30 Mini Wedding Dresses for Every Bridal Style

Talking with the designer behind the dress of the moment.

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As we all know, brides everywhere were forced to pivot and change their wedding plans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Elopements, micro, at-home, and virtual weddings quickly became the standard, causing bridal fashion to adjust and keep up with the current times. While larger celebrations have started to be on the rise again, these fashion trends have certainly continued to gain traction despite the transition back to some normalcy. We've seen an uptick in brides' opting for jumpsuits and simple slip dresses, but our favorite trend thus far has been the mini dress–specifically, the Mini Caspian dress from Odylyne the Ceremony.

Created by founder and creative director, Stephanie White, the Mini Caspian is a nod to the 21st-century, new-age bride. We were lucky enough to speak to White, who gave us further insight into her brand and her inspiration behind the mini wedding dress everyone is wearing.

Meet the Expert

  • With an ethereal and free-spirited approach to her designs, Stephanie White is a bridal fashion designer who created the Mini Caspian dress.

Odylyne the Ceremony was launched in 2014 as an alternative to modern-day bridalwear. The designer told Brides, "I started Odylyne because I was looking for a bridal dress when I was getting married, and discovered that there was nothing that resonated with me at all. I couldn't find something that was like, the alternative to bridal, you know?" After only six years in business, the brand has established itself as a dominant name in bridal fashion.  

I try to think outside the box, so that's kind of where we succeeded.

When designing the Mini Caspian, White was initially inspired by a scene in the 1986 movie The Labyrinth and wanted to incorporate puff sleeves and 80s-flare, but also implement a few of the "Edwardian and Victorian styles" she loves. "I try to think outside the box, so that's kind of where we succeeded," she says, "It's bridal, but it's not bridal. It was like a total experiment for us." And it's safe to say that her experiment certainly worked out!

You can check out more of Stephanie's designs and stay up-to-date on the brand here–and for those looking for more options, read on for a few additional mini dresses we're sure you'll love!

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For the Fashion-Forward Bride: Odylyne the Ceremony 'Mini Caspian' Dress

For the Fashion-Forward Bride: Odylyne the Ceremony 'Mini Caspian' Dress

Courtesy of Odylyne the Ceremony

Runs: True to Size | Size: 2-14 | Materials: Silk Organza

"Bridal, but not bridal," the Mini Caspian is a flawless look for the trendy bride. Pair it with minimal jewelry, like diamond or pearl studs, and white heels or ballet flats.

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For the Vintage Bride: Payal Jain 'Archer' Mini Dress

Payal Jain 'Archer' Mini Dress

Courtesy of BHLDN

Runs: Small | Size: 0 - 16 | Materials: Embroidered Cotton Silk

For brides looking for a vintage-inspired dress, you may want to check out Payal Jain's mini. This shift dress is embroidered with three-dimensional floral details and has a high neckline for a timeless look.

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For the Sophisticated Bride: Amanda Uprichard Mezcal Dress

For the Sophisticated Bride: REVOLVE Mezcal Dress

Courtesy of REVOLVE

Runs: True to Size | Size: XXS - XL | Materials: Stretch Poly and Modal

This gorgeous halter-neck mini features subtle details of gathered fabric throughout the bodice that transitions into a simple fitted skirt. Chic and timeless, you'll never get tired of looking through your wedding photos.

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Best Slip Dress: David's Bridal Hand-Pleated Spaghetti Strap Plus Size Slip Dress

mini dress

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Runs: True to Size | Size: 16W - 30W | Materials: Charmeuse

This hand-pleated white mini is both effortlessly elegant and sexy. Featuring delicate spaghetti straps, a plunging neckline, and luxuriously shimmering charmeuse fabric, you can't go wrong with a dress like this.

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Best Long Sleeve: Lovers and Friends Devon Dress

Best Long Sleeve: Lovers and Friends Devon Dress

Courtesy of REVOLVE

Runs: True to Size | Size: XXS - XL | Materials: Stretch Poly and Modal

This clean square-neck mini showcases long sleeves and a draped fitted skirt. We love how the asymmetrical hemline adds a subtly sexy touch to a sleek and sophisticated look.

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Most Effortless: Reformation Riviera Dress

Most Effortless: Reformation Riviera Dress

Courtesy of Reformation

Runs: True to Size | Size: 0 - 14 | Materials: Silk Charmeuse

Featuring a lightweight silk charmeuse fabric, a smocked back for a superior fit, and an oversized bow, this dress is equally stunning as it is comfortable. Eat, drink, socialize, and dance the night away in this pretty little piece.

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Most Sleek: Lulus Total Bombshell White Satin Asymmetrical Strapless Mini Dress

Most Sleek: Lulus Total Bombshell White Satin Asymmetrical Strapless Mini Dress

Courtesy of Lulus

Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Stretch Satin

This white satin mini feels understated and high-fashion at the same time. From the beautiful sheen of the fabric to the gathering of the asymmetrical cut, you're bound to be the center of attention.

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Most Romantic: Reformation Carraway Dress

Most Romantic: Reformation Carraway Dress

Courtesy by Reformation

Runs: Large | Size: 0 - 12 | Materials: Lace

This super delicate mini fits snug throughout the bodice and gently flares out into an A-line skirt. We're crushing hard over the unlined lace neckline and long sleeve detail. Romantic and sweet, it doesn't get anymore bridal than this.

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Best Statement Sleeve: Amanda Uprichard Tia Dress

Best Statement Sleeve: REVOLVE Tia Dress

Courtesy of REVOLVE

Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - L | Materials: Poly and Organza

We're head over heels for these sleeves—and not just any sleeves—sheer puff organza sleeves! Paired with a simple, fitted, unadorned silhouette, this just may be the perfect bridal mini.

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Best Puff Sleeve: Alice + Olivia Mimi Puff Sleeve Denim Mini Dress

denim dress

Courtesy of Alice + Olivia

Runs: Small | Size: 0 - 14 | Materials: Denim

The puff sleeve trend isn't going anywhere (we're not complaining!), and this pretty mini reminds us why we're so obsessed. Featuring completely unadorned fabric, a square back, and a subtle sweetheart neckline, a dress like this adds a fun little twist to the classic bridal look.

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Best Dancing Dress: ASOS Maya Off-the-Shoulder Mini Tulle Dress

Best Dancing Dress: ASOS Maya Off-the-Shoulder Mini Tulle Dress

Courtesy of ASOS

Runs: True to Size | Size: 2 - 12 | Materials: Sequins and Tulle

Ensure all eyes are on you in this off-the-shoulder sparkly stunner. Paired with a soft pleated tulle skirt, this mini dress is perfect for everything from the flash of pictures and videos to twirling the night away.

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For the Classic Bride: Amsale Alix Dress

mini dress

Courtesy of BHDLN

Runs: Small | Size: 0 - 16 | Materials: Mikado

When in doubt, just add a bow. With its crisp mikado fabric, a folded off-the-shoulder neckline, (pockets!) and its perfectly placed bow, you can never go wrong with a dress like this.

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For a Summer Wedding: Amsale Strapless Cocktail Dress

For a Summer Wedding: Amsale Strapless Cocktail Dress

Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Runs: True to Size | Size: 0 - 18 | Materials: Burnt Organza

This strapless A-line dress features the most captivating burnt organza fabric. Soft and light, the timeless silhouette paired with this eye-catching design creates a beautiful bridal look.

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For a Garden Wedding: David's Bridal Strapless Lace Plus Size Short Wedding Dress

mini dress

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Runs: True to Size | Size: 16W - 30W | Materials: Lace

There are few things more classic bridal than a sweetheart and an A-line silhouette—and it's timeless for a reason. Stunningly sweet, this dress showcases a ruched bodice, pockets, and delicate lace.

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For a Spring Wedding: Jonathan Simkhai Signature Joy Mini

mini dress

Courtesy of Jonathan Simkhai

Runs: True to Size | Size: 0 - 12 | Materials: Guipure Lace

This high-neck Guipure lace mini dress is the epitome of elegance. Feel like royalty (just the mini version) in this chic long sleeve stunner.

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Best Sparkle: Net-a-Porter Retrofete Mini Dress

Best Sparkle: Net-A-Porter Retrofete Mini Dress

Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Velvet, Chiffon, and Sequins

How fun in this?! Start the party off with a bang in this velvet-trimmed sequined chiffon mini. We love that statement sleeve and how the velvet belt cinches the waist.

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Best Feather Dress: Bronx and Banco Lola Blanc Mini Feather Dress

feather mini dress

Courtesy of REVOLVE

Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Crepe and Feathers

You're ready for a party—and we're here for it! Shock your guests in this ultra fun and flirty mini. Featuring feathers along the neckline and hem, this stunner is the best of the best when it comes to bridal fashion.

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Most Delicate: Bronx and Banco Medeleine Dress

Most Delicate: REVOLVE Medeleine Dress

Courtesy of REVOLVE

Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Lace and Illusion

The Medeleine dress is incredibly pretty with its delicate lace, romantic silhouette, accentuated waistline, and stately puff sleeves. Plus, the organic nature of the scalloped hem adds yet another stunning detail.

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Best Back: Katie May Glisten Dress

Best Back: REVOLVE Glisten Dress

Courtesy of REVOLVE

Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Poly and Spandex

We're giving a round of applause for that back! This long sleeve white mini showcases an elegant high neckline and sleek silhouette paired with a shockingly low, open cowl back.

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Most Fun: Lovers and Friends Alize Mini Dress

Most Fun: Lovers and Friends Alize Mini Dress

Courtesy of REVOLVE

Runs: True to Size | Size: XXS - XL | Materials: Organza

You're bound to have the time of your life in this super fun polka-dot mini. Made of organza fabric, the oversized bow and puff sleeves make a statement.

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Best Wrap Dress: Superdown Sophie Draped Mini Dress

Best Wrap Dress: REVOLVE Sophie Draped Mini Dress

Courtesy of REVOLVE

Runs: True to Size | Size: XXS - XL | Materials: Poly and Spandex

Show off your curves in this wrap style white mini. Featuring dramatic drapery and a polished collar that transitions into a plunge, this long sleeve dress is both polished and playful.

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Best Bow: Alexia María 'Bow Butterfly' Mini Dress

Best Bow: Alexia María 'Bow Butterfly' Mini Dress

Courtesy of Alexia María

Runs: True to Size | Size: 0 - 16 | Materials: Silk Faille

Alexia María's Bow Butterfly dress offers a two for one special–a modern mini with a traditional train. The best part? This strapless, structured mini is polished off with a fun, flirty, and dramatic bow.

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Best Fringe: Cucculelli Shaheen Dewdrop Fringe Mini Dress

Best Fringe: Cucculelli Shaheen Dewdrop Fringe Mini Dress

Courtesy of Cucculelli Shaheen

Runs: True to Size | Size: 00 - 16 | Materials: Silk Chiffon, Silk Georgette, Crystals, and Hand-Strung Fringe

Adorned with metallic, hand-strung fringe and crystals, this mini is custom-tailored for each specific bride. Whether you're having a fall, spring, or summer wedding, you'll be sure to wow any crowd on your big day.

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Most Feminine: Dissh Aisle White Linen Bow Mini Dress

mini dress

Courtesy of Dissh

Runs: True to Size | Size: 2 - 12 | Materials: Linen

Bringing sweetness and drama all rolled into one, this white linen little number makes a statement. From its soft A-line skirt to its bold bow straps, it's safe to say that we're obsessed.

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For the Chic Bride: Before by Sarah Seven 'Gia' Mini Dress

For the Chic Bride: Before by Sarah Seven 'Gia' Mini Dress

Courtesy of Sarah Seven

Runs: True to Size | Size: 00 - 14 | Materials: Stretch Poly Satin

This one-shoulder dress by Sarah Seven is simple, yet classic and timeless. You could re-wear this beautiful mini long after you say "I do."

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For the Low-Key Bride: Rhode White 'Ella' Mini Dress

For the Low-Key Bride: Rhode White 'Ella' Mini Dress

Courtesy of Rhode White

Runs: Large | Size: XS - L | Materials: Cotton

Check out Rhode's 'Ella' dress, in white, for a relaxed and chill look. This dreamy and playful mini would be great for an elopement.

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Best Pattern: Before Sarah Seven Edie - Leopard

Best Pattern: Before Sarah Seven Edie - Leopard

Courtesy of Before Sarah Seven

Runs: True to Size | Size: 00 - 14 | Materials: Stretch Poly Satin

Simple in its silhouette but playful in its pattern, this stunning Sarah Seven mini features spaghetti straps and a scoop neckline. Plus, the leopard print in the stretch satin brings an unexpected element to this classic design.

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Best Fabric: Karen Walker Vow Dress

Best Fabric: Karen Walker Vow Dress

Courtesy of Karen Walker

Runs: True to Size | Size: Custom | Materials: Textured Bubble Jacquard

This shift mini features bubbled jacquard fabric, a crisscrossing pleat along the bodice, and an effortlessly knotted bow below a daringly low back—how chic?!

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Most Daring: Michael Costello Fena Mini Dress

Most Daring: REVOLVE Fena Mini Dress

Courtesy of REVOLVE

Runs: True to Size | Size: XXS - XL | Materials: Poly and Spandex

Turn heads in this dramatic long sleeve mini. With a daringly low plunge, padded shoulders, and a stunning gathered fabric detail placed off center, there's no doubt that this look is unforgettable.

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Best Party Dress: Bronx and Banco Mademoiselle Bridal Mini Dress

Best Party Dress: Bronx and Banco Mademoiselle Bridal Mini Dress

Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Sequins and Feathers

Feathers and sequins?! We know, we know, it's almost too good to be true. With its corset bodice, allover sequin design, and a feathered hemline, this sleeveless white mini has it all.

What to Look for When Buying a Mini Wedding Dress

So before you slip into your mini, consider how you want to incorporate your own personal style (and budget) into the alternative bridal look. Opt for a chic and timeless ensemble by choosing a satin slip or, dare to wear some feathers, sparkle, or a statement sleeve—you are going for an unexpected look after all! Plus, since the mini style entails much less fabric and labor, you're bound to find an array of options no matter your price point. Now for the fun part—play up your accessories! This is your moment to flaunt those fabulous shoes you've been eyeing. For a more fashion-forward, editorial spin, slip on a pair of cat-eye sunglasses paired with a dramatic drop earring. Or, keep it simple with natural makeup, studs, and sandals. Remember that no matter your bridal style, a veil is never the wrong choice.

FAQ
  • Is it okay to wear a mini dress for my wedding?

    Yes, mini dresses are just as appropriate as traditional gowns. If a mini dress is what you'd like to wear, go for it. It's your special day!

  • What accessories should I wear?

    This all depends on the design and style of the dress. For minis with low necklines, a statement necklace and chandelier earrings could be great. And for shoes, you could also choose to wear stilettos or ballet flats. Minis are a very versatile look!

  • Is it appropriate to wear a veil?

    Absolutely! A veil can be worn with any type of dress, for any type of wedding.

Why Trust Us

Contributing writer Corinne Pierre-Louis is an associate editor at Brides and an expert in fashion and social media. Prior to her work with Brides, she graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications before working for Vogue Magazine.

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