Getting hitched? Congrats! Unwilling to auction off a kidney in the name of an off-the-runway Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Marchesa, etc.? We hear you. It’s your day, and you should spend it looking and feeling like the best version of yourself — i.e. not racked with buyer’s guilt and avoiding all pigmented food and drink for fear of soiling your multiple-month’s-rent dress.
Happily, it being 2017, the term “wedding dress” allows for more flexibility and creativity than ever before — you’ve got (affordable!) options. As with all our clothes, today’s women want wedding gowns that are cool, unstuffy and versatile, with a price tag that lets us indulge our wildest honeymoon fantasies. These days, fashion- and budget-minded brides-to-be (like you) are sparing themselves the stress of wedding boutiques and instead picking up cheap wedding dresses from a number of buzzy labels that have popped up to fill the once-gaping void in the affordable wedding dress market.
Which labels, you say? Click through the slideshow above to shop 25 chic and cheap wedding dresses (but not “cheap”) by some of our favorite democratic bridal designers of the moment. From sassy party dresses to playful bow-embellished rompers, there’s an ivory, blush or lace construction to suit all tastes and sensibilities. And they’re all under $500.