Short Wedding Dresses

This blog post was meant to be 5 of my Favs – short wedding dresses but I couldn’t narrow them down to just 5. Instead I’m going to tell you a related short story and follow with the dresses.

I was at the afters of a wedding recently – For the American’s out there the ‘afters’ is where you are not invited to the ceremony or dinner, just to drinks and dancing afterwards. Anyway, as I came in and started to meet people, the first thing I asked about was the dress {as I would}. What was it like? Was it nice? I got some strange descriptions and the only thing that was clear is that it was a short dress and  no one seemed to like it.

How awful I thought. I gotta see this.

So I ventured to see the bride. I loved the dress. It was a scoop necked tank style top with box pleats into a full skirt in 50’s style made from what looked like a Mikado Silk. I thought it was beautiful and it looked good on her.

The problem was this – the wedding was the end of October, it was cold out. The venue was a large elegant hotel. The guest list was near enough to 200. You see? It was a big formal winter/autumn wedding. The style of the dress wasn’t appropriate and people didn’t know what to think. There were guests dressed more formally than the bride.

Her dress was similar to this:

model on catwalk with a Short Wedding Dresses

Where in the case of overall style of her wedding maybe something a little more elegant like this would have been more appropriate:

model on a catwalk with a short white wedding dress


or this:

Ramona Keveza

Having said that, I loved the look she was going for and wholeheartedly admire her for going for what she wanted and liked.

A few more short and sophisticated. In my mind, modern hotel or loft space, cocktails……….

Anne Bowen

short wedding dress with removable train

Jasmine collection

short wedding dress with removable train

Nicole Miller

Here are a few more 50’s inspired short wedding dresses. Think alternative venues, relaxed day, 100ish guests, loosely arranged flowers, bright colors and red lips.

Edgardo Bonilla

Priscilla of Boston


And then there is retro short. Think lounges and beehive hairdos:

David Fieldon

Janell Berte Couture

Douglas Hannant

These are fun and flirty. Definitely

Val Designs Ireland

Oscar de la Renta

Priscilla of Boston

Monique Lhuillier

A little bit o vintage:

Jenny Packham

Joan Schum

And lastly, I don’t care what kind of wedding you have, you can change into one of these beauties after dinner for dancing the night away!

Jim Hjelm


Lela Rose

Also note that these models and super tall and the designers crop up the skirts for some reason for runway.

Hope you found one to suit you!


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