Wedding Gowns Over/Under $4,000

High-end designer bridal gowns are made with the most stylish designs in mind, luxurious fabrics, and impeccable gown construction. With all those must-have qualities, it's no surprise that the cost of a wedding dress can add up quickly. Although we may be biased, we truly believe that the most important outfit of your life is worth every penny.

That being said, the Ellie's Bridal team also believes that good fabric and fabulous designs are available at every price point. We've done the hard work and hunting for you, bringing the best selection of affordable designer bridal gowns under one roof.

Can you tell which gowns are over or under? Bridal gowns in the left column retail for $4,000-$10,000 while gowns on the right are found right here at Ellie's Bridal Boutique for under $4,000.

Designer Wedding Gowns
OVER $4000

Wedding Gowns
UNDER $4000
at Ellie's Bridal Boutique

Style K526 by Romona Keveza

Style 2169 by Casablanca  -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Style 333 by Amalia Carrara

Style 9745 by Justin Alexander -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Full of Luck by Reem Acra

Style 8721 by Justin Alexander -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Divine by Anne Barge

Style 8731 by Justin Alexander -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Style 4167 by Pnina Tornai

Style 2713 by Allure Romance  -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Style 80 by Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld

Style 80 by Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld

Style 5977 by Stella York  -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Style 5977 by Stella York -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Lilianna by Reem Acra

Style 8724 by Justin Alexander -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Simplicity by Monique Lhuillier

Style 8659 by Justin Alexander -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld 74512

Style 2455 by Allure Romance -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Brielle by Rivini    Rita Vinieris

Brielle by Rivini Rita Vinieris

Style 3787 by Sincerity – Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)

Adelle by Rivini Rita Vinieris

Style 8709 by Justin Alexander -- Wedding Dresses under $4,000 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (Alexandria, VA)


Trendier brides will love this crystal and pearl beaded Sabrina keyhole neckline on a asymmetric ruched bodice by Rivini (below, left). See Justin Alexander 8735 for one weekend only at our Justin Alexander Trunk Show (September 12-14) to get the look for under $4,000.

Crystal by Rivini Rita Vinieris

Crystal by Rivini Rita Vinieris

Style 8725 by Justin Alexander  Justin Alexander Trunk Show at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (September 12-14, 2014)

Style 8725 by Justin Alexander

Justin Alexander Trunk Show at Ellie's Bridal Boutique (September 12-14, 2014)

Bridal gowns at Ellie's Bridal Boutique range from about $900 - $5000. 

Top 5 Best Surprise Wedding Dance Moves


I'll admit, I'm much more impressed with the special effects and pyrotechnics than anything else on this one. I mean, did you look at that dance floor yet??


I am so sorry I don't have a higher quality video for you (I even took the effort to look), but I promise that no amount of poor resolution can hide the awesomeness that occurs int he next wedding dance number.


Really, I'm just a sucker for handsome men looking this sharp with moves this suave.


This groom has some serious moves! The grand set-up, upbeat pop music, moves I can't even begin to compete with, and top-notch videography make this video a personal favorite.


I absolutely love how much fun everyone in this video is having. And by everyone, I mean just about everyone is on the floor dancing. It's hard not to break out into a smile as the energy from that room seeps through your computer screen. This bride had her wedding party and guests learn 3 different dances so the next 3:57 could happen, making it her favorite part of the wedding.

Did you, or will you, have a surprise wedding number at your wedding? What do you think of surprise dance numbers at weddings?

Share your thoughts below and show us your videos!

What 1939 Fashion Designers Thought We'd Wear in 2000

This was simply too good not to share! And actually, not all wrong... illusion bodices, women wearing pants, and funky heels were apparently in the forecast! They may have been about 20 years off for the wedding dress, but there's also a gown that I'm pretty sure is right up our alley for today. Make sure to stay tuned for how men will be equipped with "a telephone, a radio, and container for coins, keys, and candy for cuties."

Clothing of the Future. Wonderful film showing what the fashion designers of America predict women will be wearing in the year 2000 AD. These predictions were made in 1939 so some 61 years before the Millennium. Not sure they got it right really!

How to Pee in your Wedding Dress

Now that you have your dress, you need to know this little piece of advice: hot to pee in your wedding dress. Call me crude, but I think it's an important detail to consider! While there a few ways to go about this, one [Offbeat] bride got creative and figured this one out on her own:

How to Pee [by yourself] in your Wedding Dress

"I figured this trick out just prior to my wedding, as my dress was (as you can see) particularly unruly and I didn't really love the idea of employing a small army to help me keep it out of the toilet water (though my bridesmaids were willing to help, bless 'em). Had it been a bit easier to get in and out of, I might have just taken it off, but no — that was a complicated, multi-person operation as well, involving a whole bunch of lacing and carefully placed safety pins and chicken cutlets — not to mention being topless in a public restroom.

And of course, I'm the kind of person who has to pee every thirty minutes, and more often when I'm nervous.

Luckily this little trick is cheap and amazingly effective — plus it's easy to stash some extra trash bags in the bathroom, or find some in most venues if you run out. (A garment bag works well too, and lets you skip Step Three since it already has an extra hole.)

Step 1: Start with a poofy dress.

Step 2: Add a large, sturdy trash bag.

Step 3: Tear a hole in the bottom of the trash bag that is just wide enough to fit your feet through. Aim to keep it small- it will expand as you pull it up your legs, but you want it to fit tightly.

Step 4: Step into the bag and pull your feet through the hole. This is WAY easier if you take your heels off, but in case of super gross bathroom floors, it can be done. Stand near a wall so you don't topple, though.

Step 5: Pull the top of the bag up and start loading your dress-fluff into it, while keeping your feet pretty close together so you don't widen the hole too much. Some of the dress-fluff will inevitably try to escape through the foot hole, but it's not a big deal and you can just shove it back up in there.

Step 6: Shimmy the bag up your body carefully, making sure to get all the dress-parts, ribbons, trains, etc into the bag.

Step 7: Once the foot-hole is around your waist, you can gather the slack at the top of the bag and hold it in one hand, leaving the other free for… bathroom… tasks.

Disclaimer: If you're wearing a dress that easily creases, I can't promise that this won't wrinkle it a bit… but that might be unavoidable even with bridesmaid assistance."


How did you manage to pee in your wedding dress? Any good stories and/or advice? Comment below and let us know!



Wedding Guests: Don't be "That" Guy

Everyone wants to get the best shot of the Bride & Groom and get the most likes on Instagram and Facebook. We're glad that everyone is so excited to celebrate their love. But this wedding season, please be considerate and let the couple cherish the photos they really want (HINT: it's NOT a photo of your hands/camera/ipad!)

2014 Winter White Sample Sale EXTENDED

Our Winter White Sample Sale was such a wonderful success, Ellie has decided to extend it until Thursday. March 13, 2014!!

Congratulations, once again, to all the brides that found their dream gowns this past weekend! With samples on sale from $150 to $2000 and [still] over 150 gowns to choose from, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss! Below are just some of the beautiful sample gowns that were lucky enough to find their match with the perfect bride!

Not sure if a sample gown is for you? No problem! Our consultants can guide you to both our "sale" and "non-sale" collections. Call 703-683-8697 to make your appointment between now and March 13th!

Designer Spotlight: Victoria Nicole

Timeless and exquisite. Romantic and fresh. A contemporary classic for today's sophisticated bride. This is the essence of Victoria Nicole, one of the newest names in bridal couture whose classic designs exude an undeniable elegance. Preview the Victoria Nicole Spring 2014 collection below and make an appointment for out Trunk Show, February 14-16 at Ellie's Bridal Boutique.

Our Perspective

We have known and admired Victoria's designs for many years, even before we knew her gowns under the name Victoria Nicole. Victoria's design house experience and award-winning hands are apparent in the collection we are proud to feature. Both our brides and our staff continue to recognize the high quality of fabric and construction usually reserved for gowns that are twice the price. Her unique blend of timeless cuts and fabrics create a distinctly romantic and contemporary look that can only be recognized as Victoria Nicole. We applaud their exemplary customer service and admire a business philosophy that mirrors our own. 

With all this in mind, we present to you the Spring 2014 Victoria Nicole collection on February 14-16, exclusively at Ellie's Bridal Boutique.