Skip To Content
    Updated on Nov 11, 2019. Posted on Nov 10, 2019

    38 Gorgeous (And Inexpensive) Dresses To Wear To A Fall Wedding

    Best dressed for under $50? I do.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A backless satin gown so your whole evening is one long, successful photoshoot. This begs, nay, DEMANDS that you strike a pose every two minutes. Is this how Angelina Jolie felt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith? I believe so.

    Promising review: "I fell in love with a dress like this on another website but it was out of my budget. I went on a hunt and found this one. I was hesitant at first, because the price was too good to be true so I expected the dress not to be so great. WELL I WAS WRONG! This dress fits beautiful, I felt like royalty! I bought this for a photoshoot with my kids and I am obsessed." —Barbara L

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 29 colors).

    2. A snakeskin body-con dress with a subtle slit that'll turn the wedding aisle into your own personal red carpet. Feel free to take your time walking down it — the bride can wait.


    Promising review: "This dress is super soft cotton and very comfortable. I love how it looks on me. I am 5'9" and it was the perfect length. I wore it out for my birthday dinner and got a million compliments. I highly recommend!" —jordo820

    Get it from Nordstrom for $29.40 (originally $49; available in sizes XS–XL and two colors).

    3. A ruffled off-the-shoulder dress, because this'll help you become the living, breathing version of the 💃: aka everyone's favorite guest.,

    Promising review: "I wore this dress to a wedding and received so many compliments. The dress is true to size: I usually wear size 8-10 and ordered a large, and it fit perfectly. The fabric is soft and stretchy, and the blue color is stunning. I highly recommend!!" —lulu1985

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (available in sizes S–XL and eight colors).

    4. A satin wrap dress for making a ~smooth~ transition from the ceremony to party. Vows are great and all, but when is it time for a dance-off?!

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $29.99 (available in sizes 0X–3X and two colors).

    5. A sequined, layered party dress to turn more heads than the flower girl. But we're not competitive. WHO SAID OTHERWISE?!

    Promising review: "This dress is amazing, and for the price it is a must-have in every woman’s closet. The top is sleek and modest, while the bottom is sexy but classy. I wore it to a wedding and received so many compliments, it was great." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and eight styles).

    6. A velvet, cowl-neck slip dress so you find yourself reaching for this romantic piece in the future more times than you need a break from wearing heels. So A LOT.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Wow, where do I begin? This is dress so, so stunning and fits like a glove. I’m usually not a dress person, but this changed my mind. I want it in other colors!" —koeun

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49 (available in sizes XS–XL and 11 colors and patterns).

    7. An off-the-shoulder cocktail dress that'll help you *shrug* off worries about looking sophisticated all night, even after your fifth trip to the buffet.

    Promising review: "I spent hours online and combing through racks at stores trying to find a nice, simple dress to wear to a wedding. Finally, I stumbled upon this dress on Amazon and ordered it in black. Let me just say that it's just what I was looking for. The material is a cotton-spandex and has nice quality stitching. Also, unlike most off the shoulder dresses/shirts, the sleeves remain off the shoulder and I don't have to constantly pull them back down. So this is an A+ for anyone looking for something inexpensive but chic." —Sam Ander

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and nine colors).

    To see why so many people love this dress, check out "Over 1,500 People Are In Love With This Amazingly Affordable And Gorgeous Off-The-Shoulder Dress".

    8. A pearl-embellished frock, because this'll convince the world that diamonds aren't *always* a girl's best friend — unless, of course, someone is offering them.


    Get it from H&M for $24.99 (available in sizes L–4XL and two colors).

    9. A bell-sleeved shift dress for ensuring all-night comfort no matter how long you insist on staying on the dance floor. Ignore your date's pleas to leave.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this dress, I am ordering it in two other colors for all of the weddings and accompanying parties that go along with them that I have this year! It’s super lightweight, while still being great material that isn’t at all see-through! It fits me perfectly in the hip area, while still giving me plenty of room in the upper part of the dress and arms." —Kari Bryant

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 25 colors and patterns).

    10. A satin maxi dress with chic crystal straps so you can quite literally become a show-stopper — just maybe wait until *after* the ceremony.

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $40 (available in sizes 2–10 and two colors).

    11. A lace boat-neck cocktail dress that'll make it, dare I say, *enjoyable* to take family pictures? AND you're saving money? Truly the best of both worlds.

    Promising review: "I love this dress! I wore it to a wedding and received so many compliments on it. I normally wear a 12 to 14 in dresses and the large fit perfectly. It's the perfect length, not too short, but not too long. It looks like it would be more expensive. I would definitely recommend this dress." —Ashley R

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 15 colors).

    To learn more, check out "This $19 Dress Will Make You Look Incredibly Fancy At Every Formal Event".

    12. A silky halter midi dress, because this'll help you EASILY look more sophisticated than a glass of champagne (but you won't turn a glass down, obviously).


    Get it from Target for $27.99 (available in sizes 0X–4X).

    13. An off-the-shoulder gown to guarantee you easily stand out in every single group photo. Not were planning that...😉.

    PLUS! The slit has a zipper so you can choose how high or low you'd like it!

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS DRESS! OMG, couldn't have found a better-fitting, adorable outfit for my cousin's wedding. The sleeves are adorable, the off-shoulder sits perfectly, AND the zipper at the knee is brilliant!!! Make it as modest or daring as you want. There is some stretch to the fabric as well, so it isn't binding or constricting. A beautifully classy dress, that feels like pajamas. YES!" —Lee G

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 15 colors, textures, and patterns).

    14. A semi-lace slip dress for finding yourself reconsidering if you don't believe in soulmates. Meet your perfect match.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $29.95 (originally $88; available in sizes XS–L and two colors).

    15. A wrap-over dress with shoulder cutouts so every picture you take will get an "I do" when it comes to whether or not you want to post it.

    Promising review: "This dress is amazing quality, I was surprised! It fits perfectly. I love wearing it to weddings and I always get compliments. It looks more expensive than it is. It's also very comfortable and easy to wear! I would definitely recommend this dress." —Christin Tobey

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95 (available in sizes 4-14 and 12 colors).

    16. A shimmering wrap dress that'll quickly become your favorite date to bring to every single wedding, party, dinner, etc. It's pretty much you two against the world now.


    Get it from Missguided for $34 (originally $68; available in sizes 12–22).

    17. A ruched halter gown, because this'll instantly make you look like the PEAK of sophistication. If there was a Best Dressed list for weddings, you would be number one.,

    Promising review: "I tried on dozens of dresses in hopes of finding one for a wedding I was attending. I failed miserably until I stumbled upon this gem. I received so many compliments on it and it was so extremely comfortable. I definitely recommend you buy this, because you won't find anything better!" —chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and nine colors).

    18. A gilded button-down dress with POCKETS for getting down to ~business~ when it comes to wearing a number you can use again right away. Unless you're invited to the honeymoon 🤔?


    Promising review: "This dress is comfortable and well-made. While the products at the Loft are always true to size, this fit my body perfectly in my traditional dress size. I am happy with this purchase that I am able to 'class up' for work and wear for outings after, as well!" —Sydneylynno

    Get it from Loft for $39.88 (originally $89.50; available in sizes 0–18 or 14–24 and in petite and tall).

    19. A ruched formal gown so you have a red carpet moment all 👏darn👏 night👏. Consider the photographer your very own paparazzi for the evening.,

    Promising review: "This is the third dress I have purchased for my son's upcoming wedding and this is the one. The fit is perfect and the quality for the price is amazing. I wish I would have started with this one, but you shop and you learn. If you're on the fence take the leap; this dress is awesome." —Tiffany

    Get it from Amazon for $38.49+ (available in sizes XS-3XL and 11 colors).

    20. A sequined shift dress that'll bring some unexpected bling to the party. Sorry to bring competition, diamonds.


    Get it from Boohoo for $25 (originally $64; available in sizes 12–20 and two colors).

    21. A bandage fishtail dress, because you'll score a red hot number you'll want to wear until the end of time. Kind of like a marriage, but BETTER.,

    Promising review: "This dress is PERFECT! I got so compliments on the dress all night. I already knew it would be snug but with the length and fishtail detail, it was very classy for a wedding. The material and zipper are sturdy, thick, and elastic. I always buy dresses from this seller and they never disappoint!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and seven colors and styles).

    22. A ruffled knit dress for letting you actually feel like you're in pajamas all night — which is great, because you're out past your bedtime.


    Promising review: "Very soft and pleasant material, adjustable at the waist via the 'belt' tie. The color is as pictured with a perfect fit. A++." —Katie

    Get it from ModCloth for $49.99 (originally $59; available in sizes XXS–4X and two colors).

    23. A long-sleeved embellished dress so you can put a sparkle in everyone's eyes — with or without your own diamond. I mean with this, who even NEEDS one?!

    Promising review: "My dress came in perfect condition and was packaged really nicely. The dress isn't really tight like most bodycon dresses — it fit very comfortably. I wanted something with sleeves since I'll be attending a wedding in northern AZ in October and for someone who lives in the Phoenix area, anything under 75 is cold. This dress is also nice and thick so it's even more perfect than I thought. " —Lauren Commans-Truett

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and nine colors).

    24. An A-line dress you won't ever want to ~cut out~ of your wedding wardrobe — talk about happy commitments.


    Promising review: "I wore this to a wedding and everyone loved it! I bought it in light blue and wore it with silver sparkly heels and a silver clutch. Everyone loved it! I felt very Cinderella. I suggest it to anyone looking for a special event dress." —Jo.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.41+ (available in sizes XS–XL and four colors and patterns).

    25. An animal-print maxi that'll win you hundreds of compliments without making you go ~wild~ with spending. It is wedding season, after all...


    Get it from Asos for $42 (available in sizes 14–24).

    26. A chiffon midi dress with statement sleeves, because this'll have you striking poses even when the photographer isn't in sight. You should ALWAYS be ready.

    Promising review: "Beautiful dress! The picture does not do it justice. I bought this dress to attend a wedding and think I received as many compliments on my dress as the bride! He he he. I definitely recommend and would buy it again." —LadyShopper

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in sizes S–3XL and 13 colors and patterns).

    27. A lace-trim maxi dress for finding a piece that's perfect for a black tie wedding without the usual price — I'll give you a moment to wipe your tears of joy.


    Get it from Tobi for $47 (originally $118; available in sizes XS–L and five colors).

    28. A single-shouldered cocktail dress so you're ready to go in one simple step: put on over head. Well, maybe put some shoes on. But that's IT.

    Promising review: "Patty Boutik has his it out of the park YET AGAIN! I purchased this dress for a wedding and was hesitant to do so online, but took the chance and I am SOOOOO glad I did. This dress fits like a dream and feels amazing. I've since purchased two more Patty Boutik dresses and both of them fit amazing as well." —Fabulousand40something

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and four colors).

    29. A printed faux wrap maxi dress that'll keep you nice and cool even during your tenth round on the dance floor. Sweaty armpits will never catch up to you — at least not tonight.


    Promising review: "This dress is pretty and oh so comfy; it is nicely lined to knee-length — could be worn from spring to fall. I wore it to a wedding and to church thus far." —Dinah29

    Get it from Lane Bryant for $47.99 (originally $79.99; available in sizes 12–28 and in petite).

    30. A V-neck wrap dress, because this'll become your go-to classic you'll never grow tired of wearing. In fact, people better get USED to seeing this at all future weddings.

    Promising review: "I bought this to wear to a wedding and it was perfect. It's clingy where you want it to cling and it drapes where you want it to drape. As soon as I tried it on for the first time, I ordered it in the emerald green too. This is really the perfect shape and style of dress for me." —Annie Maim

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes 14–26 and 13 colors and patterns, in short and long sleeves).

    31. A ribbed, tie-front midi dress for feeling truly ✨golden✨ all darn night — even after your fifth slice of cake.


    Get it from Lulus for $45 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    32. A one-shoulder, midi cocktail dress so you can prove looking this fabulous should never equal the cost of a wedding.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing dress! It can be worn on either shoulder! The material is really thick and stretchy! I got tons of compliments! It looks like a more expensive designer dress! This is a bargain!" —Lilian M.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 12 colors).

    33. A semi-mesh, dotted dress that'll get you ready in a cinch so you're out the door before you even have a CHANCE at running late.


    Promising review: "l've worn it out to a fancy restaurant, out to a dance, and will wear use it as one of my holiday outfits." —Jrose

    Get it from AdditionElle for $29.99 (originally $59; available in sizes 0X–5X).

    34. An off-the-shoulder v-neck midi dress, because this'll become the LBD you'll want to wear until the end of time. Basically you just found your very own partner for life.

    Promising review: "I got this for my friend's wedding and after trying it on I knew this was the perfect dress! It's structured, so it's not a cheap material and won't fall apart easily. It looks amazing. It also has stretch so I can move in it." —Lauren Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and six colors).

    35. A printed A-line dress for becoming the bride's "something borrowed, something blue." Just stand with them the whole time. Even at the altar.


    Reviewers say to size down!

    Promising review: "Thanks to other commenters, I purchased a size down from my regular size, and the dress fits well. It is an easy dress, fluttery enough, but fitted enough so it doesn't look like a huge tent either. I am looking forward to wearing this dress to different occasions."—tuffcookie

    Get it from Nordstrom for $35.40 (originally $59; available in sizes XS–XXL and four colors and patterns).

    36. A floral wrap dress to flourish in compliments all night without wilting your bank account.

    Promising review: "Gorgeous, gorgeous dress and very well-made. It's very drape-y, just how I like it. I wore it to a wedding and received a lot of compliments." —Ramona Perez

    Get it from Amazon for $23.01+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 23 colors and patterns).

    37. A printed, front-slit midi dress so you easily win a place front and center in all of the family photos — even if they're not YOUR family.


    Get it from Express for $47.94 (available in sizes XXS–XL).

    38. An off-the-shoulder maxi dress that'll look formal, but *feel* basically like a soft T-shirt. This + flats = secret comfort.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love the fit of this dress. I bought this dress for a wedding I would be attending and was a little worried it would be too casual. It definitely was not! This dress is perfect for events and an everyday use! I love the versatility of this dress! I would highly recommend this dress!" —Samantha Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 13 colors and patterns).

    Making your way to saving money like:


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

    Want more? Check out our favorite online clothing stores for all your shopping needs, perfect places to shop for clothes if you’re in your 30s, plus the best places to order custom t-shirts online and the best clothing stores for petite sizes. Still not satisfied? Check out all of our clothing content for ev

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!


    Shopping Newsletter

    Find great products and the best-money saving deals around, delivered right to your inbox.
    Newsletter signup form