As the days get longer, the dresses get shorter! This summer, couples are moving away from tradition to embrace styles that feel fun, free-spirited, and personalized — and short wedding dresses and tea length gowns are taking center stage.
From Kourtney Kardashian’s sexy Dolce & Gabbana corset dress to Audrey Hepburn’s classic tea length gown, short wedding dresses have long been a favorite for It girls and unconventional brides alike.
Plus, they’re a no-brainer for summer outdoor weddings, where layers of tulle and floor-skimming hemlines will only get in the way of your first steps into married life. You can also take the look an inch further with equally leg-baring bridesmaids dresses or a seriously stand-out pair of wedding shoes.
Whether you want to make an effortlessly cool statement, escape the summer heat, or rock a party-ready second look, we’re sharing our favorite short dresses that pack a huge punch.
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How to Accessorize Short Wedding Dresses
The sky’s the limit when it comes to accessorizing short wedding dresses and tea length gowns. With no-fuss silhouettes and zero rules to play by, you can be as casual or as extravagant as you want.
For a rock’n’roll look that channels non-traditional vibes, style your dress with some rad wedding boots or a pair of retro bridal sunglasses. If you’re planning a courthouse wedding or city elopement, complete the look with statement earrings and an on-trend bridal headband. For more glamorous nuptials, you can’t go wrong with a stunning wedding crown or stylish bridal gloves.
And if you’re the main character, the short wedding dress and long veil combo is a must.
Where to Buy Short Wedding Dresses
Because of their versatility, you can buy stunning short wedding dresses and tea length gowns from multiple different shops — including from some of your favorites! For elevated and classically bridal designs, BHLDN is a must.
If you want designer pieces and iconic silhouettes, Revolve and ASTR The Label have seemingly endless options. And, if romantic and unconventional is more your style, consider For Love and Lemons your one-stop shop.
Short White Wedding Dresses
A perfect balance of old traditions and new styles, short white wedding dresses are an easy choice for modern brides that want to make their wedding their own. From summery white lace frocks to ivory satin midi dresses, our favorites will still give you that undeniable bridal look — plus all the flirty, free-spirited energy of a short or tea length gown.
Lean into classic wedding vibes and add an intricate veil, or inject your look with some personality by styling it with your favorite pair of sneakers — like your big day, short white wedding dresses can be anything you make them.
Calling all ’70s-obsessed couples! This retro white short wedding dress is the perfect look for your summer of love. With voluminous puff sleeves and an off-the-shoulder neckline, it exudes peace, love, and flower power.
This short white gown’s hemlines may be small, but it makes a seriously huge statement! With an oversized bow and alluring side cut-out, it manages to fit all the drama you could possibly want for your wedding day (and more) into one short white wedding dress.
Exaggerated floral organza sleeves give this white short wedding gown an aura of whimsical romance. Juxtaposed with a form-fitted crepe bodice, it’s a charming spin on a classic white dress.
Just imagine how enchanting that ruffle on the sleeve would look in close-up photos of signing your wedding certificate or pouring your champagne tower. We’re swooning!
The mini length white dress trend has a hold on us, and we are NOT mad about it. This white short wedding dress puts floral detailing front and center for a look that feels playful, feminine, and modern at the same time.
With a bold yet delicate design and a summery silhouette, it would dazzle as a garden wedding look or flirty reception dress.
Can’t decide between sweet or sexy for your wedding day? Then don’t! This short white wedding dress layers delicate lace over a sultry bustier for a flirty, sexy look we can’t stop thinking about.
With a tiered ruffle skirt to top it off, it’s a gown that both your grandparents AND your partner will fall in love with.
When Harry Styles wrote “Love of My Life” he was thinking about this white short wedding dress. With a puffy bubble hem and a back corset, it walks the line between retro glam and modern elegance. The result: a show-stopping look you’ll love well beyond your wedding day.
The only thing better than one wedding dress? Two wedding dresses! This sheer ornate white gown would make a sophisticated statement for an after party outfit change or rehearsal dinner look.
With decadent lace and a stand-out open back, it brings just as much elegance as a traditional wedding dress — and way more leg room for dancing the night away.
More like a work of art than a gown, this white short wedding dress has all the ingredients of an eye-catching bridal look: a romantic off-the-shoulder neckline, a tulip hem, and it features a removable skirt, for a two-in-one approach to your bridal day ensemble. In one word: mesmerizing.
Let this eye-catching gown speak for itself and style it with a classy pair of white pumps and paired-back jewelry.
Milkmaid dress — but make it sexy! There’s a reason this tea length white short wedding dress is a bestseller. It’s fun, flirty, and perfect for the warmer months.
If you’re going for a casual, low fuss look that’s sure to impress, you’ve met your match with this stunning gown.
Not just any old LWD, this white short wedding dress adds dimension to your look with a structured wrap detail. It’s sleek, sultry, AND sophisticated — it doesn’t get much better than that!
As an added bonus, this gown has no-slip strips at the neckline, so you don’t have to worry about pulling it up throughout the day. That means more time to focus on celebrating your love, dancing the night away, and trying not to spill any wedding cake on that pure white fabric.
Tea Length Short Wedding Dresses
Do you want something different from the typical floor-length wedding gown, but aren’t in love with the idea of a mini dress? With a hemline that stops right above the ankle, tea length short wedding dresses bring the best of both worlds. They embody the elegance and refinement of a longer gown, while still giving you a look that feels unique (and shows off your killer heels).
While many tea length short wedding dresses channel classic 1950s vibes (think: Zoë Kravitz’s drop-waist wedding dress, which is reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s gown in Funny Face), some of our favorites are also modern, sleek, and very on-trend.
This cold-shoulder satin dress is all of the above, with luxe silk-satin and an ultra flattering side slit. It’s just TOO GOOD.
Everything about this tea length short wedding dress screams fairytale. Romantic floral details, a fluttery hem, a lace-up corset-inspired back, AND a sweet ivory bow? It’s giving happily every after! Perfect for an enchanting outdoor wedding or dressy summer bridal shower.
A combo of geometric details and floral detailing make this tea length short wedding dress an impossibly chic choice for a sophisticated soirée. With a high neck and a see-through hem, it’s modest, airy, and stylish.
Our favorite satin slip dress has been given an iconic update! Just peep those side cut-outs, which accentuate your hourglass figure and join together to reveal a sultry open back.
This midi short wedding dress wrote the book on how to show off pops of skin in an elegant, elevated, and utterly exquisite way.
If your favorite part of wedding planning has been picking out your flower arrangements, you’ll need a bloom-worthy dress to match. This floral tea length short wedding dress is a blossoming dream — your bouquet may have some competition!
A little bit vintage and a lot romantic, this midi length gown would shine with a rosy beauty look and feminine touches, like a sweet dainty necklace.
Talk about va-va-voom! If you’re here to make a statement, there’s no question that this mini short wedding dress is THE ONE. Keep the balletcore vibes going with a simple bun or some elegant lace-up shoes for a look that’s floaty and feminine. This dress is a mini dream!
If comfort is key on your wedding day, take this as your sign to buy this embroidered cottagecore short wedding dress ASAP. It’s a stunning option for a laid-back, carefree look that stands out on and off the rack.
Style it with a statement flower crown and boho bare feet for an outdoor ceremony that oozes Midsummer vibes (the good parts, anyway).
While short wedding dresses are typically associated with summer nuptials, this glitzy tea length gown would dazzle for a cold-weather affair. This high-shine design is elevated by the use of sequins, long leg-of-mutton sleeves, and an asymmetrical cinched accent. Prepare to sparkle in front of a white, snowy backdrop!
This modern tea length short wedding dress puts the “sweet” in sweetheart neckline. Draw the eye in even further with a statement necklace that expresses your personal style.
As an added bonus, the floaty sleeves on this gown are detachable, meaning you have two looks in one chic dress (we love to see it!). Rock the full look for a romantic ceremony, then remove the sheer organza for an unexpected outfit change that screams “party time!”
Sexy Short Wedding Dresses
Your wedding day is your opportunity to show off — and these sexy short wedding dresses are here to make it happen. Whether you want a bold leg-baring look while you say “I do”s or a fun, risqué ‘fit for an Las Vegas elopement, a short gown will guarantee that all eyes are on you.
For extra steamy and super on-trend vibes, we’re loving sultry cut-outs, lingerie-inspired corsets, and micro minis. Warning: these dresses will have you running (not walking) to your honeymoon suite.
With a feminine mini skirt and fabric so soft it melts on your skin, this sexy short wedding dress is nothing less than flawless. Style it with sky-high platforms and a sweet hair bow for major Ariana Grande vibes.
Oh, and did we mention — pockets!
There’s nothing subtle about this sexy short wedding dress — and that’s what we love about it. Turn up the WOW factor with tantalizing tulle and a seductive strapless neckline. Perfect if you love all the decadent details of a traditional wedding look, but want to add your own sultry touch.
For a look that seamlessly transitions from the dance floor to your honeymoon, this sparkly sexy short wedding dress is IT. We can’t stop gushing over the glitzy sequins and feather accents — prepare to achieve icon status when you rock this glittery number.
We are officially in our Roaring ’20s era, so we may as well dress like it! Make the most out this year’s party energy with this sexy short wedding dress. Dazzling fringe reflects the light as you shimmy and sway, giving you your own portable disco ball.
And that halter neckline — OBSESSED. Pair it with a glass of bubbles and you’ve got a look that’s the bee’s knees. We can toast to that!
Another look inspired by our nostalgia for past decades, this midi short wedding dress is playful in a sophisticated way. We love the puff sleeves, and the entire silhouette is tailored to perfection.
Plus, if you’re hoping to make your wedding more sustainable, this versatile dress is a no-brainer. Rock it with casual leather sandals and a denim jacket for a summer look you’ll be wearing long after your last dance.
Is it getting hot in here? For a daring look that bring some SERIOUS heat, this sexy short wedding dress is not for the faint of heart. With romantic ruffles and tempting cut-outs, it would make a statement for a beach wedding or steamy summer soirée. Truly to die for!
Inspired by lingerie, it’s no wonder that satin slip dresses are so effortlessly sexy. And while we think every occasion warrants a slip dress (date night? of course! bottomless brunch? why not! coffee run? go off!), this sexy tea length short wedding dress was MADE for a romantic wedding.
Add some soft touches like dainty gold jewelry for a dreamy look that easily transitions from day to night.
Modern Short Wedding Dresses
Over the past two years, the wedding industry has had a serious face lift. With traditional weddings on hold, couples had to get creative to tie the knot. And while big bashes are finally back with force, many of those recent, modern trends have found a permanent placed in our hearts (and on our Pinterest boards).
One of our favorites: modern short wedding dresses. With unexpected silhouettes and unconventional details, we’re not going to be letting these go anytime soon.
A modern short wedding dress that would fit in at the Met Gala? Yes PLEASE! The Daisy Dress is made by hand with lace that was specially created for it and flirtatiously embellished with stunning three-dimensional daisies. A structural crinoline supports the skirt as the cut-away back is framed by more flowers and fastens gently at the neck.
For even more whimsy, we’d pair this one with all things pearlcore, from timeless pearl earrings to luminescent shoes.
Pearlcore has entered the chat, and it is here to PLAY. Channeling head ballerina vibes, this strapless modern short wedding dress embodies beauty, elegance, and grace — the ultimate bridal trifecta. Plus, it also has a fun, flirty flair that is not to be missed!
Calling tulle and floral fans! The billowy sleeves on this stunning dress paired with a chic white belt are perfect for the modern bride who loves floral details! The grain de poudre skirt is pleated at the hem for lovely movement, and the tulle bodice is adorned with eye-catching sequins and beads in the shape of a floral design.
It would shine for an elegant courthouse wedding or chic rehearsal dinner.
Trend alert: FEATHERS! We are seeing feather details everywhere right now, and it’s easy to see why — they add a playful, free-spirited touch to any and every dress.
If you’re not ready to commit to full feather look, this modern white short wedding dress is perfect for dipping your toe in. This would be the perfect second look if you plan on spending your wedding night dancing until you drop. After all, it’s impossible to NOT have fun when you’re wearing something as joyful as this.
This modern short wedding dress is giving royal opulence, but with a modern twist. With floral embellishments, a touch of sparkle, and ornate lace trimming, it quite simply has everything. For all the maximalists out there, this one’s for you!
Finding the Wedding Look That Feels Most Like YOU
As much as you want your wedding day to reflect your love story, you also want your wedding dress to reflect YOU. Whether you choose a tea length gown or sexy mini dress, your accessories can give you that sartorial style unique to you. From chic bridal gloves to a dramatic long veil and short wedding gown combo, don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your look!
If you’ve found the dress that has you screaming, crying, shouting YES — congratulations! It’s time for the next steps: picking out the perfect pair of wedding shoes and choosing bridesmaids gowns that complete your one-of-a-kind look. Don’t worry, we’ve got all the tips to help you achieve that bridal bliss.
How are you making your wedding look your own? Tell us in the comments below!