Trend Watch: Short and Stylish Dresses for the Petite Bride

Short vintage dress

Good news for today’s petite bride. Short wedding dresses—from tea length to mini—are now on trend! Formerly a preference mainly of brides wanting that nostalgic 1950s look, these higher hemlines are now sharing the spotlight on the runways of top fashion designers’ shows. The designs range from swirly-skirted and flirty numbers to more tailored and structured cocktail dresses.

See What’s Great For Petite Brides

Short wedding gowns
1 – David’s Bridal via David’s; 2 – Ines di Santo via Ines di; 3 – Monique Lhuillier via Chic Vintage Brides;; 4 – Marchesa via Zank You; 5 – Carolina Herrera via Ms.; 6 – J. Crew Bridal via J.; 7 – Ann Taylor via Ann; 8 – Kelly Faetanini via Wedding Inspirasi

In this roundup, we’re featuring a lovely mix of haute couture and ready-to-wear creations—each with a feminine, romantic touch that will flatter the petite bride without overwhelming her with yards of fabric and fussy embellishments!

The feminine, romantic treatments we see here and love: a ‘handkerchief’ skirt, sweetheart and off-shoulder necklines, full or three-quarter sleeves in dainty lace fabric, a tiny lace peplum over a slim skirt, strapless bodices, a full gathered skirt with a petticoat underneath, belted waistlines, plus a range of luxe fabrics from sheer to embroidered, to satiny, to ruched or ruffled.

So many lovely looks to inspire your own choice of a trending shorter wedding dress!


  1. I love visiting and seeing all that is new in wedding world. I love the short or tea length dresses. The big dresses just swallow the petite girls up!

    You are so right, I love my old shabby arbor and it would be perfect somewhere at a wedding. Oh, maybe i could be used to hang the family wedding pictures of grandparents etc?


  2. Hi Carol! So nice of you to stop by. Glad you enjoy the posts we share. Your idea of using your arbor for hanging old family photos is lovely. 🙂

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