Wedding season is back on, and if you’re on a budget, then may I interest you in one of the best high street wedding dresses? Whilst you might be saving on £££, you certainly won’t be scrimping on style.
This season, there is a style to suit every bride, from retro mini dresses to tailored maxi gowns, romantic lace frocks to shimmering numbers and everything in between.
Brands such as Self-Portrait, RIXO and Whistles all offer gorgeous bridal collections for price-conscious brides-to-be unwilling to compromise on style. Whilst Net-A-Porter is known for its designer offering, it also has a great bridal section from contemporary brands, with styles starting at just £240 – and it’s a great destination for alternative wedding dresses.
Traditional high street wedding dresses
For the traditional brides, the likes of Whistles and Monsoon are great for lace fishtail gowns or tailored maxi dresses. Meanwhile, boho brides will love ASOS and RIXO for 60s and 70s-inspired styles.
Alternative high street wedding dresses
For something altogether more contemporary, some of my favourite high street stores are serving up tasteful separates which you can mix and match to create your own outfit. Think suiting, off-the-shoulder tops and minimalist silk slips.
High street wedding dresses for every shape
As well as all of these, I’ve found dresses to suit all shapes and heights – from bias-cut silk dresses to full-skirted traditional styles. Not keen on your arms? There are some great long-sleeved wedding gowns that will solve your bridal dilemmas. Want your waist to stand out? Try a cinched style. Petite figures will suit all the lovely ruffle dresses that are so in at the moment too.
I’ve handpicked the below dresses as I love each brand’s take on the traditional wedding gown. Keep on scrolling to pick your dream outfit from the best high street wedding dresses available now. If you’re looking for more inspiration, don’t forget to check out my guides to the best places to rent designer wedding dresses and the best wedding guest dresses.
This classic lace fishtail gown features a wow-worthy cut-out back for maximum impact when walking down the aisle.
This sequin halter gown is a little bit Meghan Markle and a little bit Bianca Jagger. Perfect for a laid-back ceremony or evening do.
Aje's ivory Psychadelia mini dress is made from a lightly structured linen and silk blend and spotlights the Australian label's signature puff sleeves and waist cutouts.
Beautifully bohemian, the Liliana dress from Ghost features pretty frill detailing around the shoulders and a pussy-bow neck fastening to the back.
Adding to its vintage appeal is the cut-out back and line of fabric-covered buttons, while the v-shaped neckline with underbust seams promises a flattering silhouette.
This elegant dress is a sleek choice for modern brides. The design features beautifully detailed, sheer, dobby sleeves, a flattering, fluid fit, and an intricate cut-out detail on the lower back.
Ok, so this isn't technically a dress, but it's all about separates this wedding season. The 'Abby' is a two piece set with a fitted, cropped tank with smocking at the back bodice. It features a straight neckline and adjustable, organza ties. The pants are fitted in the waist with a wide leg to give you shape and comfort all in one.
Vanessa Cocchiaro teamed up with Net-A-Porter to create an exclusive capsule for the modern bride. Cut from fluid hammered-satin, this 'Clara' midi dress is lined with crepe de chine for coverage and flatteringly nips in at the waist. It has ruched, split sleeves with pretty tie details and a front slit, so it's comfortable to move in at your rehearsal dinner or reception.
Did someone say show-stopper? Detailed with a spray of flamboyant feathers, this premium maxi dress is sure to steal the spotlight on your special day. It comes cut to a dramatic length complete with a hem split and slender straps.
If a shorter version is what you're after, River Island has got you covered. This dress features a feather trim and a zip back fastening.
An understated style, this 1950s inspired bridal gown boasts a clean finish with a smart Bardot neckline. The silhouette is built with a cinched waist and flared skirt with deep pleats, adding crisp details to your wedding look.
Cut from light cotton with a tiered construction, this easy, breezy midi is a romantic silhouette that's ideal for a summer wedding.
The 'Annalise' dress is expertly hand-beaded with floral appliques and embellishment that will have your guests wanting a closer look. Falling to a romantic maxi length, this sleeveless style features a tulle skirt for plenty of movement. A beautiful beaded belt finishes this bridal number.