How to score a designer wedding dress under $500

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Most wedding budgets allot at least a few thousand dollars for the bride’s big style statement of the day: her wedding gown. But as the current offering of dresses for less than $500 proves, true style knows no number. Here are the top 10 wedding dresses of the season in a range of shapes and feels, from a flirty, feathered mini to a classically grand ball gown.

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Xscape Embellished Waist Chiffon Gown, $195

This strapless chiffon gown features a trendy high-low hemline and a rhinestone-embellished empire waist – two details perfect for a glamorous summer affair by the beach or in the backyard.


Dress style #: style 551454

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Diane von Furstenberg, Zarita Lace Dress, $325

Even a year after her iconic royal wedding, Duchess Kate’s Alexander McQueen lace-sleeved gown is sending ripples into the world of fashion – as with this cocktail-length shift dress, which makes for an ideal look at casual courthouse ceremony.

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David’s Bridal Taffeta A-line Gown with One Shoulder Detail, $349

The standard A-line silhouette finds a modern update in this romantic taffeta gown with a ruffle accent at the shoulder and flattering, side-draped ruching.

Dress style #: style WG3327

 

 

 

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Bebe, Isis Sequin Feather Dress, $198

Whether she wears it on stage or down the aisle, Britney Spears is the ultimate bride-to-be for this dramatic feather cocktail dress dusted with glossy sequins across the bodice – not to mention the semi-sheer panel in the back.

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Ann Taylor Tulle Bloom Strapless Gown, $495

How better to celebrate a season bursting into bloom than with a strapless gown covered in delicate tulle flowers?

Dress style #: style 265744

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After Six Halter Dress, $460

A halter satin gown with a dynamic, pleated bodice and beaded straps offers just the right mixture of sophistication and sex appeal befitting a glamorous Hollywood bride, like, say, red carpet regular Anne Hathaway.

Dress style #: style 1036

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57 Grand, Roosevelt Satin Peplum Strapless Dress, $495

Peplums make one of the boldest high-fashion statements among the current crop of wedding dresses, although for the less-daring, this sleek take on the style balances trendy shapes with traditional bridal appeal.

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J.Crew, Cecelia Gown, $495

Effortless elegance aptly describes this minimalist silk dress, whose crossover V-neckline and cap sleeves provide a blank canvas for a bold, blinging necklace – steer toward classic with diamonds and rhinestones or go wild with graphic, brightly colored baubles.

Photo: Courtesy of Alfred Angelo

Alfred Angelo Satin Princess Dress, $499

While Kim Kardashian may not go down in history as pillar of weddings-done-right, her three custom Vera Wang gowns are certainly iconic on their own – the first of which is reflected in this strapless satin ball gown with asymmetrical pick-ups and a sweeping train.

Dress style #:  style 1645

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Tadashi Shoji One Shoulder Embroidered Lace Gown in Ivory, $388

For a modern take on feminine lace, look for the fabric in a contemporary silhouette, like this cotton one-shoulder sheath that also features a grosgrain ribbon sash at waist for a requisite touch of tradition.

Dress style #: style 3E216L

 

 

 

 

 

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