Black Tie Wedding Style for Every Budget

Black tie wedding attire for every budget

Summer might reign supreme as the traditional time to get married, but autumn is definitely wedding season 2.0. Black tie weddings seem to fit perfectly with the cooler weather and approaching holidays. I love celebrating wonderful people in my life, and getting dressed up is definitely a bonus! While experts disagree on the details of black tie wedding attire, most say long gowns are a safe bet. If you decide to go with a shorter dress, pick something really special – embellishments, rich fabrics, or otherwise fancy features. I’m spending a lot of time finding the perfect dresses for black tie weddings. Check out my favorite black tie wedding styles for every budget:


Budget: $50

If you want to get party dress style without spending much money, check out budget-friendly sites like Modcloth and Nasty Gal. Nordstrom Rack often has some great finds, too! One of my absolute favorite places to get event dresses is Rent the Runway. I mean, you cannot beat wearing an $8000 dress and paying less than $50 for it! If you’ve never tried Rent the Runway, don’t worry – it’s basically the easiest, most fun process ever. They have an amazing selection of dresses and accessories, and you can see the fit on real people + order a backup size! Get $30 off your first order with this Rent the Runway link! If you had wearing the same fancy dress to multiple events, give it a try.

Black tie wedding style under $50

Modcloth // $36


Black tie wedding style under $50

Nasty Gal // $48

Budget: Under $150

$150 can definitely buy you a beautiful gown that you won’t stress about ruining. If I’m attending several weddings, this is my budget sweet spot!

Black tie wedding style under $100

Modcloth // $90

Black tie wedding style under $150

BCBG Generation // $140


Budget: Under $350

Sometimes you just need a gorgeous gown. Go for a classic style – or something with really special details – that you adore and can wear again!

Black tie wedding style under $350

Jenny Yoo // $260

Black tie wedding style under $350

BCBG // $349

Budget: Dream Dresses!

And if I didn’t have to pay rent….

McQueen dream dress

Alexander McQueen // $8675

alice + olivia dream dress

Alice + Olivia // $1998

Would you wear any of these? Have a favorite place to get your black tie wedding style inspiration? Let me know!