If you want to make a statement on your big day, then a short wedding dress could be just what you’re after. Perhaps you have a fabulous pair of shoes you want to show off, or you want something a little different and understated. Whatever the reason for wearing a short wedding dress you will find plenty of pretty, stylish statement short wedding dresses to choose from.
The great thing about short wedding dresses is they can adapt to your desired look. From contemporary to vintage they are extremely versatile. Short wedding dresses are also great for all ages of bride and offer a flattering fit.
Many brides also choose to change-up their look for the evening and short wedding dresses provide many great options for this. If you want to change into something more playful and informal a short wedding dress or cocktail dress will work perfectly. Alternatively there are plenty of delicate tea dresses and ballerina length dresses to choose from which will work perfectly all day.
With so much choice available, it’s easy to see why so many brides are opting for alternative shorter styles when it comes to their wedding dress design. This growing trend has also been echoed by many popular designers creating their own range of shorter length gowns.
Our Favourite Stunning Short Wedding Dresses
Take a look at our pick of the best shorter length wedding dresses around.
We love this super chic and stylish mikado silk cocktail dress by Justin Alexander. This simple and striking design features a bikini top and a petal skirt to create a playful flirty feel to the dress. We think the Camellia cocktail dress would be perfect for an evening wedding ceremony or reception, paired with strappy shoes.
We adore this vintage style knee length dress which features some beautiful and delicate detail. With its Venice lace design and illusion bodice this pretty A-Line dress would suit a wide age range with its soft and flattering style. The natural waistline and the lovely detailing on the back create the perfect short wedding dress to take centre stage. If you’re looking for something more dramatic, there is also a longer version of this dress which would work well for the ceremony.
House of Mooshki
This adorable dress is a little longer in style than a traditional short wedding dress. Often known as ballerina length which falls between your knee and your ankle. We love the elegant shape and the stunning vintage inspired lace. The floaty cap sleeves and the relaxed comfortable fit of the Celeste dress make it an appealing style for any age or size and the V neck creates the perfect silhouette.
The elegant 1950’s inspired Dolly dress is a really gorgeous shorter length design. We absolutely love the sweetheart bust and illusion neckline with a scallop lace edge which looks so pretty and delicate. The full skirt and neat waistline create a beautiful shape for the perfect amount of volume and twirl.
The Della dress has a lovely 1950’s feel to it and comes with an illusion lace neckline and ¾ length lace sleeves. The dress is designed to complement a wide variety of shapes and sizes and can be worn with or without the House of Mooshki in-house ruffle to add volume. We love the flattering ballerina length and the delicate vintage style of the Della dress.
How pretty is this dreamy tea-length dress from House of Mooshki? With an on-trend bateau neckline, floral embroidered tulle and bow sleeves. This is a really feminine and romantic wedding day option. With its customised inner bodice and cinched in waist, it’s flattering on all shapes and sizes, too.
This unique and stylish Tabii dress by Ted Baker is an unusual shorter length wedding dress cut to midi length and finished with a tiered lace effect skirt. If you’re looking for something light and airy, especially during the warmer months this pretty Tabii dress is perfect for you. The long sleeves and zip fastening offer the perfect amount of style and comfort combined. If you’re looking for something stylish with delicate coverage we think you will love this dress.
If you’re looking for that traditional feel to your wedding dress but in a shorter style we think you will love the Miranda dress by Rita Mae. This gorgeous simple and bold design comes with a striking neckline and a dreamy full shorter length skirt. The dress is available in 3 lengths so you can find the perfect fit.
If you like the idea of the shorter length wedding dress but you’re not sure what to go for then try this mid-way style which has a little bit of both. This pretty and flattering dress comes with a hint of blush, and is available in three lengths. We really love the simple straps and the floaty elegant design of this mid-length wedding dress.
British designer label, Hana Divine, has a gorgeous choice of both long and short wedding dresses. This flirty 50s style is great for brides after a sleek yet striking shorter option. We really love how the simple and chic design is perfectly finished with beaded detailing – it’s timeless and glamorous.
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This striking and modern style from British designer Suzanne Neville has to be one of our favourites. This is an unconventional short wedding dress with its step-hem, but it still lets you show off your legs as you walk down the aisle. The beautifully textured skirt matched with a simple long sleeved top make this an effortless and cool big day look.
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The Special Day bridal collection features a host of beautiful short wedding dresses. We particularly love this modern gown with its sharp tailoring and impeccable fit. Off-shoulder sleeves are a huge bridal trend for 2021 too. So if you’re a fashion-forward bride, it’s one to add to your list.
Cool French label Rime Arodaky has the perfect option for a quirky and effortless wedding day outfit. This beautiful and playful asymmetrical gown would look amazing at both a boho festival wedding or a chic and simple industrial-style celebration.
Want a fabulous gown with a fun and flirty update? This choice from So Sassi could be the one for you. The cut-out lace bodice adds a super pretty touch, while the ballerina-length tulle skirt will be perfect for twirling your way down the aisle.
Add to your look with the perfect wedding hair accessory – we’ve got lots of beautiful options for you to browse.
Justin Alexander Signature
This satin knee-length dress from Justin Alexander is perfect for trendy brides looking to make a statement. Or as a second dress option for an evening reception. This stylish number is fully adorned with geometric beading and its bell shape cut is on-trend, flattering and comfy.
True Bride’s Brighton Belle line has a super choice of 50s-inspired short wedding dresses. Vintage loving brides will adore this gorgeous lace design from the latest collection. Featuring a sweetheart bodice, three-quarter sleeves and sparkling beadwork, it’s a stunning choice for an elegant and sophisticated wedding.
Known for its luxurious short wedding dresses, Rita Mae offers fun and playful styles that you’re sure to fall in love with. This fabulous, minimalist dress would be perfect for a vintage tea party wedding.
Choose a dress from Savin London and you’re guaranteed a high quality, fashion forward design that will turn heads as you walk down the aisle. This super modern wedding dress mixes a floral illusion neckline and sleeves with a pretty A-line mini dress. Finish this look with a fabulous pair of shoes and you have a winning outfit.
If you love Savin’s designs, make sure you read our edit of the best designer wedding dresses.
With its mix of fabrics and textures, this spectacular short dress from Spanish label Pronovias ticks all the right boxes for a fashionable wedding style. The bateau neckline, short sleeves and natural A-line waist all give this dress an incredible flattering fit, too.
For all you boho brides – Rembo Styling has the answer. Chic and comfortable this fabulous lace style is ideal for those wanting to rock an ethereal and effortless dress on their big day.
This elegant dress from Halfpenny London is another on-trend short wedding dress style. If you want a shorter style but you’re worried about showing too much leg on your wedding day, this gown with its longer lace overlay is a top choice.
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What’s not to love about this feminine style from Sweetheart Bridal? A lace mini dress is fun to wear on your wedding day and this design even features a detachable tulle overlay skirt so you can impress your guests and change your look from day to night.
Ivory & Co
The perfectly-fitted modern lace bodice and silk organza skirt give this Ivory & Co style a vintage vibe with red carpet appeal. Stunningly chic, this is a short dress that will appeal to brides who want to make an impact as they walk down the aisle. Match with statement accessories and you’re sure to wow.
Boho chic sums up this all-over lace cocktail-length dress from Lillian West. This short style features playful flutter sleeves and an open keyhole back. It will no doubt be a favourite with brides planning a destination beach wedding.
If you want to really stand out on your big day, then you might want to consider this fabulous style from Anna Romysh. This sassy short wedding dress looked amazing on the bridal runways and with its metallic, floral and feather detailing. It’s fitting with the hottest bridal trends for 2021.
If you’re thinking of choosing a shorter-length wedding dress you will soon discover there is plenty of choice. From vintage tea dresses to ballerina gowns, a shorter length wedding dress will flatter a wide range of shapes and styles. They can be just as striking as a full length gown. The beauty of a short wedding dress is that you can really show off your shoes. Don’t miss our edit of beautiful blue wedding shoes that are begging to be shown off!