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35 high street wedding dresses that look more expensive than they are

Affordable wedding dresses on the high street...

high street wedding dresses guide
Chloe Best
Chloe BestLifestyle Features Editor
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Research suggests 2022 is going to be a record year for weddings! Lucky brides-to-be have more choice than ever when it comes to choosing their dream wedding dress thanks to the growing number of bridal collections on the high street that offer head-turning gowns which don't break the bank.

From Whistles' new wedding dresses to Monsoon's sustainable gowns that all cost under £500, discover our top picks of high street wedding dresses…

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monsoon kaley wedding dress

Monsoon wedding dresses for 2022

Part of Monsoon's S.E.W. Sustainable collection, this gorgeous embellished square neck gown is made from sustainable fabric alternatives, so your big day has less of an impact on the planet.

Kaley embellished bridal dress, £499, Monsoon

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monsoon naomi wedding dress

A real style statement - this embellished dress from Monsoon features a floor-length cape delicately finished with ivory, white and gold sequins and pearls.

 Naomi bridal embellished cape wedding dress, £499, Monsoon

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monsoon modern dress

The gentle flow of this light and airy train provides the perfect contrast to the structured neckline. Modern brides will adore the simplistic high street style!

Deja wedding dress, £249, Monsoon

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monsoon dress

This angelic gown with button-up detail features floaty sleeves, elegant embroidery and a split skirt – the perfect bohemian style.

S.E.W. SUSTAINABLE Tanja dress, £499, Monsoon

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whistles lorelei wedding dress

Whistles wedding dresses for 2022

With subtle sequin detailing, cut-out back and minimal style, there's a lot to love about the Lorelei sequin wedding dress at Whistles.

Lorelei sequin wedding dress, £499, Whistles

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whistles billie wedding dress

It may be minimalistic in style, but this beautiful dress is guaranteed to have maximum impact due to stunning details such as its plunging V-back and intricate bead detailing.

Billie wedding dress, £499, Whistles

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whistles sylvie wedding dress

The Sylvie wedding dress features a fishtail hem, intricate lace bodice and button-back detail that makes it look way more expensive than its £499 price tag.

Sylvie bodice wedding dress, £499, Whistles

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whistles esther wedding dress

A Bardot neckline gets a contemporary update with fluttering sleeves and open-back detailing in this beautiful gown.

Esther Bardot wedding dress, £499, Whistles

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whistles maria wedding dress

Channel your inner Meghan Markle in this beautiful halterneck lace wedding dress from Whistles, which has a beautiful, streamlined silhouette and open back detailing. We would never guess it cost less than £600.

Maria halter wedding dress, £599, Whistles

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3 ariane wedding lace co ord whistles

Why not switch up a traditional wedding dress for a bridal co-ord? This scalloped lace top and skirt combo is to die for.

Ariane lace wedding co-ord, £599, Whistles

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whistles mia dress

This contemporary bridal gown has five-star reviews for a reason – it has a sleek fit with stylish neckline, and we adore it!

Mia square neck wedding dress, £499, Whistles

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needle thread willow wedding dress

Needle & Thread wedding dresses for 2022

Coloured wedding dresses are one of the key trends for 2022, and this pretty pink ruffled gown from Needle & Thread offers an affordable way to try the look.

Willow ruffled gown, £450, Needle & Thread

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needle thread petunia wedding dress

If you're after a fairytale, romantic aesthetic, this is the dress for you. The Petunia gown is delicately embroidered with floral bouquets and iridescent sequins. Stunning.

Petunia wedding dress, £435, Needle & Thread

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ghost sylvia dress

Ghost wedding dresses for 2022

We're getting Pippa Middleton vibes from this chic cowl neck dress, reminiscent of the bridesmaid dress she famously wore at Prince William and Kate's big day.

Sylvia wedding dress, £225, Ghost

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laurel dress

Don't let the high-neck and puff sleeves fool you, this dramatic gown has a hint of sass at the back with a cute peephole back.

Laurel dress, £495, Ghost

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asos edition loulou mini dress

ASOS wedding dresses for 2022

Mini dresses are having a moment in bridalwear for 2022, and with blouson sleeves, a plunging neckline and bow detailing, this dress ticks all the boxes for a dancefloor-ready style.

ASOS Edition Loulou blouson sleeve mini dress, £150, ASOS

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asos edition ivy wedding dress

This beautiful dress requires minimal styling thanks to all-over floral embroidery and diamante and bead placement. Add heels and you're good to go.

ASOS Edition Ivy floral embellished wedding dress, £275, ASOS Edition

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asos kimono dress

Turn up the sass level with kimono sleeves and a split skirt – we're head over heels for this sultry style!

ASOS EDITION Cari wedding dress, £108, ASOS

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asos wedding dress strappy

Nothing stays modern bride like this ultra-cool dress with spaghetti straps and striking plunge.

Margot wedding dress, £295, Asos

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coast strapless dress

Coast wedding dresses for 2022

Keep it classic with this strapless gown with a fitted waist and flowing skirt.

Tulle wedding dress, £215.20, Coast

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coast lace dress

Make your big day memorable with this unique dress with cap sleeves, a square neck and a midi skirt with a long sheer lace layer.

Lace cap sleeve wedding dress, £143.20, Coast

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lace wedding dress h m

H&M wedding dresses for 2022

A go-to place for fashion staples, H&M also has some hero wedding dresses that are incredibly beautiful.

Lace wedding dress, £100, H&M

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h and m dress

Praised for its high quality, this strappy V-back dress from the high street is a hit with customers – and it would be ideal for summertime nuptials.

Wedding dress, £199.99, H&M

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bridal mini dress nasty gal

Nasty Gal wedding dresses for 2022

Your go-to destination for night out dresses is now your perfect choice for bridal too – Nasty Gal's new wedding dress range is sure to sell out quickly.

A fun, sparkly dress that has dancefloor written all over it!

Embellished mini wedding dress, £60, Nasty Gal

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phase eight genova wedding dress

Phase Eight wedding dresses for 2022

If an elegant bridal look is what you’re after, Phase Eight has you covered.

This timeless beaded gown comes in a soft old rose shade, as an alternative to classic ivory. It's decorated with hand-placed pearl beads and features an embellished detachable satin tie belt with a boned bandeau bodice.

Genova beaded wedding dress, £350, Phase Eight

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phase eight poppy

The traditional lace wedding dress has been given a stylish update with sheer sleeves and a nipped-in waist – and the see-through back with exposed buttons is oh-so cool.

Poppy embroidered wedding dress, £450, Phase Eight

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phase eight elecia wedding dress

How gorgeous is this 1920s-inspired Elecia wedding dress? Just the ticket for a modern bride, it has a column silhouette, tiered fringing and embellished hand-beaded straps, along with a blue ribbon that you can sew inside for good luck if you wish.

Elecia fringe wedding dress, £250, Phase Eight

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phase eight dress

With elegant botanical embroidery, delicate lace sleeves and a sweeping puddle train, this bridal style is the epitome of wedding-day chic.

Saffron lace wedding dress, £450, Phase Eight

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annie phase eight

A mid-length style is ideal for non-traditional brides or those planning a low-key ceremony, however, the sparkle of this gown gives it a little extra pizzazz.

Annie embellished wedding dress, £325, Phase Eight

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french connection

French Connection wedding dresses for 2022

A sweeping maxi dress that features delicate appliqué flowers and a plunging V-neck with a matching back.

Manzoni dress, £135, French Connection

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self portrait

Self Portrait

A brand loved by celebrities and the royals alike, the folks at Self Portrait are occasionwear pros.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore this exact high street gown for a red-carpet appearance, so you'd be in good company if you choose to wear it for your big day. The long-sleeved gown has a floral lace top and cinched waist with a long crepe skirt.

Pleated crochet floral maxi dress, £360, Self Portrait

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reformation plunging dress

Reformation wedding dresses for 2022

After something glam? This plunging frock with a twisted bodice and front slit will ensure all eyes are on you.

Bray wedding dress, £390, Reformation

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reformation lecce dress

After a floor-length dress without the fuss? This simple gown has a fitted bustier bodice and a low scoop back with a figure-flattering silhouette.

Lecce wedding dress, £435, Reformation

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coast embellished dress debenhams

Debenhams wedding dresses for 2022

Embroidered with thousands of tonal beads, this ivory wedding dress is currently a bargain in the sale.

Coast embellished wedding dress, was £189 now £151.19, Debenhams

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dorothy perkins sparkly dress

All eyes will be on you with this long-sleeved sparkling gown. 

Dorothy Perkins wedding dress, £190, Debenhams

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