Whether you're getting married at city hall or you just really want to show off your wedding shoes, these short wedding dresses make a serious style statement.

There may be a few reasons why you're on the hunt for a short wedding dress: You're a petite bride with killer legs, you're throwing a laid-back summer wedding and want some freedom to breathe, or you're simply looking for a second dress to slip into during your reception. Whatever the reason, this past season's bridal runways were filled with short wedding dresses to get you inspired.

A short wedding dress doesn't just have to be a casual LWD. In fact, our favorite bridal designers proved that there are plenty of formal ways to wear a higher hemline come your big day. If you're looking for something a bit dressier, check out the plethora of A-line options, whether its a lace-y layered Monique Lhuillier tea-length number, or a layered tulle retro design from Honor for Stone Fox Bride or Houghton. Look to textured details, too, for some added glam. (Jim Hjelm's feathered skirt and Inbal Dror's cap-sleeve tulle dress with three-dimensional floral appliqués are a good place to start.) Some sweeter options for the romantic brides include Angel Sanchez's flowing floral-spotted knee-length dress and BHLDN's blush lace creation.

If, on the other hand, you're looking for a dress to change into at your reception, we recommend going for designs with more daring details that will standout on the dance floor like Naeem Khan's metallic fringe look or Pamella Roland's pearl-dotted shift. And since it's a party dress, don't be afraid to have a little fun with your choice, whether it's a bold hue or standout embellishment.

But the absolute best thing about rocking a short wedding dress? It gives you a great excuse to splurge on a killer pair of shoes to show off.

Click through to see some of our dresses with higher hemlines from the recent bridal runways!

Photos: Luca Tombolini/ Indigitalimages.com; Gerardo Somoza/Indigitalimages.com(2); Gerardo Samoza - Alessandro Garofalo/ Indigitalimages.com

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