19 Short Wedding Dresses for Your Ceremony, Second Look and Beyond!

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Short wedding dresses have been giving floor-length gowns a serious run for their money and it's easy to see why. From modern silhouettes to allover lace minis to sequin and beaded styles, these leg-baring beauties are versatile and undeniably statement-making. Whether you're considering wearing a short dress for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony or afterparty, a little white dress is always a stylish addition to any bridal wardrobe.

No matter where you're tying the knot – be it on the beach, at the courthouse, or in your backyard – there's a short wedding dress out there that matches both your venue and your bridal style. Plus, the cropped length makes them a versatile part of your wardrobe, meaning, you definitely won't wear this dress just once! For the minimalist bride, there are short dresses crafted from sleek fabrics in unfussy silhouettes. For the classic bride, impeccably tailored mini dresses and allover lace details. And for the fashion-forward bride, there are scores of statement-making styles from blazer dresses to designs with detachable trains.

Ready to show off some serious leg? Below, we've curated the best short wedding dresses to complement every bridal style, body shape, and budget.

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For a Formal Wedding: Carolina Herrera Gathered Silk-Poplin Mini

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi 

If you want all the glamour and sophistication of a classic gown, but with an unexpected twist, consider this silk mini. It has all the elements of a ballgown, minus the obstructive length.

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Most Versatile: Self-Portrait

bead strap dress

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This party-ready dress is super versatile and features shimmery crystal straps that can be removed to reveal a sleek and simple strapless mini.

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Best Allover Lace: WAYF Puff Sleeves Lace Dress

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 Courtesy of Shopbop

Something about this dress screams early-spring wedding and we are here for it. With ruffle trim and allover lace, this is definitely the perfect pick for more conservative brides, but don't worry, the puffed sleeves are full-on fashion.

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For a Summer Wedding: Lela Rose Plus Size Lace Hem Knit Dress

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 Courtesy of 11 Honore

This bright and sunshine-y knit dress is flocked with tiny yellow fabric embellishments. Wear this cheery citrus number to your summer or destination wedding.

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For the Sexy Bride: Rasario Asymmetric Lace-Paneled Midi Dress

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Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Thanks to the alternating crepe and lace panels, this dress gives the illusion of length. Finish with a box clutch and heels for a completely elevated look.

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Most Embellished: Elliatt Pearl Embroidered Mini Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

We think it's time to bring flapper dresses back (but with a twenty-first-century twist), and this strappy mini dress is the ultimate comeback. With all-over embroidery and pearl details, this is the look for fun and flirty brides.

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For the Daring Bride: Rime Arodaky Embroidered Tulle and Crepe Midi Dress

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From French bridal designer Rime Arodaky, it's no surprise this midi dress is both romantic and chic. The illusion bodice is daring, yet tasteful—what modern bride doesn't strive for that?

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Most Unexpected: The Attico Strapless Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Matches Fashion

Another fashion week detail we couldn't get enough of? Feathers. And this mini dress takes that trend to the next level. Besides, a solid party dress will never go to waste.

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For the Classic Bride: Johanna Ortiz Square-Neck Crinkled-Crepe Dress

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Peplum tops have been popular for years but this asymmetrical bib is a fresh take on the silhouette. Plus, the square-neckline works with any size bust.

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Best Budget: ASOS Design Ruffle A-Line Dress

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Courtesy of ASOS

If you're more comfortable in a simple silhouette, choose a dress with just one dramatic element. The cross-body ruffle is all you need to make a statement.

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For the Whimsical Bride: Theia "Love" Embroidered Shift Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

Engagement party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, post-wedding brunch—this dress works for literally every wedding-related occasion. This dress and weddings have something in common: They're both all about love!

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For a Garden Wedding: Marchesa Notte Gold Embroidered Flared Midi Dress

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Courtesy of Farfetch

Attention, brides! Don't be afraid to rock some color on your wedding day. The gold embroidery on this flared skirt is really all you need.

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For a New Year's Eve Wedding: White by Vera Wang Sequin Plus Size Mini Dress

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

For the bride that craves a little sparkle, this mini dress is completed by a crystal belt, which creates shape and definition at the waist.

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Most Laidback: Ciao Lucia Bow Back Dress

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 Courtesy of Shopbop

Looking for minimal meets romantic? Then you can't go wrong with this simple spaghetti strap midi featuring a sweet bow back.

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For the Modern Bride: Brandon Maxwell Draped Cape-Effect Mini Dress

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Calling all modern brides this dress is for you! It's crisp, simple and it looks like you just threw it on (and still look flawless).

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For a Beach Wedding: Reformation Wrap Dress

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 Courtesy of Reformation

Whether you wear this to your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or on your wedding day, this sweet dress deserves a spot in your bridal wardrobe.

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Most Unique: Rotate Puff Sleeves Ruched Dress

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 Courtesy of Shopbop

Off-the-shoulder neckline, puffed sleeves, ruched bodice—what trend doesn't this dress show off? With such a relaxed fit, it's perfect for the cool-girl, no-fuss bride.

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Most Dramatic: Nookie Two-in-One Dress

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Courtesy of Revolve

News flash: Dramatic trains work with short dresses too! Wear the detachable bow trainl down the aisle then remove it when it comes time to hit the dancefloor. Technically, you're getting two gorgeous looks for the price of one (score!).

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For a Courthouse Wedding: Erdem Cape Dress

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 Courtesy of Matchesfashion

This cape dress marries business and bridal is the chicest way. Perfect for the modern bride, this Erdem style would make an utterly romantic choice for a courthouse wedding,

Shopping FAQs

Considering tying the knot in a short wedding dress? We've answered three questions brides have when shopping for a short wedding dress.

  • Can I wear a short wedding dress for my wedding? Yes! Short wedding dresses are just as appropriate as floor-length gowns. With so many opitons to choose from, you'll be sure to find a short wedding dress that matches your bridal style and venue.
  • Can I change into a short dress for my reception? Absolutely! Second looks have become increasingly popular and are a great chance to showcase your personal style.
  • What shoes can I wear with a short wedding dress? While your wedding shoes might be hidden when wearing a floor-length gown, with a short wedding dress, your shoes will be front a center so it's worth investing in a pair that you really love. From statement-making stilettoes for a formal wedding to casual wedges for a beach or backyard wedding, there are tons of shoe options out there to complement any short wedding dress style.

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