October 5, 2022
High-street affordable wedding dresses

From Whistles to some of Net-a-Porter’s new design talent, there are plenty of frugal but no-less fabulous wedding dresses out there just waiting to be discovered. 

There are other brands that also stock affordable dresses. ASOS, following the success of its vast and brilliant bridesmaid range, has dresses for as little as £150. It also stocks Needle and Thread, a British brand that specialises in intricately embellished occasionwear with a comfortable price tag. One of my favourite affordable red carpet go-tos, Self-Portrait, also offers a drop-dead-gorgeous wedding range. Reformation, meanwhile, might not be the first name you think of for bridal looks, but the brand has a couple of gorgeous gowns. Better yet, Whistles’ wedding dress collection continues to be one of my favourites, with all pieces under £400. 

If you want some inspiration for shopping affordable high-street wedding outfits, just take a look at my pick of the expensive-looking options that will cost you a fraction of the price of a traditional frock. I’ve picked out a selection of dresses from some of our favourite stores that can totally be worn for your big day. While what one person deems as “affordable” can differ greatly for another, considering many wedding dresses cost in the thousands, I’ve kept my edit below the £1,000 threshold. If that still seems expensive to you (it is a considerable amount of money, after all), rest assured there are plenty of dresses that come in under this—starting at a mere £XX. Keep scrolling to shop the specialised wedding dress collections from ASOS, Whistles and so many more.

THE BEST HIGH-STREET AND AFFORDABLE WEDDING DRESSES

Ghost Laurel Dress
Ghost
Laurel Dress
£495

The cut-out back and puff sleeves are details I didn’t know worked together until I saw this beautiful gown. 

Sleeper Opera White Off-the-Shoulder Silk Midi Dress
Sleeper
Opera White Off-the-Shoulder Silk Midi Dress
£390

For the bride that lives and breathes the cottagecore aesthetic. 

L.K. Bennett Harlow Ivory Satin Crepe Long Wedding Dress
L.K. Bennett
Harlow Ivory Satin Crepe Long Wedding Dress
£999

I’m really into the whole covered-button-and-crisp-collar situ. 

Cult Gaia Ashley Ruched Linen-Blend Mini Dress
Cult Gaia
Ashley Ruched Linen-Blend Mini Dress
£465

Minis are just as wonderful as full-length gowns; especially when they feature dramatic sleeves. 

Rotate Birger Christensen Sierina White Lace Midi Dress
Rotate Birger Christensen
Sierina White Lace Midi Dress
£250

The perfect, classic-feeling midi dress for city weddings. 

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

You had me at the oversized bow.

Retrofête Gabrielle White Sequin Wrap Dress
Retrofête
Gabrielle White Sequin Wrap Dress
£620

Halston Heritage One-Shoulder Asymmetric Crepe Gown
Halston Heritage
One-Shoulder Asymmetric Crepe Gown
£455

The fluid ruffle detailing on this dress will make you look as if you’re floating; so beautiful. 

Needle and Thread Nancy Frill Gown
Needle and Thread
Nancy Frill Gown
£525

This dress is truly breathtaking. 

Rotate Birger Christensen Natalie Off-the-Shoulder Vinyl Mini Dress
Rotate Birger Christensen
Natalie Off-the-Shoulder Vinyl Mini Dress
£300

If there was ever a day to dress yourself in a giant bow, your wedding day is that day. 

Tove Freja Ruched Organic Cotton-Jersey Midi Dress
Tove
Freja Ruched Organic Cotton-Jersey Midi Dress
£845

One of the season’s most in-demand dresses loads itself as a standout wedding look. 

L.K. Bennett Lovette Cream Devoré Long Wedding Dress
L.K. Bennett
Lovette Cream Devoré Long Wedding Dress
£999

This feels so incredibly special. 

Taller Marmo Mrs. Ross Fringed Crepe Midi Dress
Taller Marmo
Mrs. Ross Fringed Crepe Midi Dress
£775

2022’s need-to-know dress brand has create a spellbinding bridal capsule. 

ASOS Edition Curve Sadie Pleated Plunge Wrap Wedding Dress in Satin
ASOS
Edition Curve Sadie Pleated Plunge Wrap Wedding Dress in Satin
£160

The only word that describes this dress? FABULOUS. 

Safiyaa Azrael Strapless Stretch-Crepe Gown
Safiyaa
Azrael Strapless Stretch-Crepe Gown
£895

The sleek silhouette on this dress is guaranteed to appease minimalist brides. 

TH&TH Alara Cap  Neck in Ivory
TH&TH
Alara Cap Neck in Ivory
£240

All-over lace is usually so expensive. 

Self-Portrait Crystal-Embellished Guipure Lace Midi Dress
Self-Portrait
Crystal-Embellished Guipure Lace Midi Dress
£380

You really need to see this dress on—it’s stunning. 

Orseund Iris Ruched Satin Dress
Orseund Iris
Ruched Satin Dress
£755

If stark white hue aren’t your thing. 

Nasty Gal Fringe Detail Wrap Bridal Dress
Nasty Gal
Fringe Detail Wrap Bridal Dress
£85
£65

Just imagine how great this’ll look on the dance floor. 

Vanessa Cocchiaro The Lady Draped Matte-Satin Dress
Vanessa Cocchiaro
The Lady Draped Matte-Satin Dress
£415

Simple but so pretty. 

Rixo Lara in Ivory Sequin
Rixo
Lara in Ivory Sequin
£395

Just wait until you see the bow on the back of this beautiful mini. 

Zara Bridal Dress With Draped Neckline
Zara
Bridal Dress With Draped Neckline
£159

This is serving major ‘90s Kate Moss vibes. 

Ghost Olive Jumpsuit
Ghost
Olive Jumpsuit
£195

If dresses aren’t your thing, try a chic jumpsuit instead. 

Reformation Gabbie Dress
Reformation
Gabbie Dress
£605

This feels so ethereal. 

Cult Gaia Tricia Dress
Cult Gaia
Tricia Dress
£440
£176

This dress ticks off so many major dress trends—definitely one for the fashion-conscious bride. 

Selfportrait Taffeta Off Shoulder Midi Dress
Self-Portrait
Taffeta Off Shoulder Midi Dress
£340

A refined take on the princess dress. 

Halston Heritage One-Shoulder Asymmetric Crepe Gown
Halston
One-Shoulder Asymmetric Crepe Gown
£455

I love this flattering style.

Ghost Liliana Wedding Dress
Ghost
Liliana Wedding Dress
£395

A classic Ghost look. All it needs is a sleek floor-length veil. 

Whistles Ariane Lace Wedding Co-ord
Whistles
Ariane Lace Wedding Co-ord
£599
£399

A very classy take on the co-ord. 

Whistles Isla Tiered Wedding Dress
Whistles
Isla Tiered Wedding Dress
£649
£325

The perfect look for a summer wedding. 

Anna Quan Celine Draped Dress
Anna Quan
Celine Draped Dress
£805

There’s just something so premium about this silhouette. 

Halston Heritage Hammered-Satin Gown
Halston Heritage
Hammered-Satin Gown
£510

The cowl neckline and thigh split work so well together. 

ASOS Edition Joni Sequin Cami Wedding Dress
ASOS Edition
Joni Sequin Cami Wedding Dress
£180

If you love sequins. 

Self-Portrait Grosgrain-Trimmed Guipure Lace Mini Dress
Self-Portrait
Grosgrain-Trimmed Guipure Lace Mini Dress
£300
£210

A great lace option. 

Whistles Eve Silk Wedding Dress
Whistles
Eve Silk Wedding Dress
£599
£399

This silk dress will look good on everyone.

Alex Perry Callan Strapless Crepe Midi Dress
Alex Perry
Callan Strapless Crepe Midi Dress
£750

The definition of understated elegance. 

ASOS Edition Marie Scatter Sequin Crop Top Wedding Dress
ASOS Edition
Marie Scatter Sequin Crop Top Wedding Dress
£180

Gorgeous back. 

Rat & Boa Primrose Dress
Rat & Boa
Primrose Dress
£145

The cowl neck, low back and burnout velvet motif feel so ’90s—in the best possible way. 

Needle & Thread Margot Cami Ankle Gown
Needle & Thread
Margot Cami Ankle Gown
£650

This is calling to be worn with a cute cropped jacket. 

Hope & Ivy Bridal Floral Beaded and Embroidered Maxi Dress With Keyhole
Hope & Ivy Bridal
Floral Beaded and Embroidered Maxi Dress With Keyhole
£150
£70

The neck on this is excellent. 

Aaizél One Shoulder Dress
Aaizél
One Shoulder Dress
£465

This is just so classy. 

Ivy & Oak Malia Dress
Ivy & Oak
Malia Dress
£279

The long sleeves and high neckline make this ideal for winter nuptials. 

Maya Bridal Long Sleeved Maxi Dress With Delicate Sequin and Tulle Skirt in Ecru
Maya Bridal
Long Sleeved Maxi Dress With Delicate Sequin and Tulle Skirt in Ecru
£90

Definitely Cinderella vibes. 

SIR the Label Marco Cotton-Blend Midi Dress
SIR the Label
Marco Cotton-Blend Midi Dress
£451

An option minimalists will love. 

Reformation Tullamore Dress
Reformation
Tullamore Dress
£535

I adore the addition of the romantic lace hem on this dress. 

Vanessa Cocchiaro Mary Ruffled Satin Jumpsuit
Vanessa Cocchiaro
Mary Ruffled Satin Jumpsuit
£500
£200

If you’re not a dress person, this cool jumpsuit might be what you’re looking for. 

Monsoon Embellished Square-Neck Dress
Monsoon
Embellished Square-Neck Dress
£499

The delicate embellishment on this dress is breathtaking. 

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

Simple and chic. 

TH&TH Camilla Crystal Beaded Ivory Wedding Dress With Angel Sleeves
TH&TH
Camilla Crystal Beaded Ivory Wedding Dress With Angel Sleeves
£350

A silhouette that’ll look timeless in your photographs. 

Whistles Lorelei Sequin Wedding Dress
Whistles
Lorelei Sequin Wedding Dress
£499

I’m obsessed with this silhouette. 

The Own Studio Dancing Mini Dress
The Own Studio
Dancing Mini Dress
£850

Be the reception in this sparkly mini. 

Isabel Marant Étoile Jaena Lace-Paneled Midi Dress
Isabel Marant Étoile
Jaena Lace-Paneled Midi Dress
£495

This was made for boho brides. 

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Next up, these are the biggest spring/summer 2022 fashion trends to know. 

Opening Image: Courtesy of ASOS