7 Gorgeous Wedding Dresses for Under $500 (PHOTOS)

Lisa Fogarty | Mar 10, 2014 Beauty & Style

Have you heard the great news about H&M dipping its fashionable toes in the affordable bridal gown market? Given the insane prices of wedding gowns, the more, the merrier when it comes to companies offering cheaper alternatives to your typical $1,000-plus dress. Savvy brides-to-be won't be shocked to learn that you can indeed purchase a great-looking dress without spending millions -- as long as you know where to look. And, contrary to what some believe, you won't have to limit yourself to one style.

Whether you love princess ball gowns, or favor short and casual dresses, we found 7 totally pretty wedding gowns you can buy today for $420 or less.

 

 

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  • Dream Girl Dress

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    J.Crew really started the whole affordable bridal craze, and it still does one of the best jobs of offering unique gowns that won't make you look like a cookie-cutter bride. This Eyelash Lace Cami dress is perfect for hopeless romantics ($248 at jcrew.com).

  • Halter Straps & Hot Silhouette

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    Strapless bridal gowns are great -- but not always the perfect fit for women who need more support. This Tulle Fit and Flare Gown With Pleated Bodice ($319.20 at davidsbridal.com) cradles curves and features beautiful, retro-inspired halter straps.

  • Short & Sweet Designer Dress

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    You can now own the wedding gown of your dreams created by one of the fashion industry's top designers. Zac Posen's Truly Zac Posen line for David's Bridal features dresses in the $800-$1400 range. This Short Strapless Floral Jacquard Dress is a silvery-white steal and perfect for a more casual wedding ($195 at davidsbridal.com).

  • One-Shoulder Stunner

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    If sequins and embroidery aren't your style, but you still want a gown that has that special extra something, consider Liliana Ruffled One-Shoulder Ruched Wedding Dress ($64.99 at jcpenney.com), which boasts a gorgeous detail over one shoulder and a no-nonsense straight fit.

  • Gorgeous Grecian Gown

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    This empire-waisted, cowl-neck Grecian gown is romantic, but not overly saccharine -- and it's the ideal alternative for women who are looking for something that is the opposite of a ball gown ($148.99 at dressale.com).

  • Simple Ball Gown With Pockets

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    You may love the fit and super flared look of a traditional ball gown, but crave simplicity. This dress hits all the right marks AND boasts super-cool and casual pockets ($288.99 at sweetwedding.com).

  • Ornate & Great Ball Gown

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    Classic ball gown + sequins and sparkle + sweetheart neckline + tiara = your perfect wedding gown ($416.99 at sweetywedding.com).

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