Lets face it, weddings can get out of control and can drain your wallet like no shopping spree can. We love them when the bride is floating down the aisle, but the bills associated with the special day will probably bring about some waterworks (and not the happy kind).
Enter: wedding dresses under $1,000, which come in all shapes, shades and styles to suit even the most discerning bride. But just because they're on the cheaper end (the average cost of a wedding gown was $1,798 in 2011) affordable wedding dresses can be beautiful and just what you're looking for when you're on a budget. At least this is one piece of the wedding pie where you can shave off a few dollars.
Check out our picks for the best wedding dresses under $1,000:
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Melissa Sweet Cap Sleeve Trumpet Lace Gown, $950 (Available at David’s Bridal)
We can thank Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan for bringing art deco back into vogue. The rise of the art deco themed wedding meant that designers started creating gowns with a little Old Hollywood feel. This cap sleeve trumpet gown by Melissa Sweet could be the perfect dress for brides looking for their perfect "Great Gatsby"-inspired gowns.
H&M Wedding Dress, $129 (Available at H&Ms in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal)
For brides on a serious budget but don’t want to sacrifice style, H&M has the perfect solution. Their highly publicized $129 CDN wedding dress may not be painstakingly hand beaded but it offers a cheap and elegant alternative. The Grecian-inspired gown would fit in perfectly at a beach wedding as much as a wedding at The Plaza.
BHLDN Seraphina Gown, $600 (Available online at BHLDN.com)
The Seraphina gown features floral lace and a feminine sweetheart neckline. At only $600, this beautiful dress will hug your curves in all the right places for a stunning silhouette. Add a little of your personal style to this wedding look with a sash or adornment of your choice around the waist.
BCBG Juliet Cowl Back Exposed Corset Gown, $648 (Available at BCBG)
This dress is perfect for the modern bride who appreciates the little things that make a dress extra special. This sleek gown made of luxe charmeuse features a plunging cowl back and a peek-a-boo corset. A minimalist bride’s dream gown runs just under $700 without sacrificing any style points.
J.Crew Eyelash Lace Jumpsuit, $850 (Bridal is only available online for Canada)
If you’re a hip, non-traditional bride, a princess ball gown just won’t cut it. Instead, you’d rather dance the night away in a killer lace jumpsuit. The $850 price tag is a small price to pay for a wedding outfit that’s sure to be remembered by your guests for years to come. Vera who?
Ann Taylor Strapless Wedding Dress, $906.72 (Available online at anntaylor.com)
Calling all princess brides! Being a princess doesn’t mean spending like one. This Ann Taylor strapless jacquard gown will make any bride feel like royalty on their special day without breaking the bank.
Grace Loves Lace on Etsy, $996.02 (Available on etsy.com)
This dress is for the quirky bohemian bride who would have no qualms walking down the aisle barefoot. The whimsical gown is composed of Italian tulle, satin and French lace and is available on online artisanal marketplace, Etsy. The highlight of this gown is the handmade satin rosettes that adorn the bodice.
Truly Zac Posen Fit and Flare Gown, $850 (Available at David's Bridal)
Designer Zac Posen makes his gowns accessible to the masses. His Truly Zac Posen line of dresses and gowns start at $195 but don't tip the scale beyond $1350. His Fit and Flare gown exudes elegance with just the right amount of drama. The bride who favours a classic look will fall in love with this gown.
Rachel Zoe Mesh Gown, $650 (Available on shopbop.com)
If you’re having a beach wedding, celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe has you in mind. She created a lightweight mesh maxi dress fit for a wedding with floral embroidery, tiered skirt and a raw hem for an ultra low maintenance look. For a dress that you will be wearing over and over again, the price tag is more than reasonable.
Alice and Olivia Lena Dress, $368 (Available online)
This is another unconventional dress that crosses 1920s glam with a laidback beach vibe. This Alice and Olivia cream coloured dress with metallic fringe is for the bride who truly wants something different. The best part about this dress? You will definitely be wearing it again.
A truly unique dress with a halter neckline and hand crafted silk organza flowers is ideal for a garden wedding. The lightweight 100 per cent silk crepe dress possesses clean lines and an ethereal look that beckons to any bride looking outside of the box for just under $1000.
The Reformation Noelle Dress, $588 (Available online)
LA- based brand The Reformation is well known for their green approach to fashion. If you’re an environmentally conscious bride, you will love The Reformation’s new bridal line. The Noelle Dress features a lovely full skirt, fitted bodice, spaghetti straps and a sexy low back. Help save the world for less than $600 and look angelic in the process.
Nicole Miller Felicity Cut the Cake Dress, $530 (Available online)
More brides are going against the grain, opting for short dresses for their wedding day (bonus: the chances of tripping on your train are highly unlikely with a shorter hemline). Nicole Miller’s Felicity Cut the Cake Dress blends modern lines with old world charm. A scalloped neckline and cap sleeves make it the perfect dress for the bride who appreciates a little bit of vintage flair.
Maggie Sottero is renowned for beautiful gowns at affordable price points. You would never know this regal gown retails for less than $1000. Made of Lovelle Taffeta and featuring a flattering design that cinches in the waist and hides imperfections with strategically place ruching, the Stephanie gown is ideal for any bride looking for something simple yet head-turning.
The Pippa gown can be worn in two distinct ways: as a simple slip dress or add the embroidered lace bolero to create a more opulent look. Perfect for the bride who wants to add her own personal touch to a beautiful blank canvas.