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Pretty Budget Wedding Dresses for Less than $200: From Modern to Modest

Affordable Dress Choices for the Modern Bride

Who doesn’t love a good deal, right? And for a bride on a budget, that good deal could very well be a beautiful but affordable wedding dress! Just being practical here. What you save on having an elaborate, custom-made gown might be more needed for your first home as newlyweds. Besides, the choices available for white cocktail dresses, evening gowns for rent, even stylish suits are so varied, you’re sure to find the one just for you within your price range. 

So, if "less than $200" sounds right, then read on! These 12 dresses we’re featuring go from figure-hugging to flowing, from mini to midi length, from daring to charming. Take your pick! (*this post contains affiliate links)

Affordable Dress Choices for the Modern Bride

These first 6 dresses have a mod, minimalist look, with sleek, skin-baring designs and short hems.

Less $200 modern wedding dresses

1 – Likely Packard One-shoulder Dress – from Bloomingdale’s (affiliate link)
A body-skimming fit in a slightly stretchy fabric; features an asymmetric neck and one-shoulder silhouette with a notched cap sleeve on the left, and a right mid-thigh slit

2 – Asymmetrical Ruffle Halter Dress – from BCBG Maxazria
A pretty bit of flounce in this racerback halter dress, nipped in at the waist and featuring an alluring back cutout and asymmetrically tiered ruffle skirt

3 – REINAH Tiered Embroidered Dress in Ivory – from Ted Baker
A modern take on feminine, cut in a flattering V-neck with a tiered skirt and tie belt detail

4 – Halter Neck Bodycon Midi Dress in Ivory – from Bebe
Another figure-hugging midi bodycon style with a cut-out high halter neckline and an open back

Short modern dresses in white for weddings

5 – Guess Floral-Lace Ruffled-Hem Sheath – from Macy’s 
Mini-length cocktail dress featuring a pretty floral-lace overlay sheer at the yoke and cap sleeves; with a high neck, scoop back, and a band of ruffles at the hem 

6 – Heavenly Kiss White Lace Bodycon – from Azazie 
A mini periwinkle lace dress with an alluring form-fitting silhouette, but a modest look with its rounded neckline, sheer cap sleeves, and demure scoop back

More Classic Dress Choices Still Within Budget

These next 6 styles have more classic cuts, relaxed silhouettes, and feminine fabrics.

Mid-length budget dresses in white

1 – Off the Shoulder Ivory Cocktail Dress – from TBDress
A classic celebrity look in matte satin featuring pearl embellishments on the off-shoulder neckline, a lace-up back, and a full tea-length skirt with hidden pockets

2 – Misty Ivory Sheath Dress – from the Eva Mendes Collection, New York & Company
An elegant sheath dress in soft ivory, with a closed mock neck accented with shoulder buttons, long balloon-style sleeves, and below-the-knee hemline

3 – Endless Perfection White Crochet Lace Midi Skater Dress – from Lulu’s
Dainty floral crochet lace graces this sweet midi dress; with a round neckline, sheer puff sleeves, and a full skater skirt trimmed with silky satin at the hem

Mid-length budget-wedding dresses

4 – A-line V-neck Knee-length Chiffon Lace Cocktail Dress with Ruffle – from JJ’s House
Short cocktail dress with delicate pleated detail on the sheer lace V-neck bodice whose lace straps lead to an open V back; a slim waistband creates tiny gathers for a flowing, knee-length A-line skirt

5 – Samantha Ruffle Wrap Dress in Ivory Luxe Satin – from Mumu
A romantic mock wrap dress with an elastic waist and sash; ruffled straps cross to a V in both front and back; and the high-low hemline has a gentle ruffle along the hem all the way up the slit

6 – Solid Round Neckline Long Sleeve Midi A-line Dress – from Floryday
Lovely all-lace day dress with a round neck, high gathered waist leading to a soft A-line skirt; the sheer long sleeves and lower skirt show off the delicate lace pattern

Clearly, "budget" can still be beautiful when it comes to finding the dress for your Big Day! (Or who knows? You may even consider sewing your own wedding dress!)

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