Sweet Steals: 40 New Gowns Under $500

What bride doesn’t love a good deal?

Finding a wedding gown that fits a tight budget isn’t difficult. On the cheap, you can find plenty of designer knock-offs and outdated ballgowns that look like they’re spattered with sequin shrapnel. But what about new, simply stunning gowns that are under $500 when they aren’t on sale?  Don’t worry — The Wise Bride’s Guide has got you covered.

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Check out lower price but fashion-forward designers like Camille La Vie, Galina and J. Crew, and don’t forget to head to your nearest Bloomingdales, Macy’s and Nordstrom to check out their offerings.  Almost all major department stores now feature small wedding boutiques bursting with cost-effective couture looks from designers like Calvin Klein and BCBG Max Azaria.

Another option for new, beautiful, budget-friendly dresses is to turn to the bridesmaid section and order your favorite style in white, ivory, or a pale metallic. With all the styling that goes into bridesmaid dresses these days, none of your guests will ever guess your gown wasn’t designed with a bride in mind.

Wherever you shop and whatever kind of dress you search for, remember to keep it fun, and if you’re on a tight budget, stick to it. The right dress — at the right price — will turn up somewhere!

~ Laura

[Note: Dress styles and prices current as of publication date.]

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