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December 7, 2020

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5 Engagement Dresses on a Budget | Under $50!

We’ve all been there before…scrolling through Pinterest or shopping online – on the hunt for that perfect engagement dress. But after clicking you see that it is WAYYY out of budget! Don’t be discouraged! No one needs to break the bank to find the engagement shoot gown of your dreams! I searched for you to find the Top 5 engagement photo dresses under $50 for brides on a budget! Happy shopping!

Here are my top 5 picks for your upcoming engagement session – all for under $50!

Dress 1: Boho Lace Midi – $44.95

First up on my list is this romantic, lace dot gown from would you believe it, Amazon! Ruffles and layers add so much dimension and personality to your outfit and this dress is a perfect candidate! If you’re dreaming of a boho engagement session, this is the dress for you!

Photo credit: Colette M. Photography

Dress 2: White Floral Skater Dress – $19.99 !

Next up is this springy, floral skater dress from Saving Paige! With a modest neckline, you will never have to worry about tugging at the top during your photos, always a win! I normally do not recommend choosing photo shoot outfits with busy patterns, but this minimalist floral print is perfect! Multipurpose this dress for Sunday Mass, a summer date night, or even a bridal shower! Check out that price too! You cannot beat it!

Dress 3: Sorento Midi Dress from Free People – $49.95

This gorgeous dress falls just under the $50 mark and comes in 4 great colors! With a flirty tie back, this dress is perfect for a downtown engagement session or sunset beach shoot! This is also a perfect season transition dress as you move from summer into fall! I love finding a dress that I can multi-purpose for other occasions and you could wear this one for many!

Dress 4: Pleated Maxi Dress – $31

The options with this maxi gown are close to endless! The price ranges from $31 – $64 depending on the color you select, but even the colors at the $31 price point are stunning! My favorites are the “rust” and “mulberry” shades! I think they would be stunning for a fall or winter engagement shoot! If you’re still searching for bridesmaid dresses, Baltic Born has so many affordable options to choose from!

Dress 5: White Puff Sleeved Dress – $26.99

The final dress on my list is the perfect option for something more on the simple side! The puffed sleeve give it a vintage flair while staying sweet and feminine. You can never have too many white dresses while you are engaged, embrace that bridal white! The dress can also be worn for a bridal shower or bachelorette party, so many options!

Honorable Mention: Poshmark!

If you don’t mind purchasing a dress second-hand, I highly recommend shopping on Poshmark!

Poshmark is where I bought the dress that I wore for our engagement photos! I was having trouble finding something that matched my vision and budget at the time, so I decided to see what I could thrift! It can take a bit of digging and time, but if you are up for a hunt, they usually has something for everyone!

The photos below show the gown that I chose for our photos! Purchased from Poshmark for $18! – 🙂

photo credit: Charlie and Co. Photography

Thank you so much for reading! Now go find that dream dress!

Be sure to check out my engagement portfolio to see what past brides have worn and follow along on Instagram for the latest tips and advice!

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  1. What a great resource to provide your couples! Really helpful to have some outfit options for their engagement session that are budget-friendly!

  2. Kim Forbes says:

    Great choices for engagement photos! I love your final choice!

  3. Jenn says:

    This is so, so helpful! A great plaxe to start for newly engaged gals looking to make a statement during their engagement session.

  4. Christi says:

    What a great post! This is so helpful for anyone having an engagement session to know what to wear and not break the bank! I love this post so much!

  5. Stacie says:

    It can be so hard to find the right outfit for the right price! These are cute options for anyone looking to spend a little to get priceless photos!

  6. Maria says:

    Love the dresses. This is a great resource for engagement shoots

  7. OMG this is such a great blog post! I think I’m going to have to go purchase some of these for myself!! SO helpful!

  8. Josefin says:

    I love your pictures. So soft and dreamy! Love the inforamtio nthat you provide, I belive that many brides will find if very helpful.

  9. Erin says:

    Girl i love poshmark! I have always found the Best stuff on tbere! All these dresses are Perfect for an engagement session!

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