Expensive-Looking High-Street Wedding Dresses to Buy Now and Wear in 2021

Hannah Almassi

I know from my own experience that planning a wedding can take months. You spend endless hours deciding on what your guests are going to eat, what booze they're going to drink, and even which napkins they'll wipe their mouths on. While this is all important stuff, this doesn't really compare to deciding on which outfit you're going to wear.

Of course, 2020 had different plans for those who already had their weddings coming up this year, and plenty of nuptials have had to be cancelled as a result of the pandemic. If there's one silver lining we hope we can provide for you is that if you're planning on getting married next year, then you have more time to decide on your dress. And if budgets are smaller than you had previously hoped for then we have good news: high-street wedding dresses look as good as designer ones. With a rise in the market for well-priced bridal gowns and jumpsuits, there's zero shame attached to spending less on your gown. In fact, affordable can be incredibly chic.

The latest brand to offer chic but inexpensive bridal wear is Kitri. The Who What Wear team has been huge fans of the brand since it launched in 2016 and all have an array of pieces from the brand. The wedding options available include a couple of jumpsuits and dresses in some of the brands most popular silhouettes. 

There are other brands that also stock affordable dresses. ASOS, following the success of its vast and brilliant bridesmaid range, has dresses from as little as £150. It also stocks Needle & Thread, a British brand that specialises in intricately embellished occasionwear with a comfortable price tag. Then one of our favourite affordable red carpet go-tos, Self-Portrait, also offers a drop-dead gorgeous wedding range. H&M, meanwhile, might not be the first name you think of for bridal looks, however, the high-street store has a couple of gorgeous gowns. Better yet, Whistles wedding dress collection continues to be one of our favourites with all pieces under £700. 

If you still need more persuading to head to the high street for your wedding look, just ask yourself this: Would you rather drop a couple grand on a "wear it once" number or that designer handbag you've been lusting after for four seasons? Plus, wouldn't you rather spoil your guests at your wedding than rip up £10,000 worth of tulle?

If you want some inspiration for shopping affordable high-street wedding outfits, just take a look at our pick of the most expensive-looking options that will cost you a fraction of the price of a traditional frock. We've picked out a selection of dresses from some of our favourite stores that can totally be worn for your big day. Keep scrolling to shop the specialised wedding dress collections from ASOS, Whistles and H&M.

Whistles Adelaide Wedding Dress (£699)

Whistles has your trend-led styles covered. This beautiful one-shoulder style is a winner. 

Whistles Ariane Lace Wedding Co-ord (£399)

The sleeves on this dress are making us swoon.

Needle & Thread Ruffled Sequin-Embellished Tulle Gown (£775)

The perfect alternative for the modern bride. 

Halston One-Shoulder Asymmetric Crepe Gown (£455)

We love this flattering style.

Halston Scarf-Detail Draped Crepe Jumpsuit (£470)

For those who prefer a jumpsuit. 

H&M Wedding Dress (£200)

A wedding dress that's just under £200? Count us in.

French Connection Manzoni 3D Floral Lace Maxi Dress (£135)

This elegant shape is topped with gorgeous floral embroidery.

Whistles Theodora Wedding Dress (£599)

A shift dress for a bride who wants something a little different.

Vanessa Cocchiaro Backless Washed-Satin Jumpsuit (£445)

A flowing, elegant jumpsuit option. 

Vanessa Cocchiaro Mary Cutout Washed-Satin Gown (£385)

Super elegant. 

ASOS Edition Ruched Halter Neck Maxi Wedding Dress (£120)

If Hollywood glamour is your thing, this dress will help you nail the look.

Whistles Eve Silk Wedding Dress (£599)

This silk dress will look good on everyone.

French Connection Consenza Sparkle Embellished Wedding Dress (£175)

Short dresses can be just as chic. 

Ghost Drew Satin Maxi Dress in Champagne (£195)

A classic Ghost look. All it needs is a sleek, floor-length veil. 

Whistles Isla Tiered Wedding Dress (£649)

The perfect look for a summer wedding. 

H&M Knee-Length Wedding Dress (£60)

If you want to change for the evening, this is the ideal dancing dress. 

Phase Eight Anabel Embroidered One Shoulder Wedding Dress in Pink Champagne (£225)

Such an elegant choice. 

Self-Portrait Cold-Shoulder Ruffled Pleated Chiffon Gown (£420)

Self-Portrait continues to provide pretty wedding dress options at a great price. 

Whistles Eve Silk Wedding Dress (£599)

Elegant and simple. 

Self-Portrait Off-the-Shoulder Ruffled Satin Jumpsuit (£360)

For those who were obsessed with Solange Knowles' wedding outfits, this one's for you. 

ASOS Lace Long Sleeve Crop Top Maxi Wedding Dress (£120)

A twist on a modern lace gown. 

Les Rêveries Open-Back Silk-Jacquard Gown (£790)

Another winner.

Galvan Pandora Silk-Satin Halterneck Midi Dress (£750)

Sleek and chic from Galvan. 

Halston Ruched Stretch-Jersey Gown (£435)

Another elegant version for the low-key bride. 

Vanessa Cocchiaro The Rose Asymmetric Satin Midi Wrap Dress (£400)

Midi dresses are so flattering. 

Self-Portrait Grosgrain-Trimmed Guipure Lace Midi Dress (£380)

A great lace option. 

ASOS Edition Kimono Plunge Back Maxi Wedding Dress (£95)

Yes, this really is ASOS. 

Kitri Kahlo Lace Jumpsuit (£245)

A fun lace jumpsuit from Kitri. 

Kitri Degas Jacquard Midi Dress (£215)

An elegant, vintage-style frock. 

Kitri Cassat Jacquard Maxi Dress (£245)

This silhouette will work for so many people. 

ASOS Off Shoulder Maxi Wedding Dress With Drape Back Detail (£120)

Just look at this back detail. 

ASOS Louisa Lace Corset Wedding Dress With Mesh Skirt (£110)

Surprisingly chic. 

Roksanda Vaniria Tulle-Trimmed Gathered Cady Dress (£995)

Obsessed. 

Les Rêveries One-Shoulder Ruched Silk-Jacquard Gown (£810)

One-shoulder gowns are super chic. 

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know. 

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This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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