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No matter your size or shape, the key to looking and feeling your best in your wedding dress is to find a silhouette that not only showcases your personal style but fits you perfectly. For petite brides, this means finding a wedding dress that flatters, not overwhelms, your frame. Luckily, there are tons of stylish wedding dresses out there that were designed with the petite bride in mind.
While we believe that all brides should wear whatever makes them feel the most beautiful, there are certain types of wedding dresses that work best for petite frames. For example, short dresses and styles with high-low hemlines are perfect for showing off your legs, while shoulder-baring silhouettes that feature a halter neckline or pin-thin straps are a stylish way to accentuate and elongate your frame. And while there are plenty of ball gowns that cater to petite brides, if you're worried about wearing a wedding dress that might end up wearing you, it's best to avoid voluminous silhouettes and dresses with exaggerated ruffles and long trains.
For the Minimalist: Galvan Satin Halterneck Midi Dress
In liquid satin, this exquisite Galvan dress features an elongating halter neckline. The slim-fit silhouette drapes beautifully over the body and is designed to accentuate your figure.
For a Spring Wedding: Lulus White Lace Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress
What could be sweeter than this playful frock? Crafted from floral lace and featuring an elegant-off-the-shoulder neckline, this tea-length number is dreamy for a spring or summer wedding.
Best With Ruffles: Lulus White Satin Ruffled Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress
Ruffles add the perfect finishing touch to this utterly romantic dress. Flattering from head to toe, we won't blame you if you never want to take this frilly number off.
Best Floor-Length: Reformation Petites Winslow Dress
Available in sizes 0P to 12P, Reformation's 'Winslow' dress is a gorgeous option for petite brides looking to wear a floor-length wedding gown. The adjustable waist tie and high slit make it flattering and sexy, to boot.
Best Slip Dress: Lulus Satin Cutout Cowl Neck Midi Dress
If there's one thing that we know, it's that a slip dress is always a timeless choice for any type of wedding. This one is designed to hit just below the knee, making it a great choice for petite brides.
Most Versatile: Sachin & Babi Detachable Train Wedding Dress
What could be more fun than a mini dress with a train? We love this style for everything from the rehearsal dinner to your wedding day look.
Most Romantic: Galina Signature Floral Petite Wedding Dress with Removable Sleeves
This floral embroidered gown is as romantic as ever for a formal or black-tie wedding. It comes with removable sleeves, making it an excellent choice for brides who are looking for a gown that boasts two looks in one.
Best Midi: Marchesa Notte Arabella Dress
If you're not drawn to floor-length gowns or mini dresses, consider meeting in the middle with a midi dress. This embellished number feels appropriate for a wide range of celebrations from micro weddings to courthouse ceremonies and formal soirées.
Best High-Low: DB Studio Mikado High-Low Wedding Dress
Wedding dresses with high-low hemlines are a great choice for petite brides as they give you all the drama of a ball gown without overwhelming your frame.
Best Asymmetric Hem: Anna October Cotton-Blend Maxi Dress
With a subtle high-low hemline, this maxi dress is designed to flatter your legs while the bustier bodice adds an element of sexiness to the silhouette. Team yours with gold accessories and sleek sandals.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: David's Bridal Collection Off the Shoulder Satin Gown Petite Wedding Dress
Just because you have a petite frame doesn't mean you can't don a fabulous ball gown! This off-the-shoulder stunner is ideal for showcasing your shoulders and décolletage and is a beyond elegant choice for a black-tie celebration.
Best Mini Dress: Carolina Herrera Bow-Accented Silk Mini Dress
For petite brides, a short wedding dress is a smart and stylish choice. Show off your legs (and a statement pair of heels) in this playful yet architectural mini dress from Carolina Herrera.
Best Jumpsuit: Reformation Petites Alfred Jumpsuit
Looking to wear a jumpsuit down the aisle or change into one for the reception? Go for this simple and sweet jumpsuit from Reformation. The fitted bodice is perfect for showcasing your figure while the slightly flared hem draws attention to your legs.
Best Details: Markarian Rhett Dress
From the tie sleeve detail to the crystal trim straps and belt, there's so much to love about the 'Rhett' dress from Markarian. If you're a bride-to-be who has an eye for fashion, this dress is the perfect fit for you.
Most Fashion-Forward: Danielle Frankel Liv Mini Dress
Danielle Frankel is known for her eye-catching and fashion-forward designs and this mini dress is no exception. We love it for the bride who isn't afraid to go for a daring and different look.
Most Retro: Shona Joy Balloon Sleeves Mini Dress
With a distinctly '80s vibe to it, this mini dress is perfect for the bride-to-be who loves vintage-inspired pieces. Wear your hair up to showcase the dramatic balloon sleeves.
What to Look For in a Petite Wedding Dress
For petite brides, shopping for a wedding dress is all about finding a silhouette that flatters your frame without overwhelming it. As a petite bride, you'll want to experiment with different dress silhouettes and hem lengths. A-line and fit-to-flare silhouettes are always a flattering choice for petite body types while mini and midi dresses are great for showing off your legs and elongating your frame. And, when it comes to fabrics and prints, keep in mind that sometimes less is more. While we're all for brides making a bold fashion statement, oversized prints, heavy fabrics, and all-over embellishments might overpower some smaller frames.
What dress silhouettes work best for petite brides?
Dresses with A-line and fit-to-flare silhouettes as well as dresses with short and high-low hemlines are some flattering choices for petite brides.
What wedding dress silhouettes should petite brides avoid?
While we strongly believe that all brides should feel free to wear whatever makes them look and feel their best, if you're worried about your wedding dress overwhelming your petite frame, it's best to avoid voluminous ball gowns or dresses with exaggerated embellishments.
What dress lengths work best for petite brides?
While petite brides can certainly wear floor-length dresses or gowns with trains, shorter lengths like tea-length or mini dresses are flattering cuts for petites.
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