The best budget conscious dresses

We think it's more exciting than ever in the bridal industry for brides who love amazing dresses but may not have a luxury budget. There are more and more gowns in a wider price range, making designer detail accessible even if your budget isn't sky high! Here are a few of our favorites, all to be had for between 2-3 thousand (note: lace, straps, sparkle, and unique all available in this range, not just plain jane dresses with no details!)

 

Watters "Odette"

For ballgown fullness without all the extra puffy fluff, this Watters dress pulls off just the right balance of clean fitted bodice, soft flowy skirt, and lace detail, combining into one gorgeous dress that's surprisingly never stuff or over-formal. Even in the "high" two's, there's lots to love with Odette, without any of it being overwhelming once you put it on. 

 

Ivy and Aster "Colette" 

Unique lace pattern, flirty little cap sleeves, and a dramatic exposed back, this dress is super on trend but never feels trendy. Probably because there's nothing more charming than Jessica, the Georgia peach responsible for Ivy and Aster, whose dresses always perfectly reflect the modern American girl: elegant, easy-going, and fun-loving. 

 

 

Augusta Jones "Usha" 

Dramatic and daring, the asymmetrical sweep to the skirt has some serious fit-n-flare wow factor! I love the covered-yet-open lace, perfectly peaked across a full sweetheart neckline! And you just can't get a more snug and secure fit than an Augusta Jones dress, whose bodices will make you feel confident to eat, drink, and be merry on your special day.

 

 

Amy Kuschel "Hemingway"

I love this drapey goddess dress with chiffon pleating along the skirt. Everything about this dress is light and soft and sweet, and it's even sweeter when you know this dress was made by San Francisco designer Amy Kuschel, who's understated collection is soft and feminine, with just the right fit!

 

Nicole Miller style #JC0001

Classic chantilly lace in a long and lean sheath cut, just as appropriate on the top of a mountain as it is on a beach, toes in sand, or downtown bash. Nicole Miller is the ultimate in effortless style, and we're blown away that you can get an all-lace, non-strapless dress like this for only $2000!