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2016 Bridalwear Trends: The Mini Wedding Dress

9th January 2016 |By | Be the first to comment

2016 is an exciting year for wedding dress trends with fashion forward styles such as the cropped top, high-low hems and the return of the mini dress! Wedding dresses have predominantly remained modest in previous years but with the influence of slinky red carpet gowns, featuring plunging necklines and exposed backs, wedding dresses that show a bit more flesh are becoming more common place and considered less risqué.

The Mini Wedding Dress |

Images courtesy of David’s Bridal

Whilst short dresses have been popular in the last couple of years in the form of 1950s inspired flared, tea-length skirts, this trend has evolved into a shorter more figure hugging silhouette. This trend was popular in the 1960s and over 3 decades, has made its way back into the world of bridal wear fashion.

1960's Mini Wedding Dresses |

Images courtesy of Pinterest – Cilla Black and Bobby Willis (main image) | Rachel and James Welch (top right) | Audrey Hepburn and Andrea Dotti (bottom right)

The mini dress won’t be for everyone, but certainly has its benefits for the modern day brides who wants to rock this look on her big day. We take a look at some of our favourite mini wedding dresses and why they are so versatile!

Show Off Your Shoes

If you’re a girl who loves her shoes and wants to show off a special pair on her big day, ensure they are seen by choosing a mini wedding dress.

Mini Wedding Dress by Charlotte Balbier |

Image courtesy of Charlotte Balbier

Wear it Again

Opting for a short dress, makes the style easier to wear again to other formal events and occasions. Accessorise with darker colours to make the dress feel less bridal or if you’re feeling brave, get it dyed!

Mini Wedding Dress by Pronovias

Image courtesy of Pronovias

A Second Dress

A perfect party dress option if you want to change into something different for your reception, enabling you to dance the night away with ease!

Cool for the Summer

Planning an exotic beach wedding? The mini wedding dress will not only keep you cooler than a traditional full length gown, but you will be able to frolic on the beach without collecting sand in your train!

Mini Wedding Dress by Cabotine |

Image courtesy of Cabotine

Easy to Pack

Whether you need to pack it into a suitcase for travelling or after the wedding into a wedding dress box, a mini dress is far easier to fold and store as it won’t take up as much space.

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Lucy has a degree in fashion design and 12 years experience in the fashion industry, including 3 and a half years as the manager of a bridal boutique. She loves to hear every little detail about a bride's wedding plans and it is no surprise that the first thing she wants to know is what they're wearing!

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