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
- Tea Length Wedding Dresses
- Short Casual Wedding Dresses
- Short Beach Wedding Dresses
- Short Wedding Dresses for Older Brides
- Short Wedding Dresses with a Train
- Short Lace Wedding Dresses
- Short Vintage Wedding Dresses
- Plus Size Short Wedding Dresses
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.
Seven Stars - Pronovias
Looking for a showstopping bridal look? You can stop looking. The Pronovias Seven Stars short wedding dress features illusion beading all over - just imagine what it will look like when it catches the light - as well as showgirl-worthy tassels.
Style 117 - Jesus Peiro
This high-neck macramé number is super-cute. It comes with a dramatic tulle overskirt so you can switch up your look between day and night, so you don't want to buy a separate second wedding dress for the dancing, this is the one for you.
Margeaux - Jenny Packham
For brides hosting a glitzy and glam celebration, Margeaux by Jenny Packham is our top choice. The embellished tulle and delicate feather trim make this look party-perfect. Pair it will some beautiful silver wedding shoes.
Style 80016 – Kelsey Rose White
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
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.
Mae – Timeless Chic
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.
Flora Dress – Chi Chi Bridal
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.
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.
Degas Jacquard Midi Dress - Kitri Studio
KITRI has rapidly become the high street label on every fashion editor's lips - and their foray into bridalwear has proved just as Instagrammable as the rest of their ranges. The rose jacquard fabric of their Degas gown drapes beautifully, and a front split gives this tea length wedding dress subtle sexiness.
Montreal - Rita Mae
Lace wedding dresses are eternally popular, and we love Rita Mae's take on the style - the v-neck balances the full skirt. Those long illusion sleeves make it even more elegant.
Courcelles - St Patrick
A timeless gown with pretty detailing. We love the flattering shape of the lace-covered tulle skirt of Courcelles by St Patrick, and the scalloped neckline is easy to wear.
Kelly - Halfpenny London
Sleek and sexy, this satin Halfpenny London gown is easy to fall in love with. We're particularly taken with the off-the-shoulder sleeves.
Style D2498 – Essense of Australia
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.
Stefani Dress – Alex Veil Bridal
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.
Enid Dress – House of Mooshki
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.
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.
Biba - Charlie Brear
We love the simplicity of this mini dress, which has a high-fashion feel. It's a distinctly Sixties look, but the slashed boatneck keeps it contemporary. Add some chic hair accessories to personalise the dress.
Camellia Style 99092 by Justin Alexander
We love the petal skirt of this sophisticated short dress. The top gives a subtle nod to the fashion-favourite slip dress but with a timeless bridal twist.
Jacquard Blazer Dress - Y.A.S.
Blazer dresses are purely chic - this Y.A.S. version is elevated by the jacquard fabric, which makes it look much more expensive than its high street price tag. A contemporary look that's timelessly sexy.
Style 117195 – Enchanting by Mon Cheri
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.
Ariane Lace Co-Ord – Whistles
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.
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
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.
Style 215112 – Enchanting by Mon Cheri
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.
Style 80043 – Kelsey Rose White
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.
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.
Evette - Phase Eight
Off the shoulder styles are everywhere this year and dresses like Phase Eight's Evette make it easy to see why. The satin waist tie is a romantic finishing touch.
Style 780 - Daalarna
Part of the Rebelle collection, the puff sleeves and unusual embroidery make Daalarna style 780 a statement choice. We particularly like that floral illusion neckline.
Camilla – Monsoon
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?
Daisy Dreams – Ivory & Co
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.
Style 80028 – Kelsey Rose White
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.
Ortensia – Bianco Evento
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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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.
Letty – Enzoani
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.
Conny – Atelier Pronovias
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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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.
Fenyala Lace Insert Dress - French Connection
The lace inserts make French Connection's Fenyala dress look so fresh, and that high round neckline is very flattering. This is the contemporary was to do pretty.
Dress Eleven - Ortaduy
We love the energy of this easy-to-wear Ortaduy short shift wedding dress. The simplicity gives you the freedom to build your own personalised look. Beauty-wise, we suggest a berry lipstick for a tough-but-pretty effect.
Style 66068 – 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!
Mini Azalea Dress - Self-Portrait
Self-Portrait's original Azalea dress graced red carpets and Instagram feeds when it came out in 2016; now they've released a 'mini' version - shorter but with the same neckline and all-over laser-cut lace. We think the white would make a seriously stylish short wedding dress.
Style 4000 – Sincerity Bridal
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.
Style 66026 – Lillian West
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.
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
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
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.
Style WG3876 – David’s Bridal
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.
Full-figured brides will love this selection of the best plus size short wedding dresses.
Style D2189+ – Essense of Australia
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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Ryland - Anne Barge
A high-low dress can be so chic, like Anne Barge's Ryland, which has a stunning, architectural silhouette.
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.