How Real Brides Wore Short Wedding Dresses
Who says you have to wear a floor-length gown on your big day? Short wedding dresses can be just as appropriate as more conventional gowns—plus, they're more popular than ever before. Whether you're throwing a casual celebration or just want to make a fashion statement, you've got plenty of options when it comes to wearing a wedding dress that falls above your knees or ankles. To prove it, we've rounded up some of our favorite examples of real brides who donned short looks to their nuptials.
Not sure what style of short wedding dress to buy? You've come to the right place. The following short white wedding dresses (and one blue one, too!) showcase a range of different designs. A popular fabric choice is lace, but you can definitely wear tulle, satin, or chiffon, as well. There are also plenty of silhouette options (from fit-and-flare to shift) and plenty of sleeve types (from long to off-the-shoulder).
As for when to wear a short wedding dress, it really depends. Some of these brides chose their numbers to elope, while others wore them throughout their more traditional weddings. Still others picked short second wedding dresses, which they slipped into for their receptions.
No matter your desired vibe—be it bohemian or elegant—there's a style in this roundup to inspire your bridal look. Click through to find out exactly how to style and wear a short wedding dress on your special day. This bride's pretty tea-length garment by Babushka Ballerina is just the start!
Short Wedding Dress with Long Sleeves
Sheer Short Wedding Dress
Short Beaded Wedding Dress
Short Wedding Dress with Empire Waist
This couple found their boho wedding dresses at Francesca's—the bride on the left wore a long garment, while the bride on the right picked a short one.
Short Wedding Reception Dress
Beaded Midi Wedding Dress
Short Wedding Dress with Pleated Sleeves
For her elopement, the bride chose to wear a little white sheath with long pleated sleeves.
Short Feather Wedding Dress
Short Elopement Wedding Dress
Short-Sleeved Short Wedding Dress
This short-sleeved lace wedding dress featured a mock neckline.
Short Floral Wedding Dress
Floral beading adorned the top of this bride's short, vintage wedding dress.
Voluminous Short Wedding Dress
Fit-and-Flare Short Wedding Dress
Long sleeves and floral lace made this A-line Oscar de la Renta wedding dress a head-turner.
Short Casual Wedding Dress
This bride chose a Sandro number that had flouncy sleeves and sheer panels for her wedding day.
Off-the-Shoulder Short Wedding Dress
Your hemline doesn't have to be uniform. Consider a high-low wedding dress that's short in the front but longer in the back. This bride stepped out in a Sachin & Babi gown with the modern skirt style and an off-the-shoulder neckline.
Lace Midi Wedding Dress
We love how fresh ankle-grazing garments look. This bride opted for a vintage one with a V-neckline and barely-there cap sleeves.
Short Blue Wedding Dress
Custom Short Wedding Dress
Here's more proof that if you're both wearing dresses, mismatched silhouettes can help you each stand out. The bride on the right had her short number custom-made by French Knot Couture.
Elegant Short Wedding Dress
This bride's bow-accented Valentino dress was the definition of elegance.
Unique Short Wedding Dress
Fitted Short Wedding Dress
This bride's body-hugging Missguided wedding dress fell off the shoulder and ended just above her ankles.
Short Wedding Dress with Detachable Train
Simple Short Wedding Dress
This bride wore a simple-yet-elegant shift to her wedding, along with a veil she borrowed from a friend.