The Best Wedding-Appropriate Dresses Under $500

As fashion girls with a red carpet stylist as a boss, we love any excuse to get dressed up—and wedding season is one of the biggest. While we’ll often look to ready-to-wear collections and high street stores to deliver gorgeous, wedding-appropriate dresses, these niche online retailers are also a go-to for formal occasions. Looking for something special yourself? You’ll love the budget-conscious, statement-making frocks on offer here.

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Designer Rental: Rent The Runway

With new stores in D.C. and Chicago and a host of great brands like Opening Ceremony, Proenza Schouler and Prabal Gurung on offer, this dress rental site is still a solid choice if you'd rather spend your money on shoes, bags (or college loans).

Pricing: $50 - $800 rental.

Custom-Fitted: Fame & Partners

This just-launched formal dress site let's you customize your frock or gown according to your body shape or personal style. Change the hemline, color, neckline and more with just the click of a button (and barely any up-charge).

Pricing: $199-$329 plus $10-$20 for customization charges.

Wear It Again: Reformation

With zero embellishments and barely any structure, these eco-friendly dresses would work for more than just weddings. Plus, the brand's direct-to-consumer model means you won't find them in every department store across the country.

Pricing: $218 - $598.

Bang For Your Buck: Asos

This trend-driven, online-only marketplace recently got into the weddings game with a new shop-in-shop geared towards bridesmaids and wedding guests. With prices well under $200 these unexpected dresses are a savvy option.

Pricing: $54-$544.

Off-Price Option: The Outnet

Net-a-Porter's off-price sister site is a great source for interesting designer pieces and their brand new weddings section (complete with lingerie, accessories and wedding-weekend garb) makes the search for a dance floor-worthy dress that much easier.

Pricing: $133 - $1,977.