I recently got engaged and have already started the wedding planning process. Being the fashion lover that I am, I was very excited about shopping for wedding dresses. The only problem is that I am on a bit of a budget – we are doing everything “on the cheap” as much as we can. Of course, just because I am on a budget doesn’t mean that I am willing to compromise on style.
Luckily, the UK high street has a lot of wedding dresses on offer. This list covers the best high street wedding dresses for under £500. I have tried to cover a range of different styles so you can find a dress to suit your individual style.
Best High Street Wedding Dresses
The idea behind this list was simple, I wanted to see if it was possible to get a wedding dress without breaking the bank. I would have never thought of buying a high street wedding dress, but when I recently went to a wedding I found out the bride had bought her dress from Monsoon. She got it on sale for less than £100! I honestly couldn’t believe it. She looked absolutely stunning on the day and I would never have thought you could buy wedding dresses on the high street that looked that good.
So, the search was on. Here are the best high street wedding dresses I could find for under £500.
Talunia Sequin Full-Length Dress
This stunning full-length dress from Phase Eight features elaborate sequin detailing and beautiful fishtail skirt. I love the draped back detail, it allows you to show off your back in a really elegant manner. This dress is available in Pearl in sizes 6 to 20.
This Debut dress offers a timeless Grecian silhouette and comes with a stunning embellished waist. Available in Ivory in sizes 6 to 22.
F&F Signature Lace Wedding Dress
Can you believe you can buy this dress from Tesco? For only £80? I am honestly so tempted by this offer, even though this is not the style I was looking for, I am just so impressed with the look of this dress. I love the lace detail at the collar. The dress is simple, yet chic, and you would never guess it came from Tesco. Available in cream in sizes 6 to 16 – note: user reviews recommend buying a size up since it’s a little on the small side.
Chesca Lace Dress With Cornelli Trim
This dress is available in Ivory from House of Fraser, in sizes 10 to 24. It has got some great reviews so far, with brides saying the received plenty of compliments from guests. I love the luxury lace detailing, which makes this dress look much more expensive than it actually is.
Gianna Bridal Dress Monsoon
This form-flattering dress takes inspiration from the 70’s with beautiful embroidered flowers adorning the full length of the dress. It comes with a 40cm puddle train and a detachable stretch jersey slip. Available in Ivory in sizes 8 to 18, this is one of my favourite high street wedding dresses.
Gianna bridal dress
Chesca Lace Bridal Dress
This pretty lace bridal dress comes with ribbon trim detail in an asymmetrical design. It is available in Ivory in plus sizes, from 12 to 24, and has been designed to make the most of your curves.
Frock and Frill White Cocktail Dress
This cute cocktail dress from Frock and Frill would make a stunning wedding dress. Taking inspiration from the 20’s with bead detailing and a dropped waist, this elegant gown is sure to impress. It has been recently reduced from £165 to a mere £66, complete bargain! I can imagine it would go perfectly with a 20’s inspired headpiece. Available from Zalando in sizes 6 to 18.
Frock and Frill White Cocktail Dress
£66, reduced from £165
Silk Dupion Lace Sweetheart Audrey Wedding Dress
This 50’s inspired design is handmade in Brighton and just perfect for an alternative wedding. I love how they have styled the dress with stunning petticoats to add a splash of colour and personality. This is such a cute idea for bringing in a bit of colour, instead adding a ribbon or bright pair of heels. Available from Not on the High Street in sizes 6 to 18, can be made to measure for an added £30.
ASOS WEDDING Corsage Wrap Maxi Dress
I love this simple wedding dress from ASOS. It has a 70’s vibe to it and flows beautifully as you walk. I’m not crazy about the corsage, but I imagine it would be quite easy to remove. You could easily dress it up with an embellished belt to really make it your own. This is perfect for a low key wedding and looks super comfortable. Available from ASOS in sizes 4 to 18.
Perfect for the Reception
I came across loads of gorgeous wedding dresses on the high street that would be perfect for the reception. If you love the idea of getting married in a long traditional gown, but don’t want the dress to get in the way of your dancing, then this could be the ideal solution. The best part is that there are plenty of affordable options out there that are still sure to wow your guests.
Black Halo Kento Seamed Sheath Dress
This Black Halo sheath dress is perfect for a modern twist on a 60’s wedding dress. Beautifully structured with a square neck and elbow sleeves, this dress is available in Porcelain, in sizes 0 to 12. You could keep the look modern, or get inspired by the 60’s and wear it with a pillbox hat and mary janes.
Aidan Mattox Embellished Dress
This gorgeous embellished dress is currently on sale at Bloomingdale’s. Available in Ivory in sizes 2 to 14, this lovely dress will add a perfect touch of sparkle to your wedding reception. I love that while it’s short in length, it’s still quite a classy and conservative look thanks to the long sleeves and neckline. Pair with a statement necklace to put your own stamp on the look.
Aidan Mattox Embellished Dress
£225.80, reduced from £282.25
Best High Street Wedding Accessories
I love how a simple accessory can completely transform an outfit. This is still true for wedding dresses. Jackets and boleros are perfect for strapless dresses, to get a different look for the ceremony and the reception. They are also ideal if you need something for when it gets a bit colder in the evening. They can give a plain inexpensive dress a completely new feel, without having to spend a fortune. Complete your outfit with some of the best high street wedding accessories on offer.
Chesca Lace Bridal Bolero
There are so many gorgeous strapless wedding dresses out there, but it’s nice to have the option to get a more conservative look for the church ceremony. The easiest way to do this is to add a lace bolero. It keeps your look bridal while giving your dress a different look for each part of the day. This pretty lace bridal bolero is affordable and perfect for covering up your arms if it gets a little chilly during the day. Available in Ivory from House of Frasier.
Gallery, Carvela Kurt Geiger
These nude heels from Kurt Geiger are the perfect pair of bridal shoes. In classic court style, this metallic pair of heels adds just enough sparkle, without taking the focus away from your dress. Available in sizes 3 to 8, with a 12cm heel.
GALLERY, Carvela Kurt Geiger
Have you come across any high street wedding dresses you think should be added to the list? Please include it in the comments below – I would love to see other options out there 🙂