Short Bridesmaid Dresses for Warm-Weather Weddings

Depart from current trends and choose stylish, cocktail-length ensembles for your 'maids.

Short Bridesmaid Dresses for Warm-Weather Weddings

Photo: Callaway Gable

Short bridesmaid dresses in purple lace bouquets rustic vintage wedding

While the majority of today's bridesmaids wear long, full-length frocks, shorter bridesmaid dresses tend to be popular for warm-weather weddings in the spring or summer seasons, as well as destination nuptials during any time of the year. They're especially fitting for a beach wedding, poolside celebration, or a fête that takes place at a more casual, outdoor venue. 

Some bridesmaids-to-be prefer longer gowns, while others would rather wear cocktail-length dresses. It's hard to please every girl, which is why many brides have adopted the mismatched bridesmaid dress trend where each member of the bridal party dons their choice of gown as long as it is in the same color family, material, or silhouette as the others. Unfortunately, most mismatched bridesmaids that look cohesive wear dresses that are the same length; so it may be difficult to appease bridesmaids who want to wear a mixture of short and long dresses. If you like the look of shorter gowns and feel it's right for the formality of your wedding, women with a wide range of body types and heights can look absolutely lovely when styled right. 

Take a look at the bridesmaids below who donned short bridesmaid dresses beautifully! Some wore lightweight chiffon numbers, while others went for more structured fabrics that were tailored to each bridesmaids' specifications. Lace is another elegant way to add some personality to a shorter frock! For more inspiration from these real weddings, click on each photo to see the rest of the celebrations!

Short bridesmaid dresses three quarter sleeves blue lace lavender bouquets

Photo by 6 of Four Photography

Gold bodycon short bridesmaid dresses orchid bouquets headpieces

Photo by Embrace Life Photography; Consulting by Bluebell Events

Short bridesmaid dresses tank lace white cream ivory

Photo by John Schnack Photography; Bridal Salon: Wedding Atelier

Mismatched short bridesmaid dresses black different necklines

Photo by Carter Rose for f8studio; Floral Design by Bella Flora of Dallas

Mismatched navy blue short bridesmaid dresses outdoor photo

Photo by Luke & Katherine Griffin for Max & Friends; Consulting by EverAfter Events

Mismatched short bridesmaid dresses teal Melissa Claire Egan wedding

Photo by Next Exit Photography; Bridal Gown by Monique Lhuillier

Unique one shoulder white short bridesmaid dresses

Photo by Harwell Photography; Bridal Gown by Claire Pettibone

Short v-neck bridesmaid dresses in navy blue well tailored

Photo by Kristen Weaver Photography

Matching one shoulder purple short bridesmaid dresses for Brandon Mebane Amena Jefferson

Photo by Callaway Gable; Consulting by Sterling Engagements; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden

One shoulder strapless halter short bridesmaid dresses in cream

Photo by Vanessa Joy Photography; Bridesmaid Gowns by Monique Lhuillier

Strapless v neck one shoulder pink short bridesmaid dresses

Photo by Docuvitae; Consulting by Bluebell Events

Cap sleeve short white lace bridesmaid dresses

Photo by Judith Rae; Bridal Gown by Legends Romona Keveža

V-neck black navy scallop lace short bridesmaid dresses

Photo by Kristina Chartier; Bridal Gown by Claire Pettibone

Strapless white short bridesmaid dress turquoise cowboy boots statement necklace

Photo by Karlisch Photography; Consulting by DFW Events; Floral Design by Jackson Durham Events

Light blue ruffle one shoulder short bridesmaid dresses

Photo by Meg Perotti

Black one shoulder short bridesmaid dresses bright pink bouquets

Photo by Images by Berit, Inc.; Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal

Discover stylish mismatched bridesmaid dresses from real weddings, learn how to create a cohesive look for 'maids, and browse images of bridesmaid attire in our photo galleries for further inspiration!

Opening photo by Images by Berit, Inc.