Full-length ballgowns aren't for every bride - take Emma Bunton, Lily Allen and, most recently, Kourtney Kardashian, for example. They were some of many stars who have bucked tradition and rocked beautiful short wedding dresses.
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From modern feathers to sleek blazer dresses, take a look at the stars who swapped full-length gowns in favour of something a little (or a lot) shorter.
Kourtney Kardashian rocked a chic bridal mini dress for her legal wedding ceremony with Travis Barker in Santa Barbara. The mother-of-three stepped out in a Dolce & Gabbana lace bustier dress which she customised to include a gold and red heart motif on her bodice. She accessorised with sheer gloves and a matching veil which was fastened to her elegant updo.
Emma Stone married Dave McCary in a secret ceremony in 2020, and she revealed one of her beautiful wedding dresses designed by Louis Vuitton at the 2022 Met Gala. The mini, which Vogue reported was recycled from her wedding afterparty, featured a low V-neck with buttons that ran down the side and a sequinned and feathered hem that fell to her knees.
After a 10-year engagement, Spice Girls star Emma Bunton married Jade Jones finally in a secret ceremony in 2021. Baby Spice bucked tradition opting for a white mini Miu Miu dress which featured long, mesh sleeves and a cape. She finished off her unconventional bridal look with a floral crown and vibrant yellow flowers which could be seen in this throwback photo with her mother.
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Paris Hilton wore an incredible five dresses throughout her three-day wedding celebrations with Carter Reum in November 2021, so it comes as no surprise that two of them were short. One was an Oscar de la Renta frock with embroidered lace off-the-shoulder straps and a full mini skirt. Modelling the design, she told her Instagram followers: "You can’t be a #Sliving bride without the perfect short reception dress."
The other was a bright pink gown she wore to her carnival-style party on the Santa Monica Pier. For her star-studded 'Paris World' celebrations, the bride wore a high-low gown with a matching Fuschia veil.
We love how Lily Allen stayed true to her signature style by wearing this double-breasted ivory mini dress for her surprise wedding in Las Vegas with David Harbour. Featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline and a slim waist belt, and paired with a pair of black platform heels, it was the perfect choice for their intimate ceremony.
Charlotte Casiraghi surprised royal watchers at her civil ceremony to Dimitri Rassam in June 2019 by shunning a long wedding dress in favour of a Saint Laurent mini dress. The royal bride proved her style credentials in the brocade dress, designed by Anthony Vaccarello, which featured three bows down the front and a scalloped hemline. Styled with ivory court shoes and her hair down and straight, it was an unconventional bridal look but gorgeous nonetheless. Charlotte later changed into a strapless ivory gown, which she paired with her grandmother Princess Grace’s iconic Cartier diamond necklace.
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Keira Knightley has worn her wedding dress – a Chanel minidress with tulle skirt – not only on her big day, but also for red carpet events. The actress got more mileage out of the gorgeous strapless dress by styling it differently each time, opting to wear it with a Chanel boucle jacket and blush flat shoes for her nuptials to James Righton.
For her wedding to Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas in 1966, Mia Farrow looked elegant in a white knee-length dress, with a cropped double-breasted jacket buttoned up over the top.
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Paul McCartney’s wife Nancy Shevell also wore a short dress for their civil ceremony in London in October 2011. The long-sleeved ivory gown was designed by Nancy’s new stepdaughter, Stella McCartney, and was inspired by Wallis Simpson’s ensemble when she married the Duke of Windsor.
The Hills star Whitney Port helped to design her own wedding dress with Ashi Studio for her nuptials to Tim Rosenman in 2015. The stylish gown was short at the front, but had a long skirt with a one-metre long train, creating a breath-taking effect.
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