This Mini Wedding Dress Is About to Be Everywhere in 2021

Talking with the designer behind the dress of the moment.

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As we all know, brides everywhere have been forced to pivot and change their wedding plans this past year. Elopements, micro, at-home, and virtual weddings have now become the standard, causing bridal fashion to adjust and keep up with the current times. 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.

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. Offering something different with a twist" 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!

Brides-to-be have been rushing to buy this dress for their nuptials. Why? Because the Mini Caspian, as Stephanie puts it, brings "happiness and a breath of fresh air" to your big day no matter how you're able to celebrate.

With the success of this dress, the designer also exclusively told Brides that she's in the process of creating a capsule collection of civil ceremony dresses to be launched this year! 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, below are a few additional mini dresses we're sure you'll love!

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Odylyne the Ceremony 'Mini Caspian' Dress

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Courtesy of Odylyne the Ceremony

"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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Rime Arodaky 'Astaire' Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

We absolutely love the details on Rime Arodaky's bridal mini, from the floral embroidery to the ruffled short sleeves. This dress would be incredible for a city bride planning a micro-apartment wedding.

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Giambattista Valli Floral-Tulle Mini Dress

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Courtesy of MATCHESFASHION

It was love at first sight when we saw this floral mini by Giambattista Valli. This ethereal off-the-shoulder tulle mini will certainly make a statement and is perfect for the bride who's not afraid to add a little color to her look.

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Alexia María 'Bow Butterfly' Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Alexia María

Alexia María's Bow Butterfly dress offers a two for one special–a modern mini with a traditional train. The bow also adds a fun and flirty element to the look.

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Danielle Frankel Double-Breasted Mini Dress

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Perfect for a civil ceremony, Danielle Frankel's double-breasted mini will bring modern elegance to your special day. It features a tailored cinched waist and padded shoulders for an accentuated hourglass frame.

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White by Vera Wang Sequin Plus Size Mini Dress

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

Vera Wang's sequin mini is sure to catch the eyes of everyone in the room. We absolutely love the crystal-embellished belt, a small but noticeable detail that ties the look together.

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Payal Jain 'Archer' Mini Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

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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Jacquemus 'Bahia' Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi

Jacquemus' 'Bahia' mini dress would be a hit at a spring or summer micro-ceremony. Its plunging neckline is a bold look for the cool-girl bride.

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Alex Perry 'Elyse' Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Alex Perry's stunning mini dress is intricately tailored for the bride who's not afraid to show a little skin. The strapless corset dress can be styled with a statement necklace and/or earrings.

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Theia 'Kaida' Mini Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

As the saying goes, "all you need is love", and we're sure you'll love this dress. Theia's fully sequined mini will literally bring extra love to your big–after all, the word is written on the dress.

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Rasario Bridal Draped Satin Bubble Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi

Simple, yet full of drama, Rasario Bridal's off-the-shoulder satin bubble mini is an idyllic look for a summer garden wedding. Kick it up a notch with white stilettos and chandelier earrings.

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Maticevski Honorary Cady Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi

For brides who want an alternative to the standard white dress, we've found the look for you! Maticevski's V-neckline metallic mini is chic, sleek, and untraditional.

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Michael Lo Sordo Satin Feather Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Bring on the glitz and glamour with this gorgeous strapless feathered mini. Your friends and family will be in awe when they see you (virtually or in-person!) in this unique dress.

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Self-Portrait Double-Breasted Lace-Trimmed Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Self-Portrait's double-breasted dress offers another "suit-like" option that won't break the bank. The eyelash-trimmed lace adds a feminine touch for brides of all shapes and sizes.

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Saint Laurent Feather-Trimmed Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

A dress for the bride who's looking to get married on a rooftop overlooking the city skyline. This 60s and 70s inspired mini will give you elegance and glamour for when you say "I do."

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Alexis 'Preena' Lace Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Farfetch

Calling all boho brides, we've found the dress for you! Alexis' lace mini embodies bohemian and beach wedding vibes. A versatile dress you can wear with either heels or sandals.

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Cucculelli Shaheen Dewdrop Fringe Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Cucculelli Shaheen

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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Before by Sarah Seven 'Gia' Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Before by Sarah Seven

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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ASOS Forever New Curve Mini Dress

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Courtesy of ASOS

This mini will not disappoint any bride looking for a simple and affordable dress. Be sure to show off your angles and showcase its V-cut back pulled together with a bow.

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Rhode White 'Ella' Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Rhode

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.

Shopping FAQs

Interested in wearing a mini dress for your wedding? Below are three common questions brides have when shopping for this look.

  • 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.

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