Getting married is probably the most notoriously expensive thing one can do in life, except for joining a gym with a pool or renting a flat in London, so the fact that genuinely cool and affordable wedding dresses now exist is pretty big news.
At one point, high street wedding dresses weren't exactly making all our big day dreams come true with old school ruffles and pastel chiffon, but the market is changing in a big way and now our favourite labels are creating dresses we actually like.
Sure, four figure frocks are always going to be a tempting prospect but with these designs coming in at easily under £500, it’s getting increasingly hard to justify. Though you might not be able to customise it into a mini dress after the service (*COUGH* Poppy Delevingne's Chanel gown), you can't put a price on not being totally broke after your nuptials.
It's been a big few years for affordable bridalwear — ASOS launched a bridal collection which, in true ASOS style, has pretty excellent quality and prices — with the maximum price of a dress at £250, and a full look coming in under £400. (We can hear newly engaged people everywhere breathing a unanimous sign of relief.) Whatever your dream dress, the ASOS wedding collection has probably got it covered – to fall back on that old adage; there actually IS something for everyone, from Kate Moss-style lace to Olivia Palermo separates.
Self-Portrait, St Martins alumni Han Chong’s incredibly successful label, launched a wedding collection too! Known for their effortless cool, a Self-Portrait wedding dress will only set you back between £650-1,000. It was only a matter of time, with the brand a major fav for partygoers and wedding guests, until it branched out into brides.
Now, Jenny Packham (a K-Middy favourite) has got in on the act - launching an affordable wedding line called Wonder, comprised of nine wedding dresses and six bridesmaid options, on David's Bridal. While usually dresses usually retail at a few thousand pounds, Wonder pieces are priced between about £125 and £1,000.
Reformation also launched a new affordable, sustainable collection. There's everything you'd expect from the US label - low backs, tie detailing, off-the-shoulder sleeves… All you could want if you're eschewing the usual poofy wedding dress so you can actually look like yourself - and all for under £500 (BOOM) with free shipping to the UK! (If eco is your thing, read more about 11 eco clothing brands that are actually nice.)
H&M's new Conscious Exclusive collection brings more excellent news for brides-to-be as there's some wedding PERFECT pieces. We love the lace and structured dresses, and the skirt and top set — for under £300 for the whole look! Suddenly your big day is looking far less daunting.
If you’re not sure what style of wedding dress you’re after, don’t stress – instead of getting into a flap surrounded by swathes of tulle, silk and chiffon, check out these celebrity wedding dresses for inspo…
(Get more inspiration on how to do a cheap wedding from Alex Stedman from The Frugality.)