For those of you who are looking to find a wedding dress that doesn’t break the bank – I’ve searched high and low to find some gorgeous bridal gowns that come in under $1000. While at this price point you might not be able to find the lace masterpiece or hand beaded detailed gown of your dreams – you can certainly find some stunning dresses that you’ll look absolutely beautiful in.
If you are after that traditional bridal look – I recommend keeping your eye out for designers sample sale when they come about to snag yourself an absolute bargain. We often share what designers are having these on our Instagram Stories so that’s a good place to start! If you don’t have time to wait, try calling around a few bridal store and ask if they are selling any of their sample gowns off the floor to make way for new stock. However, remember you’ll need to factor in alterations and potentially dry cleaning for these.
To get real bang for your buck, I recommend finding something on the more simple side that you can accessorise with a veil, statement shoes, your bouquet and other pieces to bring the bridal vibe.
These beauties are all available to shop online.
The Axel Gown, $499
Elegant in its simplicity, the Axel Gown is a stunning choice for the modern bride. The asymmetrical straps are complimented with cross over straps that delicately frame your back as it cuts into a low V with invisible centre back zip closure. Delivery is 4-6 weeks from order date
Flynn Bridal gown, $699
The sleek silhouette of the Flynn Gown features a seductive low V back with a full-length sleeve in a romantic lace. The Flynn is designed to highlight your figure in the most flattering way due to its built in body contouring slip. Finished off with a long lace train for an elegant touch. Delivery is 6 -8 weeks from order date
Lennon Gown $799
The Lennon Gown is a modern and flattering silk silhouette dress, crafted for the contemporary bride. The deep v bust is balanced perfectly by the chic long sleeves, which finish this style off with air of sophistication and ease. Delivery is 4-6 weeks from order date
The Apollo is a flattering slip silhouette with delicate shoestring strap details exposing the most gorgeous yet simple statement back. Delivery is 4-6 weeks from order date
Avril gown $680
This modern beauty by Natalie Rolt is perfect for a modern minimalist bride with it’s subtle but statement straps. Production takes 4 weeks.
Celine Dress $440
The Celine dress is a stunning slip that is every bit as classic as it is beautiful. Production takes 2 weeks.
Florence Gown $880
I’ve shared the Florence gown over instagram before because I’m obsessed with these cut outs! I think it would look so flattering on exposing that gorgeous section of midriff and makes for a sexy modern gown. Production is 4 weeks.
Isla gown $580
The Isla gown features a gorgeous plunge neck with an otherwise simple silhouette.
Mimi gown $560
Lace lovers get your fix with the Mimi gown. It’s sheer and it’s stunning! The modern lace is eye-catching and gorgeous and will attract compliments all night long. Production takes 4 weeks.
Net a Porter
Les Héroïnes by Vanessa Cocchiaro designs chic, modern wedding gowns that you’ll want to wear long after the reception is over. Cut from lustrous satin, this style has a plunging neckline with scarf ties, a keyhole back, side slits and a smocked waist to balance the slightly loose fit. Let the train flow behind with each step down the aisle.
Rock this modern Halston Heritage jumpsuit as the ultimate bridal statement look or swap into it at the reception. It’s made from fluid crepe that beautifully drapes along the asymmetric bodice and has an elasticated waist to define the silhouette before falling to wide-leg pants.
If you’re looking for a wedding dress that’s as romantic as the big day itself promises to be, Self-Portrait‘s gown could be it. This cold-shoulder style is made from lightweight ivory chiffon that’s ruffled and pleated to create beautiful movement as you make your way down the aisle. It’s cut with a slight train and has pretty ties at the cuffs. Style it with a pearl or crystal-encrusted hair slide and dewy makeup.
Queen of the bridal ‘it girl’ movement, French designer Rime Arodaky is one to know. Cut from fluid crepe de chine, this stunning ‘Mara’ gown has a daring leg slit to expose sun-kissed skin and slender straps that delicately cross at the plunging back. A pair of diamond earrings and a tennis bracelet are the only accessories you’ll need.
$812.15 available via Net-a-Porter
Daniella dress $790
This ready to wear, simplistic low back, satin gown features a minimal ‘V’ neckline, slight mermaid shape and an elegant train. It takes 10 weeks for delivery.
Lulu dress $339
This is a perfect option for a winter bride who wants to still look stunning but cover up slightly to avoid goosebumps. Best thing about this one is it’s also available for immediate delivery via The Iconic.
Grace loves lace
Hadley gown $990
Feminine, contemporary and uncomplicated, the Hadley gown oozes ‘it girl’ cool. Made for the woman who loves luxury but won’t sacrifice on comfort, this style is easy to wear and effortlessly sexy. With gripper elastic around the neckline to help it stay in place, the fold down panel falls to the under bust to form an elbow length ‘sleeve’. Hadley has a sexy centre back split and can be worn with a strapless bra. Handmade in their Australian studio with exclusive stretch French lace.
Oleg Cassini has some incredible gowns starting from just $500. In addition to these beauties being available online, you can also shop them in Sydney and Melbourne – check out our visit to their Carlton show room here.
There are too many gowns under the $1,000 mark to feature – but this floaty A-line lace gown was one of my favourites from our visit and it sneaks into this list at $999.
Showpo has a new wedding range that come well under the $1,000 mark so you’ll have plenty left over in the wedding budget for statement accessories, yes please! The ‘Put A Ring On it’ gown is perfect for brides wanting a modern twist on a classic shape and it’s only $249.95!
I get that buying your wedding dress online can be tricky, that’s why I love that the ASOS Bridal Collection showcases their dresses moving in video. These dresses are around the $300 mark.
My final recommendation is go to David Jones or any other retailer that you love and look around to find a gorgeous white maxi that you can accessorise to evolve it into a laid back bridal gown.
This Shona Joy dress is $280, available from many retailers including The Iconic.
Tie Back Bias Maxi Dress by Third Order is midi in length but you can still rock it to make the most gorgeous bridal dress. Take it’s shortened length as the opportunity to wear some killer shoes, add a modern bouquet and your stunning hair and makeup and you’ve made the perfect look. Available via The Iconic for $260.
And now a few more just to keep that inspo going…