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06/17/2014 03:19 EDT | Updated 06/18/2014 10:59 EDT

Cheap Wedding Dresses: 20 Gorgeous Gowns Under $500

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a few beautiful wedding dresses

When it comes to shopping for a wedding dress, we know price tags can seem intimidating, but fear not because we're here to show you that the perfect gown doesn't have to drain your bank account.

We've scoured the web to find some of the most gorgeous gowns out there and the best part about them is that they're all under $500. That's right, under $500. So if you're a bride on a budget, one of these gowns could be perfect for you.

And some helpful tips: when looking for a gown that's affordable, don't be afraid to check out vintage, used, or homemade options -- a site like Etsy is full of them. There are also bridal sample sales that offer high-quality gowns at low prices. If traditional isn't really your thing, there are plenty of retail shops (J.Crew, Anthropologie, BCBG) that offer more fashion forward and contemporary bridal lines.

With styles ranging from floor-length to knee-length, chiffon, and even silk, these dresses are proof that it's possible to find a beautiful gown that keeps you and your wallet happy.

Have a look at our picks below!

Wedding Gowns Under $500