Whether you're eloping, throwing a city hall ceremony, or need something to wear to your rehearsal dinner, readily available short wedding dresses are a bride's best friend.

Forget little black dresses — little white dresses are taking the reins as the new staple wardrobe item. And for good reason: They are not only fresh and functional, they're fashionable too (whether or not it's after Memorial Day). The best time to wear a little white dress a.k.a the LWD? Your wedding, of course! Whether you need something for your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, day-after brunch or reception dress, a LWD will fit the dress code at any of your wedding events.

Speaking of the many bridal events coming your way, you're bound to need at least one last-minute outfit for something: From elopements to city hall ceremonies and a surprise bridal shower, having a short wedding-worthy number in your closet is not the only necessity — being able to purchase one right-this-minute is pretty important, too.

To help you narrow down the abundance of LWDs available online, we searched high and low for the best designs you can purchase right this instant. From a pleated Top Shop shift, perfect for a boho bride's rehearsal dinner, to a satin bow-tied Alfred Sung number begging to be worn at a retro bride's city hall nuptials and a covetable lace Monique Lhuillier knee-length dress, we found a LWD for every kind of bride, plus every type of event.

Ready to get your LWD? Click through to not only see the cutest little white dresses for your wedding, but shop them, too!

Illustration: Christina Park

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