Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses: 7 Places to Shop for Gowns Your Friends Will Actually Want to Wear
Your squad would do anything for you, but being the conscientious bride that you are, you’re aware that bridal-party duties can be, well, expensive. (After all, you stuck it out for Emily and Maia and Rachel…) Luckily, your BFFs can still look flawless without going broke with these affordable bridesmaid dresses—and if it means more spending money for the bachelorette party, who are you to argue?
Price range: $59 to $99
Size range: XS to 3XL
Every single bridesmaid dress costs $99, no matter your size, color or style (though there are sometimes sales with discounts up to 40 percent off). Another bonus? Dresses ship within seven days, meaning you don't have to order a dress months in advance and hope it still fits on the big day. And if you're one of the many who know you'll never "shorten your dress and wear it again," just send it on back to be donated to The Princess Project, a charity that helps teens in need have something to wear for proms and other special occasions.
Price range: $69 to $169
Size range: 0 to 30
Flower girl dresses, junior sizes, maternity styles, church-friendly modest silhouettes—Azazie truly has something for everyone. Seriously, there are even 79 different colors to choose from (seventy nine!). It also offers a "Try at Home" service that allows you to select up to three dresses for $10 to $15 each, shipping included, to try on in the comfort of your own home before deciding which style or size works best. If you're in between sizes or are having trouble with the standard sizes offered by Azazie, you can also order a dress with custom sizing (including additional length, if needed) to ensure it fits you like a glove, no extra tailoring required.
Show Me Your Mumu
Price range: $88 to $318
Size range: XXS to 3X
Despite its, um, pretty weird name, Show Me Your Mumu has been a low-key treasure trove for affordable bridesmaid dresses for years. There are plenty of dress styles to choose from, as well as accessories like sashes and capes you can add on in whatever hue you'd like for a custom color combo. It also has a fun collection of regular ready-to-wear clothing and accessories, so you can pick up everything you need for the wedding, bachelorette and bridal shower all in one place.
Price range: $60 to $182
Size range: XS to XL (or 0 to 14)
You may know Lulus best for its budget-friendly ready-to-wear, but it has been slowly and steadily growing its wedding collection to offer a greater range of styles. The designers have a special knack for creating pieces that perfectly bridge the gap between elegant and sexy. Plus, unlike a lot of brands (especially those that are made to oder), you can return any unworn bridesmaid dress for a full refund if need be, meaning you can go ahead and order three different sizes or styles to try on at home.
Price range: $56 to $247
Size range: 00 to 26
Another brand with a wide range of specialty sizing, ASOS offers multiple styles in tall, petite, plus and maternity in addition to straight sizing, so even if the bridal party has a big mix of body types, everyone can still shop one matching style. That said, there are multiple styles to choose from for any given color/fabric option, including sequins and embroidery, so feel free to mix and match. You can also pick up some new shoes, jewelry or accessories while you're there and have the whole wedding-day look at your door in less than two weeks.
Price range: $99 to $149
Size range: 0 to 24
Just like Azazie, Kennedy Blue has a "Try at Home" service that allows you to choose from a selection of styles at $10 per dress with no upper limit to how many styles you can test (although you do have to return them all within three days of receiving). There are both "made to order" options, which can take up to 16 weeks to ship, and "in stock" styles that are already made, ready to go and often even cheaper.
Rent the Runway
Price range: $30 to $525
Size range: 0 to 22
While it's entirely possible that you will wear one of your bridesmaid dresses to another event somewhere down the road, it's highly unlikely that you'll ever wear all the dresses you've accumulated over the years. And for those of us working with tiny, overstuffed closets in the first place, the idea of renting a beautiful dress and returning it right after the wedding sounds pretty fantastic. Luckily, Rent the Runway doesn't just offer a wide selection of gorgeous occasion frocks, it also has styles from bridesmaid-specific lines like Amsale, Jenny Yoo and Watters for about $50 rather than the $310 it would cost to purchase outright. And while there are some expensive high-end options, most come in under $100.