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25 Short Wedding Dresses That Break Tradition In The Best Way

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Wedding dresses have changed over the years – and so have we. Not every bride wants a swooping train, massive ballgown or Princess Diana-style puff sleeves (although we can tell you how to get that look here), and we’re seeing more and more break from tradition with their wedding looks. Looking for some inspiration? We’ve rounded up the best short wedding dresses of the season, featuring the likes of RIXO, Stella McCartney and a bundle of brands available to rent on HURR Collective.

As always, keep the planet in mind when shopping. Re-wearing old clothes is the best way to be sustainable, but if you can’t avoid it then shop consciously at responsible retailers, as well as rental and resale sites.

25 Short Wedding Dresses That Break Tradition In The Best Way

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Cantina Bow-Embellished Mini Dress, £244,

A sweet, minimal style.

Sister Jane Alice wedding dress

Sister Jane

Alice dress, rent from £15,

If you’re looking for something with a little drama in the back.


Winnie One-Shoulder Mini Dress (UK 12), rent from £109,

An elegant dress that avoids the usual form-fitting trappings of the mini.


Caelyn Wedding Dress Floral Embroidered Organza, £2,660,

This one has a cape. Need we say more?

Birger Christensen

Natalie Bow Dress, rent from £63,

A statement dress with the yards of skirt.

Emilia Wickstead

Drusilla Bow-Detailed Cloqué Mini Dress, £1,540,

This chic dress has a large bow in the back that could easily double up as a train.


Bow Dress (UK 10), rent from £55,

For fans of the Art Deco cocktail dress.

Giambattista Valli

Gathered-Hem Macramé-Lace Mini Dress, £1,904,

A modern take on lace that would look right at home at a spring wedding.

Hermione de Paula

Miniature Seascape Dress with Illusion V Neckline in Seashell, £3,750,

You can wear this one as is, or pair with the matching overskirt for a bit of duality. Ideal if you’re not sure you want to commit to a mini for the big day.


Wool Mini Dress, rent from £121,

This sophisticated dress is reminiscent of the British royals’ coatdresses, and will fuel its bride with vintage flair.


1950s White Lace Wedding Dress, £250,

Did somebody say ‘something old’? This vintage wedding dress from the 1950s should do the trick.


Zenni Dress, £248,

Sleek and entirely contemporary.


Selena Bow Mini Dress, £850,

You can’t go wrong with a bow, right?


Lara Ivory Sequin Bow Back Mini Dress, £395,

You could easily dance the night away in this Gatsby-themed gem.

Rowley Hesselballe

Alexander Bow Detail Mini Dress, £349,

Now for ‘something blue’. How about this A-line crepe dress?

Simone Rocha

Broderie Anglaise-Trimmed Poplin Dress, £746,

For fans of a puff sleeve (and feeling as comfortable as possible on your big day).


Taffeta Bow Mini Dress, £270, 

The sparkly straps and cheeky cut-out give this dress an added hint of glamour. Plus it has pockets!

Temperley London

Dreamer Mini Dress, £POA,

Ideal for countryside weddings (no need to fear the weather with these long sleeves) and dreamy themes.

Stella McCartney

Double-Breasted Wool Blazer Dress, £1,095,

For the bride that wants their dress tailored to perfection.

Vanessa Cocchiaro

The Rebecca Dress, rent from £43,

Medieval romance (hello, puff sleeves and high collars), but make it modern.

Vera Wang

Maud Dress, £POA,

Business in the front, party in the back. This is a winning combo, we hear.

The Vampire’s Wife

The Midnight Leavers Lace Mini Dress, £895,

The lace on this dress echoes the Victoriana aesthetic without compromising on modernity.

Vivienne Westwood

Venus Dress, £POA,

Perhaps the most Y2K design on this list, this dress was made to help its bride make a statement.

Model in short feather wedding dress


Feather Trim Mini Dress in Ivory, £600,

A party dress through and through, you can just imagine the feather fluttering on the dance floor.


Maya Silk Mini Dress in White, £330,

One for modern romantics who like a bit of glamour.

Featured image: Self-Portrait


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