The Fabulous & Frugal Bride: Wedding Gowns Under $500

From the food to the location, brides and grooms want the very best for their big day, and the big party with all of their family and friends. What newlyweds don’t want is the hefty bill that comes with a top-notch photographer or an open bar. Everything associated with a wedding is expensive, and it is difficult to keep it all balanced. There are definitely ways to trim the budget, but who would think the almighty wedding gown would be one of them?

Gowns have come a long way in recent years and now more than ever anyone can have access to an inexpensive and attractive gown. You don’t have to settle for bargain basement blah, either- several big name designers quietly make low-key (but still gorgeous) wedding gowns for the mass market. You can feel fantastic and look like a million bucks, but you don’t have to stretch that dress budget to the upper limit to do so. Here are some beautiful and affordable alternatives that will make you just as joyful on that happy day.

Follow Me on Pinterest | Posted: 09 May, 2011 by Rene

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  • Lison Long Flounce Sleeve Dress


    Do something a little different in this sweet boho dress by Alice + Olivia. In an off-white tone with a surprisingly sexy open back, the silk Lison is fashion forward but still very feminine with soft ruffles.

    $495 at Alice + Olivia | Buy

    | Posted 13 May, 2011 by Rene
  • ABS Bow Detail Strapless Gown


    Sometimes less is more, and in this dress, one single bow is all you need. Clean lines reign supreme in this flattering strapless gown. An oversized bow at the hip shows off the gathering of the ivory fabric but is understated so you can still have some fun with accessories.

    $380 at Saks Fifth Avenue | Buy

    | Posted 13 May, 2011 by Rene
  • Ruffle Silk Dress


    Are you skipping the chapel and heading to the courthouse for your I Do’s? You can still wear white, in a very modern way. This peal-tone knee length dress is made from lovely silk georgette, with fine scallop detailing, and it is non-bridal enough to be worn again.

    $188 at Boden | Buy

    | Posted 13 May, 2011 by Rene
  • Eden Bridals Gown


    Red carpet or church aisle- this gown is stunning strutting down either. Beaded medallions glam up the boat neckline and the chapel length train adds some drama. The draped chiffon column-style of this gown is great for straight-up-and-down brides looking to jazz up their wedding day look.

    $424 at House of Brides | Buy

    | Posted 13 May, 2011 by Rene
  • XSCAPE Ruched Strapless Dress


    Flaunt it in this hot little ruched number. Fit for a cocktail shindig or as a reception dress to boogie down in, this form-fitting mini has a gold bow at the waist that really pops against the ivory tone of the dress.

    $130 at Lord & Taylor | Buy

    | Posted 12 May, 2011 by Rene
  • Floral Burnout Chiffon Gown


    A cute sheer cap sleeve and the hazy, floral burnout print make this gown a standout among all of the poufy princess gowns out there. With a super flattering neckline and back, this softly romantic gown doesn’t scream for attention, but gets it anyway.

    $215 at David's Bridal | Buy

    | Posted 12 May, 2011 by Rene
  • One-Shoulder Embellished Wedding Dress


    Does anything sound more luxurious than champagne satin? I didn’t think so. This shiny stunner also has a jeweled belt to accentuate the waist and turn up the retro glamour.

    $298 at The Limited | Buy

    | Posted 11 May, 2011 by Rene
  • Calvin Klein Cross Back Silk Gown


    Va-va-voom your way down the aisle in a sexy, slinky silk gown by Calvin Klein- yes, THAT Calvin Klein. Who knew a designer gown could be so inexpensive and still so expensive looking?

    $198 at Macy's | Buy

    | Posted 11 May, 2011 by Rene
  • Beaded Crossover Wedding Gown


    If you’re aiming for a beach wedding, or even a casual summer affair, this is the gown perfect for the setting. Effortlessly elegant, this strapless chiffon gown has subtle beading that doesn’t overpower the overall easy, breezy vibe. Pair with sandals and long loose hair to complete the ethereal look.

    $90 at JC Penney | Buy

    (On sale)

    | Posted 11 May, 2011 by Rene
  • JS Boutique Beaded Crisscross Matte Jersey Gown


    A little sparkle adds to the dazzle of this beautiful and clean-cut ivory gown. The crisscross beaded straps draw all the attention to the brides’ happy face, while the surplice bodice will showcase your décolletage and the flowing skirt will camouflage any bits you don’t like.

    $178 at Nordstrom | Buy

    | Posted 10 May, 2011 by Rene
  • Iza Dress


    Short on length but long on style, the Iza is a super-chic textured cocktail dress for the bride who wants to both look sexy and still be able to get down on the dance floor. Lovely touches such as chiffon detailing at the waist and grosgrain ribbon straps make this shorty a standout.

    $425 at J. Crew | Buy

    | Posted 10 May, 2011 by Rene
  • Corsage One-Shoulder Gown


    Do your best Greek goddess impersonation in this one-shoulder silk georgette dress from Ann Taylor. The cut is sweet and simple with the lush corsage acting as the only accessory you’ll need.

    $450 at Ann Taylor | Buy

    | Posted 09 May, 2011 by Rene