Skip To Content

    30 Budget-Friendly Things To Wear To All Those Weddings You're Invited To This Year

    These things will have you feeling like the best-dressed person at the wedding (and no one will know you spent less than $40).

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. 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.

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A crewneck, floral lace knee-length dress that's beyond lovely and will look great with your favorite pumps and a clutch.

    2. A flutter-sleeve dress, because it's simple, yet stylish and you can easily wear it again for other occasions.

    3. An asymmetric long velvet jacket to layer over your dress during a cooler evening ceremony, without totally ruining your glamorous wedding lewk.

    4. A pair of closed-toe ankle-strap block heels that will instantly ~elevate~ any ensemble you decide to go with.

    5. A lace peplum top to pair with dress pants, a pencil skirt, or even jeans and heels if it's a more casual wedding.

    6. A pair of colorful tights you can wear under your skirt or dress so you can be warm at chilly venues and still look fabulous.

    7. A romantic floral maxi dress with a slit and puff sleeves that'll have you feeling like the main character, even though it's not your wedding. (It's okay, the bride doesn't have to know.) 

    model wearing the dress in blue and white while standing in front of the Eiffel tower
    model taking a selfie while wearing the dress in apricot with pink flowers
    Starbee Inc. / Etsy

    Starbee Inc. is a New Jersey-based Etsy shop that sells dresses and accessories. 

    Promising review: "Wow wow wow what an amazing process this has been! The dress is absolutely perfect and the seller couldn’t have been more kind in helping me along the way. Not see-through, breathable material, I highly encourage EVERYONE to get a dress from here. It’s so obvious how much the seller cares about the items and their customers. I will 100% be shopping here again, excellent job." —SOPHIA DUFFY

    Get it from Starbee Inc. on Etsy for $34.99+ (available in sizes S–2X and two colors). 

    8. A knit sweater dress for you to style up or down however you please. Flats, heels, a jacket, a belt — it'll all look good for a more laid-back wedding.

    9. A shaggy open-front parka to throw on over your little black dress for a bold style statement.

    model wearing the jacket in gray

    10. An envelope clutch with a cut-out pattern, gold lining, and detachable chain strap — perfect for adding some personality to your formal look.

    11. A pair of strappy kitten heel sandals that come in so many color options, you're going to want at least five pairs. They'll look incredible with any flowy dress for a summery outdoor wedding — and the heel won't get stuck in the grass.

    reviewer wearing the heels in yellow

    12. A vintage-inspired swing dress for you to add a pearl necklace to and look like an Old Hollywood movie star.

    13. A pair of chic paper-bag waist pants that are cute, comfy, and available in tons of colors. And the best part? You'll definitely be able to wear these to work after the wedding.

    14. A jacquard trumpet skirt perfect for looking elegant, but still a little sassy. If you're a lover of animal print, this skirt is a classy way to rock it at a wedding.

    15. A versatile below-the-knee stretchy pencil skirt you can pair with any fancy top and heels for a killer look, and then restyle it again and again.

    16. A set of four pearl-embellished velvet headbands for an easy and chic way to fix a hairstyle that just isn't quite cooperating.

    17. A bell-sleeve shift dress you can easily pack up and wear on the beach for a gorgeous destination wedding.

    18. A floral lace sleeveless high-low dress that's so cute, it could totally work for a bridesmaid dress!

    19. A pair of acrylic drop earrings, because they are versatile, but still make a statement — just the thing for taking a simple ensemble to the next level.

    20. Or a pair of tassel drop earrings sure to spice up your look and add a fun, flirty touch. 

    the pink tassel earrings
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Extremely pleased! I was skeptical about ordering earrings on Amazon, but with free returns it was worth a shot. These were SO carefully packaged, which would be perfect for a gift. The color is spot on, size is generous, details are beautiful, and the quality rivals any of the popular boutique brands — and you cannot beat the price! So happy I took the chance!" —NCCHIS

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 28 colors).

    21. A sassy high-waisted pleated skirt, because wearing this with any plain blouse will make you instantly wedding-ready. There are so many ways to style this, you won't even mind being an outfit repeater for future occasions. 

    reviewer wearing the black pleated skirt with a cami, white boots, and fedora
    reviewer wearing the skirt in yellow with a white tank and heels

    Promising review: "The skirt is as beautiful as I imagined it would be; it's exactly as pictured. It's very comfortable, and due to the elastic waist band, it's very forgiving as far as fit. It's perfect for work or a casual day out." —Elayne

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in women's sizes XS–XXL and in 36 colors and patterns).

    22. pack of nine sparkly hair clips that'll automatically jazz up your updo. Sometimes a little bling is all ya need. 

    Promising review: "I’m loving these clips. Not only are they cute and affordable. They are comfortable. Trendy and I get compliments every time I wear them." —jennifer Cole

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

    23. An off-the-shoulder dress with a scallop hem that's perfect for summer weddings and will definitely have everyone complimenting you at the reception.

    Reviewer in yellow version of the dress, which falls mid-thigh and cinches at waist
    reviewer in black version

    Promising review: "I always get nervous when purchasing clothing on Amazon, but was very happy with this purchase. The material is a decent weight and the cut outs at the bottom of the dress are done nicely. I'm 5'5" and the dress hits just above my knees, which is a perfect length. I don't like my clothes tight, so purchased a 3X. It's loose and flowy and hangs just right. Overall, I'm very happy with the dress. I would go a size up depending on your shape and how you like your clothes to hang." —Kathryn Mathewson

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes 0X–4X and 17 colors/styles).

    24. An orange shirt dress for the perfect balance of sexy and sophisticated. This bold color and stylish silhouette will have you strutting to your seat like you're walking in a fashion show. 

    model wearing the long sleeve mini dress with a wrap design and a collar
    Beginning Boutique

    Beginning Boutique is a woman-owned small business based in Brisbane, Australia.

    Get it from Beginning Boutique for $29.99 (originally $59.99; available in sizes 0–12).

    25. A gorgeous backless maxi dress that'll surely have your wedding date's jaw on the floor.

    26. A pair of elegant, flowy wide-leg pants for a breezy, comfy look that's still 100% fancy enough for a semi-formal wedding.

    27. A bohemian-style mini dress perfect for a casual outdoor ceremony. Just add some wedges and a wicker purse and you're good to go.  

    model wearing the pink and blue floral mini dress with flutter sleeves and an elastic waist
    Numa Girls / Etsy

    Numa Girls is a woman-owned shop based in South Carolina.

    Promising review: "This dress is so beautiful. Fit perfect. I love the design and colors of this dress. Material is light perfect for summer." —darcyeasterby

    Get it from Numa Girls on Etsy for $29 (available in sizes S–XL). 

    28. A pair of trendy flatform espadrilles for those who refuse to stumble around in heels. These will look super cute with dresses and skirts, without giving you painful blisters or forcing you to go barefoot on the dance floor.

    Reviewer's photo of their feet in the sandals
    reviewer holding the shoes in tan

    Promising review: "I have been looking for some new spring/summer sandals and I just received these and they are so incredibly comfortable and super cute! I think I will order them in more colors. The width is perfect on me. I tend to have a wider foot, but not that wide. I ordered a 7.5 and it fits perfectly and I usually wear 7.5 in most shoes/sandals. The color is fabulous too! I ordered gray." —Magical Everyday

    Get it from Amazon for $17.60+ (available in sizes 5.5–11 and in 66 colors/prints).

    29. A pink polka dot surplice blouse you can pair with a simple black skirt and heel and feel like the elegant, yet trendy queen you are. 

    model wearing the pink blouse with a black skirt and heels
    close-up of another model wearing the blouse
    Francesca's

    Get it from Francesca's for $19.98 (originally $40; available in sizes XS–3X).