It's safe to say short wedding dresses are having a moment. With short dresses going back as far as the 1920s and a major staple of the ‘60s, an increasing number of bridal designers drawing upon past decades for inspiration, and the rise of the nontraditional bride, more women are opting to wear short wedding dresses. We’re all about self-expression, so we love the idea of ditching the big wedding dress in favor of something more flirty and sweet. Besides making one stylish and unexpected fashion statement that will guarantee turning heads, the short wedding dress has a few perks that are certainly hard to deny: It’s less expensive, easier to dance in, has a lighter and cooler touch (in the spirit of approaching summer and all), allows you to show off some truly spectacular pumps, and you know, being able to go to the bathroom without the hassle and Maid of Honor in tow.
And did we mention you can also wear it again? We think Yoko Ono, Cindy Crawford, and Audrey Hepburn were certainly on to something. Need more inspo than those icons? Here, eight real brides who pulled off a higher hemline.
Well, this is one cool bride if we ever saw one. Eyelet lace in playful geometric designs, trio tiers of ruffles, and a high collar? Only a true fashionista could pull this off. And don’t even get us started on the gold abstract earrings and those killer V-cut white pumps. Sleek, slick, and sexy.
We’ll let you in on a little secret: This darling little piece is actually two pieces. Designed by Babushka Ballerina, its shimmering top and high-waisted breezy skirt are stylishly charming. But, really, its best feature is its comfort. Real bride Anna wanted a short dress so she could dance freely without it getting dirty, and that’s exactly what she got.
Floaty and embellished, this stunning midlength dress has a true bohemian vintage vibe—real bride Suzannah donned her mother’s 1970s wedding gown, and it has got to be one of the best passed-down mother’s dress we’ve ever seen. We love how she juxtaposed it with a modern pair of mint green Jimmy Choos for a twist.
Laser-cut lace evokes a summer dream, indulging in a preppy taste with a subtle hint of sexy thanks to a see-though pattern with nude underlining and a V-neck bodice. Complemented by nude heels and beachy waves, this look achieves a carefree, yet refined feel.
Sweet romance is written all over this three-quarter sleeved lacy number from Rent the Runway, with a fitting lace scalloped trim. A set of pearl studs and matching bracelet combined with a sleek crown of braids finishes off the look with a polished effect and dash of personality.
Simple and subtle, this minimalist style dress, Flora by Minna from Indiebride, is chic and classic. Long sleeves, a back-tie sash, and breezy silken skirt come together for a timeless look. Velvet coral heels add a pop of character while perfectly complementing the bride’s peony bouquet.
We can’t decide which we love more—the fun Saks Fifth Avenue lace sheath with appliques that thrives in texture and prints, or the bursts of color that accent it, from the red lipstick to the wild fuchsia bouquet and patent brick red pumps. This bride really knows how to rock an eye-catching bridal look.
This is a ‘60s gem if we ever saw one. When real bride Poppy was introduced to this genuine 1960s Jane Birkin–esque crochet confection at Glory Days Bridal, it was love at first sight, and we can totally see why. She paired it perfectly with a pair of Topshop slingback block heels.