Knee Length Wedding Dresses

Knee Length Wedding Dresses |
Wedding dresses from David’s Bridal

Whilst a traditional, full length wedding dress with a train will never go out of fashion, knee length wedding dresses are becoming more and more popular with brides.

If you fit into any of the categories below, a knee length wedding dress could be perfect for you!


  • I’m having a wedding on the beach/abroad – You want a dress that will be easy to transport, suitable for the hot weather and won’t drag in the sand.
  • I want a second dress for the evening – You want to change into something different for the reception so you can dance the night away with ease.
  • I have a limited budget – You can’t justify sending thousands of pounds on a dress you may only wear once.
  • I want a dress I can wear more than once – You want to get the most out of the dress you buy, so you want something that you can accessories in different ways to wear to different occasions.
  • A traditional bridal gown is too OTT for me – You don’t usually wear a dress so a full length gown with a train fills you with dread!
  • I’m having a low key wedding – A short wedding dress is much less formal than a long one, making it the perfect choice for a small, intimate and low key wedding. Although it is less formal it is not any less special!
  • I want to wear something a bit different – Knee length wedding dresses are easily styled to suit individual personalities and themes and can be jazzed up with quirky shoes and colour petticoats.

A-line Knee Length Wedding Dress

A-line Knee Length Wedding Dresses |
(Left to right, top to bottom) Justin Alexander | David’s Bridal | Alfred Angelo | Alexia Designs | Pronovias

Short wedding dresses were first worn back in the 1920s, but it was the revival of the 1950s trends that introduced this style of dress back into current day bridal wear collections. Traditionally tea length (mid calf), the skirt has been shortened to the knee for a more flattering look. A-line, knee length dresses suit all shapes and sizes. They accentuate the waist, by nipping in at the smallest part and flare out over the hips, creating a cute and feminine silhouette.

Fitted Knee Length Wedding Dresses

For brides that want to show their off their natural curves a figure hugging, knee length wedding dress will accentuate all your curves to create a sexy yet sophisticated look!

If you are worried about showing a little too much and don’t want to look like you’re on a night out, decide what you want to show off and keep the rest modest. For example if your legs are your best assets and you choose a shorter hem, opt for long sleeves or a high neckline. If you want to show off your shoulders and decolletage, keep the hem on the knee. Alternatively, if you fall in love with a strapless dress that’s also quite short, you can pop on a cute matching jacket or bolero for the ceremony and reveal your ‘party look’ at the reception!

Fitted Knee Length Wedding Dresses |
(Left to right, top to bottom) Pronovias | David’s Bridal | Alfred Angelo

Knee Length Wedding Dresses with a Train

So, you think a knee length wedding dress is probably the best option for you, but you don’t want it to feel like a regular everyday dress and you are worried you won’t feel like a ‘real bride’. Fear not! These fabulous designs by Alfred Angelo and Sweetheart offer it all! With short hems at the front and longer hems/trains at the back,  you don’t have to compromise on having a dress that feels like a bridal gown!

Knee Length Wedding Dresses with a Train |
Alfred Angelo | Sweetheart Gowns

Accessorising Knee length Wedding Dresses

One of the best things about having a short wedding dress is being able to show off a fabulous pair of shoes! If your dress is simple and elegant don’t be afraid to go to town on and choose something eye catching and ornate.  If you want a pair of shoes you can wear a again, choose a pair to match your colour scheme.

Ornate Wedding Shoes |
(Left to right, top to bottom) Images courtesy of Rainbow Club | Crystal Bridal Accessories | Love Lane Wedding Shoe Boutique | Lace and Love

If you opt for a 1950s style dress with a full skirt, you can add a little surprise and a flash of colour with a contrasting petticoat. It’ll look amazing and will make great photographs!

Coloured Petticoat |
Image courtesy of Pinterest


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