I know from my own experience that planning a wedding can take months. You spend endless hours deciding 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, it doesn't really compare to deciding on which outfit you're going to wear.
Of course, 2021 (and 2020) had different plans for those who had their weddings coming up, and plenty of nuptials have had to be cancelled as a result of the pandemic. But there's one silver lining I hope I can provide for you. If you're planning on getting married at some point, then you have more time to decide what you're going to wear. And if budgets are smaller than you had previously hoped for, then I 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 brands to offer chic but inexpensive bridalwear are Rixo and Kitri. The Who What Wear team includes huge fans of both brands, and both offer interesting and fun takes on bridalwear.
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 and Thread, a British brand that specialises in intricately embellished occasionwear with a comfortable price tag. One of my 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, but the high-street store has a couple of gorgeous gowns. Better yet, Whistles' wedding dress collection continues to be one of my favourites, with all pieces under £700.
If you want some inspiration for shopping affordable high-street wedding outfits, just take a look at my pick of the expensive-looking options that will cost you a fraction of the price of a traditional frock. I'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 (£349)
Whistles has your trend-led styles covered. This beautiful one-shoulder style is a winner.
Whistles Ariane Lace Wedding Co-ord (£599)
The sleeves on this dress are making me swoon.
Halston One-Shoulder Asymmetric Crepe Gown (£455)
I love this flattering style.
Halston Scarf-Detail Draped Crepe Jumpsuit (£470)
For those who prefer a jumpsuit.
H&M Wedding Dress (£150)
A wedding dress that's just £200? Count me in.
Whistles Theodora Wedding Dress (£299)
A shift dress for a bride who wants something a little different.
Vanessa Cocchiaro Mary Cutout Washed-Satin Gown (£385)
ASOS Edition Ruched Halter Neck Maxi Wedding Dress (£120)
If Hollywood glamour is your thing, this dress will help you perfect 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 Liliana Wedding Dress (£395)
A classic Ghost look. All it needs is a sleek floor-length veil.
Whistles Isla Tiered Wedding Dress (£325)
The perfect look for a summer wedding.
Self-Portrait Grosgrain-Trimmed Guipure Lace Midi Dress (£380)
Leave it to Self-Portrait to create a super-pretty frock like this.
Phase Eight Elecia Fringe Wedding Dress (£250)
Such an elegant choice.
ASOS Edition Joni Sequin Cami Wedding Dress (£180)
If you love sequins.
Self-Portrait Grosgrain-Trimmed Guipure Lace Mini Dress (£300)
A great lace option.
Honorine Colette Ruffled Linen Maxi Dress (£304)
Kitri Kahlo Lace Jumpsuit (£69)
A fun lace jumpsuit from Kitri.
Kitri Riley Jacquard Wrap Dress (£149)
An elegant, vintage-style frock.
ASOS Edition Marie Scatter Sequin Crop Top Wedding Dress (£165)
ASOS Edition Jasmine Ruched Bust Wedding Dress With Drape Sleeve (£120)
A little sassy.
Hope & Ivy Bridal Floral Beaded and Embroidered Maxi Dress With Keyhole (£113)
The neck on this is excellent.
Needle and Thread Aurelia Sequin-Embellished Ruffled Tulle Gown (£475)
Slinky and super gorgeous.
Maya Bridal Long Sleeved Maxi Dress With Delicate Sequin and Tulle Skirt in Ecru (£90)
Definitely Cinderella vibes.
Rixo Candice Satin Back Silk Crepe (£650)
I'm in love.
Retrofête Violet Asymmetric Lace-Up Sequined Stretch-Tulle Gown (£690)
Simple and chic.
Vanessa Cocchiaro Mary Ruffled Satin Jumpsuit (£500)
If you're not a dress person, this cool jumpsuit might be what you're looking for.
This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Next up, these are the biggest autumn/winter 2021 fashion trends to know.
Opening Image: Courtesy of ASOS
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