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15 Wedding Dresses Under $500 (That Look Like a Million Bucks)

A wedding dress is arguably the most important piece of clothing you’ll purchase in your life—but that doesn't mean it has to be the most expensive! It’s actually entirely possible to score your dream dress without the quadruple-digit price tag. Here as proof, 15 fabulous frocks that come in under $500. 

Courtesy of BHLDN

Clean & Classic

You really can't go wrong with a fit this wha-bam! and a hook this timeless. 

BHLDN ($198)

Courtesy of Azazie

Mermaid Silhouette

We swoon for a glamorama train paired with dainty lacy epaulets. 

Azazie ($449)

Courtesy of Shopbop

Straight-laced

Getting hitched in the heat? An option like this sheer, open-back maxi lets you do the full-length thing, but comfortably.

Rachel Zoe ($495)

Courtesy of ASOS

Caped

It's your wedding day—if you want to wear a chic as hell superwoman cape, well, you should. 

ASOS ($261)

Courtesy of Show Me Your Mumu

Breezy Grecian

Oh yes. We're all about pared-down lines and comfy cuts for today's beach bride. 

Show Me Your Mumu ($228)

Courtesy of Lulus

Beaded Details

Simple and statuesque—until you notice the iridescent trimming and widened straps (which also happen to be super flattering). 

Lulus ($119)

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Ballerina-inspired

Nothing says "dance floor-ready" like layers and layers of billowing tulle skirting. 

BHLDN (from $190)

Courtesy of Net A Porter

Cold Shoulder

For the unabashedly modern bride: Statement shoulder, featherweight crepe and a thigh-high slit. 

Halson Heritage ($395)

courtesy of azazie

Off-the-shoulder

With its intricate beading, chapel train and champagne underlay, this gown's price tag forreal looks like it's missing a zero on the end. 

Azazie ($349)

Fame and Partners

Sultry And Silky

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

Fame and Partners ($499)

Courtesy of Lulus

Embroidered A-line

A-line, V-neck gowns are universally flattering—but the floral embroidery on this one makes it special. 

Lulus ($117)

Courtesy of Reformation

'90s-inspired

Modern and minimalist...with a hint of Carolyn Bessette. 

Reformation ($498) 

Saks Fifth Avenue

Bell Sleeves

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

Laundry by Shelli Segal ($295)

Courtesy of Floravere

Jumpsuit

You didn't think we'd get through this list without a jumpsuit dress alternative, now did you? (We die for these whimsical shoulder bows.) 

Floravere ($495)

Courtesy of Reformation

Victorian Romance

OK, OK fine—we cheated our price cap here by one Andrew Jackson. But how could we not for this lacy, low-backed number that looks like it costs ten times as much? Fashun on a budget, baby. 

Reformation ($528)