Short Wedding Dresses from the Bridal Runways

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

Updated 08/05/15

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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!

Courtesy of YolanCris

Halter A-line wedding dress with 3D floral appliqués, sheer bodice and side cutouts, YolanCris

Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

Knee-length A-line wedding dress with long sleeves and an illusion embroidered high neckline, Honor

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Wedding dress by Mira Zwillinger

Gerardo Somoza - Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com

Off-the-shoulder embroidered organza cocktail-length A-line wedding dress with short sleeves and a floral bodice, Oscar de la Renta

Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Kelly Faetanini

Luca Tombolini / Indigitalimages.com

"Saint Tropez" short sleeve satin sequin knee-length wedding dress with a plunging V-neck and asymmetrical skirt, Naeem Khan

Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Isabelle Armstrong

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Wedding dress by Jenny Packham

Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Austin Scarlett

Courtesy of YolanCris

Sleeveless tea-length A-line wedding dress with side cutouts and gold floral detail, YolanCris

Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Houghton

Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Alvina Valenta

Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Peter Langner

Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Delphine Manivet

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Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

Sleeveless tea-length A-line wedding dress with a deep v-neckline and beaded details, Pamella Roland

Gerardo Somoza - Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com

Strapless tea-length lace A-line wedding dress with a floral skirt, Oscar de la Renta

Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Mira Zwillinger

Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Tony Ward for Kleinfeld

Luca Tombolini / Indigitalimages.com

Wedding dress by Jenny Packham

George Chinsee

Wedding dress by Pamella Roland

Courtesy of Honor for Stone Fox Bride

Wedding dress by Honor for Stone Fox Bride

George Chinsee

"Charlotte" sleeveless two-piece white-and-nude re-embroiderd lace A-line wedding dress with a tea-length ballerina skirt and criss-cross back top, Monique Lhuillier

John Aquino

A-line halter neck short wedding dress in layers of laser cut petal pink silk organza, Houghton

George Chinsee

Style BR-15-26, cap sleeve silk and tulle A-line wedding dress with a high neckline, Inbal Dror

Courtesy of Marchesa

Strapless lace knee-length wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, Marchesa

George Chinsee

Wedding dress by Jim Hjelm

John Aquino

"Soho" short silver beaded fringe wedding dress with an illusion tulle high neckline, Naeem Khan

John Aquino

Wedding dress by David's Bridal

George Chinsee

Wedding dress by Pamella Roland

John Aquino

Style NF1512, knee-length strapless organza A-line wedding dress with embroidered threadwork details, Angel Sanchez

John Aquino

"Ansel" V-neck short lace dress with long sleeves and discreet slit pockets, Delphine Manivet

John Aquino

Wedding dress by BHLDN

George Chinsee

Style 4261, strapless lace mini wedding dress, Gemy Maalouf

George Chinsee

Wedding dress by Hayley Paige

John Aquino

Silk jersey t-shirt with buttons made with Crystals from Swarovski by Houghton Bride and tea-length full tulle skirt with a magenta silk waistband, Houghton

John Aquino

"North West" sleeveless V-neck A-line knee-length organza wedding dress, Ivy & Aster

George Chinsee

Wedding dress by Jim Hjelm

Courtesy of Legends Romona Keveza

Wedding dress by Legends Romona Keveza

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Wedding dress by Liancarlo

Courtesy of Marchesa

3/4 sleeve dropped waist wedding dress with an illusion sweetheart neckline, Marchesa

George Chinsee

"Bellini" strapless antique gold Guipure lace knee-length wedding dress with a gold tassel wrap belt, Monique Lhuillier

John Aquino

"Tahiti" short-sleeve beaded mini A-line wedding dress with an ostrich feather skirt and illusion high neckline, Naeem Khan

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding dress by Temperley

John Aquino

Silk sheath mini dress with ruffled sleeves, Houghton

John Aquino

"Gidget" sleeveless illusion neck embellished mini wedding dress, Randi Rahm

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding dress by Mark Zunino

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