Marrying abroad, love the retro look or just prefer a shorter wedding dress? Inspired by Kourtney Kardashian’s famous short wedding dress from last year, we round up the best short wedding dresses for 2023.
Best Short Wedding Dresses to Buy Now
Kourtney Kardashian’s mini wedding dress has inspired a new wedding dress trend for 2023, with searches for ‘short wedding dresses’ seeing an increase in popularity by 22% last year.
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, who want a more casual gown that they can keep off the sand or grass or, post-Covid, are opting for a microwedding or elopement.
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 and where to buy.
Mini Skirt Short Wedding Dresses
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 be aware – if you’re considering a church service, you may have to check that your gown is deemed appropriate for a religious ceremony.
Ready-to-wear brands are also coveting the short wedding dress trend, and as micro-weddings grow in popularity so are the mini dresses.
Rixo Candice Dress, £650
Reformation Corinth Silk Dress, £390
Alex Perry Elyse Strapless Silk-faille Mini Dress, £1,860
Rebecca Rhodes Audrey Mini Dress Ice White, £205
Coast Ivory Bandeau Statement Bow Twill Mini Dress, £79.20
Lula Blanc 3D Floral Hand Embellished High-Low Dress, £1,028
Reformation Enza Dress, £300
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Tea-length Short Wedding Dresses
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.
Lace & Beads Mila Bridal Tulle Sweetheart Midi Dress, £120
Ghost Adison Satin Midi Dress, £159
Revolve Bronx and Banco Mademoiselle Bridal Midi Dress, £826
Jenny Yoo at Selfridges Lucinda V-neck Satin Midi Dress, £395
LK Bennett Rose Ivory Silk Floral & Spot Jacquard Wedding Dress, £999
Ballerina Short Wedding Dresses
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. Or, opt for a tulle mini-skirt that’s been all over the bridal catwalks.
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.
Coast Tulle Mesh Tiered Maxi Skirt, now £49
ChiChi London Corset Bodice & Glitter Tulle Midi Wedding Dress in White, now £80
Revolve Ellee Mini Dress by Katie May, £541
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