Affordable Elopement Dresses for the Adventurous Bride
Gone are the days where brides only had a handful of options to shop when searching for their wedding dress. In fact, many brides shop for their wedding dresses at other places besides a traditional bridal store. It is also becoming a trend for brides to transform any dress they want into their wedding dress.
We asked photographers over at our Facebook Wandering Weddings Photographer Community to let us know what cheap wedding dresses they have seen their brides wear. To our surprise, we received a bunch of comments from stores we would have never guessed would make the list.
We compiled this list of cheap wedding dress options for the adventurous bride trying to stay within a budget. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Check out our wedding dress guide for elopements to get some more inspiration.
Top 5 Tips When Looking for Cheap Elopement Dresses:
- Do your research. We love reading website reviews and watching YoutTube reviews.
- Online Shopping? Return it, if you don’t love it.
- Sales and discount codes are your best friends.
- You don’t need to wear white if you don’t want to.
- Pick something that you will feel comfortable and love!
Amazon is slowly taking over the world! You can find anything on their site, including wedding dresses! We were so surprised by the number of photographers who shared these gorgeous dresses with us. There are so many possibilities. With a little research and patience, you can find your perfect dress.
“I love this Chady J Issa dress from Amazon because it is affordable, yet elegant and beautiful! The high-slit style is not only flattering but also makes it ideal for adventure elopements on various terrains. The bride can move with ease and focus on the beauty of her surroundings!” [Katie]
We also love Amazon’s options for Boho Wedding Dresses. Shop our favorite dress.
Lulus is a perfect option for brides who are looking for an affordable, yet beautiful elopement wedding dress option online! Bridal dresses at Lulus bridal, on average, range from $50 to $250. Many of our photographers over at our Wandering Weddings Photographer page also love lulus, since this was the brand mentioned the most when we asked which cheap wedding dresses they have featured.
“I love the Lulus brand because the dresses are light and easy to throw in a backpack for epic mountaintop elopements! We did a sweaty 2-hour hike to get to this spot, and the dress was wrinkle-free when we pulled it out of the bag!” [Bree, The Photographer]
Chic Boho is a perfect option for brides who are trying to plan a bohemian elopement. Their dresses range from $20-$80, and they are lacey, flowy, and light.
“I love Chic Boho because they are very affordable for a bride on a budget that wants a stylish gown for her special day!” [Lavel]
Thrift Shop or Consignment
If you are looking for a gorgeous designer dress, but you are trying to stay on a budget, then check out a thrift shop or consignment store. You can find a beautiful, cheap wedding dress if you know where to look.
“I love Kelly Faetanini dresses for elopements because the dresses are lightweight enough with all the walking and exploring, while still keeping the elegant and beautiful look you want on your wedding day! When it comes to thrift shopping, this was an absolute STEAL!” [Ashley]
eBay is another great option for you if you want to stay on a budget, but still want to find a designer piece or wedding dress. Sometimes, you don’t even need to find a full gown, like this bride.
“I love this gown because it is simple, timeless, and elegant. The tulle skirt came from Mrpretty on eBay for about $100, the lace shirt and camisole both came from a local thrift shop. I just loved the look together! It was so creative and not expensive!” [Sherry]
ASOS Bridal is a great alternative to shopping online for your wedding dress. There are plenty of styles to pick from, and prices usually range from $100 to $500.
“ASOS dresses are so affordable and yet so beautiful! So many different styles to choose from and are perfect for the eloping bride! Like this gorgeous all-over lace that was under $300!!” [Sadie]
If you are on a hunt for a cheap wedding dress, then try looking for the dress of your dreams at one of your favorite stores. Forever 21 has some great options for wedding dresses that would be perfect for beach elopements.
“The most affordable wedding dress you will probably ever find in your life! This look is under $30!! You can’t beat that! Forever 21 for the win for this bride!” [Sadie]
Spell is a gorgeous site to check out that have not only affordable wedding dress options for the adventurous boho bride, but they are also gorgeous! These dresses range from $100 to $800, and we are sure you’ll find something your wanderlust soul will love.
“I love Spell because they make the best boho themed dresses that are easy to get in and can pack up small. Not much to fuss with, and you’ll look amazing in it!”!” [Grace]
We are loving all these brides who are choosing the non-traditional methods of finding their wedding dress. Honey Punch is a great site to find something lacey and fun for your special day while staying well within your budget.
“This lightweight gown from Honey Punch is an affordable option for brides but also has that boho flair that many brides search for. You can play it up to make it more boho, if needed, or keep it simple like this bride did. The gown has beautiful movement and is extremely comfortable to get around in! Which is ideal for an elopement bride!” [Maggie]
Buy a wedding dress made by hand and with love. Etsy is home to creative souls who sell their work to people looking for something unique and beautiful. There are so many options when trying to find a beautiful and cheap wedding dress here.
“I love Olya Silk & Lace on Etsy for elopement dresses because elopements are all about focusing on the love you share, not on spending an insane amount of money on one day. They are affordable, gorgeous, and perfect for the adventurous bride.” [Tessa]
Separates From Your Favorite Store
If you decided to elope, then you probably don’t want just any wedding dress. We love it when brides get creative and compile their wedding outfit from their favorite stores to create the specific look they want.
“I wanted to see if I could take a simple white lace robe and turn it into something worthy of a bride! Turns out, not hard at all. This was a white lace $20 robe from Shein, and a slip from Free People. It’s perfect for casual elopements, or those who feel like the stuffiness of a white wedding gown is not for them! ” [Laura]
If you still want the traditional bridal shopping experience, yet still want to remain within your budget, we suggest checking out David’s Bridal. This bridal store carries multiple wedding dress options and sizes, and they also have multiple sales throughout the year.
“This dress is a must for any bride wanting class and comfort! It has a great range of motion for hiking, and the movement of the skirt adds emotion and dimensions to photos! The skirt was also very forgiving when it came to holding its shape and not wrinkling! ” [Nicole]
Anomalie is relatively new on the scene in terms of wedding dress options, and boy is it a good one for the creative and budget savvy bride. This website allows you to design your own wedding dress. The price is much more economical, and we are sure you’ll have so much fun!
“Anomalie is perfect for an elopement bride who wants something out of the norm. Elopements are bold and unique, one of a kind- just like Anomalie dresses. You design your dress, which is super rad. It is the perfect solution for a bride who wants the freedom to do something different from everyone else without breaking the bank. These dresses are truly stunning, and the quality is amazing.” [Jacqueline]
Guess is a great option if you are looking for a non-traditional wedding dress. We love it when brides aren’t shy to wear something they love and feel comfortable in on their wedding day.
“I love that Guess carries dresses like this that can be used as a wedding dress. Guess is found in shopping malls in almost every main city in Canada and the US, which means brides can try on the dresses before buying them, as well as return them in-store or online if they change their mind! Guess dresses aren’t marketed as wedding dresses, which may be part of the reason why brides will find a lower price tag on the dress. You won’t find Guess making ball gowns any time soon, I’m sure, but if a bride is looking for a sexy wedding dress, Guess should be on her hit list!” [Tara]
If you are a bride on a budget, then Wish could be a great option for you. This option requires a lot of research, but you can definitely find something beautiful for way less.
“This was a Styled wedding shoot, and the bride ordered it on Wish for only a few €!” [Barbara]
Reclamation is also another perfect option to look for a boho wedding dress unique and made with love. Dresses do range in price, but you can find a wedding dress starting at $100.
“I love Reclamation wedding dresses, because they’re custom made with vintage lace. Each dress is unique and truly one of a kind!” [Jessika]
If you are looking for more traditional wedding dress options, then we suggest reading 8 Wedding Dress Designers for Elopements. We would also love to know which affordable wedding dress designer you are loving from this article.