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Bridal Market was *such* a whirlwind of tulle, satin and lace. It's TOUGH out there for a small budget bride- your options when it comes to dresses can definitely be limited, so I made sure to seek out the most amazing gowns at equally amazing prices. I took special care to consider the results from our Wedding Dress Survey which told us that a whopping 83% of our readers were planning to spend $1500 or less on their wedding dress!


So, with that in mind, I gathered some of my favorite wedding dresses featuring key trends of the season, all below $1500! Check out our picks below!






Ann TaylorPetite Isabella Lace Wedding Dress $950

I absolutely love the peek at the shoulders in the back- the lace is lovely and I love that it doesn't have a long train. Perfect for a bride who has classic style without a lot of frills.  




Ann TaylorMya Cowl Neck Wedding Dress $795

 This modern and sleek silhouette gives off a feeling of casual glamour. Love the glittery belt around the waist!


Alfred Angelo – Ariel – $1399

 This gown was absolutely stunning in person! You could get lost in these ruffles! This is one of the gowns from AA's Disney Collection and it surely is fit for a princess.

 Alfred Angelo – Paulina – $1199

The full A-line skirt, the rouching at the bust, the sweetheart neckline, the glittery belt that cinches the waist? Totally classic.



Alfred Angelo – Silvia – $1149

The illusion neckline on this is so beautiful and classic- the jeweled adornments on the neckline totally solve the ‘what necklace do I wear?' problem!


 Anna Campbell – Isobelle – $1199 (without the train)

Australian designer Anna Campbell had some really lovely gowns at incredible prices. These laces– I died! If you're not into the long train you can save a few hundred dollars off the higher end price. 


David's Bridal – Style WG3633 – $699 
(available November 2013)

This dress seemed lightweight and lovely in person. I love the feminine details of the lace appliqué on the corset bodice and the sweetheart neckline. A very pretty gown for a great price!


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David's Bridal – Style WG3586 – $449! 
(available November 2013) 

This strapless gown features a subtle sweetheart neckline and has a tulle A-line skirt with a sweep train. It's lovely and light, with some light beading along the bodice. So lovely– and the price? Insane! This was my fave (and most budget savvy) pick!




 Watters – D.I.D. – Nora – $900

Love this boho feeling gown- perfect for a backyard or even a beach wedding. 




 Watters – D.I.D. – Fergie – $800

This dress is G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S. For the bride who wants to feel sexy on her big day.

 Watters – D.I.D. – Janis – $900

Another boho gem- this gown feels very ethereal and I think would look amazing in some sort of backyard affair.

Watters – Wtoo – Cecilia – $1300

A more ballgown style with layers of yummy tulle. Loved the neckline on this one, too! (I'm a sucker for sweetheart!)

The Cotton Bride – Arianna – $1475

If being eco-friendly is the name of your game, this gown from The Cotton Bride is for you. Delicate Miniature Leaf Cotton Lace covers this flattering A-line with a dramatic silk chiffon train that’ll look amazing as you walk down the aisle.  Matching lace detachable straps included.  Lined in 100% breathable cotton for the most comfortable wedding dress you could imagine! 

The Cotton Bride – Brooklyn – $1325

Another gorgeous cotton gown from our friends at The Cotton Bride. The Brooklyn dress is as perfect for the beach as it is for the woodlands.  Underneath the Floating Blossoms cotton lace is a layer of feather-light 100% Silk Chiffon. Matching detachable straps included and lined in 100% breathable cotton. 

Our Budget Savvy Wedding Dress MVP:


nabi by Jenny Yoo – Monarch – $850 

This multi-way dress is made of luxurious chiffon and can be worn infinite ways. I LOVE this dress so much- the fabric is so lovely and feminine, and beyond your big day you could consider dying the gown to a darker color to enjoy for years to come. Multi-purposing and re-using wedding items is one of they keys to being budget savvy- so we are head over heels in LOVE with this Jenny Yoo design, especially at a price tag under $1k. Bravo!


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