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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!
For the Fashion-Forward Bride: Odylyne the Ceremony 'Mini Caspian' Dress
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.
For the Vintage Bride: Payal Jain 'Archer' Mini Dress
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.
For the Sophisticated Bride: Amanda Uprichard Mezcal Dress
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.
Best Slip Dress: David's Bridal Hand-Pleated Spaghetti Strap Plus Size Slip Dress
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.
Most Effortless: Reformation Riviera Dress
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.
Most Sleek: Lulus Total Bombshell White Satin Asymmetrical Strapless Mini Dress
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.
Most Romantic: Reformation Carraway Dress
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.
Best Statement Sleeve: Amanda Uprichard Tia Dress
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.
Best Puff Sleeve: Alice + Olivia Mimi Puff Sleeve Denim Mini Dress
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.
Best Dancing Dress: ASOS Maya Off-the-Shoulder Mini Tulle Dress
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.
For a Summer Wedding: Amsale Strapless Cocktail Dress
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.
For a Garden Wedding: David's Bridal Strapless Lace Plus Size Short Wedding Dress
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.
Best Feather Dress: Bronx and Banco Lola Blanc Mini Feather Dress
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.
Most Delicate: Bronx and Banco Medeleine Dress
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.
Best Wrap Dress: Superdown Sophie Draped Mini Dress
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.
Best Bow: Alexia María 'Bow Butterfly' Mini Dress
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.
Best Fringe: Cucculelli Shaheen Dewdrop Fringe Mini Dress
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.
Best Pattern: Before Sarah Seven Edie - Leopard
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.
Most Daring: Michael Costello Fena Mini Dress
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.
Best Party Dress: Bronx and Banco Mademoiselle Bridal Mini Dress
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.
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.