18 Mar

Wedding Dress Wednesday :: Dresses Under $500 Dollars

I want to start a tradition of compiling a collage of wedding gowns every Wednesday. When I first started looking at dresses (as a serious buyer), I was shocked by the price tag of some. This week’s theme is “Under $500”. This is not a joke. I scoured the net for the latest in wedding dress options and found fanciful frocks that are gentle on the budget. Please continue to see and read the details!

wedding dresses under 500 dollars

1) Island Fever: This silk chiffon and charmeuse number will captivate your inner island girl. The banded empire waist is flattering on most body types and the floral clusters accentuate the bust. Check your Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus for this stunning silhouette. Phoebe Couture by Kay Unger ($408)

2) Fit and Flare: A bubbly hem with help you float down the aisle. The lace bodice and scallop detailing on the square neckline has just enough drama and elegance for any bride. Jessica McClintock ($381)

3) Silky Sweet: Silk dupioni (textured, raw-like silk) drapes your body ever so elegantly. The cinched waist flatters the frame for a slimming effect and the slight train makes this a classic choice. Nicole Miller ($420)

4) Beaded Beauty: The straps have touches of beads and rhinestones with continues to the back of this dress. The back is absolutely breathtaking, as the sheer edged straps cuts deeply for an exposed back creating a strong and sophisticated statement. Faviana ($338)

5) Leafy Loveliness: The fitted bodice has boning to help provide a bit of structure to this free flowing dress. Along the bodice there is an intricate beaded leaf design that is highlighted in this elegant dress. Aidan Mattox Niteline ($408)

6) Dancing Queen: This dress reminds me of the song Dancing Queen for some reason. It resembles the 80’s ballet uniform (thin straps, v-neck and a cross back). Which is good, as it cuts to a deep V in the front, a neckline that flatters the small busted (read: athletic). The spaghetti straps show off toned arms and back, while the adjustable/removable sash is tied at your natural waist. The soft skirt softly drapes your body rather than clinging onto problem areas. So don’t worry about doing extra pliés. J Crew ($325)

7) Lovely in Lace: This halter dress has a lace overlay on the bodice and a flared skirt. The bow gives a feminine dress a one-two punch of sweetness to the kisser. Jessica McClintock ($210)

8) Grecian Goddess: This goddess inspired gown has a drop waist accented with pleats that flow down like a waterfall. This fitted bodice and shirred texture will give the impression of “more”. BG Haute ($440)

9) Pretty in Princess: The bodice has princess seams (hooray!). Meaning for the petite woman it provides an illusion of curves, hourglass shapes emphasize a smaller waist and for larger busted women it creates an aesthetically pleasing dress.  A sequined appliqué is along the neckline for a hint of detail. Jessica McClintock ($333)

10) Embellished Empire: This sleeveless v-neck dress has a brooch to spice up this simple yet classy dress. Thicker straps provide hidden support if needed. By BCBG ($380 + 100 off code SPRING09)

11) One Shoulder Wonder: The high-waisted skirt is perfect for bodies that have a longer torso, by cinching the waist, it takes off inches from the upper body.  It also is perfect for the small busted woman. Thread ($480)

12) Sweet Sweetheart: The sweetheart neckline is as sweet as sweet can be. The shirred bodice will help accent the smallest part of the waist and elongate the body as the dress flows to the floor. Laundry by Shelli Segal ($295)


Whoa! Great dress ideas! I like the dress from Nordstrom’s.

March 30, 2009

thanks! i’m doing a small-budget wedding this fall, your site has helped. can’t believe i can get lace this cheap!

April 22, 2009

I was suprised as well. There are many ways to cut expenses in a wedding budget. One just has to be patient and have the time. Come back soon!

April 23, 2009

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