28 Short Wedding Dresses to Make a Huge Statement

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sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Jun 19, 2020
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Short wedding dresses don't have to be reserved for receptions or elopements if they fit your style. In fact, short wedding dresses are becoming popular choices for trendy brides. After all, your wedding day is for you—and if you love a short wedding dress, you should wear what you want. A short wedding dress can fit a variety of settings, making it a versatile choice. Perhaps you want to wear one for your reception, a City Hall ceremony or a destination elopement. Alternatively, if you're hosting a minimony or sequel wedding, a short wedding dress is a great alternative to wearing your wedding gown twice.

If you are thinking about wearing two dresses, we recommend starting the process by shopping for a wedding dress at a bridal salon. There are plenty of online shops that specialize in short wedding dresses too, meaning you can expand your search.

If you're ready to start browsing, you've come to the right place. We've rounded up our favorite short wedding dresses for every bride. You'll find the best short white wedding dresses, as well as lace frocks and colorful styles. Browse our favorites below to get inspired—or, if you're ready to purchase, snag your favorites on the spot.

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Short White Wedding Dresses

Your search for a short white wedding dress ends here. From short beach wedding dresses to frocks perfect for the courthouse, you'll find a dress for every size and wedding style.

Short wedding dress with high neckline and fringe skirt

Fringe is always a fun detail, and this dress is proof. With a clean halter neckline and a fringe mini skirt, you'll take center stage in this short white wedding dress. And if you plan to dance the night away, this dress will show off all your best moves.

Aidan Mattox Promenade dress in Ivory, $190, BHLDN.com

Simple slip wedding dress with sheer tulle overlay

If you want to look like you just stepped off the runway, this chic style is for you. The short white slip dress has a sheer tulle overlay with long sleeves and a high mock turtleneck—and since the second layer is covered in sequins, you'll shimmer from every angle.

Amsale LW 131 layered shift dress in Ivory, $495, Amsale.com

Tea-length short wedding dress with sheer sleeves and pearl embellishments

This plus-size short wedding dress is all about the details. Mesh straps provide stylish support, while embellished pearls add a hint of shine to the tea-length gown.

Torrid mesh faux pearl tea-length wedding dress in Cloud Dancer, $398, Torrid.com

Short wedding dress with mock neckline and one ruffle sleeve

To really make a statement, go for a dress with one statement sleeve like this style from Shopbop. Plus, with a high neckline, this dress seamlessly marries elegance and sophistication.

Black Halo Pabla mini dress in Porcelain, $325, Shopbop.com

Short wedding dress with billow sleeves and allover sequins

If you're all about old Hollywood glam, this is the short wedding dress for you. Long, billowy sleeves and allover sequins make this design an absolute knockout.

BHLDN Goldie dress in Ivory, $400, BHLDN.com

Short plus size wedding dress with long sleeves, V-neckline and sequins

A simple, structured short wedding dress is perfect for a courthouse ceremony. This design's plunging neckline and belted waist make it a sophisticated choice for any bride.

White by Vera Wang sequin plus size mini dress in Ivory/Champagne, $398, DavidsBridal.com

Short beach wedding dress with strapless neckline and eyelet fabric

Perfect for an oceanside ceremony, this strapless, short beach wedding dress begs to be worn for a minimony or elopement. The delicate eyelet fabric is a subtle-yet-elegant touch, making it a great selection for classic or preppy to-be-weds.

Draper James striped eyelet strapless dress in Magnolia White, $125, DraperJames.com

Short strapless wedding dress with statement flounce neckline

A statement neckline is one detail that won't go unnoticed. This strapless mini dress stands out for its bold neckline flounce—pair it with statement earrings or a trendy headband or make your look pop.

Bardot strapless taffeta mini dress with ruffles in Ivory, $119, DavidsBridal.com

Tiered ruffle short wedding dress with bow sleeves

You'll have no choice but to twist and turn in this tiered short white wedding dress. Sweet bow tie straps add another playful touch to this crisp white dress. Given the casual style and short hem, it's ideal for a second reception look or a low-key, backyard gathering.

Show Me Your Mumu Rowen ruffle dress in White, $178, ShowMeYourMumu.com

Strapless sheath short wedding dress with loose flounce neckline

With a long, flowy flounce neckline, this midi sheath dress is a flattering option for any kind of ceremony. Plus, the loose skirt is great for brides seeking comfortable options.

Likely Driggs dress in White, $30 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

Short Lace Wedding Dresses

Short lace wedding dresses are an elegant option. With a variety of patterns on the market, you can find a short lace wedding dress that feels fresh and modern. We've taken the stress out of shopping by rounding up the best short lace wedding dresses. Browse our favorites here.

Lace off-the-shoulder short wedding dress

Redefine the look of a classic lace wedding dress with this plus-size style from CoEdition. The classic slim fit bodice and skirt have a romantic feel thanks to the lace off-the-shoulder neckline.

City Chic lace flourish dress in Ivory, $149, CoEdition.com

Short lace wedding dress with V-neckline and cap sleeves

With cap sleeves and ornate lace detailing, this figure-flattering lace midi wedding dress will make you feel like a vision on your special day. And for brides who want to dance the day away, the flounce hemline makes this a twirl-worthy look.

ML Monique Lhuillier x BHLDN Lorre dress in Ivory, $295, BHLDN.com

Lace short wedding dress with illusion neckline

An illusion neckline is a great alternative for brides who love the look of a strapless dress but want a supportive bodice. This sheer neckline is met with hand-placed lace overlay, which transitions into a full tulle tea-length skirt—an excellent choice for brides envisioning a dreamy, romantic look.

Amsale LW137 soft tulle dress in Ivory, $595, Amsale.com

Lace short wedding dress with three-quarter length sleeves

If you're looking to cover up, go for a short wedding dress with longer sleeves. This ivory tea-length gown has three-quarter length lace sleeves and a high scallop neckline, making it a great choice for those obsessed with royal style.

Torrid lace tea-length wedding dress in Cloud Dancer, $198, Torrid.com

Off-the-shoulder short lace wedding dress with skater skirt

This fun and flirty off-the-shoulder short lace wedding dress is ideal for those who love loose skirts. The fit-and-flare skater silhouette will flatter every bride, and the miniature V-neckline offers a subtle (but playful) finishing touch.

City Triangles off-the-shoulder stretch glitter lace skater dress in Ivory, $120, DavidsBridal.com

Short lace wedding dress with ruffles and embroidery

A short wedding dress doesn't have to lack extravagance. This mini frock combines some of the most striking details—lace, frills, ruffles and embroidery make this a one-of-a-kind choice for your wedding day.

Three Floor lace in line dress in White, from $65 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

Short lace wedding dress with puff statement sleeves

When in doubt, a statement sleeve is always a good idea. This casual lace design stands out thanks to bold puff eyelet short sleeves, making it perfect for an elopement or City Hall ceremony. Or, use it as your short beach wedding dress if you plan to say "I do" by the water.

Lilly Pulitzer Daniela shift dress in White Petite Diamond Eyelet, $228, LillyPulitzer.com

Short wedding dress with long lace sleeves and V-neckline

Fans of Kate Middleton's iconic wedding dress will adore the top of this short frock. With Duchess-inspired long sleeves and a deep V-neckline, this dress's short asymmetrical skirt gives the conservative top a fun upgrade.

Speechless short lace asymmetrical fit-and-flare V-neck dress in Ivory, $89, DavidsBridal.com

Casual short lace wedding dress with high neckline

Lace dresses don't have to feel dated—take this for proof. The large, modern pattern will make a serious statement as you say "I do." A dropped waist and scalloped round neckline make this dress feel youthful and fresh.

Endless Rose lace combo dress in White, $100, Shopbop.com

Short Colorful Wedding Dresses

If you want to make tradition on your wedding day, consider a colorful, short wedding dress. With a raised hemline and a unique shade, your bridal look will be unforgettable. Find our favorite colorful short wedding dresses below.

Short wedding dress with cowl neckline and metallic gold color

Silk cowl-neck dresses are having a serious moment. Not only is this a trending bridesmaid dress silhouette, it's great for those who want an of-the-moment look too. Plus, in a metallic shade, a colorful and short wedding dress will turn heads for all the right reasons.

Morgan and Co metallic cowl neck spaghetti strap mini dress in Gold, $130, DavidsBridal.com

Short blue off-the-shoulder wedding dress

A bright blue hue is a stunning color choice for brides who want to break the mold. This frosty midi wedding dress features an off-the-shoulder neckline and wrapped skirt, which will help you look (and feel) your best on your big day.

City Chic Rippled Love dress in Aquamarine, $170, CoEdition.com

Short black wedding dress with tulle sleeves and embroidery

Go bold in black with this short boho wedding dress. Inspired by Victorian floral lace, this showstopper has sheer tulle sleeves and an open back.

Needle & Thread Midsummer dress in Black, $489, BHLDN.com

Short plus size yellow wedding dress with tulle sleeves and tiered skirt

You'll radiate like the sun in this tulle yellow dress. The one-shoulder neckline is accented with a sheer tulle overlay, while the tiered skirt will flow and twirl with you throughout the day. If you're a bride looking for a memorable short wedding dress, this is a great contender.

Anaya With Love plus frilly one-shoulder tiered midi dress in Yellow, $103, ASOS.com

Short wedding dress with pearl embroidery and champagne color

With just the slightest champagne hue, this strappy mini dress is perfect for brides who want to experiment with a small hint of color. An overlay of embroidery and pearls make this an eye-catching option for your nuptials.

Elliatt Rosay dress in Champagne, $280, BHLDN.com

Short wedding dress in blush with V-neckline and floral appliqués

This ethereal blush dress is perfect for a whimsical garden wedding. The empire waistline is accented with small velvet bows, while floral appliqués and delicate beading create a memorable finish.

Marchesa Notte sleeveless metallic embroidered cocktail dress in Blush, $795, Shopbop.com

Short gold wedding dress with metallic print and high neckline

Go for the gold in this elegant high collar dress. The structured neckline is fit for a chic City Hall wedding—and with a bold metallic print, your bride status won't go unnoticed.

Lilly Pulitzer Franci high collar dress in Gold Metallic Lagoon Jacquard, $278, LillyPulitzer.com

Short blue and white wedding dress

Consider this white and blue cotton dress as your "something blue." Of all the colorful short wedding dresses on the market, this is one that will make a serious statement. The baby blue embroidery pops against the white fabric, and the delicate lace straps stun.

Jonathan Simkhai eyelet embroidered bustier dress in White and Blue, from $90 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

Short floral wedding dress with scalloped neckline

Short wedding dresses are anything but boring—and with a fun floral print like this, your look will certainty stand out. The scalloped neckline, which features a keyhole cutout, is another special detail that will elevate your ensemble.

City Triangles scalloped floral high-neck plus size skater dress in Multi, $100, DavidsBridal.com

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