Bridal Fashion – How to Rock a Short Wedding Dress

September 25, 2014 | carrie

Forget the long, flowing gown and show off your legs with a short number on your wedding day. Long dresses are heavy, confining, and can be difficult to dance in if you’re a mover and a shaker (like me). Here are some of our favorite styles to help you decide which short dress to rock on your wedding day. Remember, whatever dress you choose should make you feel both beautiful AND comfortable.

1. Sweet Lace Overlay

Simple and feminine, a lace overlay adds grace and refinement to any short dress.

white dress for rehearsal dinner Photo by  Thierry Joubert, from PRETTY DAYS

2. Sleeveless and Form Fitting

Show off those toned arms and beautiful figure with a dress that hugs your curves in all the right places.

white short dress Photo by Taylor Lord Photography

3. Bohemian with Sleeves

Looking for a spunkier feel? Long sleeves always add a bit of mischief to any short dress. You can add more personality with embellishments, fringe, etc.

white dress rehearsal dinner Photo by Cat Hepple Photography

4. Preppy and Chic

Love pearls and bows? Choose a dress that pays homage to the 1950s with a wide bottom, cutesy details, and a fitted top.

white dress short Photo by Isabelle Armstrong

5. Silky Smooth

For the adventurous type, a silk dress can add a sultry vibe to your short dress.

short white dress

Photo by Thierry Joubert, from PRETTY DAYS

If you are dead set on wearing a long gown for your ceremony, perhaps changing to a short wedding dress for your reception is the way to go.

For more fashion inspiration, take a look at our Fall 2014 Fashion Forecast post!


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  1. Beautiful choices here!

  2. Thanks for sharing…58eveningdress.

  3. Very complex white color cap. So nice.

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