These 16 Short Wedding Dresses Will Wow Everyone on Your Special Day

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While a floor-sweeping gown is a popular choice for weddings, a short hem frock can pack just as much allure. Short wedding dresses make equally glamorous options for the big occasion, thanks to their easy elegance and breezy feel. If the plan is to wear one to your ceremony, rehearsal dinner or afterparty, these new-season releases will appeal to the dreamer in you.

Finding the perfect wedding dress can seem like a Herculean task, but thankfully there's an array of elegant and effortless pieces to choose from this season, including satin minis, halter silhouettes, sequin-trimmed and off-shoulder styles. We recommend choosing based on the vibe you are going for. If an oceanside wedding is on the mood board, then consider a lace mini with bohemian flair. Alternatively, a strapless satin style or one decorated with a bow tie will pair well with a garden celebration. If embellishments are more your style, look to designers like David Koma or e-tailers like Azazie for feather-trimmed and chain-detailed glamour. Otherwise, you can always count on a tulle gown to add magic to any day, or a vintage silhouette for a romantic feel. No matter where the ceremony takes place, there is a short wedding dress for the maximalist, classic, or experimental bride.

The fabric of a dress is also key to choosing between different styles. Whether it's breathable or on the thicker side for maximum impact, our tip is to ensure you feel comfortable — dressed to walk, twirl and pose in front of cameras the entire time. From impeccably tailored designs to asymmetrical styles, these head-turning wedding dresses are fitting for your big day. Several of these options are quite affordable, plus you can expect to wear them more than once.

Short Wedding Dress Idea: Amsale Alix Dress
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Short Wedding Dress Idea: Amsale Alix Dress

This impeccable Amsale Alix Dress ($385) will wow everyone on your special day. The back bow is the true star of the show, adding a sense of regality to the ensemble.

Short Wedding Dress Idea:Alexia María Isabella Silk-Wool Blend Minidress
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Short Wedding Dress Idea:Alexia María Isabella Silk-Wool Blend Minidress

This Alexia María Isabella Silk-Wool Blend Minidress ($975) is a guaranteed head turner. The off-shoulder silhouette is made even more charming with the attached feminine bows.

Short Wedding Dress Idea:Reformation Corinth Dress
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Short Wedding Dress Idea:Reformation Corinth Dress

This Reformation Corinth Dress ($348) has a nostalgic feel and mod-inspired silhouette. The halter neck and back bow are reminiscent of popular styles from the '60s.

Short Wedding Dress Idea: Show Me Your Mumu Jasmine Halter Mini Dress
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Short Wedding Dress Idea: Show Me Your Mumu Jasmine Halter Mini Dress

This Show Me Your Mumu Jasmine Halter Mini Dress ($148) is a playful look for the carefree bride. It's easygoing and ready for the altar and dance floor alike.

Short Wedding Dress Idea: AQUA Scuba Crepe Dress
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Short Wedding Dress Idea: AQUA Scuba Crepe Dress

The one-shoulder silhouette of this AQUA Scuba Crepe Dress ($228) is unexpectedly playful, while the tailored fit makes it a can't-miss classic. You will never go wrong with this stunner.

Short Wedding Dress Idea: David Koma Feather Trim Mini Dress
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Short Wedding Dress Idea: David Koma Feather Trim Mini Dress

Nothing enlivens a wedding quite like a feathered dress, such as this playful David Koma Feather Trim Mini Dress ($3,888). For the more daring bride, surprise your guests with a statement style like this one.

Short Wedding Dress Idea: Katie May Elle Tulle Minidress
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Short Wedding Dress Idea: Katie May Elle Tulle Minidress

All the attention will be on you in this Katie May Elle Tulle Minidress ($525). The tulle material gives it a whimsical appearance, while the strapless style and short hem make it playful and sweet.

Short Wedding Dress Idea: Rebecca Vallance Daphne Mini Ivory
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Short Wedding Dress Idea: Rebecca Vallance Daphne Mini Ivory

Can't get enough of bow details? Then this Rebecca Vallance Daphne Mini Ivory ($649) will be the afterparty dress you didn't know you needed. With this refined look, get ready for all the compliments.

Short Wedding Dress Idea: David's Bridal Satin Bubble Hem Mini A-Line
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Short Wedding Dress Idea: David's Bridal Satin Bubble Hem Mini A-Line

For those who love a ruffled skirt and sweetheart neckline, this David's Bridal Satin Bubble Hem Mini A-Line ($110) is the one. It packs easy elegance and whimsy design elements.

Short Wedding Dress Idea: Amsale Faille Deep V-Neck Dress
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Short Wedding Dress Idea: Amsale Faille Deep V-Neck Dress

For a classic yet subtly daring look, opt for this Amsale Faille Deep V-Neck Dress ($385). The plunging neckline dials up the allure while the voluminous skirt adds drama.

Short Wedding Dress Idea: Sister Jane Dream Ivy Bee Tweed Mini Dress
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Short Wedding Dress Idea: Sister Jane Dream Ivy Bee Tweed Mini Dress

Make this Sister Jane Dream Ivy Bee Tweed Mini Dress ($204) part of your fairytale wedding. The puff sleeves recall regency ball gowns, so you'd be introducing a Victorian element with your ensemble. Pair it with an embellished headband and simple jewellery.

Short Wedding Dress Idea: David's Bridal Strapless Crepe Feather Trim Mini Dress
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Short Wedding Dress Idea: David's Bridal Strapless Crepe Feather Trim Mini Dress

This David's Bridal Strapless Crepe Feather Trim Mini Dress ($120, originally $170) will move beautifully as you walk down the aisle. The feather-trimmed neckline adds plenty of visual interest.