These 41 High-Street Wedding Dresses Look as Good as Designer Ones

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 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 Ghost. 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 for 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. Reformation, meanwhile, might not be the first name you think of for bridal looks, but the brand has a couple of gorgeous gowns. Better yet, Whistles’ wedding dress collection continues to be one of my favourites, with all pieces under £800. 

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 so much more.

The cut-out back and puff sleeves are details I didn’t know worked together until I saw this beautiful gown. 

Whistles has your trend-led styles covered. This beautiful one-shoulder style is a winner. 

Just imagine how great this’ll look on the dance floor. 

Halter necklines and cut-outs are trending right now. 

Sequins will always make you feel glamorous. 

I appreciate tuxedo dresses anyway, but bridal tuxedo dresses? They’re so undeniably cool. 

I’m always drawn to pretty sweetheart necklines. 

This dress ticks off so many major dress trends—definitely one for the fashion-conscious bride. 

A refined take on the princess dress. 

A shift dress for a bride who wants something a little different.

A frugal option you can 100% wear again. 

A wedding dress you’d absolutely get the wear out of again. 

I love this flattering style.

A classic Ghost look. All it needs is a sleek floor-length veil. 

The sleeves on this dress are making me swoon.

The perfect look for a summer wedding. 

There’s just something so premium about covered buttons. 

Leave it to Self-Portrait to create a super-pretty frock like this. 

Such an elegant choice. 

If you love sequins. 

A great lace option. 

You had me at the oversized bow.

There’s something so fabulous about dresses with feathers. 

This silk dress will look good on everyone.

So elegant. 

A fun lace jumpsuit from Kitri. 

Gorgeous back. 

The cowl neck, low back and burnout velvet motif feel so ’90s—in the best possible way. 

The slightly pink shade of this dress is truly beautiful. 

A little sassy. 

The neck on this is excellent. 

This is just so classy. 

Slinky and super gorgeous. 

The long sleeves and high neckline make this ideal for winter nuptials. 

Definitely Cinderella vibes. 

This is so elegant. 

I adore the addition of the romantic lace hem on this dress. 

If you’re not a dress person, this cool jumpsuit might be what you’re looking for. 

The delicate embellishment on this dress is breathtaking. 

Simple and chic. 

Next up, these are the biggest spring/summer 2022 fashion trends to know. 

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

Opening Image: Courtesy of ASOS