11 high street wedding dresses that actually look really expensive

Why splash the cash when you can look banging on a budget?


by Marina Avraam |

If the time has come for you and your partner to tie the knot, you'll have discovered just how expensive weddings can be. Just thinking of all the costs makes us want to pull our hair out. And, contrary to popular belief, your wedding dress doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Cheap wedding dresses do exist, and most of them come in the form of wonderful high-street wedding dresses.

Don't get us wrong - if you want to wear the most creme de la creme wedding dress on your big day - we don't blame you. After all, you only (hopefully) get married once. What better time to splash the cash than on the most special day of your life?

But, if you're having a low-budget wedding with family and friends, then a high-street wedding dress is ideal for the occasion, especially if you're looking for a simple wedding dress.

There are a few reasons why you might want to hold back spending half your wedding budget on the dress. The most obvious one is that you'll probably only wear it once before storing it away somewhere safe for the rest of eternity. We don't know about you, but having a 2,000+ dress sitting in a dusty closet doesn't sit right with us.

High-street wedding dresses can be absolutely gorgeous and look just as expensive and luxe as their pricey counterparts. However, this is only if you select the right style and fit, and from the right place.

For example, ASOS wedding dresses are a great option, and brands like Whistles and John Lewis carry an impressive range of affordable wedding dresses that are simply stunning.

From slip dresses to ball gown silhouettes, we've listed the very best high street wedding dresses. We are here to help you feel fabulous on your big day.


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Adelaide Wedding Dress
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The one-shoulder style on this wedding dress gives us major Greek Goddess vibes, as is the botanical embroidery and elegant column silhouette. We'd love to see it styled with some barely-there sandals and a half-up half-down hairdo.

Phase Eight Poppy Embroidered Bridal Dress, Pearl
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The details on this embroidered number are just stunning. With an all-over lace design, cinching waistband and semi-sheer back, this wedding dress is the perfect combination of elegance and sensuality.

Eve Embellished Bridal Maxi Dress
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Embellished beautifully throughout, the Eve gown's profile is built with a v-neck neck, slim waist and maxi skirt that falls softly into a flared finish. Choose her for an outdoor wedding setting and watch the sequins sparkle in the sunlight.

Lecce Dress
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Could we really make this list without including a simple, floor-length slip dress? This one has a low scoop back with button detailing, and a small trail for the drama.

Lace Wrap Bridal Dress
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This dress is light and breathable, and features gorgeous lace detailing that will leave all guests in awe. This dress is perfect for a summer wedding, and will have you feeling comfortable on your big day.

Satin Round Neck Maxi Waisted Dress
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A regular fit, this sleeveless design has a round neck and falls to a floor-sweeping maxi length. Its satin material leaves a luscious finish, and the gathered bodice adds contrast to the dress and your body, resulting in a gorgeous silhouette.

Pretty Lavish Bridal Dress
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Featuring a subtle slit detail, you'll be sure to turn heads when you walk down that aisle. The plunge necklace also emphasises femininity, complete with long blousonsleeves. Bohemian with a chic twist.

Coast Embelished Puff Sleeve Co Ord
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With embellished designs and fancy fabric, this crop top and skirt combination by Coast is the perfect match for elegance on a budget. The skirt (44 was 149) comes in the same texture too, so you won't looked mismatched on your wedding day.

Monsoon Briana Bridal Dress
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This simple yet stunning maxi dress by Monsoon is the perfect solution for a chic, budget friendly wedding dress. It has button up detailing for a vintage look and feel, and features puff sleeves for a undeniably beautiful finishing touch on an already gorgeous dress.

Hope & Ivy Bridal Dress
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Hope & Ivy have the answer to all your inexpensive wedding dress questions. Its Cowl Back Embroidered Dress is the most gorgeous solution, and features tie detailing for a chic finish.

Forever New Bridal Cut Out Satin Midi Dress
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The ultimate satin bridal dress, with added lace detailing for that extra ounce of sophistication. It's long sleeved for those chilly winter weddings, but is also light enough for the ones in the summer. An all rounder, we think.

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What wedding dress silhouette should I choose?

From A-line shapes to trumpet gowns, the silhouette options for wedding dresses are nearly endless. This can unfortunately make things a little daunting. Here are a few tips to ensure the silhouette you opt for complements your banging figure. For a full breakdown of the wedding dress trends dominating 2023, make sure to read our full guide.

Generally, a mermaid or ball gown dress with a cinched waist is ideal if you want to accentuate your curves. This also works great for those with an hourglass figure.

For girls that are members of the itty bitty titty committee, a plunging neckline or low back can look absolutely stunning, as would the classic strapless dress. On the other hand, ladies with bigger boobs should aim for wider straps or sleeves. As well as this, look for a neckline that will hide a strapless bra on the big day, like a sweetheart neckline.

If you're on the shorter side, avoid ball gowns or dresses with too many pleats. This can overwhelm your petite figure. We suggest simple, flowy A-line silhouettes. Tall girls, slip dresses and narrow skirts were practically made for you - so take advantage.

These are just a few general tips to help make sense of things. But at the end of the day, we want you to remember that rules don't matter. If you put it on and feel good - wear it. Plain and simple.

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