*UPDATED FOR 2020* With micro weddings and minimonies on the rise in a big way right now, I couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity to showcase short wedding dresses. I know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you think about it, some of our greatest fashion heroes over the years have opted for chic and short for their weddings over long and lovely. Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Kiera Knightly, Natalie Portman, Carrie Bradshaw… With that kind of inspiration, it’s actually surprising that more brides don’t opt for the cropped cut. Of course, there’s also a ton of variety under the short dress banner – from mini to tea-length to hi-lo, and so on. All of them have a sassy elegance that’s beautiful at any wedding, but has become especially synonymous with stylish elopements and small weddings (or even as reception dresses for the bride for whom one pretty dress just won’t do). So it’s high time I rounded up my favourites, no? Maybe I can even convert some of you fashion-conscious brideys to the short dress brigade ;)
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Image & dress sources (top to bottom, left to right): 1- Ale and Kim Photography/white+white weddings and events/The Babushka Ballerina via Style Me Pretty; 2- Jen Lauren Grant via Grey Likes Weddings; 3- Kris Atomic; 4- Anna Rose Photography/Alex Perry via Ruffled; 5- Lisa Poggi Photography/SposiamoVi/Alexander McQueen via Style Me Pretty; 6- Love Life Studios/Park Place Vintage via Bridal Musings; 7- Sarantina by Sarah Jassir via Brides; 8- Knee-Length Wedding Dress by By Svetlana Nikitina; 9- MILA Tea Length Wedding Dress by Piondress Bridal; 10- Short & Simple Wedding Dress with Cut Out Back by Our Stories Bridal; 11- U Me Us Studios/JuLee Collection via Style Me Pretty; 12- Christina McNeill/Valentino via Snippet & Ink; 13- Bell Studio via French Wedding Style; 14- Lad & Lass/Abigail Betz on SouthBound Bride; 15- Stefani Short Wedding Dress by Alex Veil Bridal; 16- Polina Sergeeva Photography/Alexander McQueen via Boho Weddings; 17- Dominique Bader/Valentino via Love My Dress; 18- Chelsea Scanlan/Bon Wed/Illume Gowns via Style Me Pretty; 19- Esmeralda Franco Photography/Jessica Kay Photography/Etsy via Wedding Sparrow; 20- DNA Photographers/Wedding Concepts/Julie Heinzel via One Fab Day; 21- Erin McGinn/Amsale via Style Me Pretty; 22- Pawel Bebenca/Lizzie Agnew via One Fab Day; 23- Elizabeth Messina/Manuel Mota for Pronovias via 100 Layer Cake; 24- Jodie Chapman/Butter by Nadia via Style Me Pretty; 25- ArinaB Photography/Vera Wang via French Wedding Style; 26- Corston Couture via Bride to Be; 27- Ashley Ludaescher Photography/Rime Arodaky via Bridal Musings; 28- Short Boho Wedding Dress by Samantha Stokes Bridal; 29- Short White Elegant Cape Dress by Markiiza; 30- VESTA Short Wedding Dress by Piondress Bridal
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