How to Wear a Short Dress on Your Wedding Day

How to Wear a Short Dress on Your Wedding Day

June 1, 2022
By Katerina Katakalides

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Every new wedding season brings a wave of trends that either take the bridal industry by storm or settle into another slot for passing fashion. White wedding dresses and lace overlays are two trends that have stuck around for hundreds of years and have become iconic symbols of the wedding industry. Some styles, like mermaid silhouettes, regal ball gowns, and strapless dresses, are more recent trends that have solidified their spots in bridal fashion. Now, a new wedding dress trend is being embraced by brides of all backgrounds, from the boho brides to chic celebrities- short wedding dresses.

While short dresses are typically worn by brides who opt for a casual, outdoor, or destination wedding, shorter styles are making appearances at more and more weddings, regardless of the location or theme. Kourtney Kardashian Barker is one famous bride who chose to wear a short dress to her lavish, Italian wedding to Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker.

The couple’s cliffside vow exchange would be their third and final wedding ceremony, so pop culture lovers anticipatedly waited to see which extravagant look Kourtney would debut on her big day. Traditionally, Italian weddings incorporate religious themes from the couple’s background and Italy, itself, is deeply rooted in Roman Catholic traditions. In past interviews, Travis has explained his personal connection to Catholicism, telling Vice, “I was brought up Catholic. I definitely pray; I believe in God. . . I’m not at church every day and I’m not pushing religion on people. But I believe in God and I pray and my kids pray.”

This would lead fans to believe that Kourtney would wear a traditional wedding dress, like a lace, cathedral-length gown. In true Kardashian style, however, Kourtney wore one of the most unique wedding looks we’ve ever seen. Her Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda lace and satin corset mini dress was a one-of-a-kind, couture piece inspired by Italian lingerie and designed by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana themselves. Kourtney accessorized this head-turning wedding dress with tulle gloves, lace pumps, and an extravagant tulle veil that featured an embroidered icon of the Virgin Mary. (

While some aspects of Kourtney’s wedding look, like her arm-length gloves and white heels, are staple wedding day attire, her overall look was anything but! As one of the most recent brides to wear a short dress while saying “I do,” Kourtney has the chance to influence bridal fashion and leave her mark on the industry.

Although Kourtney opted for a short dress during her ceremony, not all brides might be comfortable doing so. If you’re getting married in a church or are having an outdoor autumn wedding, a long wedding dress could be more appropriate. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to forgo your dreams of a short wedding dress! Recently, more and more brides have been seen wearing two or even three wedding looks on their big day! This option will give you the opportunity to highlight multiple aspects of your style and showcase different looks that make you feel your best. Why settle for less on the biggest day of your life?

Whether you’re wearing a short dress during your ceremony, reception, or after party, there are options for every bridal style. Not everyone wants to wear a wedding dress inspired by lingerie- we totally get it! The good thing for you is that there’s a short dress that fits everyone’s style. You can find boho vibes, classically chic styles, and elegantly modern looks all with a short silhouette. No matter what your bridal style is, we know there’s a short wedding dress that you’ll love!

Kourtney’s lingerie inspired wedding dress was sexy to say the least, but it also included feminine details that somehow made it soft and sweet. The rhinestone accents and figure-hugging silhouette are details that any bride can incorporate into their styling for more of a feminine look. These sexy short wedding dresses are the perfect combination of sassy and sweet for a bride who wants to try a bold style on their big day.

The More Modest Bride

A sexy style isn’t for everyone- that’s okay! Maybe a conservative wedding dress is more appropriate for your venue or you just like the way modest silhouettes look on you. Either way, there’s a short wedding dress that’ll be the answer to every wedding wish! These short styles channel classic wedding vibes that’ll impress even the most elegant bride.

Effortlessly Elegant

Elegance is a vibe that many brides hope to exude on their wedding day. Although floor length gowns are typically thought of when people imagine elegant wedding dresses, there are many short styles that still embrace all things elegance. These elegant short wedding dresses are the ideal option for a bride who wants to try out this trendy style while still feeling like royalty.

The Bride Who Wants to Shine

Your wedding day is one of the biggest and brightest days of your life. Why shouldn’t your dress match? Wearing a short wedding dress doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice an eye-catching look that lights up the dance floor. These sequined and jeweled dresses are ideal for a bride who isn’t afraid to shine!

Lovely Lace Looks

Lace is a wedding staple that brides have worn for centuries. This is clearly for a reason! Lace is an elegant style that is eye-catchingly intricate while still appearing delicate. The best part about lace is that there are so many patterns and designs that you can incorporate into your look. Whether you want a floral overlay, delicate trim, or sequined lace accents, there’s a type of lace that every bride will love.

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