Firstly — congratulations on your engagement! Now, the planning commences! If you’ve picked up any glossy bridal magazines recently, you’ll probably start falling in love with various wedding dress designs and designers. But as beautiful as the dresses can be, are they within your budget?

If you’re planning a wedding on a budget, don’t feel disheartened by some of the price tags. There are some fantastic places to find discount wedding dresses while still looking and feeling great.

At Belle Bridal, we believe that every bride can find their perfect dress, no matter how much they have to spend. What’s more, you can still have a high-quality dress without compromising on style. Designer wedding dresses usually start from about £900 and there are a handful of designers with very reasonable price points.

If you’re looking for a wedding dress for under £1,000, we share where you can find one.

Three Ways to Find Wedding Dresses under £1,000

The price of a wedding dress can vary dramatically. Brides Magazine states that the average wedding dress costs £1,378. However, if this is above how much you want to spend, don’t worry. There are some fantastic ways to spend under £1,000 on a wedding dress but still look and feel fabulous.

  • * Designer sample sales — If you’ve never heard of a sample sale, it’s a great way to find a discount wedding dress. A wedding dress sample sale is a chance to buy dresses that have been used in marketing campaigns, are old stock or have been tried on by previous brides. If you’re dreaming of a designer wedding dress, this is the way to find one for under £1,000. Sample sales can offer 50% – 70% off the RRP, creating a fantastic saving. At Belle Bridal, we stock stunning designers, such as Pronovias, Maggie Sottero, Naomi Neoh and more.

Looking for a sample sale wedding dress? Visit Belle Bridal on Saturday 9th February at Camden Council Head Office (Kings Cross), 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG. Call or email to book your FREE 1hr appointment.

  • * Recycle your family or friend’s dress — Does your mum or grandmother still own her wedding dress? Have you ever thought about customising it to create something new and unique but with lots of history attached? Wearing a family member’s dress can be a wonderful way to celebrate your special day, and with it being a family heirloom, your dress will definitely be under £1,000! You’ll want to add some accessories and may need to make some alterations, but it can certainly keep costs down.
  • * High street shops — Some high street shops are now stocking wedding dresses. The quality may not be as high as what you’d get from a designer wedding dress, but if you’re on a budget, hitting the high street can be a good way to find a discount dress.

Wedding dress shopping can be a little overwhelming, so stay calm, bring a select few people with you and have your budget in mind before you start shopping. If you can’t go over the £1,000 mark, tell this to the staff in the bridal boutique. They will understand that finding a perfect dress at the right price point is important.

Remember to factor in the cost of alterations, accessories and shoes. These can all add up, so include this in your budget when planning.

If you’re looking for a wedding dress under £1,000, Belle Bridal is here to help. We have a huge selection of sample designer wedding dresses in London for you to try on. Contact us today to book an appointment.