Don’t let the tradition of wearing a floor-length wedding gown keep you from showing off your legs in the dress of your dreams. There are a number of logical reasons to eschew long hemlines, whether you’re worried a full ball gown will overwhelm your petite frame or you feel a four-foot train isn’t fitting for a courthouse. Here, 20 gorgeous short and tea-length wedding dresses to wear on your big (and possibly ankle-baring) day.
20 Short and Tea-Length Wedding Dresses, So You Can Show Off Those Stems
3. Karen Walker Believer Beaded Gown
The beloved New Zealand designer may have launched her bridal collection just last August, but it has already become a cult favorite for offbeat brides who want something quirky but still tasteful. Like, for example, this high-neck lace stunner complete with a Sia-esque veil.
1. Needle & Thread Honesty Flower Dress
The pink hue of this sequined stunner looks good on every skin tone, but especially those who worry that stark white might wash them out.
Buy it ($519)
Available in sizes 0 to 14
2. By Watters Lynette Gown
The boning and cups in the bustier are sexy, but the full ballerina skirt made from Swiss-dot tulle creates a sweet balance that even Aunt Doris will approve of.
Buy it ($995)
Available in sizes 00 to 18
7. One33 Eline Dress
The tuxedo scarf–inspired sash will go perfectly with your new hubby’s actual tuxedo (and it will look incredible in photos of you on the dance floor).
Buy it ($265)
Available in sizes 0 to 12
8. Oleg Cassini Cap-sleeve Tea-length Wedding Dress
This cap-sleeve lace number is every bit as classic as a longer dress, just with a vintage, ankle-baring twist.
6. By Watters Marzia Dress
This strapless number has a beachy silhouette, while the art deco pattern offers a more city-appropriate feel, meaning you’ll look gorgeous no matter where you host your reception.
Buy it ($650)
Available in sizes 0 to 18
10. RetrofÊte Grace Velvet-trimmed Sequined Chiffon Mini Dress
The combination of a white velvet belt and iridescent sequins makes this dress so much more lush and luxurious than any mini you’ve worn before.
16. Adrianna Papell Short Cape Dress With Beaded Detail
Your fiancé already knows you’re Superwoman. Now all your guests will too.
Buy it ($199)
Available in sizes 14 to 26
13. Asos Edition Embellished Cami Midi Wedding Dress
We love the ease and movement of this simple midi dress. Just imagine all those delicate sequins catching the light as you sway with your love during the first dance.
14. 16arlington Minelli Strapless Feather-trimmed Crepe Midi Dress
Keep your jewelry and shoes simple to really let the impeccable tailoring and fabulously fun feather trim really shine.
19. Sachin & Babi Odelle Dress
Combine all the ease and elegance of a classic slip dress with lines of tiny sequins and you’ve got yourself a figure-flattering dress fancy enough for any wedding venue.
Buy it ($470)
Available in sizes 0 to 14
20. Db Studio Illusion Lace Shift Dress With Contrast Ribbon
If you think that low-cut V in the front is sexy, just wait until you see the open back. (Psst: The grosgrain belt is removable if you’d rather sport an all-white look.)
17. Significant Other Agnes Dress
The draping on this Grecian goddess column creates the illusion of an hourglass shape that even Aphrodite would be jealous of.
Buy it ($180)
Available in sizes 2 to 10