The Best Budget Wedding Dresses on the High Street
Published date: 5th August 2020 | Author: Hollie Bond
Looking for your dream wedding dress without breaking the bank? We’ve rounded up the best wedding dresses in the UK from your favourite high street stores, all for £600 or less. There are tonnes of opportunities to snap up cheap wedding dresses, whether that be in the sales or for full price at high street stores!
You’re probably gearing yourself up for one of the most expensive fashion purchases of your life – your wedding dress. If you’re struggling with the idea of spending thousands on a dress you’ll only wear for one day of your life though, or simply don’t have wiggle room in the budget for an expensive designer wedding dress, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the high street has plenty of gorgeous, on-trend options for a fraction of the price.
Where Can I Find Cheap Wedding Dresses?
All the shops you usually head to for your everyday clothes, think French Connection, Whistles, ASOS, Monsoon, and Phase Eight, have stunning bridal collections, with wedding dresses ranging from under £100 up to around £600.
Whatever your budget and whatever style you’re after, from fishtail and princess to tea-length and figure-hugging, you’ll find a wedding dress on the UK high street to suit. We’ve compiled 24 of our favorite high street wedding dresses and also included a few dresses from budget-friendly overseas brands like BHLDN and Y.A.S that are worth paying a little extra shipping for.
What's a Reasonable Price for a Wedding Dress?
Every bride has a different idea and opinion about what constitutes a good price for a wedding dress. Of course, it all depends on your overall budget and how important fashion is to you.
Some brides are happy to spend less on their wedding dress to ensure they can afford to invite more guests, while others think the wedding dress is THE most important part of the day. When it comes to UK wedding dresses the price can range hugely from hundreds to tens of thousands!
For high street wedding dresses though you shouldn’t be paying much more the £600 – £700. Once you’re looking at wedding dresses over £1000 you’re more likely to find the service and quality to match in a bridal boutique.
How Can I Make My Cheap Wedding Dress Look Expensive?
It’s all about the accessories and how you personally wear the wedding dress. If you feel confident and walk down the aisle as if you’re wearing a wedding dress that costs £1m, then your guests will have no idea that it’s actually a budget wedding dress from the high street.
You can also make a cheap wedding dress look lots more expensive by having it altered by a seamstress to fit you perfectly. For less than £100 you can often get alterations to make high street wedding dresses fit like something couture and made to measure.
Finally, the accessories really count. If you can afford to, it’s nice to splash out on some special shoes or to borrow a piece of diamond jewellery or hire a tiara that is really good quality. Pairing your wedding gown with gorgeous accessories will instantly make it look extra special.
Dresses under £100
Wedding dress, £85, Warehouse
This simple design is perfect for the minimalist bride who isn’t a fan of too many embellishments or lace. The front might be all pared back, but there’s an elegant criss-cross detail at the back and the quality of the design and material looks so much more expensive than the £85 price tag. Buy it here.
Lace wedding dress, £100 (in the sale), H&M
Champions of fast, affordable fashion, H&M, have their own bridal range and it is amazing. The dresses look like they’ve come straight off the rail of a smart London designer. For just £100 you could wear a dreamy high neck design with pretty scalloped edge lace and a heavy draping satin skirt with a small, elegant train at the back. Buy it here.
Dresses under £200
Beaded Blouson Gown, £100.50 (in the sale), Adrianna Papell at John Lewis
American brand Adrianna Papell is known for its wonderful occasion wear and now you can buy their gowns from high street favourite John Lewis. This beaded beauty is covered in shimmering sequins and is clearly inspired by the 1920s, one of the golden ages for fashion. You’ll sparkle all day long if you chose this elegant high street wedding dress option. Buy it here.
Bridal Flower Strap Pleated Dress, £135, Lipsy at Next
This classically romantic wedding dress could be yours for just £135! Lipsy has a range of wedding dresses, available at Next, and the soft pink tone, with the pleated skirt and flower detail make this dress a real contender for amazing your guests on your big day. It’s the floral appliqué back detail that really wows though. Listen for the murmurs of appreciation as guests clock the dreamy design as you pass them on your way to say “I do”. Buy it here.
Floral appliqué bridal dress, £140, Curvissa
If you’re a curvy bride, you might despair at finding anything to fit you perfectly on the high street and think that made to measure is the only way to shop. Not so! Curvissa, a UK brand for women who are sizes 14 – 32, have their own range of wedding dresses that are really chic and sophisticated. This sheer appliqué top on this design will cover your arms while still showing an elegant amount of flesh and the skirt was made for dancing the night away. Buy it here.
Caton Dress, £151.70, BHLDN
If you want to go for something short and show-stopping on your big day, then look no further than the Caton minidress from American brand BHLDN, who also deliver to the UK. The blousy sleeves are en vogue at the moment and the tight bodice will show off your figure in all the right places. Perfect for a modern bride or as a second wedding dress for the evening party. Buy it here.
Grace Cream Soda Dress, £175, Maids to Measure
Although Maids to Measure might be better known for its bridesmaid’s dresses, there’s nothing to say you couldn’t wear one of their beautiful designs (many of which come in bridal perfect ‘cream soda’ colour) for your wedding dress. The Grace dress is a really flattering design and will be extremely easy to wear all day, from the ceremony to when you want to throw some shapes on the dance floor. Buy it here.
Maisie Dress, £180, Chi Chi London
A Bardot sweetheart neckline, chiffon sleeve details, a wrap style bodice, and beautifully embroidered design, this dress from Chi Chi London has it all going on for just £130. You’ll really be able to accentuate your curves and cut a stylish silhouette without paying over the odds for this pretty design. Buy it here.
Floral embroidery dress, £180, ASOS Edition
You’ve probably bought hundreds of fashionable items from online favourite ASOS over the years, so why not add your wedding dress to the list of much-loved outfits? ASOS Edition is the higher end side of the site and includes some dazzling wedding dresses, including this lace extravaganza. It might look every inch your classic lace wedding dress from afar, but on closer inspection, you’ll notice high fashion details like the mini dress undergarment and the cool cutout back. Buy it here.
Ecru Dress with Ruffles, £189 (in the sale), Maje
This might not be billed as a wedding dress, but it would look fabulous on a modern, fashion-conscious bride at a boho or laid-back country wedding. Just add bridal shoes and a floral crown to complete the transformation into a seriously cool bride. The floral motifs and guipere lace cuffs make it a really romantic option for your big day. Buy it here.
Dresses under £300
Classic Bardot wedding dress, £200, Oasis
Oasis joined in the high street wedding dress revolution in 2020 and already have some designs that are going to be clear sellouts, so you’ll want to get in there fast. This fishtail number is an excellent choice if you want something figure-hugging without breaking the bank. We love the elegant neckline too that makes this wedding dress look much more expensive than its £200 price tag. Buy it here.
Riley Jacquard Wrap Dress, £215, Kitri Studio
Wrap dresses are always flattering and if you love timeless vintage style and want to keep your look simple and chic then this is the wedding dress for you. Amazingly, it only costs £215, pretty impressive when you consider the lustrous ivory rose jacquard fabric that it is styled from and the pretty button details on the sleeves. Buy it here.
Sylvia Dress, £225, Ghost London
Ghost is known for its divine figure-hugging satin dresses that have graced the aisle of countless weddings on many a beautiful bridesmaid. However, they also do bridal dresses that are just as exquisite and stay true to their subtle and elegant style. The cowl neck and delicate cap sleeves on this wedding dress make for a very chic silhouette and would work perfectly at a sophisticated city wedding. Buy it here.
Tiered lace midi dress, £269, Ted Baker
Can’t decide between a long wedding dress or a short one? How about going down the middle with this exquisite midi dress from high street occasion wear favourite – Ted Baker. The lace effect long skirt with a shorter skirt underneath makes for a heavenly hem and the illusion neckline is simply perfect for a wedding ceremony. Buy it here.
Princess Tulle Wedding Dress, £290, Y.A.S
You might not think it’s possible to get a full princess gown on the high street for less than £300, but we’re here to tell you that it is, thanks to Danish brand Y.A.S who thankfully deliver to the UK! This fairytale tulle design with a huge princess skirt is what budget fashion dreams are made of. It’s not just the yards of gorgeous tulle that you’ll fall in love with but the intricately designed appliqué bodice too. Buy it here.
Dresses under £400
Hannah Bardot Satin Bridal Dress, £349, Monsoon
Another absolute stunner of a wedding dress from Monsoon, this time with an unmistakable Hollywood red carpet vibe. The elegant crossover Bardot neckline is seriously eye-catching, and the heavy satin and long voluminous skirt will make you feel like the VIP you are. Buy it here.
Pleated Crochet Floral Maxi Dress, £360, Self Portrait
Crochet designs are really fashionable and this wedding dress is bang on trend with its elegant long-sleeved crochet bodice with that irresistible high neck. The pleated skirt with slit finish the look off to perfection. High Street wedding dresses don’t get much more stylish than this! Buy it here.
Dresses under £500
Alice Embellished Bridal Gown, £450, Raishma
You might not have heard of this brand before, but once you have, you’ll fall head over heels for its delicate and design-led gowns. The Alice gown is a brilliant option for many brides, because of the beautiful beadwork bodice and the addition of a waist belt, which will cinch you in in all the right places, giving you a streamlined silhouette. Buy it here.
Gatsby Dress, £460, Reformation
No prizes for guessing which era inspired this Gatsby Dress from Reformation. The long sleeves and floor-length design might sound conservative, but there’s a modern and sexy slit at the front that’ll allow you to show off perfectly primed pins and a pair of standout bridal shoes. And just imagine how good that swirly skirt will look during your first dance. Buy it here.
Nora Bridal Embellished Maxi Dress, £499, Monsoon
Flattering and feminine with a gorgeous lace overlay design, your guests will never guess that this wedding dress is from a high street store. It’s at the higher end of the price scale for a wedding dress on the high street, but it’s worth every pound because of the intricate beaded embellishments created by hand and the fact that it is made in an ethical and fair way for the skilled artisans. Buy it here.
Dresses under £600
Pearl Rose Bridal Gown, £510 (in the sale), Needle & Thread
At the high end of the high street, you’ll find the dreamy brand that is Needle & Thread, whose dresses are to die for. The craftsmanship is second to none and no-one will believe the £510 price tag considering all the beading and delicate embroidery that covers this dress from neckline to hem. The soft pink colour is so romantic – this is a truly stunning choice for brides on a smaller-than-average budget. Buy it here.
Rose Wedding Dress, £599, Whistles
The fashion-forward hem and stylish off-the-shoulder neckline of this wedding dress from Whistles makes the £599 price tag more than worth it. Everything about this wedding dress screams quality so your guests will think you went designer rather than high street! With the money you’ve saved make sure to invest in some stunning shoes, after all that hem was made for showing off killer kicks. Buy it here.
For those who like to think differently, take a look at our collection of the best black wedding dresses on the high street here.