How to find an affordable wedding dress
Published 13 July 2016 by Kyri Levendi
Stay on budget for your big day with these affordable wedding dresses.
The cost of a wedding doesn’t just depend on the wishes of the couple, but their budget as well. Our research* from this year found that the median cost of a UK wedding is £8,000.
No matter what figure you have in mind, the dress is likely to take up a considerable portion of it. If you’re not looking to spend thousands on a wedding dress, there are a number of affordable options available.
To help, we’re going to take you through some of the most affordable high-street picks** and the best ways to buy second hand.
High street – under £200
You don’t have to spend a fortune to find a beautiful dress – and these high-street picks prove it.
All eyes will be on you in this oversized bow back dress from ASOS. The dress is chic and sophisticated from the front, but features a fun oversized bow detailing at the back. The dress looks much more expensive than its £105 price tag!
For something a little more dramatic, you could try this maxi prom dress from ASOS. The sateen-look fabric creates a classic feel, alongside the full skirt and square neckline. And the champagne tone brings a fresh twist – not bad for £180.
Lace it up
Prefer something a little less traditional? This lace dress from H&M could be right up your street. The knee length frock comes with beautiful lace detailing and a cut out at the back. It is the perfect canvas to create a really special look – and will cost you no more than £60!
Go for a minimal style with this bandeau maxi dress from MissGuided. This white strapless dress is ideal for any practical bride – you’d be able to dance all night long in this. At just £95, it’s a bargain.
If you would prefer something with a little more sparkle, this embellished maxi dress from ASOS could be the one for you. The high neck detailing creates a timeless look while the bead and sequin embellishments add a touch of glamour. Wear an up-do on the day to really show off the design.
At just £110, you’ll keep on budget with this dress.
Make sure you feel special on your big day in something like this V-neck wedding dress from Debenhams. This beautiful design will flatter most figures with its waist cinching design and soft V-neck detailing. Like what you see? You better be quick as it’s currently reduced to just £69.
It’s worth checking auctioning sites like Gumtree and eBay, to see if there are any dresses that catch your eye. But don’t just rely on looking online – you could also browse the local charity shops in your area. You could find a designer dress for a fraction of the price, and no one’s going to know on the day!
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*Red Dot questioned a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adults aged 18 and over between 14th March 2016 – 17th March 2016, of whom 636 were Scottish residents.
**Prices correct at time of writing – 10/07/16