Why You Should Consider Wearing a Short Dress on Your Wedding Day

Short Wedding Dresses
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While I have nothing against tons of tulle and poofy wedding dresses (live out those fashion fantasies, girl!), there's no written rule that says everyone must wear a ball gown on their big day. Times are changing, trends are shifting, and in recent years, I've seen the rise of everything from jumpsuits (heck yes, pants!) to simple designs in place of something over-the-top and embellished. And after looking at the latest round of bridal collections, I can sincerely say that short wedding dresses are definitely having a moment.

It seems as if mini dresses and tea-length designs are taking over, and, honestly, it's not too surprising. Shorter hemlines are way better for dancing the night away, instantly seem more chill, and make bathroom trips less of a process. Even if brides don't walk down the aisle in a short dress, at the very least they can still change into one for the reception or wear it to another wedding-related event, such as a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner.

Whether you're about to say "I do," already have, or have no plans to do so in the near future, these stunning options are worth looking at anyway. Looks like celebs who wore short weddings dresses, such as Cindy Crawford and Audrey Hepburn, were way ahead of their time.

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Amsale Bridal

Amsale Bridal
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Short and super sweet! We love the sheer cap-sleeves on this Amsale number.

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Amsale Bridal

Amsale Bridal
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The high-neck, the thigh slit — this simple, sleek, and short design is worthy of a red carpet.

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Amsale Bridal

Amsale Bridal
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We're getting Audrey Hepburn vibes from Amsale's feminine tea-length dress, which we could picture being paired with a birdcage veil.

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BHLDN

BHLDN
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Looking for a wedding dress that's more minimalist? BHLDN's short shift is a worthy option.

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Danielle Frankel

Danielle Frankel
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With the matching pants, it's a suit. Without the matching pants, it's a dress. And no one says you can't wear it both ways on your big day.

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Danielle Frankel

Danielle Frankel
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This mermaid-like, knotted dress would be perfect if you're saying "I do" on the beach.

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Danielle Frankel

Danielle Frankel
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Another suit jacket belted and worn as a mini? We're into it.

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Floravere

Floravere
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Floravere combined the best of both worlds when it created a short, lacy wedding dress with a long top layer.

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GALA by Galia Lahav

GALA by Galia Lahav
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Sure, sheer material isn't meant for a modest bride, but there's something so whimsical about that bubble skirt.

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Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham
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It sparkles, it shines, and it has feathers? Consider us big fans of this flapper-like design.

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Lela Rose

Lela Rose
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Off-the-shoulder puff-sleeves and silver embellishments means this Lela Rose dress will no doubt make a statement.

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Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta
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This ain't your average white mini dress, thanks, in part, to the playful fringe detail.

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Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta
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When you want to go short but still want to wow, your best bet is this feathered dress from Oscar de la Renta.

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Reem Acra

Reem Acra
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The short white dress trend doesn't just have to be for the bride. We can easily see this Reem Acra mini — which includes a big bow — being worn by bridesmaids.

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Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf
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Think you have to sacrifice the poofy element when wearing a short wedding dress? Think again.

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Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf
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There are so many great details on this Viktor & Rolf wedding dress, from the elaborate beaded design to the scalloped hem.

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Whistles

Whistles
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Whistles' breezy, off-the-shoulder, tea-length design is one of those dresses that can definitely be worn again.

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Whistles

Whistles
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This ruffled, eyelet midi-dress says casual summer wedding, and would make a pretty choice for a bridal shower, too.

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Mira Zwillinger

Mira Zwillinger
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You won't just walk down the aisle in this dreamy short dress, which comes complete with a sheer overlay — you'll look like you're floating.

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Mira Zwillinger

Mira Zwillinger
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Mira Zwillinger definitely spiced up the more traditional A-line wedding dress by making the hemline higher and asymmetrical.

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Mira Zwillinger

Mira Zwillinger
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The classic, short fit-and-flare got an update with some slightly sheer material and a corset top.

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Mira Zwillinger

Mira Zwillinger
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It's possible to follow multiple bridal trends at once. Just take a look at this super-sexy short dress, which combines sheer material, feathers, and some standout embellishments.

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