Being a bridesmaid is a huge commitment, and not just from the standpoint of time. Standing up beside a friend on their wedding day can get pricey, fast. Members of the bridal party have a lot of expenses – in fact, there is a growing trend in which people avoid having a wedding party for various reasons, not least of which is saving their friends money.
One area that quickly adds up for all wedding guests is attire. That can be especially true for members of the bridal party, though. After all, bridesmaid dresses aren't cheap. Yet, if you can keep that particular cost down, you can do some damage control. Believe it or not, it’s doable. There are actually a lot of inexpensive yet stunning bridesmaid dresses out there. And better still, there are ones you’ll be able to wear again.
Bridesmaid fashion has evolved a lot over the years, and that is most definitely a good thing. People are all about mismatched dresses now, for example, and that gives everyone a chance to feel comfortable in what they’re wearing. Just as importantly, they can feel better about the price tag. When you have more say in the dress, you likely also have more control over the cost.
Buying a more affordable bridesmaid outfit certainly doesn’t make you a worse friend. Just by doing the job, you have already taken on a lot, so feel free to save money where you can. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly bridesmaid dress, you’ve come to the right place. Make sure you bookmark this page so that you can refer to it later.
Below are 25 different options that all cost less than $100 and are worth more than one wear. That way, the expense won’t be so hard to swallow.
Revolve Cecily Midi Dress
Show off your curves with this feminine, body-hugging dress. The ruffles are beautiful. There are also thin straps, which is a big plus if you like your dress to be more secure. Beyond all that, it’s hard to say what we like more: the striking rose color or the very affordable price tag. Actually, it’s the combination.
Miusol Women's Formal Floral Lace Sleeveless Evening Party Maxi Dress
This gorgeous gown is all elegance, but it won’t drain your savings account. With its lace bodice and high-collar, it looks vintage and formal, but the see-through portion keeps it from looking severe. Basically, you’ll still look ready to celebrate. One reviewer called it “simply beautiful and flattering” and noted that she got “numerous compliments from guests” at a wedding. Just think: You could, too.
Revolve Ruffled Fit and Flare Dress
If you like sateen fabric, this sleeveless Endless Rose ruffle top dress is a good option. The structured style makes it more formal than it would be otherwise, and it features a pleated skirt and strappy back. As a bonus, the dress can even be washed in a machine. That is often not true of formal dresses, but it’s a characteristic we find very convenient. Just make sure you keep the temperature on cold!
Alicepub Bridesmaid Maxi Dresses Long for Women Formal Evening Party Prom Gown Halter
This gown is simple but has special touches that keep the design interesting. The halter top and belt are both satin, and then there are pleats that give it extra flair. There are even cups in the bodice for a little extra support. You can order it in one of the available sizes, or you can choose the custom option to have it tailored to your measurements.
Lulu's Here's to Us Slate Blue High-Low Wrap Dress
It’s party in the front, business in the back with this pretty high-low dress from Lulus. It’s a wrap dress with ruffled spaghetti straps and a racerback, so there’s a lot going on. That said, we like it all. You could definitely toast to a newly married couple in this.
“I needed a dress that was classical and trendy,” wrote a happy customer. “Oh boy I got it! This dress is amazing with its wrap around, color, and flow when you spin.”
ASOS Bardot Maxi Dress
This ASOS dress has lovely details. Its top and sleeves feature a bit of sparkle. Meanwhile, the long tulle skirt is gorgeous, and we like how its high waist gives the dress almost the look of two separates. Also consider that you may not need a bra to wear this one, if that’s a concern.
Babyonlinedress Women Plus Size Chiffon Evening Dresses Long Prom Bridesmaid Gown
This dress has an attractive A-line silhouette. It is fitted at the natural waist before flaring out into a chiffon skirt, so it would show off your curves. We particularly love the lace at the top, including the elbow-length sleeves. That’s pretty enough as is, but then the dress also features a low V-back and a sash that ties into a bow. We could see it working especially well at an outdoor wedding or one in the colder months.
Kennedy Blue Parker
This strapless dress has a ruched bodice with a sweetheart neckline, and then it transitions to a chiffon skirt at the waist. With the hemline of the flowy skirt hitting just above the feet, there is a definite classy dress vibe.
Kennedy Blue Luella
Yet another fun, flirty frock, Kennedy Blue’s Blair dress differs from the Jessica dress in that it has spaghetti straps. If you need a little more support, this could be a good alternative. It also is made of both satin and chiffon, but it has more of a V-neckline than a sweetheart. Meanwhile, there is a flowy skirt you’ll be able to dance the night away in.
TFNC Pleated Midi Bridesmaid Dress with Cross Back and Bow Detail
This unique dress has a variety of interesting details. Not only is it pleated all around, it has a high-neck, cut-out front, and cross-back ribbons that tie at the small of the back. It makes for a great option if you don’t want the average bridesmaid garb. That said, it looks like you may want to consider investing in double-sided tape for the front, just in case.
Lulu's Air of Romance Taupe Maxi Dress
Named for its romantic vibe, this flowy dress is perfect for a wedding. Not only does it have a pretty modified halter neckline, the sweeping skirt would look great swaying down the aisle or on the dance floor. There’s also a little more support than you might initially think. The product description points out that there are semi-sheer shoulder straps to help hold up the seamed bodice.
ModCloth Windy City A-Line Dress in Navy
This classy sleeveless option has a high neck and a cumberbund-style waist. While those parts are structured, the chiffon A-line skirt is more flowy and fun. The overall effect is both chic and playful, which is perfect for any wedding outfit. And let’s note another important aspect: ModCloth’s sizes range from XXS to 4X, so odds are good that you’ll be able to find an appropriate size.
City Chic Trendy Plus Size Power-Ruffle Dress
Yet another with a swingy skirt, this option is perfect for the girly bridesmaid. It has a scoop neckline with pretty ruffles, and it flatters curves with its A-line silhouette. Furthermore, the material is stretchy, so you won’t be constricted as you go about your wedding day duties. You can get it in a bold red or instead opt for a more subtle black.
Nightway Lace Sequined Top Gown
No matter what type of wedding you're attending, you’ll do well with this sequin top dress. With its long, graceful tiered skirt, it flows beautifully. It also has a pretty ruched waist. There is a very old romantic vibe to it, and it’s easy to imagine a bridesmaid wearing it in a stunning winery wedding somewhere. Of course, that’s not the only setting would where it would work.
Unique Vintage 1950s Style Velvet & Taffeta Evie Swing Dress
This Unique Vintage dress is both the qualities described by the brand name. Its fit-and-flare silhouette, skirt length, and velvet fabric make it a bonafide fashion throwback. Meanwhile, the frock has a sweet v-neckline that turns into supportive straps in the back. The latter should make it more comfortable for a long day of wedding activities.
Lulu's Love Poem Magenta Lace Dress
Some brides prefer longer hemlines, but if yours has an affinity for mini dresses, this Lulu's exclusive is a fun one. Not only does it have a beautiful lace overlay, it boasts a sophisticated halter neckline and sheath skirt. You could definitely stand proudly at the altar or tear up the dance floor while wearing this. And, of course, the price is great.
Teri Jon Off The Shoulder Cocktail Dress
If glitz is your thing, this sequined number is bound to catch your eye. Just look at it. The violet color. The high shine. What’s not to like when you’re going for glam? The off-the-shoulder straps and back are lovely as well, not to mention the tailored skirt. With all those touches to adore, the affordable price is just the cherry on top.
Unique Vintage Plus Size Anna Wrap Dress
Go retro with this wrap dress. Its collar and three-quarter sleeves don’t exactly mark it as your typical bridesmaid dress, and that will be perfect for some weddings. The flared skirt in super flattering, and there’s stretch in the fabric, meaning you’ll be able to move comfortably throughout the big day. It comes in both straight and plus sizes, depending on what you’re looking for.
City Chic Trendy Plus Size Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Dress
There is no rule against looking sexy as a bridesmaid, and this City Chic midi dress will help you do it in a subtle, sophisticated way. Its shape is figure-hugging, and it features off-the-shoulder straps with ruffles all around. Another plus is that it is machine washable, so you won’t have to worry about dry-cleaning fees.
Revolve Gwenth Ruffle Maxi
This maxi dress has a simple top, but the bottom half has a little more going on. The flounce trim is a nice-looking touch, and the slit shows off some leg. Based on the photo, the skirt is sheer enough to show off even more of your stems, so bear that in mind should you considering buying this particular item. You can embrace the see-through look, or try a half slip.
Eyelash Lace Sleeve Chiffon Midi Skater Dress
We love a good lace sleeve, and these ones absolutely make this knee-length chiffon dress. The overall look is understated and romantic. Better still, the frock’s silhouette flatters a variety of body shapes and it’s versatile enough to pair with sandals, heels, or boots. Any of those combinations would result in a beautiful bridesmaid outfit – or an anytime outfit once the wedding is over. This dress is re-wearable AF.
Avenue Abstract Flocked Fit and Flare Dress
Velvet is perfect for holiday weddings, but you could make this dress work at different times of the year. A fit-and-flare, it highlights and flatters curves, and it’s likely one you’ll want to re-wear whenever you get a chance.
“This dress is so comfortable and stylish,” one reviewer wrote. “It fits well and I LOVE the fact that I can wash and dry it at home in my machines!”
Ever-Pretty Women’s Short Sleeve V-Neck Long Evening Dress
Own the flowy, romantic look in this double V-neck evening dress. It’s made from chiffon and has short sleeves, so it’s meant to be lightweight and comfortable. That’s a good thing, considering that you will likely be wearing it for the better part of a day.
“I was thrilled with the price, quick delivery, and quality,” one reviewer wrote. “No hanging threads or loose parts on the dress, no manufacturing defects.”
Adrianna Papell Bow Front Long Gown
There are so many pretty elements to this amazing gown. The first that caught our eye was the taupe sheen. It makes for a really unique gown, especially with the ruffle bow accent at the front. Somehow, it seems both vintage and modern at the same time.
R & M Richards Cold-Shoulder Gown
Side slit? Check. Embellishments? Check plus. On top of those lovely details, the cold-shoulder style sleeves add drama. You’ll stand out in this bridesmaid dress, without totally distracting from the bride. It’s a fun evening look and given the right occasion, you could totally wear it again. As with all the other gowns on this list, the price is reasonable.
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