On the seemingly never-ending hunt for budget-friendly and cheap bridesmaid dresses? There's no denying that shopping for bridesmaid dresses can be an expensive business - especially if you have several bridesmaids and you've offered to foot the bill. Buying high street bridesmaid dresses is a simple way to keep the cost down and with lots of colours, looks and shapes to choose from, you won't need to compromise on style.

If the thought of traipsing around your local shopping centre with your wedding party in tow makes you break into a cold sweat, fear not: we've done some of the hard work for you and found the top shops and websites where you can find cheap bridesmaid dresses and the perfect gowns for your big day. 

M&S

When it comes to high street UK bridesmaid dresses that won't bust the budget, M&S should be one of your first ports of call. Although they've a number of elegant designs for this season, the Detachable Straps Pleated Maxi Dress, £89 is a timeless classic.

Alternatively, the Cotton Blend Lace Swing Dress, £79 has exquisite detailing around the sleeves plus an on-trend deep V at the back.

From £79, www.marksandspencer.com

Jarlo

For structured silhouettes and an array of floor-skimming designs that'll turn heads, consider Jarlo. The Blaze gown, £105 is oh so chic with a boned bodice and fishtail train, while the Ariel, £115 benefits from a beautiful scalloped hem and high neckline

From £105, www.jarlolondon.com

Chi Chi London

Chi Chi London has made a name for itself as one of the go-to stores for show-stopping prom-style frocks. Deep burgundy in colour with crochet detailing, sheer sleeves and a high neck, the Ella-Louise Dress, £70 ticks lots of trend boxes.

And the Trista, £72 is perfect for any brides looking to bring a touch of retro glamour to proceedings. We'd style this one with a sixties-inspired 'do and flicks of eyeliner.

From £70, www.chichiclothing.com

Oasis

It's hard to go wrong with Oasis when it comes to purse-friendly fashion. The Rossetti Tiered Maxi Dress, £65 is certainly wedding appropriate with delicate straps, a pretty all-over floral print and ruffles.

If you find embroidery hard to resist, look no further than the burgundy Embroidered Mesh Midi, £55 that's adorned with beautiful blooms. 

From £55, www.oasis-stores.com 

& Other Stories

& Other Stories has long been one of our favourite destinations for trend-led clothes with a high street price tag. Their Wrap Dress, £69 in a dainty dusty pink makes the perfect bridesmaid dress and would complement any bridal gown.

For something a little bolder, the sheer and fabulously floaty Open Back Dotted Jacquard Dress, £110 would work wonders at a winter wedding.

From £69, www.stories.com 

Hobbs

A long-time favourite for mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom outfits,  Hobbs has just unveiled its first bridesmaid dresses collection for spring/summer 2017. The range is a mix of pastel hues and navy, and dress styles range from one-shouldered maxi dresses to simple short frocks with elegant drapes and lace detailing.    

They include the Imogen Dress, £139 with a double-tier chiffon drape and the Sandra Maxi Dress, £169 with a delicate lace detail that covers the shoulders. 

Available in February 2017. From £139, www.hobbs.co.uk

Coast

Coast is a great place to start when it comes to sourcing budget-friendly and cheap bridesmaid dresses. Whether it's a satin shift or an organza maxi, they have something to suit every taste, shape and size.    

This beige-pink Amore Satin Dress, £149, with its thick, sculpted folds and A-line skirt, is a fantastic option for trans-seasonal weddings, while the Juliette Maxi Dress, £149, is a clever mix of ethereal fabrics and sparkling details which work well in summer.

From £149, www.coast-stores.com

Monsoon

Another high street favourite for all wedding attire - bridal and guest - is Monsoon. Renowned for their bohemian influence and intricate embroidery, the brand is a good option if you want to seek out something a little unusual. 

You can see Monsoon's reputation for embellishment is well deserved with this Lotus Embroidered Frock, £149 - perfect if you have bridesmaids of differing heights.

Ombre is a big fashion trend for 2017 and this Peony Ombre Dress, £129, gives the traditional bridesmaid dress a modern twist, while still ensuring it stays pretty. 

From £129, monsoon.co.uk

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Phase Eight

Phase Eight champions romantic designs and soft chiffon fabrics, often arranged in Grecian-inspired drapes with flattering ruche details. If you're planning a wedding with a fairytale feel, this is the place to start your bridesmaid outfits search.

The Marti Chiffon Dress, £120, cuts a classic feminine look in blush pink. For something bolder, there's the Renee Cold Shoulder Full Length Dress, £130, in navy, which nods to the new season with an exposed shoulder detail and plunging V-neck. 

From £120, phase-eight.com

Asos

Don't dismiss the online retailers in your bridesmaid dress search. Asos has just started a dedicated bridal range and its occasionwear dresses are inspired by new-season trends, as well as classic shapes that never go out of fashion.

This Off Shoulder Frill Maxi Dress, £50, has a simple floral print and elegant shape. In contrast the Chi Chi London Bandeau Dress, £72, cuts a very different style with a structured lace bodice and tulle skirt. 

From £50, asos.com

Needle and Thread

If you've opted for a vintage-style wedding dress and want your bridesmaids' outfits to complement your look, head to Needle & Thread. These masters of embellishment mix intricate embroidery with soft, floaty fabrics to great effect.

The Daisy Embroidery Gown, £250, has a spring feel with floral appliques sewn onto a soft chiffon skirt. It shares Needle & Thread's signature grosgrain waistband with the Sky Blue Coppelia Ballet Dress, £130, which features a very unique bodice of criss-cross silver beading. 

From £130, needleandthread.com 

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Ted Baker

Ted Baker is known for sculpted dress shapes and bursts of bright colour, which make it a great stop for bridesmaids' looks.  

With a subtle floral mesh design around the neck and a skater skirt, the new season Dollii Floral Embroidered Dress, £159, will brighten up your wedding photos and ensure your bridesmaids look chic all day long.  

The Haylei Sequin Embellished Maxi Dress, £399, successfully mixes the old and new. The floor-length empire line waist has something of the Jane Austen, while a twisted sequin bodice makes it fashion-forward and firmly puts it in the 21st century. 

From £159, tedbaker.com

Missguided

Missguided is the place to go if your bridesmaids are modern girls with bags of attitude. Cut to show off the female physique at its best, Missguided's statement look involves body con dresses with subtle sensuous side splits.

This Silky Wrap Over Maxi, £50, comes in vintage teal and has a sexy twist thanks to its side split and spaghetti straps. The V Plunge Maxi Dress, £35, has more sophisticated, classic appeal with a plunging neck and pale grey hue.   

From £35, missguided.co.uk

Very

Very has a great mix of designer and high street styles so there's something for every budget.

At the top end of the scale is this sleek T By Alexander Wang Off The Shoulder Dress, £390, which has a pleated detail around the neck and a dipped hem. In contrast, this Karen Millen Dot Edge Shift Dress, £170, comes in purple-blue and uses a modern silhouette for no-nonsense chic.  

From £170, www.very.co.uk 

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French Connection

French Connection is known for its flapper-style sequin dresses but the brand also creates frocks with a bridesmaid feel. This unusual Manzoni 3D Floral Lace Dress, £170, has textured floral cut-outs that would complement a bride with floral details on her wedding gown. 

From £170, www.frenchconnection.com

Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge is famous for combining its signature sexy shapes with feminine details like ruffles and bows, and its occasionwear follows this trend.

This Ruffle Bandeau Midi Dress, £45, shows off the skin around the neck and shoulders but includes a pretty trim and subtle V detail too. 

From £45, www.missselfridge.com

Self Portrait

If you think lace is just for doilies and grandmothers, Self Portrait will make you change your mind. The brand brings lace into the 21st century with geometric, fashion-forward designs that will leave your bridesmaids looking fresh and modern.

This Self Portrait Tiered Paneled Guipure Lace Dress, £280, features a paisley lace pattern, sweetheart neckline and voluminous tiered skirt that's left sheer for a subtle flash of skin. 

From £280,  www.net-a-porter.com/Self-Portrait

Ghost

Ghost is celebrated for its use of flowing satins, crepes, soft georgettes and rich jewel colours - and these make their designs particularly pretty as bridesmaid dresses. 

The A strid Dress, £165, comes in Portia Green and has a fifties-inspired shape with an asymmetric cowl neck, a rouleau-bound cuff and bias cut, which makes it all the more flattering.

The Della Dress, £395, is a sophisticated halterneck with a georgette gathering at the bust, creating a waterfall of cascading frills down to the hem.  

From £165, www.ghost.co.uk

New Look

New Look adds a dose of the fun to its occasionwear with dresses that will shimmer whether your bridesmaids are walking up the aisle or dancing to the late night DJ.

This Grey Embellished Maxi Dress, £99.99, is covered in sequins and beads, the overall effect of which is stunning and elegant.  

From £99.99, www.newlook.com