Best high street wedding dresses UK 2022: including online, cheap, high street, long sleeved and older brides

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It’s been a turbulent couple of years for us all, and the wedding industry has been one of the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the first time since 2019, however, it looks as though weddings may be able to go ahead as planned, with no restrictions, no guest limits and no masks.

If your nuptials are going ahead this year then you’ll be keen to get organising, and one of the most important choices to make is the wedding dress.

Weddings, however, can also be one of the most expensive things we ever choose to do.

Experts estimate the average wedding now costs anywhere from £18,000 to £32,000, according to the Money Saving Expert.

But, you’ll be pleased to know it doesn’t have to cost that much to say ‘I do’ with your other half, and there are lots of elements you can buy on the high street to help you save cash - the rings, the cake, the flowers, even the all important dress.

High street doesn’t have to mean boring though, and it certainly doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style or quality.

Department stores have cottoned on to the ‘wedding on a budget’ business as designers realise that every woman deserves to feel special on her big day, regardless of how much money they have.

These affordable dresses have all gorgeous materials and embellishments you’d expect from a bridal gown; silks, tulle, lace, sequins, beading, but without the high price tags which are usually associated with the most important dress of a woman’s life.

Here are 34 of the best high street dresses available to buy right now, with prices starting from as low as less than £20.

If you’re hoping to start wedding planning soon and want to propose to your partner, you can also choose from one of these stunning and affordable engagement rings.

Monsoon

This is the perfect gown for brides who are hesitant about a long train, yet still wanting to keep things traditional.

It’s ivory and features beautiful embellishments all over the gown. It’s a flattering maxi-dress style which incorporates a traditional silhouette with a pearlised floral pattern.

The V-neckline complements the décolletage, while the slim bodice and soft A-line flare ensure an elegant shape, and the cap sleeve adds a feminine touch.

Available in sizes 6 to 22.

Monsoon

This is a great traditional ivory dress for a bride on a budget.

It’s a pretty, floaty dress with something of a boho vibe which incorporates angelic details like pearlised sequins, a fit-and-float silhouette and delightfully fluttery sleeves.

Created in tulle, it features a sweetheart lining and a softly flared skirt, draping beautifully to the floor.

The keyhole cut-out back fastens with a trio of fabric-covered buttons, and the bodice stays firmly fitted with the concealed zip.

Available in sizes 6 to 22.

Coast Fashion

The body of this ivory dress is simple yet elegant, with some added lace detail at the back to create detail without a full train, and the shape is figure hugging with a pulled in waist.

It’s the lace detail sleeves and detailed bardot top that really make this dress special though.

Available in sizes 8 to 16.

ASOS

A flowing wedding dress of dreams, which looks like it’s come straight off the runway -  but at a fraction of the price.

The ivory design features exquisite floral embroidery detail around the plunge neckline and the bodice, giving way to a gorgeous full skirt.

It has a low back and adjustable straps for a secure and comfortable fit.

Available in sizes 4 to 18.

ASOS

Don’t want the typical floor-length wedding dress, but still want to keep some traditional details? Here is the frock for you.

This ivory short dress features a crew neck, long sleeves and cropped overlay. The all-over lace detail is elegant and feminine - and the price is fantastic.

Available in sizes 4 to 18.

Monsoon

This dress has been made specifically with pregnant brides in mind.

Made of a light chiffon fabric, this ivory dress has beaded embellishment, a plunge neck and short, floaty sleeves.

There’s stunning floral detail around the neckline, and leading on to the body of the dress to sweetly sit upon the baby bump.

The same detail is also on the sleeves, which give the dress a boho feel.

Available in sizes 4 to 18.

ASOS

This stunning dress is made specifically for the plus size bride and has a classic and elegant off-shoulder style with pleated panels, long sleeves.

It has an elegant v-neck and a traditional train hem, and is a beautiful ivory colourway so you’ll look and feel like a stunning bride.

The high kick slit in the leg is perhaps more for the brave bride, but it is designed to wow - and it does just that.

Available in sizes 16 to 30.

ASOS

This gorgeous dress is for the plus size bride who wants a simple, timeless look on her wedding day.

It’s made of soft and sheer fabric for a silky-smooth look and material that falls in a flattering way over the body.

It has a cinched in waist to accentuate the natural curves, while the flutter sleeves give an elegant touch.

Available in sizes 16 to 30.

ASOS

A wedding dress made for ladies with petite frames, this design sparkles.

It features an embellished sequin top, a V-neck, short sleeves and a full skirt. Made of a lightweight woven fabric, so even though it has lots of embellishment on the top it won’t feel heavy and you’ll be able to wear it comfortably all day, on the big day.

Ecru colour and very sparkly, it’s sure to demand attention.

Available in sizes 4 to 14.

A version of this dress is also available for tall brides. The Maya Tall Bridal v neck maxi tulle dress with tonal delicate sequin in ecru, also £85, is here

ASOS

British label Needle & Thread launched in 2013, and has quickly become a go-to brand for beautifully embellished occasion wear, and you can see why with this stunning dress.

It has all-over sequin embellishment so it’s perfect for brides-to-be who go by the mantra of ‘there’s no such thing as too much sparkle’.

It also has a scoop neck, puff sleeves, fitted bodice and zip-back fastening for a feminine and flattering fit.

It’s made from lightweight tulle and will have you feeling like a real-life princess on your wedding day. Available in sizes 4 to 16.

Reformation

This ivory dress has a fitted bodice with a slim fitting skirt, and also slightly puffed shoulders.

A beautiful mix of vintage and contemporary touches, the ivory dress has a slim fit in the bodice with a more relaxed skirt. It also has a deep v-neck with twist front detail, and a high slit for a dramatic look.

Available in sizes 4 to 16.

Reformation

A wedding outfit with a difference for brides you like to stand out and don’t want to be  traditional, this is a beautiful two piece bridal gown with a fitted crop top.

It has a ruched, slim fitting crop top and a full skirt. The skirt has a high rise fit, so it’s super flattering.

It’s available in two colours, white and black, so you can even choose a non-traditional colour if you wish. Pair with a veil if you want to keep some element of tradition.

Available in sizes 4 to 16.

Whistles

The show-stopping element of this dress is the gorgeous back, which is cut low with pretty lace detail.

The dress has elegant lace all over, proving simple silhouettes can still have the most impact.

The train is subtle and the silhouette will flow with the figure, cinching in at the waist to add definition. This is such an elegant choice for a modern bride.

Available in sizes 4 to 18.

Whistles

This dress is made for the bride who wants a dress that is simple, but elegant and structured.

It has a classic v-neckline that is mirrored at the back and intricate bead detail that frames a skimming silhouette that is fitted across the bodice, before reaching a fluted hem and a statement court train.

A timeless and classic style that will never go out of fashion.

Available in sizes 4 to 18.