As many of you may know, before I started my blog I was writing for a plus size bridal magazine called Pretty Pear Bride. And if you are a plus size bride, I highly recommend you take the time to check it out, it can be a valuable resource.
Since we are about to be amid what we all know as wedding season, I thought now might be a good time to reconnect with my past and cover the topic of affordable wedding dresses. Wedding dresses can get pricey, but not all of us want or can put a lot of money towards a dress we will only wear once. I know what a struggle it can be to find your dream dress on a tight budget.
That is why I wanted to show you all some places you can find wedding dresses under $500 as well as share some of my favorites from each place. And don’t worry, this isn’t going to be one of those things where I list seven different places where you can find one dress barely under $500. There will actually be more than one place you can actually find a dress under $100.
You aren’t going to find the traditional princess wedding dress at Kiyonna, but you will find a selection of dresses in a variety of more relaxed styles. The offerings are perfect for anything from a vintage style wedding to a super chill beach wedding. Kiyonna Dresses are available in sizes 0X to 5X. And their prices range from $98 to $288.
SWAK doesn’t exactly have a wedding dress section. But if you are looking for a white dress with beachy, boho vibes, then you just might find your dress here. They have a handful of their designs available in white all under $100. Their dresses come in sizes 1X to 6X or 14 to 36.
If you are looking for a more traditional bridal gowns, then David’s Bridal is a good place to start looking. Plus it is one of the few places you can actually go try the gowns on in person and they actually have samples in plus sizes. They do have dresses that go over $500, so keep that in mind when looking. But original prices start at $249, and they often have sales that mark dresses down to $99. I have even seen dresses over a $1000 marked down under the $500 mark on some of their sales. Their plus size range comes in sizes 14W to 30W.
Surprise, surprise, Amazon made the list. They by far have the largest variety of style and brands available under $500. Of course like anything else, when it comes to plus sizes on Amazon you may worry that they won’t be true to size. I have seen quite a few videos of people trying on Amazon wedding dresses, and for the most part they surprisingly are okay for their prices, even the ones under $100. My advice would be, if you are going to buy from Amazon 1. make sure you check the sellers size chart, not the amazon one. Also if the seller doesn’t have a size chart, then don’t order from them. And 2. Order early, so if something needs to be returned or altered you have plenty of time. As for prices, there seem to be wedding dresses starting at $12 and the keep going well above the $500 mark. Sizes are all over the place depending on the brand, but most like the ones I have pictured go up to about a size 28W. Keep in mind that these, like most bridal run one to two sizes small. This may not be the case with some of the other more dedicated to plus size brands.
If you aren’t familiar with Sydney’s Closet then I am simultaneously both surprised and not surprised. I am surprised because they have been around for a long time offering plus size women beautiful and affordable formal wear. I am not surprised because they don’t get talked about a lot that I see, and they are kind of in a very niche market. They offer all sorts of formal wear, and they always have a selection of plus size wedding dresses. At the moment all of the dresses they have, with the exception of one, is under $500. Dresses are available in sizes 14 to 4, but I believe their bridal line stops at size 34 (don’t quote me on that.).
6. Society +
You may not know this, but Society Plus has a selection of premium tutus for weddings that are pre-order only. I know this isn’t exactly a wedding dress, but I thought these would be a good option for some. It could work, not only for those who just like the look, but also anyone who has a hard time getting the right fit in a dress. Prices range from $90 to $120 and they are available in 14/16 to 30/32.
7. ASOS Curve
Not a large collection available at ASOS, but definitely some designs I haven’t seen anywhere else for plus sizes. Perhaps if you are a bride that is looking for something more unique, ASOS may be the place to check. Their collection of dresses are all under $300. Sizes vary a bit depending on the dress, but most are available in 12 to 26.
This isn’t really part of the list because they aren’t under $500, but I wanted to give an honorable mention to the Yuliya Raquel website. Not only does she have some pre-made wedding dress designs, but she also has these two popular designs from her days at IGIGI that you can now customize. And those customized dresses will only run $700 each. The vintage lace dress was my own wedding dress, and I resold mine after the wedding. To this day, 5 years later, I am still getting women emailing me asking if I still have it, because its their dream dress. So if it was your dream dress as well, know you can still get it.
Make sure to let everyone know in the comments if you are a plus size bride, and tell us where you got your dress at.