The 20 Best Plus-Size Short Wedding Dresses for a Playful Look

Ditch the long gown for something flirty and fun.

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Whether you're after a glam wedding gown or something more understated, choosing the perfect bridal look is one of the biggest day-of decisions a bride-to-be can make. While some to-be-weds prefer a more traditional aesthetic, others want something a little more playful and contemporary. That's why more and more brides are opting for frocks with shorter hemlines that feel youthful and modern, yet still completely wedding-worthy. And if you're on the hunt for plus-size short wedding dresses, you've come to the right place!

While shopping for a plus-size wedding dress might feel daunting, the good news is that there are now plenty of options out there for any budget, style, and season. What's even better is that if you're looking for a shorter dress—whether it's for your ceremony, reception, or both—you have an even broader range to choose from, since pretty much any white cocktail or midi dress can double as a wedding gown.

To help you narrow down your options, we've rounded up the best not-so-long wedding dresses that'll showcase your personality while still making you feel as bridal as can be. Whether you're after a bold party look or a classically romantic design, read on for the best plus-size short wedding dresses for every style and season.

For the Romantic Bride

ASOS Design Curve Blouson Midi Dress

Curve blouson midi dress with art nouveau embellishment

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Size: 12-26 | Length: Midi-length

From the flutter sleeves to the floral embellishments, this dreamy ASOS design exudes true romance. The kick slit and curve-skimming silhouette add subtle sexiness, while the sequin detailing gives your shorter style an extra touch of shimmer.

Contemporary Favorite

Revelry Millie Mini Dress

Crepe Mini Dress in white

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Size: 0-32 | Materials: Crepe | Length: Mini

Measuring 27 inches from neckline to hem, the Millie dress from Revelry is a favorite for modern brides who want a look that's current, modest, and adaptable. The sweet mini features a scoop neckline, fitted waist, and built-in cups for support, plus the bows on the straps are detachable, giving you two looks in one!

Best High-Low

DB Studio Mikado High-Low Wedding Dress

Size: 16W-30W | Materials: Polyester, mikado | Length: High-low

Effortlessly elegant, this DB Studio dress is simple-yet-sublime with a structured, strapless bodice and a high-low skirt that falls from the waist (plus side pockets for holding the essentials). Pair the design with a sparkling belt and statement heels to really elevate your look.

For the Princess Bride

Galina Signature Illusion Sleeve Wedding Dress

illusion sleeve tea-length wedding dress

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Size: 16W-30W | Materials: Polyester, lace, tulle | Length: Midi-length

You don't have to forgo your princess dreams just because you're opting for a shorter dress. With nearly 4,000 beads and sequins, plus a tea-length tulle skirt and lace-covered illusion bodice, this Galina Signature gown feels utterly royal, even without a floor-length hem.

Most Sophisticated

Tadashi Shoji Sabine Dress

long sleeve dress in a modern mini silhouette

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Size: 1X-4X | Materials: Polyester | Length: Mini

We love a suit-inspired look for sophisticated brides, and Tadashi Shoji's Sabine dress does it all with a twist bodice detail and plunging neckline. Perfect for a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, or reception, pair the look with classic accessories to tie the entire ensemble together.

Best Beading

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Art Deco Cocktail Dress

PLUS SIZE ART DECO COCKTAIL DRESS WITH HALTER NECK IN IVORY

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Size: 14-26 | Materials: Polyester, sequin | Length: Mini

Giving major Gatsby vibes, this art deco dress from Adrianna Papell will make you feel like the star you are. Between the flattering halter neckline, blouson bodice, and sheath silhouette—not to mention rows of glittering sequins—this design is sure to dazzle all night long.

Satin Favorite

Show Me Your Mumu Samantha Ruffle Wrap Dress

Ruffle Wrap Dress

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Size: XXS-3X | Materials: Satin | Length: High-low

Coming in 13 different hues, the Samantha dress from Show Me Your Mumu is an unexpected take on your standard satin frock. Flirty ruffle straps and a high-low hem nod to the contemporary, while the mock wrap design and bra-friendly cut make the gown sensible in a way other satin gowns could only dream of.

For a Spring Wedding

Reformation Juliette Dress ES

floral dress

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Size: 14-24 | Materials: Viscose | Length: Midi-length

Whether it's a bridal shower, a rehearsal, a garden party, or a backyard wedding, Reformation's Juliette dress is a favorite for spring brides. The fitted bodice gives way to a relaxed-fitting skirt that balances the look with an alluring thigh-high side slit. Bonus: Select from multiple floral print options to best suit your day-of vision.

Best With Cape

Bridal by ELOQUII Mini Dress With Puff Sleeve Cape

Mini Dress With Puff Sleeve Cape

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Size: 14-28 | Materials: Crepe, organza | Length: Mini

A little bit sexy and a little bit decorous, Bridal by Eloquii marries the two aesthetics in one magnificent mini dress. While the crepe dress draws the eyes in, it's the removable organza cape and sleeves that conveniently add coverage and make this special bridal look one to remember.

Best Strapless

Azazie Gelsey Wedding Dress

Knee length tulle and mikado dress

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Size: 0-30, custom sizing | Materials: Tulle, mikado | Length: Knee-length

Made from luscious tulle and silky mikado, this strapless number from Azazie is truly hard to top. The combination of a sweetheart neckline, fit-and-flare silhouette, and floaty tulle skirt make this dress an easy choice for any bride. Add some accessories to showcase your personal style and play up the design's effortless grace.

For a Summer Wedding

Torrid Mini Stretch Tiered Flare Dress

MINI STRETCH LACE V NECK TIERED FLARE DRESS

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Size: 10-30 | Materials: Nylon, lace | Length: Knee-length

Light fabrics with flowy silhouettes are summer wedding staples, and this Torrid flare lace dress will keep you cool during your warm weather vows. Pair the tiered design with some boots or sneakers for a casual wedding, or dress it up with some sparkly heels and bridal jewelry for a more formal celebration.

Understated Favorite

DB Studio Chiffon Flutter Sleeve Dress

chiffon flutter sleeve midi-length dress

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Size: 16W-30W | Materials: Chiffon | Length: Midi-length

From backyard weddings to courthouse elopements and casual celebrations, this DB Studio mini is modern and refined with an empire waist, flutter sleeves, and an open keyhole back. We especially love how versatile this chiffon design is, so much so that it can easily be incorporated into your wardrobe after the big day.

Best Lace

DB Studio Allover Lace Flounce Hem Dress

two piece wedding dress

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Size: 16W-26W | Materials: Polyester, lace | Length: Knee-length

A twist on your typical lace wedding gown, this DB Studio original gives the traditional material a bit of sass with a fun flounce design. When you pair the modern high neckline and form-grazing silhouette with the classic all-over lace detailing, you'll quickly see why this style is beloved for all bridal occasions.

For Gold Lovers

Lulus Light Up the Night Champagne Sequin Shift Dress

Champagne Sequin Shift Dress

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Size: XS-3X | Materials: Polyester, sequin | Length: Mini

You're already putting your own spin on tradition with a short wedding dress, so go another step further by skipping the white style and opting for something with a little more shine. Covered in champagne-hued sequins, this shift mini from Lulus wows beyond the fabric with a V-neckline and flattering short sleeves.

Chicest

Revelry Steph Mini Dress

Crepe Mini Dress

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Size: 0-32 | Materials: Crepe | Length: Mini

Say hello to the chicest short wedding dress of the year! Revelry's Steph mini—made from luxurious semi-stretch crepe—checks off all the style boxes with a square neckline, body-skimming silhouette, and an open back. Don't forget the oversized bow that gives a train-like appearance that's both simple and stunning.

For the Feminine Bride

Revelry Maeve Mini Dress

Dot Tulle Mini Dress

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Size: 0-32 | Materials: Tulle | Length: Mini

Delicate Swiss dot tulle, a square neckline, and a sweet, twirly skirt—Revelry's Maeve was clearly made for brides who want to lean into their girly side. The double lining and built-in cups offer plenty of support, while the sheer puff sleeves can be worn up or off-the-shoulder depending on your style preference.

For a Winter Wedding

Azazie Opal Wedding Dress

Knee length stretch crepe dress

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Size: 0-30, custom sizing | Materials: Crepe | Length: Knee-length

Long sleeves and winter weddings go hand-in-hand, but there's more to love about Azazie's Opal dress than just its bewitching balloon sleeves. A modern square neckline and a row of back buttons touch upon traditional bridal gown elements that, when paired with seasonal staples like a faux fur shrug, create a captivating cold-weather look.

For a Fall Wedding

Revelry Skye Midi Dress

Midi Velvet Dress

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Size: 0-32 | Materials: Velvet | Length: Midi

Slip dresses might seem more like a springtime vibe, but Revelry changes the game with the Skye midi in velvet. The high-stretch fabric hugs in all the right places, while its medium weight keeps you secure and cozy through autumn evenings. Throw on a personalized jacket for added coverage and style.

Most Glamorous

ASOS Luxe Wedding Curve Embellished Mini Dress

Curve embellished gemstone mini dress with faux feathers with train in white

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Size: 12-26 | Materials: Sequin, faux feather | Length: Mini, train

Just because your hemline is shorter, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the glitz and glam. This celebration-worthy dress from ASOS Luxe features it all, from shimmering sequins to a faux feather trim and a floor-length train that'll make you scream, "I do."

For the Reception

By Anthropologie Textured Sequin Mini Dress

Textured Sequin Mini Dress

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Size: XXS-3X | Materials: Polyester, sequin, beading | Length: Mini

Change into something a little more party-friendly for the reception, like this By Anthropologie sequin mini dress that simply belongs on the dance floor. A V-neckline, relaxed fit, and shimmering, movement-friendly details make the dress as fun to wear as it is to boogie in. Be sure to size down since reviewers say it runs large.

What to Look for in a Plus-Size Short Wedding Dress

No matter your size or the length of your gown, the most important consideration in a wedding dress is finding a style that makes you feel confident. Many plus-size brides gravitate toward universally flattering silhouettes like sheath, mermaid, and A-line, but that doesn't mean you're limited to just those styles. Don't be afraid to try on other cuts, as you never know what will speak to you!

As far as design elements, V-necklines are known for their elongating quality, while off-the-shoulder necklines and halters draw the eyes up and compliment your arms/torso. Fabric-wise, you'll want to consider the season and formality of your event. Luxe materials like velvet and sequins are a favorite for fall and winter weddings, while chiffon and even cotton work well for warmer celebrations. In general, though, fabrics like satin, crepe, and chiffon are popular for all seasons.

Lastly, don't forget your budget. While shorter wedding dresses are typically less expensive than longer gowns, the designer, embellishments, and details will play a role in the final price tag, as will the number of alterations needed and accessories you incorporate.

FAQ
  • Can I wear a short dress to my wedding?

    Absolutely! There's no rule that says you must wear a long gown to your celebration (unless, of course, that's what your venue/house of worship requires). While a short dress might make more sense for a casual wedding versus a formal one, it's your day! If you're torn between gown lengths, consider wearing a long wedding dress for your ceremony and slipping into something shorter and more dance-friendly for the reception.

  • How do I accessorize a short wedding dress?

    What's really great about short wedding dresses is they often give you more opportunities to showcase your style via accessories. Depending on your sleeve length and neckline, consider a statement neckline or earrings, and don't forget the fun wedding shoes! Since your kicks are able to be seen, choose some bridal sneakers or wedding heels that show off your personal style.

  • Where can I find a plus-size short wedding dress?

    Since most short white dresses can double as wedding dresses, you have a lot of options. Some of our favorite places to find plus-size short wedding dresses, though, include Revelry, David's Bridal, BHLDN, Eloquii, and ASOS.

Why Trust Brides

Contributing Expert Writer Rachel Varina is a full-time freelancer with over 10 years of editorial experience and seven years of experience in the wedding industry. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Elite Daily, Betches, Zola, and more.

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