These 35 "Cool Bride" Finds Look Like Luxury But Don't Top $500


Staud Clothing

Whether you're in the midst of wedding planning or keeping a mood board on Pinterest just for fun, you likely already know that preparing for such a special event can come at a high price. When shoes, dresses, and accessories start around $1000—I won't even go into the actual event costs—things start to quickly add up. But don't fret at the numbers just yet. I'm here to help. Despite getting married a few years back, I still often find myself browsing through bridal fashions. And through my search, I found a plethora of cool finds for under $500. Whether you want your look to be opulent, understated, or trend-forward, there's an option for everyone. After all, everyone deserves to feel luxe on their special day.

Not only did I pick pieces from fashion favorites like Staud and Cult Gaia, but I also scrolled through pages of affordable retailers like Mango to find beautiful and budget-friendly options. If you're looking for a "wow" effect, look no further than the 35 options below. Featuring party dresses, veils, shoes, and more, this shopping roundup is made for fashion brides. In fact, I may start planning a vow renewal so I have a chance to wear some of these myself. 

Leave it to Staud to create a bridal line for the fashion set. Out of all the items, this custom veil truly captured my heart.

Simple yet stunning—and under $200!

These lace gloves will take any white dress to the next level. 

These metallic wedges may not be the most traditional heels, but how stunning are they when paired with this silky white number?

Reformation has tons of stunning bridal options, and this is one of my favorites.

I'm a big fan of any moment that includes a bridal suit.

No one would ever guess these are under $100. (Even I was shocked.)

Who says you can't wear a little black on your wedding day?

I wore this dress to my Bridgerton bridal shower and was constantly asked where it was from. 

The draping on this dress is just divine.

While I plan on wearing this skirt to Taylor Swift's recent tour, it would also make a spectacular option for a bachelorette. Talk about versatility.

Just look at that sculpted wedge heel.

I can't help but imagine this top paired with sleek trousers for a casual but cool courthouse wedding.

Perfect for the bride that can't be bothered with heels. 

Instead of diamonds, why not opt for a floral choker? 

While I love Reformation's assortment of gowns, I had to include this dreamy mini-length pick. 

You'll want to take this to every wedding you go to from now on.

Off to a bridal brunch? This dress is under $100, making it a great and easy option.

Is there such a thing as too many pearls?

Perfect for your honeymoon, bridal shower, and beyond.

When it comes to dressing for your bachelorette and honeymoon, accessories are very important.

Your "something blue" has never looked so cool.

The detailing on the back of this dress is everything.

Sometimes simplicity is the best option.

I didn't think a second-look dress could top a first-look dress, but this one might do the trick.