With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials fast approaching on May 19, Royal Wedding fever is kicking into overdrive – along with the curiosity about what the future princess will wear for her big day.
If the engagement photos are anything to go by, Meghan will be dressed in something breath-taking for the lavish Windsor Castle ceremony. For others, though, finding a suitable wedding dress can be a long and stressful process – especially if you are a bride on a budget.
Thanks to a number of high street bridal ranges, your perfect gown needn’t cost a fortune. And while opting for something more wallet-friendly might sound scary to the bride-to-be who wants it all, it could mean more cash for an exotic honeymoon or for decorating your first home.
From traditional floor-length gowns to marvellously modern midis, there’s an affordable gown for every type of ceremony. Here are our top picks.
Chi Chi London Bridal Kate Dress
Online fashion retailer Chi Chi London launched its first bridal collection last year, catering to modern-day brides with luxe-looking gowns at affordable prices. It is priced from £75 and includes plus sizes – so there’s something for every budget and shape.
If you have curves, then this is the dress to show them off in. The figure-hugging silhouette flows from an intricate embroidered neckline into a floor-sweeping fishtail hem finish.
£120 | Chi Chi Clothing | Buy it now
Monsoon Lucia Embellished Bridal Dress
Monsoon’s ‘Wedding Boutique’ range features a line-up of gorgeous bridal gowns that evoke modern femininity. Boasting everything from dramatic trains to short ensembles, the exclusively-designed collection is truly something special.
For brides-to-be that want to channel Grecian glamour, this flowy silhouette fits the bill beautifully. The sparkly adornments on the empire waistline add an ethereal feel and pair perfectly with the 40cm train. What’s more, the lightweight material means you can dance carefree at the reception.
£299 | Monsoon | Buy it now
ASOS EDITION Bandeau Prom Midi Wedding Dress
You can rely on ASOS for something affordable but fabulous. With prices starting from £95, the online giant’s wedding range is packed with pretty styles for modern brides in almost every shape and size.
If you plan to transform into a princess on the big day, look no further than the Bandeau Prom Midi dress. Created with a frothy tulle underskirt, it has an inner grip tape for a secure fit and is fully lined for comfort.
£200 | ASOS | Buy it now
Bardot Bridal Gown by Flynn Skye
Topshop entered the bridal market last year with five limited-edition wedding dresses. The high-street favourite is currently stocking the Flynn Skye Bridal range – which works perfectly for free-spirited brides.
Our top pick is this easy-to-wear Bardot number, available in four sizes and finished with romantic lace details. Its bohemian-inspired silhouette allows you to move around comfortably while flattering the shoulders and décolletage.
£250 | Topshop | Buy it now
Needle & Thread Astral Maxi Dress
Future brides who want to sparkle on their big day ought to consider the lavish wedding gowns by Needle & Thread. With layers of lighter-than-air tulle and exquisite embroidery, the British brand has created the collection with fashion-forward style and comfort in mind.
Among the designs is this decadently embellished maxi dress – which starts with a feminine camisole bodice and flares out beautifully from a grosgrain ribbon waistband. The delicate tulle skirt will trail behind as you walk down the aisle, creating a dramatic princess-worthy effect. This is the ultimate wedding dress for outdoor ceremonies.
£650 | Needle & Thread | Buy it now
Missguided bridal white lace cross low back fishtail maxi
Back in February, Missguided answered the prayers of soon-to-be wifeys watching the pennies by releasing a budget bridal line – think killer necklines and sequin embellishments. And the best part? Most are under £100.
Make a jaw-dropping entrance in this fiercely-modern maxi ensemble, featuring all-over lace details and a fishtail-inspired silhouette. It comes in a regular fit to get you down the aisle in comfort.
£75 | Missguided | Buy it now
Whistles Theodora Wedding Dress
Searching for the perfect contemporary gown? The Whistles wedding dress range is brimming with of-the-moment styles, but it’s the incredible attention to detail that really makes this collection stand out.
The elegant Theodora dress, designed with a corset-style top and tiered column skirt, is just what the modern yet feminine bride needs for the new wedding season.
£599 | Whistles | Buy it now
French Connection Cari Sparkle Maxi Wedding Dress
When French Connection launched its first bridal range earlier this year, we couldn’t believe our luck. The collection is full of fresh and floaty designs that will help you slay your wedding look without breaking the bank.
Another great sparkly option, this floor-length number boasts a fluid shape with a voluminous skirt for plenty of drama. It has balloon sleeves that enhance its classic Bohemian feel, while a plunging neckline with eyelash lace insert provides a modern touch.
£250 | French Connection | Buy it now
Quiz Penelope White Embellished High Neck Bridal Dress
Thanks to the super affordable bridal collection by Quiz, you can shop within a budget without sacrificing on style. Featuring glitzy embellishments and vintage lace, there’s a dreamy dress for all different themes and ceremonies.
We’re swooning over the lace and sequin embroidered details on this high-neck maxi. Finished with a sexy satin side design, this sleeveless wedding dress is not only flattering but blissfully cool to wear.
£79.99 | Quiz Clothing | Buy it now