One of the most iconic parts of a wedding is the dress! It's such a big deal that there are multiple TV shows about women going crazy to find THE one perfect dress. But if it makes you sick thinking these women are spending $5k on a wear-it-once dress, you are not alone! Here are 5 places to find an affordable wedding dress without hitting the discount rack.
1. Anthropologie's BHLDN
Anthropologie has it's own Bridal line! Yes you read that right. Sure some of these gowns run a bit high, but the most expensive wedding dress they have doesn't even hit the $3,000 mark. With prices starting at $300, there is a great range of styles and prices to choose from.
With a great line of both bridal dresses and bridesmaids gowns, Nordstrom is a great one-stop-shop for the whole bridal party. (Fun fact! The bridesmaids dresses for my wedding were from here!) Now, we are talking Nordstrom so you can easily find dresses over $10k here. However, they do have huge range of options. A quick price search revealed 41 different wedding dresses for under $1,000. These tend to be a bit more beachy than Anthropologie's list, so it's a great place to look for those summer weddings.
While you're over at Macy's zapping price tags for your registry, why not check out their dresses? These aren't the traditional wedding dresses, but there are plenty of gorgeous white evening gowns to look through.
Looking for something a little more funky? Check out Modcloth for some fun bridal dresses. I am in love with the short lacy dress I found on their website. Perfect for women who are on the shorter side, the dress feels fresh but also romantic. Did I mention it's under $200??? YES.
5. Rent the Runway
I mean if you are only going to wear it once, why buy it? These rentals are cheap enough for you to rent the same dress twice! Once a head of time to make sure you like it and fits, then again for your big day. Plus you can get a free backup size or second style! So when you see two gorgeous gowns and can't decide...get both!