A wedding dress is arguably the most personal piece of clothing you’ll purchase in your life—but why does that mean it has to be the most expensive? (Hint: It doesn’t.) It’s actually entirely possible to score a dress that just “gets you” without the quadruple-digit price tag. Below, 15 bridal styles that come in under $500. 

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BHLDN

Ballerina-Inspired

All tulle everything, like a Degas painting. You won't be able to resist the urge to twirl (and why should you?).

BHLDN ($260)

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ASOS

Old Hollywood

Channel your inner movie star with a super-dramatic silhouette (which you can now afford to tailor to your body to a T).

ASOS ($301)

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Macy’s

Mermaid Curves

A timeless silhouette that’s built for hips—this one’s even got subtle sequin detailing for extra shimmer.

Adrianna Papell ($399)

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David’s Bridal

Floral and Feminine

A lower price tag means less dress, right? Nope. Exhibit A: this full-skirted, floral-appliqué stunner.

Cheers Cynthia Rowley ($499)

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Nordstrom

Printed With the Hint of Color

News flash: You don't have to stick to stark white on your wedding day. Subtle color is soft and sweet, yet still appropriate.

Jenny Yoo ($290)

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Nordstrom

Off the Shoulder

The modern romantic’s dream dress: clean lines with just enough ruffle and a hint of a train. This one’s all femme without being froufrou.

Lovers and Friends ($360)

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Cold Shoulder

Want a dress that's precisely of-the-moment? This lace midi is playful, pretty and perfectly on-trend.

Three Floor ($488)

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Bell Sleeves

Ultra-flattering flared sleeves are everywhere. Why not invite them to your wedding, too?

Laundry by Shelli Segal ($295)

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Neiman Marcus

Separates

Every bride wants to look original. A two-piece “gown” in traditional lace is the perfect mix of old meets new. (Plus, the illusion neckline gives you off-the-shoulder vibes while staying firmly on.)

LM Collection ($489)

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Fame and Partners

Sultry and Silky

Get yourself a dress that stuns from every angle. The view of this corset-laced back will wow your guests and make for amazing ceremony photos.

Fame and Partners ($499)

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Saks Fifth Avenue

’90s-Inspired

Modern and minimalist but with a hint of a throwback.

Parker Black ($498)

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Shopbop

Straight-Laced

Getting hitched in the heat? A subtly skin-baring option like this slit-front, open-back maxi lets you do the full-length thing, comfortably.

Rachel Zoe ($495)

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Nordstrom

Island Glam

Attention, beach brides: An airy, lace maxi like this one is just begging for sandy feet and oceanfront vows.

Dress the Population ($238)

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Modcloth

Vintage Vibes

The scalloped neckline frames the face and the higher hemline shows off those stems. Bonus? You’ll have money leftover for a kick-ass pair of heels that everyone can actually see.

Modcloth ($175)

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Nordstrom

Mod and Funky

A restaurant bash more your scene? Work the room in a minidress that’s high on fashion without all the extra fuss.

Self Portrait ($410)

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