Marrying abroad, love the retro look or just prefer a shorter wedding dress? We round up the best short wedding dresses for the year ahead from a look at the latest bridal collections.


Best Short Wedding Dresses

More and more bridal designers are wising up to the short wedding dress trend, and this season we’ve seen some truly gorgeous designs on the catwalk.

This is fantastic news for brides who want to take inspiration from the full skirts and petticoats of the 1950s, or who want a more casual gown that they can keep off the sand or grass!

Best Short Wedding Dresses Trixie, Amanda Wyatt
Trixie, Amanda Wyatt

Not sure you’re convinced? We’ve put together a short (pardon the pun!) guide to the different lengths of dress available to brides who don’t want a floorsweeper. Just take a look at these super cute short wedding dresses.

Tea-length Wedding Dresses

Francesca, Forget Me Not Designs Best Short Wedding Dresses
Francesca, Forget Me Not Designs
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This is one of the most popular lengths with both brides and designers at the moment, and one of our favourites.

A tea-length gown is generally designed to fall just below the knee or mid-shin, and many of them feature a full skirt, nipped waist and fitted bodice.

This makes them perfect for brides who want a retro 1950s feel to their look – just pair with a petticoat, birdcage veil and heels and you’re away!

Mini Skirt Wedding Dresses

Best Short Wedding Dresses 2753, Allure Romance
2753, Allure Romance

The shortest length of wedding dress available, this daring design ends above the knee and looks brilliant on petite brides who are worried about being swamped in a longer dress.

We’ve seen a couple of designers send fabulous fashion-forward minis down the runway, but beware – if you’re considering a church service, you may have to check that your gown is deemed appropriate for a religious ceremony.

Candice short wedding dress Rixo bridal
Candice, RIXO Bridal

Ready-to-wear brands are also coveting the short wedding dress trend, and as micro-weddings grow in popularity so are the mini-dresses. This short style from RIXO Bridal will make a big impact at a chic city minimony.

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Ballerina Wedding Dresses

Best Short Wedding Dresses Madeline Isaac James
Madeline Isaac James

An elegant ballerina-length gown falls just above the ankle, and is perfect if you don’t want a floor-sweeping gown but still want to keep your look elegant and formal.

You can either add layers of pretty tulle for ballerina-like volume or keep it minimal with a soft crepe or chiffon skirt. Just make sure you pick some gorgeous shoes as they’ll still be on show.

Hi-lo Wedding Dresses

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6772, Voyage by Morilee

As you may be able to guess from the name, a dress with a hi-lo hem is cut shorter at the front and falls to full-length at the back.

This type of dress is very popular with beach weddings and bridesmaids alike, and is a great option if you like the look of a long train but don’t want to worry about tripping on the front of your dress (or getting it full of sand!).

The Best Short Wedding Dresses

There are lots of options for shorter dresses – the ballerina type dress hovering around the ankles, knee-length, and tea-length which is somewhere in between the two.

We asked Louisa from what her favourite short wedding dresses of the moment are…

Darla by Mooshki

Quirky label Mooshki is perfect for the bride who wants a short or tea-length dress which is vintage in style with a modern twist. Darla has a daring sheer tulle back with sumptuous French lace that is also on the front of the bodice. The illusion neckline and elbow-length sleeves are the perfect complement to the soft A-line tulle skirt. This comes in lots of colours!

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Cannes by Callista

Curvy brides love Callista for great structure and fit and superb design elements. Cannes is wonderfully evocative of the place it’s named after. It’s stylish, fun, and oozing elegance with a stunning lace bodice and pretty tulle skirt.

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Vicky by Karen George

Karen George offers fabulous designs and stunning silhouettes at a great price, and Vicky is a perfect example of just how elegant a shorter dress can be.

It has a high illusion neck and keyhole back to add another dimension.

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Amy by Qiana

Amy by Qiana is a cute, delicate lace dress with a Peter Pan collar, which works so perfectly with the style. The satin underskirt has layers of net petticoats. Check out the frilled organza waist sash with diamanté fastening. Simply gorgeous!

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Style 31476 by D’Zage

D’Zage has created a fabulous short ballgown (31476) with an on-trend satin ruched bodice and a really flattering cummerband effect across the waist.

The full tulle skirt makes the dress fun and floaty.

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Style 91462 by Sonsie

Award-winning label Sonsie has come up with a winner with 91462, which is available in sizes 18-32.

Guipure lace and soft tulle combine to make a really pretty tea-length dress with a sweetheart neckline – ultra feminine and gorgeously romantic.

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