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10 best wedding dresses under £1000, from Whistles, ASOS and more

The i logo The i 22/05/2019 Pippa Bailey
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The average amount brides spend on their wedding dress in the UK is £1,385, and in many bridal boutiques prices go thousands of pounds above that. But if you’re not prepared to spend that kind of money on a dress that you will likely only wear once, what options do you have?

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Thankfully, the UK high street has got involved in the bridal game in the past couple of years and there are plenty of beautiful dresses available for less, many of them well under £1,000.

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While you may not get the full luxury boutique experience, several of the brands we’ve chosen stock their bridal range in store, so you can try on in person, and, let’s be honest, we’re all well practised in online returns by now. You’re unlikely to find a big princess dress for this kind of price, but those after a modern, more relaxed look should be impressed by the styles available.

It’s worth noting that pre-made dresses might require a little alteration (higher price dresses are usually made to your measurements) and factoring that into your budget, but you’ll still make a very good saving. Try thinking outside the box a little with your accessories too to upgrade your look: many of our choices would look great with a beaded belt, while bridal capes are currently having a moment.

Wedding dresses are listed in price order.

Chi Chi London Meghan Dress

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£75, Chi Chi London Best for: A sleek silhouette

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Key specs - Sizes: 6-14; Material: Polyester

Inspired by the straight neck, long sleeves and plain fabric of the Duchess of Sussex’s ceremony wedding dress, this from women’s fashionwear brand Chi Chi is slightly less conservative, with a deep v back and a straight skirt.

We love the satin ribbon around the waist, which contrasts with the matt of the rest of the dress and adds a pretty bow detail to the back.

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Asos Edition Embroidered Flutter Sleeve Wedding Dress

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£95, Asos Best for: Simple embroidery

Key specs - Sizes: 4-18; Material: Polyester

Asos has one of the best bridal ranges we’ve seen and new pieces are added regularly. Our choice has a simple slip dress lining with a light, translucent overlayer, which is embroidered with a modern, understated floral pattern.

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The back is open right to the waist and the shoulders are held up by a slim tie around the neck. Our favourite part is the floaty sleeves and high, straight neck, which show shape underneath while still feeling covered.


H&M Satin Wedding Dress

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£199.99, H&M Best for: Simplicity

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Key specs - Sizes: 4-18; Material: Polyester

Elegant and simple, this from the high-street hero H&M has a clean silhouette with a v-neck cami top, a straight back, adjustable straps and a concealed zip. The real standout is its skirt though, which flows from the waist with a segmented skirt that flares out architecturally in a couple of places. It’s made from polyester satin and is fully lined.

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French Connection Estelle Embellished V Neck Dress

£225, French Connection Best for: Boho brides

Key specs - Sizes: 6-16; Material: Nylon

This, from French Connection, is very relaxed and bohemian in feel. It has a gentle, floaty tulle-like skirt and a bodice with floral embroidery and subtle beading. The deep v of the neckline is mirrored on the back. We picture this one paired with loose hair and a flower crown.


Ghost London Salma Dress

£225, Ghost Best for: Old Hollywood glamour

Key specs - Sizes: P-XL; Material: Satin, viscose

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Ghost is well-known for its gorgeous slinky bridesmaid dresses, but while it’s pricey for your bridal party, they also come in ivory and make pretty affordable wedding dresses.

The Salma has small cap sleeves, a gorgeous cowl back and a column skirt with a gentle kick-out at the bottom, so it pools slightly on the floor. It’s also lined so feels more substantial than satin alone.


Reformation Winslow Dress in Ivory

£245, Reformation Best for: Charlie Brear fans

Key specs - Sizes: S-XL; Material: 100% viscose

Elegant and clean yet also bohemian, this relaxed-fit, kimono-style dress is a pretty good copy of the wedding dress designer Charlie Brear’s Nyika dress. The fabric is quite sheer, but it has a mini skirt liner attached and the front of the bodice is lined too, so it only shows what you want it to. It can also easily be worn with a bra.

Reformation is a US-based brand that ships to the UK and so incurs import duty and taxes; at the time of writing, these came to around £70 for the Winslow dress (not included in price above).


Monsoon Diana Embellished Maxi Wedding Dress

£499, Monsoon Best for: Beading

Key specs - Sizes: 6-18; Material: 100% polyester

One of the most flattering dresses on different body shapes we saw, this features a narrow neck, which accentuates the shape of your shoulders and back, a tucked waist line and a straight skirt.

Elevating its simple silhouette is an incredibly detailed beaded and sequined fabric that looks far more expensive than it actually is. A beautiful alternative to old-school lace.


Phase Eight Mylee Embellished Wedding Dress

£595, Phase Eight Best for: Romantic style

Key specs - Sizes: 6-20; Material: 100% polyester

The incredible attention to detail on the Mylee means it could easily pass for a wedding dress four times the price. It has a sweetheart neckline, overlaid with a semi-sheer yolk with a high neck and small cap sleeves.

The romantic floral embroidery is quite textured and a slightly antique cream - so it doesn’t get lost on the fabric - and gently fades out into the skirt. The skirt has a further under layer, similarly semi-sheer but featuring a slightly metallic lace pattern. All this is finished with a waistband that ties at the back, adding a bow detail, and a gentle train.


Whistles Scarlett Wedding Dress

£649, Whistles Best for: Divine Atelier fans

Key specs - Sizes: 4-16; Material: 100% polyester

The high neck, panelling and modern take on lace of this dress reminds us of the cool, bohemian style of Divine Atelier dresses. It features an almost snowflake-pattern lace over the sleeves and back, where it is semi-sheer, and on the front of the bodice, which is lined.

From a curved v-shaped seam under the bust, a plain, simple skirt flows straight down. This unusual shape, combined with the solid panel running up the middle of the bodice and the high neck detail, makes for an unusual style.

The back is open down to the waist and the skirt features two tucks on either side, creating a little volume at the back, which finishes in a slight train.


Ted Baker Eschen Maxi Dress

£799, Ted Baker Best for: Jesus Peiro fans

Key specs - Sizes: 8-16; Material: Polyester and elastane

The sleek, structured silhouette of this dress from Ted Baker has the look of Jesus Peiro’s far more expensive designs. It has a fuller, heavier circle skirt than any other dress we tried (reflective of the higher price), which swirls beautifully when you move.The front is classic and simple, with a round neckline and fitted bodice to the waist, flaring out into an A-line skirt.

The back is where the magic happens though: a thick piece of fabric runs from the shoulders down the centre of the back and finished in a perfect bow at the waistline, under which the skirt features simple fold pleats to create more volume at the back. It’s the very definition of classy.



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