January 30, 2023

A lot has changed in the bridal fashion market since I got married in 2017. At that time the options for a fashion-forward dress on a tight budget were very limited, and I knew definitively that I didn’t want to go down the traditional route of meringues and fittings and remortgaging the house to secure “the one”. So, I ended up buying an off-the-peg monochrome Proenza Schouler dress on a whim whilst in Harvey Nichols for a press event. No friends or family were with me, there were no happy tears and it couldn’t have been less of a “moment” but I was so happy with the result.

The fact is, for many brides-to-be, the idea of putting aside £20k for a gown that you wear once and probably destroy on the dance-floor, has been outmoded for a while now. It’s taken a few years for the industry to catch up, but now in 2022 the contemporary bridal dresses and separates that are available at more affordable prices is truly remarkable.

best under £1000 wedding dresses: bow gown from Clover London

While £1000 may not feel affordable for everyone (and there are brilliant lower-priced high street bridal dresses you can easily shop from online), for some wedding budgets this allows more to be spent on multiple looks as nuptials and parties now often span days, locations and themes. The spillover could be reallocated to having a jolly good knees up (we spent a little extra on keeping everyone very well fed and watered), a fancier honeymoon or kept aside for plain ol’ regular life expenses.

Additionally, with wedding plans being continuously changed over the past couple of years, the perspective on what’s important has shifted. There is undoubtedly going to be a slew of smaller, more intimate weddings, with city nuptials and more private affairs being far better suited to modern bridal looks. Keep scrolling to see the best under-£1000 wedding dresses and separates to buy now.

1. VANESSA COCCHIARIO

Vanessa Cocchiaro The Lady Draped Matte-Satin Wrap Gown
Vanessa Cocchiaro
The Lady Draped Matte-Satin Wrap Gown
£415

Vanessa Cocchiaro Charlotte Ruffled Crepe and Metallic Crepon Mini Dress
Vanessa Cocchiaro
Charlotte Ruffled Crepe and Metallic Crepon Mini Dress
£315

Vanessa Cocchiaro The Tina Wrap-Effect Matte-Satin Jumpsuit
Vanessa Cocchiaro
The Tina Wrap-Effect Matte-Satin Jumpsuit
£450

2. REFORMATION

Reformation Lecce Dress
Reformation
Lecce Dress
£435

Reformation Hestia Dress
Reformation
Hestia Dress
£605

Reformation Hollyhock Dress Es
Reformation
Hollyhock Dress Es
£400

3. CLOVER LONDON

Clover London Sweet Pea
Clover London
Sweet Pea
£1000

Clover London Willow
Clover London
Willow
£1000

Clover London Primrose
Clover London
Primrose
£1000

4. ROTATE BIRGER CHRISTENSEN

Rotate Birger Christensen Bridal Sierna Lace Midi Dress
Rotate Birger Christensen
Bridal Sierna Lace Midi Dress
£250

Rotate Birger Christensen Bridal Kasia Sequined Maxi Dress
Rotate Birger Christensen
Bridal Kasia Sequined Maxi Dress
£250

Rotate Birger Christensen Bridal Noon Midi Dress
Rotate Birger Christensen
Bridal Noon Midi Dress
£340

5. RIXO

Rixo Louella in Floral Lace
Rixo
Louella in Floral Lace
£575

Rixo Candice in Satin Back Silk Crepe
Rixo
Candice in Satin Back Silk Crepe
£650

Rixo Leanna in Satin Back Silk Crepe
Rixo
Leanna in Satin Back Silk Crepe
£675

6. SOLACE LONDON

Solace London Elina White Off-the-Shoulder Mini Dress
Solace London
Elina White Off-the-Shoulder Mini Dress
£505

Solace London Sabina White Off-the-Shoulder Gown
Solace London
Sabina White Off-the-Shoulder Gown
£435

Solace London Raina White Off-the-Shoulder Dress
Solace London
Raina White Off-the-Shoulder Dress
£470

7. ASOS

Asos Edition Curve Lola Satin Structured Off Shoulder Wedding Dress With Full Skirt
ASOS
Curve Lola Satin Structured Off Shoulder Wedding Dress With Full Skirt
£275

a Phillipa Satin Ruched Bodice Off Shoulder Bardot Wedding Dress
ASOS
Phillipa Satin Ruched Bodice Off Shoulder Bardot Wedding Dress
£160

ASOS Valentina Ruched Halter Neck Maxi Wedding Dress
ASOS
Valentina Ruched Halter Neck Maxi Wedding Dress
£150

8. RETROFETE

Retrofête Nicole Crystal-Embellished Stretch-Silk Satin Mini Dress
Retrofête
Nicole Crystal-Embellished Stretch-Silk Satin Mini Dress
£663

Retrofête Camille Sequined Chiffon Maxi Dress
Retrofête
Camille Sequined Chiffon Maxi Dress
£780

Retrofête Violet Asymmetric Lace-Up Sequined Stretch-Tulle Gown
Retrofête
Violet Asymmetric Lace-Up Sequined Stretch-Tulle Gown
£690

9. SELF-PORTRAIT

Self-Portrait Bridal Crystal-Embellished Twill Gown
Self-Portrait
Bridal Crystal-Embellished Twill Gown
£450

Self-Portrait Chiffon and Bouclé Maxi Dress
Self-Portrait
Chiffon and Bouclé Maxi Dress
£400

Self-Portrait Cotton-Blend Ribbed Midi Skirt
Self-Portrait
Cotton-Blend Ribbed Midi Skirt
£220

10. WHISTLES

Whistles Mia Square Neck Wedding Dress
Whistles
Mia Square Neck Wedding Dress
£499

Whistles Melba Bardot Wedding Dress
Whistles
Melba Bardot Wedding Dress
£649

Whistles Cecilia Dobby Wedding Dress
Whistles
Cecilia Dobby Wedding Dress
£499

11. 16ARLINGTON

16 Arlington Umiko White Feather-Trimmed Mini Dress
16 Arlington
Umiko White Feather-Trimmed Mini Dress
£995

16Arlington Minelli Feather Trim Midi Dress
16Arlington
Minelli Feather Trim Midi Dress
£695

16Arlington Taree White Feather-Trimmed Jumpsuit
16Arlington
Taree White Feather-Trimmed Jumpsuit
£895

12. RASARIO

Rasario Silk-Satin Mini Dress
Rasario
Silk-Satin Mini Dress
£1035

Rasario Cropped Lace Top
Rasario
Cropped Lace Top
£450

Rasario Satin Straight-Leg Pants
Rasario
Satin Straight-Leg Pants
£445

13. GHOST

Ghost Laurel Dress
Ghost
Laurel Dress
£495

Ghost Liliana Dress
Ghost
Liliana Dress
£395

Ghost Viola Jacket
Ghost
Viola Jacket
£225

Ghost Senna Trousers
Ghost
Senna Trousers
£195

14. HARMUR

Harmur The City Bride
Harmur
The City Bride
£815

Harmur The Maxi Wrap Dress
Harmur
The Maxi Wrap Dress
£395

Harmur The Party Bride
Harmur
The Party Bride
£695

15. NEEDLE & THREAD

Needle & Thread Genevieve Ruffle Gown
Needle & Thread
Genevieve Ruffle Gown
£450

Needle & Thread Floral Evermore Sequin Cami Ankle Gown
Needle & Thread
Floral Evermore Sequin Cami Ankle Gown
£525

Needle & Thread Margot Midaxi Cape
Needle & Thread
Margot Midaxi Cape
£325

Up next, 42 wedding guest dresses we’re eyeing for wedding season.

This story was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.