Le Château 298$

Dreaming of an elegant wedding dress that’ll make you feel gorgeous? You don’t need to have a huge budget to make that vision a reality! You just need to know where to look for that special gown.

Shopping for the perfect wedding dress under $500, you should be looking at stores in your area that sell prom dresses (you might find a beautiful white or ivory dress in there). The discount and bridesmaid sections of bridal shops can be good too. Etsy can be a great spot to find cool vintage wedding dresses or cute homemade gowns. Craiglist and your city’s thrift stores could also have a hidden gem that’s perfect for you. Likewise, you can find lovely white dresses in regular clothing boutiques. These dresses might not be bridal gowns per se, but they can be very special and beautiful nevertheless. Moreover, a few boutiques that aren’t specialized in wedding dresses have a bridal collection you can look into (Anthropologie, Asos, ModCloth, etc.)

In case you need suggestions: here are 50 exquisite wedding dresses for $500 or less! These a perfect gowns for a bride on a budget (like me).

  1. A sophisticated gown with clean lines
Slide View: 1: Legacy Dress
Anthropologie $295

2. A sixties-inspired dress for the Twiggy in you

Boutique 1861 $138

3. A feminine short dress with lace

Modcloth $175

4. A beautifully embroidered gown with silver accents

Slide View: 1: Faye Dress
Anthropologie $380

5. A simple yet sophisticated white gown

Side Pleat Crossneck Gown, Main, color, Ivory
Nordstrom $230.14

6. An adorable knee-length white dress

Emma Ruffle Crepe Dress, Alternate, color, White
Nordstrom $202.75

7. A pretty one-shoulder gown full of lace

David’s Bridal $199.95

8. An elegant off-the-shoulders satin gown

Le Château $298

9. A vintage 50s strapless dress

Etsy $337.47

10. A crepe de chine gown with a cape

Net a porter $425

11. A star studded short dress

Slide View: 1: BHLDN Mercure Dress

Anthropologie $398

12. A cute short dress with a tulle skirt

Etsy $285.83

13. A sequin dress to sparkle all night

Harper Mermaid Gown, Main, color, Bone
Nordstrom $421.93

14. A dress with extra feathers

David.s Bridal $239.95

15. A modern two-piece wedding dress

Shopbop $424.29

16. A Monroe-styled wedding dress

Etsy $343.80

17. An off-white crepe dress

Alicia Mixed Media Midi Dress, Main, color, Off White
Nordstrom $271.24

18. A gorgeous polka dot piece

Strapless Dot Sateen Gown, Main, color, Polka Dot
Nordstrom $334.26

19. A romantic flocked-chiffon mini

Shopbop $297.65

20. A jumpsuit loaded with sequins

Anthropologie $398

21. A tulle-skirted little number for a romantic look

Boutique 1861 $108

22. A gorgeous gown with a bateau neckline

Yvette Sequin Trumpet Gown, Alternate, color, Bone
Nordstrom $406.86

23. A super cool white jumpsuit

Slide View: 1: Mara Jumpsuit
Anthropologie $280

24. A Great-Gabsy-inspired embroidered gown

Etsy $262.70

25. A fun dress with giant sequins

Slide View: 1: City Lights Dress
Anthropologie $275

26. A kimino inspired gown

Asos $ 410.28

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27. An ultra-feminine ivory gown

David’s Bridal $179.95

28. A simple yet beautiful trumpet gown

V-Neck Trumpet Gown, Main, color, White
Nordstrom $115.07

29. A super cute gown with a cream hue

Modcloth $300

30. A white sheath dress

Whisper Ruth Sheath Dress, Main, color, Summer White
Nordstrom $202.75

31. A sophisticated crepe wedding dress

Slide View: 1: Iva Crepe Maxi
Anthropologie $298

32. A sleek white cocktail dress

BETSY & ADAM Drape Back Scuba Crepe Cocktail Dress, Alternate, color, WHITE

Nordstrom $271.36

33. Another lace dress with a halter neckline (less than 100$)

Boutique 1861 $89

34. A very thirties white dress

Etsy $162

35. A very special white minidress

Shopbop $424.29

36. A 70s inspired white short dress

Modcloth $100

37. A clean lined-white gown

Slide View: 2: Madison Dress
Anthropologie $280

38. An embellished white gown

Net-a-porter $429.58

39. A super cute heavy crepe dress

Shopbop $215.41

40. A bee-friendly white dress

Etsy $347.89

41. A crocheted maxi dress

Modcloth $150

42. An elegant dress with lots of details

Slide View: 1: Arden Dress
Anthropologie $250

43. A super fun short dress with embellishments and tassels

Asos $462.88

Find the dress here

44. A great beaded nude gown

Slide View: 1: Sanders Dress
Anthropologie $390

45. A mini dress with a beads collar

LIKELY - Mabel Bead-Embellished Mini Dress

Bloomingdales $365.45

46. A beautiful vintage wedding gown from the 60s

Etsy $235.94

47. A superb boho-chic dress

Slide View: 1: Pearson Dress
Anthropologie $250

48. An empire-waist dress for the feminine bride

David’s Bridal $179.95

49. A super feminine beaded dress

Slide View: 1: Capella Dress
Anthropologie 295$

50. A very fun white dress with a touch of black

I hope these suggestions will help you fall in love with your own wedding dress! Best of luck to all the brides-to-be 🙂 I would post a picture of mine, but my fiancé can’t see it before September 15!

Have a great day,

P.S. Buying a wedding dress is a big investment. If you want to buy your dress online from a site you don’t know very well, I suggest that you read the terms and condition very carefully. You want to be able to return your dress easily if it doesn’t fit or if you don’t fall in love with it when it arrives. A good tip for online shopping is to check what previous buyers have to say about their own experience with specific websites. For this, you can type the website’s name on Sitejabber and get useful feedback.


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