Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that the royal wedding happened on Saturday, May 19. We were all waiting with bated breath to see what Meghan Markle’s wedding dress would look like and the new Duchess of Sussex did not let us down!
The bride wore a chic custom Givenchy number by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the brand’s first female artistic director. The frock was made of pure white double-bonded silk and had a bateau neckline, A-line skirt and three-quarter length sleeves, giving off some serious Audrey Hepburn vibes.
If you want to copy the look but don’t have the funds (or the star power) to hire the head honcho at one of the world’s top luxury fashion houses, we’re here to help.
Here’s how to steal Meghan Markle’s wedding dress style on a budget.
Bacall by BHLDN
This BHLDN wedding gown is the epitome of minimalist chic. It is made of ivory crepe material and features a bateau neckline, three-quarter length sleeves, a fit and flare silhouette and a low cut back. It is very similar to the wedding dress that the Duchess of Sussex wore on her big day, but only costs $900 USD (what a steal!).
Style 2105 by Mikaella
Paloma Blanca’s sister label, Mikaella, has created this dreamy crepe gown that mirrors the look of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress. It has a bateau neckline, long sleeves, a fit and flare silhouette and removable beaded belt. Unlike the Duchess’, this gown has an open back and fabric covered buttons that run down the back of the dress and train. It retails for $1900 USD - a lot less expensive than a Givenchy creation.
Style 8936 by Justin Alexander
This Justin Alexander design is a little more form-fitting than Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, but it still has that classic elegant look. It’s made of a crepe material and has long sleeves and a fit and flare silhouette. The back is definitely flashier than the royal wedding dress - it has a sheer panel and is decked out with jewels - but if you’re not wearing a tiara from the Queen’s collection, your look might benefit from a little bit of sparkle. It retails for $1500 USD, a pretty reasonable price for the average bride.
Alana by Pronovias
If you loved the style of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress but are in the market for something with a little more oomph, check out Pronovias’ Alana style. It has a very similar look to the Duchess’ dress, but with a few changes - it’s more figure-hugging and has a mermaid silhouette, a low back, button detailing, and elaborate jewelled embellishments on the sleeves. Pronovias dresses are usually between $2000 and $2500, but you may be able to find this style at a discounted rate as it is from an older collection.
Geranio by Alma Novia
This stunning creation features a natural waist, slight mermaid silhouette a bateau neckline, a v-cut back and is made of pure silk. You can order it with or without sleeves, so if you want to get those Meghan Markle vibes but still show off your Michelle Obama arms, you totally can. Alma Novia gowns typically run between $1500 to $2000 USD, so you shouldn’t break the bank with this one.
Hailey by La Sposa
Want to give a nod to the royal wedding dress without copying it completely? Try something like this La Sposa gown. It has a similar look to Meghan Markle’s, but boasts a figure-hugging mermaid silhouette and elaborate lace back and arm detailing. La Sposa wedding dresses normally cost around $1500 USD, so this one shouldn’t eat up all of your wedding funds.
Yeniel by Luna Novias
Luna Novias’ Yeniel design is a more modern take on Meghan Markle’s wedding look. It has a very similar silhouette and style, but is edged up with sheer arms, a low cut back and button detailing. Most of this brand’s dresses ring in under $1000 USD, so you can probably work it into your wedding budget.
Aster by Rosa Clara
This mermaid cut silk dress will make you look and feel like a royal on your wedding day. It has a natural waist, chapel train, bateau neckline and an open back fastened at the top and bottom with buttons. It has that same chic, sleek elegance as Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, but is a fraction of the cost (Rosa Clara gowns typically run between $1500 and $3000 USD).