Why not wear a short wedding dress

Why not wear a short wedding dress

If you ask me, short wedding dresses will always have a place in my heart. I got married in one, a vintage inspired 1950s tea length dress. Not one that I would have immediately picked, but it ticked all the boxes in terms of fit as well as practicality.

For me though, it was price that was the issue and I picked mine up from the high street, Monsoon to be precise, for under £250. Although that was a few years ago now, there’s always a short dress in the pages of the wedding magazines when the catwalk shows are on and there are plenty of wedding boutiques specialising in short wedding dresses too.

My favourite styles have to be 1950s vintage inspired wedding dresses where layers of vivid coloured petticoats peek out from under the dress. Coupled with a dash of colour added to the buttons and a matching sash and you have a classic, timeless dress that, I think, looks fantastic on most girls. There also plenty of boutiques popping up now in the light of the mad vintage craze we seem to be in at the moment, so this style is easy to find.

I also love the short wedding dresses from the 1920s. The cheeky flapper numbers; perfect for tall, slim ladies, have a sense of adventure and fun about them. I simply love the panelled styled dresses and the layers of delicate lace that feminise the dresses.

They certainly make a statement and again, are a timeless classic that won’t date when you look back on your photos. Recently I’ve also seen some fabulous headbands where feathers dart out of lacy fabrics and are dressed with ribbons and pearls. That would look great with a flapper number or even the longer, elegant sleek wedding dresses from the 1930s. 

If you really want to have some fun and move away from ‘vintage’ and into ‘retro’ then pick one designs of shorter wedding dresses from the 1960s. Fitted bodices, with bell shaped skirts to the knee are flattering for most physiques and can be carried off in a kind of Jackie Kennedy fashion statement.

Coupled with a matching pillbox hat and a wisp of a veil and you’ve got a very neat little wedding dress. By the end of 1960s short wedding dresses rose well over the knee, became A-line and were coupled with large floppy hats. You don’t often see that style so much, but that 1970s feel would be perfect for any boho bride.

If you’re thinking of a short wedding dress, there are literally hundreds of styles. I think it makes a great statement in comparison to the many long length dresses you see these days. It’s a great contrast to the mainstream designer wedding dresses, it’s unique and will certainly be remembered by your guests. Do it.


Lisa is a special needs teacher and a hugger. She always makes time for everyone and lightens up everybody’s lives with her presence. When she is not chasing her students around the yard, she finds time to write about what she truly loves, and you guessed it, its people and relationships.