After the venue and food costs, wedding dresses are pretty much the next big ticket purchase for your wedding. With high street brands and online bridal discount shops waging the war on designer makes, we have rounded up our favourite low cost dresses that can pack a vintage-style punch to rival the high end bridal gowns.
1. Style era: 1970s. Vintage rating: 8/10.
Channel your inner 70's boho chick with Needle and Thread's stunning Snowdrop mini dress. It comes Pearl Rose or Chalk and is adorned with shimmering gloss sequins. Inspired by a vintage lace tablecloth, the silhouette is loose-fitting, floating and simply gorgeous – £390.
2. Style era: 1920s/40s & 50s. Vintage rating: 7/10.
The Scarlett with its high neckline and the lace-effect short sleeves, dramatic cut-out back detail and sleek, body-skimming skirt with graduated train is so pretty and gives a fabulous vintage vibe, though pinning the exact decade is tough. It's a proper mash-up but use the right accessories and it can be whatever era you want. £649, Whistles
3. Style era: 1950s. Vintage rating: 10/10.
We can't help ourselves, we love LouLou Bridal so here's another for you - the Hattie. is really authentic looking. A tea length satin dress with spotted tulle illusion neckline and sleeves, a roll bateau collar with bow and button detail down the back. Très chic!
4. Style era: 1960s. Vintage rating: 9/10.
This Vanessa Cocchiaro C.J Mini Dress dress is a pretty A-line design reminiscent of Mia Farrow and Yoko Ono's wedding dresses. Made from fluid crepe and shirred at the high-neck and blouson sleeves with a pretty keyhole cutout at the back. £275, Net-a-Porter.
5. Style era: 1950s/60s. Vintage rating: 9/10.
Abbie by Loulou Bridal is a classic turn of the decade 50s pencil dress that can be adapted with lace overlay skirt to poof it up prom dress-style, or if you so wish, you can even add a train. Simple, stylish and elegant. £1, 100, from Cutting Edge Brides.
6. Style era: 1920s. Vintage rating: 7/10.
Infused with classical glamour, the Evalina wedding dress is elegant, timeless and takes inspiration from the Grecian silhouette of the 1920s. It has a keyhole cut-out on the blouson bodice and split back skirt. The hand-sewn pearlescent beads and sequins in delicate lines and floral arrangements give it an opulence that is amazing value for the price. £495, Phase Eight.
7. Style era: 1950s. Vintage rating: 9/10.
The Aleena Classy 1950s-inspired polka dot prom dress in dark vanilla from Lindy Bop is stylish, understated but still has the classic 50s look. The colour gives it a more unique feel and the peephole detail at the back and polka dot mesh is so pretty. Incredibly this dress is on sale for £15 (was £40).
8. Style era: 1920s. Vintage rating: 8/10.
This 20s inspired beaded beauty is so chic and teamed with satin slippers and hair styled in finger waves, you could be straight from an Agatha Christie novel. $390, BHLDN.
9. Style era: 1930s. Vintage rating: 6/10.
ASOS always delivers and incredibly you can find vintage-inspired dresses here too! This Y.A.S wedding maxi dress with lace detail in white is simple, chic and stylish. The feminine touches give it a pretty softness but the high neck and sheer sleeves add a vintage twist. £100, ASOS.
10. Style era: 1930s. Vintage rating: 8/10
The Aadina crepe column wedding dress combines a vintage-inspired square neckline with more modern details. Balloon sleeves and sleek, body-skimming column silhouette are classic 30s and the tie waist gives a flattering silhouette. £199, French Connection.
11. Style era: 1930s. Vintage rating: 7/10. Satin? Check. V-neckline? Check. Floaty? Check. Train? Check. Vera Bridal satin cape maxi dress. While this is describes as fashion-forward, it actually harks back to the glamorous draped silhouettes of the 1930s. The cape gives it that Hollywood feel - we really love it! Pair with open-toe golden heels, soft red carpet Hollywood waves, red lips and you could have walked straight from filming at the MGM studios in 1932! £299.00, Monsoon.