Trying to imagine a different angle you might want to take for your wedding-day wear, brides? For a twist on tradition, we recommend eschewing the traditional floor-length gown and going for a cocktail- or tea-length ensemble instead.
If you and your beloved aren’t planning on hosting a very formal event, this new trend should be something to consider. However, even if you plan on having an upscale vow exchange, these fun and flirty gowns can also be worn for pre-wedding events, such as engagement parties and bridal showers, as well as a lively reception or after-party.
Major wedding dress designers are embracing the shorter frock by including the style in their latest collections. See some of our favorite short ensembles recently debuted in the spring at New York Bridal Fashion Week below, and be sure to click on each photo for more gowns from each designer’s newest collection!
Evoke a stylish modernity with this tea-length frock featuring a deep V-neckling and black trim. The criss-crossing ribbons add dimension to the ensemble while the ruffled skirt keeps the look feminine. Photo by Yvonne Tnt; Gown by Marchesa
A cocktail-length gown idyllic for any bride that wants to channel a sleek and ultra-hip 1970s rockstar on their special day. Make a statement with the outfit’s feather and embellishment details. Photo courtesy of Berta; Gown by Berta
This ensemble expresses all the regality of a longer gown, making it the perfect option for a cocktail-style reception or even an upscale after-party. Feel oh-so sophisticated in the lacy frock complete with three-quarter sleeves and a fitted silhouette. Photo courtesy of Jenny Packham; Gown by Jenny Packham
As her entire collection can be described as "unapologetically girly," it should come as no surprise that this shorter style embodies a sweet, feminine feeling. Bedecked in three-dimensional floral appliqués, the dress also includes a slightly flared skirt. Photo by Dan Lecca; Gown by Francesca Miranda
If you're going for understated beauty, this chic knee-length gown is perfect. Accent the simple silhouette, sheer ivory fabric, and bubble skirt with sparkling jewelry and a great pair of heels. Photo courtesy of Romona Keveža; Gown by Romona Keveža
Feel foot-loose and fancy-free with this flowing illusion frock adorned with countless bead embellishments and featuring a scoop neckline. You'll be able to waltz down the aisle and take a spin on the dance floor with ease thanks to the loose long sleeves and skirt. Photo courtesy of Jenny Packham; Gown by Jenny Packham