ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cheap Wedding Gowns: Where to Find Them

Updated on October 22, 2015

Discount bridal gowns that are chic and not cheap-looking do exist. Don't max out your credit card for something you will probably wear only once. Cheap wedding dresses can be found on many wedding websites and small manufacturers' web pages. The best thing about these sites is that you can buy affordable gowns and designer wedding dresses for 20% - 50% off the retail prices. Plus, you won't have to deal with pushy, sycophantic salespeople who praise your beauty incessantly every time you try on a dress. However, you will have to coordinate the alterations yourself. And since there is no fitting room online, you have to know what type of dress will look good on you instead of simply following the newest trend. But even so, discount gown websites are still the best option for a bride with a small budget.


David's Bridal

Price Range: $49 - $1,200

Upside: The prices are very attractive. You can either shop online or visit your local David's Bridal Warehouse. Their large selection includes traditional, informal, petite and plus-size wedding gowns in various styles. Many elegant, embroidered dresses are sold for as low as $129. On a recent visit to this website, I noticed quite a few lovely, informal wedding dresses that cost only $49.99.

Downside: Don't expect to find unique, high-fashion gowns. The gowns at David's Bridal are beautiful and decent-quality, but not haute-couture wedding dresses. Most of them are either mass factory-made from China or low-end designer brands.

Thrift Tips for Brides

  • If you're going to have an informal wedding, try shopping for your bridal gown at a local department store instead of bridal salons. You can probably buy a good-quality and fashionable evening gown at Macy's or JCPenny for just $50 - $150. Bridal salons tend to charge more just because they can. Higher prices don't always mean better quality. Some plain dresses with average materials and a poor sewing job might cost over $1,000 just because it is displayed in a bridal salon.
  • Be a copycat. All you need is a skilled seamstress. If you can't afford the designer gown that you desperately want, ask your local seamstress to copy the design and custom make it for you. You might have to pay quite a bit for the materials and labor, but still, it won't cost more than a Vera Wang overpriced gown.
  • If you go to a big bridal outlet sale, there will likely be a lot of bridezillas there. So bring an entourage to help you grab the dresses. Don't worry too much about the sizes. Say, if you can buy a $1500 Bianchi wedding dress for $800 but it's two sizes too big, just buy it anyway. You will have to pay $100 - $200 alteration fees later, but after all that, you still save about $500.

Price Less Bridal

Price Range: $99 - $900

Upside: Price Less Bridal sports some of the high-end designer wedding dresses such as Diamond and Scaasi, and offers discount prices that are hard to beat. Other mediocre designer brands such as Alfred Angelo, Galina and Mori Lee are also available at this online store. Moreover, the website makes your shopping experience a bit easier and more fun by categorizing the bridal gowns in different wedding themes such as "Victorian wedding", "western movies", "French collection", etc.

Downside: Because Price Less Bridal sells brand-name wedding dresses, very few gowns are under $200. The average price for most dresses runs around $350. Also, there is a $20 - $40 extra charge if you order a plus-size wedding dress.

Jessica McClintock

Price Range: $170 - $400

Upside: McClintock's designs are very innovative and stylish. Her affordable gowns are perfect for modern brides who dislike things too traditional and seek informal yet well-designed wedding dresses. Delivery usually takes only 2 - 6 weeks, which is much faster than most online bridal stores.

Downside: Since McClintock is a small manufacturer, the online selection is very limited. Petite and plus size gowns are not available.


Price Range: $100 - $700

Upside: Amazon features many decent-quality wedding gowns by both obscure brands and famous bridal designers such as Alfred Angelo and Eden. Most sellers have a good return policy and are quite dependable in terms of delivery. Plus, if you have shopped on Amazon before, you should know how easy it is to find something you like within a few clicks, as you can customize your search by prices, brands, sellers and even discount rates.

Downside: Most wedding dresses on Amazon are the "been-there, done-that" type. Nothing special. And unfortunately, the discount rates on designer gowns are not very enticing.


Price Range: $10 - $5,000+

Upside: Some bridal gowns on this biggest auction site can be insanely cheap. Just type "bridal gowns" or "wedding dresses" in the search box and over 500 results will pop up. If you're lucky, you may be able to buy a used $6,000 Vera Wang dress for only $100!

Downside: Most auctioned items are used and might not be in a good condition. Not all sellers are professional. A lot of sellers on this site are individuals who just want to make some extra cash, so delivery may not be reliable. It might help quite a bit if you check the seller's profile and feedback before buying.

Romantic Headlines (Headpieces and Accessories)

Price Range: $10 - $100

Upside: This site has the biggest selection of bridal veils and headpieces on the internet. You can custom design your own veil or hat by choosing the fabrics, colors, styles, rhinestones and accents that complement your wedding dress. Delivery is fast and reliable.

Downside: The site is a bit unorganized, which doesn't mediate customers' shopping experience. For example, you cannot narrow the search results down by prices so you have to look through all the options to find one that suits your budget.


Submit a Comment
  • cristalpower profile image

    Vaishali Agrawal 

    3 years ago from Gurgaon

    Lovely gowns....

  • Turtlewoman profile image

    Kim Lam 

    8 years ago from California

    Great post. David's Bridal now carries the lower end version of Vera Wang collections for decent and affordable prices! :-)

  • okmarket profile image


    8 years ago from Guangzhou,China

    Beautiful gowns!

  • Gift Experts profile image

    Gift Experts 

    9 years ago

    Ooh, spotted a neat $99 sale on these locally. Beautiful gowns!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    10 years ago

    That's nice! Most upscale department stores sell good-quality dresses at affordable prices. A friend of mine also had a small wedding, so she bought a bridesmaid dress instead of a bridal gown. It was very cute and only about $60. That's another good way to save money on a wedding. :)

  • readabook profile image


    10 years ago from Texas

    Excellent descriptions of the various sites. Should be a real time saver for someone looking for a gown. I had an informal wedding and bought a beautiful dress at an upscale department store and wore for many anniversaries.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)