Best Wedding Dress Designers in 2021: From Boho to British Designs!

The Ultimate Guide to Influential Wedding Gown Designers

Hannah Warren // Senior Writer & Editor

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Finding the Best Designer Wedding Dresses in 2021

Finding the right wedding dress is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make – not to mention one of the most exciting!

This is the decision you’ve been dreaming of since you were little, so you need to do your younger-self justice.

Fortunately, there some incredible wedding dress designers creating breathtaking dresses – the only challenge is finding them and getting your hands on their gowns.

Today we’re going to share the wedding dress designers you should look to in 2020 for the best wedding gown design, but first, some frequently asked questions!

Pricing

How much do designer wedding gowns cost?

This obviously varies from designer to designer, you can spend as little as $1,800 for an Alan Hannah dress, or as much as $100,000 for Ashi Studio!

The average spend is about $3,000 – $8,500.

Luxury selection

What are the most expensive wedding dress designers?

Any top designer who designs a custom dress will be pretty pricy, but here are some of the most expensive wedding dress designers:

 

  • Ashi Studio: $40,000 – $100,000
  • Elie Saab: $7,500 – $27,000
  • Krikor Jabotian: from $15,900
  • Monique Lhullier Signature Collection: $5,000 – $20,000
  • Naeem Khan: $6,000 – $15,000
  • Oscar De La Renta: $14,000 average spend
  • Philipa Lepley: $10,000 – $15,000
  • Reem Acra: $10,600 average spend
  • Vera Wang: $8,000 – $12,000
  • Viktor & Rolf: $10,000 average spend
  • Zuhair Murad: $7,500 – $27,000

Finding Affordable Designer Dresses

Discover affordable designer designer dresses that won’t break the bank

Budget-friendly options

What are the cheapest designer dresses?

The cheapest designer dresses range from $1,800 to $3,000 when brand new (e.g. not at a discount store).

To help you grab a designer dress at a bargain price, we’ll include the cheapest designer dress for each of our Top 10 Wedding Dress Designers below.

Top 10 Wedding Gown Designers in 2020

01

Stella York

“Despite their relatively affordable price tag, each dress is handcrafted to fit your body perfectly.”

Stella York is perhaps the number one affordable wedding dress designer available, and offers classic, romantic, and modern wedding dress styles influenced by the latest red carpet looks.

$1,000 – $1,700

Why Choose Stella York
Despite their relatively affordable price tag, each dress is handcrafted to fit your body perfectly. Stella York dresses feature intricate beading, delicate lacework, and premium fabrics. Their dresses have the classic bridal style while still looking modern and youthful – the perfect combo! You can find it all on their gallery
Cheapest Stella York Dress

Unfortunately, you can’t find new Stella York designs online, you have to go to a store. The bottom bracket is said to be $1,000, so don’t expect to pay less than that unless you find a steal in a store near you. Thankfully, their small price bracket means you shouldn’t have any nasty surprises if you fall in love with a Stella York dress.

02

Hayley Paige Wedding Dresses

Hayley Paige wedding dresses are the epitome of romance – think fitted lace bodices, thin beaded straps, open backs, truly delicate ruffles, and flattering cuts.

$2,500 – $8,000

Why Choose Hayley Paige
If you want to look and feel like a princess, Hayley Paige is a must for your wedding dress designers shortlist. You can view the 2020 spring campaign catalog here
Cheapest Hayley Paige Dress
Hayley Paige is another designer you’ll have to head to the store to see, especially if you want to know the prices of the latest collection. However, there were three dresses in her last collection that were in the $2,500 – $2,999 price bracket (depending on your size), so you can expect about the same in her latest collection.

03

Alexandra Grecco

“These designs are perfect for the bride who wants to step away from the traditional.”

If you’re looking for a dress that keeps the classic lines while looking completely unique to all the other brides’ dresses you’ll see this year, you need to look to Alexandra Grecco.

$2,000 – $6,000

Why Choose Alexandra Grecco

Their designers are modern, clean, unique, with just a touch of edge. In 2020 they have two collections, the modern and eclectic Moonstone collection, and Lover of Mine, which hints at historical influences.

Moonstone offers simple and modern designs, from slip-style dresses to jumpsuits and two-piece sets. These designs are perfect for the bride who wants to step away from the traditional, and they reflect the city they were designed in – New York. Lover of Mine is romantic in a classic sense, that nods to European chic.

04

Sottero & Midgley

“Their silhouettes are form flattering and sexy.”

Sottero & Midgley designs are classic, elegant, and luxurious. If you’ve imagined feeling like a starlet on your wedding day, or how you’ll look stepping off a boat and walking along a dock on Lake Como in Italy, that’s the image these dresses evoke.

$1,400 – $4,000

Why Choose Sottero & Midgley
Their silhouettes are form flattering and sexy, without losing their elegance and romanticism. Their lacework and beading is intricate, and the pure white satins they use are like nothing you’ll see on another dress in this price bracket. View the collection here.
Cheapest Sottero & Midgley Dress

Sottero & Midgley’s gowns range from the affordable to something only brides with larger budgets would consider, so you’ll have to be careful. Again, without buying a sample or preowned, you won’t find one of their gowns online, and their retailers seem to play their cards close to their chests when it comes to pricing. They start at $1,400, but if your budget won’t stretch to their high end options, it’s worth telling the store assistant so when you browse.

05

Jenny Yoo Bridal

Jenny Yoo’s 2020 Spring collection consists of just 11 dresses that are classic and romantic.

$1,100 – $3,200

Why Choose Jenny Yoo

The cuts flatter all body shapes and sizes – another big plus of the Jenny Yoo bridal range is that these dresses would largely suit brides of any age, which can be a concern for brides who are getting married later in life.

Cheapest Jenny Yoo Dress

While you can’t order Jenny Yoo wedding gowns online, you can view all the dresses and their prices. The cheapest dress available is the Ashton, which is $1,100, closely followed by the Channing, at $1,300.

06

Mywony Bridal

Mywony Bridal look like all the wedding dresses you’ve seen in the pages of Vogue, or imagined in fantasy novels.

$980 – $2,000

Why Choose Mywony
Their designs are breathtaking, unique, and delicate. They focus their collections on the use of Tulle, Lace, and Silk – and what they do with those fabrics has to be seen to be believed. See their full collection (and prices) here.
Cheapest Mywony Dress

Mywony is unique in that you can purchase some of their dresses through Etsy. Their cheapest dress is the Felicia dress at around $813.

07

BHLDN

BHLDN by Anthropologie is a great option for the bride on a budget, or anyone who doesn’t want to go and try on a million dresses.

$168 – $2,495

Why Choose BHLDN
BHLDN offers “virtual fittings” too, so you can still get all the help you need without the physical fuss. Their dresses come from a range of designers (including their own), in all styles (even one in black!), so it’s a great place to find what you need if you’re determined to buy online. See their range here.

08

Daughters of Simone

These dresses capture the essence of someone who isn’t bound by earthly restraints.

$1,195 – $2,610

Why Choose Daughters of Simone

Because you’re a free spirit who is all about a bohemian lifestyle. Their gowns are simple, with relaxed and romantic silhouettes that will look best in hot environments. Their gowns aren’t like others in this style – many of their gowns are for daring women who know exactly what look they want. See the collection here.

Cheapest Daughters of Simone Dress

The Gaga Dress is $1,195, but the majority of their dresses start at $1,600.

09

Grace Loves Lace

If you’ve spend the last five years pinning those picture-perfect wedding dresses on Pinterest, you’ll have a hard time choosing from Grace Loves Lace’s range!

$1,087 – $3,764

Why Choose Grace Loves Lace

Every dress in their collection is youthful, elegant, and romantic – you won’t find princess dresses here, only form-flattering dresses that look as at home on the beach as they would by a lake or walking through a meadow. View the collection here.

Cheapest Grace Loves Lace Dress

There are three dresses at approximately $1,087, the Florence Ivory, the Mia, and the Nia 2.0.

10

Self-Portrait

Best known for their iconic lace cocktail dresses, self-portrait now have a similar bohemian-feeling bridal line at a great price point.

$563 – $938

Why Choose Self-Portrait

If you’ve ever lusted after their intricately laced dresses, you need to see their bridal range, which is equally elegant and understated. See the full collection here.

Cheapest Self-Portrait Dress

They have two dresses at their lowest price point, this Cream Satin Maxi Dress, and this Diamante-Trimmed Pleated Chiffon Midi Dress.

Closing thoughts

Do I have to buy a designer wedding dress?

No, of course not! If parting with that much money for a dress you’ll only wear once brings you out in hives, there are plenty of other options that will still make you look and feel a million dollars on your wedding day, but won’t have cost it!

We’ve got lists for amazing affordable plus size dresses, eco- and bank-friendly wedding dresses, and even wedding dresses you can buy for under $100 – and are a complete steal.

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