Daring to utter the phrase "high-street wedding dresses" will no longer be met with indignation. With a rise in the market for well-priced bridal gowns and jumpsuits, there's zero shame attached to spending less on your gown. Affordable can now be incredibly chic.
ASOS now has a stellar bridal collection, following the success of its vast and brilliant bridesmaid range. It also stocks Needle & Thread—a British brand that specialises in intricately embellished occasionwear with a comfortable price tag. Then one of our favourite affordable red carpet go-tos—Self-Portrait—also offers a drop-dead gorgeous wedding range. H&M, meanwhile, might not be the first name you think of for bridal looks, however the brand have just released a stunning new collection of dresses for aisle-ready style on a budget.
For bohemian brides everywhere, Reformation stepped in to offer the kind of sweeping dresses you can wear to a party the following month, year and beyond for under £400. Better yet, Whistles launched its debut high-street wedding dress collection earlier last year (Who What Wear's editorial director tried the whole collection on) as well as new styles that are set to launch this month.
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From L-R: Whistles Clementine (£499); Scarlett (£649); Isla (£599)
If you still need more persuading to head to the high street for your wedding look, just ask yourself this: Would you rather drop a couple grand on a "wear it once" number or that designer handbag you've been lusting after for four seasons? Plus, wouldn't you rather spoil your guests at your wedding than rip up £10,000 worth of tulle?
If you want some inspiration for shopping affordable high-street wedding outfits, just take a look at our pick of the most expensive-looking options that will cost you a fraction of the price of a traditional frock. From the specialised wedding dress collections from ASOS, Whistles and even H&M, we've picked out a selection of dresses from some of our favourite stores that can totally be worn for your big day.
Click through our gallery for our picks of the most affordable high-street wedding dresses (and a few alternative options) on the market.
This satin number is a dream for a bohemian summer wedding.
Finally, a wedding dress that looks cool with black shoes.
A very sweet mini option.
I'd dye this another colour afterwards (like pale pink) and wear it to every other wedding!
This is ideal for a boho bride.
A chic choice for nontraditional brides-to-be. Just add metallic heels and fuss-free hair.
This H&M bandeau dress looks much more high-end than its £200 price tag.
We can always rely on Monsoon for flattering bridal styles that won't blow the budget.
This brand creates gorgeous and affordable wedding dresses.
This elegant shape is topped with gorgeous floral embroidery.
Looking for lace sleeves for less? Don't miss this flowy H&M wedding dress.
Whistles has your trend-led styles covered. This beautiful one-shoulder gown has a subtle lace train.
A high neck with a chic, short train. This is a great choice for city brides.
A shift dress for a bride who wants something a little different.
For something shorter, try the tiered Guinevere wedding dress. This is perfect for petite frames.
Lazer cut outs offer a striking finish on this dress. A great informal dress option.
A lace jumpsuit is the ideal alternative for those wanting something a little less traditional.
Unsurprisingly, there's a waiting list for this one. But make sure you sign up for it so you can snap it up when it is available.
We love the delicate straps on this tiered number.
The cold-shoulder trend stretches to wedding dresses too.
If Hollywood glamour is your thing, this dress will help you nail the look.
Boho brides, take note.
This silk dress will look good on everyone.
Another knockout gown from Self-Portrait.
London label Indie Bride makes covetable midi wedding-appropriate dresses.
We told you these gowns were good. Such an incredible bargain for such a gorgeous dress.
Long sleeves are still very much in favour.
For brides who don't do sleeves (but do like a lot of lace).
Well, thank you, Topshop!
The beading on the bodice of this French Connection dress is so chic.
A classic Ghost look. All it needs is a sleek, floor-length veil.
The long sleeves on this Self-Portrait gown feel very current.
The perfect look for a summer wedding.
The cape detail on this dress is so elegant.
If you're not a dress kind of person, how about lace culottes instead?