Weddings aren't cheap. Most designer dresses cost upwards of $5,000, and even some of the more affordable wedding dress stores such as BHLDN sell dresses that are more than $1,000. So what's a frugal bride to do? These women took to the internet, thrift stores, and even their grandmothers' closets to find dresses for less.
Keep reading to see these gorgeous bargain gowns.
It's So Sparkly!
"I can't help but share my excitement over my dress. It’s a new Martina Liana in champagne and ivory that I found for $500 in total. I could not have asked for more. I am in love with it!"
An Unconventional Dress
"I said yes to the dress after almost losing hope, and I love it! $99!" This navy dress is perfect for a non-traditional bride. It still looks bridal even though it's not white or ivory.
Wearing A Cloud
"I found my dress for $70 and I'm in love. It just needs a little steaming and tailoring." This dress looks so whimsical and ethereal. She looks like a fairy princess.
Four Amazon Dresses
This bride-to-be ordered four dresses from Amazon so she could try them all on and decide which one she liked best. We're partial to the fourth dress, but they all look great on her.
Wait Until You Find Out How Much This Dress Was
Take a guess. Guess how much this bride paid for her gorgeous V-neck, A-line wedding dress. It was $25. Bet you didn't see that coming. This dress is so pretty!
A Gorgeous Floral Cape Veil
This bride turned to Etsy for a handmade, one of a kind dress for less. She posted this picture with the caption, "Dress was $170 on Etsy, cape veil was $170 on Etsy, and alterations were $170! Very excited for our small Airbnb wedding."
Dressed Up For A Courthouse Wedding
"Dress was $100, the veil was $10, the earrings were $2, and the flowers were $25. I think I pulled it off well!!!" We think so too! She looks amazing.
It Looks Like It Was Made For Her
"A $30 Salvation Army find! Fits like a glove, already altered to a 32" rib cage, has breast pads, and is the perfect length. Either the previous bride was my exact size or this was made for me."
A Vintage Silhouette
This gorgeous shiny dress only costs $94 on Amazon. Now this bride looks like Marilyn Monroe. This silhouette is perfect for her body shape. She makes this dress look like a million bucks.
A $9 Dress!
"It was originally $154, was on clearance for $56, it was 50% off all clearance today, and I had $10 off for my birthday and another $10 off for shopping... So after all that, this dress, which is what I was looking for and fits perfectly, was $9! We're just going to the courthouse!"
Lace Is Everything
This gorgeous Luxxel lace dress only put this bride out $30. The bride commented that the dress was "a bit tight in the hips which I can work on. If I end up doing something else I figure I can resell or wear to a friend's 'all white' wedding next year."
We Love A Good Sale
"I said yes to the dress...and to 87% off! Bought it in a sample sale. So happy!" We all love a good sale. This dress is super classy and regal. That champagne sash really brings the whole look together.
This beautiful bride posted this photo of herself in her dress on Reddit with the caption, "Got married yesterday. Here is my $92 dress from Amazon and my homemade bouquet!"
It Makes A Statement
This dress looks so much more expensive than it actually is. This bride only paid $70 for it on Amazon. Shipping was free. That train is absolutely breathtaking. We love the sleeves too.
This dress was originally priced at $1,600, but this lucky bride got it for $750. That's not exactly cheap, but it's way better than the original price. That's more than 50% off!
A Donated Dress
"Found the dress of my dreams! $150 at Brides For a Cause, and when I'm done with it, I’ll donate it back to the boutique for another lucky bride to fall in love with."
A Vintage Look
"My vintage 1950s wedding dress (purchased from Etsy for $170 total) arrived today! Nothing extra was added for all this amazing skirt volume."
Found At A Thrift Store
This gorgeous floral lace dress with an illusion neckline was found at a local thrift store for $65. What a steal! It looks like it needs to be taken in at the waist a little bit, but a seamstress can do that no problem.
A Sultry Dress
"$200 at a thrift/vintage store and it fits perfectly! Couldn't have designed a more 'me' dress!" We agree! This dress is so sultry and shiny! We love the low back.
Flowy and Fun
"Our wedding was yesterday! Dress: $250, veil: $40, felt bouquet I made: $10, sunglasses: $10" This dress is so flowy and summery! It looks like it's super comfortable. Those sleeves are very boho chic.
Two Free Dresses
This lucky bride inherited two gorgeous wedding dresses. She wrote, "These dresses belong to each of my fiance's grandmas and they are very excited to see that someone has an interest in them."
Long Sleeves From Lulus
This dress was $82 from Lulus. We think this bride looks amazing in these lace sleeves, but after she bought this dress, she had some dress regrets. Head over to the next slide to see the dress she traded this one for.
A Better Option
As much as we loved the other dress, we think this one suits her even better. This dress was even cheaper than the previous one. It was $42 from Amazon.
Found At Goodwill
This unconventional bride found a blush pink wedding dress at Goodwill for super cheap. We think the blush color goes perfectly with her electric blue hair. She kind of looks like Joy from Inside Out.
Fits Like A Glove
This bride wanted to look great on her wedding day, but she didn't want to break the bank. This dress from Amazon hits all the right notes. It hugs her curves in all the right ways.
A Custom Dress
This custom dress was only $130 on Amazon. It fits her perfectly, and the ivory color goes so well with her red hair. We love the A-line shape on this bride.
A Lowkey Affair
This bride isn't about spending thousands of dollars on a wedding when really it's the marriage that matters. She found this dress and shawl combo for under $40. We think it looks great on her.
A Floral Beauty
"As a plus-size bride, I never thought I'd find a dress I could feel pretty in. I took a chance on this beauty for $250 in floral print!" We love the flowers!
This girl found "the one" for only $260. She's so happy to finally have a dress after weeks of searching and bridal appointments. The embroidery on this dress is perfect for her.
Another Thrifted Dress
This dress was found at a thrift store for $230. This bride still wants to get the dress altered, but we think she could walk down the aisle with it as is.
Passed Through The Family
In 1940, her great aunt hand-stitched this dress for her wedding. The great aunt, her roommate, another great aunt, her grandmother, and her mom have all worn it.
It has never had to be altered. She tried it on, and it fit perfectly and she's excited to be the sixth woman to wear it.
She Made Her Own Dress
Disheartened by the prices of dresses in bridal boutiques and wanting something a little bit more unique, this woman decided to take matters into her own hands and design and sew her own wedding gown.
Mom's Really Are The Best People On Earth
Since she wanted a less traditional dress with black accents for her wedding but was having trouble finding one, her mom offered to make her one and hand-stitched all the detailing onto it.
You Never Know Where You'll Strike Gold
Though she was a bit hesitant about the idea, she took her friend's advice to look for a wedding dress on Facebook Marketplace. Within two hours, she found her dream dress for $200.
Small Ceremony, Small Price For A Gown
Since her and her fiancé are planning on only having a small ceremony with a few close family members, she wanted a cheaper dress. She ordered this gorgeous gown for £95 on Asos.
That Is An Expensive Look At A Low Price
She found her dream wedding dress in the window of a vintage shop for $800 bucks!! It magically fits her like a glove, doesn't need any alterations, and it's covered in 100% Swarovski crystals.
Finally, A Reason To Vigilantly Scroll Through Facebook
This future bride was scrolling through her Facebook feed when she saw a post about a sample sale. She ended up going and getting her dress for a 1/3 of the regular price.
Vintage With A Few Modern Updates
This girl found a vintage dress in a thrift shop and decided to complete a few alterations on her own. She replaced the heavy lining with a nude one and she's still planning to change the sleeves to be off-the-shoulder.
An Online Order That Did Not End In Disaster
Ordering off of a website is always a bit of a gamble, but this woman took the risk and bought her wedding gown online for 90% off. Luckily, it worked out in her favor.
Some People Just Have All The Luck In The World
If I was this girl's sister, I would have sprinted out of the store the second the transaction went through and never looked back after getting a deal that good.