Wedding Dresses for a Range of Budgets
If You Want Something Feminine
With a fitted bodice, mermaid hem, and dramatic ruffled neckline, the Los Cabos Dress by Reverie by Melissa Sweet is the embodiment of romance. The soft sash beautifully accentuates a slim waistline. Also available in ivory.
To buy: $2,375, priscillaofboston.com for stores.
If You’re Having a Destination Wedding
Meet the Chiffon and Organza Dune Gown by J. Crew: A flatters-all flowy dress that seems as if it was created especially for a beachside ceremony. The built-in corsage means you can keep accessories to a minimum, too.
To buy: $895, jcrew.com.
If You Want Something Simple
The lace-covered Tatum gown by Vineyard Collection boasts a face-framing (and bra-friendly!) neckline and no cumbersome train to fuss with.
To buy: $2,675, priscillaofboston.com for stores.
If You’re Going to do a Wardrobe Change
Your magical day just got even more…well, magical thanks to the Two-in-One Layered Organza Fit-and-Flare Gown by David’s Bridal. Simply unzip the bottom hem to unveil a reception-ready knee-length sheath. That’s two looks for the price of one (shockingly affordable!) dress.
To buy: $549, davidsbridal.com.
If You’re Looking for Retro Glamour
Seductive without being racy, the curve-hugging Style 1104 Dress by Jim Hjelm Blush nicely plays up an hourglass figure with the help of a crystal-accented waist. The sweep train will follow you gracefully down the aisle. Also available in white and ivory/champagne.
To buy: $1,683, jlmcouture.com.
If You Want Something Modern
The crumpled texture of the Double-Faced Satin Gown by Nicole Miller offers a refreshing departure from all the poufy taffeta-and-lace varieties. Asymmetrical beading adds just a little sparkle to the column silhouette.
To buy: $990, nicolemiller.com for stores.
If You Don’t Want to Wear White
You’ll literally be the blushing bride in the tiered pale pink Style VW351011 Dress. It’s from White by Vera Wang, a new collaboration with David’s Bridal, which means you’ll get big designer style without the sky-high prices that usually go along with it. Also in ivory and soft white.
To buy: $1,200, davidsbridal.com.
If You Want Something Short
Handmade by Portland-based gown designer Elizabeth Dye, the lace Beatrix Dress hits just below the knee for a look that is slightly less formal, yet no less sweet. Barely-there straps and a snug-fitting bodice will keep the dress securely in place all night long.
To buy: $1,250, lovelybride.com for stores.
If You Want a Princess Dress
For the bride who really wants to be the belle of the ball, the positively stunning Style 3114 Dress by Lazaro is the answer to her dreams. Frothy layers of tulle, a dipped back, and a chapel-length train make this pick fit for any fairy tale wedding.
To buy: $4,400, jlmcouture.com for stores.