2/7 {Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} A Boho-Chic Wedding Dress For Under $600

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I love long letters from our readers. It gives me a better idea of what to look for. Val definitely delivered – here’s what she said:

Hi there ladies!

I recently got engaged and I’m on the hunt for a cheap-ass BUT BEAUTIFUL gown. There are two styles I am strongly gravitating towards and so far I have not found any cheap options similar to these. If you girls could help me out, it’d be so great! My wedding is going to be at a campsite, it has a rustic, wooden dining hall, and we’re opting for a lot of DIY RUSTIC decor. That being said I want a dress that is “flowy”, not one of those static, hard corsets or A-gowns that look super stiff. The styles I think define me best in regards to wedding gowns are “boho”, “gypsy” and “greek goddess”. I’d prefer straps and sleeves over strapless but I’m willing to see strapless options if they fit the style. Please let me know if you can help a girl out, I can’t afford these but I would love to get over them with some fabulous cheap options! 


Val is looking to spend no more than $600 and has two obsessions – a designer whose dresses go for between $4,000 to $14,000 or a dress a bride custom designed for herself. (That’s a crazy DIY project, right!?) Unfortunately the last one isn’t an option because Val found out that she doesn’t do custom designs. Below, I’ve included a couple dresses our BAB likes. There are a variety of details in which she’s interested.


Samuelle’s Amelie Gown

Samuelle’s Sophia Gown


White Tara Wedding Gown ($180 at GratefulThreads via Etsy)

Cast Away Gown ($450 at Free People)

Temptress Cold Shoulder Maxi ($608 at Free People)

Ivory Chiffon Beaded Sequin Informal ($425 at RetroVintageWeddings via Etsy)

Alexander Wang Sheer Silk-Blend Maxi Dress ($250 at The Outnet)

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Dress, Sleeveless Beaded Racerback ($104.99 at Macy’s)

As we suggested last week, you could also consider renting the gown for your big day. For $100, you could grab either the Yumi Kim Snow Mountain Maxi or the Mark & James by Badgley Mischka Rhodes Harbor Gown. Any other BABs out there have suggestions?

  • Rachael

    May I recommend a website that I found my DREAM DRESS on…. http://www.dreambridaldress.com

    They have THOUSANDS of styles and the best part is they are custom made, the fit, the color, everything. The prices are spot on for any B-A-B looking for style and price.

  • Caitlin

    If you are going rustic and boho (both of which I adore) I think it gives you the perfect opportunity to get creative. A flowing maxi skirt with a chic blouse or corset type top might be something to consider. If you are crafty and gifted in the sewing department (or have friends who are) maybe consider making a simple dress. I am always a fan of creations I can wear again which is why I like the skirt and top idea and when all else fails I go to Etsy, Etsy has everything.

  • If you are into recycling, recycled bride, now called Tradesy has affordable used wedding gowns & wedding items. Hope this helps!

    Much Peace & Love!! :0)