How To Dress Your Bridal Party on a Budget

Keep costs down without compromising on quality and style

With weddings becoming increasingly expensive (costing upwards in the region of €24,000 / £21,000 in Ireland and NI!), many brides-to-be are continually looking for ways to save money without compromising on quality or style.

And, I’m sure that many brides will agree that choosing your dream wedding dress and your matching maids to complement you is one of the most important parts of wedding planning, right?! If you don’t have the cash for couture, we look at how to dress not only you – but your bridal party – looking at sites and shops that serve up some seriously budget-savvy and stylish options!

Bridesmaids

Every bride-to-be needs their closest gal pals on one of the biggest days of their lives. Bridesmaids are essential for helping organise the wedding, keeping the bride calm in the run-up to the big day, lifting the train, assisting to the bathroom (a must!) and also for giving the bride the best send-off into married life at the hen party.

Duties aside, you want your best girls to look and feel amazing but you just don’t have the money for designer gowns, particularly if you have several bridesmaids that you have offered to foot the bill for! We all know that weddings are expensive business, but you don’t need to blow the bank on finding frocks that your bridesmaids may only wear once!

Finding affordable bridesmaid dresses that are both budget-friendly and stylish can sometimes feel like a tough battle.  But with various high-street chains now offering a wide variety of gorgeous styles to suit all tastes and budgets, you can kit your bridal party out for less than ever before.

Oasis

Oasis have launched their first ever bridal range and it is STUNNING! In a palette of blush, teal green, navy and grey the collection has a range of styles to suit every shape and size from pleated maxi’s to lacy midis and prom dresses all with matching shoes. The best news is, they are ALL under £100!

Lipsy 

Lipsy’s bridesmaid collection is the perfect choice for girls wanting fashion-forward, elegant and feminine designs. With dresses around £75-£90, the timeless and flattering shapes and colours of the Lipsy bridal collection, is sure to be a hit with the girls and your bank balance!

Coast

Of of the great things about Coast dresses, it that your maid’s will want to wear them again! A firm bridesmaid favourite in Coast is their mix and match separates – which allows you to pick a top and long-line skirt that perfectly matches or complements your theme. Not forgetting the dresses, prices start from £99 and include bardot necklines, pleated skirts, pretty ruffle detailing and semi-sheer hemlines, perfectly nailing this seasons key trends.

ASOS

Renowned for their popular bridesmaid collections from a range of designers,  ASOS is a fantastic money-saving choice for brides-to-be and her bridesmaids. The online retailer has a huge selection of dresses inspired by the latest fashion trends and all at a fantastic price point. With brands such as TFNC on ASOS offering exclusive dresses from £50!

Bridal

Lucky for brides-to-be, the great British and Irish high-streets have impressed us this season with swoon-worthy and affordable wedding dresses galore – all without the hefty price tags! Many retail chains and designers are after a slice of the bridal action in offering their own bridal range, with even the likes of Topshop honing in on the rage.

Whether you want to look at some gorgeous high-street options to save you money on your bridal gown or you want to find a look that you’ll most definitely wear again and get your money’s worth,  look no further! Combine our budget-friendly yet stylish gowns with some high-street maid’s dresses for a winning formula to save you pennies!

Highstreet 

French Connection 

luxurious label French Connection dropped their bridal collection in February 2018, and they cater for many different tastes and budgets. From simple and sleek satin gowns, to traditional lace styles and daring co-ords, this collection is perfect for the modern and free-spirited bride. The collection is inspired by female fashion icons and their former wedding gowns, including Kate Moss, Poppy Delevigne and Bianca Jagger. With modern cuts, sorbet hues and bohemian vibes these dresses epitomizes great British fashion and style and what’s more, they range from just £65-£250!

Topshop 

A great place to look if you are looking for something that little bit different! Topshop Bride is a collection of limited edition gowns both online and in stores with a range of special dresses including strapless, tie shoulder and bardot styles, plus a carefully edited selection of shoes, lingerie and hair accessories! Most gowns are between £350-£795.

Ted Baker 

Ted Baker’s Tie The Knot collection is ready and waiting to kit out your WHOLE bridal party. Not only do they have dapper suits for your man, but the wedding dress collection is oh-so-stylish. As part of the collection, he has unveiled five exclusive dresses that are currently only available in his bridal boutiques, located in London (Floral St), Manchester (Shambles) and Glasgow (Princes St). Brides-to-be can enjoy a one-to-one styling consultation by APPOINTMENT, and for brides who can’t make it into store, all five dresses will launch online later this spring. Ted is known for his keen eye for detail, and the SILVYA gown below is the perfect example of this, with fine embroidered leaves adding dimension to a delicate tulle skirt. Most dress fall below the £1000 price point.

Dorothy Perkins 

The latest high street store to launch bridalwear is Dorothy Perkins. Offering amazingly cheap wedding dresses (yet quality!) you can expect lots of classic silhoettes in maxi and midi lengths. If you’re looking for a bardot neckline, Dorothy Perkins also has plenty of options to suit every bride-to-be. Coming to the rescue with a range of stylish, contemporary bridal and bridesmaid wear, the Dorothy Perkins ten-piece capsule range won’t disappoint. With prices ranging from £85-£175 and coming in sizes 8-18 in curve, tall and petite, this stunning collection would easily pass for designer, without breaking the bank!

For more inspiration on how you can save money for your big day, check out our feature on how to be a budget savvy bride

Are you looking for your dream wedding dress in Ireland or Northern Ireland? Let the experts help you on your way by visiting one of our fabulous recommended bridal boutiques who pave teh way for bridal fashion in Ireland. 

 

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