Wedding Dresses

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Gowns That Won't Break the Bank
Q: I'm on a limited budget, and I'm looking for a wedding dress that is sleek, not fussy. Any advice?

A: I love Banana Republic's new gown (center) that's reminiscent of the sophisticated Alexander McQueen design Pippa Middleton wore to her sister's royal wedding. With a high waist that makes the legs seem like they go on forever and a beautiful draped neckline that shows off the décolletage, this very flattering gown can be yours for the fairy-tale price of $350. With a bargain like that, you can also snag a second dress for the reception—and still spend less than the average cost of a wedding gown in the United States ($1,290).

Reception Looks:
Left: Lauren by Ralph Lauren, $179;
Right: $298;