Gone are the days when as a bride, you’d be side-eyed for wearing anything but a white, long dress — which is good news for those who want to show off a little leg at their wedding. There are a number of other reasons to opt for a short wedding dress, especially for brides saying “I do” on the beach or somewhere particularly warm. Plus, they’re undoubtedly “in” and bound have a moment in 2020.
Even if you’re not interested in wearing a short wedding dress as your main wedding look, you can still incorporate one into your big day. Change into one at the reception, or when it’s time for the big send-off with your S.O. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite short wedding dresses below to help narrow down your search. Not interested in donning one on your actual wedding day? These can also be worn to a variety of pre-wedding festivities like the engagement party or wedding shower.
Viktor&Rolf Mariage Wisteria Garden V-back Mini Dress
A sleeveless shift dress featuring a high neckband adorned with petite signature bow and open plunging V-back. Wisteria garden flower embellishments adorn the hem volant as they fade from satin to organza.
Justin Alexander Signature Palermo Style 99115
This dress has a strapless plunge neckline and bias belt at the waist; paired with a fashion forward jacket featuring tiered ruffles with beading.
Viktor&Rolf Mariage Frosted Lace Mini Dress
Short fitted jewel dress with allover frosted lace and pearl embroidery. The dress also features a flirty square open back with signature bow and embellished volant hem.
Ines di Santo “Bea”
An embellished sleeveless high neck mini dress with chandelier beading and 3-D flowers.
Dion Lee Wire Slash Ruffle Mini Dress
Ivory wire slash ruffle mini dress from Dion Lee featuring a laser cut design, a deep V neck, a sleeveless design, a fitted waist, a flared skirt, a back zip fastening and a short length.
Parker Donna Dress
A mini dress with a rhinestone embellished keyhole halter neckline and a mini skirt of shimmy-worthy feathers.
Alex Perry Miller Satin Crepe V-Neck Dress
Alex Perry “Miller” cocktail dress in satin-back crepe with a v-neckline, long sleeves, and structured shoulders.
Carolina Herrera Blouson-Sleeve Cocktail Sheath Dress
A crepe dress with statement sleeves and princess seams at the bodice.
Ralph Lauren Collection Women’s Aviana Belted Cape Dress
The simplicity of a sleek sheath and the dramatic fluidity of a cape form the Aviana dress, which is finished with a Ralph Lauren skinny letter-opener belt.
IRO Gidya Dress in Ecru
Wrap dress with a waist tie closure courtesy of IRO.
Roland Mouret “Dandridge”
A cocktail-style dress in structurally draped wool crepe with cap sleeves and an asymmetric neckline.
Monique Lhuillier Floral Embroidered Cocktail Dress
Embroidered flowers decorate the semi-sheer tulle of this cocktail dress detailed with peekaboo insets and a ruffled hem.
Valentino Long-Sleeve Mini Dress
A Valentino crepe couture cocktail dress with a starburst-sequin design.
alice + olivia Gem 3/4 Sleeve Shift Dress
A classic alice + olivia little (white!) dress with a comfortable shift silhouette.
Black Halo Pabla Mini Dress
A sleeveless white mini dress made special by its statement ruffle trim.
Yumi Kim Class Act Dress
An airy white Yumi Kim dress with a sweet design that feels a little bit mod with a high neckline and airy miniskirt.
Cushnie Strapless Mini Dress
A draped silk chiffon overlay adds glam to this Cushnie mini dress.
Zhivago Mad World Dress
A strapless calf length wrap dress with quilted satin features on the bustier, waist and hip.
Black Halo Brooklyn Dress
Simple meets chic with this ruffle-detailed Black Halo dress.
Mestiza Shimmy Dress
A flirty fringed hem and gold detailing combine to create an unforgettable look, and a shift silhouette and three-quarter sleeves make for easy movement.
Fame and Partners Natalia Dress
This Fame and Partners short wedding dress is literally dripping with fluid ruffles, and features a peplum hem and a boned bodice.
Whispers & Echoes Roma Gown
A mock neck mini that’s meticulously embellished, pairing dimensional floral appliques with a scattering of beaded stars for a hint of sparkle.
Marchesa Notte One Shoulder Cocktail Dress
This Marchesa Notte short wedding dress is a timeless special-occasion piece with bright-white color and ravishing ruffles.
BHLDN Goldie Dress
Long, billowy sleeves and allover, iridescent sequins bring a throwback glamour with this dress that falls above the knee in a sleek silhouette.
BHLDN Anthem Dress
Feathered, fitted, and flirty…what more could you want?