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Weddings are beautiful. Weddings are moving. Weddings are expensive. If you’re looking to trim your nuptial budget, know that there are plenty of stunning bridal gowns under a grand, whether you’re having a big, fancy cathedral ceremony or a simple, intimate seaside gathering.

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J. Crew

A Strapless Chiffon Gown

New brides-to-be: If you?ve always dreamed of a J.Crew wedding dress, you better hop on it quick. The retailer recently announced it?s shuttering its bridal business. You still have time to snatch up the remaining designs, though?hopefully soon for an even bigger steal. 

J.Crew ($350)

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A Modern Short-Sleeved Gown

Ever since Kate Middleton brought arm coverage back into the limelight, the styles have basically stayed within the long-sleeve realm. Now, crisp short sleeves are making a comeback.

Badgley Mischka ($990)

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La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni

A Peplum Gown

But going with cap sleeves doesn’t mean you can’t still have a flair for the dramatic.

La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni ($995)

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David’s Bridal

A Sheer-Paneled Dress

Also trending: Sheer insets that give the illusion of modesty with a wink of sexiness. 

David’s Bridal ($499)

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Lovers + Friends

A Lace-Trim Gown

Spaghetti straps are one of our favorite ’90s details to make a comeback, but the lace bodice helps soften the look for your wedding day.

Lovers + Friends ($344)

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A High-Neck Beaded Gown

Fact: The trendy fashion silhouette is also one of the most photogenic. (It draws the eye up toward your face.)

Etoile ($800)

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Adrianna Pappell

A High-Low Gown

This jacquard number does the same—and also shows off your shoes.

Adrianna Papell ($209)

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A Relaxed Grecian Gown

Calling all beach brides. This tiered number is perfect for a destination wedding (or a quick elopement).

ModCloth ($175)

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Rebecca Vallance

A Bell-Sleeved Lace Dress

Another adorable option for the city hall (or Vegas) bride. 

Rebecca Vallance ($770)

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David's Bridal

A Strapless Knee-Length Dress

And last but not least, the perfect proportions for an outdoor summertime soiree.

David's Bridal ($349)

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