look For An Affordable Wedding Dress
Be sure to check out all of our Wedding Dress Collections for the latest designer wedding dresses. We also have wedding dresses of all prices in our Wedding Dress Shop, and Wedding Dresses Under $1,000 and wedding dresses under $1500 as well!
Originally published November 2013, most recently updated June 2023, with a minor update on October 20, 2023