Finding the perfect wedding dress to suit your shape is hard enough, but when you’re a petite bride this challenge can be even tougher.
Being a shorter bride can put certain constraints as to what wedding dress styles you can get away with, but it also opens doors to plenty of beautiful designs that will suit you perfectly.
Here at hitched, we'd advise petite brides to seek out styles which have less volume, so try to avoid ballgown wedding dresses and styles which are heavy in pattern. Go for a wedding dress that has embellishment instead of a unique shape or pattern - it's a great way to make sure you have a wedding dress that isn't lacking anything in the detail department and also suits your figure.
Here are some of our favourite wedding dresses for petite brides...
Heidi Elnora – Scarlett Wren
Petite brides are sure to turn heads in this cute Heidi Elnora wedding dress. This unique design is perfect for brides who want to wear a traditional wedding dress shape with a stylish twist. The sheer skirt and lace detail lead beautifully into the scalloped hem which has the prettiest fringing.
Elio Abou Fayssal
For a cute and whimsical look on your wedding day, styles like this dress by Elio Abou Fayssal are the perfect choice. The frilly hem and playful length will keep your wedding day look modern and pretty at all times. Pair the short wedding dress with some designer wedding shoes to really wow your guests.
Francesca Miranda - Jackie
When it comes to wedding dresses for petite brides, a lot of the most flattering designs won’t be heavy in volume but this Francesca Miranda design has the perfect balance of texture and shape. The arch in the hem shows off your beautiful wedding shoes and a bit of leg which elongates your body and gives the illusion that you’re a bit taller – yay!
Jennifer Regan – Manuela
If a simple wedding dress is what you’re looking for, then you will adore this Jennifer Regan design. The shape is one which will flatter any body shape and the sweetheart neckline is feminine and demure. It’s great for petite brides because the understated lace texture isn’t fussy or too much for the dress itself.
Belle and Bunty – Maple
Vintage brides, you are going to go crazy for this wedding dress by Belle and Bunty. The off-white colour is timeless and really brings out the sheen in the fabric. Having a slit in the leg adds a sexy edge to the dress and the design maintains its elegance with a shy neckline and cap sleeves. We love that the glitzy detail turns this design into an embellished wedding dress – every bride needs a little sparkle!
If you’re a petite bride who wants to stay away from the ball gown wedding dress shape, but still needs a bit of drama and volume, this Tarik Ediz dress could be the perfect match for you. The column lace wedding dress has a sheer body and illusion neckline like no other and is complemented beautifully by a side train. The tulle addition gives the silhouette of a princess style wedding dress while still showcasing the bride’s true figure.
Alfred Angelo – Style 2565
Wedding dresses for petite brides don’t come much prettier than style 2565 by Alfred Angelo. The tea length wedding dress has layers upon layers of magnificent tulle which is adorned by detailed lace applique. The glitzy waist band synchs in at the waist showcasing the smallest part of the body and the plunging neckline is perfectly held together by a sheer covering. The ivoy shade was the perfect choice for a dress like this – so pretty.
Kelly Faetanini – Hazel
This Kelly Faetanini wedding dress is simply stunning in every way. The fit and flare shape skims over the body beautifully. If you are big-busted and want a strapless dress that won’t leave you feeling uncomfortable at the wedding, then this could work perfectly for you. The lace panel which has been added to the sweetheart neckline is the ideal way to feel slightly more covered up in a strapless dress.
Allure Bridals – Style 553
Pink wedding dresses can really make a difference on your wedding day and are a great alternative for brides who don’t want the crisp white look, or an ivory shade for their gown. The shape of this wonderful Allure Bridals wedding dress will have you feeling priceless on your wedding day and is a great choice for brides who are dreaming of walking down the aisle in all things lace.
Jennifer Regan – Catalina
Jennifer Regan has produced a lace wedding dress that is simply to die for. The sheer lace shoulders and sleeves really show off the intricate detail used to create this wedding dress and the leg slit is a gorgeous addition. We love the way that such a simple wedding dress shape has been moulded into something this beautiful, it’s pure genius.
Minna – Style 254
Brides looking to create a bohemian look on their wedding day will find Minna’s style 254 seriously irresistible. The more casual approach to bridal is so popular, especially with festival and outdoor weddings and we can totally see why. This boho wedding dress by Minna is light, flattering and would look beautiful with some floral wedding accessories.
Justin Alexander – Style 8905
Any bride who wears this Justin Alexander wedding dress on their special day will be remembered forever for wearing the most stunning dress known to man. Every single detail on this gown is perfectly placed from the intricate lace hem to the beaded neckline and sheer embellished sleeves. There is nothing we would change about this wedding dress, nothing at all!
Heidi Elnora – Samantha Steele
From one exquisite wedding dress to another. Heidi Elnora never fails to impress us here at hitched and this wedding dress definitely had us gasping in awe when we saw it. The mermaid shape is one which is so sought after by brides and the contrast in textures is great for petite brides and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a wedding dress with a plunging neckline?
Alfred Angelo – Style 8540
This pale blue wedding dress by Alfred Angelo has the most slimming column shape for brides to enjoy. The blue shade really stands out against the white lace overlay and we just adore the hem detail. We’d love to see this wedding dress worn with some dainty bridal accessories to finish the look.
Pronovias – Odri
We adore this pink wedding dress by Pronovias. The all over lace fabric gives the dress such a romantic look, especially with the addition of that pink satin waistband and bow! The illusion neckline has the most beautiful lace fringing at the top which is such a nice alternative to just a plain seam.
Allure Bridals – 9304
The most classic of all wedding dresses is here and petite brides are going to love it. Style 9304 by Allure Bridals has so many stunning components that all work together to create a look worthy of getting married in. The plunging neckline and thick lace straps lead into a fitted and shapely bodice that sees the lace pattern slowly fizzle out into the skirt.
What better way to end this article than with a breathe taking, colourful wedding dress by Paolo Sebastian. There are so many whimsical and enchanting vibes that come off this quirky short wedding dress and we just love the colour. Having a wedding dress made from such a pastel green colour is the perfect idea for brides who are having a spring wedding. The low neckline and puffed sleeves are surrounded by immaculate detail and embellishment that will seriously stun your guests.
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