For many brides, finding the perfect dress is one of the most important moments on their wedding planning journey. It can also be one of the more expensive moments on that journey. It doesn’t have to be, though. Sure, many wedding dresses come equipped with cringe-worthy price tags, but don’t let that deter you. You absolutely don’t have to blow your budget in order to find the perfect wedding dress. In fact, you don’t even need to spend $1000.
Whether you’re going for a vintage look or something more modern, a romantic style or something more alternative, finding the perfect budget-friendly wedding dress is possible. Let’s take a look at the best wedding dresses under $1000 for every wedding style.
A romantic wedding style is exactly what it sounds like—romantic. Details like rose petals, lush florals, pastel hues, and feminine details are the trademarks of a romantic wedding style.
Here are some of the most swoon-worthy romantic wedding dresses under $1000:
At first glance, this lace v-neck might seem elegant, but simple. That’s before you see the back. A corset detail not only highlights the shoulders and back, but the ties accentuate the classic, feminine train.
There’s something extremely romantic about a bare shoulder. And this off-the-shoulder style further ramps up the style, thanks to a delicate lace-detailed sleeve, fitted sweetheart bodice, and dramatic train.
This off-the-shoulder trumpet wedding gown has a classic shape and style. But the beautiful lace detailing elevates the look from “classic” to “romantic.”
The petal-inspired cold-shoulder sleeve, natural waist, and softly flared train. The classic white hue. All the details of this simple-yet-elegant wedding dress have a delicate, feminine feel that would fit in perfectly with a romantically styled wedding.
Not every bride wants to go traditional with their wedding. A modern wedding style is for those who favor sleek simplicity over sentimentality and a sophisticated, design-centric aesthetic over more frilly or traditional details.
Here are some fashion-forward, modern wedding dresses under $1000:
If you really want to embrace a modern look for your wedding, you don’t even need a wedding dress—a wedding jumpsuit is about as modern as you can get. This tailored jumpsuit features a high waist, cropped leg, and off-the-shoulder detail that will give you the sleek, sophisticated look you need for a modern wedding.
Modern weddings are all about keeping things sleek and simple—and this dress checks all the boxes. From the sleek, understated train to the tailored bodice to the button detail down the back of the gown, this dress is the perfect blend of classic and modern wedding design details.
Boho weddings are all about embracing the free-spirited lifestyle. Bohemian wedding style is about creating an imaginative, eclectic, and beautiful environment for the ceremony, reception, and guests—without taking itself too seriously or crossing over into “stuffy” or “formal” territory.
Here are some free-spirited bohemian wedding dresses for under $1000:
The relaxed fit of this slip dress is the perfect fit for a more laid-back, bohemian-inspired wedding. Pair that with the garment’s unique details (like the deep-V neck, delicate cross-strapped back, and the split lace train), and you have the perfect boho wedding dress.
If the above dress felt too simple, this more intricate take on a boho-inspired gown might be more your style. The lace detail, open back, and sheer sleeve detail feel delicate and simple—but in a decidedly bohemian way.
A natural wedding style is about embracing all things, well, nature. Natural weddings take their inspiration from the beauty you can find outside—from soft colors to organic textures and materials to an abundance of flowers and foliage.
Here are some beautiful natural wedding dresses for under $1000:
Nature is beautiful in its simplicity—and so is this strapless dress. From the elegant princess cut to the long, mermaid skirt to the standout sash detail, this dress is simple enough to blend in with more natural surroundings but special enough to help you stand out.
A natural wedding style is all about taking cues from nature. This dress, with its soft billowing and delicate chiffon, will make you feel like you’re floating on a cloud.
Embrace nature—and comfort. This ivory chiffon a-line dress will keep you comfortable all day long, thanks to its stretch lining, v-neck bodice, and spaghetti straps (which are kept firmly in place courtesy of built-in rubber grips).
All weddings are beautiful—but some weddings take it up a notch to straight-up glamorous territory. A glamorous wedding style is all about the glitz and glam. Think metallics, glitter, and a bit of Gatsby inspiration.
Here are some glamorous wedding dresses for under $1000:
If you’re going for classic glamour, this wedding dress is the perfect fit. This ball-gown style features skirt layers of satin and glitter tulle, a fitted bodice with a floral lace pattern, and delicate details (like a sheer back and understated train) that feel straight out of the golden days of Hollywood.
Mermaid dresses are some of the most glamour on the market—and this style doesn’t disappoint. While the dramatic tulle mermaid skirt is enough to lend a sense of glamour to the design, it goes a step further thanks to the embroidered Schiffli lace detailing.
If you’re going for a look of understated glamour, look no further than this classic a-line. While this dress is simply elegant, the intricate details, including an eye-catching sweetheart neckline, a structured bodice, and a full skirt with six layers of tulle and satin, elevates this dress to seriously glamorous levels.
Lace detailing from the neckline to just above the knee. A voluminous mermaid skirt. A deep-v neckline, open back, and unexpected (but elegant) champagne color. This dress practically screams glamour!
Wedding style has changed through the decades—but certain elements have remained timeless. A vintage wedding style takes inspiration from previous style-centric eras (like the roaring 20s or the groovy 60s), creating a nostalgic, timeless look that will feel just as gorgeous today as in decades past.
Here are some stunning vintage wedding dresses for under $1000:
Vintage style is all about timeless, intricate details—which you will certainly find in this corset-back lace wedding dress. The princess-cut and Chantilly lace have a distinctive classic feel—while the corset-back detailing and dramatic train add visual interest (not to mention a touch of vintage-inspired glamour).
If you’re a lover of 60s-inspired fashion, this bell-sleeved number is the dress of your vintage dreams. With a scalloped, off-the-shoulder neckline, a sheer, Chantilly-lace overlay, an elegant train, and bell-shaped sleeves, this dress will fit right in at any vintage ceremony.
With its dainty cap sleeves, deep v-neck and delicate, sheer inset, Schiffli lace overlay, and body-hugging silhouette, this 20s-inspired dress will add a touch of charm and elegance to a vintage wedding.
Combining vintage details with a more modern style, this dress is the perfect option for brides who want to bridge classic and on-trend at their wedding. The shape with its plunging neckline and structured bodice feels decidedly modern, while the details like lace and a dramatic train are much more vintage-inspired.
There’s a certain style that comes with coastal living—and a beach-inspired wedding embraces that style. More laid-back than other wedding styles, a beach or coastal wedding is all about leaning into the surf, sand, sun, and the natural elements that come along with seaside (or seaside-inspired) nuptials.
Here are some beach wedding dresses for under $1000:
Beach weddings are more casual than traditional affairs, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice elegance. This flowy chiffon number is laid-back enough for a sand-and-surf filled ceremony, but the intricate details like Venetian lace panels add a touch of elegance that makes this dress truly special.
If you’re getting married on the coast, you want to feel the sun on your skin. With its open back and plunging v-neck, this princess-cut dress will feel right at home at a sunny, beachside ceremony.
Some brides want as little traditional wedding style incorporated into their big day as possible—enter alternative style. This style takes a more individualistic approach to weddings, focusing on what looks and feels unique to the couple.
If you want wedding attire that feels completely and utterly you, here are non-traditional, alternative wedding dresses for under $1000:
Skip the ultra-formalities and ease into a quirky wedding jumpsuit instead. The stretch cape material and wide leg design make it comfortable and modern, while the cut-out details and bow-inspired sleeves add funky bridal flare.
Shorten it up. This versatile cocktail-length dress, complete with an eye-catching neckline bow detail is the perfect blend of fun and elegance. The best part? This dress is versatile enough to wear again after the wedding.
Wedding dresses can be expensive. But there’s no need to blow your budget to find the perfect dress. There are plenty of budget-friendly wedding dress options for every bride and every style. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping.