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.

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.

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.

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.

Bec & Bridge Piper Asymmetrical Midi Dress

We’re kind of obsessed with the architectural sleeve detail and flowy satin fabric on this Bec & Bridge number. And that thigh-high slit? Yeah, we’ll say “I do” to that.

White by Vera Wang Sequin Plus-Size Mini Dress


Take the eco-friendly approach and rock this sexy sequined mini at your bachelorette, for the last dance on your wedding night and again on New Year’s Eve in 2021.

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.

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).

Bronx and Banco Lana Bridal Mini Dress

As the hem gets shorter, the sleeves get bigger and our desire to wear this dress grows infinitely larger.

RETROFÊTE Grace velvet-trimmed sequined chiffon mini dress