Lillian West

13 amazing short and knee length wedding dresses

Short wedding dresses are the perfect choice for brides looking for a cool and unique bridal style. Not only do they allow you to show off your carefully chosen wedding shoes, short dresses an unusual choice, perfect for quirky brides. If you're dreaming of a vintage or retro style for your wedding, tea-length short wedding dresses are a perfect choice.

It’s dress shopping time and you’re on the hunt for your dream wedding dress. This is easily our favourite part of wedding planning and if we could do it all over again, we totally would.


Whether you’re at the very start of your wedding dress buying journey and have only scrolled Pinterest or flipped through magazines, or you’ve already hit up the bridal boutiques for a try-on session, you’re probably starting to get an idea of what you like.

While it may seem obvious, after all you choose clothes for yourself all the time, choosing a wedding dress is a totally different ball game. It’s unlikely you’ll have worn dresses like these before and some of the fabrics may be new to you too, so it’s no wonder so many brides end up surprising themselves with what they pick out.

Traditional wedding dresses are usually floor length and made from lace, silk, chiffon or tulle. If you’ve been looking at gowns like this and feeling like something is not quite right for you, why not consider a short wedding dress?

Shorter gowns can combine some of the same elements of traditional dresses (think lace sleeves and fitted bodices), while looking a little more modern. The knee length and above numbers are a great choice for confident brides, keen to show off their pins and steer away from tradition.

Short wedding dresses also give brides the opportunity to let their accessories share the spotlight. Most full-length gowns hide pretty shoes away, but a short dress showcases them, so if you’re a shoe obsessive (join the club) then they could be a great option for you.

If you’re feeling the short vibes, keep scrolling for our pick of the best short and knee length wedding dresses.

Long sleeved wedding dress

Lace wedding dresses are eternally in style, and we love this take on the style. Montreal, Rita May, £POA

Biba short dress, Charlie Brear

We love the simple yet high fashion feel of this mini dress. Biba, Charlie Brear, £POA

Courcelles gown, St Patrick

A timeless and flattering gown with pretty lace detailing. Courcelles, St Patrick, £POA

Halfpenny London short wedding dress

Sleek and sexy, we love this minimal gown. Kelly dress, Halfpenny London at Net-A-Porter, £1,895

Haney short wedding dress, Net-A-Porter

Channel Meghan Markle in this halter neck gown. Gemma dress, Haney at Net-A-Porter, £1,105

Jesus Piero

This high-neck lace number is super-cute. Style 117, Jesus Peiro, £POA

Camellia dress, Justin Alexander

We love the petal strands of the skirt of this summery short dress. Camellia, Justin Alexander, £POA

Style 66068, Lillian West

Perfect for brides with a love of vintage styling. Style 66068, Lillian West, £POA

Margaux dress, Jenny Packham

For brides hosting a glitzy an glam celebration, this is our top choice. Margeaux, Jenny Packham, £POA

Short wrap around wedding dress, Oscar de la Renta

Swish down the aisle in this wrap around, fringed number. Look 1, Oscar de le Renta, £POA

Avette wedding dress, Phase Eight

Off the shoulder styles are everywhere this year and dresses like this make it easy to see why. Avette, Phase Eight, £325

Long sleeved short gown, Daalarna

Puff sleeve and embroidery make this a statement choice. Style 780, Daalarna, £POA

David's Bridal DB Studio gown

The perfect summer wedding choice. DB studio gown, David’s Bridal, £POA


Complete the look with beautiful wedding hair accessories