wedding-dresses-short

We may earn a commission for products purchased through links in this article

22 best short wedding dresses for 2021 brides

Micro weddings call for micro wedding dresses...

Chloe Best

More laid-back than a traditional full-length gown, a bridal mini dress or tea-length gown is just the thing for your intimate post-pandemic wedding.

After Lily Allen donned a vintage Dior mini dress for her surprise wedding to David Harbour in Las Vegas, our love for short wedding dresses was rekindled. Other celebrities such as Whitney Port from The Hills and Fearne Cotton have also sported unconventional, shorter wedding dresses. 

 Here are a few we think you'll love, whatever your budget…

RELATED: Celebrity brides who wore short wedding dresses like Lily Allen

Lily-Allen-wedding-dress

Lily Allen wore a vintage Dior mini dress for her wedding

This Self Portrait crepe blazer dress has similar double breasted detail and cinched-in waist just like Lily's. This one has an added element of a lace trim for a little feminine touch.

self-portrait-tuxedo

Self Portrait tuxedo dress, £380, Matches Fashion

SHOP NOW

This Reiss lace detailed dress has a wrap front skirt and floral detailing for a thoroughly modern mini wedding dress, and is a piece you could wear again after your wedding is over.

lace-mini-reiss

Freyda white lace mini dress, £225, Reiss

SHOP NOW

The elegant embroidery, flared skirt and chic sash would fool you into thinking this dress is way more expensive.

phase-eight-dress

Caterina dress, £295, Phase Eight at John Lewis

SHOP NOW

A flirty style with a 1920s edge – just imagine how much fun you'd have in this feather-adorned gown…

dress-feathers-selfridges

Cult Gaia feather trim mini dress, £1,150, Net-A-Porter

SHOP NOW

Pleated styles are flattering on most body shapes, and we love the simplicity of this one from Coast.

ruffle-dress

Ruffle Front Bandeau Midi Dress, £74.25, Coast

SHOP NOW

This uber-flattering dress has slick city bride written all over it.

MORE: 10 Hollywood red-carpet looks that could be bridal: Elizabeth Hurley, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston and more

WOW: 15 pretty high-street bridesmaid dresses to fall in love with

dress-amazon

Grace dress, from £18.99, Amazon

SHOP NOW

This flirty A-line dress is perfect for spinning on the dancefloor.

monsoon-dress

Carrie dress, £249, Monsoon

SHOP NOW

A chic dress with a cute bow - what's not to love?

ted-baker

Aldorra Midi lace dress, £269, Ted Baker

SHOP NOW

Shun bridal white in favour of a champagne shade if you want a modern take on wedding day chic.

asos-dress

Valerie lace halter, £95, ASOS

SHOP NOW

Tick the traditional lace box without feeling frumpy with this stylish halterneck number.

anthropologie

Sabine wedding dress, $178 (£127.97), Anthropologie

SHOP NOW

This short and sweet dress is ideal for low-key brides – and we adore the appliqué florals!

harmur-dress

The Party Bride, £605, Harmur

SHOP NOW

There's no doubt you'll make an entrance with a mini dress with matching train. Cue the sashay.

dress-net-a-porter

Aylin midi dress, £1,535, Roksanda at Net-a-Porter

SHOP NOW

We adore this contemporary dress – the statement cuffs are balanced out with a clean A-line cut.

Vanessa-Cocchiaro-mini-dress-Net-a-Porter

Vanessa Cocchiaro The C.J shirred crepe mini dress, £275, Net-a-Porter

SHOP NOW

Classy and cool, we would never have guessed this Vanessa Cocchiaro shirred crepe mini dress was only £275.

ebay-wedding-dress

 Lace Satin Wedding Gown, £154.64, eBay

SHOP NOW

This elegant dress gives the illusion of a sophisticated two piece with lace bodice and chic A-line skirt.

grace-loves-lace-wedding-dress

Izabel dress, £1,430, Grace Loves Lace

SHOP NOW

Channel your inner goddess with a dancefloor-ready gown. This ruffled style would also be ideal for a destination wedding on the beach.

kitri-wedding-dress

Fontana dress, £99, Kitri Studio

SHOP NOW

This chic ivory mini dress features asymmetric shoulders and a cute sheer hem line. 

Phase-Eight-Genova-beaded-wedding-dress

Genova beaded wedding dress, £350, Phase Eight

SHOP NOW

Celebrities including Fearne Cotton and Audrey Hepburn wore tea-length dresses for their weddings, and this gorgeous beaded wedding dress is a great way to try the universally-flattering style for yourself.

SHOP: Holly Willoughby's favourite brand Rixo launches bridalwear – check it out

halfpenny-london-short-wedding-dress

Kelly dress, £1,895, Halfpenny London at Net-a-Porter

SHOP NOW

For a sophisticated bridal look, how about shimming down the aisle with this sultry silk midi dress?

French-Connection-Eliza-wedding-dress

Eliza lace fit-and-flare wedding dress, £140, French Connection

SHOP NOW

Featuring a full tea-length skirt and fitted lace bodice, this French Connection is a timeless and beautiful choice for your big day.

LOOK: Where to buy wedding dresses online: ASOS, Net-A-Porter, Revolve and more

Galvan-satin-mini-dress

Galvan Hamptons satin bridal mini dress, £675, MyTheresa

SHOP NOW

This Galvan wedding dress has a similar silhouette to Meghan Markle's Stella McCartney evening gown but with a daring mini length.

HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.

Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

Activate HELLO! alerts and find out about everything before anyone else.