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12 Short Wedding Dress Ideas That Are Perfect for the Cool, Practical Bride

Not a fan of long gowns? Then go for a little white dress for your walk down the aisle!
12 Short Wedding Dress Ideas That Are Perfect for the Cool, Practical Bride
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Not a fan of long gowns? Then go for a little white dress for your walk down the aisle!

Though most brides prefer to get all glammed up and have a princess moment when they walk down the aisle, there’s no denying that there are those who'd rather opt for a more practical dress for their wedding. Enter the LWD or the Little White Dress! While extravagant weddings seem to be the norm these days, that doesn’t mean you can’t opt out and say “I do” in something simple and sweet.

Celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Kiera Knightley have all made a case for wedding frocks that show off their legs, usually flaunt them with statement flats or heels.

Iconic actress Audrey Hepburn opted for a '60s-style blush pink Givenchy frock that she wore with white stockings and flats when she married Andrea Gotti.

Karl Lagerfeld personally designed Keira Knightley's pale pink tulle Chanel wedding dress that she's actually worn multiple times after her nuptials. 


The key to pulling off an LWD on your big day is to keep your overall wedding theme simple and in line with your look. After all, you don’t want to appear underdressed on your big day! So it’s important to advise your guests about the dress code as well.

That said, if you haven’t made up your mind yet for your final bridal look, you may want to consider ditching the train and ball skirt for a fun short dress that you can wear even after you’ve tied the knot! Here, we round up some practical yet effortlessly stylish short wedding dresses you’d want to walk down the aisle in!

12 Stylish Short Wedding Dress Ideas

1. A puff-sleeved babydoll dress

A baby doll dress, when styled right, can be the perfect wedding gown for the petite bride! It’s also a great option if you’ve got both the legs and statement heels to flaunt.

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2. A sleeveless shift dress

So comfortable to wear and a classic style that you can’t go wrong with, a shift dress is an easy option to say “I do” in. If a plain frock is too simple for your liking, you can opt for one that's fully embellished, too!

3. An uneven-hemmed sleeveless dress

We hear you! You still want a train but aren’t ready to commit to a full-on ball gown? Then choose a frock that shows off your legs in front but cascades into a decadent trail of fabric at the back. This way, you can still have your princess bride moment!

4. A long-sleeved bodycon dress

For a bride who isn’t shy to flaunt her curves, you should definitely consider a bodycon dress! Just remember to pick a frock that fits you perfectly and is done in a thick or expensive-looking fabric. Tailoring is key here and you’d want to feel confident and not conscious when you walk down the aisle!


5. A corseted mini dress

Want that perfect hourglass figure on your big day? Then opt for a structured mini dress with statement applique. This look is great for the unconventional bride who doesn’t mind showing off a lot of skin.

6. A tulle tea-length dress

Sarah Lahbati and Vern Enciso opted for this silhouette when they tied the knot and we can totally see why. A tea-length dress exudes effortless Old Hollywood glamour, and who wouldn’t want that for their wedding day? Have it done in tulle to add a touch of sweetness to your look!

7. A blazer dress

So you’re not into frills. Then why not opt for a well-cut blazer dress instead? There’s something undeniably stylish about this look, especially the fact that you'd be matching with your groom. Not to mention, you can easily wear it as a jacket the next day!

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8. A simple slip dress

For the minimalist bride, a slip dress is an obvious choice! And who says it has to be long? You can opt for a short flirty frock or a mid-length piece that shows off your cute shoes.


9. An off-shoulder puff-sleeved dress

Statement sleeves are always a great idea when donning a short wedding dress. This look is definitely party-ready and would look great in photos! It’s a style to consider if you’d like to make a statement when you say your vows.

10. A feathered A-line dress

Who says you can’t go full-on glam with an LWD? A feathered frock is perfect if you want a fun and unique wedding dress. The cinched waist against the volume of the feathers also creates a very flattering silhouette that’s both slimming and sexy!

11. A sleeveless tent dress with ruffles

Very similar to the babydoll silhouette, a comfy tent dress with decadent ruffles is a fun option if you want a sense of romance and whimsy to your look. It’s the perfect style for a garden wedding, and will look great whether you opt for some classy wedged heels or a pair of brogues.


12. A sculptural one-shoulder dress

Here’s a look you can wear straight to your post-ceremony cocktails! If you’d like a sophisticated yet sexy look for your wedding, a form-fitting dress with asymmetrical neckline is a foolproof choice.

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