Where to Buy Cheap Wedding Dresses Online

Congratulations! You are engaged and are on the hunt for a wedding dress! The wedding day is your opportunity to be in the spotlight ALL day. Finding “The Dress” is one of the most exciting and anticipated parts in the wedding planning process. So now the question is where to begin wedding dress shopping?

I have officiated hundreds of weddings throughout the years. I still get excited when I say “Please Rise For The Bride!” and that magical moment happens when everyone gets to see the bride(s) in her wedding dress for the 1st time. It doesn’t matter if the dress is a traditional ball gown, mermaid fit, casual, jumpsuit or an actual suit, that magic moment is always there!

In this post I am going to share with you 7 websites that you can purchase beautiful and quality made cheap wedding dresses online for $350 or less. I have dug deep and did a lot of research to find websites that provide: try it before you buy it options, returns and exchanges, and real customer reviews so that you know exactly what you’re getting.

For each website I will let you know: the type of wedding gown traditional or alternative, the average price range, how many dresses are offered in that price range, what dress sizes are offered, how long it will take to ship and the return policy. I will also provide links to each site so that you can begin searching and find the wedding dress of your dreams.

Dorriswedding.com

  • Traditional Wedding Gowns
  • Average Wedding Dress price $180, 752 options under $200, most expensive dress $480
  • Dress sizes offered 2-26W (218 plus size options under $200)
  • Free Shipping – delivery time 20-25 days
  • Exchanges & Returns – Standard size gowns can be returned not custom sizes, must be requested via email within 14 days of receipt. Returns are refunded 80% of the cost of the dress minus shipping.

Additional thoughts, I LOVE this website! Their wedding gowns are stunning and hand sewn at the time of purchase. Although the return amount is 80% that’s still 80% more than a retailer up the street as well as hundreds of other online sites that do not allow returns or exchanges.

They have hundreds of dress options under $100 for the bridal party, MOB and wedding guest. Wedding accessories range from $3 – $100. The customer reviews are great, but don’t provide any real customer photos. If I had to change something about this site it would be to post actual customer photos.

Azazie.com

  • Traditional Wedding Gowns
  • Average Wedding Dress price $350, 290 options, most expensive dress $899
  • Dress sizes offered 0-30
  • $29.99 Shipping for orders under $700 – delivery time 4 ½ weeks if not in stock
  • Exchanges & Returns – standard size gowns can be returned not custom sizes, must be requested via email within 15 days of receipt. Refunds are 100% of the cost of the dress minus shipping. No exchanges allowed
  • Try It Before You Buy It! (Select up to 3 dresses for $15 each, 1 week to try, free return shipping)

Additional thoughts, the dresses are beautiful! IF I needed to change something about this site it would be the delivery time. At the same time, if you purchased a gown from a local store it would take 4-6 months to arrive. So in that since the delivery time isn’t that bad. And can I repeat, they have a “Try It Before You Buy It” option… that’s AWESOME!!!
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They have 138 dresses under $100 for the entire bridal party and MOB. Wedding accessories range from $9 – $100 and include ties, bow ties and pocket squares. They also offer fabric by the yard and swatches. For those in a time crunch, there is a “ready to ship” section with a delivery time of about 5 days. However, most of these dresses are for the bridal party.

The customer reviews are great. Most of them provide real customer photos which makes me feel more confident about dresses that may not have any reviews yet. The site has an area dedicated to “Real Weddings” where they show wedding photos and link the color and dress options for each wedding.

Dress Afford.com

  • Traditional Wedding Gowns
  • Average Wedding Dress price $180, 625 options under $200, most expensive dress $490
  • Dress sizes offered 2-26W (318 plus size options under $200)
  • Free Shipping on orders of $120+ delivery time 20-25 days
  • Exchanges & Returns – Standard size gowns can be returned not custom sizes, must be requested via email within 14 days of receipt. Returns are refunded 80% of the cost of the dress minus shipping.

Additional thoughts, upon reviewing this site I felt like I was experiencing deja vu with the Dorris Weddings website. I even went as far as pulling them up side by side. They clearly share the same parent company.

One difference is that Dress Afford offers 100 more plus size dress options under $200. This is great since 60% of brides in the US wear a size 16 or larger. Their wedding gowns are stunning and hand sewn at the time of purchase. They also have the same return policy and customer review process as Dorris Wedding.

AliExpress.com

  • Traditional Wedding Gowns and Alternative Wedding Gowns
  • 1,600+ traditional wedding dress options under $200, most expensive dress $1,600
  • Dress sizes offered 0-24W* – may have larger sizes – the site has over 60K options
  • Free Shipping – if you choose it – delivery time 25 – 39 days
  • Exchanges & Returns – Return only if the product is not as described, must be requested online within 15 days of receipt. Refund is 100% of the cost of the dress shipping not included.

Additional thoughts, Y’all!!!!! I have to let my southern accent come out when it comes to AliExpress. This is the genie in the bottle, the diamond in the rough, whatever you want to call it, this site is absolutely magical! I really just want to tell y’all go ahead and click on the website and get your dress. BUT DON’T do that just yet! With everything magical there comes terms and conditions.

AliExpress is like Amazon for the world and based in China with a lot of different vendors. I have made and will continue to make multiple purchases from this site. Many of them have been the best purchases I have ever made. But not all of them.

Please learn from my mistakes. And always read customer reviews and look at real customer photos before you make an online purchase from any retailer.

When you go to the site and perform your search, make sure you check “free shipping” and 4+ star reviews. When you click on the link above you will see that the filters and search is already done for you.

My wedding party consisted of our nieces and nephews. We purchased the girls dresses from AliExpress and paid $15 for each dress. The boys suits were $20. You can see a photo of their outfits on my post here.

Chicloth.com

  • Alternative Wedding Attire – formal, casual, jumpsuits
  • All outfits are under $200
  • Dress sizes offered 1-26
  • Free Shipping on orders over $25 delivery time 10-20 days
  • Exchanges & Returns – 100% refund if the product is damaged or is the incorrect item (minus shipping) must be requested within 60 days from purchase. No exchanges and no returns on custom size clothing.

Additional thoughts, I like Chicloth. They offer a good variety of alternative wedding attire. Their wedding/ events section has some beautiful dress options with over 20 different color choices for each dress. They have lace dresses, maxi dresses, and jumpsuits oh my! I could easily see a bride purchasing outfits for the rehearsal, wedding and honeymoon all from this one site!

SaleDress.com

  • Alternative Wedding Attire – casual
  • All outfits are under $50
  • Dress sizes offered S – XXXXL
  • Free Shipping within US – delivery time 7 – 14 business days
  • Exchanges & Returns – 100% refund within 30 days of receipt and if the product is incorrect or damaged. Partial refund for unwanted items within 7 days of receipt (minus shipping).

Additional thoughts, Saledress.com has faster delivery than others. Their price point is great if you are looking for a nontraditional casual dress for your wedding. They also offer other types of outfits that would be perfect to take on your honeymoon.

Amazon Prime Wardrobe

  • Traditional and Alternative Wedding Attire – formal, casual, lace, jumpsuit
  • Average wedding dress price $100, 193 traditional wedding dress options under $250
  • Dress sizes offered 1-28
  • Free Shipping with Prime Membership – delivery time 48 hours
  • Exchanges & Returns – 100% refund within 30 days of receipt

Additional thoughts, Amazon Prime Wardrobe is a new concept that Amazon launched in the summer of 2018 to keep up with personalized shopping programs. You choose 3 or more items from clothing, shoes and accessories. Pay for what you keep and return the others within 7 days.

I like this option because you can try multiple items and will receive them within 48 hours. An issue with this is that they only have select items that qualify for the Prime Wardrobe. There are no traditional wedding dresses available in this option. If you are looking for a casual wedding dress or jumpsuit they have thousands of options.

Amazon does offer some beautiful traditional wedding dress options that are a part of the general Amazon Prime membership. This is the 193 options under $250 that you read earlier. Many of these dresses are between $40- $80 and look like thousand dollar dresses. They all have reviews with real customer photos to prove they are great!

When I was planning my wedding, my house turned into an AliExpress and Amazon warehouse. If I couldn’t find something I needed from one site I found it at the other. Many times you can find the same item from both sites, but at different prices. Amazon is normally a bit more, but when you get your dress in 48 hours paying an additional $10 isn’t that big of a deal.

The biggest downfall with Amazon Prime compared to AliExpress Free Shipping is in the selection of wedding dresses. AliExpress has over a thousand traditional wedding dress to choose from and Amazon has 193.

 

It’s Time to Say “Yes” to the Dress!

Because there are so many options, there is really no reason to purchase something that doesn’t have a review. This is why I reiterate “READ CUSTOMER REVIEWS” and “LOOK AT REAL CUSTOMER PHOTOS!” IF you insist on making a purchase that doesn’t have a review research the vendor and similar dresses on the website. If these products do not have reviews or are poor reviews don’t make the purchase.

There you have it, 7 websites to buy cheap wedding dresses online. Now it’s your turn to click on one (or more) of the links and begin the search for your wedding dress. I am completely confident that any bride can find the dress of her dreams from one of these sites.

Oh, I almost forgot, if you are looking for a traditional ball gown, you will need to purchase a petticoat to go underneath your dress to make it poof. You can purchase a petticoat from AliExpress or Amazon for around $20.

 As always I love to hear your comments and to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to do so below.

Steph

2 thoughts on “Where to Buy Cheap Wedding Dresses Online

  1. Hi Steph,
    This is a great review and your research is very useful. I appreciate your personal opinions and the experiences you’ve had in regards to purchased wedding gowns. Online shopping is a lot of fun but it can get overwhelming especially if you are looking for the perfect dress for the perfect day. I married many years ago but purchased my perfect dress online too as well as my 3 bridesmaid dresses. (Way more expensive than the prices you have mentioned here though!!). Thanks again

    1. Hi Renae,

      Thank you for your comment and for sharing your experience purchasing your wedding dress online. Many brides think about purchaseing their wedding dress or dresses for thier bridesmaids online and get hesitant about it. I am glad that you had a good experience with your purchase. Thanks again.

      Steph

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