37 of the Best Short Wedding Dresses for Every Style of Bride

Whether you are looking for a micro mini dress or an elegant tea length gown, our edit of 37 short wedding dresses will have something perfect for you...

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A full length wedding dress isn’t for everyone, and if the thought of a long flowing wedding gown sends shivers down your spine, then a short wedding dress could be for you.


You may be having a more informal wedding, you might be having a smaller or second wedding and want it to feel more relaxed or you might simply prefer short wedding dresses because they suit you better.

No matter what your reason for dreaming of a short or tea length wedding dress is, start browsing our round-up of the best short wedding dresses and find a style that is right for you.

Short Wedding Dresses with Sleeves

If you love the idea of a short wedding dress but you also adore the elegance of long sleeves, then browse our favourite short wedding dresses with sleeves.

Style 80016 – Kelsey Rose White

Best Short Wedding Dresses

We adore the eyelash lace detail on this shorter wedding dress from Kelsey Rose White.

The alternative lace pattern makes for a refreshing change to florals and the scalloped hem is a pretty finishing touch.

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Niqui – Aire Barcelona

Best Short Wedding Dresses Aire Barcelona

Aire Barcelona wedding dresses are classic and elegant, and this short wedding dress is no exception.

With a full skirt, all-over lace and a beautiful illusion neckline, the Niqui gown is nothing short of perfect.

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Mae – Timeless Chic

Best Short Wedding Dresses

Are you looking to channel some vintage wedding vibes? Then this tea length lace wedding dress from Timeless Chic with three quarter length sleeves would be perfect for you.

We love the flattering scooped neckline and drop waist detail.

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Capri – Pronovias

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Fancy yourself in something really OTT?

This unique and seriously statement short wedding dress by Pronovias would be sure to turn heads. It’s adorned with feathers making it the perfect choice for your winter wedding.

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Emen Dress – Chi Chi Bridal

Best Short Wedding Dresses

Here at Hitched we’re suckers for a wedding dress on a budget, so when we noticed this gown cost just £120, we were sold!

Thanks to its low back, all-over lace and three quarter length mesh sleeves, you’ll feel beautiful if you wear the Emen dress on your big day.

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Flora Dress – Chi Chi Bridal

Best Short Wedding Dresses

We’re head over heels in love with the Flora dress by Chi Chi which looks endlessly more expensive than it actually is.

It features three quarter length sleeves, embroidered mesh detailing, a fitted bodice, and a mesh underskirt. Race you to the check-out.

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Tea Length Wedding Dresses

A shorter wedding dress doesn’t have to mean a micro-mini. A tea length wedding dress is a flattering length and is an elegant choice for your bridal look.

Style D2498 – Essense of Australia

Best Short Wedding Dresses

Why not ditch tradition and opt for a pretty blush pink wedding dress?

Lace and tulle come together to create the light and elegant style of this Essense of Australia wedding dress. It would look beautiful teamed with some fantastic bridal shoes.

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Camilla Dress – Catherine Deane

Best Short Wedding Dresses

Add some Hollywood glam to your bridal look with this short wedding dress from Catherine Deane.

The satin bodice is beautifully fitted with spaghetti straps and then leads out to a layered A-line skirt.

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Style 99010 – Justin Alexander Signature

Best Short Wedding Dresses

Ball gown silhouettes work so well with tea length wedding dresses. Choosing a style like this will mean you have all the swish of a full skirt, but you won’t be drowned in fabric – perfect for petite brides!

This Justin Alexander Signature gown features illusion beading over the bodice, adding a welcome touch of sultry to an otherwise classic design.

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Stefani Dress – Alex Veil Bridal

Best Short Wedding Dresses

We’re obsessed with Russian designer Alex Veil’s handmade designs which are available to buy on Etsy. They’re high quality, lightweight and easy to wear.

We love the textured tulle coming off this dress – the five-star rating should help ease your worries about buying online.

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Enid Dress – House of Mooshki

Best Short Wedding Dresses

If you’ve been dreaming of a coloured wedding dress but you don’t want anything too bold, blush pink is a lovely choice.

This cute and fun vintage-style short wedding dress from House of Mooshki is transformed by those whimsical sleeves. The brand is based in the North East of England and is one of our favourites for unique, custom-made gowns.

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Miami Dress – Pronovias

Best Short Wedding Dresses

With a natural A-line waist, the Miami dress features a bateau neckline that’s been bang on trend since Meghan Markle sported one at her wedding.

This dress also has a gorgeous lace bodice and pockets which will come in super handy on your big day.

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Short Casual Wedding Dresses

Are you choosing a short casual wedding dress because you’re having an informal wedding day? You can create a more relaxed bridal look by choosing less traditional fabrics and on-trend accessories.

Elianah – Ted Baker

Best Short Wedding Dresses

This informal short wedding dress by Ted Baker is incredibly simple but it still looks bridal and beautiful. It would be particularly perfect for your registry office wedding. 

An ever-flattering skater skirt creates a feminine silhouette, while embellished floral detailing at the neck and skirt finishes the look with a flourish.

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Style 117195 – Enchanting by Mon Cheri

Best Short Wedding Dresses

Tiered dresses have been huge on the catwalks and now this style has trickled into bridal fashion.

This fun style from Enchanting by Mon Cheri would be perfect for a destination wedding or a celebration at the height of summer.

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Daysil – Ted Baker

Best Short Wedding Dresses

How pretty is this daisy lace mini dress by Ted Baker? It’s the perfect, understated dress for your informal summer wedding.

Also available in blue, the elegant halterneck shift dress is speckled all over with delicate lace daisies, guaranteed to bring your look into full bloom.

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Ariane Lace Co-Ord – Whistles

Best Short Wedding Dresses

We are in love with this lace co-ord from Whistles. It’s perfect for a stylish bride who wants a fun and relaxed wedding day.

The two piece style makes the look feel more informal but it is still special enough to feel like you are marking an important day.

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Lorene – Ted Baker

Best Short Wedding Dresses

Twirl through your summer wedding day in the exquisite Lorene dress – a gorgeously informal option which can be worn again and again.

A flattering halter neck and full, pleated skirt combine in this elegant silhouette, adorned with delicate embroidery to add playful polish to your look.  We love it!

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Short Beach Wedding Dresses

If you are planning a beach wedding then a shorter wedding dress could be perfect – after all, you don’t want your hemline dragging in the sand! Light fabrics and relaxed silhouettes will create a stunning beach bride look.

Style 66030 – Lillian West

Best Short Wedding Dresses

How incredible is this lace short wedding dress by Lillian West?

The pretty fabric and flutter sleeves make this a perfect style for wearing on the beach – just team with metallic sandals and an oversized beach hat.

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Style 215112 – Enchanting by Mon Cheri

Best Short Wedding Dresses

Add some sixties style to your bridal look with this fun short wedding dress from Enchanting by Mon Cheri.

This wedding dress has a unique style and is perfect for brides looking for something totally different. The draped silhouette means you will also feel cool and comfortable at your beach wedding.

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Style 80043 – Kelsey Rose White

Best Short Wedding Dresses

This halter neck wedding dress from Kelsey Rose White shows that lace doesn’t have to feel formal.

If you are searching for a short beach wedding dress that will show off your arms and your shoulders then this pretty design is ideal for you.

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Short Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

If you are an older bride looking for a short wedding dress then you will find plenty of beautiful options that could be perfect for you.

Camilla – Monsoon

Best Short Wedding Dresses

Say hello to the Camilla dress by high street wedding dress favourite, Monsoon.

This gown sparkles and shines thanks to its breathtaking bead-work and embroidery. In two pieces, the stylish knee-length number features a beautiful sheer overlay with three-quarter sleeves, which can be removed as the evening celebrations begin. What’s not to love?

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Daisy Dreams – Ivory & Co

Best Short Wedding Dresses Daisy Dreams

The capped sleeves and long floaty skirt make this short wedding dress the perfect choice for older brides.

We love the ribbon waistband and carefully embroidered bodice.

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Georgia – Timeless Chic


For a short wedding dress that still feels a little traditional, the Georgia dress from Timeless Chic is a stunning choice.

Sheer lace sleeves are what gives this dress it’s extra special finishing touch and we love it teamed with peep-toe shoes.

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Style 80028 – Kelsey Rose White

Best Short Wedding Dresses

We adore the elegant silhouette of this wedding dress from Kelsey Rose White.

So many short wedding dresses have an A-line shape so it’s a refreshing change to see a more fitted style. We think this is perfect for an older bride.

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Ortensia – Bianco Evento

Best Short Wedding Dresses

This off-the-shoulder wedding dress from Bianco Evento is ideal for older brides looking for something stylish and elegant.

The flattering neckline and sheer sleeves are a pretty finishing touch to this elegant wedding dress.

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Short Wedding Dresses with a Train

A short wedding dress doesn’t mean you can’t impress your wedding guests with a statement train! Take a look at some of our favourite short wedding dresses with a train.

Style 80026 – Kelsey Rose White

Best Short Wedding Dresses

This wedding dress from Kelsey Rose White shows exactly how a short wedding gown can still be super glam!

The tiered train at the back of the dress adds plenty of drama and will leave you feeling suitably bridal.

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Letty – Enzoani

Best Short Wedding Dresses

How impressive is the Letty dress from Enzoani?

The full train on this shorter bridal gown looks incredible and it would be sure to look fantastic in your pictures.

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Conny – Atelier Pronovias

Best Short Wedding Dresses

This wedding dress from Atelier Pronovias is the perfect gown for making a real style statement.

The short hemline has plenty of detail and then it leads to an impressive and beautiful train to follow you as you walk down the aisle.

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Short Lace Wedding Dresses

Lace wedding dresses will never go out of style. If you’re after something classic and timeless, opt for one of these short lace wedding dresses.

Style 66068 – Lillian West

Best Short Wedding Dresses Lillian West

Dance the night away in this short lace wedding dress by Lillian West. It’s adorned with Venice lace and features a chevron pattern on the illusion bodice.

This flirty design also has cap sleeves and a circular-cut tulle skirt. Oh, and it’s available in a floor-length version if you decide a short wedding dress isn’t for you!

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Style 4000 – Sincerity Bridal

Best Short Wedding Dresses

This pretty short lace wedding dress from Sincerity Bridal is actually two dresses in one. A strapless sweetheart neckline gown is topped with a detachable sheer three quarter sleeve overlay.

If you plan on having a more formal ceremony and then want to transform your look for the evening then this Sincerity Bridal wedding dress is for you.

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Style 66026 – Lillian West

Best Short Wedding Dresses Lillian West 66026

Up next we have another design by Lillian West – this time their short wedding dress with all-over lace and sequins.

Thanks to its tulle skirt, it is so fun to wear, and will ensure you feel a million dollars on your big day.

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Short Vintage Wedding Dresses

If you’re having a vintage-inspired wedding day, you’ll need a short vintage wedding dress to match. Choose from these gorgeous gowns…

Dolly Dress – House of Mooshki

Best Short Wedding Dresses House of Mooshki

How gorgeous is this 1950s-inspired short vintage wedding dress by House of Mooshki?

A delicate sweetheart bust leads to an illusion neckline trimmed with scalloped lace. Cap sleeves give this dress a pure Audrey Hepburn feel while the full circle skirt offers plenty of volume.

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Maisie Dress – House of Mooshki

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The Maisie dress is a House of Mooshki bestseller – and for good reason. This short vintage wedding dress is cute and fun, but it stills has bags of elegance.

The off-the-shoulder neckline compliments the flattering sweetheart detailing, while the elegantly beaded sleeves add a welcome touch of sparkle.

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Style WG3876 – David’s Bridal

Best Short Wedding Dresses

Look closely and you’ll see plenty of shimmering detail on this embellished short wedding dress from David’s Bridal.

The strapless style has a fitted bodice adorned with sequins which leads to a flowing A-line skirt.

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Plus Size Short Wedding Dresses

Full-figured brides will love this selection of the best plus size short wedding dresses.

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Flora – Chi Chi Curve

Best Short Wedding Dresses Chi Chi Curve

Turn heads is this gorgeous short plus size wedding dress by Chi Chi Curve. It features Baroque-inspired embroidery, mesh detailing and a lovely tulle underskirt.

And the best part? It’ll only cost you £85!

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Style D2189+ – Essence of Australia

Best Short Plus Size Wedding Dresses

Essence of Australia have done it again with this beautiful design.

Their gorgeous plus size short wedding dress has a high-low skirt made from lace, tulle and organza. It also features a face-framing strapless sweetheart neckline.

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Hera – Chi Chi Curve

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Wedding dresses don’t come much prettier than the Hera dress by Chi Chi Curve.

It has an elegant high neckline, cap sleeves and a floaty midi skirt. Now all you need is a stunning pair of wedding shoes!

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Are you still looking for your ideal short wedding dress? Browse our full edit of short wedding dresses, available in bridal shops throughout the UK.