25 Short and Mini Wedding Dresses That Make a Huge Statement

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three modern and elegant short and mini wedding dresses
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
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Monica Mercuri
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
  • Monica writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in fashion commerce content
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Monica was an assistant style and market editor at House Beautiful
  • Monica holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs
Updated Jun 17, 2022
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Short and mini wedding dresses don't have to be reserved for just receptions or elopements. In fact, they're becoming popular choices for trendy brides. Short wedding dresses are super versatile and can cater to a variety of venues, from classy rooftop ceremonies to beachside destination elopements. Or, if you're hosting a minimony or sequel wedding, a short wedding dress is a great alternative to wearing your wedding gown twice. Plus, there are plenty of ways to elevate shorter hems to fit your personal style (think: sparkly embellishments, extravagant bows, wispy feathers, flirty fringe, etc). After all, your wedding day is for you—and if you love a short wedding dress, you should wear what you truly want!

To get started, we always recommend visiting a bridal salon. Trained bridal consultants will guide you through the wedding dress shopping process and answer any questions you may have. In a time crunch? There are plenty of online shops that specialize short and mini wedding dresses, which means even more options for you. So if you're ready to start browsing, you've come to the right place. We've rounded up the best short and mini wedding dresses for every bridal style and formality, below.

1. Amsale Tulle Trapeze Dress in Ivory

Amsale short white wedding dress with tiered tulle skirt

For an ethereal bridal look, this short tulle wedding dress by Amsale is a romantic dream. From the chunky shoulder straps to the whimsical tiered pleated skirt, there's so much to love. Incorporate a simple wedding veil, then let the dress do its thing.

2. Rebecca Vallance Genevieve Gown in Ivory

Rebecca Vallance short white wedding dress with big puffed sleeves and simple pencil skirt

You're bound to receive lots of compliments in this stunning knee-length wedding dress. The off-the-shoulder puffed sleeves bring a splash of drama to the plain silhouette. The minimalist pencil skirt, accented with side split down the back, also commands attention.

3. Kiyonna Plus-Size Wedding Belle Short Dress in Ivory

Kiyonna plus-size short lace wedding dress with scalloped V-neck and three-quarter sleeves

Short lace wedding dresses are so romantic—just take this beautiful bridal number. The plus-size silhouette features a scalloped V-neck, three-quarter lace sleeves and an A-line skirt that falls at the knee. It's a beautiful mix of modern and timeless for more traditional nuptials.

4. BHLDN Nolan Dress in Ivory

BHLDN white mini wedding dress with chic high neck, buttoned open back and delicate floral applique details

Fun and oh-so flirty, this short wedding dress is the perfect second bridal look for when the party really begins. We're obsessed with the chic high neck, buttoned open back and delicate floral appliques scattered throughout the whimsical mini silhouette. We're swooning.

5. ELOQUII Ruffled Tiered Mini Dress in Pristine

ELOQUII plus-size white wedding mini dress covered in voluminous ruffles

Want a wow-worthy bridal ensemble to impress your guests? Consider this wedding mini dress covered in voluminous ruffles. Available in sizes 14 to 28, this plus-size frock has short flutter sleeves, a classy V-neckline and a stylish waist sash to tie everything together harmoniously.

6. Lulus All In Favor Midi Dress in White

Lulus simple white wedding dress with V-neck, adjustable spaghetti straps and princess-seamed bodice

Minimalist brides, this simple white wedding dress will look effortlessly elegant for your modern nuptials. The understated style boasts a curved V-neckline, adjustable spaghetti straps accented with silver hardware and a form-fitting princess-seamed bodice. And did you check out that price tag? It's the most affordable option on our list.

7. DB Studio Satin Empire Waist Puff-Sleeve Plus-Size Dress in Soft White

DB Studio puffed-sleeve short wedding dress with V-neckline and nipped waist

The '80s are officially back and taking over wedding fashion trends. Here's a puffed-sleeve short wedding dress that reminds us of the iconic decade. From the exaggerated short puffed sleeves to the classic V-neckline, there's so much to appreciate. The stylish nipped waist and full skirt add to this stellar satin ensemble.

8. Katie May Eden Rock Mini Dress in Ivory

Katie May alluring mini white wedding dress with train

Show off your legs in this alluring mini white wedding dress with a train. We're absolutely loving all of the bridal-worthy features: the strapless V-neckline, dramatic waist bow and luxurious crepe material. It's also the perfect piece to slip into for your bridal after-party outfit.

9. Torrid Lace Tea-Length Wedding Dress in Ivory

Torrid short lace wedding dress with long sleeves

If you're searching for a short lace wedding dress with sleeves, you're in luck! This plus-size, tea-length number is covered in dreamy lace and tulle fabric. And with a wide sweetheart illusion neckline and scalloped trim, it offers a vintage bridal look fit for the modern age. We're impressed.

10. Reformation Belgium Linen Dress in White

Reformation trendy short bridal dress with puffed sleeves, trendy square neck and ruffled skirt hem

All eyes will be on you in this trendy short bridal dress for weddings. The lightweight linen dress—complete with short puffed sleeves, a trendy square neck and ruffled skirt hem—is perfect for your outdoor summer soirée. Accessorize with a pearl bridal headband and a pair of cute wedding sandals for a chic bridal ensemble.

11. Halston Heritage Crepe Mini Dress in Off-White

Halston luxurious white mini wedding dress with cape overlay

Talk about a luxurious white mini wedding dress for your fancy nuptials. It's crafted from an off-white crepe de chine fabric that's silky and drapey. Another gorgeous feature is the classy caped overlay at the shoulders. Pair it with sparkly wedding shoes to complete your dazzling wedding outfit.

12. City Chic Sweetie Sleeve Dress in Ivory

City Chic casual short wedding dress with a V-neck, elbow-length lace puffed sleeves and a flowy, relaxed skirt

This casual short wedding dress is perfect for your courthouse ceremony. The faux-wrap style silhouette has a V-neck, elbow-length lace puffed sleeves and a flowy, relaxed skirt. Want to add a traditional element? Accessorize with a timeless pearl bridal veil and something blue wedding shoes.

13. By Watters Naya Dress in White

By Watters chic short white wedding mini dress for a classy wedding outfit

Trendy and ridiculously cute, we can't stop staring at this short white wedding dress by Watters. The pretty mini has a bateau neckline, romantic A-line silhouette and mesmerizing bow detail on the back. Taking solo and couple photos will be a blast in this glamorous number.

14. DB Studio Flutter Sleeve Midi-Length Plus-Size Dress in Soft White

David's Bridal short casual beach wedding dress with dreamy chiffon flutter sleeves, stylish empire waist and open back keyhole detail

If you're tying the knot seaside, what about a short beach wedding dress to celebrate? We love this midi-length frock because of the dreamy chiffon flutter sleeves, stylish empire waist and open back keyhole detail. Add a detachable train for an elegant and classy bridal outfit.

15. Adrianna Papell Off-Shoulder Sequin Sheath Dress in Ivory

Adrianna Papell off-the-shoulder short wedding dresses covered in allover shimmering sequins

What about a festive frock that's beautiful and sparkly? This short elegant wedding dress has an off-the-shoulder neckline, figure-hugging sheath skirt and allover shimmering design made with glittering sequins. Accessorize with sparkly statement earrings for even more pizazz.

16. Jenny Yoo Hart Mini Dress in Ivory

Jenny Yoo short lace wedding dress with elegant lace long sleeves

Incorporate timeless lace with a romantic short wedding dress by Jenny Yoo. Featuring elegant sheer long sleeves, a stylish mock neck and classy white lining underneath, you can't go wrong with this bohemian-inspired wedding dress. The scalloped hem adds a lovely dimension to the modest silhouette.

17. BHLDN Bette Gown in Ivory

BHLDN short strapless wedding dress with corset-style bodice and cascading ivory lace skirt

Corsets are so in style in 2022—and we can certainly see why. Here's a short strapless wedding dress with lots of personality. The strapless corset bodice is a fashion-forward touch, while the cascading ivory lace skirt feels so mystical. Style it with a classy pair of lace wedding shoes to complement the floral lace skirt.

18. Kiyonna Graced With Love Wedding Dress in Ivory

Kiyonna lace short wedding dress with short sleeves and waist sash

We've pulled another short lace wedding dress option for your low-key nuptials: A flutter-sleeve frock that's a mix of elegant and retro. This plus-size lace number, which comes in sizes 10 to 32, has a scalloped V-neckline and removable chiffon waist sash that elegantly drapes down the bodice.

19. LoveShackFancy Faye Mini Dress in True White

LoveShackFancy boho floral lace mini wedding dress with long puffed sleeves

Boho brides, channel your free-spirited aesthetic into this mini wedding dress. The statement-making ensemble has three-quarter puffed sleeves, a deep V-neck and a custom lace overlay with picot trims and flower appliqués. Top off your outfit with dangling floral bridal earrings and neutral-colored stilettos.

20. David's Bridal Satin V-Neck Tea-Length A-Line Dress in White

David's Bridal modern short wedding dress with classy V-neckline and flowy tea-length skirt

Get ready to twirl all night long in this modern short wedding dress made for endless dancing. It not only has a classy V-neck and flowy full skirt, but it also has functional pockets that blend seamlessly into the tea-length silhouette.

21. For Love & Lemons X REVOLVE Eve Gown in White

For Love & Lemons X REVOLVE sexy short wedding dress with strapless boned bodice and ruched mesh fabric

Want something similar to Kourtney Kardashian's mini wedding dress that's taken the internet by storm? Well, here's a sexy short wedding dress that feels similar but still uniquely your own. This white frock from For Love & Lemons has a strapless boned bodice with ruched mesh fabric and a tiered ruffle tulle skirt.

22. Karen Millen Compact Stretch Embellished Belted Tux Dress in Ivory

Karen Millen menswear-inspired embellished tuxedo short wedding dress

We're big fans of menswear-inspired accents incorporated into bridal looks, like this embellished tuxedo short wedding dress. Crafted from comfortable, stretchy fabric, this fashionable frock seamlessly hugs your figure while feeling buttery soft against the skin. Other standout details include the crystal-adorned notched lapels and fringed satin bow. Don't want to wear white? It also comes in a lovely blush.

23. Sachin & Babi Archie Dress in Ivory

BHLDN plus-size mini wedding dress topped with an oversized bow with celebratory trailing streamers

At first glance, the gorgeous mini wedding dress may seem understated—but the back is where all the magic happens. It's topped with a showstopping oversized bow with celebratory trailing streamers flowing from it. From the altar to the hotel afterparty, you'll look breathtaking at every turn. This dress comes in standard and plus sizes.

24. Boohoo Plus Ruffle Hem Dobby Mesh Skater Dress in Ivory

Boohoo plus-size short wedding dress with dreamy mesh sleeves and flouncy short skirt

Comfortable and uniquely stylish, this plus-size short wedding dress is ideal for a casual ceremony. Made with thicker, shape-retaining fabric, the flexible material beautifully shapes your curves while keeping everything nicely in place. We also adore the dreamy mesh sleeves and flouncy skirt with whimsical ruffle details.

25. Helen O'Connor Crest Dress in Ivory

Helen O'Connor eye-catching mini wedding dress with statement-making abstract bow and side stomach cutout

Whether you're throwing a luxe rooftop wedding or an intimate restaurant reception, this eye-catching mini wedding dress is a stylish number for your modern event. The statement-making abstract bow—paired with the tasteful side cutout and ruching throughout—creates an impressive wedding ensemble for your ultra-chic affair.

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